Bruce Martin and Hamish Rutherford star for New Zealand against England

Last Updated: 07/03/13 10:52pm

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New Zealand duo Bruce Martin and Hamish Rutherford enjoyed fine starts to their Test careers by helping the hosts reach a commanding position on the second day of the first Test against England in Dunedin.

Left-arm spinner Martin claimed 4-43 as the tourists were skittled for 167 and opener Rutherford was unbeaten on 77 when New Zealand closed on 131-0.

"It was pretty much the perfect day's cricket to be honest. It's a good feeling actually," said Martin, 32.

"Luck gave me a couple and I picked up a couple so it was a perfect day really. It was a good start by the openers but that's all it is, a start, and we've got three big days left."

Rutherford, son of former New Zealand Test player Ken, said he would put thoughts of a debut century out of his mind.


"You can't start thinking about it. I've just got to start again in the morning and get through the first half an hour and then see what happens," he said.

"We bowled really well and to back it up with the bat was pleasing."

Neil Wagner did much of the early damage with the ball, taking the wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen with successive deliveries on his way to career-best figures of 4-42.

"Today was one of those days where it didn't really feel that great but things just happened," said Wagner.

"I bowled a wide half tracker to Cook and he hit it straight to point.

"It's one of those days. You get freakish days in cricket where you bowl well and field well but nothing happens and you end up taking 1-100.

"Other days you feel not really that good and you get wickets and it just happens to you."

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