The wait is finally over!

Not only is the home summer of cricket underway but crowds returned for Test cricket in England as day one of the first game against New Zealand got underway at Lord’s.

Devon Conway’s maiden century on debut helped the tourists to 246/3 by stumps, with Ollie Robinson the star of the bowlers in what is also his first Test cap.

He wasn’t the only debutant for the Three Lions either as with a number of the usual suspects either rested or out injured, Gloucestershire wicketkeeper James Bracey was named in an England XI for the first time.

There can rarer have been a better time to do it either, at the start of a summer that has seen fans back inside English Test grounds – even if just at 25% at the moment.

Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first, meaning we were treated to Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in tandem on the first day of the Test summer – does it get much better than that?!

Before that, though, our trumpet player treated the punters to an extra special rendition of Jerusalem as they entered the ground. Certainly, spine-tingling stuff…

It was the familiar Anderson/Broad partnership that opened the bowling but Robinson was the first to strike on debut, removing Tom Latham for 23.

The New Zealand batsman looked in good nick, however, and reached lunch at 85/1 with Conway looking particularly impressive.

England wrestled back control after lunch, though, with Jimmy removing Williamson for the 7th time in his Test career very early on.

Robinson had the tourists three-down not long after, trapping Ross Taylor bang in front after he’d been worked over by Broady.

Such was the latter’s menacing form at times that he even had David Warner quaking in his boots all the way in Australia.

Tea proved a turning point for New Zealand and they pressed on in the evening session. With no space for Jack Leach in the side, Rooty was tasked with helping his side gain some control with his off-spin.

The skipper caused the batsmen some real problems and nearly found the breakthrough England needed, with some quick glovework Bracey nearly removing Tom Nicholls but he was just back in his ground.

As afternoon turned to evening Conway went his maiden Test century on debut – an impressive one at that – while Nicholls proved a useful partner.

The new ball changed the feeling of proceedings, however, with Jimmy and Broady causing the New Zealand batsmen all sorts of problems just before stumps.

Though we were unable to strike, England will head into tomorrow knowing that a few early wickets could give them all the momentum tomorrow!

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