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England collapse leaves first Test evenly poised on Day 1

Last updated on: June 03, 2022 00:50 IST

Images from Day 1 of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

New Zealand

IMAGE: New Zealand's Tim Southee and Kane Williamson celebrate with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Ben Stokes. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

A familiar England batting collapse left the hosts 16 runs behind New Zealand as wickets tumbled on a frantic first day of the opening Test at Lord's on Thursday.


England made an excellent start to their new era under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum by dismissing New Zealand for 132 inside two sessions.

New Zealand

IMAGE: England's Zak Crawley looks dejected after being bowled out by New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson.Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

But their dismal batting continued as they lost seven wickets for 41 runs to limp to the close at 116 for seven after New Zealand seamers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson picked up two wickets each.

England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley shared a solid partnership of 59 before Crawley was caught behind off Jamieson for 43.

Jamieson removed Ollie Pope for seven in his first innings at No. 3 and Colin De Grandhomme dismissed Joe Root for 11 when the former captain's trademark back-foot punch was well caught by Southee at gully.

Southee trapped Lees lbw for 25 and Stokes was caught behind, the skipper walking off angrily after scoring one run off nine balls.

Boult removed Jonny Bairstow (1) and debutant Matthew Potts (0) in the same over as England's batting crumbled in similar fashion to their recent series defeats in the West Indies and Australia.

Ben Foakes, on six, and Stuart Broad (4) will resume the innings on the second day.

Ajaz Patel

IMAGE: Matthew Potts celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Ajaz Patel. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Earlier, England's impressive bowling and slick catching helped them bundle out New Zealand inside two sessions following Kane Williamson's decision to bat first.

The hosts' brilliant display was headlined by Potts, who picked up 4-13 and took two catches, as well as veteran seamer James Anderson, who bagged 4-66 on his return to the side after being dropped for the tour of the Caribbean.


IMAGE: England's James Anderson celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Tom Latham. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters 

Colin de Grandhomme's 42 not out helped New Zealand recover from 39-6 at lunch after their batting order suffered an early collapse.

Potts picked up three wickets before lunch -- with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson being his first Test wicket -- and added a fourth later, while Anderson picked up two more.

New Zealand

IMAGE: England's Matthew Potts celebrates with Ben Stokes after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Tom Blundell. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Changing his length, Anderson dismissed Kyle Jamieson for six runs shortly after lunch with a short ball as the New Zealand bowler sent it straight to Potts at fine leg.

Anderson removed Tim Southee before Ajaz Patel found himself trapped on the pad by Potts. New captain Stokes took the final wicket to end New Zealand's disappointing first innings.

New Zealand

IMAGE: England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates with Ben Stokes and teammates after taking a catch to dismiss New Zealand's Tom Latham off the bowling of James Anderson. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Earlier, play was paused in the 23rd over of New Zealand's first innings for 23 seconds of applause in memory of Australian great Shane Warne, who died in March at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack and congenital disease.

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