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England in the ascendancy
Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley shared an opening stand of 52, as England made steady progress in the first session of Day 1 of the first Test versus New Zealand in Bay Oval. The visitors were 61 for 1 at the break.
England, who rightly opted to bat, made a fine start. Sibley, on his Test debut, opened his account in Test cricket, with a boundary through midwicket off Trent Boult. With Sibley shuffling across towards the off-stump, New Zealand's pacers made the mistake of bowling too straight and paid the price. Time and again, Sibley showcased his ability to play through the on-side with neatly played flicks off Neil Wagner and Boult.
Eventually, Colin de Grandhomme, who came in as the first change bowler, made the initial incision by inducing Sibley to drive and the resultant edge was taken by Ross Taylor in the slip cordon.
Meanwhile, Burns, Sibley's former team-mate at Surrey, had a few scares at the start of his innings. He could have been even dismissed in the fifth over. Boult generated just enough away-swing and perhaps found the edge too, only for the on-field umpire to adjudge it as not out. The HotSpot suggested there was a mark.
Once Burns got set, he employed the cut and flick to collect boundaries. The southpaw also played inside the line to negate the threat of New Zealand's pacers in the corridor of uncertainty.
Once Sibley was dismissed, he found an able ally in Joe Denly as the duo guided England to lunch.
And the wicket...
Ah, I seem to have jinxed Sibley, as he has been dismissed by de Grandhomme. But, the perfect delivery for someone with Sibley's technique. Fuller in length and tempting the drive, Sibley hangs back and plays with a closed face, and edges one behind to the cordon. New Zealand needed that wicket.
Sibley and Burns have shared a 50-run stand. Encouraging start for the openers and England. New Zealand's pacers perhaps have got confused by the techniques of Burns and Sibley as all the four bowlers have bowled too straight. Wagner and de Grandhomme were introduced into the attack but no breakthrough so far.
England have made a steady start. Sibley got a half volley on the pads and duly opened his account in Tests with a boundary through midwicket. With that shuffle, Sibley's strength would be to play shots through the on-side. However, he could have been run out in the very next over on the back of a mix-up with Burns. The let-handed Burns has had his issues versus Boult but also cracked a couple of boundaries off the left-armer. Incidentally, Boult came very close to dismissing Burns with an away-swinger. For a moment, it even seemed there was an edge but New Zealand didn't opt for the review. The HotSpot showed a mark!
Both Boult and Southee have found swing and there is some carry on offer.
Toss and teams
England have won a very crucial toss and opted to bat! Sibley has got his maiden Test cap from the former England opener Atherton. He has been splendid form, having scored over 1300 runs for Warwickshire in Division 1 last year.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad
The rivalry between England and New Zealand has come a long way since the time the former sent a second string side to New Zealand under the leadership of Gilligian in 1930, and won the four-match rubber 1-0.
Over the last three decades, we have seen New Zealand giving England a run for their money and even usurping the latter on more than a few occasions. Richard Hadlee's brilliance gave New Zealand their maiden Test series win versus England in England in 1986. Chris Cairns led the way with some splendid performances in 1999 as New Zealand once again defeated the home side in their own den.
In the recent past, the 2015 Test series in England was locked at 1-1 while New Zealand almost avenged the Auckland debacle of 26 all out versus the famed Len Hutton-led side in 1955 by cleaning up England for a mere 58 at the same ground last year. New Zealand, eventually, won the two-match rubber 1-0.
Incidentally, only four players from that horrible innings defeat in Auckland are part of the current England set-up. It is also a new era in the sense that Silverwood has taken over as the England coach from Bayliss. With James Anderson still recovering from a troublesome calf problem, Jofra Archer seems to have taken over as the spearhead with the experienced Broad as his new ball partner.
Joe Root, the captain, is set to move back to his preferred number slot. The Test series also opens up chances for the likes of Sibley, Pope and Co. to prove their mettle. On the other hand, going into the first Test in Bay Oval, New Zealand have a settled look to the Test side under the leadership of Williamson. Boult, Southee and Wagner make up for a formidable trio at home. Ferguson's inclusion gives the hosts more firepower in the pace department. However, he has to wait for his chance, with the home side not including him in the Playing XI for the the opening Test.
This would also turn out to be the first Test at the venue, Bay Oval!
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