England bowlers were roaring on the first day of the first Test match against New Zealand as they soon reduced the visitors to 132/10 in 40 overs. Debutant Matty Potts and veteran pacer James Anderson picked four wickets each, while Stuart Broad and skipper Ben Stokes returned with one wicket.
New Zealand’s below-par batting performance surprised many as the defending champions were the hot favourite against the revamping England camp. New Zealand’s batting collapse in the first couple of hours of the game drew criticism from all quarters but the best reaction came from far-away Australia.
The dynamic opener David Warner who has faced the heat of England’s fierce bowling earlier quickly pulled Devon Conway’s leg, who was caught at the third slip after chasing a wide delivery from Broad. Taking to Instagram, Warner shared a cheeky post about Conway’s dismissal at the hands of the England pacer and wrote, “Conway, I feel your pain.”
Notably, Warner was the victim of Broad seven times during the 2019 Ashes, and his Insta story was just a gentle reminder of his struggle against England’s experienced bowler during the Ashes tour. Speaking of Warner, he had the worst outing during the tour as he could only score just 95-runs in five matches, including three ducks. However, in his recent participation in IPL 2022, Warner amassed 432 runs from 12 matches and was amongst the top run-getters in the tournament.
While Broad was only successful in hunting down Conway, Anderson picked the wickets of Tom Latham, Will Young, Kyle Jamieson and tailender Tim Southee. Potts secured the prized wicket of Kiwi skipper Williamson as the pacer picked up four wickets in the 1st innings. Anderson and Potts’ bowling heroics spoiled New Zealand’s plan and left him in a dreadful state.