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No early breakthrough for England

Knutsford Guardian: Stuart Broad opened the bowling for England on day two Stuart Broad opened the bowling for England on day two

England drew a blank with the ball before lunch on day two of four in their warm-up match against a New Zealand XI.

After Ian Bell (158) was finally last out in a total of 426, the tourists had an hour to unleash an attack from which Stuart Broad is by far the likeliest to feature as third seamer in the first Test in Dunedin.

It was Broad and Graham Onions who took the new ball at the Queenstown Events Centre ground - but neither they, first-change Chris Woakes nor Graeme Swann could find a way past Hamish Rutherford or Tom Latham in a lunchtime 56 without loss.

Rutherford and Latham are both left-handed sons of former New Zealand Test batsmen and both batting too for the chance of a debut themselves at the top of the order for their country next week.

They came through an initial examination without alarm as England appeared to find less help in the pitch than their opposing seamers had on day one.

England had earlier added another 69 for their last three wickets.

Bell finished with 23 fours from 233 balls, and Broad and Graeme Swann also bagged some handy runs.

For their hosts, Jimmy Neesham and Neil Wagner took four wickets each - and substitute fielder Michael Rae had three catches, the last one when Bell mistimed an attempted hit over the top and was well held at deep mid-off.


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