New Zealand on top against England on Day 1 of Lord's Test

Trent Boult claimed two wickets for 29 runs from his 17 overs © Getty Images

London: May 16, 2013

England stumbled to 160 for four against New Zealand at stumps on the opening day of the first Test match at Lord’s on Thursday.

Electing to bat against the Kiwis, the home side started off on a slow note and lost wickets towards end of the day as their top order batsmen failed to make a mark.

Young Joe Root was batting on 25, accompanied by Jonny Bairstow on three.

Earlier at tea, Trent Boult struck twice as New Zealand continued to make England struggle, as they reached 113 for three with Boult having removed both skipper Alastair Cook and the obdurate Jonathan Trott during the second session.

The accurate Boult had figures of two for 23 off 15 overs at the interval. Ian Bell was 18 not out and Joe Root, in his first Test on home soil, unbeaten on nought following a session where England took 57 overs to score 27 runs and lost two key wickets in the process.

After an uncertain start, New Zealand’s seamers settled into a probing line and length which England’s batsmen rarely disrupted. Although blue skies overhead on a sunny day promised ideal conditions for batting, an outfield relaid after the Olympic archery tournament at Lord’s last year prevented several well-struck shots getting to the boundary.

England got off to a slow start after Cook won the toss with only two boundaries in the morning session. Nevertheless, Cook and fellow opener Nick Compton were rarely troubled until the introduction of Bruce Martin, the sole specialist spinner in the side after he was preferred to Doug Bracewell.

Brief scores:

England 160 for 4 (Jonathan Trott 39, Alastair Cook 32; Trent Boult 2 for 29) vs New Zealand

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