England v New Zealand: first Test, day one – live! | England v New Zealand 2022


Andy Bull gets stuck in:

There’s about fifteen minutes until the start of play. Time for you to get stuck into a bit of pre-match reading:

Here’s Ali on the new dawn…

England will start with the ball in hand and we’ll get an early look at Test debutant and gun bowler of the early knockings of the County Championship – Matty Potts.

A nice touch from a blazer-less Stokes at the toss

New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first!

England: Crawley, Lees, Pope, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Foakes, Potts, Leach, Broad, Anderson.

New Zealand: Latham, Young, Williamson, Conway, Mitchell, Blundell, de Grandhomme, Southee, Jamieson, Patel, Boult.

Preamble

A New Dawn Has Broken Has it Not?

Things can only get better?!

Hello and welcome to Lord’s for the first day of the first Test of the summer. It’s a glorious day in north-west London, sun glinting off the orange-hued pavilion, light breeze rustling the inner city oaks. A perfect day to get cracking on a red-ball reset to end all red-ball resets.

It’s time for the Baz n’ Ben (and Bob) show to begin. It should be fun.

Jim here at HQ to take you through the first part of the day, I can currently see the England players going through their warm-ups in their muted-grey Squid-Game inspired tracksuits. Hopefully the next five days will be slightly less bloody than that. Their opponents, New Zealand, are good, very good; the current world Test champions, albeit they are currently a little undercooked. Still, England have only won once in the last 177 Test outings. But it’s a new dawn, a new day and I’m feeling … nervous, but optimistic.

On the way in to the ground this morning I passed Kane Williamson having a net and Sir Alastair Cook got into my lift up to the media centre. Make of that what you will – but I’m taking it as a sure sign it is a batting morning … from my elevated but idiot’s perspective, the pitch looks to be custard-coloured but flecked with a tinge of green.

I’ll bring news of the toss and teams (we already know England’s and their batting order) as soon as. Time to hit the coffee stand and tool up. Do get in touch on email or on the twitters, there’s plenty to discuss.





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