Bayliss: We were nowhere near good enough

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England coach Trevor Bayliss described his team’s performance on day one of the first Test against New Zealand as nowhere near good enough.

England were knocked over for a paltry 58 but had it not been for a 25 ball unbeaten 33 from number nine Craig Overton it would have been a whole lot worse.

Bayliss was critical of the batsmen’s technique saying that too many were caught on the crease against full bowling.

The coach said after play: “It was like deer in the headlights. Someone sneezes and everyone caught a cold today.”

New Zealand only employed two bowlers with Trent Boult and Tim Southee splitting the ten wickets between them in a devastating opening spell.

Bayliss said of the effort: “I can’t explain it. We were nowhere near good enough.

“The New Zealand bowlers bowled well but we batted equally badly. It swung around a bit but nothing different to any other first day of a Test match.

“The ball was pitched up and swinging and we were caught behind the crease for a lot of dismissals. Trying to get forward and negate the swing would have been the way to go.”

The 58 they managed on Thursday ranks as England’s lowest Test total versus New Zealand eclipsing the 64 they made at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in 1977/78.

New Zealand established a 117 run lead by stumps with skipper Kane Williamson moving to an unbeaten 91 to cement the Black Caps dominance.

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