England in New Zealand: Jos Buttler says hosts have shown how to make big scores
The dominant screen in the very first Test of new Zealand has shown England what is needed to make big scores,” says wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
England will have to bat the entirety of day to rescue the first Test after falling on day four at Mount Maunganui to 55-3.
Following BJ Watling struck Mitchell and 205 Santner produced 123, new Zealand announced 615-9, a lead of 262.
“It’s been a tough couple of days,” Buttler told Test Match Special.
“It’s been a great deal of hard work and effort for very little reward – Santner and Watling have shown how individual and attritional cricket may cause one to large scores, which puts pressure on you as an opposition.”
England, who’ve struggled to create imposing totals on tours in the past few years, were in their first innings, to them being bowled out for 353 just for a few shots that are loose to contribute.
New Zealand were 197-5 in response, as they reached their highest score in Tests against England but Watling approach in racks of 261 using Santner and 119 together with Colin de Grandhomme put the hosts in control.
“We’ll reflect on our first-innings score not being exactly what we wanted it to be we have in a good place and let this slip,” additional Buttler.
“If you have a take a look at 450 to 500 because of first-innings score, you put a great deal of strain on the resistance and the weight of stress out of a scoreboard can create chances.”
Slow left-armer Santner discovered turn and bounce to eliminate openers Dom Sibley along with Rory Burns in addition to nightwatchman Jack Leach, however, Buttler says England can be confident of batting quite a while on what is still a”decent wicket”.
“We need high skill levels along with a great deal of personality and this aspect has got that in abundance,” he said.
“We’ve got lots of this in the dressing room – if you have a look at who’s still to come, Ben Stokes and Joe Root are world class gamers who have demonstrated the capability to occupy the crease from the past – and we have to show it to the field tomorrow [Monday].”
After struggling on day three, Santner showed impressive discipline to deliver up his maiden Test century off 252 balls.
He continued to bat in the morning on afternoon before starting to strike fellow spinner Jack Leach, hitting on five sixes.
“I was making difficult work of this century concerning balls faced, but when the spinner came with the end I chose to use my feet a little,” said Santner.
“Through the partnership with BJ [Watling] we’re only looking to take it deep and bring bowlers back into various spells.
“We knew when we came out early and lost wickets, they had been back into the game – our strategy was to bat once and bat large.
“Hopefully we’re setup for a good day’s cricket tomorrow.”