The new era of England under Captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum began perfectly when James Anderson and Stuart Broad helped bowling in New Zealand at a 4:12 start to the first test at Lord’s.
But after the veteran duo set in motion, test debutant Matthew Potts took the lead, letting Kane Williamson (2) jump in on his fifth ball before Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell played pure bowling and left Kiwi 6-37.
New Zealand included the recently hired Trent Boult when Captain Kane Williamson decided to bat.
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But the move quickly looked catastrophic when Anderson scored two goals and allowed only four runs from his first six overs, while Broad had 1-14 in his first six.
With their top four running barely an hour before the opening day, New Zealand hoped Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell could clear the situation before Potts struck twice in half an hour.
However, England had some bad news when Jack Leach was withdrawn from the test due to a concussion after an injury in the field.
Left-handed paceman Boult joined the team only on Monday after playing in the final of the Indian Premier League last weekend, but the reigning World Test champions chose him as a member of the tempo attack, including Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.
“You are always considering options, but we will have the bat first and try to use the pitch first,” Williamson told BBC Radio after winning the ticket.
“Trent Boult will play.”
Stokes, when the sun rises over the ‘Home of Cricket’, said: “We wanted to be the first to launch, but this morning we looked and it’s not the worst ticket we can lose.
“It’s a little wet and we’ll see what Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and all our pitchers can do.”
England have won only one of their last 17 tests, a pitiful course that is reflected in the fact that it is currently at the end of the World Test Championship table.
On Wednesday, they named their party for the first of a three-match series, recalling fast-running veterans Anderson and Broad – the two most successful English pitchers of all time with 1,177 goals.
The pair were controversially dropped out of the West Indies earlier this year.
England also debuted in the form of fast pitcher Potts, Stokes’ district colleague in Durham, amid a crisis due to injuries that ruled out several players including Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofr Archer and Ollie Robinson.
For England, this was the first match under the new leadership of Stokes and McCullum, the former captain of New Zealand himself.
“As a friend, I’m interested in how Brendon McCullum will do as head coach,” Williamson said. “I’m sure he’ll have a process and a big picture he’s working on.”
Versatile Stokes took the lead after Joe Root resigned at the end of a five-year reign that culminated in a series of defeats outside with Australia and West Indies, with a 4: 0 Ashes reversal that led to the dismissal of Chris Silverwood as England’s coach.
On Thursday, Stokes wore a T-shirt with the name and cap number (564) of Graham Thorpe, a former English batsman.
Thorpe, who won 100 tests and lost his job as assistant coach to England after Ashes, is currently seriously ill.
“Wearing a T-shirt on behalf of me and the English cricket team is a support for him, his wife, his children and his family,” Stokes said.
“We all love Thorpey and it means a hell of a lot to us.” “Everyone is aware that Graham is unfortunately very ill at the hospital at this time.”
Sky Cricket broadcasters began their coverage in honor of the late Shane Warne and also named their comment after the Australian giant.
England: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wkt), Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (Captain), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wkt), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
Referee: Rod Tucker (AUS), Michael Gough (ENG)
TV judge: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
referee match: Richie Richardson (WIS)
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