New Zealand lost low cost Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ahead of tea on the opening day of the first test against England, but a half-century assured of rookie batsman Devon Conway saw the visitors complete the second session in 144-3.
New Zealand won the draw and skipper Williamson chose to beat under bright sunshine at Lord’s, which once again welcomed spectators for the first time in nearly two years but limited capacity to 25% in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. England went with four quick bowlers on a green wicket but, barring a few troubling deliveries, Conway (71 not out) fended off the early threat of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson before slowly developing in the game.
English debutant Robinson drew the first blood to sack Tom Latham for 23 in the opening session after the opener had an inside edge crash in the stumps. Anderson, who played his 161st test match to tie former captain Alastair Cook’s record for most caps in England, then got rid of Williamson after lunch – the seventh time he had dismissed him in the tests.
Williamson sought to defend a rising delivery, but the ball spun back to hit the top of the stump and he returned to the lodge for 13. Taylor (14) followed shortly thereafter when a delivery Robinson sneaked past his bat to hit him on the pads. Taylor briefly considered a criticism but walked away even as reruns showed the ball heading straight for his leg stump.
England played better in the second session to keep the run rate low as Conway looked to stabilize the ship alongside middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls, who played a patient 10 out of 54 deliveries.
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