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Burns guided England through to the Lunch break

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 neat 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 even have been 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.

After Sibley was dismissed, he found an able ally in Joe Denly as the duo guided England to lunch.

Brief scores: England 61/1 (Rory Burns 35*; Colin de Grandhomme 1-19) v New Zealand.

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