London - New Zealand's Bruce Martin took one wicket and came close to another
as England reached 56 for one at lunch on the first day of the first
Test at Lord's on Thursday.
Left-armer Martin, the only specialist
spinner in the side after New Zealand left out Doug Bracewell from what
would otherwise have been an all-seam attack, struck with his seventh
ball to remove Nick Compton for 16.
And 43 for one should have
become 48 for two when Jonathan Trott, then on nought, miscued a drive
only for Martin to drop the caught and bowled chance as he went to his
England captain Alastair Cook, who won the toss, was 30 not
out and Trott, who got off the mark to the 18th ball he faced with a
boundary off Martin, four not out at lunch.
Left-hander Cook, who
won the toss, and Compton had made largely untroubled progress against
the new ball, with the sunny blue skies overhead making conditions ideal
But New Zealand applied pressure with four consecutive maidens, including one from Martin, in the lead-up to Compton's exit.
then floated a delivery up to Compton and the batsman, trying to hit
'inside out', miscued and was well caught off the edge by Tim Southee,
running back at point.
Martin, however, in only his fourth Test and first outside New Zealand, then gave Trott a reprieve.
But at lunch he still had fine figures of one wicket for eight runs in five overs, including three maidens.
England's fifty took 154 balls and featured just two fours, both struck by Cook.
Graeme Swann, fit following an elbow injury, replaced Monty Panesar in
the only change to the England side that drew the third Test against New
Zealand at Auckland in March, when wicket-keeper Matt Prior's unbeaten
hundred helped stave off defeat and ensure a three-match series ended
all square at 0-0.
New Zealand were unchanged, with this fixture
the first of a two-match series that concludes with the second Test at
Headingley starting a week on Friday.