New Zealand vs England: Day one of second Test in a nutshell
“Nonsense” collections, a costly drop, yet another Latham century, and a contentious lbw phone – here are the notables from day one in Seddon Park…
SCORECARD | HOW IT HAPPENED
Tom Latham penalized Ben Stokes for dropping him by ensuring New Zealand and completing his 11th Test ton bossed a rain-shortened day one of the second and final Test against England.
Latham was murdered by a diving Stokes at slide having successfully chased an lbw dismissal contrary to the remembered Chris Woakes on 49 as he steered the Black Caps – 1-0 up in the show following their innings triumph in the first Test – to 173-3 from 54.3 overs before rain stopped play prematurely.
England, who inserted New Zealand after winning the toss, packed their side-by-side seam bowlers – much to Sky Cricket pro Mark Butcher’s consternation – since Woakes played in area of spinner Jack Leach, whereas Ollie Pope deputised as wicketkeeper to the wounded Jos Buttler.
This will truly return as missed opportunity of this day so far as England are concerned.
Latham was surprised by some lift the pitch by a Jofra Archer delivery and edged towards Stokes. On the other hand, the England all-rounder, usually so reliable in the field, spilled the chance jumped into his left. Latham has added his tally and the following 35 runs, therefore Stokes will hope it ends up being nowhere near the 174 runs following being grassed by Stokes on 31 since he made 205, BJ Watling added in the very first Test.
The frustration for England has been Ross Taylor overturning an lbw dismissal on 25 when Snicko indicated he cut the ball of Stuart Broad with his bat before it thumped into his pad. Broad was determined he had his man – even observing before turning – for DRS to save the New Zealand batsman.
The controversy came via the fact England was hard done by and the spike on Snicko came a fair while after the ball had passed on the bat, with. Taylor went on to score 53.
– Tom Latham has scored five hundreds in his last 10 Test innings.
– Three of those have come in 2019, significance only Kane Williamson (five in 2015 and four 2014) and Brendon McCullum (four in 2014) have scored more heaps for New Zealand compared to him at a calendar year.
– Ollie Pope is keeping wicket for England, even though doing the job in five games that are first-class before this match.
Selection – about it Mark Butcher was seething actually! As they appeared to rebound from their mauling buttler’s knee injury appeared to put England into a stupor.
With no recognized backup wicketkeeper on tour Jonny Bairstow was dropped and Ben Foakes overlooked – Pope had to don the gauntlets.
That supposed Zak Crawley, an opener using Kent, made his Test debut at No 6 – per place over Pope – but England went even more maverick by then announcing they had fallen left-arm spinner Leach and instead recalled Woakes in an all-pace assault, possibly because they knew Stokes needed a knee problem. Cue a rant from Butch…
“Blas??, loose and fast , call it what you’d like – it is just crap,” Butcher said when hearing the England team. “Five seamers? And then the one is doing nothing anyhow, if four quicks are not getting 20 wickets to a .
“Leach not playing is a crap, to me. You have a world-class all-rounder [at Stokes] so that you can have a five-man attack and you are telling me you cannot find a spinner in this team?”
But on Pope, meanwhile, Butcher added:”I’m annoyed, really. I am annoyed for Pope. Here’s a kid who devotes 60-odd in first-class cricket at a time when batters are currently struggling for runs.
“He also makes his introduction [against India at 2018] from place at # 4 – a spot he had never batted before – and now he is being asked to keep wicket when he has not kept wicket for Surrey for a long time.”
Mark Butcher on Tom Latham: “Superb. It’s kind of old fashioned, and it’s simplicity with Latham and one of the things I actually like, is he points his buttocks and shoulders at the path of the ball. He he seldom plays around the pad finds himself becoming straight up and the bat looks whether the bowlers are around or over the wicket. He’s very tidy and there is a fantastic reason that he averages 45 in an era in which opening batsman are struggling, apart from possibly in India and Australia.”
Mark Richardson on New Zealand:”New Zealand have performed quite well, aided by England making the wrong decision in the throw. It’s a feather-bed out there. It’s a fantastic path to bat on now. New Zealand have batted well and England have not found spans and the correct line at the first session when they needed to place on the pressure. I just don’t think they’ve been around the ball”
Mike Atherton on England’s team selection:”I try and comprehend the logic where they are coming from since these guys are no fools in the England dressing room. What they want is that in the event that you look at the listing of England spinners and the record is poor, they don’t take wickets. I do not agree with their concept but I think we have to give them respect to how they thought through it.”
See day two of the second Test between New Zealand and England from 9pm on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404).