New Zealand v England first Test: Black Caps secure victory

Celebrations for Neil Wagner (right) and BJ Watling against England in the first Test
Celebrations for Neil Wagner (right) and BJ Watling against England in the first Test

England have lost the first Test against New Zealand by an innings and 65 runs in Mount Maunganui to fall 1-0 down in the two-match series. Check out our report and reaction here.

Scorecard:

England: 353 all out: Stokes 91; Southee 4-88 197 Wagner 5-44

New Zealand 394-6: Watling 205; Santer 126

New Zealand won by an innings and 65 runs


Report

England were unable to negotiate batting out the final day against New Zealand as a series of injudicious strokes saw the tourists hammered by an innings and 65 runs at Mount Maunganui.

Neil Wagner's five for 44 included two wickets in as many balls to bring an abrupt conclusion to proceedings as the Black Caps took a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, but a number of England batsmen were culpable in their own downfall.

With seven wickets in hand and needing to bat out the day to guarantee the series stayed level heading to Hamilton later this week, England captain Joe Root and deputy Ben Stokes were among those out to puzzling shot selections.

England's heavy loss on a sluggish pitch - albeit one that offered turn and bounce out of the footholes for Mitch Santner, who took three for 53 - was all the more galling given Trent Boult was only able to send down one over on Monday because of a rib injury that leaves him doubtful for the second Test.

But the hosts found their opponents in charitable mood as the only batsman to last more than 100 balls was Joe Denly, who received scant support elsewhere in his 35 from 142 deliveries as England were all out for 197.

A draw had seemed distinctly remote once they had lurched from 121 for four to 138 for eight before tea and there were still 21.4 overs remaining when Stuart Broad was the last man out for a golden duck in the final session.

Reaction

England captain Joe Root accepts that a shift in strategy will take time to implement after they were humbled by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test against New Zealand.

He said: "We want to play in a certain way which has been very different to how we've had to play in our conditions over the last couple of years and it's going to take time, it's not going to happen overnight.

"Clearly some of the shots were not good. Everyone's very aware of that. I hold my hand up as well.

"I've had a bit of a rough time of it in terms of scores, I'm working extremely hard on it and sometimes it doesn't always come that easy to you.

"You have to get through difficult periods and go through a little bit of a dip sometimes. The fact that I'm captain at the same time, it's an easy excuse to use as a player.

"I keep putting the work in and I'm going to have to keep trusting my game because I've got a lot in the bank, I know I can do it and I don't feel like I'm far away."

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