The third day of the first test between England and New Zealand was cleared.© AFP
England and New Zealand were allowed to throw their heels in the Lord’s Pavilion when the rain prevented any play on the third Friday of the first test. The pitch and the square were completely covered all day and the referees, after the inspection that it was still raining, announced at 16:31 that there was no chance to play before the end of the 6th start period: 00:00 on Saturday at 11:00 (1000 GMT) it will restart with the game, with 98 abuses (compared to the standard 90), to throw in an offer to help compensate for Friday’s lack of action.
It’s a unique match, with 111-2 in England, in response to New Zealand’s first 378 innings, which was 200 for rookie Devon Conway.
England, behind 267 runs, dropped to 18-2 before the end of the second day without taking out Rory Burns 59 and England captain Joe Root 42 was not without a break of 93.
New Zealand seemed to be at stake from England, with South Africa-born opener Conway and left-winger Henry Nicholls (61) sharing a fourth-round 174 partnership.
But they lost four purchases for six runs when they fell from 288-3 to 294-7, with Mark Wood, England’s fastest member of the Pace Quartet, pushing for the collapse.
Meanwhile, Ollie Robinson of the Test ban led England’s attack in the first of this series of two 4-75 tests.
At Lord’s, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) headquarters in North West London, this match returns to England for international Cricket due to coronavirus restrictions after last season’s tools played behind closed doors.
The second test will take place in Edgbaston, Birmingham, from 10 to 14 June.
New Zealand will remain in England to face India in the final of the Ageas Bowl Opening World Championships in Hampshire.
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