Weather Wins As First Test Drawn

After what turned out to be a game defining wash out on day 3, on which not a single ball was bowled, the first test of the British summer has been serenaded with an innocuous draw.

The match has seen action from all across the cricketing spectrum; some good, some bad and some ugly. Underpinned by an outstanding first innings 200 from Devon Conway on debut, and a skillful 6-68 from Tim Southee, the Kiwis held a lead of 103 at the change.

They might have hoped for more, were it not for Rory Burn's well made century, the third of his career.

New Zealand then took the aggressive route, somewhat to the surprise of everyone watching, declaring at lunch to set England 273 to win on day 5. 

With the game poised for a result, resolute batting from Dom Sibley (60*) made certain England would draw the match, even if it was at the expense of an exciting finish to the match.

The match finished with England on 170-3, with New Zealand being 7 short of the wickets required for victory.

After a solid display in tough conditions, New Zealand won't be too disheartened with not getting the win, with their eyes surely set on preparing for the World Test Championship final.

England may feel they are the happier camp, after resisting a potent bowling attack on a day 5 pitch, but they may leave Lord's with more concerns than they arrived with.

Other than Rory Burns, the England batting line up simply has not performed at a level required if they are intent becoming the best in the world, and challenging for a series win against Indian and Australia down under.

How long will Zak Crawley's 267 against Pakistan last before they start questioning his suitability in this team? Is Dan Lawrence's shot selection good enough against the quality of bowler he faces in Test Cricket? Will Ollie Pope insist on maintaining his technique that makes him overly susceptible to the LBW?

Some of these may be resolved once the likes of Stokes and Foakes are back, but they are concerning issues nevertheless.

The next match is at Edgbaston, starting on Thursday 10 June. Let's hope for a more engaging finish.


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