What a cracking first day! New Zealand won the toss and stuck England in and after an hour it looked a good decision as the score was 30-4. A couple of good balls and a couple of poor shots, seeing an England innings in tatters has become too familiar.
Root and Stokes counter attacked and began scoring freely, the two put on a partnership of 161 but both got out in the nineties. Buttler (who I rate) and Ali (who I don’t) then put another century stand together but Joss was out on the last ball of the day for 67. Ali finished unbeaten on 49 and the score stood at 354-7.
England will probably sleep better tonight. McCullum will not have wanted to see 350+ after inserting England and at 30-4 we should never have got there. The scorecard shows our middle order batted very well but Boult and Southee can bowl better than they did today. Did we seize the game or did NZ let us take it?
Joe Root is looking a class act, our best batsman by a mile at the moment. Ben Stokes done well but we need more consistency from him. England will hope to reach 400 and if Ali is awake in the morning we can get it but NZ can make it tough. Sometime tomorrow England will bowl and this will put day one into context.