Bairstow takes England to 290/8 on Day 1

Hope Soto
April 2, 2018

Bairstow tucked a single off his hip in the fifth over of the day to raise a fifth Test ton.

New Zealand went into lunch with a score of 32 for four and it soon became 36 for five when Anderson had Kane Williamson (22) caught behind.

Watling was on 77 after sharing a 142-run stand with De Grandhomme which was broken late in the day by England's man of the moment Stuart Broad.

Despite winning home series against both South Africa and the West Indies, they got done 4-0 in the recent Ashes series and now are 1-0 down coming up to the second test against New Zealand.

England will have confidence they can run through the New Zealand order a second time later in the Test given the lack of application from the top order.

Latham fell to Broad in the second over while Anderson claimed the wicket of Raval.

It left New Zealand 239-9 and England poised to clean up the tail but Boult (16) and Wagner (24 not out) had other ideas as they cut the deficit to 29 runs.

It took Broad to 406 Test wickets, passing Curtly Ambrose into 14th in the all-time list, in a match that looks set to be defined by the supreme opening bowlers on each side.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult engineered another England meltdown today to have the tourists 150 for five at tea on day one of the second Test here.

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On 58, Bairstow suffered a fearful blow to the side of the head from Colin de Grandhomme which knocked his helmet from his head but did nothing to slow his run flow.

The duo finished with a record sixth-wicket partnership for New Zealand against England, but they were aided by some questionable decisions by captain Joe Root. Like most things, when you're playing badly, things often aren't as bad as you think and when you're playing well, you're probably not as good as everyone says you are. But we also used some different tactics.

"One of those was the short-pitched ball our batting unit have faced a lot of and we've maybe not done a huge amount".

Broad has been working on his bowling action since a disappointing Ashes series, and his wickets in Christchurch came from a fuller length that forced the batsmen to play.

If he does get the nod and keep his place for the two Tests against Pakistan in May, Cook really will have to deliver, or his worldwide career will be all but over.

"I didn't want to work with any coaches - I just wanted to get that feeling back as a cricketer, and I've got that".

Instead, getting them out is the priority, at least to start with, even though a draw would be enough to clinch the series.

New Zealand's Tim Southee struck his first test half century since 2014 on Sunday. A better way to go is to bowl straighter and have something like a 5-4 field.

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