Highlights from day one of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Auckland.
It was a nightmare of a start for England on the first day of the first Test. They came out to bat and stuck in the middle for just over an hour and 33 minutes. New Zealand’s Trent Boult made the most of the pink-ball and recorded figures of 6/32 to dismantle the visitor’s top order. His partner Tim Southee took care of things on the other end, taking four wickets as England were bowled out for 58.
Five England batsmen got out for duck as they recorded their 6th worst total in Test cricket. Coming in to bat, New Zealand too lost Jeet Raval early with James Anderson getting the wicket. Kane Williamson struck his27th Test fifty. Tom Latham and Ross Taylor departed after Dinner. Williamson and Henry Nicholls took New Zealand to 175/3 at stumps on Day 1, lead by 117 runs.
After being 23/8, and then 27/9, England were in danger of breaking several dubious and undesirable records. They were saved the blushes by a counter-attacking Overton who added 31 with Anderson after the first nine wickets added just 27. And then, NZ seemed to be batting on a different pitch altogether.
Anderson managed to get a few to swerve, but nothing too alarming happened off the seam or in the air – even under lights, as the myth (and potential fallacy) leads us to believe. In the end, after a controversial reprieve from a run-out at the non-striker’s end, Williamson got a life and made the most of it to end the day on 91*, and will resume things tomorrow to try and bat England out of the game. So that’s it for today, and we hope you enjoyed the coverage. See you tomorrow!
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