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England make solid start to first test against New Zealand

Burns and Sibley produced a 52-run opening stand before the debutant was snapped up by first slip Ross Taylor for 22 about 25 minutes before lunch when he played at a seaming delivery from Colin de Grandhomme.

FILE: England's Jos Buttler. Picture: AFP

WELLINGTON - Rory Burns and debutant Dom Sibley gave England a solid start to the first test against New Zealand as the tourists went to lunch on the first day at 61-1 at Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui on Thursday.

Burns and Sibley produced a 52-run opening stand before the debutant was snapped up by first slip Ross Taylor for 22 about 25 minutes before lunch when he played at a seaming delivery from Colin de Grandhomme.

It had taken more than 90 minutes for New Zealand to get their bowling lines right on a pitch that was not offering them any assistance, with the 24-year-old Sibley scoring all of his runs between midwicket and fine leg.

Burns was 35 not out while Joe Denly was on four at the break, giving them a slight edge, although they would have been disappointed to have lost Sibley before lunch to allow New Zealand back into the match.

England captain Joe Root had earlier won the toss and chosen to bat on a wicket that had dried out considerably over the last two days.

Sibley made a dream start to his test career when he punched his first delivery, the last of the opening over, to the midwicket fence for a boundary.

The home side only had one real opportunity in the opening hour when Burns appeared to get a thin edge through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling on the final delivery of the fifth over when he was 10 and England were 14-0.

There was a half-hearted appeal from New Zealand and captain Kane Williamson chose not to review, even though technology suggested Burns did nick the ball.

The second test is in Hamilton from 29 November-3 December.

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