New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day

New Zealand dominate after England fold for 167

The Report by David Hopps

March 6, 2013

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New Zealand 131 for 0 (Rutherford 77*, Fulton 46*) trail England 167 (Trott 45, Wagner 4-42, Martin 4-43) by 36 runs
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Neil Wagner struck twice in his first over, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day, March 7, 2013
Neil Wagner struck twice in his first over and finished with figures of 4 for 42 © Getty Images
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New Zealand took advantage of one of the most bungling England batting displays of recent vintage to take a firm hold of the first Test in Dunedin. New Zealand's bowlers were disciplined and willing, but they will have been realistic enough to know that England made a dreadful mess of it, dismissed in 55 overs and never summoning the resolve to counter a sluggish pitch.

The essential docility of the surface was then amplified when New Zealand's openers, Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford, the former given a Test comeback he might have imagined was beyond him, the latter on Test debut and still fresh enough to dream of untold glory, closed within 36 runs of England's meagre total to complete a thoroughly one-sided day.

Rutherford, although reprieved on 52 when Stuart Broad dropped a return catch and missed again off Broad on 64 when Kevin Pietersen failed to lock onto a chance at point, was much more expansive, whereas Fulton clung on grittily in a manner which England had failed to do earlier in the day.

A triumphant start to his home Test debut by the left-arm quick Neil Wagner, who found himself on a hat-trick in his first over, was the catalyst in an extended morning session which saw England lose five wickets. Then Bruce Martin, a left-arm spinner given a Test debut at 32, was showered by celebratory gifts with three wickets in as many overs.

In a week where two better-known New Zealand spinners, Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel, had attracted official opprobrium for a drinking session in Queenstown, Martin must have imagined his first excursion in Test cricket would amount to an occasional spell or two, little more than a mild libation. Instead, he must have felt himself just as intoxicated. He spent much of the day fitting and refitting his New Zealand cap on his head as if he could barely believe it.

Wagner and Martin finished with four wickets apiece, with England reliant upon a ninth-wicket stand of 47 in 11 overs between James Anderson and Steve Finn to reach an entirely inadequate total.

Wagner, who won his place ahead of Mark Gillespie and the injured Doug Bracewell, had managed five wickets at 68.80 in three Tests overseas, but home soil immediately proved more to his liking as he persuaded Alastair Cook to slap a back-of-a-length delivery to point and then with his next ball found a modicum of inswing to have Pietersen lbw first ball to a cagey defensive probe.

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  • England's total of 167 is their lowest in the first innings of a Test match since August 2009, when they were dismissed for 102 at Headingley against Australia. It's their third-lowest since the beginning of 2005.
  • It's only the sixth time since 2005 that there's been no half-century for England in the first innings of a Test. The last time this happened was in Johannesburg in January 2010.
  • Bruce Martin's figures of 4 for 43 are the eighth-best on Test debut for New Zealand. The last bowler to do better was Doug Bracewell, who took 5 for 85 against Zimbabwe in 2011.
  • Hamish Rutherford's unbeaten 77 is currently the 12th-best on debut for New Zealand, but the fourth-highest by a New Zealand opener on debut.
  • The 131-run stand between Rutherford and Peter Fulton is New Zealand's first century partnership for the opening wicket in Tests against a team other than Zimbabwe in more than two years. Their last one was 120 against Pakistan in Wellington in January 2011.
  • The last time New Zealand had a partnership of more than 131 for the first wicket in a Test was way back in June 2004, when Stephen Fleming and Mark Richardson added 163 against England at Trent Bridge.

Pietersen had been rested from England's T20 and ODI series and, although such official absences are an inevitable part of England's unrelenting schedule, he pushed forward as if he was not sure what side of the equator he was on. It is easy to jump to conclusions, however - he has always been a bad starter. Wagner produced just the sort of delivery, first up, which habitually troubles Pietersen early in his innings.

That was the two England batsmen who had conquered India before Christmas removed at a stroke. Only Jonathan Trott organised prolonged resistance, with 45 in nearly three hours, but even he departed in what, for England, was maddening fashion as he top-edged a sweep at Martin and holed out at short fine leg.

There is often something distinctly unsettling for a batting side when a Test starts on the second morning. The anticipation and energy that is part of the build-up to a first morning is difficult to recapture. The natural rhythms of the game have been disturbed and an underlying sense of dissatisfaction lingers like stale cigarettes in a smoker's room.

But England's habit of beginning a Test series slowly is now ingrained. The Dunedin pitch was as brown as cigarette tar and England coughed and spluttered as if on 60 a day. Any fears of excessive swing or seam did not materialise, but a holding surface was problem enough.

Nick Compton must have been more heartened than anybody by the warnings from Andy Flower, England's director of cricket, that Joe Root's emergence must not be over-hyped. Root stayed down at No. 6 as Flower ignored calls for him to open the innings in preparation for the Ashes with Compton, whose England career has to date come with less drooling, retained at the top of the order.

Both were dismissed by lunch. Compton made a four-ball duck and fell in the third over, playing on to Tim Southee as he pushed hesitantly at a fullish ball and saw it spin back onto his off stump.

It was the sluggish surface that did for Cook. He was dropped on nine by Martin in front of square, reaching for a leg-side clip off Trent Boult. When he tried to carve Wagner over the off side, and mistimed the shot again, Rutherford proved more reliable.

Ian Bell, on 19, survived a New Zealand review when he got a big inside edge against Southee. The only batsman to show much form ahead of the Test series, Bell displayed his usual moments of batting purity, only to descend to batting naivety when Wagner returned shortly before lunch, switched around the wicket and had him caught at short extra-cover.

Neither was there any joy for Root, who played reluctantly at a back-of-a-length delivery from Boult, and dabbed to third slip, another poor shot on a dreadful England morning.

It got no better after lunch. Matt Prior struck five off-side boundaries in two overs then hunted another square cut against Martin and miscued to point; Trott top-edged a sweep in the spinner's next over; and Broad, who would have fallen lbw to Martin second ball if the bowler had dared to ask for a review, yanked a long hop to deep square.

At 119 for 8, England took solace in some tail-end resistance from Anderson and Finn, but Finn also picked out deep square and when Anderson swung himself off his feet, and sliced Martin to point, it summed up England's debacle.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by CarlP on (March 7, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Despite being English I'm quite enjoying this test, I've grown very bored of tests where sides hit huge first innings scores and then either win by a huge margin or the games falls into a dull draw.

Congratulations to the way NZ are playing so far in this game, I think that England will save this game and win the series but it's good to see another test nation proving their worth when so many have discounted them in the past.

For what it's worth I think the Compton experiment should end and Root should be moved up the order to give the much younger man a go. Would bring in Taylor to see if he really has the ability to compete at this level. Maybe they could give Woakes a go as Broad seems to be going backwards.

Posted by Cmar on (March 7, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

Poor preparation must be put right for future tours. Several players arrive a couple of weeks before first test play one warm up game and expected to continue to perform as last summer. Some of this squad should have been with the Lions. Onions would of had a benifit playing cricket as would KP.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (March 7, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

Urgh, it looks as if we are set for another summer of cricketing mediocrity as Aus and Eng slug it out. The team that is the least rubbish will take the 'honours'. Crumbs Wagner is only military medium. He was made to look like a souped up version of Shoaib Akhtar as the english batters frantically tried to work out which end of the bat to hold! Back on your little segway kp!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Some recent comments made about NZ :

Posted by Thamsanqa Tshuma on (January 14, 2013, 5:23 GMT) I think ICC should consider a league for New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the West Indies. The kiwis are inept. They deserve to hone their skills at a lower level. SA, Oz, India, England, Sri Lanka are way above the Kiwis. There are starving us of entertainment

Posted by ifeel on (January 14, 2013, 14:43 GMT) 'New Zealand's problems start at the top' go to the bottom, swing sideways and are historical. NZ cricket team is the level of Zimbabwe or Bangladesh except with a heightened sense of their own ability.

Posted by Paul Tilbury on (January 14, 2013, 9:59 GMT) Maybe New Zealand could play in the Australian Futures League against the ACT and all of the bush teams. After a few years if they got a little bit stronger they could graduate to playing in the women's state comp. Then, after they'd been belted by the NSW Breakers a few times...

Posted by mzm149 on (March 7, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Every test team is unbeatable at home now because pitches are prepared as the host team likes.

Posted by ConradS on (March 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Charl de Vleeschauer asked:

"Is this statistically NZ's best ever day of Test Cricket vs Top 5 opposition ?

(Opp runs scored/wickets vs NZ runs scored/wickets) "

I think it's certainly a contender (although as New Zealand didn't lose a wicket the second part of your equation is undefined). I think day two of the 1985 Brisbane test (test #1029) comes close. Australia lost their last 6 wickets for 33 runs as Hadlee took nine wickets, and the NZ batsmen put on 209/2 in reply.

So using your formula Brisbane 1985 comes out as 5.5 vs 104.5. Yesterday in Dunedin 16.7 vs undefined.

Posted by India_ANY_track_bully on (March 7, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

I had read the english collapse yesterday and that did highlight complete inability of its batsman to read the Kiwi bowlers.. but when I read the full scoreboard today with NZ "131 for 0"!, it shocked me even more, since even the mighty english bowlers seem to have no teeth in their attack... complete humiliation!

Posted by PlanetCricket on (March 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Saw the highlights and New Zealand were simply brilliant in the first day that's all.

Posted by shane-oh on (March 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

After that performance, would it be fair to suggest England should be part of some third 'tier' of test cricket?

Of course, that isn't a serious question. It's more meant to draw attention to the fact that NZ fans like myself are sick of armchair experts who have spent the last 12 months telling us we shouldn't be allowed to test cricket because of a poor run of results. And of course, this was only one day of great performances, not a whole match, or series, or season. But it certainly feels nice to have something to come back with. Now that I think about it, Black Caps fans have been having more and more of those moments lately. Perhaps a corner has be turned. and the critics can crawl back in their holes for awhile?

Posted by Pacelover on (March 7, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

That was so poor from England, they looked like an English club side that has travelled over to New Zealand for a holiday and a couple of games. England are a team that need a lot of preparation it seems, even after the extensive preparation before the 10/11 ashes it still took them half a test to show up.

As worrying as the batting was i have to say the seam bowling is even more of a concern. The England seam attack looked so potent in 2010 and 2011 but 2012 was chastening for them from getting flogged around by Tino Best to toiling against South Africa (especially Amla) and recently having zero impact in India.

Stuart Broad cannot be 'promising' forever and is forever picking up niggles. Anderson is still generally an excellent performer he is nearer to the end of his career than the beginning and i fail to see where his replacement will come from. Onions has had a woeful time on tour of late and Tremlett is often injured.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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