1. It was the first ever test match at The Bay Oval. When was the last time England played the first ever test match at a new ground?
- Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
- Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
- Sir Vivien Richards Stadium, Antigua
2. Only once before this century had England been in the field longer then they were in the first innings at The Bay Oval, when was it?
- Antigua, 2004
- Lords, 2006 (vs Sri Lanka)
- Cape Town, 2016
3. How many of England’s players who played in the first test also played in the final test in 2018 when England last came to New Zealand?
4. How many runs did Santner and Watling put on for the 6th wicket in New Zealand’s only innings at The Bay Oval?
5. Before the 2nd Test how many times had Ollie Pope kept wicket in a first class match?
6. Which one of these other teams has Joe Root scored a double century against?
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
7. What animal did Michael Atherton apparently say it would be really nice to be?
8. In England’s last three tours to New Zealand (including this one) how many tests have they won?
- Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot in 2016 against India was the last time England played the first test match at a new ground.
- At the start of 2016 England were in the field for 211 overs in Cape Town against South Africa. The other week New Zealand had England out there for just the 201 overs.
- Four players played in both matches that were 18 months apart; Root, Stokes, Broad and Leach who made his debut.
- The record partnership was 261 between Watling and Santner.
- It was just five first class matches Ollie Pope had kept wicket before the 2nd test match. The most recent one coming back in February for the Lions.
- Joe Root has also made a double hundred against Sri Lanka at Lords in 2014. The other one came against Pakistan.
- According to Bumble Athers looked up from his laptop on the way to the ground and wondered what it would be like to be a sheep.
- Over the course of the last three tours in New Zealand stretching back to 2013 England haven’t won a single test match.