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I think it's just a slower pitch than the Auckland one, which, although flat actually had reasonable bounce and carry.
Not sure I agree with the criticisms of the run rate. Firstly, 2 runs per over isn't an issue. This is Test cricket. I am sure England back themselves to bowl NZ out twice and believe that the most likely way to lose this Test would be to get rolled over first innings and gift wickets. They obviously wanted to make NZ graft for their wickets. 300 on here will be a decent score. Secondly, the out field was exceptionally slow and players didn't get full value for their shots. Also, is is a track the was easy to set a field to. Hard to get it through the infield.
Basically, I don't have an issue with 2 runs an over and this was worth more than 2 runs an over anyway.
The game is set up nicely. The morning session on day two could decide this Test.
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Boult's pace seem to vary a lot from what I saw - he bowled a couple of balls above 85 mph but also many below 80
Wagner and Southee's speeds seemed to be more uniform at late 70s
If that is slower than usual, reckon you can also take into account the heavy outfield as that generally takes something away from the bowlers' runups
Trott summed it up quite nicely on the news. Good effort from both sides, high quality cricket.
HAts off to our bowlers. If that trott catch had not swung in the air we might have done even better.
I was fascinated by that Southee over in the first session. Sometimes I think he should bowl a whole over of cutters just to mess with the batsman.
We have had this discussion before about whether he rolls his fingers on the cutter or just bowls it cross seam - but it seemed like he was rolling his fingers last night.
I defend Bell more often that not but I think his scoring rate was the biggest issue yesterday and it is not the first time in the last year that he has been too slow. I don't expect him to be going along at great pace but Bell is a much better player when he is playing with a certain amount of freedom, we saw Trott score at pretty much his normal pace so it's not like it was impossible.
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