Black Caps' skipper Kane Williamson finishes day one with unbeaten 91 after England crumble in historic pink ball Test

Relive all the action from day one of the first day-night Test at Eden Park between New Zealand and England.

9.28pm: 69 overs, NZ 175/3 - Williamson 91, Nicholls 24

Wow what a day to remember for New Zealand on day one of the historic day-night Test against England! The Black Caps lead by 117 runs with seven wickets remaining in the innings after a sensational performance by Trent Boult and Tim Southee with the ball.

9.26pm: 68.3 overs, NZ 175/3 - Williamson 91, Nicholls 24

FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson bring up their fifty partnership for NZ near the end of day one of the first day-night Test against New Zealand.

9.11pm: 64 overs, NZ 164/3 - Williamson 89, Nicholls 15

The run rate for New Zealand has slowed down to just 2.20 runs per over. Kane Williamson looks on target to making another Test ton for the Black Caps with only four over remaining on day one of the historic pink ball Test in Auckland.

8.42pm: 57.1 overs, NZ 150/3 - Williamson 82, Nicholls 8

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY! Moeen Ali bowls to Kane Williamson and he picks up a single. New Zealand reach 150! Williamson makes room outside leg to take a shortish delivery on the stumps and he hits it into the covers.

8.30pm: 55 overs, NZ 144/3 - Williamson 78, Nicholls 6

England are struggling to come up with an answer to dismiss Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson. Williamson needs 22 more runs to reach a century. New Zealand lead by 86 runs with seven wickets remaining in the innings.

8.12pm: 50 overs, NZ 132/3 - Williamson 72, Nicholls 5

NOT OUT! James Anderson bowls to Kane Williamson and England appeal for a LBW.

England go upstairs for a review. But HawkEye shows that the ball will be missing the stumps, England have lost both of their reviews

7.55pm: 47.2 overs, NZ 123/3 - Williamson 68, Taylor 20

WICKET! James Anderson bowls to Ross Taylor and the NZ veteran has mistimed his shot. It's a short delivery by Anderson just outside off, Taylor's rushed his pull shot and lobs it to deep midwicket where Chris Woakes makes a simple catch.

7.51pm: 47 overs, NZ 123/2 - Williamson 68, Taylor 20

BACK-TO-BACK FOUR! Chris Woakes to Ross Taylor and he hits the first boundary of the over through backward point for four. Ross Taylor hits another straight drive, he hits it past Woakes' right hand.

7.40pm: 45 overs, NZ 107/2 - Williamson 66, Taylor 11

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor look to have steadied the ship for the Black Caps since Tom Latham's dismissal. New Zealand lead by 49 runs with eight wickets remaining in the innings.

7.31pm: 42.1 overs, NZ 101/2 - Williamson 64, Taylor 7

NOT OUT! Chris Woakes bowls to Ross Taylor and Woakes believes he got a hand to it before the ball went on to hit the stumps with Kane Williamson well out of his crease. The third umpire rules not out and the England aren't happy with the call. Not enough evidence shown in the replays to say Williamson was conclusively out.

7.25pm: 42 overs, NZ 100/2 - Williamson 64, Taylor 6

HUNDRED! New Zealand reach the 100-run mark and Ross Taylor is settling into the game for the Black Caps after Tom Latham was dismissed early in the session after the tea break.

7.06pm: 37.5 overs, NZ 92/2 - Williamson 62, Latham 26

OUT! A crucial breakthrough for England. Tom Latham doesn't look happy at all, he must be dissappointed with his soft dismissal. Latham hits it to Chris Woakes who makes a safe catch at square leg.

7.03pm: 37 overs, NZ 88/1 - Williamson 59, Latham 26

And we are back underway with England's Stuart Broad at the crease looking to break Kane Williamson's partnership with Tom Latham.

6.25pm: 37 overs, NZ 88/1 - Williamson 59, Latham 26

TEA BREAK! After two sessions it is New Zealand who has the upper hand on day one of the first day-night Test against England. Kane Williamson is unbeaten on 59. He won the toss and elected to field first. Trent Boult and Tim Southee destroyed England with swing. New Zealand lead by 30 runs with nine wickets remaining in the innings. England need to come up with an answer and quick!  

6.15pm: 35 overs, NZ 79/1 - Williamson 51, Latham 25

FIFTY! Craig Overton bowls to Willaimson and edges it and hits a four. His shot sneaks between second slip and gully and races away for a boundary.

6.08pm: 33 overs, NZ 72/1 - Williamson 45, Latham 24

FOUR! Craig Overton bowls to Kane Williamson and he hits it behind point. A great shot from the NZ skipper!

6.01pm: 31 overs, NZ 66/1 - Williamson 41, Latham 22

A solid over from Kane Williamson as he hits two fours off James Anderson's over and he reaches 41-runs.

5.55pm: 30 overs, NZ 58/1 - Williamson 33, Latham 22

FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! A good partnership from Tom Latham and Kane Williamson as they equal England's score in the first innings.

5.30pm: 23 overs, NZ 46/1 - Williamson 26, Latham 17

FOUR! Moeen Ali bowls to Kane Williamson and the NZ skipper sweeps it down long leg with ball racing away from Ben Stokes for a boundary. An excellent shot by Kane Williamson. New Zealand trail by 12 runs with nine wickets remaining in the innings.

5.22pm: 20.3 overs, NZ 36/1 - Williamson 17, Latham 16

SIX! Moeen Ali bowls to Kane Williamson and he hits the first maximum of the Test for New Zealand against England. Williamson runs down the ground and smashes the ball over long-on. A classy shot from the Black Caps skipper.

5.18pm: 19.4 overs, NZ 30/1 - Williamson 11, Latham 16

NOT OUT! Woakes bowls to Tom Latham. Woakes' delivery hits Latham's padS and England want to review it. It was a full and straight delivery, but it has just pitched outside the line according to HawkEye.

5.07pm: 18 overs, NZ 23/1 - Williamson 5, Latham 15

Kane Williamson and Tom Latham aren't taking any unnecessary risks, building a slow but steady partnership for NZ. The Black Caps trail by 35 runs with nine wickets remaining in the innings.

4.43pm: 12 overs, NZ 21/1 - Williamson 4, Latham 14

FOUR! Finally NZ's skipper Kane Williamson is off the mark. Hitting a superb four past mid-off after a delivery from England's Stuart Broad.

4.39pm: 11 overs, NZ 17/1 - Williamson 0, Latham 14

BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! Latham is starting to get into his work now. He hits his first four to the on-side before hitting his second four of the over against James Anderson to the off-side.

4.26pm: 8.2 overs, NZ 8/1 - Raval 2, Latham 5

WICKET! James Anderson bowls to Jeet Raval and he is caught from behind by England's keeper Jonny Bairstow.

4.08pm: 3.4 overs, NZ 3/0 - Raval 2, Latham 1

DROPPED! Stuart Broad bowls to Jeet Raval and he edges it to third slip but England's Dawid Malan can't hold onto it. A missed opportunity for the visitors.

4.04pm: 3 overs, NZ 3/0 - Raval 2, Latham 1

A good maiden over from England's James Anderson. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham are still adjusting to the pink ball. 

3.53pm: NZ 1/0 - Raval 1, Latham 0

And we are back underway after England were all out for 58 after an hour and a half of play on day one of the first day/night Test between NZ and England. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham are at the crease opening for NZ.

3.39pm: 21 overs, ENG 58 - Overton 33, Anderson 1

England are all out for 58 as James Anderson hits it straight to Henry Nicholls who makes a safe catch at square leg. Trent Boult was absolutely on fire picking up figures of 6-32, his career best figures. A great start by New Zealand.

3.24pm: 19 overs, ENG 52/9

It will come as some small relief that England are no longer in danger of having one of the lowest 10 Test scores. Overton celebrates by hoisting Boult for six.

3.19pm: 17 overs, ENG 39/9

A relative flurry of runs pushes England to 39, getting close to moving out of the top 10 of lowest Test scores. Currently sitting seventh. 

3:12pm: 15.3 overs, ENG 27/9 - Overton 4, Broad 0

OUT! What a catch! Tim Southee bowls to Stuart Broad and he hits it straight to Kane Williamson and he makes a sensational diving catch at backward at square leg.

3:03pm: 13.5 overs, ENG 23/8 - Overton 0, Ali 0

OUT! He's bowled him! Tim Southee snares his third wicket of the match. Ali gone for a duck! England are in all sorts of trouble right now.

2:57pm: 13 overs, ENG 23/7 - Woakes 5, Ali 0

NZ bowlers - Southee 2-14, Boult 5-9

WICKET! Trent Boult has bowled him! Chris Woakes looked like he might be the one to steady the ship for England but NZ's Trent Boult is simply on fire.

2:50pm: 11.2 overs, ENG 18/6 - Bairstow 0, Ali 0

NZ bowlers - Southee 2-13, Boult 4-6

OUT! What is going on?! Caught and bowled! Tim Southee shows great reflexes making a sharp catch after Bairstow hits the ball straight back at him.

2:44pm: 10.3 overs, ENG 18/5 - Bairstow 0, Stokes 0

WICKET! Trent Boult has bowled him! Ben Stokes is gone for a duck after a sensational delivery by Trent Boult. Stokes goes wide of the crease and the ball from Boult goes crashing onto the stumps.

2:39pm: 10 overs, ENG 18/4 - Stoneman 11, Stokes 0

NZ bowlers - Southee 1-11, Boult 3-7

OUT! Tim Southee gets in on the action and Stoneman is gone for just 11 runs. It's a full delivery from Southee that moves away late and Stoneman is forced to play at it. He edges it with BJ Watling making a superb low diving catch.  

England 16/3, 9 overs

2.34pm: WICKET! It's Trent Boult again who fires for the Black Caps and snares his third wicket. It's a similar delivery he bowled to Cook earlier on and it's BJ Watling the keeper that makes a safe catch after Dawid Malan edged it straight to Wattling.

Score: England 6 /2 after 7 overs; Boult 2/2

2.24pm: WICKET! Boult's cleaned up Root with an in-swinging cracker! The pink ball is talking.

New Zealand and England will have a pink Kookaburra ball at their disposal starting tonight. Source: 1 NEWS

2.15pm: WICKET! Cook's gone, Latham grabs him at second slip off Boult, 6 for one.

2.10pm: ENG 3/ 0 after three overs - A loose ball from Boult is met with an even loser shot from Cook. He gets away with it as the ball drops safely.

2pm: ENG 1/0 after one over - And we're underway in Auckland. Boult has the honour of bowling first up, to Alastair Cook. Tidy first over, just one run from the bat of Cook. 

1.30pm: Kane Williamson wins the toss and NZ will bowl. Crucial. Wants to make first use of the conditions, but doesn't think the pitch will deteriorate too much. 

NZ team as expected: Raval, Latham, Williamson, Taylor, Nicholls, Watling, de Grandhomme, Astle, Southee, Wagner, Boult. 

England: Cook, Stoneman, Root, Malan, Stokes, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Overton, Broad, Anderson. 

Pre Match: It's been a mixed summer for for the Black Caps, with early season winning form replaced for series losses in the Tri-Series T20 and the one-day series to England.

The Black Caps wicketkeeper missed the innings and 67 run win with a hip injury.
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But now for the big one, the two test series against England.

Eden Park is the same venue where the two sides played out a thrilling drawn third Test in 2013, with New Zealand one wicket shy of a Test and series victory.

This is just the second Test at Eden Park in the past five years, with New Zealand taking out India in 2014.

Of course, all eyes will be on the pink ball and whether or not it will zip around under lights in the final session, as it has historically in other grounds around the world.

A little bit of grass has also historically been left on recent Eden Park Test pitches to start day one.

If it's the same here, expect the captain who wins the toss to bowl first hoping for two bites of the cherry - one early with the new ball, and again under lights.

Black Caps likely: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, B.J Watling, Colin De Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

7.25pm: 42 overs, NZ 100/2 - Williamson 64, Taylor 6
7.25pm: 42 overs, NZ 100/2 - Williamson 64, Taylor 6
7.31pm: 42.1 overs, NZ 101/2 - Williamson 64, Taylor 7
7.31pm: 42.1 overs, NZ 101/2 - Williamson 64, Taylor 7
7.40pm: 45 overs, NZ 107/2 - Williamson 66, Taylor 11
9.11pm: 64 overs, NZ 164/3 - Williamson 89, Nicholls 15
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New Black Caps coach to bring 'ideas that challenge thinking' for Pakistan series

New Black Caps coach Gary Stead had his first official day at the helm in Christchurch today with the team's first training session for their upcoming tour of the United Arab of Emirates where they play Pakistan.

Stead was last month announced as Mike Hesson's successor, with the 46-year-old saying he won't be changing too much with the team's style of play.

"A lot of the build-up to the World Cup has been in place in the last two or three years, so I think it would be stupid of me to come in and try and change that too much," said Stead.

"There has been a fair amount of success in the team, I'm sure that I'll have some ideas that might challenge current thinking and I think that is a good thing at any time of the year."

The Black Caps will play Pakistan in all three formats, starting with a Twenty 20 match at end of next month.

"I see it as our last chance to get really tested in overseas conditions before we play Sri Lanka in the Test championship which is in about 9-10 months time.

"For us the learning around that and how we go about playing spin in particular and the reverse swinging ball are probably two of the really key things."

Stead said he will be keeping a close eye on Pakistan's series against Australia, which begins early next month before their fixtures with Pakistan.

"We'll be watching the Pakistan and Australia series really carefully to try and get some clarity on the way they are playing the game and what we can learn from that.

"But like any game we go into every series and try and win them."

Stead has eight months to prepare his side for the Cricket World Cup in Wales and England, which begins in late May.

"Try and play our best cricket and we try and learn from it as well, ultimately with a big eye to the World Cup that is only 8-9 months away."

Gary Stead says he will bring some new ideas to the NZ camp. Source: 1 NEWS

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'I'm a different bowler now' - Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi on upcoming Pakistan tour

Black Caps leg-spinner Ish Sodhi is quietly confident ahead of his side's Pakistan tour next month in the United Arab Emirates.

While training in Christchurch today with his team, the 25-year-old said being on the 2014 tour has given him a leg up on what to expect.

"Really looking forward to what the tour has got to offer, I went over there four years ago and played over there in 2014," said Sodhi.

"So have a bit of knowledge about the conditions."

Sodhi believes his game has changed somewhat from when he first made the Black Caps squad earlier in his career.

"I think I am a different bowler now to what I was then.

"Four years is a long time I guess for a spinner's development and also being quite a young guy."

The Black Caps begin their UAE tour with three Twenty 20 matches, with the first T20 on October 31 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The 25-year-old leg-spinner is confident he has developed his game, as he prepares for his side's first fixture next month. Source: 1 NEWS

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'They've got a huge amount of depth' - White Ferns wary despite recent T20 edge over Australia

New Zealand coach Haidee Tiffen believes Australia's poor record in trans-Tasman women's Twenty20 cricket will motivate the hosts in their three-match series.

The White Ferns have won eight of the past 11 Trans Tasman clashes in the shortest format of the game leading into Saturday's match at North Sydney Oval.

Three successive series have gone New Zealand's way, with the most recent clinched when Australia were skittled for 66 in Adelaide 18 months ago.

Australia have held sway in recent one-day internationals but Tiffen is proud her team have found a winning formula in the shorter format.

"In T20 definitely. Over the last few years we've been quite successful against them," she said.

"But I know that that's hurt them

"Both teams are back to zero and we're under no illusion that this is not going to be an easy-beat team."

The teams are using the series to prepare for the World T20 in the West Indies.

There will be more at stake when they meet in pool play in Guyana on November 13.

Matches in Canberra and Brisbane next week will complete the warm-up series, which will be Amy Satterthwaite's first as White Ferns captain.

Satterthwaite took charge when veteran opener Suzie Bates surprisingly relinquished the leadership earlier this month.

Bates feels her third-ranked team needed a change after they lost all three T20 matches to hosts and world No.2 England in a mid-year tri-series.

Tiffen said top-ranked Australia will be good enough to expose New Zealand weaknesses.

"They've got experienced campaigners in there like Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry and they're injecting some youth into their side," she said.

"They've got a huge amount of depth, a higher competition for places and they're ranked No.1 in the world for a reason."

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Dan Vettori loses another high profile T20 job, axed as Middlesex coach

Australian Stuart Law will leave his role as West Indies head coach to take over at English County Championship side Middlesex from next season, leaving former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori out of a job.

The former Australia batsman has agreed a four-year deal with the county and will begin his new job in January following West Indies' tours of India and Bangladesh.

"It is a great privilege to be asked to coach Middlesex and to accept one of the plum jobs in world cricket," he said.

"I have very much enjoyed my time with the West Indies and wish the staff and players every success.

"There is never a good time to leave but the opportunity to work with Middlesex for four years at the home of cricket was too good to decline."

It's the second recent blow to Vettori's coaching resume, with the former spinner also fired from his job with Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Dan Vettori of the Black Caps


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