New Zealand v England: Steven Finn happy with bowling display
New Zealand v England: Steven Finn insists tourists were satisfied with their bowling display despite hosts ending day one on 250-1
Steven Finn insists England are happy with their bowling display, despite New Zealand ending day one of the third Test in Auckland on 250-1.
Finn took the only wicket of the day, that of Hamish Rutherford, whilst Peter Fulton (124 not out) and Kane Williamson (83 not out) made hay on a flat batting track.
“One wicket wasn’t ideal but they haven’t got away from us,” said Finn.
“If we can get quick wickets tomorrow, we will be in a good position.”
Having elected to bowl first, Finn takes solace in the fact that the tourists kept the Kiwi’s run rate down to under three an over throughout the day.
“Only one day into a five day and we have gone at less than three an over,” he said. “We wanted to take more wickets after winning the toss and bowling first but generally we stuck to our plans well and the fact they are only 250 on a wicket that didn’t offer us much was a good effort.”
“We went past the edge a fair amount and Jimmy had a lot of edges that went straight into the ground and down to third man for four so I don’t think it is a disastrous day of Test cricket.”
“Looking at the wicket this morning it looked as if there might be more in it for the bowlers. There was green grass on it but the grass seems to just be holding the wicket together rather than offering us assistance with the ball.”
“It’s good that we didn’t go chasing the game too much and leak boundaries. We stuck to our guns really well.”