England-New Zealand 1st Test: Hosts Settle for a Draw at Lord’s

England and New Zealand settled for a draw in first of the two test matches to be played this month.
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Last updated on 7th June 2021

Published: 07/06/2021

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The first test match between England and New Zealand ended in a stalemate despite starting on a promising note. However, English batsmen put up a commendable performance to restrict the Black Caps from getting a crucial win in this two-match test series.

Quick Stats from the game

  • New Zealand: 378 & 169-6, declared
  • England: 275 & 170-3
  • Toss Winner: New Zealand, elected to bat first
  • Top Batsman: Devon Conway, 200 off 347 deliveries
  • Top Southee: 6-43, 25.1 overs
  • Man of the Match: Devon Conway

Conway Impresses with the Bat

Devon Conway, making his test debut for the visitors, had a memorable start to his international test career.

His double century inning was certainly a crucial one as New Zealand has lost the likes of Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor quite cheaply. By the time Taylor left, Williamson’s side were 114-3.

Henry Nicholls did a great job in assisting Conway (scoring 61 off 175 deliveries) and together, the duo stretched the first innings to the second day.

After they fell respectively to James Anderson and Mark Wood, the rest of their innings just collapsed on itself. Neil Wagner added 25 odd runs for the final wicket, taking New Zealand to 378-10.

Ad for England’s bowling, Ollie Robinson, making his debut, picked up 4 wickets while Wood and Anderson got 3 and 2 respectively.

First Innings

New Zealand Top Batsmen

  • Devon Conway: 200 off 347; 22 4s, 1 6s
  • Henry Nicholls: 61 off 175; 4 4s,

England Top Bowlers

  • Ollie Robinson: 4-75; 28 overs, 6 maidens
  • Mark Wood: 3-81; 27 overs, 8 maidens

First Innings

England Top Batsmen

  • Rory Burns: 132 off 297; 16 4s, 1 6s
  • Ollie Robinson: 42 off 101; 5 4s

New Zealand Top Bowlers

  • Tim Southee: 6-43; 25.1 overs, 8 maidens
  • Kyle Jamieson: 3-85; 26 overs, 8 maidens

In response, the hosts started just as well with Rory Burns guiding the home team to a strong start. Despite the very early departure of Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley – England’s opening order batsmen – Burns stayed on, later assisted by his captain Joe Root.

Had it not been for their superb innings – and later, Robinson’s, the match could have very well moved to a win for the Kiwis.

Rain Washes a Day’s Whole Play

In all fairness, England were at 111-2 at the end of day two. But heavy rains on the third day of the test forced the abandonment of play for that day.

When the match resumed on the fourth day, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson dismantled most of the batting attack, leaving England all out at 275.

Resilient England Stay Determined

New Zealand started the second innings with a lead of 100+ runs. However, they were on the clock as it was already well into day four.  Latham, Conway, Taylor, and Nicholls added upwards of 20 runs together to help the Kiwis put a respectable total.

On the fifth day at 169-6, New Zealand declared their innings, leaving England with a target of 273 runs in 70 odd overs. It was certainly an achievable target, leaving many to argue that England retreated into a defensive shell.

Second Innings

New Zealand Top Batsmen

  • Tom Latham: 36 off 99; 3 4s
  • Ross Taylor: 33 off 35; 1 4s, 2 6s

England Top Bowlers

  • Ollie Robinson: 3-26; 14 overs, 5 maidens

Second Innings

England Top Batsmen

  • Dom Sibley: 60 off 207; 3 4s
  • Joe Root: 40 off 71; 3 4s

New Zealand Top Bowlers

  • Neil Wagner: 2-27; 16 overs, 7 maidens

Burns and Sibley had a good start with Joe Root doing his part later on too. They did well to fend off the menacing bowling attack from the opposition.

All things considered, New Zealand’s bowling was simply on point with all Southee, Jamieson, Wagner, and Mitchell Santner not giving English any room to play big shots.

Ultimately, the game ended in a well-earned draw for the hosts.

The second test starts on June 10, Thursday.

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