From the day he scored his maiden Test century, in his first innings in the series against India back in 2010, Kane Williamson’s skills were never in doubt.
New Zealand ripped England’s batting order apart in the first session of day one of the day-night Test at Eden Park, bowling them out for a paltry 58 in just 20.4 overs.
It was the tourists’ sixth-lowest Test innings total in history as Joe Root’s men failed to handle Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
The pace bowlers ran riot from the get-go, pinching the wickets of English openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman for a combined 16, before laying waste to the middle order as one batsman fell after another.
Boult, swinging the pink ball with intent, clean bowled English talismen Joe Root and Ben Stokes for ducks, and also claimed the scalp of the dangerous Dawid Malan.
Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali followed suit for nought, both removed by Southee, before Chris Woakes at least managed some runs, scoring five.
He was duly clean bowled by Boult as well.
England managed to surpass the lowest Test total in history – New Zealand’s 26 against England in 1955, also at Eden Park – thanks only to Craig Overton’s efforts.
The towering fast-bowler bashed out a partially-redeeming 33 not out for his side, putting on a 31-run 10th-wicket stand with James Anderson.
From 9-27 after the removal of Stuart Broad – caught by a wonder Kane Williamson catch – England eventually crawled their way to 58 before Anderson was snared.
The imperious Boult finished with career-best figures of 6-32 in 10.2 overs, while Southee managed 4-25.