England have wrestled back control of the first Test against New Zealand, with first Mark Wood and then Rory Burns and Joe Root proving their heroes on day 2.

New Zealand began the day on 246/3 but were dismissed for 378 before the hosts moved to 111-2 by stumps, with Burns and Root putting on an unbeaten 93-run partnership.

Yesterday debutant Ollie Robinson was the pick of the bowlers but there is no doubt that today it was Woody. Early in the morning session, it looked as though it could be a fantastic day for batting but through pure effort and determination, the Durham quick swung momentum back in our favour.

He’s been charging in and slinging down 90mph+ deliveries throughout the Test but it was a smart setup that helped him remove Henry Nicholls for 61, with a sharp bouncer following a few pitched up deliveries to have him caught in the deep.

That left New Zealand at 288/4 but their next 5 wickets would fall for just 50 runs as Joe Root’s side clawed back control.

BJ Watling quickly followed, nicking one to Dom Sibley at slip, before Robinson got in on the action by pinning Colin de Grandhomme in front.

The New Zealand all-rounder proved a talking point on day 2, with his marvelous mullet causing a stir among fans and the media.

Robinson got his fourth not long after when the towering Kyle Jamieson hooked one to Zak Crawley in the deep, with Creepy taking a fantastic diving catch to make it 317-8.

Never one to miss out, Jimmy Anderson struck next getting a delivery to fly up off the surface for Tim Southee to feather behind to James Bracey, who took his first catch in Test cricket – a brilliant milestone for him!

That brought Neil Wagner in at number 11 but, clearly, he was determined to show he should be batting higher up as alongside the excellent Devon Conway he put on a 40-run final partnership.

Conway brought up his double-century on debut by pulling a six over the leg side but some brilliant work from Ollie Pope in the deep had him run out for 200 not long after, with Kane Williamson’s side all out for 378.

Conditions had started to look more testing late in New Zealand’s innings and that certainly proved to be the case when our openers headed out to bat, with Dom Sibley trapped in front by Jamieson to leave us 4-1.

The wily Southee was next to strike as he tempted Crawley into a flash outside the off-stump, bringing the skipper in at 18-2.

But alongside Rory Burns, who looked in excellent touch, he steadied the ship and once again England began to fight back control.

Even when Wagner employed his famed bouncer theory, the hosts were able to press on with Burns bringing up a ninth Test half-century.

By stumps we’d reached 111-2, trailing by 267, on what was an enthralling day of cricket and an excellent one for Rooty’s side.

Bring on tomorrow, let’s hope our batters can cash in!

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