England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day May 16, 2013

New Zealand straitjacket England on slow day

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England 160 for 4 (Trott 39, Boult 2-29) v New Zealand
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Although the scoreboard only read four wickets, New Zealand could be highly satisfied with the opening day of the series at Lord's having restricted England to a run-rate of two-an-over. Each of the top four bedded in before being chipped out by a supremely accurate bowling attack who were again led astutely by their proactive captain.

It is fair to say that Brendon McCullum would have swapped one of the wickets today for that final scalp in Auckland six weeks ago, but New Zealand know the importance of backing up their performance at home with a strong showing overseas and they have ensured that England will not be sitting too comfortably overnight.

Trent Boult claimed two key scalps in the afternoon session, due reward for high-class, crafty swing bowling. Alastair Cook, who had problems against him and Neil Wagner in New Zealand, pushed at one side off stump and Jonathan Trott - shaping to play a significant innings on a ground where he averages over 70 - was brilliantly caught low at third slip five minutes before tea.

Trott's dismissal will have left one New Zealander feeling especially relieved; Bruce Martin had given him a life before he got off the mark when he spilled a return catch. It meant that Joe Root, who had never played at Lord's, emerged for his first home Test innings in a tricky situation five minutes before a break but was as assured as any of the England batsman while compiling a jaunty 25 during the final session before rain lopped off the last 10 overs.

Three down would have been a solid enough - if unspectacular - day for England but the removal of Ian Bell, 10 balls before the second new ball became available, ensured New Zealand could end the day the happier side. Bell had produced a display of considerable self-restraint before being drawn into pushing at a ball (his 133rd) angled across him. It was a poor shot at a poor time, but nothing less than Wagner deserved for pounding in on a fairly unforgiving surface.

Although the sun shone for the opening day of the international summer, batting was not a simple prospect. But both captains got their wish at the toss with McCullum saying he would have bowled. Firstly there was swing, the subject of much debate in the build-up, then there was a pitch on the sluggish side that made timing the ball difficult and an outfield - relayed over the winter following the Olympic Archery - which deflated value for shots on a ground where the ball normally races away. A tally of 15 boundaries in 80 overs was testament to that.

Spin, historically, does not play a major role in May Tests but there were signs that it could have an influential role in this match. Martin, who only had his place confirmed on the morning of the game when New Zealand resisted the temptation of an all-seam attack, tweaked his first ball past Nick Compton's edge which was just enough to plant a few doubts.

But it could not really explain Compton's dismissal when, completely out of character to the rest of his innings, he advanced down the pitch to try and drive over cover but only succeeded in toe-ending a catch to point. The shot came on the back of four consecutive maidens with England finding it difficult to rotate the strike. Martin should have made it two successes before lunch but shelled the chance, chest-height to his right, when Trott drove a fraction early.

The rare early boundaries that did come went to Cook - a clip and a cut - but he had to work hard to survive Tim Southee's opening spell from the Pavilion End. Southee and Boult found consistent swing and though it was not always on target it was enough to keep the batsmen wary. After lunch it was Boult's turn to harass Cook, the movement enough to make him unsure what to play and what to leave, and he found the outside edge which was superbly held by BJ Watling having realised the ball would not have carried to first slip.

Following his reprieve, Trott produced some of the best timing on show as he flicked strongly off his pads whenever the bowlers drifted and also drove strongly through the off side. Unlike overseas, where the Kookaburra ball will stop swinging after about 20 overs, the Dukes offers encouragement for much longer and Boult, brought back for a burst before tea, made one jag across Trott which, although he tried to play with soft hands, just carried to Brownlie. In New Zealand, Brownlie had a 50-50 series in the slips but this was a cracking grab.

Amid the blocking and leaving there was the occasional gem; Bell's cover drive off Wagner was a particular highlight while Root, playing with a little more intent that others, took a rare boundary off Martin with a strong sweep. When a heavy shower arrived Root was with his Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow. They are the future of England's batting. This will be a good test of their credentials.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jmcilhinney on May 17, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    That day is far from a disaster for England but it's not one to get excited about either. The outfield was slow and the pitch appears a little stodgy but there still seemed to be a distinct lack of urgency from the England batsmen. NZ bowled well but not well enough to warrant such a low run rate. The England top order are primarily accumulators so I wouldn't expect too many risks but if that's the way they bat then Compton is going to have to make peace with that and not lose his head trying to force the pace. Root and Bairstow will want to consolidate early tomorrow but it will be interesting to see if they accelerate significantly if they hang around for a while. They had a big, free-scoring partnership for the Lions against mostly the same bowlers recently so will the conditions make a significant difference. Prior will play as he usually does too so the three of them could well put on a good score yet if they find their groove. Keen to see how NZ bat too, which will be telling.

  • JG2704 on May 17, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @GurSinghgur on (May 16, 2013, 19:57 GMT) You talk about how dull it all is but then you go out of your way to comment on it

  • JG2704 on May 17, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @Ken Fawcetton (May 16, 2013, 22:44 GMT) Ironic that you should say about England fans whinging etc when you read your post

  • GurSinghgur on May 17, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Hands up all those who thought, indeed some said, that 160-4 on the first dismal day could be a decent foundation for England's day 2. Good enough bowling, dreary scratch 'n' scrape batting. And so it went on, and here we are 209-8 by lunchtime.

    And there's no point saying "Ah but this is test cricket, not that IPL rubbish"--which, by the way Erebus 26 and NZcricketfan1, I've never watched. Forget the IPL, this test has so far been mostly second-rate cricket by test standards, and mostly dull second-rate at that.

  • on May 17, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    its new newzeland nice way to start a test series

  • Jadejafan on May 17, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Joe Root is promising youngster but way too overrated by the English. There are better youngsters than him like Umar Akmal and Nasir Hossain. Gotta feel for the fans in the stadium with so many maidens and hardly any boundaries.

  • poms_have_short_memories on May 17, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    If this is what New Zealands rag tag medium pace attack can reduce the English team to imagine what Australia's fire breathing pace attack will do? Pattison, Starc, Harris and Siddle at 145kph+ swinging the Dukes ball around, not to mention Bird and hopefully, a fit Pat Cummins= a battered, bruised and busted England team, circa 74-75. England have a canny swing bowler in Jimmy Anderson and a good spinner in Swann as well as two very inconsistent pace bowlers in Finn and Broad. Cook,Trott and Bell better play out of their skins to win this ashes series!!

  • on May 17, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Why is it that New Zealand bowlers such as Trent Bolt as considered to be medium-fast when bowling speeds are well over 80 mph? It seems that any inexperienced young bowler is considered as slower than a bowler who has been around for longer but bowls no faster.

  • Meety on May 17, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @JG2704 on (May 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT) - IMO, 4/160 off 80 overs, if NZ get to 2/160 off 50. The beauty of Tests, is that it takes a 2nd innings to put the 1st in perspective. All that aside, I can't remember a tougher day of Test cricket for England in May? @Jono Makim - I agree, stuffed if I know who is on top, but a good start by NZ tomorrow & things COULD get ugly real quick for England, that is the biggest negative about a slow r/rate. Theoretically, losing 4 wickets in 80 overs no big deal when applying a run rate of 3+ rpo, 4/250 isn't too bad. I have a gut feeling, that with the sluggishness of the pitch, McCullum MIGHT have a big (& fast scoring), innings in him.

  • gsingh7 on May 17, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @ kaindrazer-- agree to u . everybody these days want good value for their time. who in their right mind wud spoil their whole day to see such sedate cricket. old folk sure have that much time but not the youth these days. youth want some action not 1950's sedate cricket melodrama. hope we see better cricket from english team in future matches as this match is in nz grip. anything below 250 by england wud be 1-0 nz at end of day 5.

  • jmcilhinney on May 17, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    That day is far from a disaster for England but it's not one to get excited about either. The outfield was slow and the pitch appears a little stodgy but there still seemed to be a distinct lack of urgency from the England batsmen. NZ bowled well but not well enough to warrant such a low run rate. The England top order are primarily accumulators so I wouldn't expect too many risks but if that's the way they bat then Compton is going to have to make peace with that and not lose his head trying to force the pace. Root and Bairstow will want to consolidate early tomorrow but it will be interesting to see if they accelerate significantly if they hang around for a while. They had a big, free-scoring partnership for the Lions against mostly the same bowlers recently so will the conditions make a significant difference. Prior will play as he usually does too so the three of them could well put on a good score yet if they find their groove. Keen to see how NZ bat too, which will be telling.

  • JG2704 on May 17, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @GurSinghgur on (May 16, 2013, 19:57 GMT) You talk about how dull it all is but then you go out of your way to comment on it

  • JG2704 on May 17, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @Ken Fawcetton (May 16, 2013, 22:44 GMT) Ironic that you should say about England fans whinging etc when you read your post

  • GurSinghgur on May 17, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Hands up all those who thought, indeed some said, that 160-4 on the first dismal day could be a decent foundation for England's day 2. Good enough bowling, dreary scratch 'n' scrape batting. And so it went on, and here we are 209-8 by lunchtime.

    And there's no point saying "Ah but this is test cricket, not that IPL rubbish"--which, by the way Erebus 26 and NZcricketfan1, I've never watched. Forget the IPL, this test has so far been mostly second-rate cricket by test standards, and mostly dull second-rate at that.

  • on May 17, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    its new newzeland nice way to start a test series

  • Jadejafan on May 17, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Joe Root is promising youngster but way too overrated by the English. There are better youngsters than him like Umar Akmal and Nasir Hossain. Gotta feel for the fans in the stadium with so many maidens and hardly any boundaries.

  • poms_have_short_memories on May 17, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    If this is what New Zealands rag tag medium pace attack can reduce the English team to imagine what Australia's fire breathing pace attack will do? Pattison, Starc, Harris and Siddle at 145kph+ swinging the Dukes ball around, not to mention Bird and hopefully, a fit Pat Cummins= a battered, bruised and busted England team, circa 74-75. England have a canny swing bowler in Jimmy Anderson and a good spinner in Swann as well as two very inconsistent pace bowlers in Finn and Broad. Cook,Trott and Bell better play out of their skins to win this ashes series!!

  • on May 17, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Why is it that New Zealand bowlers such as Trent Bolt as considered to be medium-fast when bowling speeds are well over 80 mph? It seems that any inexperienced young bowler is considered as slower than a bowler who has been around for longer but bowls no faster.

  • Meety on May 17, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @JG2704 on (May 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT) - IMO, 4/160 off 80 overs, if NZ get to 2/160 off 50. The beauty of Tests, is that it takes a 2nd innings to put the 1st in perspective. All that aside, I can't remember a tougher day of Test cricket for England in May? @Jono Makim - I agree, stuffed if I know who is on top, but a good start by NZ tomorrow & things COULD get ugly real quick for England, that is the biggest negative about a slow r/rate. Theoretically, losing 4 wickets in 80 overs no big deal when applying a run rate of 3+ rpo, 4/250 isn't too bad. I have a gut feeling, that with the sluggishness of the pitch, McCullum MIGHT have a big (& fast scoring), innings in him.

  • gsingh7 on May 17, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @ kaindrazer-- agree to u . everybody these days want good value for their time. who in their right mind wud spoil their whole day to see such sedate cricket. old folk sure have that much time but not the youth these days. youth want some action not 1950's sedate cricket melodrama. hope we see better cricket from english team in future matches as this match is in nz grip. anything below 250 by england wud be 1-0 nz at end of day 5.

  • kaidranzer on May 17, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Yet another column where people equate watching Test cricket to being intellectually superior. That is hilarious. Watching some sport doesn't make you an intellectual. Most people just don't have enough time which is why they prefer IPL over Test cricket which is perfectly normal. Those who are blessed with more time on their hands can enjoy their Test matches.

  • Min2000 on May 17, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    I'm not surprised that the English fans are dissapointed with the first day's play. NZL out played them with a tight, disciplined bowling performance, with attacking fields set for most of the day. Cant wait for play to start today. Look for Southee to step up on day 2, and the low, slow Lords wicket should suit the NZL batsmen down to the ground.

  • JG2704 on May 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Was lucky (by all accounts) to have been out for the day and miss the live action. I watched the highlights having avoided the score and I must say well bowled NZ. It is a poor start by Eng no matter how you look at it , both in RR and wickets lost and as already mentioned they seem to be playing Bruce Martin like he's some sort of world beater. To be fair Cook and Trott got out to unplayable deliveries whereas Nick and Bell will be looking at themselves re their dismissals. Was most surprised by Nick. Sure he was getting bogged down but he's the one player in the side I would have banked on for not letting the slow tempo get to him. Obviously it's hard the gage the pitch til both teams have batted but day 1 to NZ

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 17, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    BELL lives up to his previous dismal and ineffective 18months yet again .. A stultifying innings, throttling any momentum out of the innings, plays 2 nice shots, in between maiden after maiden, scratches around for hours putting extra pressure on the other batsman, then gets out wafting just before tea, and before the new ball... 30s never win you test matches and bell has had a terrible 18months... Totally ineffective during the winter (he's had one inns of any purpose, was dropped early wafting but later out again wafting) .... I really hope JB comes thru and eng can jettison bell once and for all...

  • on May 17, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    If NZ nick out a couple of wickets early today then England are going to be under huge pressure. Can easily be all out under 250, but the batsmen at the crease need to buckle down and not loose wickets in that first hour against the new ball and look to score quickly towards lunch time. and after lunch push on towards 300. Also like the way NZ are fighting back after a dismal performance in SA.

  • on May 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Good ,at least the real ckt. is back, it may have been a slow day but quality is what matters. Good bowiling by kiwis ,nothing better in ckt .than watching pacers at full throtlle, ckt. is all about beast of pacers not those dull shorts on flat pitch with ankle high bounce. """""Cheeers from j&k."""

  • on May 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Has to be said that was better for NZ than England, accumulation is fine if you are actually accumulating runs rather than dot balls. I guess we'll have to see how it looks after both teams have batted but the fact remains that if you can't get two an over off Bruce Martin you won't be winning many matches.

  • on May 17, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Great discipline by New Zealand! Any good cricketing side needs a balance of grafters and shot makers. A grafter still needs to regularly pick up the ones and two's to keep the scoreboard ticking. Maidens unless right at the start of an innings are only ever good for the bowlers and a series of them 9/10 times leads to the fall of wickets. England are showing that they have too many grafters and not enough counterattacking shot makers which is a serious concern for them both immediatly in this series and leading into the Ashes. NZ may have not enough grafters but still seem more likely (IMO) to get a score as they will capitalize on more on their opportunities. Although Australia are said to have the weaker batting, they might just have a better balance with shotmakers such as Warner, Hughes and Clarke along with Cowan and Rogers. KP is a must in Englands lineup though not the complete solution. It looks it may be up to Root and Bairstowe to pick up the pace if they are capable.

  • Captain_Oblivious on May 17, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Ah, you can't beat good old-fashioned Test cricket. I really think this NZ team is much better than people have been saying; just that they were crushed by the South Africans, which is nothing to be ashamed of.

  • deep6321 on May 17, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    why are people annoyed with test cricket.You never expect player to score quickly in test cricket.It is a format of patience and I think Black Caps showed good character. They bowled tightly and kept england under constant pressure , eventually they got wickets at regular intervals.We can see of all the four batsman out ,they got good starts ,but could not convert them in big scores.I think it was a perfect test cricket day...well done Black Caps

  • cric_J on May 17, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Oh my goodness ! It was SUCH a slow day. I had been desperately waiting for some test cricket. But not THIS.

    I don't remember the last time I wanted KP to be in the team this desperately (barring the Oval test vs SA in 2012). He would have done something to score at a faster rate. Cook and Trott are grafters anyway , add to that a tentative Nick Compton , a slow outfield , a low bounce pitch and some good bowling and captaincy , and you have all the ingredients for the critics of test cricket to mock at it even more.

    I feel Matt Prior is gonna be the key man here as he has this ability to score at a much quicker rate , no matter how the pitch beahaves . For NZ , Boult's initial spell will be important. He bowled beautifully yesterday and was ably supported by Southee and Wagner.

    England should get atleast 280-300 (and at quicker rate than 1.96) and then bowl well to get the match in control. Let's hope for a more exciting day 2.

  • landl47 on May 17, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    A strange day: it was almost as though the England batsmen were so desperate to show they weren't taking this game lightly that they forgot that the object is to score runs. Yes, it was a slow pitch and a slower outfield and once again NZ's bowlers kept a very good line and length throughout, but a little more aggression wouldn't have hurt.

    However, 160-4 isn't of itself bad and if Root, Bairstow, Prior and the tail can make a few tomorrow it might turn into a good game. Interesting to see the Lord's wicket taking spin on day 1 and with the NZ left-handers' footholds to bowl into Swann might enjoy himself in the 4th innings.

  • on May 17, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    The Kiwi's bowled some seriously tight lines here.Well bowled Trent Boult!got two well deserved wickets But seriously wished the pitch be quicker.It was looking that every English batsman was attempting to play a Cowan!

  • Meety on May 17, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    This score line is a throwback to the Sixties! Didn't see any of the match, just read thru the commentary, & it seemed like an okay bowling performance from NZ, the proof though - will be when NZ bat, as to whether this is par so far.

  • SameOld on May 17, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    England's slow starts continue. NZ will be the happier side, but England aren't all out for 160-odd, and they could have been. Very similar day 1 to last series, with the difference being England didn't play as many loose shots here.

    Stirring stuff from NZ. Hope the batsmen show as much control and resolve as the bowlers have so far. If they can get Root & Prior in the 1st session tomorrow, a first innings lead to NZ starts to look possible.

  • on May 16, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    In NZ the England fans kept whinging about the pitches when England batted like this, then NZ came out and scored fluently and proved them to be just sore whingers. I hope the same happens here.

  • on May 16, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    when is this NZ bowling attack going to get any credit. England win toss at home, they decide to bat and go at 2 and over and lose 4 wickets and comments are this is boring.

    Not if your a Kiwi. Go boys

  • whoster on May 16, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    It sure wasn't edge-of-the-seat stuff, but this was good-old fashioned Test cricket where the batsmen had to battle. Conditions were in favour of the bowlers, but NZ bowled well by keeping it tight and forcing mistakes. 160-4 is hardly disastrous for England, but obviously they'll have to score quicker tomorrow. No, it wasn't exciting, but unlike the IPL, it's a genuine contest where we don't know the outcome yet!

  • jb633 on May 16, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    We are just going to have to admit to ourselves that we are very average. I don't care what any commentator says Bruce Martin is average and we are playing him like he is Ajmal and Warne combined. We have lost the belief and our batting has become dull to say the least. I think Bell needs to play his natural game (ashes 2010/11) and I am not convinced about the top 3 in terms of the tempo. The seam bowling has looked average for a while and lets just hope against hope that we s don't have to watch the guys bowling lollipops for two days straight. Hate to be so negative but if you want to go watch top class test cricket go and watch South Africa. Fair play @SurlyCynic and TommyTucker you are by far the best.

  • NZCricketfan1 on May 16, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @GurSinghgur I can understand why people love the IPL as the majority love things like Justin Bieber as well. For me the IPL is a yawn fest I can hardly bear watching it. Slog this way and that. To each his own though. For me Test cricket like this is real cricket and its deep, complex, intelligent and meaningful. Perhaps the hardest sport on earth and certainly its greatest exponent Bradman has been lauded as histories greatest sportsmen. Give me an ODI over the IPL any day but in the end give me a test over anything. Good work Blackcaps!

  • on May 16, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    160 for 4. any way you look at it its NZ's day. Set up perfectly for a typical nz win with low scores and the bowlers come through to win like we did in hobart.

  • Patdabac on May 16, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Watched the test match instead of the IPL today and Im dissapointed the way England played. Test cricket is awesome but scoring at 2rpo is just boring to even the biggest test cricket fans. I would even prefer England to be at 270/8 rather than this score after day one. Despite the slow outfield, I didn't like the way Cook played today.

  • on May 16, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    LOL, if you had spoken to the english fans in the last to months they would have you believe that this is the best batting in the world dominating all attacks, and cudos to NZ for their efforts today but if this have been SA or AUS bowling today ENG would have been 8-10 down by the end of play for that many runs, i hope jimmy and the boys enjoy trying to defend lots of sub 200 scores, because thats what they will be doing in the months to come

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 16, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    So much rubbish weather this year, and the fact that the pitch was destroyed for the likes of archery during the olympics... It's not gone to plan for this 'so-called' amazing summer of cricket in England, has it!

    I really don't blame the England batsmen for such a lethargic start. I watched so many balls that, on any other pitch, would have raced to the boundary and probably broken the advertising boards - instead just stop and die in the outfield. The NZ bowlers did a great job though, and I think England's top order simply just got out to frustration from both the pitch and nagging bowling.

    Well, here's to some decent weather and hopefully [much] more exciting play in the days to follow.

  • on May 16, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Nice to see the Kiwi groundstaff have managed to infiltrate Lord's and provide us with a low, flat and slow wicket for once just like all the pitches over here...

    This pitch is slower and lower than anything they played on in New Zealand. I await the complaints from the English batting coach with much anticipation.

  • hhillbumper on May 16, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    God the IPL is better.More runs scored and if you ask the right people they can tell you the result before the game has even started

  • ozwriter on May 16, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    well played the black caps. to keep the former no.1 test team to a run rate of 2 and with 3 of their main threats down (cook, trott, bell), NZ will be the happier team.

    Great to read all the English whinging too. always something negative to say.

  • Erebus26 on May 16, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    GurSinghgur - it isn't called test cricket for nothing. If you can't hack it then stick to watching that IPL rubbish. NZ will be happy with that - they bowled accurately on a flattish wicket and tied down a top order that looked a bit sluggish. The Aussies will be less than intimidated watching that performance. Some good captaincy for McCullum. Lets just hope NZ can prize out the rest of the English batting and put a decent score on themselves.

  • moaman on May 16, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    I'd like to say a word about the pitch; When England were in NZ there was much criticism about the pitches in comparison to the one's that England would proffer up. Is anyone saying that after today's miserable fare?

  • Fanof2020 on May 16, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Well said GurSinghgur. More days like this and 5 day Test Cricket should be dead and buried. Who wants to watch cricket like this. Then there are those traditionalists who bash T20. T20 is exciting and more fun. Get rid of 5 day tests and have only 2 formats, 1 day and T20.

  • GurSinghgur on May 16, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Two runs an over ! Yes, two. People pay to watch this? They should be paid. Mind you, there's a paint-drying warehouse not far away, they could always go there for some excitement. All credit to NZ's bowlers, though. "England's day because they got runs on the board", said someone. Yes 160 for FOUR. NZ must hope for more "England's days" like this

  • ThyrSaadam on May 16, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    One has to look back at all the slow/bad starts England have had in the recent past to the 1st test of all series. Going by that their start is pretty understandable. And as always wait till both teams have batted an innings to pass on judgement!

  • on May 16, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    I do not understand why most people on this site continue to write off the nz bowling attack? It seems to me that if you keep a world class batting lining up to bugger all on day one when they choose to bat, along with taking four key wickets then they must be doing something right? probably deserve a bit more respect than they get from you lot on here who just whinge that your world betting team aren't batting well enough.

  • on May 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I missed the middle session due to a dental appointment, which frankly was probably less painful than watching this. Completely benign batting, bowling and ground preparation, not even the weather could decide to go all out and rain properly. Its difficult to decide who is in front when both teams are trying desperately not to do anything. NZ just edging it if only because a couple of early wickets tomorrow will get them on top.

  • SurlyCynic on May 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Without KP England have the most boring batting lineup in cricket. By far.

    Cook, Compton, Trott.... let's go outside and paint the picket fence instead. And I usually love test cricket.

  • on May 16, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Losing all my sleep to see the Cricket....even so I did nod off afew times....thought our bowling was less than threatening but with the one attacking shot creating a mistake and getting the wicket of Compton resulted in Cook deciding to play it slow and safe....however with Rain all about for the week is it acceptable to play for a draw now adays? Home crowd must be dissapointed...but NZ will not play defensive when they bat....they will push to force a result.....England will not win this series....NZ out to take their scalp...

  • Stark62 on May 16, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    In modern day Test cricket, a score of 300 at the end of the day is the norm but in the 1950's, 160 would be acceptable!!

  • CamS71 on May 16, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Not good at all from the top order.

  • on May 16, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    The side looks horrible for scoring in the top 3. I know this is the dreaded 1st game, where England do awful, but that line up needs change and firepower.

  • Herbet on May 16, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Horrendous stuff from England today. To score that slow having been put in would be bad enough, but after winning the toss is unforgivable. Fair enough the outfield was slow, and the bowling accurate, but it was by no means lethal; and to allow a barely county standard left armer to bowl that many dot balls?! Also 3 batsmen taking an age to get in, and then getting out in the 30's isn't good either. Lets hope Root, Bairstow, Prior, Broad and Swann can chivy us on to something like 400 by tea tomorrow. As a statement of intent for the Ashes, that was pretty dismal.

  • king78787 on May 16, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    the problem for England lies with Compton. Cook is there to make the slow runs and grind then out, 2 grinders means that if one gets out cheaply suddenly youv'e batted half a seesion for 20 runs.When it comes off it is the worst experience for a bowler but it rarely does. Just TRY root once as opener. He is in form and batting where he has done all his life,as opener, will make best use of that form.England's day because although they scored few they got runs on the board even if it was only 160. 160 becomes 200 with 2 positive batsmen in very little time and from 200-4 with Prior,Swann to come???A quick 50 from either would put England near the 300 mark not counting a possible/likely Root ton.Game on!

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 16, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    This was England at Auckland again-digging a massive hole for themselves without cause. The pitch was indeed slow,the bowling accurate but hardly world beating. A top order such as is playing here and at Auckland has proved itself better than any sleeping pills. No KP is what really stands out. Bell seems to have forgotten his purpose at the wicket;I am not sure you can play a top three like that and Root for all qualities hardly sets the pulse racing. In the end one cheers at the fall of an England wicket so we can move towards the guy who will try and raise the tempo above the excruciatingly moribund. The selectors need a massive rethink. Scoring of runs is after all the main point of turning. One has to look to EvP at Headingley-3rd Test 1971 for comparable tedium. Absolutely dreadful!!!

  • nzcricket174 on May 16, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    I love test cricket, but that was so boring. 160/4 in 80 overs at 2 runs per over. Yawn. Looks like KP will be the determining factor to whether England can win the Ashes.

  • on May 16, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    80 overs 160/4 at the rate of 2 runs per over.......I love Test cricket but man cant argue here with Day 1- IT WAS BORING. Even the commentators I felt were watching IPL highlights between the balls.

  • gsingh7 on May 16, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    that was absorbing test cricket. at rpo of 2 , no wonder everyone wants ipl like tournaments in their countries. hope icc do something about it to spare us cricket lovers of torture to watch cricket for 6 hours for 160 runs, average ipl match gets more than 160 runs in 1.25 hour.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 16, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Without a doubt the worst pitch ever prepared for Lord's. Yes, it's early doors in the season, has been raining buckets recently in England with no sunshine, but to have a pitch this sluggish on day 1 is absurd. Watching Bruce Martin bowl endless darts to Trott with a single-saving field was like watching the grass grow.

    The outfield too was indicative of the complete lack of preparation the playing area has had through the weather, with 30-40 runs lost because of an astonishingly slow outfield. Boult bowled a tight line and took advantage of the dull and mind-numbingly slow nature of the playing surface and the cricket played on it.

    Whatever happened to the bouncy, hard Lord's decks in the past? The pitch where it was a 190vs150 score in the Lords test of 2005 springs to mind, how English fans remember that series.

  • alarky on May 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Here is where the Pietersen's and the IVA Richards' and Sobers' and Lara's make the difference. Not even bowling that is four times better than the quality of what is being exhibited here by New Zealand would these types of players allow to keep them on a leash", much more to this tameness from NZ!

  • letsgoproteas on May 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Another electric batting performance by the english line up...

    I know its test cricket - but my word that was boring. Bring in the ipl cheerleaders to keep us entertained with something... at least.

  • on May 16, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Is the New Zealand bowling as good as our batsmen are making it look ? I really don't think so , you don't "set a good platform " for winning a Test Match by scoring less than 2 runs per over ! This has a draw written all over it. If this is how England are going to play in the Ashes matches then god help us.

  • Pyketts on May 16, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Why are England playing an average attack likes it's world class. The attitude of England is totally wrong, absolutly no attacking intent allowing the bowlers time to settle.

    I don't mean any disrespect to NZ and I'm not suggesting they are bowling badly but Englands attempts here are woeful. What they going to do when they come up against a class attack (ref. v's S.A last year, think i've answered my own question).

    It's ok saying it's a slow pitch but England need to be able to attack and dominate at times, not just the same old plan of accumulating runs.

    Question, is Cook the wrong captain as his accumulating attitude is making its way through the side? It's ok accumulating runs this does not make you a good captain.

    All the great sides have had a balance of attack and accumlation/defence, this England side is too negative.

  • jmcilhinney on May 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    When Cook chose to bat, I thought that he might be mindful of the possibility of weather later in the game so getting runs on the board might be important but, while I don't expect batsmen who are primarily accumulators to take undue risks, England's complete lack of urgency is perplexing. You'd think that they should be on about 150 by now, even with the slow over rate.

  • nthuq on May 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Glorious old-fashioned cricket! I'm loving it and hoping the rain stays away. :)

    I have a feeling Matt Prior's contribution on this wicket will be invaluable for England, particularly considering that he most certainly will find a way to score at a faster clip than England have done so far.

  • Pyketts on May 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Ian Smith has just got it spot on, England are too negative and not taking the game away from NZ.

    Compton needs to go and get in an opener that has more than three strokes and looks to dominate, Cook is there to do the "boring" stuff and accumulate the runs.

  • jmcilhinney on May 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (May 16, 2013, 11:55 GMT), that's a crock. I read pretty much everything on this site about the last series in NZ and I don't recall a single person mentioning doctored pitches. Maybe there was one or two that I didn't see but "so many" is a gross exaggeration. You must be mixing up the NZ series with the India series.

    As for McCullum saying that he'd bowl if he won the toss, quite a number of people were saying that NZ's best chance was too bowl first. They hadn't seen the wicket at that stage but it doesn't really seem strange that McCullum would agree. Also, let's not forget that both captains made what appeared to be the wrong choice after winning the toss in NZ.

  • on May 16, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    good session for England tad slow Compton's dismissal was very silly didn't need to do it cook solid kiwis not really threatened mind you trot was fortunate to not be out early cooky and trott will be happy going to the pavilion.

  • Mitty2 on May 16, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Very sluggish and flat pitch... And yet I remember so many english justifying their poor performance in March on the supposed "doctored pitches" which "negated anderson"...

    Very strange for mccullum to suggest that he was planning on bowling first if he won the toss, mindgames again?

  • Mitty2 on May 16, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Very sluggish and flat pitch... And yet I remember so many english justifying their poor performance in March on the supposed "doctored pitches" which "negated anderson"...

    Very strange for mccullum to suggest that he was planning on bowling first if he won the toss, mindgames again?

  • on May 16, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    good session for England tad slow Compton's dismissal was very silly didn't need to do it cook solid kiwis not really threatened mind you trot was fortunate to not be out early cooky and trott will be happy going to the pavilion.

  • jmcilhinney on May 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (May 16, 2013, 11:55 GMT), that's a crock. I read pretty much everything on this site about the last series in NZ and I don't recall a single person mentioning doctored pitches. Maybe there was one or two that I didn't see but "so many" is a gross exaggeration. You must be mixing up the NZ series with the India series.

    As for McCullum saying that he'd bowl if he won the toss, quite a number of people were saying that NZ's best chance was too bowl first. They hadn't seen the wicket at that stage but it doesn't really seem strange that McCullum would agree. Also, let's not forget that both captains made what appeared to be the wrong choice after winning the toss in NZ.

  • Pyketts on May 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Ian Smith has just got it spot on, England are too negative and not taking the game away from NZ.

    Compton needs to go and get in an opener that has more than three strokes and looks to dominate, Cook is there to do the "boring" stuff and accumulate the runs.

  • nthuq on May 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Glorious old-fashioned cricket! I'm loving it and hoping the rain stays away. :)

    I have a feeling Matt Prior's contribution on this wicket will be invaluable for England, particularly considering that he most certainly will find a way to score at a faster clip than England have done so far.

  • jmcilhinney on May 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    When Cook chose to bat, I thought that he might be mindful of the possibility of weather later in the game so getting runs on the board might be important but, while I don't expect batsmen who are primarily accumulators to take undue risks, England's complete lack of urgency is perplexing. You'd think that they should be on about 150 by now, even with the slow over rate.

  • Pyketts on May 16, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Why are England playing an average attack likes it's world class. The attitude of England is totally wrong, absolutly no attacking intent allowing the bowlers time to settle.

    I don't mean any disrespect to NZ and I'm not suggesting they are bowling badly but Englands attempts here are woeful. What they going to do when they come up against a class attack (ref. v's S.A last year, think i've answered my own question).

    It's ok saying it's a slow pitch but England need to be able to attack and dominate at times, not just the same old plan of accumulating runs.

    Question, is Cook the wrong captain as his accumulating attitude is making its way through the side? It's ok accumulating runs this does not make you a good captain.

    All the great sides have had a balance of attack and accumlation/defence, this England side is too negative.

  • on May 16, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Is the New Zealand bowling as good as our batsmen are making it look ? I really don't think so , you don't "set a good platform " for winning a Test Match by scoring less than 2 runs per over ! This has a draw written all over it. If this is how England are going to play in the Ashes matches then god help us.

  • letsgoproteas on May 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Another electric batting performance by the english line up...

    I know its test cricket - but my word that was boring. Bring in the ipl cheerleaders to keep us entertained with something... at least.

  • alarky on May 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Here is where the Pietersen's and the IVA Richards' and Sobers' and Lara's make the difference. Not even bowling that is four times better than the quality of what is being exhibited here by New Zealand would these types of players allow to keep them on a leash", much more to this tameness from NZ!