Tim Southee took on six goalkeepers, but Rory Burns, a hundred England men, halted the march to victory in New Zealand in the first test at the Lord’s on Saturday. New Zealand were 62-2 on the fourth day of the second inning of the regatta, with a difference of 165 races. Ollie Robinson, who continues to make an impressive debut on the pitch, was a newcomer to Devon Conway, just out of the first 200 innings, and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for a 2-8 comeback on nine occasions. By then New Zealand, after a full Friday clean-up, had dampened expectations of a 1-0 lead in this two-game series by recovering from Burns twice before the left-hander Surrey opened his third Test century.
Burns was the 132nd last man, giving veteran Paceman Southee a 6-43 figure to 25.1 overs for England, at risk of continuing 140-6, to 275 – still 103 drifting from New Zealand’s first 378 entries.
England are uninjured Ben Stokes, a dynamic goal scorer in the race, and has made his choice against the selection of two attacking players Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow after being in the Indian Premier League.
Williamson, however, is unlikely to make it to the top of next week’s series at Edgbaston, which could give England a chance to win, and New Zealand at the end of the month against India in the opening World Championship final.
England captain Joe Root dropped to 42 for the first ball of Saturday’s game when senior Kyle Jamieson handed it over to Ross Taylor.
Then England lost three wickets without a 21-ball run in a mid-fall fall, Southeek stripped debutant Dan Lawrence and James Bracey two of the four incoming ducks.
Burns, seeing Collapse from the other end, started the day sunny seemingly ideal for not going 59 outside.
Burns needed 133 more balls to reach the 100 he needed to get to the hundred.
England, however, thanked Burns for his passion for securing a coveted place on the Lord’s table of honor.
Burns received a standing ovation in England in a match that meant spectators were returning to international cricket after playing behind closed doors last year due to coronavirus restrictions.
At the age of 77, Burns was left down the field against left-back Mitchell Santner, but goalkeeper BJ Watling, on his last lap before retirement, failed.
Then, in the shy 12th century, Burns ran away from Neil Wagner to stop the catch for Southee for a second slip.
Robinson, who led England’s attack on Wednesday with a 4-75 result only to be shut down due to the reappearance of his racist tweets, Burns gave him sound support in seventh place in the 63rd.
But the new ball led to Robinson’s fall for the 42nd when he pulled Southee’s hook out at the top of his leg.
Burns 91 was not out when James Anderson entered No. 11.
The pair shared an entertaining 52-pointer with Southee before Burns, seeing that he was stuck in the entrance holes. That ended the nearly eight-hour stay, with 297 players facing off and 16 hitting four and six.
Robinson then played before Conway 23, after seeing a revised lbw in Williamson’s favorite, questioned the success of having the star batsman alone before his leg.
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