Potts guarantees England to keep ‘punching’ against New Zealand

Matthew Potts guaranteed England would proceed to “toss punches” after 17 wickets fell on a striking first day of the season of the primary Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on Thursday.

Durham speedy Potts, given a Test debut after a physical issue emergency precluded a few quick bowlers, had a memorable day as he dominated England greats James Anderson and Stuart Broad by taking four wickets for 13 runs as New Zealand were skittled out for only 132.

Yet, Ben Stokes’ most memorable day as England chief since succeeding Joe Root finished with the hosts 116 for seven at stumps.

No big surprise the 23-year-old Potts, out briefly ball duck during England’s most recent breakdown, told columnists: “Indeed, it was a rollercoaster.

“We’ve come to engage, that is our above all else thing. We’re still in a challenge to dominate a match of Test cricket,” he added with England looking for only their second triumph in 18 matches at this level.

I believe we will toss our punches…We need to trade blows, and assuming they toss us two we’ll toss them four.”

Yet, as boxing perfectionists will affirm, there are times when a strong safeguard is expected too.

By the by, Potts’ energy was reasonable given his return against the supreme World Test champions which included eliminating New Zealand skipper and star batsman Kane Williamson with simply his fifth chunk of the day.

“I’ve been eager all set, I’ve been standing by to pull the top on and do the best work I can,” he said.

‘Ready to take care of business’
Britain made a sound beginning to their answer, with Zak Crawley making a familiar 43 preceding he was gotten behind off Kyle Jamieson.

The opener’s leave left England 59 for oneself and ignited a breakdown that saw seven wickets lost for only 41 sudden spikes in demand for an irreproachable contribute radiant circumstances ideal for batting.

“I think it was a decent fightback,” said transcending paceman Jamieson, who at stumps has figures of two for 20 out of seven overs. “We’re ready to take care of business.”

New Zealand had Colin de Grandhomme to thank for arriving at three figures, with the all-rounder making an innings top-score of 42 not out.

That seemed to show the advantage that all-rounder de Grandhomme had acquired from playing for region club Surrey this season, though a few of his colleagues just needed to two warm-up matches all things considered to conform to English circumstances.

Yet, Jamieson, 27, wouldn’t fault an absence of groundwork for New Zealand’s modest aggregate, saying: “I believe we’re great going into this Test.”

“Ideally whenever we have an opportunity to bat again we can bat for somewhat longer than we did today,” he added.

“We need to contend energetically in that subsequent innings, to attempt to construct a lead and give ourselves something to bowl at.