Second Test: Opener Rory Burns steadies England

After openers left-handed Burns and Dominic Sibley (35) saw off the new-ball challenge, England were reduced to 152/4 in 56 overs.

By   |  Published: 10th Jun 2021  9:13 pm
England's Rory Burns bats during the first day of the second cricket test match between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

Birmingham: Lord’s centurion Rory Burns continued his good form as he hit an unbeaten 73 to keep New Zealand attack at bay at tea on the first day of the second Test at Edgbaston on Thursday.

After openers left-handed Burns and Dominic Sibley (35) saw off the new-ball challenge, England were reduced to 152/4 in 56 overs. Matt Henry broke the opening pair by dismissing Sibley. Zak Crawley fell to left-arm seamer Wagner for a duck. Henry took his second wicket by having skipper Joe Root caught behind before Ollie Pope’s wicket was scalped by left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.

New Zealand made six changes to the playing XI, resting key bowlers Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson to keep them fresh for the World Test Championship final against India that begins on June 18.

England brought in Olly Stone to replace Ollie Robinson, who has been suspended from Test cricket after some of his old racist and sexist tweets went viral on social media during the first Test.


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