Result
1st Test (D/N), Auckland, Mar 22-26 2018, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
(126.1 ov)
58 & 320
427/8d
New Zealand won by an innings and 49 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
ENG 2nd Innings
Full commentary

8:19pm England's form in their last 12 away Tests is disappointing reading at the moment: LDLLLLLLLDLL.
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Caleb: "You can talk up bowlers like Boult, Starc, Anderson, Hazlewood and Rabada, but really is there a more determined, big hearted bowler than Neil Wagner. He never gets to bowl at the times that are great for fast bowling, but he is still very much a match winner. An average of 27 for the time of the innings he bowls is absolutely outstanding, fantastic bowler!" --- Yes, superb. Our stats man Shiva Jayaraman tells me that since Wagner's debut no bowler has taken more wickets in Tests off short balls than Wagner himself: Wagner - 39, Rabada - 24, Morkel - 21

GBA: "This is shaping up to be the most perfectly timed declaration in cricket history!* Innings defeat by a handful of runs with just a handful of remaining overs! * - yes, there are probably closer declaration based innings defeats, please excuse my hyperbole."

Trishank Sharma: "Wagner once again played a crucial role in this innings, still remember how well he fared against India when they last visited NZ, certainly a good left arm fast bowler in tests and the effort that he put in today was commendable"

Brad Bainbridge: "its Monday here, but I will have a beer still. Thanks cricinfo, great service as always- even the politics around who-lives-where-in-Auckland and their weather forecasts."

Dickson: "That is a famous victory for us tonight, correcting the result from 5 years ago. Incredible efforts from all NZ bowlers, backed by some very resolute batting from Williamson and Nicholls. Bring on the second test!"

Jimmy: "Just glad it was a time stamp without the word Draw in it. The weather certainly was a excitement factor."

Williamson: It was a fantastic performance from us. If we go back to that first innings, we bowled great lengths and also got lucky to find the edges. They fought really hard but it was great we were able to fight the pressure and come through. [On the declaration strategy] At the end of the day, you have to execute after making your choice. All our partnerships were slow-going but in the end they added up for this win. We knew we wanted to come out and play the long game. We didn't wanna get ahead of ourselves. We knew we had an old ball. We tried to build pressure and then a couple went our way. It was great to come out in the last session and do it in front of this crowd. Toddy bowled brilliantly, the wicket took a bit of turn. He had to bide his time but with the pink ball you had to measure what it would do. He was patient and when he got his chance he took it.

Root: Yeah we weren't good enough [on day one]. We have to learn some lessons quickly. It's difficult to single any one things out, we didn't deal with the swing and seam very well. I thought the character of the dressing room today were fantastic. I thought today was a great exhibition of the guys determination of playing for the country. Finger's fine and I should be fine to play next game.

Trent Boult is the Man of the Match

Wagner: I don't know [how many overs on the trot] but it's a very special feeling. We knew we were going to have to take it deep. Tried to get the game into the night but it wasn't doing too much. The boys stuck it out though. The catching was great - with the amount of training we've been doing under lights catching the pink ball. Lot of variables with the pink ball, but we are accustomed to it. you summon your strength for the team and the country, and I'm happy.

7:57pm, Day 5 Did you think we would get to this timestamp on Thursday afternoon? Annoying as it might have been, the rain brought dimensions to this game we might not have witnessed otherwise. Some fantastic cricket from England during the final phase of this game - they batted 126 overs and came really really close. But it was a reality check in the end. You don't get results in your favour if you're bowled out for 58. And you don't get an easy draw when Neil Wagner's running in at you on the final day. Some top efforts from both sides, but this moment belongs to Wagner who got three out of England's four half-centurions.

126.1
w
Astle to Anderson, OUT
chips it straight to mid-off! That's the victory! Todd Astle's chucked one up full and wide outside off. Anderson, known in some parts as the Burnley Lara, doesn't go through with his big cover drive after getting in good position for it. Checks his shot, finds the fielder
JM Anderson c Boult b Astle 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00
end of over 1261 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 320/9CRR: 2.53 
James Anderson1 (4)
Stuart Broad1 (19)
Neil Wagner32-11-77-3
Todd Astle16-5-39-2

Anshit Agrawal: "12th over in a spell for a fast bowler who is running in hard and trying to bowl bouncers half of the them... commendable!!"

125.6
1
Wagner to Anderson, 1 run
good length at leg stump, hangs the bat out and gets this down to fine leg off the inside half
125.5
Wagner to Anderson, no run
short of a length at off stump, defended off the back foot
125.4
Wagner to Anderson, no run
short one at off stump, nicely behind this to drop it in front of silly point with soft hands
125.3
Wagner to Anderson, no run
is there glove there? No says the umpire. New Zealand won't review. This fizzes past his chest as he fends at it
125.2
w
Wagner to Woakes, OUT
has he got him? Yes he has! Wagner has Woakes fending. That's an unplayable bouncer. Headed straight for his face and he has no way to get out of the way. Jabs at it with his feet off the ground. Gets it on the gloves and it lobs up for short leg to take a simple catch to his right. Simply incredible from Wagner to get that sort of lift in his 12th over of the spell, break in the middle or not. He screams as he sprints away in celebration and is promptly mobbed. What an effort
CR Woakes c Nicholls b Wagner 52 (164m 118b 8x4 0x6) SR: 44.06
125.1
Wagner to Woakes, no run
bounce across the corridor. Thinks of the upper cut and withdraws
end of over 1251 runs
ENG: 319/8CRR: 2.55 
Stuart Broad1 (19)
Chris Woakes52 (116)
Todd Astle16-5-39-2
Neil Wagner31-11-76-2
124.6
Astle to Broad, no run
beaten again as he brings the bat down late on this full ball outside off. Jams the bat into his pad and Watling fumbles it as well
124.5
Astle to Broad, no run
full on leg stump, raps him on the front pad as he looks to defend. Appeal's turned down, that's probably going down