ENG vs NZ 1st Test: 17 wickets fell on the first day, Jem Anderson’s comeback with a bang

Lord’s Test: The bowlers dominated the first day of the first Test between England and New Zealand (ENG vs NZ) being played at Lord’s. The fast bowlers of both the teams wreaked havoc on the Lord’s pitch. The first English bowlers bundled out New Zealand for just 132 runs. Later the New Zealand bowlers also sent 7 English batsmen to the pavilion till the end of the day’s play.

Anderson’s strong comeback
39-year-old James Anderson made his strong comeback from this match. He was dropped from the Test team against West Indies after his poor performance in the Ashes series. It was the first time in the last decade that Anderson was left out of the team on the basis of performance. However, Anderson was brought back in the team due to the series loss against the West Indies and injuries to several English bowlers at present. As soon as he arrived, he sent the opening pair of New Zealand to the pavilion. He took 4 wickets for 66 runs.

Matthew Potts did wonders in the debut match
Matthew Potts was included in the English team after a strong performance in the County Championship. He took 4 wickets in the debut match itself. Potts bowled just 9 overs and sent four New Zealand batsmen to the pavilion for 13 runs. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson became his first international victim.

The bowlers made the return of New Zealand
The bowlers made the comeback of New Zealand, which was all out for just 132 runs in the first innings. The Kiwi fast bowlers took 7 wickets for 116 runs for England till the end of the day’s play. Team Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson got 2-2 wickets, while Grandhomme got 1 wicket. The English batsmen started their first innings very well. The opening pair added 59 runs for the first wicket but after that there was a flurry of wickets. Within 41 runs, England lost their 7 wickets.

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