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Our application, patience sealed Test win, says Williamson

Reuters/Wellington
Filed on November 25, 2019
New Zealand's Neil Wagner (right) celebrates with BJ Watling (centre) after dismissing England's Stuart Broad. (AFP)

The left-armer Wagner had taken three wickets in 17 balls for one run as England collapsed from 132-5 to 138-8 before tea

Patience and application at the crease was key to New Zealand's innings and 65-run win over England in the first Test at Bay Oval on Monday, captain Kane Williamson said.

New Zealand wrapped up an impressive innings and 65-run victory over England on the final day of the first Test with Neil Wagner completing his eighth five-wicket haul as he ran through the tourists' tail.

The tourists were dismissed for 197 with about 90 minutes of play remaining in the match in Mt. Maunganui after Wagner broke a stubborn 59-run ninth-wicket partnership between Jofra Archer and Sam Curran.

The left-armer had taken three wickets in 17 balls for one run as England collapsed from 132-5 to 138-8 before tea.

He had Archer caught in the deep and then trapped Stuart Broad in front on the next delivery to end England's resistance and finish with figures of 5-44 from 19.2 overs.

The main difference between the two sides appeared to be patience and decision-making, with New Zealand's middle order in particular prepared to wait for the right ball to put away and build their innings.

Man-of-the-match BJ Watling, who scored his maiden Test double century with 205 and shared in partnerships with Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner, batted for 667 minutes - longer than either of England's entire innings.

New Zealand kept England in the field for more than 14 hours and by the end of their innings the visitors looked exhausted. The physical toll on their bowlers could be telling with the second match starting at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday.

Of greater concern for Root, however, would be the decision-making of his side, with several players getting dismissed by deliveries the New Zealanders would have ignored.

The side also lacks experience, particularly in the batting with Root and Ben Stokes the only players in the top six to have played more than 15 tests.

Root is the only player with a Test average in excess of 40, while Jeet Raval is the only player in New Zealand's top-seven averaging under 40 and all of the top eight have now scored Test centuries.

 


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