WELLINGTON: Patience and application at the crease was key to New Zealand’s innings and 65-run win over England in the first test at Bay Oval on Monday, captain Kane Williamson said.
Having declared on a massive 615-9 in their only knock in response to England’s first innings 353, the hosts then bowled the tourists out for 197 in Mt. Maunganui.
With Bay Oval hosting its first test little was known about how the wicket would play and while there were rare occasions when the ball kept low or reared off a length, it was still a relatively good batting surface.
The main difference between the two sides appeared to be patience and decision-making, with New Zealand’s middle order in particular prepared to wait for the right ball to put away and build their innings.
Man-of-the-match BJ Watling, who scored his maiden test double century with 205 and shared in partnerships with Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner, batted for 667 minutes — longer than either of England’s entire innings.
“His application at the crease and his focus … he faced nearly 500 deliveries which was an incredible effort,” Williamson said.
“Just the patience to make good decisions for long periods of time, it was what the team required.
“(But) there was a huge amount of heart from that middle order to get us to the 600 mark.