Summer in the United Kingdom kicked off with England locking horns with New Zealand at the home of cricket, Lord’s. There was a serene sense of proceedings in this ENG vs NZ first Test as Lord’s hosted a Test after 658 days. Due to an entire day’s play on Day 3 being washed away without a ball being bowled, the match got a dull ending as both teams shook hands and called it a draw in the final moments of Day 5.
Nevertheless, the ENG vs NZ first Test did spring up some moments of enthralling cricket and here are our highlights from it.
THE KIWIS PLAYED SUPERIOR CRICKET
From winning the toss on the morning of Day 1 and opting to bat, New Zealand were way ahead in the game. Apart from the moment in the second session of the first day where New Zealand lost three wickets in quick succession, they seemed pretty much in the driver’s seat for a win. Had it not been for the washout on the third day, it would have very well been New Zealand’s game to win. Kane Williamson even tried to make a match of this encounter by forcing an aggressive declaration but England’s circumspect approach in the second innings ensured that they came out of this Test with a draw.
DEVON CONWAY MAKES AN IMPRESSION
One would imagine that making your Test debut at the home of cricket will come with its set of nerves attached but New Zealand’s opener Devon Conway felt none of it. Not only did he get his name on the honours board in style, but he went on to score a double ton on the holy turf of Lord’s. The English bowlers tried everything but nothing seemed to disturb his concentration and in the end, he gave his wicket away via a runout.
OLLIE ROBINSON HAD A CONTRASTING START ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Normally when a cricketer makes his debut for the national team, it is most often their proudest day but Ollie Robinson would look at his with some sense of shame for things he did when he was a teenager. He went on to achieve great things on the field for the team but his off-field tweets from eight years ago started circulating on the internet which were clearly sexist and racist in nature. He went on to issue an apology at the close of the first day but now the England Cricket Board (ECB) have suspended Robinson from international cricket till an inquiry isn’t finished on his past behaviour.
Tim Southee loves bowling at Lord’s and in this match he earned his second six-wicket haul at the ground to put his name on the honours board again. He bowled some lovely outswingers and mixed it up quite well with the ones which nipped back with the slope of the ground. He was for sure helped by some ordinary shots played by the inexperienced England batting line-up but he forced them to make these errors. He is in wonderful form leading up to the World Test Championship final and could be one of the x-factor players for that match.
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