NZ vs Eng 1st Test Day 1 Match Report – England had an embarrassing outing in the first Test against New Zealand at Auckland after being bowled out for a dismal 58 on Thursday with swing bowlers Trent Boult taking six and Tim Southee taking four wickets.
By stumps on the opening day’s play, New Zealand are comfortably placed at 175 for 3 with Skipper Kane Williamson on an unbeaten 91.
It was a shocking collapse for England in the first session as they slipped to 27 for 9 in just the 16th over after being asked to bat first by Kane Williamson. Thanks to no.9 Craig Overton’s 33 not out, England managed bigger embarrassment.
As many as five English batsmen were dismissed for ducks while New Zealand used just the two bowlers – Trent Boult (10.4-3-32-6) and Tim Southee (10-3-25-4).
England’s 58 all out is their sixth lowest total in Test cricket history. The tourists were bundled out in only 20.4 overs and it is difficult to see them bounce back to save this match from such a precarious situation, given that the Kiwis have already got a handy lead of 117 runs.
While England struck early with the new ball, they were defied by a steady partnership between Tom Latham and Kane Williamson that had weathered the storm. Tom Latham batted out for 112 balls to score 26 before being dismissed by Stuart Broad.
By stumps, Kane Williamson had faced 177 balls for his 91 not out, while putting up a 52-run stand with Henry Nicholls, who is batting on 24*.