England held on to a draw in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s to kickstart the international cricketing summer. However, Joe Root and co will acknowledge the fact that New Zealand dominated the game and called the shots for a major chunk of the four complete days that were played.
Ross Taylor – 0(0)
Tom Latham – 23(32)
|Current Bowler||Mark Wood – 0.5ov – 8/0|
|Current Run Rate||3.78|
|Toss||England won the toss and elected to bat.|
|Score: 303 & 122 | Overs: 101.0 & 41.1|
|Away Team||New Zealand|
|Score: 388 & 2-41 | Overs: 119.1 & 10.5|
|Series||England v New Zealand 2021 Test Series|
|Umpires||Illingworth, R K|
Kettleborough, R A
Gough, M A
|Match Referee||Broad, C|
Who Will Win? Current Live Odds
|Tom Latham||not out||23||32||3||0||71.88|
|Devon Conway||c: Bracey b: Broad||3||4||0||0||75.00|
|Will Young||b: Stone||8||31||1||0||25.81|
|Total||(10.5 Ov, RR: 3.78)||41/2|
|Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Devon Conway, 1.6), 2-33 (Will Young, 9.6)|
|Rory Burns||c: Latham b: Henry||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Dominic Sibley||c: Mitchell b: Henry||8||14||1||0||57.14|
|Zak Crawley||lbw: Henry||17||27||2||0||62.96|
|Joe Root||c: Blundell b: Patel||11||61||1||0||18.03|
|Ollie Pope||lbw: Wagner||23||20||3||0||115.00|
|Dan Lawrence||c: Blundell b: Wagner||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|James Bracey||b: Patel||8||20||1||0||40.00|
|Olly Stone||c: Blundell b: Boult||15||54||2||0||27.78|
|Mark Wood||c: Blundell b: Wagner||29||38||5||1||76.32|
|Stuart Broad||b: Boult||1||3||0||0||33.33|
|James Anderson||not out||0||7||0||0||0.00|
|Total||(41.1 Ov, RR: 2.96)||122/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.2), 2-17 (Dominic Sibley, 4.5), 3-30 (Zak Crawley, 10.1), 7-76 (Joe Root, 26.5), 4-58 (Ollie Pope, 15.6), 5-58 (Dan Lawrence, 17.2), 6-71 (James Bracey, 22.3), 10-122 (Olly Stone, 41.1), 8-120 (Mark Wood, 38.3), 9-121 (Stuart Broad, 39.2)|
|Tom Latham||lbw: Broad||6||16||1||0||37.50|
|Devon Conway||c: Crawley b: Broad||80||143||12||0||55.94|
|Will Young||c: Pope b: Lawrence||82||204||11||0||40.20|
|Ross Taylor||c: Bracey b: Stone||80||139||11||0||57.55|
|Henry Nicholls||c: Bracey b: Wood||21||56||1||0||37.50|
|Tom Blundell||c: Root b: Broad||34||77||5||0||44.16|
|Daryl Mitchell||c: Crawley b: Stone||6||22||0||0||27.27|
|Neil Wagner||b: Anderson||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Matt Henry||lbw: Wood||12||14||3||0||85.71|
|Ajaz Patel||lbw: Broad||20||33||3||0||60.61|
|Trent Boult||not out||12||9||3||0||133.33|
|Total||(119.1 Ov, RR: 3.26)||388/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Tom Latham, 5.4), 2-137 (Devon Conway, 45.3), 3-229 (Will Young, 76.3), 4-292 (Ross Taylor, 90.3), 5-312 (Henry Nicholls, 97.2), 9-361 (Tom Blundell, 115.4), 6-335 (Daryl Mitchell, 104.5), 7-336 (Neil Wagner, 105.3), 8-353 (Matt Henry, 110.4), 10-388 (Ajaz Patel, 119.1)|
|Rory Burns||c: Latham b: Boult||81||187||10||0||43.32|
|Dominic Sibley||c: Blundell b: Henry||35||84||5||0||41.67|
|Zak Crawley||c: Mitchell b: Wagner||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Joe Root||c: Blundell b: Henry||4||7||1||0||57.14|
|Ollie Pope||c: Blundell b: Patel||19||49||1||0||38.78|
|Dan Lawrence||not out||81||124||13||0||65.32|
|James Bracey||c: Mitchell b: Boult||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Olly Stone||lbw: Patel||20||52||2||0||38.46|
|Mark Wood||b: Henry||41||80||7||0||51.25|
|Stuart Broad||c: Blundell b: Boult||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|James Anderson||lbw: Boult||4||16||1||0||25.00|
|Total||(101.0 Ov, RR: 3.00)||303/10|
|Fall of wickets: 5-169 (Rory Burns, 58.6), 1-72 (Dominic Sibley, 29.6), 2-73 (Zak Crawley, 30.6), 3-85 (Joe Root, 33.5), 4-127 (Ollie Pope, 49.4), 6-175 (James Bracey, 60.1), 7-222 (Olly Stone, 75.2), 8-288 (Mark Wood, 95.1), 9-289 (Stuart Broad, 96.2), 10-303 (James Anderson, 100.6)|
The New Zealand bowling was top-notch and they exploited the fragility of the England batting line-up. England went from 111/2 to 140/6 and 207/8 in the first innings. The likes of Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence and James Bracey couldn’t make a mark and their inconsistency almost cost England the first Test match.
However, with both England openers getting runs in either innings, that might give them a little bit of relief. But with the regulars likely to be back for the next Test assignment against India later in the summer, this may be the last chance for the inexperienced England batting line-up to showcase their talent. Meanwhile, the form of James Anderson and Stuart Broad wasn’t great either as the veteran fast bowling duo returned with combined figures of 3/240 across the two innings in the first Test.
Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner was magnificent for the Kiwis with the ball. They were relentless and constantly built pressure and were well aided by the medium pace of Colin de Grandhomme. The batting wasn’t the best for New Zealand either but they did get decent contributions. The scratchy form of Ross Taylor and the lack of runs for Kane Williamson in England will be a slight cause of concern for the New Zealand camp.
Apart from that, there is not much to worry about for them as they look to record their first Test series win in England since 1999.
Team news: England
England may have to shuffle their bowling attack a bit. Ollie Robinson has been suspended from international cricket due to his historic sexist and racist tweets that he sent out a number of years ago. Craig Overton may be a like for like replacement for Robinson. However, England might also look at the possibility of bringing in left-arm spinner Jack Leach. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if Mark Wood gets a second Test match in a row or Olly Stone gets a game.
Team news: New Zealand
Trent Boult has reached the United Kingdom and with relaxation in quarantine rules, he has started training. He was seen with the rest of the squad in the second half of the first Test match at Lord’s. The left-arm fast bowler is in line to play the second Test and could well come in place of left-arm spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner. The rest of the playing XI is likely to remain the same.
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wk), Craig Overton/Jack Leach, Mark Wood/Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner/Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
Joe Root: Joe Root hasn’t been at his best at home in the last few years. He may have smashed three massive successive tons to kickstart 2021 but his form has tapered off. His run in the County Championship earlier this season wasn’t great either. The England skipper has amassed 1028 at an average of 34.26 at home since the start of 2018 and in 32 innings, he has recorded just six fifties and a hundred. Root did look in good touch in the first Test but in both innings, he was dismissed in the 40s. Thus, with England’s middle-order fragile and inexperienced, Root’s form at No. 4 is going to be crucial.
Tim Southee: Tim Southee bowled beautifully in the first Test and led the New Zealand bowling attack superbly in the absence of Trent Boult. The 32-year-old fast bowler returned with figures of 6/43 which helped New Zealand gain a 103-run lead. He bowled a pretty decent spell in the second innings as well. Thus, Southee will once again be the key for the Kiwis as they look to win their first Test series in England since 1999.
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