TEST MATCH: England struggle on opening day of Test Match against NZ
PA - Adam Davy
England struggled on the opening day of the first Test Match of the summer against New Zealand with the visitors ending on 246-3.
Devon Conway struck a brilliant century on debut for the visitors, whilst fellow debutant Ollie Robinson was the pick of the bowlers for England grabbing two wickets.
No spinner selected
England’s XI was of heavy interest as injuries to Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Ben Foakes as well as rests for Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran meant there would be some chances for those who have been on the fringes.
Indeed that was the case as Sussex fast-bowler Robinson got the nod as did Gloucestershire’s wicket keeper-batsman James Bracey. The most intriguing call was the decision not to select a front-line spinner as Jack Leach, who was mightily impressive in Sri Lanka and India in the winter, sat out.
New Zealand take advantage
In hindsight, it looks like it might be a bad call as the Black Caps survived the early test of James Anderson and Stuart Broad to pile on the runs.
Robinson did manage to take the wicket of Tom Latham for 23 before lunch but his opening partner Conway looked so assured despite his inexperience and New Zealand went to lunch at 85-1.
England briefly got themselves on top in the second session as superstar Kane Williamson was bowled by Anderson before Robinson trapped Ross Taylor in front.
However, that was as good as it got for the England attack as Conway batted the whole of the day and deservedly got his century, finishing on 136* and he was well supported by Henry Nicholls.
The opening day of the first Test Match of the summer went New Zealand’s way but if England can get a couple of early wickets on day two then the game will really open up.
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