New Zealand v England: Colin Munro praises tourists’ bowling display
New Zealand v England: Colin Munro praises the tourists' bowling display after his New Zealand XI suffered a 46-run loss
Colin Munro praised England’s bowlers for an impressive performance after a New Zealand XI were beaten by 46 runs at the Cobham Oval on Tuesday.
Munro offered brief resistance for the hosts with a knock of 55 after Chris Woakes dismissed New Zealand’s opening batsman, with Stuart Broad securing a late hat-trick of wickets.
Earlier, England had posted a credible total of 187, with Jos Buttler top scoring with 57 off 24 balls, while Eoin Morgan helped the tourists along with 48.
“England have pace in their attack,” said New Zealand XI’s Munro.
“The wicket didn’t really suit them as much today, but they bowled with good variation and changes of length were key, especially on this wicket as it was quite slow.
“We have to be a bit smarter with the batting group tomorrow, and hit the zone and do it a bit earlier so we are not behind the eight ball.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Andrew Willis heaped praise on Buttler for the 22-year-old’s eye-catching performance in the opening warm-up match.
“Buttler is a fine player and a very clean striker of the ball,” Ellis said.
“He stands very still at the crease and is good at clearing the front leg, which gives him options. If you get the ball in his areas he’ll make you pay. It’s our challenge to come up with a plan to negate that.”