England won the first Test against New Zealand, with Dom Sibley scoring fifty in the fourth innings

Opener Dom Sibley’s half-century and captain Joe Root’s half-century helped England draw their first Test match against New Zealand on Sunday, the fifth and final day. Chasing New Zealand’s 273, England scored just 56 against first-innings century openers Rory Burns and Jack Crowley. Neil Wagner sent Two Burns and Crowley to the Tim Southee Pavilion. From there, Sibley (207 balls, 60 not out, three fours) and Root (40) put England in charge of the third wicket. Neil Wagner to Root lt LBW.

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Sibley then added 34 for the fourth wicket with Ally Pope, promising a New Zealand victory. When England’s score was 170 for three, both captains agreed to draw. Prior to that, when New Zealand were bowled out for 169 for six in the second innings, rain-free break had to be taken prematurely and New Zealand declared their second innings on the same score. Fast bowler Ally Robinson, who made his debut for England, scored a spectacular second innings, taking three for 26.

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New Zealand opened the day with two for 62. In the third over of the day, Robinson caught Night Watchman Neil Wagner in the hands of wicketkeeper James Bracey. LBW went from Stuart Broad after opener Tom Latham also added six more to yesterday’s score. He scored 36 runs. Marc Wood got his brassy catch after veteran Ross Taylor made 33 off 35 balls with two sixes and a boundary. Captain Joe Root then sent Henry Nichols to the pavilion with his spin, caught by Rory Burns, as New Zealand’s score was 159 for six. BJ Watling and Colin de Grandholm had to take an early lunch break when it was raining.

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