2nd test: Burns and Lawrence keep England afloat against New Zealand | Cricket News

BIRMINGHAM (England): England drummers Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored half-centuries of fighting as the hosts recovered from a mid-inning swing to reach 258-7 against New Zealand on Matchday 1 of the second and last test on Thursday.
Burns fought hard even as wickets fell around him and looked set to reach his fourth century of testing in front of a boisterous Edgbaston crowd of around 17,000 fans before falling to 81, caught by the skipper replacing Tom Latham off Trent Boult.
Boult (2-60) struck out James Bracey with the first ball of his next ball to leave England struggling at 175-6 after winning the toss and getting off to a strong start with the bat.
Lawrence (67 not withdrawn) however stabilized the ship with his third half-century try and Mark Wood (16 not withdrawn) gave him strong support before the close.
Earlier, Burns and fellow opener Dom Sibley ensured the hosts negotiated the opening session of a home test without losing a wicket for the first time since 2011.
New Zealand made six changes to the squad that shot the first test at Lord’s with Latham as team captain for the third time in the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson due to an injury to the elbow.
But the visitors shifted into high gear after lunch as Matt Henry (2-66) forced Sibley (35) to kick wicket keeper Tom Blundell, before Zak Crawley fell in love with a duck, surprised by slipping out of Neil Wagner’s bowling alley.
England captain Joe Root stalled with a border off Henry, but edged out the next delivery to Blundell before Ollie Pope left for 19.
New Zealand struck in the final session as Burns swept a swinging delivery off the strain to give Boult his first wicket of innings before wicket keeper Bracey got caught in the slips for a first ball duck.
Olly Stone (20) shared a vital 47-race partnership with Lawrence before being trapped by Ajaz Patel.

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