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England endured a horrendous opening day in Auckland as New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult tore through their batting line-up with a career-best six-wicket haul.
While England narrowly escaped being skittled out for the lowest Test score in history, they were still humiliated as they were bundled out 58, which is their sixth-lowest score in Test cricket.
Following their embarrassing display with the bat, England were punished by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who struck an unbeaten 91 and handed his side a 117-run lead.
Choosing to bowl first, New Zealand got their first breakthrough in the fifth over as England opener Alastair Cook was caught by Tom Latham at second slip off the bowling of Boult for five runs.
Boult struck again in his next over, this time claiming the big wicket of England skipper Joe Root, who was clean bowled for a duck.
Dawid Malan only mustered two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Boult.
Tim Southee then joined the party as he had Mark Stoneman caught behind for 11.
Ben Stokes, who was making his highly-anticipated Test return, failed to stem the bleeding as he was cleaned up by Boult for a duck.
Southee took out wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, while Boult removed Chris Woakes for five runs.
With Southee also sending Stuart Broad packing for a duck, England were left reeling at 27/9 and were facing being bowled out for their lowest Test score in history.
However, Craig Overton mounted a last-gasp counter-attack as he hammered a 25-ball 33, which included five boundaries and a six, before England were bowled out for 58 when James Anderson was caught by Henry Nicholls at point off the bowling of Boult for one run.
Boult was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Southee took four.
Trailing by 58 runs, New Zealand made a cautious start to their innings, but it didn’t stop Anderson from striking early as he had Jeet Raval caught behind for three runs.
Williamson and Latham made up for the loss of Raval with an 84-run partnership, during which Williamson surpassed his fifty, before Latham, who made 26, was caught by Woakes at square leg to give Broad his 400th Test wicket.
The in-form Ross Taylor could only score 20 runs before he was caught by Woakes off the bowling of Anderson.
Williamson and Nicholls ensured the Black Caps didn’t lose anymore wickets prior to stumps as they amassed an unbeaten 52-run partnership.
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Williamson finished on 91 off 177 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, while Nicholls remained undefeated on 24 off 67 deliveries, which included two boundaries.
Anderson was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Broad claimed one.
New Zealand ended day one on 175/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 14:00 local time or 01:00 GMT.