NZCityt – Centuries by dropped Test wicketkeeper Tom Blundell and fast bowler Kyle Jamieson have helped rescue a New Zealand XI from a top order failure against England.

Summary

  • Centuries by dropped Test wicketkeeper Tom Blundell and fast bowler Kyle Jamieson have helped rescue a New Zealand XI from a top order failure against England.
  • England’s bowlers had started strongly in the day-night Test warm-up match in Hamilton on Wednesday when they had the hosts reeling at 30-5, with Test batsmen Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme among those to fall cheaply.
  • However, Blundell made 131 not out by the day’s close with Jamieson belting 16 fours and two sixes on his way to scoring 101 off 111 balls before retiring.
  • Despite good form, Blundell was dropped from the New Zealand Test squad on Wednesday to make way for returning keeper BJ Watling.
  • The two-day contest is the first of two matches played using a pink ball in the day-night formula to help England prepare for a day-night Test in Auckland next week.

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