Mark Wood Felt Like Don Bradman After Crossing 20
By CricShots - Mar 30, 2018 11:50 am
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Despite the fact that the Englishmen once again witnessed another collapse in the second est against New Zealand, but it was Mark Wood who was having the time of his life and Jonny Bairstow regained momentum on day one of the second Test against New Zealand on Friday. The duo built a strong partnership and helped England to reach 290 for 8 from 164 for 7 at the end of the day at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood

Bairstow was 97*, in sight of his fifth Test hundred, while Wood was out for a career-best 52 after the pair put on 95 for the eighth wicket. Describing that knock, Wood said, “When I went out to bat obviously we were in a bit of trouble. Jonny knows that (and said) ‘I’ll let you have fun and a bit of crack’ and it made it easier and we were just seeing how it goes and having a laugh. I get to 20 and think I’m like Bradman. I think I tried too many shots. It was nice having Jonny there because he kept it fun and kept us calm.”

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From a position of strength, New Zealand gave a lifeline to England at the end of the day. Speaking on the same line, the Kiwi pacer, Tim Southee, who took 5-60 on Day 1 said, “Obviously that partnership was crucial for them. It’s pretty even, I think. It would have been nice to finish them off today but hopefully, we can come back tomorrow and knock those last two off.”

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Southee and Trent Boult shared the 8 wickets between them, with the latter having three for 79 after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first. After being comprehensively outplayed in the first Test, England made an attempt to make their batting order even more strong in Christchurch by adding James Vince while Wood and Jack Leach came in for bowlers Chris Woakes, Craig Overton and Moeen Ali.

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Boult and Southee took their scalps in clusters starting with Alastair Cook (two) and James Vince (18) to have England at two for 38.