England batters struggle at Lord’s


Sat, May 18, 2013 - Page 20

England, after winning the toss, were bowled out for 232 by New Zealand soon after lunch on the second day of the first Test at Lord’s yesterday.

Jonathan Bairstow was last man out for 41, the innings’ top score, after he was caught and bowled by Tim Southee.

Seamer Southee took 4-58 in 28.2 overs, including two wickets in two balls.

England were 209-8 at the end of the first session of the day’s play, having lost four wickets for nine runs in 17 balls against accurate New Zealand seam bowling.

England had resumed the day on 160-4 with Joe Root (25 not out overnight) and Bairstow keeping New Zealand at bay for more than an hour after the new ball was taken in yesterday’s first over.

Root came into this match, his home Test debut, on the back of making 179 for the second-string England Lions against the Black Caps, but there was no similar success yesterday.

Southee made the breakthrough with one of his worst deliveries of the session, a ball down the legside. Root, however, did not get enough on his glance and was caught behind by wicketkeeper BJ Watling for 40.

New batsman Matt Prior had frustrated New Zealand with a superb unbeaten hundred that ensured a draw when the teams last met in Auckland in March. However, he was dismissed LBW by the first ball he faced yesterday as Southee caught him on the crease.

Stuart Broad survived the hat-trick, but he was soon out for 0 when plumb LBW to a full-length ball from Neil Wagner before the left-arm paceman had Graeme Swann caught behind.