England-319 for 14 wicket, here is the reason why?
England-319 for 14 wicket, here is the reason why?


It was warm-up match played between England and New Zealand XI. The visitors stuns after they lost 14 wickets on the final day of their first warm-up match under lights against a New Zealand XI in Hamilton as their batting preparations for next week's two Test series started poorly. With the two sides having arranged to bat and bowl for a whole day each in this game, regardless of how many wickets fell in the day, some of England's batsmen had two bites of the cherry but not many of them impressed on a difficult day.

The tourists have two more days of match preparation before the day-night Test in Auckland and Chris Woakes, Craig Overton and Mason Crane, all of whom missed this warm-up game, are expected to have a run out in the day match with a red ball. The ECB confirmed that Ben Stokes has had an injection to help clear up a back issue and will not bowl during the England's stint in the field tomorrow although he may bat on Saturday. It raises the possibility that Stokes could play in the first Test as a batsman only.

England first all-out at 195 and then lost another four wickets before the close with Alastair Cook (30 and 14), Mark Stoneman (1 and 2) and James Vince (14 and 31) the men dismissed twice in the day. Livingstone's excellent knock ended when he tried to deposit fast-bowler Nathan Smith out of Seddon Park but only succeeded in edging behind although Root did at least finish proceedings on a positive note, reaching his half century just before the close.


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