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16-Feb-2023 15:58:00 GMT
NZ vs Eng - 1st Test, Bay Oval, day 1

New Zealand stutter after England declare

New Zealand 37 for 3 (Conway 17*, Anderson 2-10) trail England 325 for 9 dec (Brook 89, Duckett 84) by 288 runs

Mount Maunganui: England's decision to declare on 325-9 was vindicated by three late wickets on day one of the day-night first Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.

Ollie Robinson had Tom Latham caught at short leg, then James Anderson trapped Kane Williamson lbw and had Henry Nicholls caught at second slip to leave the Black Caps 37-3, trailing by 288.

England wanted to be bowling with the pink ball under floodlights and their declaration after 58.2 overs was the second-earliest in the first innings of a match in the history of Test cricket.

After the tourists were asked to bat, opener Ben Duckett stroked a flowing 84 off 68 balls in the first session and Harry Brook enhanced his rapidly growing reputation with a sublime 89 from 81.

At other times, England's desire to be aggressive tipped over into carelessness. They lost three wickets for 37 runs early in the day, while a final slip of 4-27 prompted the declaration and left pace bowler Neil Wagner with 4-82.

The pitch looks good for batting and the ball moved most in the night session - New Zealand might have been well placed to bat in the daytime on Friday had England not been so incisive late in the day.

Instead England, with nine wins in their past 10 Tests, snatched the upper hand.

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