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England struggle at rain-hit Lord's

UPDATED 17 May, 2013 10:48AM AEST | by Omnisport

England struggled to score runs as rain stopped play on day one of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's, with the hosts on 4-160.

Alastair Cook (32) and Jonathan Trott (39) lost their wickets in Thursday's afternoon session, with Ian Bell (31) falling shortly before close of play. Nick Compton (16) was the first to go in the morning session.

New Zealand were helped by the consistently high standard bowling of Trent Boult, who finished with figures of 2-29.

England won the toss and started well enough, with Cook and Compton settling at the crease.

The opening boundary of the day came from Cook in the eighth over when Tim Southee bowled too full.

He followed suit in the 13th when he played a wide ball to the square boundary.

With the scoreboard moving slowly, the openers appeared to be building a solid partnership. But Compton (16) was undone by the first spin ball of the innings.

Bruce Martin floated one up outside off stump which Cook came to meet and his attempted shot over the in-field took a wild edge that looped within range of Southee's forward dive.

That brought Trott to the crease. He too made a slow start to his innings and was given a reprieve in the 25th over when he was still to score.

He drove a Martin delivery straight back at the bowler and with the ball at chest height to his right, it went through his fingers.

Cook was subject to an umpire's review in the 31st over when Boult's delivery hit him on the pads. He was given not out and the review showed half a ball was hitting the top of middle stump, with the umpire's original decision standing.

But Boult did not have to wait long to get his man when in the 35th over Cook (32) nicked an edge to BJ Watling, who took a superb diving catch to his left.

Bell came to the crease and, despite a good spell of bowling from the New Zealand attack, was able to settle well with Trott.

However, it was that man Boult again who damaged the England top order. Trott (39) thick-edged to slip, but the plaudits were all for Dean Brownlie, who took a brilliant two-handed diving catch from third slip.

The scoring remained slow in the final session of the day, though it looked as if Bell and Joe Root would forge a long partnership at the crease.

But Neil Wagner tempted Bell by sliding across the left hand, Bell took the bait and edged it to Watling when he could have let the ball sail by.

England added just three more runs and will continue on day two with Root and Jonny Bairstow at the crease.

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First Posted 17 May, 2013 10:47AM AEST

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