England started the first Test on a high note. Placing six slips early on, Ben Stokes and co were able to reduced New Zealand to 39-6 by Lunch. The two sides lock horns in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s Stadium, London

After opting to bat first, New Zealand were 61/7 after 27 overs. 

Skipper Stokes placed six slips early in the innings. Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson – all nicked the new ball to see a man, including wicket-keeper Foakes, take a catch behind the stumps. 

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One wicket that stood out was Young’s. In the second over of the day, James Anderson, who was recalled to the Test side, managed to get rid of the Kiwi opener. 

Young poked a full delivery with hard hands to see the ball brush his outside edge. The ball stayed low and flew towards the slip cordon. Just when it was about to evade the third slip fielder, Jonny Bairstow, at second slip, leaped to his left to pull off a one-handed stunner, just a few centimeters above the surface.

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Commentators cheered for the explosive batter, who also keeps wickets. Will Young was dismissed for one run. 


Anderson then dismissed Tom Latham. Debutant Matthew Potts took New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell’s wickets. 

Bowling the fifth ball of his Test career, the Durham quick induced a push out of Williamson’s bat with a full delivery. Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes holding a good low catch. 

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England: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Matty Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult