England Alive Thanks To Lawrence and Burns

On the day that saw James Anderson become the most capped England player of all time, Dan Lawrence's 67 not out (under pressure!) and Rory Burns' assured 81 held back New Zealand's advances on day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.

In front of a, cough, lively, 18000 strong crowd, England lost three wickets for 13 runs after not losing a single wicket in the morning session on a flat pitch; the first time that's happened in England since 2011. 

There were further concerns for England, as both Zak Crawley and James Bracey's poor run of form (if they have any at all) continues, both out for a duck, in Bracey's case, golden.

Despite this show of character by England, New Zealand should not be too disheartened.

It is reasonable to assume they have all of their sights set on the World Test Final in Southampton next week. They made 6 changes, mostly to ensure their best team is fit and firing ready for their showdown against India.

Given that, three new bowlers took two wickets each; Trent Boult and Matt Henry and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.

England opener Rory Burns, speaking to BBC Test Match Special, had the following to say:

"It was very enjoyable to be batting with a crowd. They have been pretty vocal all day.

"Dan Lawrence has played beautifully - he's probably the one batsman who has played with some fluency and made it look quite easy at times. It is a massive feather in his cap."

All eyes on Edgbaston for day 2, where the crowd and the cricket promises much excitement.


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