ENG vs NZ, First Test, Day 1: Matthew Potts stars arrive for UK debut but New Zealand resisted by 7 Wickets
England team debutant Matthew Potts dropped four points against New Zealand only to have the hosts fall on the opening day of the First Test at Lord’s on Thursday. The World Test champions were knocked out 132 against England, in the first of this three-match series, dropped to 116-7 by stumps. Before the game, there was talk of England getting off to a fresh start under the new Test captain Ben Stokes and recently appointed red ball coach Brendon McCullumformer captain of New Zealand.
But it’s a reminder that there’s no quick fix to the fundamental batting weakness that has contributed to England winning just 1 of their previous 17 games at this level, a game that put them last. World Test Championship table.
Potts won four stunningly beautiful brackets for 13 runs in 9.2 laps, rewarding a challenging track and length, with England’s superb pace. James Anderson returns the number four for 66 out of 16.
Zak Crawley give British answer with quick 43.
But the opening goal’s escape sparked a decline that saw England lose seven missed shots in just 41 runs on good pitch under a sunny blue sky – batting conditions seemed ideal.
Stokes himself went out for just one, with the former captain and star batting player Joe Root dismissed for 11.
New Zealand fast left hand Trent Boultwho arrived in England only on Monday after playing in the Indian Premier League final, scoring two 15 goals in 10 rounds and the fast pacer Kyle Jamieson taking two 20 goals in seven.
Crawley had a great touchdown, with the best of his seven four-legged hits driving straight ahead Tim Southee. But after he was arrested after Jamieson, the baskets fell.
Root attacks a brand that is forced to shoot for four all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme only to be caught in the groove playing a similar shot with the same bowler for 11.
Alex Lees Tried 25 out of 77 tackles before Stokes was trailed by just one to Southee.
Jonny Bairstow was also defeated a single game before Boult brought Potts back to earth by eliminating the newcomer for a duck in his first inning of the Test – the last of the 17 notable players that fell in match of the day.
New Zealand has struggled at the age of 45 for seven after captaining Kane Williamsondecision of the first bat.
But de Grandhomme’s undefeated 42 of 50 rounds solidified their total.
Anderson and Stuart BroadBritain’s two most successful test pitchers of all time, with 1,177 catches between them prior to this game, have both drawn controversy following a 0-1 loss in the Caribbean earlier in the year.
But 39-year-old Anderson was soon back in a familiar groove as he eliminated opening opportunities Will Young and Tom Latham assisted by two misses, the first being Bairstow’s superb one-handed dive attempt.
New Zealand’s Devon Conwaywho set a doubles record at Lord in his Test debut last year, fell just three on Thursday when caught off the Broad field by Bairstow.
His Jack Leach had to leave the field half an hour after the game of the day after the gyro landed on his head and neck while stopping at a touchline.
Leach was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the match due to symptoms of concussion, with England summoning the Lancashire armless spinner. Matt Parkinson from Manchester as a concussion replacement.
Potts, however, hit the ball with just the fifth ball as Williamson, whose elbow injury meant he missed five of New Zealand’s previous Tests, was too low for sports keeper Ben Fakes.
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