Test 2: Burns and Lawrence keep England afloat against New Zealand | Cricket news

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Test 2: Burns and Lawrence keep England afloat against New Zealand |  Cricket news

BIRMINGHAM (England): England batters Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored fighting for half a century as the hosts rebounded from a wobble in the middle of innings to go 258-7 against New Zealand on the first day of the second and final Test on Thursday.
Burns fought hard even as the wickets fell around him and looked set to reach his fourth century of testing in front of a boisterous Edgbaston crowd of around 17,000 fans before falling for 81, trapped by the understudy pattern. Tom latham switched off Trent boult.
Boult (2-60) knocked out James Bracey with the first ball of his next over to leave England in trouble at 175-6 after they won the toss and got off to a solid start with the bat.
Lawrence (67 off) stabilized the boat, however, with her third half-century test and Mark Wood (16 off) gave her solid support before closing.
Previously, Burns and his opening partner Dom Sibley ensured that the hosts negotiated the opening session of a home test without losing a wicket for the first time since 2011.
New Zealand made six changes to the team that made the first test at Lord’s with Latham captaining the team for the third time in the absence of a regular skipper. Kane williamson due to an annoying elbow injury.
But the visitors got going after lunch when Matt Henry (2-66) forced Sibley (35) to kick the ball to goalie Tom Blundell, before Zak Crawley fell in love with a duck, caught in a bowling alley slip. by Neil Wagner.
Captain of england Joe Root He went off the mark with a limit in front of Henry, but beat the next delivery to Blundell before Ollie Pope left for the 19.
New Zealand struck in the final session when Burns hit a swinging pitch off the stump to give Boult his first wicket of innings before goalie Bracey was caught on slips for a first-ball duck.
Olly Stone (20) shared a vital 47-run partnership with Lawrence before being caught lbw by Ajaz Patel.


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