New Zealand vs England: Day three of first Test in a nutshell
Dominic Sibley’s ultimate catch a rare bright spot on England’s day of toil. Here are the key moments from the day three actions at Bay Oval…
SCORECARD | HOW IT HAPPENED
BJ Watling Test century got a 41-run guide to New Zealand as England took two wickets on day three of their first Test, writes Oli Burley.
Watling’s dogged and measured 298-ball knock, which comprises 15 fours much, blunted a attack which lacked penetration on a pitch.
Goodness knows England lovers had precious little to cheer in the initial two periods (one wicket( actually ), so hopes were not high in a onslaught of discoveries at the onset of the evening session. Input Ben Stokes to get his impact and a bowl was instantaneous – eliminating Colin de Grandhomme.
Mind you, it required a special catch to reach it debutant Dominic Sibley flinging himself into his right in the gully to pluck a stunning one-handed grab. Sibley celebrated with arms but it wasn’t to be lift away for England.
Can Joe Root receive the best out of all Jofra Archer? Handing England’s quickest bowler the ball at the start of the day appeared a no-brainer after Archer struck Henry Nicholls twist to the helmet late on day two but rather the paceman was left kicking his heels Sam Curran and Stuart Broad opened up before being belatedly introduced.
So absolutely Archer would get first crack with all the brand new conker just? The chance went begging because Jack Leach and Root himself awakened ahead of the interval. Possibly the Kookaburra ball as well as the pitch played with a part – Archer bothering the barrier unless riled.
“What stunned me,” explained Ian Ward,”was that he seemed somewhat isolated. I only wonder whether a Jimmy Anderson would have been there whether he would have gone up to him and had a conversation with him.”
Mike Atherton:”I believed it was a very bizarre afternoon out of England, I must say. To go to Archer I thought was odd. Not to bowl him when he had needed a fracture, was strange. Not that Archer can perform all the bowling, but you need him at the key times.”
James Franklin:”Watling is a battler and a scrapper; he always seems to do it when New Zealand are it up. He’s at a rich vein of form from Test cricket may that last from Zealand’s point of view. It is a massive afternoon for New Zealand because they were so far behind at the beginning of it”
Rob Key:”New Zealand revealed England how to bat. They were ruthless in a manner that England were not. England’s position in this match is their own. I expect it’s a day that Archer sees as a small wake-up telephone. I expect he thinks’am I going to improve?’ . I expect it’s a day he learns from.”
See day four of the first Test between New Zealand and England live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30pm Saturday.