Rory Burns’ glorious century etched his name onto the Lord’s honours board for the first time and kept England in the game on day 4 of the first Test against New Zealand.

After the hosts were bowled out for 275, 103 behind, two wickets from Ollie Robinson helped them finish with momentum – though their opponents reached stumps at 62/2 and lead by 165.

Day 3 was a washout and some England fans may have been wishing the glorious sun away in the morning session because New Zealand started strongly.

Joe Root fell to the first ball of the morning and though Ollie Pope looked in good nick he didn’t last long, with Dan Lawrence and James Bracey following him back to the pavilion soon after.

In his first Test innings, Robinson proved a more than useful partner for Burns, however, with the pair battling through a difficult period and putting on 63 as England moved clear of the follow on.

Once Robinson departed, Stuart Broad played a cameo – including smashing Neil Wagner for a big six – but it was Jimmy Anderson’s resolve that ultimately helped Burns reach his third Test century.

It wasn’t easy but the Surrey batter stood up when his country needed him and battled to an impressive 132, making him just the sixth England opener to hit three or more Test 100s this century – which puts him in impressive company.

He teed off late on, reducing the deficit to just 103 and giving us some momentum before he was caught behind off Tim Southee – giving the Kiwi seamer impressive figures of 6-43.

Rooty – sporting sunglasses that drew him links to Universe Boss Chris Gayle – needed a strong start from Jimmy and Broady and my god he got it.

They bowled beautifully but were somehow unable to make a breakthrough.

Step up Robinson, who was outstanding and claimed his fifth wicket of the match by removing double-centurion Devon Conway for 23.

The final session of the day was full of review drama, with Rooty burning through two of his three pretty early and decisions seemingly being turned over left, right, and centre.

Eventually, one went in our favour as Robbo go his second – trapping Kane Williamson in front for just 1.

New Zealand made it through to stumps on 62/2, meaning they lead by 165 runs heading into a final day that looks appetising.

All three results are just about on the table and, one thing is for sure, if it’s anything like three of the first four days it won’t be short of drama.

God, isn’t Test cricket great!?

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