Kiwi pace­men put Poms on back foot

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

NEW Zealand’s ex­pe­ri­enced pace bowlers re­paid the faith placed in them on the first day of the open­ing Test against Eng­land, bowl­ing su­perbly be­fore late hit­ting by Ben Stokes lifted the tourists to 4-241 at stumps.

Stokes (67no) boosted Eng­land’s to­tal af­ter New Zealand con­ceded about two runs an over for most of the day on a Bay Oval pitch that of­fered the bowlers no as­sis­tance af­ter Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat. Ol­lie Pope was on 18 at stumps.

Joe Denly made 74 and shared in a 61-run part­ner­ship with Rory Burns (52) and an 83-run stand with Stokes.

New Zealand’s pace at­tack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wag­ner made life dif­fi­cult for the vis­i­tors.

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