New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day March 6, 2013

New Zealand dominate after England fold for 167

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SL_BiggestJoke 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!

  • Jadejafan on March 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SL_BiggestJoke 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!

  • Jadejafan on March 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Englishmanabroad on March 7, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Compton has had enough lives, he might have a famous name, put it is time for him to go (even if it is just down the order). Move root up to start. Pieterson continues to disapoint, My only feeling is that he is really a limited overs batsman, which is why I couldnt figure out why he was left out of the T20 and ODI's. But maybe he'll prove me wrong. Other than that, I have to agree with Boyc's, poor/not enough preparation. NZ played very well, and really took advantage of their knowledge of local conditions. They also did a much better job of doing their homework, and varying the attack.

  • Chris_P on March 7, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    2 things. 1) Too many underestimate NZ in their own backyard. History will tell you they are hard to beat at home, & even victories are hard fought clashes. & 2) I have been talking up the Kiwi seamers for a while yet as they are right up their when conditions suit them. They are a quality lot, their batting was always their biggest hurdle to overcome & they seem to have clicked in this innings so far. As far England is concerned, these things happen to all teams, not consistently, but from time to time & anyone with even the slightest knowledge of cricket would understand what I am saying. You don't lose being a quality team overnight, especially with the same playing personnel. test cricket gives us these contests for a reason.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on March 7, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Watching the first session last night was like watching a car crash. Only KP had a legit excuse getting out to a pearler first up. England have to be big and admit they just haven't taken NZ seriously enough despite Capt Cook making the 'right noises' about not being complacent. Frankly, I can;t see why we shouldn't be putting NZL on a par with the Aussies they're about the same level talent wise. Interesting article by Aggers on BBC pointing out that in the last 4 series we've not showed up for the first test. It's an area we need to work on and pronto - good prep is essential whoever we play. Respect also.

  • cric_roch on March 7, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Whatever ways english fans portray their team..they are just an average bunch. They have been thrashed by SA in their own pitches...whitewashed by pak... Just a series win in india...thats it from last 4-5 series...........they lost ODI matches wherever they played...

  • Unmesh_cric on March 7, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    For most "neutral" fans like me, New Zealand is always their favorite team to support followed by West Indies. I am really delighted to see this performance by NZ. If NZ batsmen keep their heads together and bat for the entire 3rd day, this match is in their pocket. Go NZ!!!

  • AltafPatel on March 7, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    SA lesson works here for Newzealand. To stand high against strongest test team that won test series in India is something that will bring back confidence to play in longer format of the game. Well done Wagner, Martin, and openers.

  • binu.emiliya on March 7, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I am an indian very happy that Nz is well placed in the match becuase one of my favourit star is back throug his Son m all time fav. kiwi batsman Ken Rutherford and Hamiah now making his Dad proud!

  • on March 7, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I didn't see the match. When I looked at the score card, after seeing a "breaking News" story on one of the channels, it was unbelievable. By the way, when I saw Martin got 4 wickets, first I thought it was my favorite cricketer "Phantom" ! Only when I read the story, realized that it is different Martin. Since both Wagner & Martin got 4 each, what can we say? England failed against Spin? Or, they failed against Pace? Or, just they failed. What the heck happened?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 7, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    England attract a lot of attention from many fans these days, and given the whitewashes and Ashes thrashings they've been handing out for donkey's years, it comes as no surprise to see certain keyboard warriors return to the English boards after deserting their own teams during the last few months of cricketing humiliations for teams like Australia and India. Reminds me of the last Ashes actually: Stadiums empty of fans except the Barmy Army, as tens of thousands of Aussies refused to take their seats as England rollercoastered them in their own back yard. Which in hindsight looked like a foretaste of Australia's cupboard being officially described as 'bare' by Australian newspapers this week (although cricket fan have correctly been saying that for the few years). I remember even in the 90's for England, the exact situation Australia are going through right now, fans still took their seats. How times have changed :)

  • sonicattack on March 7, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    @landl47. I have to say that I agree with you - one of the worst days, and there have been quite a few! I did think that England could retaliate a little when NZ batted, horrified to see the score when I woke up this morning! However, well done to NZ, clearly out- thought and outplayed England today. let's hope it's a bit of a wake-up call!

  • on March 7, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    A disappointing day from an England point of view, credit to New Zealand for taking advantage of poor batting. Preparation is the key according to Geoff Boycott, and on Test Match Special BBC radio, he laid the blame for the lack of it in this Test at the door of the ECB and the current management. England have a lot to do to get themselves back in the Test, and, as usual, early wickets on the third (second) morning will help. Notice Rutherford has added to the long list of fathers/sons in Tests, one quite well occupied by New Zealanders. He's made a better start than his father!

  • kc69 on March 7, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Will not be surprised if England lose this match.English are slow starters(Remember India tour).The quality of their team has the potential to make a comeback.

  • www.cricketforever.net on March 7, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    @RandyOz For once, I will agree with u... Its a mediocre English side which likes to hype things around... Just 1 or 2 series wins and they forget all the past battering... They are still gloating over the 2005 Ashes wins as I have seen in many forums ... Australia will win the Ashes twice in the span of two months.

  • Selassie-I on March 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    @Posted by on (March 7, 2013, 2:51 GMT) ah yes, Cook was the only batsman to perform in India. And bell, and KP, and Root, and Prior.. other than that thr rest were rubbish, except compton who saw off the new ball every time, so he wasn't too rubbish. And of course let's not forget the spinners Monty and Swanny who bowled terrifically well, they were largely to thank. And Anderson was pretty handy too... thinking about it Finn wasn't that bad either. But other than that lot, the rest of the team might as well have not shown up.

  • shinewindies on March 7, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I understand trott and peitersen being refered as Southafricans bcoz they were born there and were in living in SA till early twenties, what about Prior and Compton, i think Prior was born in SA but his father is British and he moved to England at an early age, we all know Compton's grand dad the great denis compton played cricket for England( to my suprise he also played for Arsenal F.C, what a bloke) and even he moved to England at an early age, does that make them South Africans, And if i am correct there not even a single SA born player in the lions squad and there was none in the U-19 squad either at the world cup. Looking for some comments from English fans on this.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Great effort by NZ. I'm not interested in Ashes right now. Too much focus on the big 4 teams. If NZ can play well tomorrow they have a great chance to win. Also nice to see the new talent perform. With Guptill, Vettori, Ryder, Mcclenaghan, Bracewell & Ronchi to come into the squad we're looking better than we have in a long time.

  • Archit_Shridhar on March 7, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    English cricket no where near over, just cannot judge over in 1 innings... batting up in the first session is not easy either... But still great to see KIWIS jumping on something... However there are definitely more expetations from the English attack... they might well prove themselves in the first session tomorrow...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Some interesting comments on here from Australian and Indian fans, no doubt in retaliation from all those thrashings England have handed out for such a long time. Nice too to see England leaving their brains in India and all getting themselves out on a two-paced pitch. @RandyOz: Welcome back mate, nice to see you back on the English boards after you've been absent from the Australian boards for months...

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    If this was happening in subcontinent pundits will come out blaze stating that it is not a sporting pitch because the opposition could not score much and only the home side scores lot of runs. Strange but some how pundits do not consider the fact that the batsmen did not apply themselves, did not respect the pitch and got out in irresponsible manner.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Early days yet. NZ played well and England didn't but that doesn't say that England are out of the game. Three days to go and still alot of cricket to be played. NZ should aim to bat well and bat once before having another crack at the England top order. This pitch will get harder and harder to bat on so NZ need to score well tomorrow. Im a proud NZ supporter, no matter what happens will continue to support the boys.

  • landl47 on March 7, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    I have to say that this was one of the worst days of cricket by an England team that I can remember. I usually try to look for positives, but today there were none. Trott was the least bad, but even he gave away his wicket to a terrible shot when he should have been working with the tail to make the score respectable. It tells you everything you need to know about the batting when Finn and Anderson have the best partnership of the innings.

    Then the bowlers couldn't take a single wicket, showing that the pitch was perfectly playable. Even the fielding was poor and Alistair Cook's captaincy showed no attack or imagination- such as Broad's first ball going at catchable height through where 3rd slip ought to have been.

    Congratulations to New Zealand, who did everything they should have done and did it with enthusiasm. If this was England's worst day, it was also one of NZ's best.

    This test isn't over, but England will have to show real fight to avoid a heavy defeat.

  • SuperSharky on March 7, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @SurlyCynic on (March 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT) I like your comment; "Looks like the Ashes will be the true 'battle of the minnows'." The Black Caps & India is surely making it look that way. Looks like the Black Caps has learned some vicious cricket down in Africa. This will be a HUGE boost for The Black Caps with a rating of 78 lying 8th in the world, for giving a very hard time to last years Test Champions, England, (118 rating, lying second next to the Proteas.) But still early days and cricket can be a funny game too.

  • on March 7, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @Nathan Bell - I did not say that England were under-prepared, I said that England were grossly under-prepared MENTALLY. When eight out of ten batsmen GIFT their wicket away in the manner that the English players did, it's a clear signal as to their state of mind - they did not respect the NZ bowlers and paid the price. I also did commend New Zealand for the ruthless way they exploited this. In the future, may I respectfully suggest you read what is actually written before making false accusations?

  • SurlyCynic on March 7, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Don't really buy the 'lack of preparation' excuse. Most teams only have one warmup game these days, England with their massive budget have been the exception in the Ashes and vs India. On their last tour of England SA copped a hammering in the English press for supposedly 'not preparing properly' and 'ripping off the fans', and then dished up statistically the biggest thrashing in test history at the Oval.

    The days of 4 month tours are over. These are professional cricketers, there's no excuse for some of the shots they played.

  • pull_shot on March 7, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    I think england administration has launched talent hunt in South Africa to find replacements for compton and broad so dont worry english fans

  • Jakespin on March 7, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Oh pur-lease! This is one day of a three match series, and all of a sudden all the usual suspects appear, desperately trying to convince everyone (especially themselves) that England are 'woeful', 'pathetic', 'overrated' and with no batting and bowling talent!! England are paying for complacency here, especially in the lack of effective warm ups for the test team, but I bet that they won't do so again. Credit to NZ - they deserve the plaudits and the focus should be on them - but the reported demise of English cricket is greatly exaggerated!

  • cric_J on March 7, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    England's performance today with the ball as well as the bat was nothing but shocking for me.I know for a fact that they are capable of much more.Even the best of the teams can have an awful day but that doesn't give people the right to question their potential and ability.I would like to believe that tomorrow we will see some good bowling from Jimmy and Finny which justifies their reputations and Broady needs to get his act in place. A very heartening performance by NZ and although I do believe England can at best draw this match ,I would still go for an English win in the series.And as for the Ashes in the summer,it would be the shock of the year if Australia manage to pull of more than one win in the series.The one in Australia might be more interesting though.

  • Archit_Shridhar on March 7, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Thats the KIWI spirit we want to see... great to see them back... bit too early to say that may be... but just love getting up early and seeing half England side already in the dressing room... hope they make the best out of this now....

  • gsingh7 on March 7, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Judging by this England display the Ashes should be an exciting series. Both England and Australia have batting line-ups that can crumble at any second so it should be a case of who can be less pathetic on the day.

  • on March 7, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    seems like overrated England batsman and bowlers are slowly returning to their true colors and if they can keep this form for next few months it will make up for an interesting Ashes... atleast Aussies have been playing great at home recently as we saw against SA when aussies dominated in couple of tests but could not close out games. But England got thrashed against SA at home.... and subcontinent record for both England (2-6) and Australia (0-2) as woeful it is for last year or so is not going to matter much in Ashes even though England played really well against India

  • on March 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Sorry to see such a woeful effort by the "English" cricket team! I hope that the game goes beyond three days!

  • RandyOZ on March 7, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    As many of us have been commenting for a while now, the inevitable slide for England is in full swing. The batting is woeful, and the bowling, who some claim contains the best two bowlers in the world (Anderson and Finn) is absolutely listless on a helpful track. With the complete failure of the so-called -new wave' of South Africans, the Lions getting hammered in Oz and the U19s embarrassed in South Africa, there is absolutely zero talent coming through in England. There are very dark days ahead for this awful team so it is no wonder the usual suspects are nowhere to be seen.

  • SurlyCynic on March 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Looks like the Ashes will be the true 'battle of the minnows'.

  • RandyOZ on March 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    As many of us have been commenting for a while now, the inevitable slide for England is in full swing. The batting is woeful, and the bowling, who some claim contains the best two bowlers in the world (Anderson and Finn) is absolutely listless on a helpful track. With the complete failure of the so-called -new wave' of South Africans, the Lions getting hammered in Oz and the U19s embarrassed in South Africa, there is absolutely zero talent coming through in England. There are very dark days ahead for this awful team so it is no wonder the usual suspects are nowhere to be seen.

  • PDV1 on March 7, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Judging by this England display the Ashes should be an exciting series. Both England and Australia have batting line-ups that can crumble at any second so it should be a case of who can be less pathetic on the day.

  • Greatest_Game on March 7, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @ NumberXI. Well done on an excellent analysis of this Match Report which, notably, falls under the News section. Unfortunately, International Cricket News appears to be what happens to the English team in other places. The coverage of Eng's 3-0 whitewashing by Pak, just a year ago, followed a very similar pattern, although in that case the sub text was "Eng were not really all that bad, just unlucky." (The ridulous "Anderson is 'arguably' the equal of Steyn" meme is unbelievably still trotted out by tired hacks, tho to his credit Hopps is not one of them.)

    Englan's batting was simply pathetic, & while NZ's bowling was no "Steyn & Philander" style onslaught, it was by no means pedestrian either, & unquestionably more incisive than Eng's wicketless trundling, of which Anderson had the very un-Steylike worst economy with no wickets!

    Eng are still a tough team, & may bounce back. Hopefully that will be assessed in context & not hailed as "Eng back to normal after opening stutter."

  • oval77 on March 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Big congrats to the NZ team for this start, even if we (Eng) threw wickets away hopelessly, that takes nothing away from the application of the underrated Black Caps. Eng will have to battle hard if they are to save this test and aim to show that it was just a bad day in the office.

    As expected, lots of gloating Indian comments suddenly appear, which seems a bit sad given the circumstances of their last few tests against Eng. And (genuinely) nice to see the return of RandyOz - it's not the same without you!

    @OzWally - thoroughly agree with you.

  • on March 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Obviously Aussies support whoever is playing England. This is some small ray of hope in a bleak few weeks for Aussie cricket!

  • nathangonmad on March 7, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I don't know what to say. Why did 3 of our top 5 give there wickets away?

  • SaffaKeep on March 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Smith and the boys must be smiling down on this game and the India vs Aus series from the clouds...as we have a LARGE break before playing again we need these teams to have a dog fight with each other...also it is pretty nice seeing the Poms getting beaten too! LMAO

  • VillageBlacksmith on March 7, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Nice to see some guts at last from an oceania side... well played NZ, like it... lets see if Eng can fight back in the series...? Playing NZ is a much sterner test than playing Oz nowadays...

  • Jayzuz on March 7, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    What a nightmare for @Front_Foot_Lu... I mean England ;-) On a serious note, will be interesting to see how England bounce back. Swann has always been a key player in the team in recent years. Now he's not there it really does affect the balance of the team. The game is there for the Kiwis to chuck away. If they can get a lead of close to 200 (possible, but no guarantee with NZ, I'm afraid), then England are in real trouble. Surprising to see England struggle in NZ conditions, which tend to be similar to English conditions.

  • PrasPunter on March 7, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @brusselslion , thats a fair assertion indeed on where things are for the 2 sides . We count on our bowling attack, probably the only strong point at this time - Pretty decent . But you know, with this sort of batting, we can hardly help ourselves. Fingers crossed !!!

  • LewisDuckworth on March 7, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Hey Michael Vaughan, why don't you go and tweet about that performance!

    Well done on a great days cricket New Zealand, well bowled and batted!

    As an Aussie supporter can't wait for the Ashes to roll around. If the English batsmen struggled that much on a good pitch against New Zealands seamers, what's going to happen to them in English conditions with the likes of Pattinson, Starc, Cummins, Siddle, Bird and Harris steaming in on them?

  • Glenn10 on March 7, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    One of the great days in NZ Cricket. Plus I'll take back my comments on Neil Wagner.... well bowled mate!

  • Thefakebook on March 7, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Job well done Kiwis soften them up bit more for OZs.

  • on March 7, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    NZ played well. Read somewhere that England have not won a first test abroad for many years, and lose most, even when they go on to win the series. Flower has highlighted this as a major concern in the past (losing the first test of an away series so often). But that aside, NZ have some excellent pace bowlers, bowling around 140KmPh and some solid batting. Should be no surprise that they perform well. Congratulations to them, and let's hope this series is a lot closer and more hard fought than many of the pundits were saying during the lead up. Both sides could do with the challenge.

  • gsingh7 on March 7, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    what can i say. after sa thrash england in england then pak defeat them 3-0 now nz dominating , this team is on the slide down rankings. this only helps india and sa to move clear at top of table.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on March 7, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Wonder, who Aus Fans support between Eng and NZ ?

    Anyone ?

  • aavalentine on March 7, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Is this a deliberate attempt by England to deceive Australia before the Ashes?

  • Blokker on March 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Typical, but stll disappointing, to see such a one-sided and begrudging report. Maybe next time we can get a Kiwi journo to sum up the day's play? Perhaps they will view things a little differently.

  • GRVJPR on March 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    It was always on the cards. Anderson is such an overrated bowler that even a street boy can hit him out of park. England only did well in India due to poor pitches. It was a lottery. But we all know a thing or two about a lottery!

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Well done New Zealand! What a sporting nation, with a population of mere 4.4 million. Unless weather intervenes even more, this game will result in a NZ win.

  • jplterrors on March 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Game plan in bat 7 more sessions and post 700-0 cant see either gettin out. Then 2 sessions should be ample time to roll through POMS again lol.

  • Rhygwyn on March 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    I find it amazing how Test fortunes fluctuates to wildly the last few years.

  • on March 7, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    After a single days play.. all the England-knockers are having a field day.. You'd think NZ had won already instead of merely having a had a brilliant day. At the end of the test is the time to bray... and you can really whoop it up when/if NZ win the series. Meantime there are still 3 days left of this test so before writing England off it might be better to wait and see. For England, there is no need to push the panic button.. We went one down in India and came back to win a series we were expected to lose. I suggest NZ take this chance...because knowing England, they wont give you a second one.

  • on March 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @ Henrik Love'n - I wouldn't say the English were unprepared. They have had more test cricket in the last 12 months than NZ has had. So NZ technically came into this match more unprepared.

    Secondly - Even the English commentators said they weren't unprepared.

    Thirdly - People need to give NZ's bowlers some credit. McCullum came into the match saying they did their homework on each of the batsmen and bowlers. It certainly looked like they executed it to me. The evidence is in Bells wicket. You heard Wagner saying to Shane Bond (bowling coach), that he felt he could come around the wicket and get Bell driving in the air. First ball around the wicket... Go have a shower Bell.

    On top of that, the pitch is blinder to bat on. The NZ batsmen showed this. Well done NZ. No ones getting cocky here, it was one good day for NZ cricket, they still have 3 days to go! England could well turn the game on its heals.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    I still dont trust NZ batsmen. I am sure they will let down their bowlers big time.I will be more than happy if am proven wrong. I remember many occasions where their bowlers bowled out Aussies cheaply but batsmen threw it away. This match they have very good chance to win but then cook might come back hard just like that opening game in 2010.I still think Eng have an edge over Aussies

  • The_Ashes on March 7, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    It was literally an off-day for England, can happen to anyone at anytime.

  • Mitty2 on March 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    (continuing), and despite having a world class spinner in swann (panesar only achieves on helpful wickets and is not as well rounded as swann) and an average pace attack. Their pace attack is their only flaw with only Finn averaging under 30, and even so, Finn is incredibly inconsistent and sometimes innocuous. But still, the point remains, they have a very talented batting line up and a very talented spinner, why have they lost so many tests?

    I believe this can only be due to complacency and arrogance. To be whitewashed by Pakistan and to lose to sri lanka is pathetic to be honest and, as it seems again, that they have underestimated a team in new Zealand. There was even a sense that England were favorites and would come out easily against SA, and we all know how the result of that series went.

    England have the undoubted talent, they need to, as much as anything, find appropiate preparations before series'. This is a wake up call and more respect should be placed on other teams.

  • hris on March 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    all those saying england are slow starters : Thats what they were saying about India when they lost the first couple of matches in the England and Oz Tours.

  • on March 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    the New Zealand seamers have improved a lot after their short stint with Chaminda Vaas. Bruce Martin is like Rangana Herath, not getting the chance to shine at top level because another world class spinner was playing in the team.

  • DocBindra on March 7, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Can someone please give the Kiwi's some credit? They are a decent team and I think Boult will be special. ...England, well they are all about Cook. How Cook goes, so goes England. There is no other team as overhyped as this pathetic English outfit. For as "great" as this English team is, they sure lose quite frequently. As much as the stiff upper lip fan base likes to think England is a top side, the fact remains that if they played SA 10 times, maybe they would win once...Suddenly, England looks old. Well, Trott, Bell, Peterson, Swann, Prior are all 30+ now and not getting any younger.

  • Beige_and_blue on March 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    It's a bit embarrassing really, but even though NZ are obviously far beyond England in skill level, we at least hoped for a decent England performance so that we got to see a tight competitive test match; sadly that hasn't been the case. we can only hope these minnows improve and offer some competition for the remainder of the series

  • on March 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I suppose I must have seen a worse English batting display after watching them for fifty years.But I cant remember when. That was a pathetic display. Five innings just gifted away on a benign pitch.

  • maddy20 on March 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Awesome stuff. But NZ should be watchful. They might win this test but England team with their SA imports are sure to fightback hard in the next one.

  • shortsillypoint on March 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    NZ bowlers in NZ conditions on the opening day - can be a lethal combination for any side. Golden day for the BCs and its tempting to think there will be more but long term NZ cricket supporters know to be more cautious.

  • gwd80 on March 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    That was an awful display by England. I normally defend them but they were dreadful on Wednesday. Frustrating. Well done to New Zealand for absolutely tearing into them when they were clearly not switched on enough for a test. It's utterly disrespectful and now they've been taught a lesson (AGAIN!!) in no uncertain terms. When will they learn?

    NZ fans will probably find that patronising and not crediting the performance of the Black Caps in forcing England to play badly, but if you look at how they all got out, far too many were spooning tame catches to the outfield or playing undisciplined shots which they are to blame for. Anyway, England will have to play far, far, far better to even get close to a draw in this one (is there any more rain due to undeservedly save them?!) and if NZ bat well in the first innings then you can't really see anything other than a comfortable, and deserved win for them.

    We never learn! Andy Flower must be enraged.

  • pom_don on March 7, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    A super display by the Kiwis they were on the money all the way through both batting & bowling, as for my team ...... it was like watching a bunch of Lemmings throw themselves off a cliff it hurt to watch some of the worlds finest get out in the way they did just throwing their wickets away, except KP that was a ball that would get most out in the world. As for the rest they just threw them away as the Kiwis kept the bowling nice & tidy. I had a hunch before the game that something untoward might happen (not as bad as it did though) it usually does when the mouths (press & TV) big us up & say we are going to wipe the floor with the opposition. Let's hope we get our sensible heads on from now ......and the press!

  • Tripswitch on March 7, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Yet another South African quick rips England apart.

  • on March 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Well credit to NZ but it has to be said that their bowlers won't get many easier wickets, it was like the batsmen were having a competition to see who could get out to the worst delivery.

  • RednWhiteArmy on March 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Welcome back to all the aussies. Hadnt seen you all in a few weeks. England have been given a much needed kick up the backside. Lets see how they respond.

  • cloudmess on March 7, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Blimey. When England tour down under there is often this familiar experience - formerly on Ceefax, now on Cricinfo - of the sharp morning-after shock. Adelaide 2006-7: went to sleep, England 60/1, 100 ahead, comfortably batting out the last day. This one ranks up with the best. It seems England now perform poorly against teams they're expected to do well against - a bit of psychological malaise which Andy Flower needs to sort out. Some of it may also be the baffling NZ pitches which can change from unplayable seamer to moribund feather-bed in the space of a few hours. England will have to hope for a little more of the former tomorrow. Very well played NZ, though.

  • on March 7, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    The Kiwi`s, played awesome on the first day, of this Test Match, give credit when credit is due, they bowled extremely well, sticking to there plans. As an Aussie, i love it when the Kiwi`s play well, and too the teams potential, they are good enough too compete against any team, in World Cricket, but they have lacked belief. They always play awesome Cricket against us Aussies, they just need too keep that competitive beast, for other teams. Both the Kiwi`s and the Aussies, play tough against each other in sport, but both countries support each other, when 1 or the other is playing, other Countries. Love the selection of Rutherford, he is in the form of his life, Wagner bowled exceptionally well, and Martin on debut, backed-up his fast bowlers hard work. This article seems petty, and biased towards the Pom`s, who were really pathetic with the bat, against quality Test Cricket bowling. Come on Kiwi`s, bury the arrogant Pom`s, i know you can.

  • Munkeymomo on March 7, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Wow, what a start for the Kiwis! I only saw the first session, they bowled tight lines and Wagner got some beautiful movement. Pietersen's dismissal was a cracking delivery. They must have batted really nicely too (did not realise Fulton was back, and opening!). Look forward to seeing their innings in the highlights tonight and I hope England can pull it back somewhat tomorrow.

  • Dr.Vindaloo on March 7, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Interesting comments below. Some big talk from little people just one day into the test series!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    The Eng getting a nice little hiding here from NZ ..... what a glorious day of cricket and just got better with NZ on verge of hauling Eng's score for 0 wickets down . The world is waiting for day 3 and for Taylor, Brendon and the rest to pound the English into the Dunedin dirt... the openers just need to start well and big 100s are for the taking against this mediocre Eng bowlers.. In any case, with a huge lead built up by day 3 there is plenty of time to subject Eng to a resounding Inngs. defeat . All the v v best ....NZ!! can't wait ...

  • brusselslion on March 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    @Pras_Punter on (March 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT): I wouldn't get too despondent about Australia's Ashes chances just yet. With the exception of SA, most Test sides are pretty ordinary at the moment. I agree that your top order is ropey but, we've only got 2 seamers. Our batting is slightly better; good opener, decent middle order but you have 4 good/ decent seamers. It could be closer than many people think. Mind you, if we can come up with 5 rank turners, I think that you're looking at a 5-0 hiding!

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    As much as I luv my lil cuzzy bros across the dutch, & want them to do well, but I didn't expect this well. I thought their pacers could make inroads & maybe bowl England out ONCE under 200. Then MAYBE be get a 100 run lead. This has been a dream day for the Kiwis, but I suggest that they need to win tomorrow's play to win this match. == == == Have to say - KP copped the best ball of the day, most of the other top 7 batsmen had no application (Cook especially a ball or two after being dropped). Prior & Bell looked like they were on the way to tons. The scary thing is - NZ hashed a few chances as well!

  • JG2704 on March 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Well done NZ

    Went to bed after Prior's wicket and despite a poor batsman's effort on the whole I got up and at least expected/hoped Eng's bowlers had made some inroads. Really , this is as bad a day for England as could possibly be. Of the 1st 6 wickets , only KP got an absolute ripper. Compton was late on one and all the rest were due to careless shots , although I will give huge credit to BM and the bowlers for bowling to the field settings he had masterminded. Had Finn and Anderson not weighed in at the end it could have been even worse.

  • Eight8 on March 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Can't wait to see what @Front_Foot_Lunge has got to say about his team's dismal performance. He's probably still trawling the Australian articles and writing inane comments about their performance rather than concentrating on England's own problems. Miss you Front-Foot_Lunge ; )

  • Fandecricket on March 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    England are not unbeatable even in tests...SA showed that in England and now in NZ it looks like NZ game to loose. Personally, I think England are praised more than they deserve and somehow have been lucky at critical times to win some matches. When I think of England only Cook and KP as world class players stand out and rest are not good enough.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 7, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Credit where credit due: NZ bowlers were fantastic, pure and simple. Boycott and Vaughan must have very red faces... I know it's still early in the first test, but this doesn't look like a walk in the park for England at all. England really need stronger coffee and a better breakfast tomorrow; this is poor stuff from them.

  • whofriggincares on March 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @pommy80 dont tell me we have another English supporter that rejects reality and inserts fantasy. A "bad day at the office" is and I quote" proof today shows that touring NZ is tougher than Aus" How can 1 bad day (according to you) outweigh all the losses touring teams have endured in Australia over the last 2 decades. Truth is the English teams very brief period of being one of the best teams around has ended. Last year apart from the win in India which I aknowledge was a monumental achievement you were beaten by all and sundry. Anyone with half a cricket brain knows that our attack will be much more affective in English and Australian conditions. It is a good thing the Pom supporters have been very vocal in the short time you were near the top. You need to make the most of it as history shows that even when you have a good period it doesnt last long. Sure have to make alot of noise to compensate for the 15 YEARS the aussies spent at the top.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on March 7, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    @Sport Barry: completely agree with you... absolutely pathetic article.. this one line sums it up really "It was the sluggish surface that did for Cook"... no credit to the bowler and no mention of the impatient mode which Cook went into after the first dropped catch. Cook was hitting high and should have known better and was simply outclassed by Wagner's symphony orchestra!

  • SL_BiggestJoke on March 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @Emerson Wilshier: LOL yes!.. would love to see Boycott's face :)

  • SL_BiggestJoke on March 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    "sluggish pitch", "flat pitch", "bungling display" etc.. there is never any praise for the opposition is there?. Putting it simply england batsman were outclassed and out-thought by some amazing Kiwi bowling (and fielding). Please show some sportsman spirit and learn to give credit where its due. Ridiculous article.

  • brusselslion on March 7, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Ahh..@jonesy2. Welcome Back. Enjoy your hols? Been anywhere nice? One mate to another; you might want to pop over to the India - Australia thread before making any predictions.

  • on March 7, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    It was overdue for everybody's whipping boys for the last two years (NZ & India), to whip back. Silly comments apart, with right selection, and encouragement, NZ can develop a fairly strong team. No doubt about that.

  • Unomaas on March 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Cooommmmeeeee onnnnn New Zealand!!!!! You've got supporters from all over the world rooting for you!

  • on March 7, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Watch out world, Kiwis on the rise again, we have suffered terribly, but its coming good for us now. Helps to import a few Saffas!

  • jackiethepen on March 7, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Not enough praise to the Kiwis. It is typical of English pundits that they are so keen to beat England up - let's get the scorn in while we can - that they never give credit to the opposition. This looked like a determined side under a new captain in the ODIs. New captaincy has a way of galvanising a whole side. McCullum might be an inspired choice - a Kiwi Dhoni? The media all claimed that the warm up game "didn't count". If that doesn't encourage complacency, what does? Then there has been the disgraceful Root v Compton build up. Both are new players and have been put under intense pressure. Bell and Cook have played 10 ODIs this winter . Is it that surprising they both got out to lofted strokes carried over from the ODI game? Only one warm up game treated as first class instead of allowing all the players a chance to warm up, get used to the red ball, and change their mind set. I cannot see the point of trying to win the only warm up game. Bad management tactics. KP totally rusty.

  • CrICkeeet on March 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Wow...unblievable per4mnce 4m both teamz.. :p :p :p

  • on March 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Give NZ some credit would ya!!!! they bowled well abd batted superbly!!

  • on March 7, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Go well our Kiwi Cousins!

  • mixters on March 7, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    where is front foot lunge I was sure he would ind something to say about Australia in all of this, never mind. Great to see NZ playing to there potential, any team can be bowled out for a low score if the bowlers do there job even the great SA were recently bowled out for less than a hundred by what would FFL say those minnow Australians, On the same day Australia was bowled out for 47? The interesting thing here is NZ 131/0!!

  • www.cricketforever.net on March 7, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    LoL The true colours of this mediocre English side are out in the open. Ashes is for Australia. Well done NZ. Brown-wash the pommies !

  • Sir.Ivor on March 7, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    It seems to me that having practised so much to beat India in India, they have forgotten how to play in home conditions like they had today at Dunedin. That is what is wrong about Michael Vaughn's latest tweet. With the Ashes just 3 months away England will be well advised to take New Zealand very seriously. The way they have played today on a seeminly docile wicket, I feel they will lose this game.They should also not think that just because Australia have lost 2 Tests in India, the Ashes will remain warm in England after Australia has come and gone. Pattinson Staarc and Cummins can blow Engand'd batting away unless they are well prepared.I wish Cook and Co will realise that Zew Zealand is a force to reckon with at home.

  • VinodGupte on March 7, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Golden! I hope NZ crush ENG on day 5 before lunch. That will only make test cricket interesting.

  • sherlockoz on March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Not a lot of praise here for the NZ effort,all excuses for England....England had a bad day. Well NZ had a great day,credit where credit is due, England were too cocky and expected to turn up and win. the four major performers for NZ all came out of good form in the domestic season, Rutherford, Fulton, Wagner & Martin. Just goes to show that domestic form means plenty unlike those who bemoan NZ domestic form because of the so called lack of class. How many other gems are out there who have a great domestic record but never get the chance at International level.Do we need to hold onto the Guptills of this world when they lose form. Send them back to domestic cricket and make them perform to get re-selected.

  • kreeketer on March 7, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Well Well what a collapse....looks like Kiwis played wonderful and also Wagner back to composing....well well " Fast bowling composer " Wagner

  • yorkshire-86 on March 7, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Shot them out for 300, put on 400, spin them to oblivion 4th innings. Job done.

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on March 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Well played New Zealand, that was a great performance. England as always making life hard for themselves but i'm looking forward to seeing us fight back, it will take a real effort to avoid defeat in this game and England now know they're in a scrap for the series. There's a lot of fighting spirit in this England team and they need to show it. To all the Aussie fans crawling out of the woodwork - don't delude yourselves - we're still going to hammer you this summer

  • bharatputra83 on March 7, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    ROFL! LoL'd real hard at the scorecard. The hapiest team here won't be the Kiwis, but the Aussies. Their Ashes hopes are still alive even after the bashing they are currently receiving. Good job by the Kiwis in grinding England's uptight nose into the dirt.

  • ozziespirit on March 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Even great teams have their bad days. Over in Oz we don't get many green wickets like this one, which is good for our batsmen's averages, but I'd still back England to win this: They are streets ahead of teams like New Zealand and Australia, and are just taking an innings to adjust after their recent India tour, a place that is currently producing nightmares for Australian cricketers.

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @ Fine_ Legs. The top order of Eng are among the best, I am glad you stated "among" because they are not on top. That is SA's domain. Same applies to the Eng bowlers, again that is SA's domain! I agree that all sides have terrible days, that is cricket! Eng are way better than NZ though, at home or away. Should be Eng's series regardless of the results of this match (I still think Eng will draw or take this test). TBH, I don't really rate Anderson that highly (not in the top 4 quicks in the world at the mo) and barbie well, even less so. Barbie has daddy to thank.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    What an pathetic article, they could not have given NZ less credit if they tried. Pieterson delivery was a ripper.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    The bowling wasn't as pedestrian as everybody says, credit to the bowlers for putting it in the right places and making England play.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney, good analysis. While credit is due with New Zealand for the ruthless way they exploited the fact that England were grossly under-prepared mentally - 8/10 gifting their wickets, pathetic - New Zealand and particularly Australian fans should not read too much into it, at least not until NZ manage the big innings win that seems to be on the cards to judge from the first day of play. If I recall correctly, there are still 13 days of play scheduled in this series for both teams to prove that today was or was not a one-off.

  • kiwicricketnut on March 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    People make out we are a useless international team and should just lose by default because we lost an odi series to bangledesh a few years back and got beat up by the windies last year. On both of those occasions we were going in cold in our winter with no cricket under our belt and bugger all preperation, getting a hiding was a certainty. Yeah we got smashed by sa but were not alone there. I hope performances like this squash all this nonsense about minnows shouldn't play the big boys chat. We have our short comings for sure, there were alot of arrogant posts before the game hopefully the black caps have knocked some humility into the english fans

  • bighit14 on March 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Dark Horses tag will never get off the Kiwis. Looking forward for more of such fight :-)

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    I wonder what Michael Vaughan is tweeting today...

  • PrasPunter on March 7, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    2nd_Slip, cant agree more - SA has a fabulous bowling attack , an excellent opening combination and a rock-hard middle-order - pretty much like the Aussies of 90s and 00s . Are gonna rule test-cricket for some-time. Whether they reach the peaks of the Aussies remains to be seen. Test cricket thrives mainly because of SA, Eng and Aus. Wiould love to see a tri-nation test-series among these. Shall be played in SA, Eng and Aus, with each team playing each other once at home and away. Will be a treat to watch !!

  • Fine_Legs on March 7, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    England faltered at the start of the India series but prevailed 2-1 in the end. This England team is special, and a bad day should not be used to beat up a bunch of really good players. There is no denying the quality of Cook, Pieterson, Trott, Bell and Prior - that's five dependable, good batsmen, a line-up most teams would struggle to put together. Anderson, Finch, Swann - these are bowlers who in their respective categories can be considered among the world's best. Really, its a bad day and just look at it as that. Australia has deeper problems, with neither a batting combination nor a choice of bowlers that appears remotely settled.

  • Mr.Cr1cket on March 7, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Great signs for the Aussies. England will still win series 2-1.

  • hotcric01 on March 7, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    For sure,this is the most established kiwi test batting line up in recent history.Their fast bowling attack also looks decent.If Bruce martin continue to perform well,that is a huge plus for them.If they can keep their good works as a team they can beat any top side in any condition in the world.

  • 2nd_Slip on March 7, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Suddenly SA look miles ahead of the rest of the test playing nations. Disapointing from England but I expect a ruthless come back to win this test and the series.

  • on March 7, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    NZ will find a way to lose this match, it's what they're best at¬!

  • NumberXI on March 7, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    By focusing almost exclusively on how England failed, Hopps appears to subscribe to the they-were-no-good-we-were-just-bad excuse which is often a sign of hubris. England's choice of shots may have been poor but it is New Zealand's bowlers also created the pressure which led to those shots. As an example, nearly 25% of the overs NZ bowled in the England innings were maidens - by contrast the comparable figure for England thus far is less than 15%. Also, if NZ were able to roll over England for 167, England's much-vaunted bowling attack - consisting of Anderson (who was recently being equated with Steyn), Finn and Broad, along side Panesar - have not eked out a single wicket between them - which is more evidence of the resolve that NZ have shown thus far. The risk for NZ, of course, is that through lack of experience, they have often blinked first in such tight encounters. Hopefully they will continue to show the same resolve for the remainder of the Test.

  • PrasPunter on March 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    I dont think the Poms need to be worried about this one-off day. Come Ashes and everything will be alright , given our brittle top order. That said , would more than love to see us regaining the Ashes !! Wishful thinking though !!

  • jmcilhinney on March 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    England really seem to be developing a habit of starting a series slowly. Hopefully they don't finish this series slowly as well but the last series against India, SL and SA all started out with a bad first Test. I guess we can be thankful that there are three warmup games before the first Test of the next Ashes in Australia and then a fourth before the second Test. England even have a warmup game against a county before the next home Ashes! How often does a team have a warmup before a home series? I guess it's to get out of ODI mode after the Champions Trophy. That's how seriously England take the Ashes so I have to wonder whether maybe England have taken their eye off the ball here a bit, much as I didn't think they would. NZ are certainly good enough that they can pounce on a better-ranked team who are not giving it 100%.

  • jonesy2 on March 7, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    it was expected that NZ would be better than england due to having a much more talented team but this was a brilliant day for the black caps! as if the ashes could get any easier for australia to win.

  • tickcric on March 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    A nice report of the day's play. NZ is England conditions stretched to the extreme. It's tricky out there. Now that NZ are in a commanding position, hoping to see a tough contest for the 1st Test.

  • jmcilhinney on March 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Well, what a complete dog's breakfast England made of that. I didn't see any of the day's play but I was following the commentary and, while it sounds like NZ bowled well enough, England were probably the primary architects of their own demise. I think that KP got a good one first up and Compton may have been a little unlucky with on that kept a bit low but everyone else seems to have contributed to their own downfall at the least and many just gifted their wickets. The NZ openers then showed to you should bat on this wicket and congratulations too them. With so few runs on the board, England needed to take every half-chance but they have again got the dropsies. Good to see that Broad was economical and created a couple of chances but that's about all that can be taken from this day. Can't see how England could win it from here and there's much work to be done to save the game. NZ may turn out to be robbed of a win by the rain on the first day, assuming that it stays fine from here.

  • phunny_game on March 7, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    I gues micheal vaughn tweeted too many jokes about the ashes too early... should'v waited for a couple of days, and all the sense of humor would have dried up seeing this display by England...

  • heathrf1974 on March 7, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    This will make some Aussie fans happy.

  • satishchandar on March 7, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    A awesome display by NZ. As i always maintained, England were the favorites to start with but NZ has a history of putting their head up and pull above their weight. They are just masters in that. I seriously hope NZ completely grabs what has been a wonderful day for them and complete the test as winner. For England, they need to think at what happened. I don't think there was a major weakness displayed. It is just poor shot selection against very disciplined bowling. Now England again back to depend on Cook for stubbornness at the top order which will restore calmness in batting. Bowling needs a lot to be looked in.

  • Brenton1 on March 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Why dont we just allow each team in the world to adopt 4 Saffers - this way the quality of test cricket will vastly improve.

    Go NZ you beauty.

  • Rick_T on March 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Simon Timothy - Although NZ did lose both Tests to the Windies last year, it looked like the Windies were going to lose when they were 4 down in the 4th innings with 93 runs still to chase. As for NZ being 'destroyed' by every team in the Universe, is that similar to how SAF destroyed Pakistan recently, or how ENG destroyed IND or how Australia is currently being destroyed by India?

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @ Charl De Vleeschauwer: It is a very good day for New Zealand, but to use your way of finding the best day is ridiculous, as ending the day with no wickets will always yield an indefinable number. Nice try

  • spinnerah on March 7, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    New Zealand can only go up, a good batch of young players coming through... NZ for the win!!!!

  • disco_bob on March 7, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    After our shambolic display against India, I had really begun to think we were going to get pummelled in the Ashes. I might have to revise that assessment. I'm pretty confident that Starc and Pattinson will cause a few problems in English conditions.

    I'll be looking forward to commentary from FFL and R/W Army

  • Vishnu27 on March 7, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    @Nightwing32: right with you there mate. However, I'd much prefer the bubble they're living in to continue & the reality check served nice & cold come July

  • canterbury1990 on March 7, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @pommy80 completely agree, England are traditionally slow starters, just look at the india tour, did terrible in the first test but were awesome the next 3. Every team/player is allowed a bad day or two. The difference between great teams and good teams is that great teams can put a bad day behind them and come back stronger. Lets hope England can do that as they have in the recent past.

  • on March 7, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Calling back Peter Fulton was a masterstroke, he looks much improved and determined. Shane Watson and co should take note. Patience and discipline.

    Hamish Rutherford is quality. Hope he has a long test career. Williamson, Taylor, McCullum, Watling, Brownlie to come. We will need a lead of 250 though...

    England fans - please no excuses re rustiness and complacency, or woeful stroke play. This is professional Test cricket.

  • on March 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

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

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

  • Nightwing32 on March 7, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    I love seeing England lose because I'm Australian but I'm happy that New Zealand are doing well. It is great that all teams even Pakistan who lost in South Africa are doing pretty well. Yes Australia is doing fine with only 5 losses since the Arthur/Clarke era. But yeah hopefully NZ don't have their fabled collapses because England do need a reality check especially before the Ashes.

  • pommy80 on March 7, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Just a bad day at the office for England, happens to everyone. Credit to NZ bowling and batting well. Pitch getting flatter, batting becoming easier. England will need 400+ in the second innings to save the match. Just a usual start to a series for England. Still favorite's for a series win though. Proof today shows that touring NZ is tougher than Aus.

  • WILAD on March 7, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    . Love the cricket ground It seems so intimate and serene. It must feel like sitting in a local park watching a few guys playing cricket. Has a calm feel to it. The New Zealanders came out fighting. Good to see. I atleast hope it's like this so it can be an interesting series.

  • on March 7, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Where are those poms who went overboard after aussies lost badly to India and making predictions about the upcoming Ashes as well as comparing their test series win in India with the aussies. They now seem to have learned to play spin but forgot the art of playing seam and swing......

  • johntycodes on March 7, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    England were the worst performed test side in all of 2012. The only series they won was against india. They are in terrible form.

  • Shan156 on March 7, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Well played NZ. England were woeful but take nothing away from the Kiwis. They bowled really well. However, they were helped in no small measure by some inept batting. Rutherford and Fulton are showing their more celebrated Eng. counterparts that there are no demons in the pitch with a near 50 run stand (as of now). There is some way to go in this test and it is not lost yet. But, Eng. need to do much better than this. I am not sure it is complacency though. England have looked rusty. Hopefully, they will get better as the series progresses.

  • Baxter_P on March 7, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    At the very least, today has shown that England are vulnerable. Of course they are a formidable test team, but not a perfect one. Compton could be a weak point in the batting and KP has now failed 3 times out of 3 on tour. They have quite a tail (#8-11), particularly if Prior fails/doesn't do his customary fix-it job, a fact exacerbated by Swann's injury (although as fate would have it, it was two tailenders who put on the best partnership). As for the bowling, so much depends on Anderson. He will be a handful in any conditions, but his three fellow bowlers can all be inconsistent, and the Black Caps now have the chance to exert a bit of pressure on them.

  • Matth on March 7, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Front Foot Lunge? Are you there??? Thanks England for putting on a batting performance toi make us Australians feel a little better about ourselves (only a little mind you). The Ashes could well be a race to the bottom. Of course NZ rarely press thier advantage and England will not be that bad in the 2nd innings, but I can at least enjoy the moment. Front Foot Lunge?

  • Ponsh on March 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    New Zealand's Test match to lose now. If they can bat through the day with a few wickets remaining it's game over in all likelihood.

    Back to the drawing board for England?

  • thebarmyarmy on March 7, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Unlike Australia against India, England will win this game.

  • Winchester666 on March 7, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Sorry but how could this England team be complacent after losing to the NZ X1. Yes it was a practice match but surely it still would of given them a little wake up call.

    @Simon Timmothy - Oh yes this horrible NZ side that was destroyed by WI & SA, & lost 4 - 0 in an ODI series against Bangledesh. But funnily enough this horrible NZ side also won their last test matches against Aus & SL away, as well as an O.D.I series victory against SA away. They are not a bad side they are just mentally frail.

    @RandyOZ - Laugh all you want. Firstly, this test is not over & neither is the series. Secondly, you can never judge teams on results against other teams. It doesn't matter if England lose the series 3 - 0, doesn't mean Aus are going to win the ashes lol.

  • mikey76 on March 7, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Gotta laugh at the premature slating of England here....and most of it from Australians who are getting thrashed in India right now!! It was always going to be tough starting out on a fresh pitch against decent seam and swing bowlers. A poor performance by England yes, but I'm sure it will be rectified second time around. Once again the lack of quality match practice hurting a touring team. You need at least 2, preferably 3 four day fixtures leading into a series to get rid of ring rust. The pitch looks flat so if we can keep the lead below 150 then were still in the game.

  • Greatest_Game on March 7, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    A pathetic display from Eng, finally looking like a no. 2 side after a series victory in India. This was not incisive, unplayable, bowling by New Zealand, but rather inept, club level batting from a team with 2 batsmen ranked in the top 10, & another 3 in the top 20 - more in the top 20 than even **SA's formidable lineup!

    While there are still another 10 sessions of play, & there is no guarantee that New Zealand will run riot, a lot more is expected from the no. 2 team, with 118 ranking points, when playing the no. 8 team with 78 points - a full 40 points less. As I write, NZ's openers have tripled the score of Eng's pair & not lost a wicket. Eng were 3 down scoring half the runs NZ has.

    Are Eng & Aus competing to go up or down the rankings? No doubt, he gleeful comments by Eng supporters after Oz's India capitulation will be returned with avengence. Front Foot Lunge - lets hear from you now.

    **Notably, the best batting & bowling figures were from the South Africans Trott & Wagner!

  • on March 7, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    england cant expect cook to make 100's everyday that was the main reason england won the series in india other need score some runs

  • jplterrors on March 7, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    No surprises here NZ wd have rolled any Int side today Eng just hit those lethal Kiwi bowlers on fire

  • on March 7, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    ooh where are are the mighty english fans calling IND-AuS series a battle of minnows...??yupps better start hiding.hahaha

  • Nerk on March 7, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    You gotta love New Zealand. When given the favourites tag they fold up and die, but give them 100 to 1 odds and they come out firing. This is not the first time they have done this in recent time, in fact they did this to India, Australia and South Africa in the last few years. On those occasions, they let it slip, but hopefully they can pull it off! Go kiwi!

  • GrumpiusMaximus on March 7, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    I'm more than a bit irritated at this batting 'performance'. Woeful, pathetic and small-minded. England have appeared complacent and ring-rusty. We haven't learned from our previous tours that we need more than one competitive first-class warm-up game and to not rotate our batsmen out of any preceding ODI Series.

    Full credit to the New Zealand bowlers, they bowled professionally and there was excellent fielding selections made by McCullum. Against this attack and pitch, England should be scoring at least 300 but excellent bowling and poor batting prevented that.

    One sign of light, though. Anderson's reverse sweep to Martin. Hilarious. Good shot, too.

  • Mitch1066 on March 7, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    In cook we trust ! First game he let us down since being captain . I don't care what these supporters from elsewhere think I stand firmly behind my country ! Come on England lets show why we British bulldog !

  • maverick77 on March 7, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Early days yet, but you are not all that mighty are you England! At least you guys aren't blaming the pitch....:)

  • Mitch1066 on March 7, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Come on England bowlers save us test match in cook we trust ?

  • on March 7, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Good prepartion for the Ashes hmm where are those Aussie bashers now? Swing friendly NZ pitch , playing medium pacers and cant handle the conditions?

  • NZ_Cricket_supporter on March 7, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Who would have thought after reading all the comments from English fans about how they are going to walk over NZ, that there fabled test unit who dismantled India in India, lose there warm up game to NZA, then capitulate in the first innings for167. I know its a long game, but well done to our NZ boys for applying the pressure, I hope we can keep it up.

  • RandyOZ on March 7, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Yep, I am shaking in my boots about the Ashes haha.

  • pommy80 on March 7, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Some terrible shot selection today. Must of been watching that series in India.

  • canterbury1990 on March 7, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Full credit to the New Zealand bowlers and fielders to make most of the opportunities, and there has been plenty of them! Shocking performance by England so far, hoping England bowlers and fielders really step up when its Englands turn to bowl.

  • on March 7, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    funny even westindies whitewashed new zealand yet england are playing so poorly. Arrogance and over hyping does not get you results. Now am not saying england are not good just not as good as their fans make them out to be. Enjoy losing this test match by a side that was destroyed by both westindies and south africa and evn bangalesh in the odi series.

  • Ashwin1989 on March 7, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Look at the wonders complacency can do. The all-conquering England team, on a high after storming the Indian fortress, is 8 down for a humble 135 against the unassuming Kiwis. Apart from Pietersen who got a good ball first up, all were out to poor strokes. Of course nothing to take away from NZ who have been at their spirited and disciplined best, chipping away at England

  • GurSinghgur on March 7, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Good god! Weren't NZ the minnows whom England were supposed to swallow in one gulp before going on to the big fish, Australia? Hope Cook and company are well supplied with anti-GreatWhiteShark repellent. They'll need it. Ashes indeed--it'll be more like an Oz barbie on this form, with England-on-toast for starters. Perhaps KP could be induced to retire hurt before that series starts.

  • OzWally on March 7, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Well, this makes it official. The entire cast of Test cricket nations make up a pool full of minnows being chased by the SA shark. Of course I'm being sarcastic, as any team can look utterly hopeless on any given day. So can we do away with the most overused term in cricket, "minnow" and just enjoy the grand spectacle that is test cricket.

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    With NZ, you really have to wait & see how they bat before you can assess how bad England were. One thing appears to be sure is, the pitch appeared to have nothing to do with it. NZ had 1st innings leads over Sth Africa but failed to put them away. So there is a long way to go in this match, but GREAT stuff from NZ.

  • bobagorof on March 7, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    How are those Ashes looking now?

  • Hardy1 on March 7, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    What do you get when you mix 8 New Zealanders, 7 Englishmen, 6 South Africans & an Australian?

    ...a New Zealand vs England Test match.

    Nah but on a serious note, well done to New Zealand for a good start. Not watching the match but I'm hoping it's a low scoring pitch so that there can be a result within 4 days.

  • Mitty2 on March 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    I saw a comment comparing nick Compton and Ed Cowan: both selected on huge purple patches but not accustomed and not performing in the tests. Cowans overall FC average is 40 and Compton's is 44, and Compton has only played in the very tough conditions of India, so he should be given some time. All though the quality of pace bowling is higher in aus, so it's understandable for an Australian top order player (cowan) to have a lower average, especially with the numerous green tops, youd still say that compton is above Cowan, and should be persisted with.

    On the contrary though, all though root has a relatively dismal FC average of 39, he has settled in well and has performed in the international set up, and looks superior to Compton purely on looks. So he should be opening, he'd be a better compliment to cook. I say that eng can only play one of them because Johnny bairstow looks superior to the both of them (two half centuries against SA and a FC average of 46) and should be in the team

  • NixNixon on March 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Suddenly SA crushing NZ looks even better!

  • Mikeythorn on March 7, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    "The Dunedin pitch was as brown as cigarette tar and England coughed and spluttered." Wonderful David! I was already in a good mood thanks to the New Zealand bowling performance, and that line just made my good mood even better.

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  • Mikeythorn on March 7, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    "The Dunedin pitch was as brown as cigarette tar and England coughed and spluttered." Wonderful David! I was already in a good mood thanks to the New Zealand bowling performance, and that line just made my good mood even better.

  • NixNixon on March 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Suddenly SA crushing NZ looks even better!

  • Mitty2 on March 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    I saw a comment comparing nick Compton and Ed Cowan: both selected on huge purple patches but not accustomed and not performing in the tests. Cowans overall FC average is 40 and Compton's is 44, and Compton has only played in the very tough conditions of India, so he should be given some time. All though the quality of pace bowling is higher in aus, so it's understandable for an Australian top order player (cowan) to have a lower average, especially with the numerous green tops, youd still say that compton is above Cowan, and should be persisted with.

    On the contrary though, all though root has a relatively dismal FC average of 39, he has settled in well and has performed in the international set up, and looks superior to Compton purely on looks. So he should be opening, he'd be a better compliment to cook. I say that eng can only play one of them because Johnny bairstow looks superior to the both of them (two half centuries against SA and a FC average of 46) and should be in the team

  • Hardy1 on March 7, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    What do you get when you mix 8 New Zealanders, 7 Englishmen, 6 South Africans & an Australian?

    ...a New Zealand vs England Test match.

    Nah but on a serious note, well done to New Zealand for a good start. Not watching the match but I'm hoping it's a low scoring pitch so that there can be a result within 4 days.

  • bobagorof on March 7, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    How are those Ashes looking now?

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    With NZ, you really have to wait & see how they bat before you can assess how bad England were. One thing appears to be sure is, the pitch appeared to have nothing to do with it. NZ had 1st innings leads over Sth Africa but failed to put them away. So there is a long way to go in this match, but GREAT stuff from NZ.

  • OzWally on March 7, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Well, this makes it official. The entire cast of Test cricket nations make up a pool full of minnows being chased by the SA shark. Of course I'm being sarcastic, as any team can look utterly hopeless on any given day. So can we do away with the most overused term in cricket, "minnow" and just enjoy the grand spectacle that is test cricket.

  • GurSinghgur on March 7, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Good god! Weren't NZ the minnows whom England were supposed to swallow in one gulp before going on to the big fish, Australia? Hope Cook and company are well supplied with anti-GreatWhiteShark repellent. They'll need it. Ashes indeed--it'll be more like an Oz barbie on this form, with England-on-toast for starters. Perhaps KP could be induced to retire hurt before that series starts.

  • Ashwin1989 on March 7, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Look at the wonders complacency can do. The all-conquering England team, on a high after storming the Indian fortress, is 8 down for a humble 135 against the unassuming Kiwis. Apart from Pietersen who got a good ball first up, all were out to poor strokes. Of course nothing to take away from NZ who have been at their spirited and disciplined best, chipping away at England

  • on March 7, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    funny even westindies whitewashed new zealand yet england are playing so poorly. Arrogance and over hyping does not get you results. Now am not saying england are not good just not as good as their fans make them out to be. Enjoy losing this test match by a side that was destroyed by both westindies and south africa and evn bangalesh in the odi series.