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England debutant Matthew Potts took 4 wickets towards New Zealand just for the hosts to break down as nicely on the opening day of the primary Check at Lord’s on Thursday. The World Check champions have been dismissed for 132 earlier than England, within the first of this three-match collection, slumped to 116/7 by stumps.

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Pre-match, there had been discuss of England making a recent begin underneath new Check captain Ben Stokes and recently-appointed red-ball coach Brendon McCullum, the previous New Zealand skipper.

However this was a reminder there are not any fast options to  the basic batting weak spot that has contributed to England profitable simply one among their earlier 17 matches at this stage, a run that has left them backside of the World Check Championship desk.

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Potts took an excellent 4 wickets for 13 runs in 9.2 overs, a reward for a difficult line and size, with recalled England tempo nice James Anderson returning figures of 4 for 66 in 16.

Zak Crawley launched England’s reply with a brisk 43.

However the opener’s exit sparked a stoop that noticed England lose seven wickets for simply 41 runs on an excellent pitch beneath sunny blue skies — seemingly preferrred batting circumstances.

Stokes himself was out for only one, with former captain and star batsman Joe Root dismissed for 11.

New Zealand left-arm fast Trent Boult, who solely arrived in England on Monday after taking part in within the Indian Premier League last, took two for 15 in 10 overs and towering paceman Kyle Jamieson two for 20 in seven.

Crawley had regarded in excellent contact, with the perfect of his seven fours a straight drive off Tim Southee. However after he was caught behind off Jamieson, wickets tumbled.

Root struck a trademark forcing shot for a 4 off all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme solely to be caught within the gully taking part in an analogous stroke off the identical bowler for 11.

Alex Lees struggled to make 25 off 77 balls earlier than Stokes was caught behind for only one off Southee.

Jonny Bairstow was additionally out fot a single earlier than Boult introduced Potts again right down to earth by eradicating the newcomer for a duck in his first Check innings — the final of a exceptional 17 wickets that fell within the day’s play.

New Zealand had been in dire straits at 45 for seven after captain Kane Williamson’s resolution to bat first.

However all-rounder de Grandhomme’s unbeaten 42 off 50 balls bolstered their complete.

Anderson double

Anderson and Stuart Broad, England’s two most profitable Check bowlers of all time, with 1,177 wickets between them previous to this match, had each been controversially overlooked of a 1-0 collection loss within the Caribbean earlier this 12 months.

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However the 39-year-old Anderson was quickly again in a well-known groove as he eliminated openers Will Younger and Tom Latham with the help of two slip catches, the primary a superb diving one-handed effort, by Bairstow.

New Zealand’s Devon Conway, who made a double century at Lord’s in his Check debut final 12 months, fell for simply three on Thursday when caught by Bairstow off Broad.

England’s Jack Leach needed to go away the sphere half an hour into the day’s play after the spinner landed on his head and neck when stopping a boundary.

Leach was later dominated out of the remainder of the match because of signs of concussion, with England summoning uncapped Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson from Manchester as a concussion substitute.

Potts, nonetheless, struck with simply his fifth ball when Williamson, whose elbow damage meant he had missed New Zealand’s earlier 5 Assessments, edged low to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

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