England in New Zealand: Sam Curran stars on day two in Mount Maunganui

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By Marc Higginson
BBC Sport
England continued to refuse their way to the ascendency on a hard-fought next day of the first Test against New Zealand.
Having floor their way using the bat to a 353 all out, their bowlers maintained the pressure to leave the hosts trailing by 209.
Sam Curran took the important wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at the last hour, with made the first breakthrough to dislodge Tom Latham.
Jack Leach along with Ben Stokes also took wickets at Mount Maunganui on the following attritional day of Test cricket, which makes BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls into watchfully watch the final overs off.
The tourists will be disappointed not to have a lead that is substantial, having fallen from 277-4 into 353 all out – at one stage dropping four wickets for 18 runs.
Going into the two-match series England talked of embracing a more measured approach to batting to tire out the opposition attack and earn run simpler to their middle-order strokemakers.
Here, however, there was in the likes of Rory Burns, Joe Stokes and Denly daily one a disciplined approach squandered, and the result was all too familiar – England failing to place a first-innings total that was match-controlling.
The miniature collapse began when Stokes, who had looked in full command of the bowling on his way into 91, came down the wicket into Tim Southee and awakened difficult to slip, where Ross Taylor took an outstanding catch.
Ollie Pope (29) will be equally disappointed to expire pursuing a broad one, although Curran (0) along with Jofra Archer (4 ) ) fell cheaply since Southee took three of their four wickets to fall.
Jos Buttler, in his first Test as Englands wicketkeeper since displacing Jonny Bairstow shepherded the tail from there – putting together with Leach to the ninth wicket on 52 before breaking up a simple catch to Mitchell Santner at heavy cover.
Stuart Broad lasted just 10 chunks, meaning England dropped to 353 out on a pitch where they might have expected 400-plus.
England would have started the day saying they had been on track for 430 or longer, so they were controlled a little by New Zealand, said Test Match Special commentator Jeremy Coney.
New Zealand made similar mistakes.
Jeet Raval and Taylor were especially culpable since they played shots to choose fielders out at mid-wicket and about the square leg edge.
Williamson played for his Evaluation half-century, though the half-chances they made with fields made to nullify the resistance captains strengths through third party and gully person will cheer England.
Williamson escaped playing chipped cuts through that place before he had been amazed by a lifting delivery this game continues.
Opener Latham, that enjoy Williamson is rated among the worlds top 10 Evaluation batsmen, was also discounted by Surrey all-rounder Curran.
He was out lbw to one which straightened, walking off without reviewing despite replays showing a thin nick until the ball hit the pad.
Slow left-armer Leach will probably be happy with all his wicket. While it had been gifted with a shot, he will know New Zealand is not a country that favours spin bowling.
Not one of the previous 101 wickets accepted by New Zealand in their home state have fallen to spin – the previous one being when England last toured in 2018 that was ancient.
The day finished providing a hostile spell of bowling such as hitting Nicholls around the head.
Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash on Test Match Special:Joe Root continues to be a good day as captain. He has a real vote of confidence from Ashley Giles (Englands director of guys cricket) and theyve talked about creating a team for the next Ashes series down below.
Sometimes before you have felt he has been one thing behind the game but he has rotated his bowlers very nicely now.
He brought Sam Curran about if it wasnt working with the new ball and he struck early.
He got Jack Leach to the assault early and that will give him confidence and allow him to believe hes a wicket-taking choice.
Englands Jack Leach:The ball from Sam Curran to get Kane Williamson misbehaved and that is a good sign when youve got runs on the board.
Wed have liked to have more runs, so we were aiming for at least 400. We desired that is something were working hard to do and that score and we wanted a century in the marketplace. Hopefully that will arrive in the next innings.
New Zealands Tim Southee:Itd have been nice to be down three tonight but weve still got batting to come.
I thought we bowled well yesterday and we got our rewards for this today. We would have taken 6-112 at the beginning of the day.
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Analysis and view from the cricket correspondent of the BBC.
England continued to refuse their way to the ascendency to a hard-fought second day of the first Test against New Zealand.
Having floor their way using the bat to a competitive, though not imposing, 353 all out, their bowlers maintained the pressure to leave the hosts 144-4 in the close, trailing by 209.
Sam Curran took the crucial wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at the final hour, with made the first breakthrough to dislodge Tom Latham.
Ben Stokes along with jack Leach took wickets in Mount Maunganui on a second attritional evening of Test cricket, which makes BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls into watchfully see the last few overs off.
The tourists will probably be disappointed to not have a lead, having dropped from 277-4 to 353 out – in one point.
Going into the string England talked of adopting a more measured approach to batting to tire the resistance attack and make run scoring easier for their middle-order strokemakers.
Here there was from the likes of Rory Burns, Joe Denly and Stokes on day one a disciplined approach squandered, and the end result was all too familiar – England failing to post a match-controlling first-innings complete.
Where Ross Taylor took an exceptional catch the miniature collapse began when Stokes, who had appeared in complete command of the bowling on his way came down the wicket and slashed difficult to slip.
Ollie Pope (29) would be equally disappointed to die chasing a wide one, whereas Curran (0) and Jofra Archer (4) fell cheaply since Southee took three of the four wickets to fall.
Jos Buttler, in his first Test since Englands wicketkeeper since displacing Jonny Bairstow, intelligently shepherded the tail out of there – placing together with Leach to the ninth wicket on 52 before carving a catch.
Stuart Broad lasted just 10 balls, meaning where they may have anticipated 400-plus, England fell to 353 all out on a pitch.
England could have begun the day saying they were on track for 430 or more, so that they were controlled somewhat by New Zealand, said Test Match Special commentator Jeremy Coney.
New Zealand, however, made similar mistakes.
Jeet Raval and Taylor were culpable since they played shots to select out fielders and also on the square leg boundary respectively.
Williamson played well because of his 31st Evaluation half-century, although the half-chances they made with intelligent fields developed to nullify the opposition captains strengths through next party and gully man will cheer England.
Twice Williamson escaped playing cuts through that area before he had been surprised by means of a lifting delivery in Curran that suggested the wicket will wind up two-paced the further this game goes on.
Surrey all-rounder Curran, likewise dismissed opener Latham, who enjoy Williamson is rated one of the worlds best 10 Evaluation batsmen.
He had been out lbw to one that straightened, without reviewing despite replays showing a slender nick until the ball hit on the mat, walking .
Slow left-armer Leach, too, will be happy with all his wicket. While it was gifted with a shot, he will understand New Zealand is not.
Not one of the 101 wickets accepted by New Zealand in their home country have dropped to spin – when England last toured in early 2018, the last one being.
The afternoon ended with Archer delivering a hostile spell of short-pitched bowling including Nicholls on the head.
Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash on Test Match Special:Joe Root continues to be a great day as captain. Hes got a real vote of confidence out of Ashley Giles (Englands director of guys cricket) and they have talked about creating a team for the upcoming Ashes series down under.
At times in the past you have felt he has been one thing behind the game but hes rotated his bowlers really well today.
He attracted Sam Curran on if it wasnt working with the new ball and he broke early.
He got Jack Leach into the assault early and that will give him confidence and make him think hes a wicket-taking option.
Englands Jack Leach:The ball from Sam Curran for Kane Williamson misbehaved and that is a fantastic sign when youve got runs on the board.
We would have liked to have obtained more runs, so we were aiming for at least 400. We desired that big score and we wanted a century in the marketplace and that is something were working to perform. Hopefully that will come in the second innings.
New Zealands Tim Southee:It would have been nice to be down three tonight but weve still got batting to come.
I thought we bowled well yesterday and we have our rewards for that now. We would have taken 6-112 at the onset of the day.

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