England captain Joe Root suffered a short harm scare on day one of many heat-up sport towards New Zealand A whereas his bowlers got one other stiff work out.


Root jarred his hip whereas making a boundary save and left the sphere for therapy however returned afterward to ease considerations over his health lower than per week earlier than the primary Test towards the Black Caps in Tauranga.

The 28-year-previous’s bowlers – who had appeared rusty earlier this week as a New Zealand XI made 285-Four towards them in a day – have been hit for 302-6 declared by a powerful New Zealand A outfit earlier than closing on 26-1 at Cobham Oval, Rory Burns (14) the person to fall.

Glenn Phillips struck 116, having been dropped on 27 by Dom Sibley at slip off Ben Stokes and twice been knocked over by Jofra Archer (2-58).

Archer dismissed Hamish Rutherford (59) and Tom Blundell (60) after that they had made half-centuries however Sam Curran (0-53) – most popular to Chris Woakes in a potential indication that he’ll get the nod for the ultimate seam-bowling spot within the first Test from Wednesday – went wicketless.

Stokes (2-64) struck twice, eradicating Jimmy Neesham (0) and Tim Seifert (24), amid New Zealand A slipping from 124-1 to 167-Four as soon as Archer had ended a second-wicket stand of 107 between Rutherford and Phillips when he had the previous – whom he had earlier struck on the helmet – strangled down the leg-aspect after lunch.

However, Phillips and Blundell then placed on 88 for the fifth wicket earlier than captain and wicketkeeper Blundell – named in New Zealand’s squad for the Test matches – added 47 with Daryl Mitchell (19no) after Phillips had been eliminated by spinner Jack Leach (1-56).

Stuart Broad (1-66) had made the one breakthrough within the morning session, pinning Rachin Ravindra lbw for 12 within the fifth over after New Zealand A had elected to bat in Whangarei.

The hosts’ declaration – which got here instantly after Blundell pulled Archer to midwicket – gave England 10 overs to bat earlier than stumps, with Sibley (6no) – contemporary from 100 towards the New Zealand XI – and nightwatchman Leach (2no) there on the shut.

Joe Denly is carded to come back in subsequent having changed Kent group-mate Zak Crawley within the aspect after recovering from the ankle harm that stored him out of the latest T20I sequence towards New Zealand and led to Jonny Bairstow being referred to as as much as the Test squad as cowl.

Watch day one of many first Test between New Zealand and England, at Bay Oval in Tauranga, dwell on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 9pm on Wednesday.

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