England produced a decent performance with the bat to reach 258 for 7 at stumps on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after Joe Root won the toss in Birmingham.
Dan Lawrence (right) steadied the ship for England with his third Test half-century (AP Photo)
- England 258/7 (90 overs) at stumps vs New Zealand in Birmingham
- Rory Burns top-scored on Day 1 with 81 runs while Dan Lawrence was unbeaten on 67
- Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult and Matt Henry took 2 wickets each for New Zealand
England rode on gritty half-centuries from Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence on Thursday to reach stumps at 258 for 7 on Day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand in Birmingham.
Burns fought hard even as wickets fell around him and looked set to reach his fourth Test century in front of a boisterous Edgbaston crowd of around 17,000 fans before falling for 81, caught by stand-in skipper Tom Latham off Trent Boult.
Boult (2-60) removed James Bracey with the first ball of his next over to leave England in trouble at 175-6 after they had won the toss and made a solid start with the bat.
England vs New Zealand 2nd Test: Highlights
Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, however, with his third Test half-century and Mark Wood (16 not out) gave him solid support before the close.
Earlier, Burns and fellow opener Dom Sibley ensured that the hosts negotiated the opening session of a home test without the loss of a wicket for the first time since 2011.
New Zealand made six changes to the team that drew the first test at Lord’s with Latham captaining the side for the third time in the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson due to a niggling elbow injury.
But the visitors clicked into gear after lunch as Matt Henry (2-66) forced Sibley (35) to knick the ball to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, before Zak Crawley fell for a duck, caught at slip off the bowling of Neil Wagner.
England captain Joe Root got off the mark with a boundary off Henry, but edged the next delivery to Blundell before 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 vital 47-run partnership with Lawrence before being trapped lbw by Ajaz Patel.
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