England managed to draw the first Test against New Zealand but their intent while chasing 273-run target on the final day was questioned. They showed no intention to go after the target and scored 170-3 from 70 overs on the fifth day.
Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer and ex-England captain Michael Vaughan criticized the England cricket team for giving up on the run chase too soon and playing for a draw in the first Test. Jaffer posted a hilarious meme from the Bollywood movie Phir Hera Pheri, while Vaughan was surprised to see a young batting line-up not going for the win.
"If you won't even try to chase a target of 3.6 an over at home with no WTC points at stake, when will you ever try? Not a good advert for test cricket. #EngvNZ @ECB_cricket," wrote Jaffer.
Vaughan tweeted that with no ICC World Test Championship (WTC) points on line, England should have went after the target. "No World Test championship points on offer for this series ... A young batting line up with all in front of them ... surely the energy should be to be more pro active to try and chase this total ... !!!! #ENGvNZ," he tweeted.
England and New Zealand will play the second and last Test on June 10. New Zealand will then play the WTC final against India from June 18.