Southee, Wagner clean up as England collapse to 353 all out


22nd November, 2019 08:56:56 printer

Southee, Wagner clean up as England collapse to 353 all out

Tim Southee took three wickets in 11 balls -- including the key scalp of Ben Stokes -- as New Zealand wrapped up the England first innings for 353 on day two of the first Test in Mount Maunganui on Friday.

Southee's wickets reduced England to 295 for eight before Jos Buttler and Jack Leach kept the scoreboard moving with a 52-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

Neil Wagner closed the innings with the wickets of Buttler and Stuart Broad in quick succession, leaving New Zealand to start their second innings with 56 overs remaining in the day.

Southee, who took one wicket on the first day when England compiled 242 for four, finished with four for 88.

He was denied a five-wicket haul when Jeet Raval dropped Buttler on 34 with the wicketkeeper-batsman adding a further nine runs before Wagner had him caught on the boundary by a quick-reacting Mitchell Santner.

As Wagner came in to bowl the wicket-taking delivery, Santner was outside the boundary with his back to the wicket signing autographs and he had to smartly turn and head infield to take the catch, sparing his blushes.

Wagner followed up by bowling Stuart Board for one to end the innings and finish with figures of three for 90.

England had resumed the day in positive fashion with the overnight pair of Stokes and Ollie Pope pushing the score along to 277 before the collapse began, with the last six wickets falling in the space of 76 runs.

The disintegration started when Southee had Stokes removed by a stunning one-handed catch at first slip by Ross Taylor diving to his right.

Stokes was on 91 and looked in complete control until he stepped down the wicket to drive the senior New Zealand bowler, only to be beaten by the swinging delivery which caught the edge of his bat.

In his following over, Southee removed Pope (29) and Sam Curran in successive balls with Jofra Archer surviving the hat-trick before being caught by Southee off Trent Boult two balls later for four.