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by Manuj Sharma Thursday 15 March 2018
New Zealand XI 376 (Blundell 131no) vEngland 319-9 (Livingstone 88)Match DrawnTour game, Hamilton, day two
England lost as many as 14 wickets on the final day of the warm-up game against New Zealand XI in Hamilton and yet could manage only 319 runs in the second and final day in Hamilton.
England started the day 376 runs behind New Zealand XI but were handed early blows when Mark Stoneman departed early. On his second attempt, Stoneman pulled one to mid on.
Alastair Cook (44) though looked impressive during his 97-ball stay. James Vince played a solid drive to begin the innings before he nicked a Seth Rance (3-62) delivery to the keeper. In his second chance, Vince scored 31 runs before he missed a full toss from Rance to be trapped LBW.
Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali all failed in their attempt to go for expansive drives while Cook dragged one on to the stumps. Liam Livingstone (88), who is probably not among the frontline options for the first Test looked impressive and was clearly the best batsman on display hitting 13 boundaries and a six.
Joe Root (51 not out) did no harm to his reputation scoring a half-century late in the innings while Stuart Broad (12), Mark Wood (4) and James Anderson (5) failed. England managed 319 runs in their innings after Scott Kuggeleijn (4-50) picked four wickets while Rance, Bracewell (3-33) and Nathan Smith (3-45) picked three scalps apiece.
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