March 7, 2013
England got off to the worst possible start at the University ground in Dunedin after being bowled out for just 167, before New Zealand reached the close of play 131-0.
After the first day was washed out, New Zealand could not have dreamed they would have been in such a strong position after winning the toss yesterday and deciding to field.
Not a single England player reached a half century on a wicket which looked good for batting. Jonathan Trott top scored for the visitors with 45, with Ian Bell the next highest scorer on just 24. Nick Compton’s place at the top of the order will yet again be talked about after he fell without scoring. There was also a golden duck for Kevin Pietersen much to the delight of the home fans.
Bruce Martin on debut claimed 4-43, and Neil Wagner took 4-42 in helping bowl the tourists out so cheaply. England’s total of 167 was their lowest first innings total against New Zealand in Test cricket.
With 42 overs still remaining in the day, England would have expected to get themselves back into the game with early wickets, but New Zealand held strong and England were unable to make the breakthrough.
Hamish Rutherford who was also on debut for the Kiwi’s finished the day on 77 not out, and made batting look easy. He was well supported by Peter Fulton who will resume in the morning 46 not out.
England will need early wickets tomorrow morning if they are to stand any chance of dragging themselves back into this game.
Matt Prior tweeted ‘Only one thing to say about today…horrendous! It happens in sport but how u bounce back is key! We’ll be giving it our all promise u that!’
The Scoop 07/03/13