NZ vs ENG 1st Test Match Review: England completes a thumping win against the hosts New Zealand in the first Test match. The visitors won the first Test match by a whopping margin of 267 runs at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Stokes and co also lead the two-match series in the red ball format by a margin of one nil. The second and the last Test match of this series will be played from Friday, 24 February 2023 to Tuesday, 28th February 2023 at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
After such a dominating performance in the first Test, Ben Stokes and co will aim to seal the series in the final match of the red ball format.
The new aggressive approach of the England team has helped them to achieve new heights in the Test format. Stokes won the maiden series in Pakistan and now he would like to win this series in New Zealand as well.
England batted first in that match and their decision to declare on the first day of play was also a surprising one and that is also the reason why the Test match ended in four days instead of five.
Stokes and Co will continue to think out of the box in the red ball matches. Before the second and the final test match starts, let us see the best performers of the 1st Test match between NZ Vs ENG.
England was in the game during the first Test match because of Harry Brook. In the first innings, Brook scored 89 runs and he was also the top scorer for the visitors.
His knock of 89 runs allowed his team to reach 325 runs in their 1st innings. Harry continued his good form and also slammed another half-century in the 2nd innings.
He was also the second-highest scorer in the second innings. He played well for his 54-run knock.
Tom was the lone century maker of the first Test match and still, New Zealand ended on the losing side. Blundell scored 138 runs in a most critical situation and without any support.
Due to his wonderful innings, New Zealand reached to 306 in their 1st innings. Tom tried his best to reach the score of England. But he was the last batter to be dismissed.
The only Kiwi bowler to make a good impression in the first Test match. The rest of the bowlers from New Zealand struggled to take the wickets of the England batters.
But Neil Wagner picked up a four-wicket haul in the first innings and he was also among the wicket-takers in the 2nd innings. Neil picked up six wickets in this encounter.
The legendary pace bowler of the England Cricket team was also on song in the first Test match at Mount Maunganui.
He rattled the Kiwi batters in both innings of that Test match alongside his partner Stuart Broad.
In the first innings, Anderson picked up 3 scalps and in the 2nd innings, Jimmy bagged a four-wicket haul.
He has been the main reason why the opposition team hasn’t been in the game.
Another pace bowling legend of England has been included in this list. Broad has been a partner in crime with above mentioned Jimmy Anderson.
These two pace bowlers have rattled many great batting lineups. In the first match against The Kiwis too they show their class and they are also the second bowling partners to pick up 1001 wickets in the red ball format.
Anderson and Broad are the only fast bowling pair to achieve this feat in Test cricket history. Broad picked up five wickets overall in the first Test encounter.