New Zealand vs England: Five Highlights from Day One

New Zealand v England - 1st Test: Day 1
Kiwis were on a roll through the day at Eden Park, Auckland

Day Night cricket made an exciting debut at Eden Park, Auckland which saw 13 wickets fall in the first day for 233 runs.

New Zealand skipper Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl on a surface which was expected to offer some assistance early on.

In a display of relentless high-class swing bowling by the duo of Boult and Southee, England were shot out for 58. It was England's sixth-lowest total in their cricket history.

In what would serve as a sweet revenge to the Kiwis, is the fact that England had demolished them for Test cricket's lowest score of 26 at the same venue 63 years earlier.

We look back at five key highlights from an enthralling day's play.


#1 Brilliant Boult

New Zealand v England - 1st Test: Day 1
Boult Ripped through the English lineup

On a pitch that was offering slight assistance due to the grass cover, Boult showcased one of the finest displays of swing and seam bowling on New Zealand soil.

Coming off a bustling run, he powers through the crease with a nice side on action which allows him to get the late swing.

He bowled an impeccable length neither too full for the batsman to drive nor too short. The length of his deliveries coupled with prodigious late swing left the English batsman's head scrambled and feet stuck.

Aided by his bowling partner Southee at the other end, they demolished England's top order in just over 20 overs.

#2 England's top order's troubles

England make their lowest total against the Kiwis
England make their lowest total against the Kiwis

Craig Overton coming at number 9 top scored with an unbeaten 33 in a total of 58. This fact speaks volumes about the lack of application shown by England's top order batsmen. The top seven batsmen were guilty of getting stuck on the crease while pushing at the ball with hard hands in front of their body.

Cook and Malan perished playing a push with their feet anchored to the crease. Root paid the price of playing an expansive drive too early in his innings. Ben stokes missed a non swinging delivery as he failed to get his bat down in time. Bairstow popped a simple return catch while Woakes went in an identical manner as Root.

England were 27-9 and were looking like they would register their lowest score but Overton's T20 style batting saved them from that embarrassment.

#3 Wonderful Williamson

New Zealand v England - 1st Test: Day 1
Williamson struck a Polished 91

If England poor show had made us believe that this pitch was a green seamer, Williamson dispelled those notions to bed with an unbeaten 91.

He along with first Tom Latham and Nicholls later went on to show the English batsmen the kind of application needed on this surface.

Latham, solid and sedate, and Williamson, elegant and enterprising, set about erasing the deficit and by dinner break they had gone 30 in front of the English total with the visitors looking down the barrel.

Nicholls and Williamson avoided further hiccups in the last session with an unbeaten partnership of 52.

Williamson drove imperiously through the offside and scored a total of 32 runs through the cover point region.

#4 Fabulous in the Field

New Zealand v England - 1st Test: Day 1
Kiwi fielders supported the bowlers admirably

Kiwis were at their acrobatic best in the field, complementing the exceptional display of swing bowling by the Boult Southee duo.

Williamson's catch to dismiss Broad was one of the moments of the day. Broad's tentative prod at wide delivery was snaffled byKiwi Captain at gully. BJ Watling pouched Malan diving in-front of first slip.

In complete contrast to the hosts, English were shocking in the field. They missed a run out of the first ball of the Kiwi innings, Captain Root then dropped a sitter in slips to deprive them of an early breakthrough they so desperately needed.

To top it off, there were two very ordinary reviews taken to round off a shocking day for England.

#5 Broad entered the 400 wickets club

New Zealand v England - 1st Test: Day 1
The latest entrant into the 400 wickets club

Stuart Broad took a wicket in his first over in the last session to become the 15th bowler to take 400 wickets or more in test cricket.

It was the only shining point in an otherwise dull day for the English.

English bowlers started off well but they lacked the nip and swing which the Kiwi duo got. Deprived of that late swing even in the night session the bowlers bowled just a tad short to limit run scoring.

Taylor and Latham both fell to loose strokes in the last session

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