Steven Finn was the keystone of England’s defiance yesterday as his team held out for a draw in the first cricket Test against New Zealand.
Finn, a bowler who came in to bat earlier than usual as a “nightwatchman,” lasted 286 minutes and 203 balls before he was out for 56 in Dunedin. It was his first professional half- century.
England had reached 421-6 on the final day when the draw was agreed during the final session, with England 128 runs ahead. Ian Bell was on 26 and Matt Prior 23. Previously, captain Alastair Cook had made 116 and Nick Compton 117.
After the opening day was wiped out by rain, the visitors, who lost the toss, slumped to 167 all out in the first innings. New Zealand replied with 460-9 declared, including 171 from Hamish Rutherford, making his Test debut.
The second Test in a three-game series starts in Wellington on March 14.
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