NZ thrash England by innings in first Test

Daniel Gilhooly
1 / 3

New Zealand England Cricket

New Zealand have beaten England by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test in Mount Maunganui

Neil Wagner delivered the decisive blows as New Zealand crushed England by an innings and 65 runs with an hour to spare in the first Test at Mount Maunganui.

Wagner proved too good for the tourists' middle and lower order, finishing with 5-44 on Monday as New Zealand put the icing on a dominant final three days.

England were knocked over for 197 just before the final drinks break at Bay Oval on Monday, never threatening the 262 they needed to make the hosts bat again.

It was a memorable and fighting victory for New Zealand that captain Kane Williamson said was clearly set up by their exceptional response of 9-(dec) 615 after England posted 353.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling's 205 and a maiden Test century to Mitchell Santner (126) squeezed the life from the visitors, who will face an inquisition ahead of the second Test in Hamilton from Friday.

"England are an outstanding side and it took a huge amount of hard work to get past their total on a wicket that was wearing," Williamson said.

"A huge amount of heart from that middle order batting unit to get us to the 600 mark. For them to keep making good decisions for a long period of time was an outstanding effort."

England counterpart Joe Root said New Zealand's superior application at the crease was a lesson to his team.

"We missed an opportunity, if we're being brutally honest with ourselves," he said.

"If you look at the two (first) innings in comparison, two of their guys went on and made huge contributions. We had a couple of guys play really well but we could have done with making those big scores.

"I thought we did a lot of good stuff, we just had to do it for longer."

Four wickets in the space of 11.3 overs after lunch swung momentum, undoing some belligerent batting earlier in the day when England resumed at 3-55.

The pitch was playing tricks, although the surface wasn't entirely to blame for England's middle order meltdown.

Tim Southee ended a gritty stand between Joe Denly (35) and Ben Stokes (28) which lasted 26 overs after the cheap dismissal of out-of-form skipper Root.

Stokes was unfortunate to play on, the ball clipping a bail, removing the man regarded as most likely to deny New Zealand victory.

Extra bounce from Wagner feathered Denly's glove before he also removed Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler, the latter inexplicably shouldering arms to end a scoreless 18-ball knock.

Wagner, a proven performer in the second innings of Tests on Kiwi soil, wrapped up the match when removing tailenders Joffra Archer (30) and Stuart Broad with successive deliveries. Sam Curran was unbeaten on 29.

New Zealand's hopes took a blow when paceman Trent Boult was forced out of the Test with a side injury, having bowled just one over.

Santner (3-53), who claimed three late wickets on Sunday, bowled virtually unchanged through the day but without success, despite his left-arm spin causing problems.