Day 5

701dThe Report by David Hopps

Finn shines as England batsmen draw game

Steven Finn, excelling in a new role as nightwatchman, struck a maiden Test and first-class fifty to make a huge contribution towards England saving the first Test in Dunedin and saving face in the bargain

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Late jitters and long waits

Plays of the Day from the fifth day of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Dunedin

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

'We gave it everything' - McCullum

Brendon McCullum was full of praise for his bowling attack's "phenomenal" attempts to force victory against England

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Right knee bothers Pietersen

Alastair Cook has revealed there is some worry over Kevin Pietersen's right knee after he was forced to spend time off the field during the first Test

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Cook relieved to have salvaged draw

Relief was the overriding emotion for Alastair Cook after England salvaged a draw in Dunedin despite one the worst starts they have made to a Test in recent times

Day 4

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Compton cut from Tavaré cloth

Vic Marks compares the batting of England opener Nick Compton with that of his predecessor Chris Tavare

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Nick goes past Denis

Plays of the Day from the fourth day of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Dunedin

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

'Cook kept me going' - Compton

Nick Compton praised the role of Alastair Cook in helping nurse him towards a maiden Test hundred

701dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Compton makes case for Ashes

One hundred does not make a career, but the one Nick Compton made today means he has the chance to make a career in Test cricket, amid calls for Joe Root to take his place and with the Ashes opener four months away

Day 3

Day 2

700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

In a position every team can dream of - Wagner

This was one of New Zealand's greatest days of Test cricket in recent times as they outplayed one of the strongest Test teams in the world from start to finish

700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

England wasteful in 'home' conditions

England's inauspicious start to Test cricket in 2013 was a consequence of their failure to bat well in conditions that should have reminded them of the beginning of the County Championship

700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Golden duck for Pietersen

Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Dunedin.

Day 1

700dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Opening day washed out

The opening day of the series was abandoned without a ball bowled in Dunedin as rain swept across the ground shortly after New Zealand had put England into bat

700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

The battle of Swann's elbow

Graeme Swann could be facing his last stand but England are not so lightly stocked with spinners that they should start worrying about the Ashes yet

700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Surgery vital to extend career - Swann

Graeme Swann said he had no option but to go under the knife again on his right elbow if he wanted to extend his England career

700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

Swann out of tour for elbow surgery

Graeme Swann has been ruled out of England's tour of New Zealand and will undergo surgery on his right elbow in America next week


700dAndrew McGlashan in Dunedin

England are Test 'giants' - McCullum

Alastair Cook expects England will have to work hard to exert their predicted superiority against New Zealand, but opposing captain Brendon McCullum has labelled the visiting side 'giants' of Test cricket

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Swann fears for Ashes fitness

Graeme Swann has admitted he fears that the state of his right elbow could threaten his involvement in this year's back-to-back Ashes series

700dMadhusudhan Ramakrishnan

All-round England clear favourites

New Zealand will have their task cut out against a balanced and experienced England team who are fresh off a series win in India

England 3rd innings Partnerships

1st231NRD ComptonAN Cook
2nd34NRD ComptonST Finn
3rd90IJL TrottST Finn
4th12KP PietersenST Finn
5th19IR BellST Finn
6th4IR BellJE Root
7th31IR BellMJ Prior