Ferguson set for NZ Test debut v England
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is set to make his Test debut for New Zealand against England, replacing experienced seamer Tim Southee.Ferguson has starred with his pace in the limited-overs formats but is yet to be used by the Black Caps with a red ball, despite an excellent strike rate in first-class cricket.
England in New Zealand: Joe Root' s side toil as BJ Watling hits century at Mount Maunganui . England toiled on day three of the first Test as BJ Watling ' s unbeaten century put New Zealand in control. Only two wickets fell all day as the Black Caps closed 41 runs ahead on 394-6, having begun
A masterful century from BJ Watling on day three in Mount Mauganui drove England to distraction as New Zealand forced this arm-wrestle of a first Test back in their favour. Sibley, the only person in Bay Oval to consider it cable-knit weather, was stationed at gully when the ball stuck in his bear paw.
Blackcaps wicketkeeper BJ Watling has become the first batsman to score a test century at New Zealand's newest venue - Mt Maunganui's Bay Oval.
The Kiwi battler achieved his eighth test hundred on Saturday evening, as New Zealand built a lead over England in the opening encounter of their two-test series.
At stumps the Blackscaps were 394/6, which represents a 41-run lead and quite the recovery from 24-hours earlier.
Arriving at the crease with his team poised at 127/4 on Friday evening, Watling built a century partnership with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme on Saturday morning and eventually reached his milestone off 251 balls, featuring 12 boundaries.
Sibley to make England Test debut in NZ
Dom Sibley will make his England debut in the first Test in the series opener against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. © Getty Dom Sibley scored a century in England's opening tour match against a New Zealand XI Skipper Joe Root refused to reveal the team in his final press conference on Wednesday but, just a couple of hours later, England confirmed they will be unchanged from the side that drew a three-day warm-up in Whangarei.
Join us for the full day's play of the first test hosted at Mt Maunganui ' s Bay Oval . 2nd over - Tim Southee to bowl from the other end at Bay Oval . Just one run from the over - Burns hits it to square leg and Skipper Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls both scoring centuries , and Trent Boult (6/32
Ben Stokes is still at the crease after being dropped by New Zealand in the opening Test , leaving the Speaking after a hard-fought opening day at Bay Oval , one where England appeared to hold the Wagner looked to defend his captain, Kane Williamson, here as well as BJ Watling behind the stumps.
By the time he raised his bat to celebrate, he had carried New Zealand into the lead, overhauling England's 353 first-innings total.
After striking a pair of fours to rocket through the nervous 90s, he scampered through for a single to reach 100.
The occasion marked Watling's second consecutive international ton - he scored 105 not out in Sri Lanka in August, when he was named Man of the Series. He became the first wicketkeeper to score back-to-back centuries.
This match marks the test debut for Bay Oval, which becomes New Zealand's ninth international five-day ground, behind Eden Park (Auckland), Seddon Park (Hamilton), McLean Park (Napier), Basin Reserve (Wellington), Lancster Park and Hagley Oval (Christchurch), and Carisbrook and University Oval (Dunedin).
Athers: Very odd day from England
Michael Atherton was puzzled by England's tactics on day three of the first Test as New Zealand built a first-innings lead.With New Zealand beginning the day 144-4, still trailing by some 209 runs, England will have had hopes of securing a commanding lead themselves but, after taking only two wickets in the day, the tourists now trail by 41 as the Kiwis closed on 394-6, with BJ Watling (119no) scoring a fine hundred.
Highlights from day three of the first Test between New Zealand and England at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui . BJ Watling is first NZ keeper to score centuries in consecutive test innings (also 105* at Watch day four of the first Test between New Zealand and England live on Sky Sports Cricket
Over-by-over report: Will England build on a promising first day against New Zealand at Bay Oval ? He wants to face every ball, he scores runs quickly, the opposition will be focused on him. Two from the other, a single apiece. “Sat here on the grass bank at Mt Maunganui ” brags Paul Thornton.
Resuming on the 144/4 on Saturday morning, New Zealand lost Heny Nicholls leg before wicket to England skipper Joe Root, but Watling and de Grandhomme wore down the attack before lunch, with the latter showing restrained beligerence at times.
But immediately after the interval, England all-rounder Ben Stokes lured de Grandhomme (65) into a false stroke that brought a catch from fielder Dom Sibley.
Spin-allrounder Mitch Santner survived some initial apprehension to provide an ideal foil for Watling, as he progressed to triple figures.
Santner was peppered with short-pitch attacks from Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes but battled hard, despite moments of discomfort.
The pair ended the day with an unbeaten stand of 78 runs in a little over two hours at the crease together. Watling will resume his innings 119no when play starts at 11am Sunday morning.
Root, Burns score tons, take England to striking distance of New Zealand total .
Root, Burns score tons, take England to striking distance of New Zealand total© Reuters/ROSS SETFORD New Zealand v England - Second Test Root, who had not scored a test century since early February and was averaging just 27.10 this year prior to his current innings, was on 114 at stumps with Ollie Pope on four and England within striking distance of New Zealand's 375.