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Live Reporting

Callum Matthews, Jack Skelton and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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    Right, that's us done for day one. England's day or honours even? Either way Joe Root's side have a promising platform.

    You can read Amy Lofthouse's report on the day's action here.

    The latest Test Match Special podcast will be available to download in the next few hours over here.

    You can scroll back through this page for the best quotes and reaction while we'll have the latest Jonathan Agnew column on the website later today.

    Thanks for joining us, see you at 21:30 GMT!

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    BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    You can listen to commentary of the final session from the Gabba where Australia are facing Pakistan from 6am over here.

    Pakistan have had a slight recovery and are currently 175-6.

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    Mark Ramprakash

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    England will fancy their chances. I don't think the wicket is going to change, it looks good for batting. England have a left-hand, right-hand combination at the crease and it's not a brand new ball. England will be aiming at 400.

  4. Bowling figures

    Trent Boult: 0-61 off 22 overs

    Tim Southee: 1-46 off 21 overs

    Colin de Grandhomme: 2-28 off 19 overs

    Neil Wagner: 1-77 off 23 overs

    Mitchell Santner: 0-24 off five overs

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    The first 10 overs tomorow will be really crucial. If New Zealand get two or three wickets they have a real foothold.

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    Mark Ramprakash

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    New Zealand's bowlers are very good at bowling to their field and England's top order were perhaps a little bit conservative in their approach at the crease. They were focused for setting a platform for the rest of the team.

    Only four down at the end of the day means England will be well pleased with their work.

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    Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope shared an unbeaten 38 in the final eight overs of the day as England continued to build a promising platform.

    Stokes hit 16 off one Trent Boult over - where he was also dropped at slip by Ross Taylor - as he brought up his 20th Test half-century.

    Pope finished the day on 18 off 23 deliveries and looked busy and proactive during 33-minute innings.

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    Joe Denly reached his fifth Test half-century as he shared 83 with Ben Stokes.

    The pair upped the ante after tea as both took a particular liking to the left-arm spin of Mitchell Santner.

    Denly eventually fell for 74 as he edged a good delivery from Tim Southee through to the diving BJ Watling behind the stumps.

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    Mark Ramprakash

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root didn't look balanced today. He lacked fluency and his usual intent.

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    That brought Joe Root to the crease and he didn't look at all comfortable.

    Normally so proactive, it took him 21 balls to get off the mark.

    The very next ball he guided a catch - almost like you would in catching practice - to Tim Southee at second slip.

    It was a strange dismissal and a strange innings from England's captain.

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    Burns, Sibley and Denly allowed England to get a foothold into the game. Root downwards are fluent players so having that platform at the top of the order is very important.

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    A 52-run opening stand was a promising start for England and it was built upon by Rory Burns and Joe Denly who helped them to 113-1 before Burns feathered a thin edge off Colin de Grandhomme behind to fall for 52.

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    Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first giving debutant Dom Sibley an early opportunity at Test match cricket.

    He got off to the perfect start as he clipped his first ball through mid-wicket for four.

    The Warwickshire opener played a couple more lovely shots through the leg side before eventually falling for 22. Sibley was trying to work the ball to leg but got a leading edge off Colin de Grandhomme to slip.

    It was a promising start to Test cricket for the 24-year-old but it did also highlight a potential technical flaw in his game because the ball that dismissed him should have been hit through the off side.

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    Let's have a recap of the day's action...

  15. 'It's going to be hard work'

    England batsman Rory Burns on Test Match Special: "It was a tough day but a good day.

    "It looked like a good wicket - it was a bit slower than I thought it would be and that made the cricket a bit attritional.

    "Me and Sibley are going to be a bit more traditional at the top of the innings. It didn't really feel different for me personally - I always go about my batting that way, see off the good balls, pick off the bad ones.

    "I don't think there were any nerves for Dom - and if there were any, they were gone after his first ball, a lovely shot for four.

    "I was nowhere near my fluent best but managed to stick in and grit it out. I'm disappointed to only get a 50 and not a big one.

    "The bounce might get a bit lower. It was a bit inconsistent earlier in the day. It's going to be hard work."

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    Mark Ramprakash

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    These players have been away from this format for a few weeks. England will be reasonably happy with their day. The two openers negotiated the first hour very competently. The late flurry, with Ollie Pope looking in particularly good touch, was nice to see.

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    It felt an even day. Both teams were sussing each other out in the morning session. There was not much for the England batsmen to capitalise on from New Zealand's bowlers. But England earned the right to score runs off tired bowlers later in the day.

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    A lot has been made about England's approach to Test cricket in the last year or so and in the build-up to this Test Chris Silverwood and Joe Root have admitted they'll look to approach it differently and play a more patient style.

    Today was our first viewing of the style and while 241-4 is a promising position for England, there were 21 maidens. While a more conservative approach was needed, it's important England don't retreat too much. They've got to be proactive and look to rotate the strike more than they did today. It felt like they were a bit reserved at the crease at times today.

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  20. 'England haven't got away from us'

    New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner on Test Match Special: "I thought we bowled pretty well and England batted well. A tough day.

    "We played a first-class game here a couple of weeks ago and it was a similar pitch. With the wind the wicket can dry out a touch. But the bowlers stuck to it pretty well, we kept charging in but England batted really well.

    "The ball was swinging still and continued throughout the day but when we put it in the right area, they were patient and when we got it wrong, they put it away.

    "But they haven't run away from us and if we get a couple of early wickets tomorrow we're right back in it."