Cricket world up in arms over England Test 'disgrace'

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A whopping 17 wickets fell on day one at Lord's in the first Test between England and New Zealand. Pic: Getty
A whopping 17 wickets fell on day one at Lord's in the first Test between England and New Zealand. Pic: Getty

The chaotic opening day of England's first cricket Test against New Zealand has left fans around the world fuming, after a staggering 17 wickets fell at Lord's.

In an emotional first Test of the English summer, both teams paused to remember legendary Aussie spinner Shane Warne, with 23 seconds of applause held for the late great in the 23rd over.

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Much loved and admired in England, and around the world, Warne died of natural causes in March at the age of 52, while holidaying in Thailand.

It was a day the late Australian great would have relished at the home of Test cricket, as ball dominated bat with a whopping 17 wickets falling.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted: "Nothing quite like Test cricket", in response to the opening day drama.

However, Vaughan was bombarded by angry cricket fans on social media, many of whom accused the England great of hypocrisy after he failed to mention the state of the pitch or conditions at Lord's.

Vaughan has been an outspoken critic of pitches in the subcontinent, where it is not uncommon for so many wickets to fall in one day.

However, angry fans took aim at Vaughan and his English counterparts for failing to mention the Lord's pitch after watching 17 wickets fall on day one.

Hosts collapse after rolling New Zealand for 132

England made an excellent start to their new era under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum by dismissing New Zealand for 132 inside two sessions.

But their dismal batting continued as they lost seven wickets for 41 runs to limp to the close at 7-116 after New Zealand seamers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson picked up two wickets each.

England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley shared a solid partnership of 59 before Crawley was caught behind off Jamieson for 43.

Seen here, England's Zak Crawley plays a cover drive in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's.
England's Zak Crawley top-scored on day one with 43 runs in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's. Pic: Getty

Jamieson removed Ollie Pope for seven in his first innings at No.3 and Colin De Grandhomme dismissed Joe Root for 11 when the former captain's trademark back-foot punch was well caught by Southee at gully.

Southee trapped Lees lbw for 25 and Stokes was caught behind, the skipper walking off angrily after scoring one run off nine balls.

Boult removed Jonny Bairstow (1) and debutant Matthew Potts (0) in the same over as England's batting crumbled in similar fashion to their recent series defeats in the West Indies and Australia.

Ben Foakes, on six, and Stuart Broad (4) will resume the innings on the second day.

Earlier, England's impressive bowling and slick catching helped them bundle out New Zealand inside two sessions following Kane Williamson's decision to bat first.

The hosts' brilliant display was headlined by Potts, who picked up 4-13 and took two catches, as well as veteran seamer James Anderson, who bagged 4-66 on his return to the side after being dropped for the tour of the Caribbean.

Potts removed Williamson for two to claim his first Test victim and Anderson picked up two early wickets and two more in the second session.

Broad, second on England's all-time list of Test wicket takers behind Anderson, also took a wicket and Stokes bagged the final one to end New Zealand's disappointing innings.

Potts said he had a "bit of a tear" in his eye before making a memorable Test debut.

"It was a great debut. Nice to get some wickets early on to settle the nerve. We bowled aggressively and looked to take wickets," Potts told Sky Sports.

"A lot of my success is down to my family. It's a testament to their hard work as well as mine. It was a great kind of achievement. I'm really, really overwhelmed with it.

"A little bit of tear in the eye early on this morning and I can imagine my mum and dad would have had a tear in theirs as well."

De Grandhomme's unbeaten 42 helped New Zealand recover from 6-39 at lunch after only two of their top six reached double figures, and Southee contributing a useful 26.

with AAP

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