England debutant Matthew Potts took 4 wickets towards New Zealand just for the hosts to break down as properly on the opening day of the primary Take a look at at Lord’s on Thursday. The World Take a look at champions have been dismissed for 132 earlier than England, within the first of this three-match sequence, slumped to 116-7 by stumps. Pre-match, there had been speak of England making a contemporary begin beneath new Take a look at captain Ben Stokes and recently-appointed red-ball coach Brendon McCullum, the previous New Zealand skipper.
However this was a reminder there are not any fast options to the elemental batting weak spot that has contributed to England profitable simply certainly one of their earlier 17 matches at this degree, a run that has left them backside of the World Take a look at Championship desk.
Potts took an outstanding 4 wickets for 13 runs in 9.2 overs, a reward for a difficult line and size, with recalled England tempo nice James Anderson returning figures of 4 for 66 in 16.
Zak Crawley launched England’s reply with a brisk 43.
However the opener’s exit sparked a droop that noticed England lose seven wickets for simply 41 runs on pitch beneath sunny blue skies — seemingly ideally suited batting circumstances.
Stokes himself was out for only one, with former captain and star batsman Joe Root dismissed for 11.
New Zealand left-arm fast Trent Boult, who solely arrived in England on Monday after taking part in within the Indian Premier League ultimate, took two for 15 in 10 overs and towering paceman Kyle Jamieson two for 20 in seven.
Crawley had seemed in very good contact, with one of the best of his seven fours a straight drive off Tim Southee. However after he was caught behind off Jamieson, wickets tumbled.
Root struck a trademark forcing shot for a 4 off all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme solely to be caught within the gully taking part in the same stroke off the identical bowler for 11.
Alex Lees struggled to make 25 off 77 balls earlier than Stokes was caught behind for only one off Southee.
Jonny Bairstow was additionally out fot a single earlier than Boult introduced Potts again all the way down to earth by eradicating the newcomer for a duck in his first Take a look at innings — the final of a outstanding 17 wickets that fell within the day’s play.
New Zealand had been in dire straits at 45 for seven after captain Kane Williamson‘s determination to bat first.
However all-rounder de Grandhomme’s unbeaten 42 off 50 balls bolstered their whole.
Anderson and Stuart Broad, England’s two most profitable Take a look at bowlers of all time, with 1,177 wickets between them previous to this match, had each been controversially not noted of a 1-Zero sequence loss within the Caribbean earlier this yr.
However the 39-year-old Anderson was quickly again in a well-known groove as he eliminated openers Will Young and Tom Latham with assistance from two slip catches, the primary a superb diving one-handed effort, by Bairstow.
New Zealand’s Devon Conway, who made a double century at Lord’s in his Take a look at debut final yr, fell for simply three on Thursday when caught by Bairstow off Broad.
England’s Jack Leach needed to depart the sphere half an hour into the day’s play after the spinner landed on his head and neck when stopping a boundary.
Leach was later dominated out of the remainder of the match resulting from signs of concussion, with England summoning uncapped Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson from Manchester as a concussion substitute.
Potts, nevertheless, struck with simply his fifth ball when Williamson, whose elbow damage meant he had missed New Zealand’s earlier 5 Assessments, edged low to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.
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