Rutherford’s stunning debut builds huge lead

Hamish Rutherford completed one of the most audacious batting debuts in Test history as New Zealand took a firm grip of the first Test in Dunedin. Rutherford’s 171, the seventh highest maiden Test innings, left England trailing by 235 at the end of a third day of an opening Test that has shaken their sense of well-being to the core.

Rutherford achieved a century on Test debut on his home ground and showed an uncomplicated appetite for mayhem as he made England pay for their hapless batting performance on the previous day. His freewheeling innings – 217 balls, 22 fours and three sixes – came to an end against the first delivery with the second new ball when he played too early at James Anderson and spooned him tamely to square leg. Read more
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