2nd Test: Burns, Lawrence hold England afloat towards New Zealand | Cricket News

BIRMINGHAM (England): England batsmen Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored battling half-centuries because the hosts recovered from a mid-innings wobble to succeed in 258-7 towards New Zealand on the opening day of the second and last Test on Thursday.
Burns fought arduous whilst wickets fell round him and seemed set to succeed in his fourth Test century in entrance of a boisterous Edgbaston crowd of round 17,000 followers earlier than falling for 81, caught by stand-in skipper Tom Latham off Trent Boult.
Boult (2-60) eliminated James Bracey with the primary ball of his subsequent over to depart England in bother at 175-6 after they’d received the toss and made a strong begin with the bat.
Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, nonetheless, together with his third Test half-century and Mark Wood (16 not out) gave him strong help earlier than the shut.
Earlier, Burns and fellow opener Dom Sibley ensured that the hosts negotiated the opening session of a house Test with out the lack of a wicket for the primary time since 2011.
New Zealand made six modifications to the workforce that drew the primary Test at Lord’s with Latham captaining the facet for the third time within the absence of standard skipper Kane Williamson attributable to a niggling elbow damage.
But the guests clicked into gear after lunch as Matt Henry (2-66) compelled Sibley (35) to knick the ball to wicket-keeper Tom Blundell, earlier than Zak Crawley fell for a duck, caught at slip off the bowling of Neil Wagner.
England captain Joe Root acquired off the mark with a boundary off Henry, however edged the following supply to Blundell earlier than Ollie Pope departed for 19.
New Zealand struck within the last session as Burns swiped at a swinging supply outdoors the off stump to present Boult his first wicket of the innings earlier than wicket-keeper Bracey was caught within the slips for a first-ball duck.
Olly Stone (20) shared an important 47-run partnership with Lawrence earlier than being trapped lbw by Ajaz Patel.



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