Eng v NZ 1st test: Burns’ (132) stoic resistance saves England the blushes on the 4th day
Rory Burns played a gritty knock & held together a faltering England batting lineup which looked out of sorts on the 4th morning after the test resumed post the rain hit 3rd day with England firmly placed at 111/2.
Root’s(42) dismissal, caught at slip off an impressive Jamieson off the 1st ball set the tone for New Zealand. As Southie and Jamieson managed to move the ball just enough and the latter began to trouble England with his disconcerting bounce.
Eng v NZ 1st test: Burns’ (132) stoic resistance saves England the blushes on the 4th day. Pope (22) looked good in his brief stint before Southee’s break back caught him on the crease. Soon Southee was all over England batting with Lawrence and Bracey not troubling the scorers.
Burns who was resilient all through found an ally in Ollie Robinson who after his bowling heroics on debut looked at ease with the bat scoring a confident 42 before skying Southee to Jamieson at deep square leg.
With the bowlers now in company, Burns opened up as he started to unfurl his range of shots. Even with an ungainly appearance, Burns managed to hit some gorgeous cover drives. Pulls and flicks and finally reached his well-deserved hundred with an edge through to the third man. He was miss off an easy catch in the slips and then an easy stumping off Santner but that does not take away any credit from his gallant innings. As he rescued England from a precarious 140/6 and then 223/9 to take them to 275 before he was last out for 132.
For the Kiwis, Southee showed his expertise in the English conditions bowling a great line and moving. The ball just enough on a reasonably flat pitch to claim 6/43 while Jamieson (3/85) with his steep bounce caused uncertainty in English ranks.
New Zealand ended the 2nd day on 62/2 with Latham batting solidly on 30 not out. However, Ollie Robinson bowled superbly to knock over 1st innings hero Conway (23) rattling his stumps. Then getting Williamson struck on the pads in two successive deliveries. The 1st case given out by the on-field umpire was review by Williamson which proved the faintest of edges. But the 2nd ball was originally given not out but ultimately review by Root. Which prove a successful one and Williamson was given out for 1 culminating in a poor outing for the Kiwi skipper with the bat.
However unless England fast bowlers make some inroads early on the final day of the match being 165 behind, a draw is the most likely result
New Zealand 1st innings 378
England 1st innings 275
New Zealand 2nd innings 63/2