New Zealand v England – Story of the match

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Ben Stokes’ brave and admirable defiance was in vain as England subsided by an innings and 49 runs against New Zealand for a 10th away Test defeat in their last 12 attempts.

Joe Root’s men had scant chance of recovering from the moment they were bowled out for 58 at Eden Park in Auckland in only 20.4 overs of the first session in this pink-ball series opener.

Almost two days of rain gave them a glimmer of keeping the Black Caps at bay for an improbable stalemate – but after their captain fell to what became the last ball of day four, hopes gradually dwindled on the way to 320 all out in the 127th over of the 146 Kane Williamson’s declaration challenged them to bat out.

No way back from 58 all out

A humbling day first day in Auckland. Scorecard:

Posted by England Cricket on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tweet of the day

Err … no. Test Match Special posed the same question about a succession of batsmen, but none could quite answer the call.

Give Stokes his due

Ben Stokes batted admirably in England's rearguard
Ben Stokes batted admirably in England’s rearguard (Ross Setford/AP)

Stat of the day

98 – A mountain of overs at New Zealand’s disposal to take seven wickets. In the end, it was plenty.

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