ENG vs NZ: New Zealand coach Garry Stead has backed the decision to play Mitchell Santner in the first Test against England in the ongoing two-match Test series. Santner bowled in both innings, however, he couldn’t pick a single wicket in the game. The coach emphasized his importance in the team and backed him to come good in the second Test.
“I thought Mitch bowled well in that first innings and could easily have picked up 2-3 wickets and cleaned them up 50-60 runs earlier and the game might have looked different,” stuff.co.nz quoted Stead as saying.
“Absolutely think having a spinner in the team was the right decision in this Test match. The pitches here provide us with a slightly different outlook on New Zealand. A spinner is certainly, when we look at Edgbaston, a likely course of action,” he added.
Debutant Devon Conway struck a double century in his very first Test, however, despite that, no other players managed to make a valuable contribution for the side.
“Considering it was the first time we have played together as a team for a couple of months, it is always hard when you start on overseas tours to get that first match under your belt,” said Stead.
“Everyone wants us to win and expects us to win which is great, but doing it overseas is very tough and that day of rain proved out of our reach,” he added.
The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw. Joe Root and Dominic Sibley helped the hosts walk away with a draw. New Zealand bowlers failed to take 10 wickets of England on the first day of the Test.
The next match of the ENG vs NZ Test series will commence from June 10.