Harry Brook slams 5th 50+ score in his 5th Test off just 43 balls

Led by Ben Duckett’s quickfire 84, England made a promising start to the first Test against New Zealand, heading to Tea at 134 for 2 at the Bay Oval. The southpaw hammered 14 boundaries en route to his fifth Test fifty. However, wickets fell in short order in the second session.

Ollie Pope chased a wide delivery and edged it to second slip. Joe Root, three balls later, perished to Neil Wagner playing a reverse-lap. At 154/4, Ben Stokes joined Harry Brook and the duo carried on in the same aggressive vein until the skipper fell to Scott Kuggeleijn trying to pull. That wicket didn’t hinder Brook who notched up his fifth 50+ score in just his fifth Test match, uncorking a few delightful strokes along the way.