Bairstow added to Test squad as back-up
Jonny Bairstow has been added to England's Test squad for their series against New Zealand as back-up for Joe Denly.Bairstow was a notable absentee from the original squad, dropped after averaging just 20.25 with the bat in nine Tests this year.
England make a promising start to the first Test in New Zealand with some patient batting on the opening England have become notorious for batting collapses in recent times but this was a solid , if not Joe Denly and Ben Stokes shared an 83-run stand against New Zealand . On their last tour of
England made a solid start to their tour of the Caribbean on Tuesday (January 15) during the first day of their first two-day warm-up match against a President's XI at the Three W's Oval in Barbados. After an agreement prior to the game that the visitors would bat the whole of the first day regardless of how
England made a solid start to the first Test against New Zealand thanks largely to Joe Denly and Ben Stokes on Thursday.
Denly (74) and Stokes (67 not out) helped England reach 241-4 at stumps on day one after the tourists opted to bat in Mount Maunganui.
Rory Burns (52) also made a half-century as Chris Silverwood's team stayed patient at Bay Oval to put themselves in a decent position.
Colin de Grandhomme (2-28) was the pick of New Zealand's bowlers, while Tim Southee (1-46) and Neil Wagner (1-77) also took wickets.
But Stokes, given a late life, and Ollie Pope (18) managed to get to stumps on a fine opening day for England.
Root suffers injury scare in England warm-up
Joe Root suffered an injury scare while England's bowlers were worked hard on day one of their warm-up against New Zealand A.Root jarred his hip while making a boundary save and left the field for treatment but returned later on to ease concerns over his fitness less than a week before the first Test against the Black Caps in Tauranga.
New Zealand v England : first Test, day one – as it happened. There will have been mild disappointment that Joe Denly was not there instead of Pope. New Zealand ’s fine seam attack had pounded away for all but five overs and though at times one wondered if the orders of obduracy had
England face New Zealand in two Tests, with the first match at England in New Zealand - fixtures, results & squads. Buttler, Ollie Pope (88) and Joe Denly (68) led England 's recovery from Broad and Ben Stokes took one wicket each as England looked to close in on victory, but they could not remove
DAY DONE! Attritional Test cricket at its bestfinish up 241/4 and set up an intriguing day two morning at
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After England decided to bat under sunny skies, Burns and debutant Dom Sibley made a good start.
Burns was lucky to survive when on 10, appearing to edge Trent Boult (0-61) behind, only to be given not out as the Black Caps opted not to review.
Buttler, Pope and Denly rescue England
Half-centuries from Jos Buttler, Ollie Pope and Joe Denly rescued England on day two of their warm-up against New Zealand A.The tourists, who resumed Saturday morning on 26-1, tumbled to 105-5, with Dom Sibley (14), nightwatchman Jack Leach (22), skipper Joe Root (2) and vice-captain Ben Stokes (3) dismissed.
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Denly joined Burns as the tourists continued to enjoy the better start to the Test, the latter escaping an lbw review when on 44.
After Burns brought up his fifth Test 50, De Grandhomme delivered another breakthrough for New Zealand as the opener edged through to BJ Watling.
Joe Root (2) had struggled as the Black Caps kept things tight, the England captain's 22-ball stay ending when he edged to Southee off Wagner.
WAGNER WICKET! Root looks to guide one down to third man but Tim Southee is in the way at second slip! Is this an opening for the CAPS?
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They were the wickets New Zealand needed before tea, and Denly brought up his fifth Test half-century with a brilliant drive off Wagner after the break.
Stokes and Denly looked comfortable approaching stumps, but the second new ball brought the hosts another wicket.
A ball after another fine boundary, Denly edged Southee and a diving Watling took a good catch to his right.
New Zealand squandered a great chance late in the day, Taylor dropping Stokes – who was on 67 – at slip off Boult to ensure England were left in a fine position.
Joe Denly: Was that the worst dropped catch in test cricket history? .
England cricketer Joe Denly appears to have secured his place in the history books - by dropping what is being described as the easiest catch in test cricket. In fact, the chance offered to him by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was so easy, the bowler was already celebrating.It was only when Williamson gestured for him to look back that Jofra Archer turned around and saw the Kent man hunched over with the ball on the turf.Wow ... name a worse drop than this ????♂️ ... Joe Denly ???? #NZvENG pic.twitter.