Jonny Bairstow’s 97* and Tim Southee’s five-wicket haul have lit up day one of the second Test between New Zealand and England at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
New Zealand sent England to bat first. England lost Alastair Cook (2) early in the innings. The visitors collapsed to 5/94 from 2/93 in the second session. Skipper Joe Root made 37 off 63 balls.
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow revived England with a 57-run partnership for the sixth-wicket partnership. Stokes departed scoring 25 runs with his new-sponsored bat, GM.
Bairstow was accompanied by England’s comeback man in Tests, Mark Wood. Wood dominated in a 95-run stand for the eighth-wicket. Bairstow reached his fifty in 93 balls whereas Wood’s maiden half-century in 54 deliveries.
The partnership ended with a five-for from Tim Southee as he bowled tail-ender Wood. Wood played a delightful knock of 52 runs from 62 balls hitting 7 fours and a six. It was Southee’s seventh five-for in Tests.
England are 290/8 in 90 overs at the end of the first day. Bairstow is marching a fifth Test ton. He is unbeaten on 97 runs off 154 balls including 11 fours and a six. Debutant Jack Leach showed support with 33-ball 10*.
Southee bagged five wickets for 60 runs. His bowling-mate Trent Boult took 3 for 79 so far.
England 290/8 in 90 overs (Bairstow 97*, Wood 52; Southee 5/60, Boult 3/79)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com