Brook approaches double ton as England recover splendidly to end Day 1 at 315/3

Harry Brook has taken to international cricket like a duck to water, scoring his fourth Test hundred in just nine innings in the format on Day 1 in Basin Reserve. Brook was well on course for his maiden double century but showers in the final session brought an early end to the day, with the precociously talented right-hander unbeaten on 184 off just 169 balls โ€“ including 24 fours and 5 sixes. He added an undefeated 294 for the fourth wicket with Joe Root, who notched up his 29th Test hundred to equal Don Bradmanโ€™s century tally in Test cricket.

Having won the toss, New Zealand enjoyed the ideal start to their quest for an equalizer as Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Ben Duckett were sent packing inside the first six overs. But from there onwards, England recovered splendidly to finish the opening day at 315/3.