England grabbed back-to-back wickets just before lunch to limit a modified New Zealand’s strong start to what could be a decisive second Test on Friday at Trent Bridge.
The visitors, without COVID-19 attacking captain Kane Williamson and set out to bat after losing the toss, had created the highest opening position in a ground test since 2005 before both openers moved into the space of two balls .
England captain Ben Stokes delivered the breakthrough after an hour and a half waiting for a wicket, took up the bowling and let Will Young (47) be caught by a diving Zak Crawley on second slip.
New Zealand had been 84-0 and it was 84-2 when stand-in captain Tom Latham (26) was grabbed by Matthew Potts of James Anderson in midfield.
The visitors went on to lunch with a solid 108-2 out of 26 overs, a far cry from their 39-6 on a difficult opening day of the first Test at Lord’s.
England, undefeated by the team that won by five wickets at Lord’s, had opted to bowl to make the most of the conditions on a cloudy morning.
“Overall, the wicket here tends to get better as the game goes on, (so it’s good to get them early and put some pressure on Jimmy (Anderson) and Broady to go with the new ball. , “said Stokes.
Latham took over the captaincy after Williamson tested positive for COVID-19 and went into isolation on the eve of the match.
All-rounder Michael Bracewell made his Test debut as injured Colin de Grandhomme’s replacement in the middle order, while Matt Henry returned in place of Ajaz Patel and Henry Nicholls filled the gap left by Williamson.
Latham said he would also have opted for bowl, given the chance.
The last test is from June 23 in Headingley.
New Zealand makes strong start to second Test at Trent Bridge – SABC News
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