England v New Zealand
Even though it was a warm week in London, rain showers took enough out of the game to result in a fascinating draw at Lord’s. Although New Zealand showed attacking intent ahead of their World Test Series Championship with India later in the year, England were content to bat out the draw and look ahead to Edgbaston to try and seal a test series victory.
Strong start by the Kiwis
New Zealand came out aggressively in the first innings and posted a total of 378. A incredible double century from Devon Conway at a strike rate of 57.63 which tilted the game into the Kiwis favour, despite a strong debut performance from Ollie Robinson, who took 4 wickets in his opening innings. It was also Conway’s test debut and he became just the 7th man in test cricket’s 144 year history to make a double century on debut with a score of exactly 200. Conway was eventually run out by Root on the 200 mark. A middle order collapse kept England well and truly in the game with Mark Wood and James Anderson providing the extra wickets.
Rory Burns holds his own
There were three ducks in the New Zealand first innings but England unfortunately managed four with Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey and Mark Wood all falling for 0, with Southee doing the majority of the damage. The young, inexperienced England team were saved by a 132 from Rory Burns and contributions from Root, Pope and Robinson ensured England kept the game alive, scoring 275 in total. Yet with a rained off day three, England were batting well into Day 4 and the result was veering towards a draw.
New Zealand go for the win
The fans may have been fearing the worst but New Zealand wanted to test themselves and go for an unlikely win. Their second innings was short and sweet, with Latham, Conway, Taylor and Nicholls all healthily contributing to a quick, declared score of 169/6, setting England an enticing 273 target midway through day five. Kane Williamson is known for his bold captaincy and declaring after the morning session would have pleasantly shocked a few pundits.
But as opener Dom Sibley settled into a defensive rhythm, England were clearly happy to see out the draw to give them a fresh start next week to win the series. The game finished with England scoring 170/3 and ultimately, this young England side will be relatively happy sharing the spoils with a team ranked higher than them in the World test rankings.
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