England skittled for 58 after spectacular first-day collapse against New Zealand

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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Quick guide Today at the Test Having been put into bat on a cloudless afternoon, England were tormented by some exemplary bowling by the left-arm paceman Trent Boult, who finished with six for 32. At the other end Tim Southee took four wickets in a variety of ways, which only served to highlight the ineptitude of England’s batsmen. There was some movement for Boult, in particular, but it was as if the batsmen were playing blind man’s buff after someone had mischievously plastered glue on the soles of their boots. Many of the batsmen looked as if they could not see the pink ball and, perhaps as a consequence, their feet declined to move anywhere. Hence there was the ugliest of processions as England crashed to 27 for nine in the 16th over.Boult took his wickets in a manner he might have anticipated in his dreams. He found the outside edge of the left-handers’ bats with swing that was sufficient rather than extravagant. Then he beat the inside edge of the right-handers to demolish their stumps. So Alastair Cook and Dawid Malan groped and edged but the most coveted wicket for Boult was surely that of England’s beleaguered captain. Joe Root had surprised us at the toss by announcing he was batting at No 3 after England had unexpectedly opted to play Overton instead of James Vince. Root has never been enamoured by the prospect of batting there and his experience on Thursday might not have changed his view. Vince, meanwhile, could not dare to be spotted smiling after witnessing the carnage as a water carrier – not that any England batsman lasted long enough to justify needing refreshment. Read more Show New Zealand soon demonstrated it was perfectly possible to combat the pink ball at Eden Park against a stunned England, who shunned two early opportunities in the field. Tom Latham could have been run out from the first ball of the innings but the throw of Liam Livingstone, briefly on as a sub, missed the stumps. Jeet Raval, facing Broad, was soon dropped at second slip by Root, who was distracted by the sight of Malan diving in front of him. So Broad had to wait another 30 overs for his 400th Test wicket, though such was England’s plight he did not muster a smile, which seemed the appropriate response. Straight after dinner Latham, who had battled patiently, clipped a full ball straight to Woakes at square leg. Meanwhile Williamson had progressed with characteristic diligence but, when he was on 64, the England players were convinced he was run out. A firm straight drive from Ross Taylor hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end and Woakes was sure the ball had brushed his fingers first with Williamson stranded. The replays watched by the third umpire, Marais Erasmus, were inconclusive; in fact Bruce Oxenford, umpiring out in the middle, had a better view. So Williamson survived but he soon lost Taylor, caught at mid-wicket off Anderson.At the close England were in more disarray than they ever experienced in Australia a few months ago. Stokes, despite all the optimistic noises coming from the England camp before the Test, was not only runless but also wicketless, since he was not fit enough to bowl a ball. At 175 for three with the unflappable Williamson unbeaten on 91, New Zealand were in the pink, England in despair. Share on LinkedIn England cricket team Topics Stats of the day4 – This is the fourth time in Test history that the 10th-wicket partnership has contributed more than 50% of the runs scored in an entire innings.1 – This is the first time that New Zealand have bowled a team out using only two bowlers. The last team to do so was England against in 2013 – against New Zealand.5 – England are the fifth team to be bowled out before the end of the first session of a Test match. England all out for 58 against New Zealand: first Test, day one – as it happened Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Pinterest Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Was this helpful? Stuart Broad is caught by Kane Williamson. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images A pink ball and even pinker faces. England’s finest were skittled inside 21 overs for 58, their lowest score against New Zealand and if there had not been a last-wicket partnership of 31 between Craig Overton and Jimmy Anderson they might have been dismissed for their lowest score in Test cricket, which remains at 45.center_img Photograph: Ross Setford/AP Share on Messenger Ball of the day – Trent Boult to Alastair CookA jaffa which set the tone for the day, probably for the Test as well – and perhaps the series too. Coming from wide, Boult moved a full one away, and bat inexorably drawn towards its beauty, Cook edged to second slip. Facebook Reuse this content Trevor Bayliss berates England batting: ‘I’m embarrassed. It’s not good enough’ Share on WhatsApp New Zealand cricket team Shot of the day – Kane Williamson off Moeen AliInitially, England kept New Zealand’s scoring under control but with the ball not swinging they turned to spin. So Williamson came down the pitch and smashed through the line for six, quickly added four more, and he was away. Cricket Root faced five deliveries from Boult without alarms. His sixth was full and it swung into the batsman in classic fashion; it was a fine delivery – but not an unplayable one – and it passed between bat and pad to demolish the stumps.Nine months ago there was much purring about England’s potent “engine room” of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. This trio could not contribute a run between them. Stokes, myopically searching for the first non-white cricket ball he has encountered for an awfully long time, was bowled by another zinger from Boult. He was late and his bat was crooked.However his dismissal was no less exasperating than those of Bairstow and Moeen. Both succumbed to Southee in embarrassing fashion. Bairstow, who has been so dominant against the white ball recently, essayed a firm-footed drive to give a straightforward return catch, while Moeen missed a slowish full toss, which hit the base of his stumps, two gifts for Southee. Share via Email England in New Zealand 2018 Catch of the day Kane Williamson to dismiss Stuart BroadNew Zealand snaffled everything, but this was special. Broad slashed at Southee and a thick outside-edge sent the ball screaming past gully, but Williamson flew to his left and retrieved it from behind him using only his fingertips. Hide With the departure of Chris Woakes, who was bowled by Boult just as Root had been, the statistical gurus were alerting us to all sorts of nasty records on the horizon, most of which started with: “This is the worst/lowest …” When Stuart Broad was spectacularly caught by Kane Williamson in the gully off Southee (is he England’s unluckiest batsman as well as bowler?) the score had sunk to 27 for nine. Most of the humiliating records were averted thanks to a cameo from Overton, who seemed to be able to pick up the pink ball rather better than his colleagues. There was one superb flat-batted six off Boult as well as a few, crisp drives in his unbeaten 33 but Anderson could not keep him company for long. Despite that last-wicket partnership, England could not reach their previous lowest score against the Kiwis, which was 64 at Wellington in 1978 when Geoffrey Boycott was the captain. We can safely assume the wicket was misbehaving more then. Since you’re here… match reports Support The Guardianlast_img read more