England’s bowlers, armed with that handsome lead, pitched the new ball up against the upper order of New Zealand A and harried the lower order with bouncers. They missed Hamish Rutherford, an accomplished opener, who had been concussed in the opening session by Archer and replaced, not by a batsman as there was no other in the home side’s squad, but by the fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn. Yet having lost eight wickets in 46 overs, New Zealand A lost no further wicket, until the teams shook hands with 15 overs remaining
Since Buttler ceased to keep wicket for England in Tests on a regular basis, four years ago, England have acquired an express bowler in Archer. “He was pretty quick. He’s got an incredible skill to go up and down the gears. I’m sure he’s not got to full tilt yet, he’ll be saving that for the Tests, but he has some serious attributes and, even at 80-90% he gets it down at a fair pace.”
Sam Curran, a little crestfallen, maybe at his lack of wickets hitherto in Whangarei, perked up and started throwing his arms in the air again when he took three. It is difficult to be accurate and to experiment; and for much of this game the lateral movement was such that neither side posted a slip.
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