Toss: England. Test debuts: New Zealand - D.L.Freeman, H.D.Smith, P.E.Whitelaw.
A violent dust storm and bad light followed by rain caused the match to be left drawn when New Zealand, having followed on 337 behind, had scored 35 without loss. The match opened in sensational fashion, Sutcliffe falling in the first over and Paynter to the first ball of the second, while between these disasters Hammond gave a chance in the slips. This error, typical of New Zealand's faulty fielding, proved disastrous, Hammond took charge of the game and though England's fourth wicket fell at 133, Jardine, in a stand for 87, had by that time helped Hammond retrieve an alarming situation. There followed such fierce hitting that 242 runs came in two hours twenty-five minutes before further reward fell to New Zealand. Ames rivalled Hammond in powerful driving; both men pulled hard and used the cut as discretion prompted. They began by adding a hundred runs in sixty-five minutes and another hundred runs were put on in forty-five minutes, the bowling being flogged all over the field. The first day's play produced 418 for five wickets, Hammond's share being 223; but in the morning he was bowled for four more runs. Brown and Voce then hit up 108 in three-quarters of an hour and Jardine declared with eight men out for 560. New Zealand replied well with 153 for three wickets before close of play, but in the absence of Vivian, troubled by an injured knee, the innings ended for 223. Weir, batting soundly for two hours and a half, drove well to the on and Kerr, in the one prolonged stand, helped to add 94. All the five England bowlers enjoyed some success, Voce doing best. The sudden change in the weather caused much disappointment among the large crowd.