Kiwi pacemen put Poms on back foot
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.