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England vs New Zealand Burns amp; Lawrence keep England afloat

England vs New Zealand Burns amp; Lawrence keep England afloat
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Burns, Lawrence repel New Zealand on bowlers' day Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Rory Burns makes 81 and Dan Lawrence an unbeaten 67 to help England to 258-7 on a raucous first day of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

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Burns & Lawrence keep England afloat

England 258-7: Burns 81, Lawrence 67*
New Zealand: Yet to bat
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England were kept afloat by Dan Lawrence's battling 67 not out on a raucous first day of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

In front of a rowdy crowd of 18,000, the hosts found themselves 175-6 on a blameless pitch despite a fluent 81 from Rory Burns.

At one stage England lost three wickets for 13 runs and later James Bracey fell for a golden duck for his second nought in as many Test innings.

But Lawrence, in only his second home Test, added 47 with Olly Stone then an unbroken 36 with Mark Wood to drag England to 258-7.

A New Zealand side showing six changes from the drawn first Test exploited the hint of movement that was on offer.

Pace bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed two wickets apiece.

All this on the day that James Anderson became England's most capped Test cricketer, playing his 162nd match to go past the record of Alastair Cook.

England struggle fails to dampen atmosphere

This was a poignant and emotional day for number of reasons, with the buoyant crowd never discouraged by England's indifferent performance.

There were 6,500 spectators allowed inside Lord's for each day of the drawn first Test, but this was perhaps the closest to normality experienced at any sport in England since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Not only that, but the controversy that began with the revelation of Ollie Robinson's historical tweets during the first Test has grown to include a number of other players and sparked a wider debate that even Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lent his view to.

The greeting England were given before play was spine-tingling, the 'moment of unity' to stand against discrimination was respectfully received and, from then on, the Hollies Stand partied for the duration.

The celebrations were not dampened by the insipid way in which a number of England batsmen surrendered their wickets.

By the end, Lawrence's continued presence allowed an optimism that the hosts may yet post a credible total.

Burns and Lawrence rise from wreckage

Burns made a dogged century – his first in Tests since November 2019 – at Lord's and followed it up with an innings full of confidence in Birmingham.

His fluency even rubbed off on Dom Sibley, who ground out the draw on the final day of the first Test but unfurled some eye-catching strokes in an opening stand of 72.

It was Sibley's dismissal that sparked England's mini collapse, leaving Burns to continue with light footwork, a high elbow and handsome cover drives.

When he fell, slicing to second slip, Lawrence was left in charge of the resistance after overcoming an early shout for lbw when he got in an ugly tangle against Boult.

The 23-year-old began with uncertainty but grew to play late against the seamers and with authority against Patel.

He clung on with Stone – the Warwickshire seamer in the England side for the suspended Robinson – then flourished in the company of Wood under the evening sun.

New Zealand chip away

Already without captain Kane Williamson and spinner Mitchell Santner, New Zealand lost wicketkeeper BJ Watling to a stiff back on the morning of the match, then made three more changes with next week's World Test Championship final in mind.

Still, led by returning left-armer Boult, the Black Caps carried a persistent threat, drawing England into a number of errors.

Sibley batted through the first session before edging one from Henry that left him, while Joe Root went feeling for another the right-armer got to move.

In between, Zak Crawley was drawn into driving at a wide one from Neil Wagner for a duck and, later, Ollie Pope was caught behind cutting Patel.

The worst came from Bracey, who played a big drive at his first ball, only to edge Boult to third slip.

New Zealand were held up by the stubborn Stone before he swiped at Patel, and were met by more defiance from Wood, who stared down the second new ball and overturned being caught behind off Boult.

Lawrence's innings 'exactly what England needed' – what they said

England opener Rory Burns on BBC Test Match Special: “It was very enjoyable to be batting with a crowd. They have been pretty vocal all day.

“Dan Lawrence has played beautifully – he's probably the one batsman who has played with some fluency and made it look quite easy at times. It is a massive feather in his cap.”

Former England captain Alastair Cook: “Dan Lawrence's innings was exactly what England needed. The situation helped him because they lost a couple of wickets and he needed to build a partnership and he was able to attack and play his natural game.”

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “The support that Mark Wood and Olly Stone have given Dan Lawrence means England could still get to 300.

“You still feel like they'll be lucky to get the sort of score they imagined this morning when Joe Root won the toss.”

Former New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney: “It is pretty even. England took the first session, New Zealand took the second and the third session was pretty even. It is poised and England could go on tomorrow.”


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Burns & Lawrence keep England afloat Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Boult, Henry and Patel all among the wickets after New Zealand make six changes from Lord's.

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Boult, Henry and Patel all among the wickets after New Zealand make six changes from Lord's

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Burns heaps praise on 'impressive' Lawrence (0:41)
England 258 for 7 (Burns 81, Lawrence 67*, ) vs New Zealand
Half-centuries to Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence restored order for England after a New Zealand attack bolstered by Trent Boult threatened to derail the hosts on an opening day when the ball and the momentum swung at Edgbaston with entertaining effect.
Boult, New Zealand's leading seamer, linked up with the squad on Saturday having served his post-IPL quarantine period and was an automatic inclusion amid a staggering six changes to the side which drew the first Test at Lord's.
With Kane Williamson (elbow) and Mitchell Santner (finger) out because of injury and BJ Watling (back problem) replaced by Tom Blundell shortly before play began, Will Young and and Ajaz Patel came into the side. They were joined by Boult for Tim Southee and Matt Henry for Kyle Jamieson, while Daryl Mitchell replaced Colin de Grandhomme as New Zealand showed an embarrassment of riches ahead of next week's World Test Championship final against India.
When Boult prised out opener Rory Burns for 81 with his 12th ball after the tea break, he removed England's main hope for recovery at that point. It came soon after England had lost three wickets for 13 runs in less than 20 minutes and slumped to 152 for 4 in the afternoon session.
But Lawrence stepped in with an assured and unbeaten 67 to guide England to the close in a far more comfortable position than had looked likely between lunch and tea.
After removing Burns, Boult struck with the first delivery of his next over, removing James Bracey for a duck – his second in as many innings – but Olly Stone survived the hat-trick ball and went on to steady the innings with Lawrence, the pair putting on 47 runs for the seventh wicket.
The Stone-Lawrence union was a much-needed bright spot for England, along with Burns' opening stand of 72 with Dom Sibley, which had steered their side to the lunch break at 67 without loss. What ensued in between times had the potential to devastate England's innings.
Burns and Sibley batted sedately but smartly in the morning, Sibley's knock bearing little resemblance to his grinding 60 off 207 balls which helped England salvage a draw in the fourth innings at Lord's. Sibley struck five fours on his way to 35 from 84 deliveries, including one through square leg to bring up England's fifty.
But when they returned from lunch, New Zealand's bowlers started to find some swing and it proved a weapon.
Henry struck with the sixth ball after the break when Sibley was caught betwixt and between by a ball just back of a length and in the corridor which swung away enough to find an edge and carry to stand-in keeper Blundell.
Zak Crawley's lean patch continued as he followed up twin scores of two at Lord's with a duck. Having been rushed into a defensive shot by a Neil Wagner ball that swung in, Crawley hung his bat out to the next delivery which moved less and edged to Mitchell at third slip.
Henry then claimed his second wicket – the prized scalp of Joe Root – with a late outswinger that caught the edge and was snapped up by Blundell.
Burns brought up his fifty with an authoritative drive through extra cover for two as the wickets tumbled around him. Ollie Pope stuck with him for a while but not long enough, falling for 19 when he was caught behind off Patel.
As Burns and Lawrence looked to rebuild, Boult came to the fore, luring Burns into an attempted cover drive with a ball that swung away and clipped the outside edge, with Tom Latham, acting captain in Williamson's absence, taking a good, low catch at second slip. Bracey followed and with six men down, only three had reached double figures.
That's when Stone and Lawrence got to work and they managed to stall New Zealand's momentum until Patel had Stone out lbw. From there, Lawrence really took control though. He struck Boult for two fours in an over late in the day, the first a gorgeous drive through extra cover and then a neat clip off the pads.
Mark Wood stuck with him to be 16 not out at the close, his straight hit for four off Henry mirrored by Lawrence off Boult on the next ball and the 70-percent-capacity crowd enjoyed it – and every moment of the day – if the noise, colour and movement that heralded the return of fans under a post-pandemic Government trial was anything to go by.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Boult, Henry and Patel all among the wickets after New Zealand make six changes from Lord's

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Burns heaps praise on 'impressive' Lawrence (0:41)
England 258 for 7 (Burns 81, Lawrence 67*, ) vs New Zealand
Half-centuries to Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence restored order for England after a New Zealand attack bolstered by Trent Boult threatened to derail the hosts on an opening day when the ball and the momentum swung at Edgbaston with entertaining effect.
Boult, New Zealand's leading seamer, linked up with the squad on Saturday having served his post-IPL quarantine period and was an automatic inclusion amid a staggering six changes to the side which drew the first Test at Lord's.
With Kane Williamson (elbow) and Mitchell Santner (finger) out because of injury and BJ Watling (back problem) replaced by Tom Blundell shortly before play began, Will Young and and Ajaz Patel came into the side. They were joined by Boult for Tim Southee and Matt Henry for Kyle Jamieson, while Daryl Mitchell replaced Colin de Grandhomme as New Zealand showed an embarrassment of riches ahead of next week's World Test Championship final against India.
When Boult prised out opener Rory Burns for 81 with his 12th ball after the tea break, he removed England's main hope for recovery at that point. It came soon after England had lost three wickets for 13 runs in less than 20 minutes and slumped to 152 for 4 in the afternoon session.
But Lawrence stepped in with an assured and unbeaten 67 to guide England to the close in a far more comfortable position than had looked likely between lunch and tea.
After removing Burns, Boult struck with the first delivery of his next over, removing James Bracey for a duck – his second in as many innings – but Olly Stone survived the hat-trick ball and went on to steady the innings with Lawrence, the pair putting on 47 runs for the seventh wicket.
The Stone-Lawrence union was a much-needed bright spot for England, along with Burns' opening stand of 72 with Dom Sibley, which had steered their side to the lunch break at 67 without loss. What ensued in between times had the potential to devastate England's innings.
Burns and Sibley batted sedately but smartly in the morning, Sibley's knock bearing little resemblance to his grinding 60 off 207 balls which helped England salvage a draw in the fourth innings at Lord's. Sibley struck five fours on his way to 35 from 84 deliveries, including one through square leg to bring up England's fifty.
But when they returned from lunch, New Zealand's bowlers started to find some swing and it proved a weapon.
Henry struck with the sixth ball after the break when Sibley was caught betwixt and between by a ball just back of a length and in the corridor which swung away enough to find an edge and carry to stand-in keeper Blundell.
Zak Crawley's lean patch continued as he followed up twin scores of two at Lord's with a duck. Having been rushed into a defensive shot by a Neil Wagner ball that swung in, Crawley hung his bat out to the next delivery which moved less and edged to Mitchell at third slip.
Henry then claimed his second wicket – the prized scalp of Joe Root – with a late outswinger that caught the edge and was snapped up by Blundell.
Burns brought up his fifty with an authoritative drive through extra cover for two as the wickets tumbled around him. Ollie Pope stuck with him for a while but not long enough, falling for 19 when he was caught behind off Patel.
As Burns and Lawrence looked to rebuild, Boult came to the fore, luring Burns into an attempted cover drive with a ball that swung away and clipped the outside edge, with Tom Latham, acting captain in Williamson's absence, taking a good, low catch at second slip. Bracey followed and with six men down, only three had reached double figures.
That's when Stone and Lawrence got to work and they managed to stall New Zealand's momentum until Patel had Stone out lbw. From there, Lawrence really took control though. He struck Boult for two fours in an over late in the day, the first a gorgeous drive through extra cover and then a neat clip off the pads.
Mark Wood stuck with him to be 16 not out at the close, his straight hit for four off Henry mirrored by Lawrence off Boult on the next ball and the 70-percent-capacity crowd enjoyed it – and every moment of the day – if the noise, colour and movement that heralded the return of fans under a post-pandemic Government trial was anything to go by.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo


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