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12:00 AM, March 23, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:14 AM, March 23, 2018

T&T demolish England

A humiliated England faced scathing criticism from 'embarrassed' coach Trevor Bayliss while New Zealand celebrated a performance 'beyond our wildest dreams' on the opening day of the first Test in Auckland on Thursday.

Bayliss said he was hurt by a scoreboard showing England all out for 58, inside the first session, and New Zealand 175 for three at stumps, ahead by 117 and with Kane Williamson not out 91.

"It was a very poor effort today, it just simply wasn't good enough," Bayliss said after England slumped to their sixth worst Test innings ever.

At one stage they threatened New Zealand's unwanted world Test record low of 26 before an unbeaten 33 by Craig Overton more than doubled their score in a last wicket stand with James Anderson.

"Embarrassed? Certainly, and I probably wasn't the only one in our change room. It's certainly not good enough."

New Zealand only needed two bowlers, Trent Boult who took six for 32, and Tim Southee, who took four for 25, in an innings that lasted just 20.4 overs.

"It was very enjoyable to get out there to get the ball swinging around," said Boult who finished with career-best figures.

"Probably not in our wildest dreams did we think we would win the toss and get them out in the first session.

"The main thing was trying to pitch the ball up, trying to get the ball moving as much as we could and giving it the best chance to swing.

"I don't think it swung that much. The cliche of it just doing enough is pretty much what happened."

Apart from Stuart Broad taking his 400th Test wicket it was a bleak day for the tourists, with Bayliss blaming their batting woes on "mistakes with our footwork".

But for New Zealand, Williamson commanded the Test from the moment he won the toss and opted to bowl.

He featured in the field with a superb diving catch in the gully to remove Broad, and ended the day closing in on a new record for New Zealand Test centuries. He currently shares the record of 17 centuries with Ross Taylor and the late Martin Crowe.


ENGLAND: First innings 58 all out (Stoneman 11, Overton 33 not out; Boult 6-32, Southee 4-25)

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 175 for 3 (Latham 26, Williamson 91 not out, Taylor 20, Nicholls 24 not out; Anderson 2-32)

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