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PHOTOS: Bairstow leads England fightback after Boult, Southee strike

March 30, 2018 12:09 IST

Jonny Bairstow

IMAGE: England's Jonny Bairstow bats on Friday, Day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand, at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow and fast bowler Mark Wood produced a rearguard counter-attack to drag England back into the second Test against New Zealand on Friday as the visitors ended the first day at Hagley Oval on 290 for eight.

Tim Southee, who took his seventh five-wicket haul in Tests, and Trent Boult had again tormented England's top order before Bairstow (97 not out) and Wood (52) put on 95-runs for the eighth wicket.

The visitors had been in danger of being bowled out for under 200 when Stuart Broad was caught at mid-off, leaving them floundering at 164 for seven shortly after tea.

However, Bairstow and Wood took advantage of a softening, aging ball to save England from more embarrassment following the 58 they scored in the first innings of the opening Test, their record low against New Zealand.

Trent Boult

IMAGE: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult celebrates after dismissing England opener Alastair Cook. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

After bringing up his first Test half century with two runs behind point, Wood then became Southee's fifth wicket when he was bowled on the final delivery of the 80th over, ending a partnership that brought England back into contention.

England's debutant left-arm spinner Jack Leach managed to hold up his end for 43 minutes while facing 33 deliveries of the second new ball to finish 10 not out at the close.

Southee and Boult had earlier continued to exploit England's inability to handle the swinging ball and captured three wickets for one run after lunch.

The duo had taken one wicket each in the first session but blew away the rest of England's top order shortly after lunch by removing Joe Root (37), Dawid Malan (nought) and Mark Stoneman (35) within the space of nine balls.

Tim Southee

IMAGE: Tim Southee appeals for the wicket of England's James Vince. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

All-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Bairstow, the last remaining recognised batsmen, halted the collapse but the visitors were still in desperate trouble after being put in by Kane Williamson.

The New Zealand bowling tandem were at it again after tea when Stokes, who scored a patient 66 in England's second innings of the first Test, was caught behind for 25 and Broad at mid-off for five before Bairstow and Wood resurrected their innings.

England need a win to stop New Zealand clinching their first series against them since 1999. The hosts won the first Test at Eden Park in Auckland by an innings and 49 runs.


England (1st innings):

A. Cook b Boult 2

M. Stoneman c Latham b Southee 35

J. Vince lbw Southee 18

J. Root b Southee 37

D. Malan lbw Boult 0

B. Stokes c Watling b Boult 25

J. Bairstow not out 97

S. Broad c Sodhi b Southee 5

M. Wood b Southee 52

M. Leach not out 10

Extras: (b2, lb5, w1, nb1) 9

Total: (for 8 wickets, 90.0 overs) 290

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-38, 3-93, 4-94, 5-94, 6-151, 7-164, 8-259

Bowling: Boult 25-5-79-3, Southee 23-6-60-5, de Grandhomme 17-4-44-0, Wagner 20-5-69-0, Sodhi 5-0-31-0.