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Trevor Bayliss 'embarrassed' as Trent Boult destroys England before New Zealand take big lead in Auckland cricket Test

Home team captain Kane Williamson batting on 91 at stumps on Day 1 after England are bowled out for 58

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult on Thursday took his sixth five-wicket haul. Phil Walter / Getty Images
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult on Thursday took his sixth five-wicket haul. Phil Walter / Getty Images

Captain Kane Williamson's unbeaten 91 set New Zealand up for a commanding lead after England were skittled for one of the lowest scores in their history in the first Test in Auckland on Thursday.

At stumps on Day 1 in the first day-night Test in New Zealand, the Black Caps were 175-3 and 117 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.

England were left red-faced when they failed to cope with a swing bowling masterclass by Trent Boult and Tim Southee to be all out for just 58 after a mere 20.4 overs in Auckland.

They were flirting with the world-record low of 26, set by New Zealand on the same ground against England in 1955, until No 9 batsman Craig Overton spared their blushes with an unbeaten 33 at the end.

Apart from Stuart Broad taking his 400th Test wicket it was a bleak day for the tourists, who registered the sixth lowest total in Tests.

England coach Trevor Bayliss conceded he was "embarrassed" and left struggling for answers.

"It was a very poor effort today, it just simply wasn't good enough," Bayliss said, at the end of one of the worst days in England Test history.

"We've got the best team from England we can pick here," Bayliss said, adding he was "hurt" by the performance.

"We've got to sit down and have a good chat about it. Is it a mental approach? Is it something in our preparation? Are we good enough at working out how to actually play when we do lose one or two early wickets?" the coach added.

"Embarrassed? Certainly, and I probably wasn't the only one in our change room. It's certainly not good enough."

It was a bad day in the office for England captain Joe Root. David Gray / Reuters
It was a bad day in the office for England captain Joe Root. David Gray / Reuters

But for New Zealand, Williamson commanded the Test from the moment he won the toss and opted to bowl.

He featured in the field with a superb diving catch in the gully to remove Broad, and ended the day closing in on a new record for New Zealand Test centuries.

He currently shares the record of 17 centuries with Ross Taylor and the late Martin Crowe.

Williamson went to the middle after the early dismissal of Jeet Raval, when New Zealand were 1-8, and put on 84 with Tom Latham for the second wicket.

Latham had made a patient 26 off 112 deliveries but when play entered the difficult daylight-to-twilight zone he was gone in the first over after dinner to give Broad his milestone wicket.

Williamson had a nervous moment on 64 when Chris Woakes claimed a straight drive from Taylor had deflected off his hand to the stumps, with Williamson backing up out of his crease.

But replays proved inconclusive and the third umpire ruled in favour of the batsman.

Taylor never looked completely at ease and on 20 he was caught at mid-wicket by Woakes to give England's most successful Test bowler, James Anderson, his 525th career dismissal.

Henry Nicholls joined Williamson and was unbeaten on 24 at stumps with the pair putting on 52 for the fourth wicket.


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Boult, who finished the England innings with a career-best 6-32, started their downfall when he had Alastair Cook out for 5 in the fifth over.

There followed a steady stream of batsmen going to and from the crease, five of them departing with a duck and only Mark Stoneman (11) able to join Overton with double figures.

After Cook, Boult claimed Joe Root for a six-ball duck, Dawid Malan for 2, Ben Stokes - who faced eight deliveries on his return to Test cricket - for a duck, Chris Woakes (5) and James Anderson (1).

Southee, who finished with 4-25, kept up the carnage with the wickets of Stoneman, plus Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad, who were each dismissed without scoring.

But Bayliss said that while New Zealand performed well with the ball, he believed the problem lay with the England batsmen.

"I thought the New Zealand bowlers bowled extremely well and we batted equally as badly," he said.

"I thought we made a lot of mistakes with our footwork. The ball was swinging a little bit but when the ball's pitched up it's as simple as it gets and a lot of our guys were out today playing from behind the crease to fairly full balls."

Updated: March 22, 2018 02:33 PM



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