Tim Southee: “Disappointing, but credit to England. Strategically they played it pretty well, we were on the receiving end of a couple of night innings that weren’t ideal. [Toss] Made that decision and thought it was the right one. The way they batted meant they got into a position where they could declare. Probably could have bowled a bit better. Their style presents opportunities but it’s about trying to stem the bleeding in between. Broady, that spell last night was pretty impressive, if we’d got through that last night we knew there are not many demons out there. [Next Test] Different challenge at Basin Reserve, we haven’t been there in a long time and guys are looking forward to getting back to the red ball.”
Ben Stokes: “Another great performance. Very clinical with the bat and ball. Look at the attack we’ve got, with the pink ball under lights we executed as we wanted to. When you’ve got Anderson and Broad in your attack, you’re always going to put the opposition under pressure. The most impressive thing was how we countered everything NZ threw at us. [Targeting opposition] It’s just going with what you feel is going to work. There’s an opportunity to take wickets [with the short ball] but also score runs, so they took it on.
Some days it’s not going to work but it came off for us here. [Pink ball] It’s a tactical thing around day-night games, looking to bowl with the new ball under lights. The pace we batted allowed us to set it up, and inflict some damage under lights and again last night. Pretty blessed to be in charge of this bowling group. We take the scoreboard out of the equation, as long as we’re taking ten wickets. Not worrying how many runs we go for. Brooky carrying on from his amazing series in Pakistan, he’s a fantastic talent. Senior guys can take credit for allowing these young guys to go out and show what they can do.”
Harry Brook is Player of the Match: “There was no standout performer, we all contributed especially the bowlers on a docile pitch in the first innings with the sun out. [Second innings attack on Wagner] Think it helped they went bumpers early. It was a good pitch and I stuck to my strengths. The way we’ve been playing over the last 8-9 months, putting as much pressure on the bowler as we can and hit them off their strengths. Having the most fun, really excited to go out and play however I want. Was lucky enough to start in Pakistan where I’ve had a bit of success, then carry it on out here.”
New Zealand vs England Highlights today, Sunday 19-2-2023. 1st Test (D/N), England tour of New Zealand, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand win the toss and bowl.
New Zealand team: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Scott Kuggeleijn, 9 Tim Southee (capt), 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Blair Tickner
England team: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Ben Duckett, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Ollie Robinson, 9 Jack Leach, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
Head to Head In Test’s: 110
New Zealand Won: 12
England Won: 51
New Zealand Test Rankings: 5th
England Test Rankings: 3rd
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
New Zealand DDLLL
Match Timings: 1:00 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire – Rod Tucker
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Chris Brown
Match number – Test no. 2492
Highlights will be Available Shortly.