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5 can’t miss moments from the first England v New Zealand Test

The Ben Stokes/Brendon McCullum era started with a flourish as England beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first Test at Lord’s.

Joe Root’s unbeaten 115 helped steer the hosts home as they chased down 277 to win in the fourth innings after both sides had been bowled out cheaply the first time around.

It was a match that had a bit of everything and served as a reminder of just how entertaining Test cricket can be.

It’ll stick long in the memory for a number of reasons and here are our five can’t miss moments…

Matt Potts getting his cap from Steve Harmison 

What a debut from Durham quick Matt Potts, who looked at home in Test cricket from the very start.

The 23-year-old took 4 for 13 in the first innings and 3 for 55 in the second – including removing the great Kane Williamson twice – and looks like a real talent.

He was given his cap before the start of play on day 1 by another Durham quick that knows a thing or two about taking Test wickets, Steve Harmison.

Jonny Bairstow’s outrageous grab ensures McStokes era starts in style

With New Zealand winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad blew through the top order on their return to the side.

However, it was Jonny Bairstow that produced the real moment of magic on day 1 as he took an absolute stunner of the bowling of Jimmy.

Bairstow’s grab ensured that the first wicket of the McStokes era was a special one – hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.

A World Cup final throwback 

With England taking on New Zealand back at Lord’s nearly three years after the World Cup final, we should perhaps have expected a few throwbacks to that great match but no one will have predicted what happened on day 4.

When the ball deflected off Stokesy’s bat for overthrows late in that match in 2019 it felt like a real once-in-a-lifetime moment but we very nearly had a repeat on Sunday – much to the enjoyment of everyone in the middle.

Joe Root’s brings up the 10,000 in style

Rooty became just the second English player to pass 10,000 Test runs as the side closed in on victory on Sunday and did it in style by bringing up a 26th century at the same time.

There has been great debate since over who got their quickest but it seems Sir Alastair Cook managed it in one day fewer than his former teammate.

His latest hundred continues a quite remarkable recent run of form for Root, who just doesn’t look like slowing down.

There was a point at which some mad people were suggesting he should no longer be considered part of the fab four but he’s left Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson in his tracks over the past 18 months or so.

Quite clearly the best in the world.

A thanks from the winning skipper

Ben Stokes certainly came through plenty of times during Rooty’s reign as captain – as the former skipper admitted himself after the game – so it was fitting that in the all-rounder’s first match in charge, the Yorkshire batter was able to repay him in kind.

Root came off to a standing ovation after his century secured victory on Sunday and his new captain was waiting to offer his thanks on the way into the dressing room.