All out for 58, England left red-faced in pink-ball Test
Auckland: Captain Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 91 set New Zealand up for a commanding lead after England were bowled out for one of their lowest scores in the first Test here on Thursday. At stumps on Day 1 in the first day-night Test in New Zealand, the Black Caps were 175/3, 117 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.
England were left red-faced when they failed to cope with a swing bowling masterclass by Trent Boult and Tim Southee to be all out for just 58 in 20.4 overs. They were flirting with the world-record low of 26, set by New Zealand on the same ground against England in 1955, until No. 9 batsman Craig Overton spared their blushes with an unbeaten 33. Apart from Stuart Broad taking his 400th Test wicket, it was a bleak day for the tourists, who registered their sixth lowest total in Tests.
But for New Zealand, Williamson commanded the Test from the moment he won the toss and opted to bowl. He featured in the field with a superb diving catch in the gully to remove Broad, and ended the day closing in on New Zealand’s record for Test centuries. He currently shares the record of 17 centuries with Ross Taylor and the late Martin Crowe.
Williamson went to the middle after the early dismissal of Jeet Raval, when New Zealand were 8/1, and put on 84 with Tom Latham for the second wicket. Latham made a patient 26 off 112 deliveries but was dismissed in the first over after dinner to give Broad his milestone scalp.