Lawrence impresses vs NZ attack in front of Edgbaston crowd
Cricket, as it seems, is back to life in England with around 18,000 including the Barmy Army attending day one of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.
In a neck-in-neck encounter, England managed to end the day on 258/7 after they elected to bat first. New Zealand, on the other hand, pulled the hosts down right after lunch and tea breaks.
Openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley played out the morning session without any trouble. Matt Henry, one of New Zealand’s six changes in the XI, got Sibley (35) in the first over after lunch to break 72-run stand. Zak Crawley fell to Neil Wagner for a duck in the following over, and moments later it was skipper Joe Root (4) back in the hut.
Burns reached carried his form into this match, making his ninth Test fifty. Ollie Pope (19) stood around for a while before getting out to Ajaz Patel.
Trent Boult made a double-strike post-tea, sending back Burns for 187-ball 81 runs (with 10 fours) and newbie James Bracey for a golden duck.
23-year-old Dan Lawrence stepped up, scoring his third Test fifty with Olly Stone (20) and Mark Wood (16*) supporting him to rescue England out of trouble. Patel made the seventh strike, but Lawrence and Wood remained solid against the second new ball.
Lawrence took England to stumps remaining unbeaten on 67 runs from exactly 100 runs. He struck 11 boundaries in the innings.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand were hit by another injury blow: keeper BJ Watling got ruled out with a sore back, meaning he has only one match – WTC final against India – to go before he hangs up his bats and gloves. Tom Latham stood captain at the toss in absence of injured Kane Williamson.
Meanwhile, James Anderson has made his 162th Test appearance for England, going past Alastair Cook’s 161.
England 258/7 in 90 overs (Burns 81, Lawrence 67*; Patel 2/34, Boult 2/60, Henry 2/66)
Stumps- Day 1