England 58 all out: New Zealand bowl tourists out in first session in Auckland

England's Chris Woakes is bowled by Trent Boult
Chris Woakes was one of three batsmen to be bowled by Trent Boult

England were bowled out for 58 – their sixth lowest Test total – on the first day of the Test series in New Zealand.

Playing their first Test since losing the Ashes 4-0 in Australia, England were dismissed in 20.4 overs in an hour and 35 minutes at Eden Park, Auckland.

They slipped to 27-9 before number nine Craig Overton’s unbeaten 33 took them past their previous lowest total of 45.

England 58 all out: New Zealand bowl tourists out in first session in Auckland
England 58 all out: New Zealand bowl tourists out in first session in Auckland

Trent Boult took 6-32 and Tim Southee 4-25 as five batsmen made ducks, equalling England’s record.

Boult, in particular, and Southee utilised swinging conditions with the pink ball after New Zealand won the toss in the first day-night Test to be played in the country.

But the technique of England’s batsmen was horribly exposed, with Mark Stoneman the only other player to reach double figures.

The tourists became only the fifth side to be bowled out in the first session of a Test.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann told BBC Test Match Special: “It’s been awful from ball one. Too many were out playing airy fairy drives.

“It’s a perfect storm and it felt unstoppable. It felt like there was going to be a wicket every ball.”

England drew both two-day warm-up matches before the two-Test series, having played four Twenty20s in Australia and New Zealand and five one-day internationals in New Zealand since the Ashes ended in January.

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said: “You have to look at the lack of preparation. This is rusty. Alastair Cook was out lambing a few weeks ago.

“Don’t blame the conditions. Don’t blame the pink ball. There were a lot of mistakes made by England’s batsmen.

“Nearly all the batsmen are walking after playing a shot. These are technical errors. It’s loose cricket.”

England’s lowest Test totals
45 v Australia, Sydney, 1887
46 v West Indies, Port of Spain, 1994
51 v West Indies, Kingston, 2009
52 v Australia, The Oval, 1948
53 v Australia, Lord’s, 1888
58 v New Zealand, Auckland, 2018
Kane Williamson takes a sensational diving catch at gully to remove Stuart Broad
Kane Williamson takes a stunning diving catch at gully to remove Stuart Broad

How the collapse unfolded

  • 6-1: Cook c Latham b Boult 5 – no foot movement and edges outswinger to second slip
  • 6-2: Root b Boult 0 – captain has his off stump knocked back as he shapes to drive one that swings back between bat and pad
  • 16-3: Malan c Watling b Boult 2 – drawn forward by Boult and Watling takes fine diving catch in front of first slip
  • 18-4: Stoneman c Watling b Southee 11 – another batsman not moving his feet, another edge to Watling
  • 18-5: Stokes b Boult 0 – back in the side after missing the Ashes, Stokes is beaten by a fine delivery that arcs back in to clip the top off stump
  • 18-6: Bairstow c&b Southee 0 – driving on the up and smartly taken in Southee’s follow-through
  • 23-7: Woakes b Boult 5 – forward defensive, played on the walk, is beaten by another inswinger
  • 23-8: Moeen b Southee 0 – a third batsman of the innings is bowled, Moeen inexplicably missing a low full toss
  • 27-9: Broad c Williamson b Southee 0 – captain takes sensational one-handed catch, diving high to his left at gully, as Broad departs with a wry smile
  • 58 all out: Anderson c Nicholls b Boult 1 – fends short ball to gully
Trent Boult (right) and Tim Southee (centre) celebrate
Boult (right) and Tim Southee (centre) bowled unchanged in England’s innings

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