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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.
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)
Sex batting’s Ian Bell on two greats of the modern game.
4.55pm: Proper cricket
A clip off the pads by Rory Burns brings up the England 50, the third-wicket pair patching things up somewhat after that nervy start before tea. Root has been the epitome of watchful, playing out 23 dot balls from De Grandhomme before chopping four through backward point. Neil Wagner has bustled into the piece, too, attempting to bash something – anything – from the surface. Don’t go anywhere.
4.35pm: Hair apparent
4.30pm: Root boo boo
De Grandhomme has had the ball on a string, curling his outswingers through to BJ Watling – and then suddenly he gets one to jump and rap Root’s bottom hand. Root previously took a blow to his right hand in the nets on Monday, but is okay to continue after a check from the physio.
4.10pm: The De Grandhomme of Cricket
Also, De Grandhomme is rocking the sort of mullet that would once have seen him ejected from the Long Room, which is another tick in the box for us.
England 25 for 2 (Burns 15*, Root 7*) trail New Zealand 378 (Conway 200, Nicholls 61, Robinson 4-75) by 353
New Zealand rattled England with two wickets in a 10-over spell before tea, as the home side set about their reply. New Zealand’s innings had unravelled quickly from a seemingly dominant position at 288 for 3, but not before Devon Conway had become the seventh man to score a double-century on Test debut.
Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee both then struck in their new-ball spells, as England suffered an early wobble with the bat. Dom Sibley played completely the wrong line to be lbw in Jamieson’s second over, while Zak Crawley edged an impetuous drive behind off Southee.
Conway has been by far the most composed batsman on show, and he continued his fine debut by going to 200 with a six off James Anderson. But Ollie Robinson claimed 4 for 75 and it needed some humpty from No. 11 Neil Wagner to lift New Zealand above 350, before Conway was run out trying to come back for a second.
3.25pm: Two down early
A loose waft at a tempter from Tim Southee and Zak Crawley is back in the sheds, too. Out comes Joe Root, England’s captain, with the scoreboard reading 18 for 2 and the home crowd beginning to get a little twitchy. Lord’s on day two with the sun out and it’s patrons who should be getting squiffy, not batters.
That tour match scorecard, by the way, reminds me of the halcyon days of Joe Denly, and his over-my-dead-body approach to batting in the top three. England could probably do with a bit of that right now…
3.10pm: Jamieson nips in
Jamieson hadn’t previously opened the bowling in Tests but, given the start to his career, it was probably bound to go well. He now has 37 wickets at 12.94.
2.43pm: All going off!
A superb innings from Conway, nevertheless, and all the more so given the next-highest score was Nicholls’ 61. From 288 for 3, you’d have banked on New Zealand passing 400 comfortably, but probably worth waiting to see England bat before passing judgement.
2.35pm: More than all right, Jack
2.25pm: Tail Wagging
Neil Wagner has just disdainfully pumped Broad over long-off for six – a genuine lofted drive, front elbow pointing to the sky – and followed up with a punch past mid-off to bring up New Zealand’s 350. He then greets the return of Mark Wood with a Brian Lara-esque thrash through extra cover for four more. They’d have wanted a few more than this, from 246 for 3 overnight, but this could still be a fighting score for New Zealand.
2.20pm: Uber Stat Alert
Harry Graham (107) and Bill Lockwood (6-101) at Lord’s in 1893.
Robinson would actually have had his fifth, if Broad had held on to Southee’s drive at mid-off. And Joe Root has now taken Robinson off, after a four-over spell, and gone back to Broad from the Nursery End. Gah!
2.15pm: NZ slide continues
There were groans when Robinson had a shy at the stumps with Tim Southee still in his ground, with the ball deflecting away for a run… but perhaps it was all part of a cunning plan, as Southee kept the strike and found himself in James Anderson’s sights. A little tickle at an outswinger and James Bracey, the third debutant in this Test, finally gets a piece.
“Oh Jimmy, Jimmy! Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson!” comes the cry from the crowd. Test wicket No. 616 – and 994 in first-class cricket – for England’s attack leader.
2pm: Timmy time
1.45pm: Robinson > Jamieson
England’s new boy has a fourth wicket on debut, as Kyle Jamieson joins the lower-order procession for New Zealand. Robinson went short, and the hulking Jamieson swung it high but not-so-handsome to deep square leg, where Zak Crawley did really well to hold on to a sprawling catch coming in off the rope.
1.40pm: Wood clicks
This is how Mark Wood can contribute, writes George Dobell. On a slow wicket, against stubborn batters, he has the point-of-difference skill to unlock batting line-ups. He proved that here.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Wood’s record in England is modest. Ahead of this game he took his wickets at a cost of 44.91 in home Tests. At Lord’s the record – eight wickets in four Tests as a cost of 52.50 apiece – was even more modest. There remains a suspicion that his skills – or at least his pace – may well be neutered by the sort of slow seamers which suit the majority of English seamers.
He actually bowled well on day one here. And fast. Twice he hit Devon Conway on the body with short balls; a couple of other times he might have had him. Given how serenely Conway has batted, that is no mean achievement. Sure, the wickets didn’t come, but the performance was rather better than the results.
It was noticeable that his wicket-taking spell was slower. About 10% slower, really. But it was still sharp. And it’s unfair to think of Wood as JUST a fast bowler: he’s better than that. At the start of his career, he was used by Durham as something of a reverse-swing specialist and he can still gain movement in the air and off the seam. The ball that dismissed BJ Watling, for example, drew a false stroke by leaving the batter up the slope.
His bouncer remains a valuable weapon, though. His relative lack of height means it doesn’t bounce as high as might be expected and renders it hard to duck. The pull that cost Henry Nicholls his wicket was a good example of a batter not knowing how else to play the ball.
There’s another lesson from this spell. At one stage, Wood’s figures for it were 6-2-7-3 but, understandably, Joe Root gave him an extra over. It cost eight. Wood really does need to be used in short, sharp spells of four or five overs. With the likes of Jofra Archer or Olly Stone also in the side, that should be accommodated okay.
Is Wood the right man for all circumstances? Probably not. Even at Durham, it’s noticeable that Chris Rushworth remains at least as potent a threat in Championship cricket.
But on quick, flat tracks where England might otherwise look a bit toothless? Yes, he’s a role to play there. He really is the sort of bowler who could make the difference in an away Ashes series.
New Zealand 314 for 7 (Conway 179*, Jamieson 7*) vs England
A Mark Wood-inspired fightback lifted England off the canvas at Lord’s, even as Devon Conway continued to rewrite the record books on debut. Four wickets fell during the morning session, as New Zealand’s firm grip on proceedings loosened slightly.
Conway and Henry Nicholls had initially resumed in untroubled fashion, extending their overnight partnership to 174. But Wood hustled out Nicholls shortly after he had brought up his fifty – a well-directed short ball inducing a flap to long leg – and BJ Watling, so often a one-man roadblock at No. 6, was taken at slip for 1 as England’s fast man found some seam movement to go with his pace from the Pavilion End.
Ollie Robinson then trapped Colin De Grandhomme lbw, given after a review, and when Wood had Mitchell Santner caught in the covers, New Zealand had lost 4 for 6 in little more than eight overs. Conway, however, was immovable on 179 not out at lunch, the highest Test score by a male debutant in England.
12.40pm: Wood on fire
Now Mitchell Santner has popped a catch to extra cover! New Zealand are seven down and still shy of 300 – and with the unbeaten debutant Devon Conway having scored more than half of their runs, too. Wood’s spell so far today reads 6-2-7-3, and England’s hopes of wrapping up the innings up for a manageable total have greatly increased.
12.30pm: CDG TTFN
Never mind giving the bowlers the first hour… England gave it to New Zealand’s batters, but has since roared back with three wickets either side of drinks. This one required the intervention of DRS, after Colin De Grandhomme propped forward to be hit on the knee roll by Ollie Robinson. There was bat involved but it was definitely pad first, and ball-tracking showed it to be hitting middle and leg.
Third wicket for the traditional seam-and-swing virtues of Robinson. Who ever said this was a flat pitch?
12.15pm: Good Wood
Another one goes, as Wood knocks over perennial opposition-thwarter BJ Watling! As well as the extra pace, Wood also found some movement off the straight here, seaming the ball up the slope as Watling aimed a clip to leg, Dom Sibley pouching a safe catch at second slip. Still some batting to come, with Colin De Grandhomme walking out at No. 7 and Mitchell Santner – who put England to the sword alongside Watling in Mount Maunganui two years ago – at No. 8, but England have clawed some ground back.
11.45am: Conway out in front
11.35am: Bowling dry? Nice try
Well, England might have been hoping to “control the game, control the scoring”, as Wood put it – but they’ve not had much success so far, with Conway and Nicholls ticking along at roughly a run a minute during the first half an hour or so. Anderson delivered a maiden but then conceded driven boundaries in consecutive overs to Conway, while Broad and Joe Root seemingly couldn’t decide on their plan after another four went down to third man: one fielder went out of the cordon, then was brought halfway in; second slip was moved to midwicket and back again. In the end, not much changed.
Ollie Robinson has now replaced Anderson from the Nursery End, the second new ball still only 14 overs old. But NZ’s fourth-wicket pair currently have the sun on their backs and a gentle breeze in their sails.
11.15am: Fifty for Nicholls
A crisp punch down the ground off Broad, the ball rolling gently up the slope towards the pavilion, takes Nicholls to a compact half-century. He has played his part to perfection so far, continuing a run of fine form that began with a career-best 174 versus West Indies in December.
NZ straight back up to cruising speed this morning.
11.05am: You Have to Answer
Henry Nicholls: Kohli or Babar’s cover drive?
Conway has survived a maiden from James Anderson, starting from the Nursery End again this morning. Stuart Broad is back in harness, too. Henry Nicholls, meanwhile, resumes in sight of a half-century – both of England’s senior seamers will be hoping to ask questions of him, though nothing so fiendish as “Kohli or Babar”, you’d imagine.
10.55am: Back to Plan A… ¯_(ツ)_/¯
“He played some amazing shots, to play the way he did on debut was outstanding. Was a thorn in my side all day, I never felt we were on top of him. Hopefully he’s a little bit tired today, or more tired than we are and we can get him early on. We’ve got plans in the dressing room, as we do for every batsman, Plan A, Plan B. But unfortunately Plan A, B, C, D and E didn’t quite work yesterday, so maybe start on Plan A again and see if that works.”
Wood admitted it was “a tough day overall”, but said England would be aiming to control the scoring and continue to chip away. Of his own bowling, which saw the speed gun up at 96mph, he suggested that the number in the wickets column was more important.
“If we can get a couple of quick wickets this morning, the whole complexion of the match changes – they could easily have been 300-320 [yesterday] with Lord’s being fast-scoring. It was very difficult [to find] the [right] length on this wicket. At Lord’s we’ve talked about being fuller and trying to hit the knee roll, but actually the fuller length seemed to bring Conway [into it], some of his drives were beautiful. So this morning, drag that length back, still hitting the top of the stumps, I think that’ll be key.
“When it’s clicking you certainly feel it – but I’d rather bowl slower and get five wickets. The key today is not how quickly I bowl but how well I bowl, can I get some wickets and get us back in the game. I’m giving it everything I’ve got, as the speed gun suggests. If I keep giving it my all, hopefully I’ll get the rewards today.
10.35am: Conway Part Deux
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Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick
Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators, PSL 2021
Gladiators allrounder stretchered off to an ambulance as second innings got underway
During the first over of the second innings, Russell was stretchered out from the dressing room to an ambulance. He had received the blow to the head in the 14th over of Gladiators’ innings. He hit two sixes off Muhammad Musa in that over before he was slow on a pull shot to a bouncer from the pacer. After being struck, Russell was checked by a physio and allowed to continue batting, although he was out next ball, caught at third man.
The rules on concussion substitutes state that any concussed player can be replaced by someone outside the XI, as long as the match referee agrees that the incoming player is a like-for-like replacement. Although Russell is a pace-bowling allrounder and Naseem is a specialist fast bowler, the decision to allow Naseem as a replacement might have been based on Russell’s inability to deliver four overs in Gladiators’ bowling innings.
Naseem opened the bowling for Gladiators but, defending 133, conceded four fours in a 19-run first over. Gladiators went on to lose inside 10 overs, the first time in PSL history a side has won by the halfway mark. This was Gladiators’ first match after PSL 2021’s restart in Abu Dhabi.
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx
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12.10am: They know it’s all over
New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) and 41 for 2 (Latham 23*) beat England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) and 122 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) by eight wickets
The first ball said it all, really. Trent Boult sent it down with scrambled seam, it found the bat and Tom Blundell’s waiting gloves leaving Olly Stone, England’s last man out visibly exhaling in deflated resignation to his side’s fate. And the Edgbaston clock hadn’t even ticked over to 11am yet.
The man at the other end, James Anderson, was into the changing room and straight back out again, producing a maiden first up. He wasn’t going down without a fight.
Nor was his old mate, Stuart Broad, who struck with the last ball of the following over when he removed Devon Conway, the man who had racked up 306 runs at 76.50 this series in the only two Tests of his career. Broad enticed Conway to one that pitched outside off and found an edge which James Bracey took behind the stumps with the visitors only needing 32 more for victory.
Stone came into the attack in the 10th over and struck with his sixth ball. Having had a wider delivery punished to the fence by Will Young two balls prior, Stone had Young out chopping onto his stumps with just five runs needed.
Stand-in captain Tom Latham sealed the result in the next over with a four clubbed through square leg off Mark Wood followed by another two balls later guided through third man. It was New Zealand’s first Test series win in England since 1999 and consigned England to their first home Test series defeat since 2014.
11.45am: Too good
11.25am: Conway out
Stuart Broad isn’t going down without a fight, luring Devon Conway to one outside off and the batter snicks to James Bracey behind the stumps. The visitors only need 32 more for victory though.
11.05am: No, it really didn’t last long
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Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo
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United bowlers played their part too; Javed and Wasim combined their eight overs for 30 runs while Hasan took two wickets
Islamabad United 137 for no loss (Munro 90*, Khawaja 40*) beat Quetta Gladiators 133 all out (Weatherald 43, Wasim 2-12) by ten wickets
Indeed, only three times in top-flight franchise T20 cricket has a higher powerplay total been achieved as the Gladiators were left helpless in the face of a genuinely stunning onslaught. It leaves the Gladiators on the brink of crashing out of the tournament.
The record-breaking stand
Keen viewers of the PSL may be aware United like to take full advantage of the powerplay with quality overseas batters, but this might be the finest exponent of the art in the history of this league. Munro got things going off Naseem Shah’s first over using a combination of pure timing and artistic placement, fulfilling the role his former Kiwi teammate Luke Ronchi used to execute with such perfection for this side. After Naseem – Russell’s concussion substitute – was plundered for 19 in the first over, the floodgates were opened, and Khawaja got into the act soon enough.
Mystifyingly, the Gladiators continued to go with pace on the ball, and that played right into the hands of a sweet timer like Khawaja. Fellow Australian Jack Wildermuth went for three caressed fours off the inning’s third over, before Mohammad Hasnain was picked up and put away over fine leg, all using the tearaway fast bowler’s own pace. The 50 was up, and the game was quickly over as a contest, with the records beginning to tumble.
No 100-plus partnership in all of PSL history has ever seen a higher run rate than Khawaja and Munro’s 13.70, and it wasn’t even mindless slogging. Repeatedly, the two used field placement, perfect timing, and sharp footwork to remain one step ahead of the hapless Gladiators, and when Munro reverse-swept Mohammad Nawaz for six over third man in the tenth over, putting Sarfaraz’s side out of their misery seemed like an act of mercy.
The perfect replacement
Faheem Ashraf’s absence for three games seemed like a pivotal blow for United, but Javed and Wasim filled those boots masterfully at the top of the innings. After a loose opening over from Hasan threatened to allow the Gladiators to get off to a flyer, Javed consolidated with a tidy six balls from his end. He tagged Wasim in then, who left veteran South African Faf du Plessis at first flustered, and then embarrassed, working him over with a nastily rearing bouncer before cleaning up the middle stump with one that kept low.
It put the Gladiators on the back foot completely, and in the five powerplay overs the pair bowled, the batters managed a mere 21 runs. They weren’t done, though, Akif returning to prise out Weatherald, outthinking the Australian with a leg-stump full toss after all three stumps were exposed for a ramp shot. Wasim, meanwhile, had Nawaz walking back thanks to a near-perfect middle and leg stump yorker that knocked back his stump. Their combined figures of 8-0-30-3 went a long way towards illustrating the story of Islamabad’s dominance in that first innings.
Where they stand
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000
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