Matt Henry denied Harry Brook a maiden double ton and the other New Zealand bowlers operated well in tandem to pick up four wickets in the first hour but England managed to kept the tempo high. The runs came through Joe Root’s willow as England added 120 runs in 22.1 overs before Ben Stokes declared – on 435 for 8. Root got to his 150 with a four and that was the cue for the hugely successful England captain to call the batters back.
England then proceeded to draw first blood in the opening over as James Anderson got Devon Conway nicking to the keeper. The nick wasn’t obvious and the umpire turned the appeal down but Ben Foakes and the slip cordon were confident they heard a faint noise and took the review. They were proven right as there was a murmur on UltraEdge when the ball passed the bat, leading to Conway’s dismissal for a duck.
Anderson also prized out Kane Williamson, who chased a delivery away from his body to nick behind. Will Young became Anderson’s victim post Lunch as New Zealand were put under the pump by the experienced campaigner.
OHHHHH JIMMY JIMMY
He is on the money today 💰
James Anderson is far too good 🔥#NZvENG pic.twitter.com/YN3uMYyUSo
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) February 25, 2023
Though each wicket is a prize!