There are still 98 overs to come in this first test between England and New Zealand and while a draw remains the most likely outcome, a brilliant fourth day in which Rory Burns and Tim Southee claimed spots on the Lord’s honor boards suggests that still more turns are possible. .
Certainly none of the 6,500 spectators who passed through the turnstiles could claim to have been scammed despite the fact that nine non-bowling overs disappeared into the ether, after Burns rescued England from a morning meltdown with his third century trial when Tim Southee he underlined his class with sublime figures. six by 43.
As the players strode away to massive applause, New Zealand sat 62 for two of 30 overs, their first-inning lead of 103 extended to 165. Ollie Robinson cracked the Devon Conway code, pitching the rookie double. centurion by 23, and also caught Kane Williamson spoke with one, but the tourists were still facing a more relaxing evening.
For England there was a lot to chew on after the 275 all gathered under glorious sunshine, with three ducks in the top seven when Southee surpassed the six for 50 it claimed during a 10-plot test here in 2013. They owed Burns a lot. , who over the course of nine hours, on both sides of Friday’s failure, scored 132 of 297 balls.
Much like his first test century against Australia in 2019, this was another gutsy performance from Burns. Two lives were surrendered: BJ Watling lost a stump in 77 and slips ruined two bites on the cherry in 88, while taking two hits to the hoof. However, his attention kept rolling his eyes the entire time until a burst of exhaustion finally gave Southee his sixth layoff and his spot in 10th out of 52 with Jimmy Anderson was terminated.
Lord’s small crowd had been ecstatic to this point, never more so than when Burns recreated Ben Stokes’ six sweeps on the Mound Stand during the 2019 World Cup final, after starting the day with a sense of creeping dread. . Joe Root had fenced off Kyle Jamieson’s opening pitch on the first slip and with Southee hitting three times on nine balls, England’s 111-for-two overnight was 140-for-6 by midmorning.
An average age of 25 years and 346 days makes him the youngest top seven England has featured in 528 home events and the experienced Southee took advantage of his inexperience. Ollie Pope was caught lbw for 22 runs, Dan Lawrence threw his second ball to slip and rookie James Bracey made it a third duck of innings when he was thrown by an inswinger.
While all three will likely be fighting for a spot when Stokes and Jos Buttler finally return, Robinson’s concern about his spot is more immediate. But as was the case on day two, the 27-year-old blocked the ongoing storm over those horrible teen tweets, this time delivering 42 precious runs to remove the follow-up.
Burns was the most cautious of the pair, adding just 13 runs to his 59 overnight as England limped to 164 for six at lunch. And when the second new ball saw Southee knock out Robinson, followed by quick starts from Mark Wood and Stuart Broad, he still had nine runs under three figures with just Anderson for company.
But Anderson held his ground for his senior partner, Burns going into triple figures for the first time in 19 months with a chunky lead to third man prompting his curious celebration with reverence and appreciative applause from his slightly embarrassed colleagues. When Burns finally went down, having enjoyed a license to swing in the later stages that added 52 runs to the final wicket, the friendly rivalry the two sides enjoy was summed up by Neil Wagner running after him for a meaty handshake.
Meanwhile, his New Zealand teammates were busy paying tribute to Southee, whose attack lengths and judicious use of the short ball demonstrated why the low-key 32-year-old has now taken 100 wickets in 21 in 20 tests since the start. of 2018.
Tea had been delayed for nearly half an hour to accommodate the final agony of England’s innings and when Root’s team emerged after the break, their desperation for fast innings was palpable, with two criticisms burned in quick succession.
Root had naturally turned to Anderson and Broad for inspiration with the new ball, but while both men had their moments during their initial bursts, it wasn’t until Robinson’s introduction that the breakthrough finally came.
We have learned a lot about Robinson during his debut, but it is not all good. But there seems to be little doubt that he has the makings of an accomplished test bowler, as shown when he became the first person to take out Conway when an inside rim slammed into stumps.
Robinson’s second, and the sixth of the game, was more of a surprise, Root risked his final revision after Williamson was hit up front playing around one who bit. However, it turned out to be the right call, with no bat involved and three reds in a row from Hawk-Eye.
Tom Latham will resume undefeated in the morning on the 23rd, with night watchman Wagner as company at two.
England, while likely off the mark when it comes to a win, will rush here for more of their hitters when their time returns. They could do worse than look at Burns’ example.
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