Leeds - Luke Ronchi marked his Test debut with a quickfire 88 as New Zealand
fought back on the first day at Headingley on Friday after James
Anderson became the first England bowler to take 400 Test wickets.
Zealand, after being sent into bat by England captain Alastair Cook
following a washed-out morning session, slumped to two for two.
a sixth-wicket stand of 120 between opener Tom Latham, dropped four
times on his way to 84, and the dashing Ronchi helped New Zealand
recover to 297 for eight at stumps.
"To make (nearly) 300 on day
one in 65 overs is a pretty good effort, especially after being two for
two," Ronchi told reporters.
New Zealand, in a fixture they had to
win to square the two-match series at 1-1 after England's 124-run
victory in the first Test at Lord's on Monday, were quickly in trouble.
struck twice in three balls to reduce them to two for two after England
captain Alastair Cook won the toss following a washed-out first
The 32-year-old paceman removed both opener Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson for ducks.
Anderson started this match, his 104th Test, with 399 Test wickets.
the Lancashire swing bowler needed just eight balls Friday to become
just the 12th bowler overall to take 400 Test wickets, reaching the
landmark with a classic delivery that took Guptill's outside edge and
was well caught, above his head, by second slip Ian Bell, who dropped a
couple of chances at Lord's.
"It's a nice feeling and a proud
moment for me," Anderson said after joining the select group of bowlers
to have taken 400 Test wickets.
No sooner had Anderson struck then rain forced a 10-minute stoppage.
But when play resumed, Anderson quickly had his 401st Test wicket.
Williamson, who scored a century at Lord's, fell second ball Friday when edging Anderson to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.
Ross Taylor (20) played no stroke to a Stuart Broad delivery that cut back and was lbw.
But undaunted New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum drove his first ball, from Broad, high over cover for six.
had made fifty when a Ben Stokes delivery caught the shoulder of his
bat but a leaping Joe Root at gully couldn't hold the fingertip chance.
McCullum (41) was out to the first balls after tea when he drove Stokes straight to Mark Wood at mid-off.
New Zealand's wicketkeeper during their run to this year's World Cup
final and a former Australia international after growing up in Perth,
came in at 144 for five.
The 34-year-old, brought in because BJ
Watling's knee injury prevented him keeping at Headingley, gloved Wood
over the slips first ball for four.
But from then on he was
increasingly assured, driving Moeen Ali for six before sweeping the
off-spinner high over the rope for his fifty.
however, almost broke the sixth-wicket stand when Latham, on 71, missed
a sweep only for the lbw review to go against England.
more bad luck for Ali when he had the sweeping Latham, on 72, dropped
twice in two balls by Wood at square leg and Gary Ballance at leg-slip.
Latham was dropped for the third time in six balls faced when, on 76,
he edged Broad only for Cook at first slip to floor the two-handed
Latham's luck ran out when he was caught at first slip by Root off Broad.
was no hundred either for Ronchi, who had been on course to surpass
India star Shikhar Dhawan's 85-ball record for the quickest century by a
Test debutant, set against Australia in Mohali in 2013.
Ronchi's 70-ball knock, including 13 fours and three sixes, ended when
Broad, from around the wicket, had him hooking straight to Anderson at
"For me it would be an injustice to play what might be my one Test and not play freely," said Ronchi.
"I can't complain with 88, I'm more than happy with that, although you always want more."