Sport Dan Lawrence misses out on maiden Test century as England post 303
Tim Southee and Rory Burns take headlines while Ollie Robinson impresses again
Robinson has impacted his debut Test with bat and ball but there was no such good news for James Bracey or Dan Lawrence.Burns, who was dropped midway through the tour of India last winter following five single-figure scores in eight international innings, made a tenacious 132 out of England’s 275 all out.
Dan Lawrence was left stranded on 81 not out as England were dismissed by for 303 by New Zealand on the second morning of the second Test at Edgbaston.
England had started on 258 for seven and added another 45 runs in good time, before Stuart Broad pinned Black Caps skipper Tom Latham lbw to leave the tourists 43 for one at lunch.
Lawrence resumed on 67 and would have woken with hopes of a maiden international century in his seventh Test, but quickly found himself playing an unlikely second fiddle to Mark Wood.
The Durham quick had blocked out for stumps on the first evening but came out in fifth gear, crashing six boundaries in the first 20 minutes to give the Birmingham crowd some early entertainment.
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England's batting woes have continued on day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Birmingham.It was a day of fluctuating fortunes, with England having a 72-run opening partnership, New Zealand taking three wickets in four overs to make it 3-85, and then Lawrence helping the English regain the initiative in the evening session with an unbeaten 67.
He started by caressing Trent Boult through the covers for a boundary but kept the Kiwis on their toes by pulling a couple more and guiding one delicately over the slips.
Lawrence had barely had a look in by the time he was cleaned up for 41 by Matt Henry and his hopes of reaching three figures further diminished when Broad was caught behind for nought.
James Anderson’s arrival at number 11 brought a standing ovation from the 18,000 in attendance, an acknowledgement of his record-breaking 162nd cap rather than his batting ability, and left Lawrence with a limited window.
He did his best to manipulate the strike and picked up his 12th and 13th boundaries along the way, but, despite reaching his career-best score, he was still 19 short of three figures when Anderson was lbw to become Boult’s fourth scalp.
England's Burns lauds Lawrence after tough day against New Zealand
England's Rory Burns may have ground his way to a valuable 81 on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Thursday but what really impressed the opener was team-mate Dan Lawrence's brisk fifty. Loz played beautifully," said Burns, who himself fell just short of a second hundred in as many weeks following his century at Lord's in the drawn opening Test of this two-match series. © Paul ELLIS On the attack - England's Dan Lawrence made a valuable unbeaten fifty on Thursday "He enjoys his flair and some of his shot-making was brilliant today," added Burns, who admired how Lawrence coped with a "slightly two-paced" pi
England’s bowlers were given a competitive score to bowl at and after six overs Broad landed the first blow, coming round the wicket to the left-handed Latham and trapping him plumb in front.
His joy turned to visible frustration when Devon Conway, a double centurion on debut last week, was given not out after Zak Crawley appeared to take a clean catch at third slip.
Broad was visibly angry when the on-field umpires sent a ‘soft signal’ that the ball had not carried and continued to show his frustration when third umpire Michael Gough agreed.
It was a surprisingly quick verdict and not obviously the correct one, but Broad’s father Chris is the match referee for this game and could be moved to discipline his son.Share on TwitterTweet
England less than impressed by decision to rule out early wicket – Jon Lewis .
The tourists would have been 32 for two in the 10th over had the on-field umpires given Devon Conway out when he edged Stuart Broad to third slip. But there was enough uncertainty over Zak Crawley’s low take to call for third umpire Michael Gough to review the replays. © Provided by Cricket365 Broad (right) was visibly fuming, and made his position clear (Mike Egerton/PA) As soon as Richard Kettleborough gave a ‘soft signal’ in the batsman’s favour it was always likely to end in a reprieve, though the balance of doubt probably leaned in Broad’s favour.