New Zealand vs England, 1st Test Day 4

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The fourth day began with New Zealand already in control of the test match thanks to BJ Watling and the support he received around him. With the ball England had appeared to have had a rethink about how to take wickets and was making a conscience effort to pitch the ball up. The pitch still looked horribly flat although Broad did manage much like did the previous morning to string together a load of maidens.

Throughout the first session there was little action as England remained wicketless and the hosts were starting to find themselves in a position where they couldn’t lose. In contrast to yesterday Root’s men were perhaps slightly more focussed on the task in hand but by this stage the game was up for them.

In the afternoon session the two New Zealand batsmen did slowly start to increase their scoring and Mitch Santner who was about to have his best day in test cricket went through to his maiden test century. Eventually as the bowlers were becoming weary and tired more loose balls were bowled and the ball was disappearing into the grassy banks with regularity.

Sam Curran eventually broke the partnership by getting Santner caught on the boundary and England could think about getting off the field. The declaration didn’t come till after tea as Williamson waited for Watling to go through to his first double hundred. The delay by New Zealand may prove costly on such a turgid wicket but that is for tomorrow.

Gary Neville said that the hardest thing in sport is for two opening batsmen to go out after a long time in the field and face the new ball. Things for England got off to a good start though with the more experienced Burns playing positively. Century maker Mitch Santner came on and spun the ball consistently away from Sibley in his opening overs. Some naivety on debut from Sibley meant he got a little stuck and stopped looking to get off strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. Instead he kept holding is bat out at a line he didn’t need to play and eventually the inevitable happened and he nicked one.

Burns quickly followed with an inexcusable shot with just a few overs to go before the close before Jack Leach was caught of the last ball of the day. Replays show Leach may in fact not have hit the ball but he wasn’t sure and didn’t want to use a review which just about summed up England’s day. Their batting performance at the end of the day will probably be put down to the fact they spent so long in the field. What’s needed now by the visitors is a 2013 Auckland style escape on the 5th day.

England Second Innings

R J Burnsc de Grandhomme b Santner317640
D P Sibleyc Watling b Santner126210
J L Denly71610
M J Leachc Latham b Santner01200
Extras4b 1lb 05 
Totalfor 35527.4 overs
T G Southee40180
T A Boult5420
C de Grandhomme4180
M J Santner8463
N Wagner61160

New Zealand 1st Innings

J A Ravalc Denly b Leach196830
T W M Lathamlbw b Curran82100
K S Williamsonc Stokes b Curran518570
L R P L Taylorc Pope b Stokes254010
H M Nichollslbw b Root4112550
B J Watlingc Buttler b Archer205473241
C de Grandhommec Sibley b Stokes6510871
M J Santnerc Pope b Curran126269115
T G Southeec & b Leach91301
N Wagner11511
T A Boult1100
Extras22b 9lb 0 21w 2nb54 
Totalfor 9615201.0 overs
S C J Broad3313640
J C Archer42151071
S M Curran3571193
M J Leach4771532
B A Stokes265742
J E Root183671

England 1st innings

R J Burnsc Watling b de Grandhomme5213860
D P Sibleyc Taylor b de Grandhomme226340
J L Denlyc Watling b Southee7418181
J E Rootc Southee b Wagner22200
B A Stokesc Taylor b Southee91146120
O J D Popec Watling b Southee295660
J C Buttlerc Santner b Wagner437051
S M Curranlbw b Southee0100
J C Archerc Southee b Boult4310
M J Leach185520
S C J Broadb Wagner11000
Extras2b 11lb 0 3w 1nb17 
Totalfor 10353124.0 overs
T A Boult316971
T G Southee327884
C de Grandhomme235412
N Wagner327903
M J Santner61240

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