February 27, 2013
England’s only warm up match before their Test series against New Zealand got off to a good start as Ian Bell hit an unbeaten century in Queenstown against a New Zealand XI.
England finished day one on 357-7, with Bell not out on 127. The Warwickshire batsman hit 18 fours and he made batting look easy on a surface that did offer some sideways movement for the seam bowlers.
There were also handy contributions from Alastair Cook (60), Joe Root (49), and Matt Prior (41). Nick Compton was asked to open the innings which suggests he will be given the role in the first Test in Dunedin. Unfortunately after battling through the first hour when batting was at its most difficult, Compton fell for just 21 before lunch.
England will be hoping for some quick runs tomorrow morning, before giving their bowlers a chance to pick up some form ahead of the next week’s Test match.
The Scoop 27/02/13