England vs New Zealand: Devon Conway scores double ton in first Test but Joe Root’s men fight back at Lord’s
Devon Conway scores double century, but New Zealand slides from 288-3 to 378 as Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood impress; Rory Burns and Joe Root later lifted England from 18-2 to 111-2 by stumps; Watch the third day of the first test starting at 10.15am, Friday, live on Sky Sports Cricket
Highlights of the second day of the first test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s
New Zealand starter Devon Conway sealed a double-ton debut amid a comeback from England on day two of the first test at Lord’s that included Ollie Robinson completing a four-wicket and a half-century run for Rory Burns.
Conway (200 of 357 balls) became the seventh batter and second New Zealander, after Matt Sinclair against the West Indies in 1999, to score a double ton in his first try when the Kiwis made 378, before England reached 111-2 with Burns (59th) and Joe Root (42nd) lifting their team to 18-2.
New Zealand was poised for a much more imposing total, only to fall to 288-3 as England’s new kid Robinson (4-75), who made unwanted headlines the first day after the resurgence of racist and sexist tweets that had sent while a teenager – and Mark Wood (3-81) won back the hosts.
The Black Caps lost four wickets for six runs in 8.3 overs once Robinson and Wood combined to break a 174-run partnership between Henry Nicholls (61) and Conway – Robinson caught Nicholls on the long leg of a Wood keeper well. run – while tourists suffered a major wobble of 6-50.
No. 11 Neil Wagner (25th vs. 21) then led a final 40th spot with Conway, who was the last man to fall, knocked out by Root four balls after completing his double century on Wood’s six.
England looked in danger of undoing much of their hard work on the ball following the early departures of Dom Sibley (0) and Zak Crawley (2), but Burns and Root later shared an uninterrupted position of 93, during which time Burns advanced to a ninth Test fifty-one since July 2020.
The day belonged to Conway, who resumed with 136 and completed the highest score on his men’s event debut in England once he dwarfed KS Ranjitsinhji’s 154 out of Manchester in 1896, but was also memorable for Robinson, whose Wednesday of two plots had been overshadowed by those social media posts from 2012 and 2013.
The 27-year-old was unreservedly apologetic for those late-night tweets and turned his attention back to his cricket on Thursday by firing Colin de Grandhomme (0) and Kyle Jamieson (9), and would have been celebrating a five just in case. Stuart Broad didn’t drop Tim Southee midway.
Wood was England’s second most prolific pitcher, catching each of his grounds amid a brilliant 3-7 spell from six overs, while following his Nicholls scalp by having BJ Watling (1) catch on a slide by Sibley and Mitchell Santner (0) bagged in extra-cover by Anderson.
Robinson’s wicket during the Kiwis’ 4-6 collapse was De Grandhomme lbw after a successful England review, while he went on to fire Jamieson after lunch when Crawley was caught falling running from the depths.
Anderson had Southee (8) caught from behind shortly after Broad was bombed by Robinson – Anderson bagged his 994th red ball wicket and 616th in Tests when wicketkeeper James Bracey claimed his first catch in international cricket.
The Black Caps were 338-9 at the time, but Wagner then made some extraordinary shots, including an excellent six on Broad.
Conway’s high was a bit more gusty, higher over a deep back square, but he would have cared little as he became the second man this year to hit a double ton after Kyle Mayers struck out 210 not with the Indies. Westerners in Bangladesh in February.
Conway ran out of dirt in the next over, a mustache under his ground on the non-forward end when Root received the pitch from Ollie Pope, and missed becoming the first test hitter to carry his bat from his partner. Tom Latham against Sri Lanka. in Wellington in 2018.
One of England’s starters, Sibley, lasted just seven deliveries, outscored by Jamieson when he failed to make double figures in the sixth consecutive test inning, but the other, Burns, fought his way to fifty percent off 90 balls.
Captain Root is next to Burns having walked to the wicket the seventh time once Crawley was seduced into driving a full and wide ball from Southee and snuck in behind goalkeeper Watling.
Root was hit in the glove by a De Grandhomme delivery and looked distraught, but kept hitting and will now have plans to play Conway-style innings in the next few days.
Watch the third day of the first test between England and New Zealand, from Lord’s, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.15am on Friday.