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England vs NZ 2nd Test: Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence keep hosts afloat after Kiwis strike


England opener Rory Burns and all-rounder Dan Lawrence scored battling half-centuries because the hosts recovered from a mid-innings wobble to achieve 258/7 in opposition to New Zealand on the opening day of the second and closing Test on Thursday (June 10). Burns fought arduous as wickets fell round him and appeared set to achieve his fourth check 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 go away England in hassle at 175/6 after they’d gained the toss and made a stable begin with the bat. Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, nonetheless, together with his third check half-century and Mark Wood (16 not out) gave him stable assist earlier than the shut.

“It’s been quite a tough day, but it was pretty even by the end,” Burns instructed Sky Sports. “Dan played really well and got us back in it nicely. There’s something in the surface for everyone. They came back hard at us after lunch. It swung a bit more, whether that was conditions overhead or the surface, we`ll have to see when we bowl.”

Earlier, Burns and fellow opener Dom Sibley ensured that the hosts negotiated the opening session of a house check with out the lack of a wicket for the primary time since 2011. New Zealand made six modifications to the crew that drew the primary Test at Lord’s with Latham captaining the facet for the third time within the absence of normal skipper Kane Williamson on account of a niggling elbow damage.

But the guests clicked into gear after lunch as Matt Henry (2/66) pressured Sibley (35) to knick the ball to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, earlier than Zak Crawley fell for a duck, caught at slip off the bowling of Neil Wagner. England captain Joe Root bought 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 in the final session as Burns swiped at a swinging delivery outside the off stump to give Boult his first wicket of the innings before wicketkeeper Bracey was caught in the slips for a first-ball duck.

Olly Stone (20) shared a significant 47-run partnership with Lawrence earlier than being trapped lbw by Ajaz Patel. “We’ve got three wickets left to add as many runs as possible and hopefully Dan can keep going. Then we`ll see with the ball. It`s set fair for a good day tomorrow,” Burns stated.

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