New Zealand beat England by an innings in another Test Match mauling with the visitors still in a batting crisis and struggling to know what to do!

England took on New Zealand this week in their first test ahead of their long winter schedule. This was going to be a big game for the visitors as it marked the start of a new era. Trevor Bayliss stepped down after The Ashes and Chris Silverwood took over. This was also to be the first test since they drew The Ashes this summer.

The hosts were looking for payback after their World Cup super-over loss this summer. New Zealand are currently ranked the number two test match side in the world with India at number one. England find themselves third in the rankings, but this could soon change with South Africa just behind them.

This was to be an exciting game for England with a much-changed side present. Dom Sibley was to make his England Test debut and open the batting with Rory Burns. Sibley had a fantastic year with Warwickshire, scoring over 1300 runs last season. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow were in the side. After a disappointing Ashes, both men were dropped for more inform batsmen.

New Zealand vs England

England and Sibley got off to a good start. The young opener getting a four of his first ball of test cricket. Him and Burns started off well with the latter getting 52. Denly came in and added more runs with 72 before Stokes scored Englands biggest score with 91. This wasn't a bad performance by the visitors who finished up on 353. A respectable score that you would have thought would have made a tight contest.

New Zealand came in and were restricted to 141-4 after day two with Tom Curran. Many thought this put England as the favourites for the first test but Watling and Santer made sure that wasn't the case. Watling came in first and got 205 with Santer adding 126. The hosts finished on 615-9 with England needing a minor miracle to win the test.

England came out confident of being able to hold out for the next day and half. This looked to be going fairly well, but cheap wickets ultimately cost Root and England. The captain got 13 in both innings combined, with Butler, Leach and Broad get not a run between them. New Zealand got England all out for 197, winning by an innings and 65 runs! This was a disappointing end to the first test of the two test series. However, there are positives to take from it into this Thursday's test.

Going into the next test, Paddy Power still has it a fairly tight affair. New Zealand are obviously the favourites, priced at 11/10 with England just behind at 13/10, the draw at 4/1.

Watling was the hero of this test and for him to be the top run-scorer in the next one is 15/2, with Kane Williamson the Kiwis favourite at 2/1. For Ben Stokes to be England most effective player with the once again is 10/3 with the captain Joe Root at 5/2.



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