Jon Lewis: England vs New Zealand: It’s the right call to bowl first

According to Jon Lewis, fast bowling coach Jon Lewis, England made the right decision by bowling first against New Zealand in the second Test.

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Ben Stokes placed the Kiwis on the Trent Bridge pitch, with some cloud overhead. Tom Latham, the opposing captain, would have done the exact same.

New Zealand was able to reach 318-4 despite the fact that it had a dry surface.

“We chose the aggressive option. We wanted to knock New Zealand out. It was the right decision,” Lewis said to BBC Sport.

After winning the first Test at Lord’s, England is looking to win the series by securing the series.

Lewis added that “the important thing about tossing was it was the aggressive play following last week,” and he played one Test for England in 2006.

“The toss in cricket is an interesting thing. It is not realistic to expect that things will happen just because the toss takes place.

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It is possible to hope that it will happen but you must be a professional in the field. We worked hard and bowled well at times, I felt.

England and New Zealand struggle to survive on Day One
Former captain Michael Vaughan stated that England’s decision to win at Lord’s betrayed a lack confidence. It was their second win in 18 matches.

Vaughan stated that a good side would have arrived today and not hesitated to call ‘bat first!’ during Test Match Special.

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“New Zealand will be thrilled.” It’s a good pitch, I think.

Four missed catches did not help England’s position at day one.

Daryl Mitchell, who made it to 81, was able to survive a simple chance to slip Joe Root, even though he only had three.

Root missed another chance against Tom Blundell who eventually edged between Jonny Bairstow and Zak Crawley at second slip.

Blundell’s 67-run win in the fifth-wicket match of 149 with Mitchell is unbeaten.

England’s poor performance is stark contrast to Lord’s when they were flawless in their fielding.

Lewis said, “Some days you get the ball, and some days you don’t.” “Unfortunately, we missed a few chances. They could easily have been bowled out for 250.”

England should now be looking to break into New Zealand’s lower order Saturday morning, using a second ball that has only seven overs.

After the Black Caps win, the inconsistent England batting lineup will be forced to face Stokes’ side again.

Vaughan, who played in 82 Tests for England, stated that “England are still a team with deficiencies, despite winning at Lord’s.”

“Today’s fielding from England isn’t something new. Although we hoped to see something new at Lord’s, it’s back in line with what we’ve seen over the years. It would be amazing if New Zealand could field in this fashion.

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“It was an occasion when eight wickets should’ve fallen and England will have bat well now.”

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