Britain were hoodwinked by Tim Southee and Trent Boult – who finished the innings with his best Test figures – and were expelled for an irrelevant 58 on Day 1 of the primary Test in Auckland.
Britain looked set to change record books for all the wrong reasons on Thursday had it not been for 31-run association between Craig Overton and James Anderson for the tenth wicket. Anderson’s rejection denoted the finish of an innings in which England made 58 runs. They were 23/8 sooner or later and it appeared as though they may wind up being hard and fast for the most minimal score in a Test innings. Incidentally, New Zealand are the side that hold that questionable record – they were expelled for 26 by England in 1955. Tim Southee and Trent Boult were the main two bowlers who used the pink-ball with Boult taking six wickets for 32 runs, his best figures in Test cricket.
There was impressive energy around the England batting line-up before the innings. The most clear one was the arrival of Ben Stokes. This is the star all-rounder’s first Test coordinate since his suspension for his part in an occurrence outside a bar back home. Feeds has been a powerhouse for the England batting lineup throughout the years with a strike rate of 63.77. In any case, on Thursday, he was only one of the five batsmen who was expelled for ducks by Boult and Southee.
Britain’s first wicket came as senior statesman Alastair Cook who was expelled in the fourth finished. Commander Root’s advancement to no.3 was the other positive note for England before the innings began however he confronted only six balls previously being sent back to the hovel for no runs. Only five overs later, England got themselves 18/6 with Dawid Malan, Marcus Stoneman, Stokes and Jonny Bairstow all being expelled. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali at that point battled off a couple of conveyances before being expelled themselves. Stuart Broad was then rejected by a snapshot of enchantment from Kane Williamson in the slips.