Cricket: England’s ‘lucky escape’ in first Test
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England captain Alastair Cook was struggling for answers to his side’s repeated first Test stumbles as he conceded they were lucky to escape with a draw against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Starting an overseas tour struggling for survival is not new for England, and while they aimed to be more positive in New Zealand their plans backfired with a 293-run first innings deficit.
They were forced to occupy the crease in their second innings for nearly two days to salvage the match, reaching 421 for six — a lead of 128 runs — when the rain-interrupted first Test ended on Sunday.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum felt they could have toppled the world’s second-ranked side had the Test not been reduced to