The first England v New Zealand Test has ended in a draw after day 5 finished with the hosts 170/3 in the fourth innings.
Kane Williamson’s declaration at lunch left Joe Root’s side needing 273 to win the game but they opted to play conservatively rather than go all out to chase it down – an understandable move given the conditions, the strength of the Kiwi bowling attack, and the absence of some key players.
The washout on day 3 was ultimately what meant we didn’t get a result and the suggestions that the Test was a boring one are, in our opinion, very wide of the mark.
New Zealand started Sunday on 62/2 after negotiating a difficult evening session and it was Ollie Robinson that struck first once again, having nightwatchman Neil Wagner caught by James Bracey after top-edging a bouncer.
Stuart Broad then got one to nip back in and trap Tom Latham LBW, leaving the tourists 105/4.
Yes Broady! 🙌
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The Kiwis looked to up the tempo but were soon five down when Ross Taylor nicked one through to Bracey off Mark Wood.
As ever, Woody was enjoying himself out in the middle and even showcased his footballing skills – it might be a little late for him to earn a Euro 2020 call up though.
Geordie Mark Wood channelled his inner Newcastle legend to try a cheeky run-out 😂
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Rory Burns took a brilliant diving catch off the skipper’s bowling to remove Henry Nicholls just before lunch and during the break, Williamson declared to leave England chasing 273 to go 1-0 up in the series.
It was tough going though and after Burns and Zak Crawley fell in quick succession, the hosts’ approach was clear.
Dom Sibley battled to an impressive 60* from 207 balls by stumps, with Rooty (40 from 71 balls) and Ollie Pope (20 from 41 balls) his partners.
The draw may not have been the result many supporters were hoping for when the declaration was made but as the skipper outlined after the match, it leaves England heading to a Barmy Army-packed Edgbaston with a chance of winning the series.
"The series is very much alive & we've got a chance to go and win it." 🏆
"We can take some good confidence from some very good individual performances in this game." 💪
Joe Root believes England can build on the draw in the First Test at Lord's 🏏
— talkSPORT Cricket (@Cricket_TS) June 7, 2021
The first Test of the summer has not disappointed and the return of supporters has been wonderful. After all, what other sport would give you moments in the crowd like this battle between a supporter and his poncho – to the enjoyment of the whole of Lord’s and plenty of people at home!
A moment of great entertainment for the whole crowd earlier today. 🙃
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) June 6, 2021
We cannot wait to get back to our spiritual home on Thursday, hopefully, see you there!