New Zealand pile the pressure on England

Updated: March 7, 2013

New Zealand put in a faultless day of Test cricket on the second day in Dunedin to leave England in tatters in the opening Test.

Following a first day wash out, New Zealand made up for lost time by shattering the visitors batting line up, dismissing them for a paltry 167, Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin taking four wickets apiece.

England went into lunch at 81 for five, Wagner ripping apart England’s much spoken about top order. After the break Martin, making his debut at the age of 32, drove home the advantage in the first hour after the break by claiming a trio of wickets for himself. It must be said that the hosts attack was tidy but lacked any penetration leaving very little doubt that much of the England failure was down to themselves.

In reply, openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton capitalised on the cheap dismissal of England by guiding New Zealand to 131 without loss, Rutherford finishing the day 77 not out in his first test innings, while the Fulton had made 46 in his first test since 2009.

New Zealand 131 for 0 (Rutherford 77*, Fulton 46*) trail England 167 (Trott 45, Wagner 4-42, Martin 4-43) by 36 runs