New Zealand admits their shabby bowling has handed England control of the second cricket Test on day one in Wellington. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum gifted the visitors first use of a gracious Basin Reserve wicket and they take full advantage, scored 267 for 2 by stumps on Thursday.
Opener Nick Compton smashed a second hundred in consecutive innings while Jonathan Trott was still at the crease with 121 runs and this pair added 210 runs partnership for the second wicket against an unsuccessful home attack.
Jonathan Trott was classically simple but useful in raising his ninth hundred in 40 Tests Matches. Trott faced 234 deliveries hit 15 fours to continue a good series after scores of 45 and 52 in First Test. Nick Compton reached his first Test century in the second innings at first Test, was caught behind for 100 when trying to drive Bruce Martin midway through the last session.
He smashed 15 fours in 230 deliveries and further covered his hold on the opening berth for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia. Martin deserved the scalp to take 1 for 58. England were at their most creative in the third session after going to tea at 1 for 162 although Kevin Pietersen was reaching 18, narrowly surviving a late lbw review off Boult.
The England were 75 for 1 at lunch, with Cook's dismissal the only hiccup, the captain strangely chipping Neil Wagner to mid-on when on 17 runs. New Zealand pace bowlers Wagner taken 70 for 1 from his 22 overs, Southee 0 for 44 and Boult 0 for 78 his 20 overs spell.