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England vs NZ 2021 – Live Report


Welcome to day two of our live report of the first Test between England and New Zealand from Lord’s. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here.

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6.35pm: That’ll be stumps

England 111 for 2 (Burns 59*, Root 42*) trail New Zealand 378 (Conway 200, Nicholls 61, Robinson 4-75) by 267 runs

There we have it, the end of an enthralling second day as Rory Burns and Joe Root guide England’s recovery from 18 for 2, their unbroken 93-run partnership taking the hosts to 111 for 2 at stumps on the second day.

With the deficit 267 runs and these two set now, they’ve put their side in position to hit back after losing the early wickets of Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley. Mark Wood made things happen for England earlier today with three wickets, including the valuable scalps of Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling, and Ollie Robinson finished with four.

But what about that man, Devon Conway, 200 on debut, a wonderful knock he’ll remember for a long time and so will we.

6.15pm: Last orders

Into the added half hour here, with Burns and Root accumulating steadily. Santner had a brief sortie from the Nursery End, ripping one out of the footmarks to give Burns a moment of pause, and also beating Root’s outside edge; in between a full toss nearly did the England captain a mischief. A cut for four from Root off Santner took England into three figures, and this pair will be hoping to see out the day. Williamson would dearly love to pocket another before the close, and has turned back to his senior quicks in Southee and Wagner.

5.45pm: Burns back in the runs

Runs coming a little more quickly now, with Wagner and Jamieson testing out the middle of the pitch. Leg theory to Burns is a sound ploy, given he has had his struggles against the short ball in Test cricket – but he picks off Wagner for a boundary fine, before a more authoritative pull in the left-armer’s following over bisects the two men back. A four nudged off his hip then takes Burns to a hard-fought half-century, his first in nine innings. Having been dropped on the tour of India, this has been a solid comeback so far.

5.35pm: Belly on Rooty (and Kane)


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