England's Broad finally gets New Zealand's Conway in 2nd Test

By: AFP      Published: 05:32 PM, 11 Jun, 2021
England's Broad finally gets New Zealand's Conway in 2nd Test

England's Stuart Broad eventually dismissed Devon Conway in the second Test at Edgbaston on Friday to deny the New Zealand opener another three-figure score following his debut double hundred.

South Africa-born left-hander Conway had made 80 when a casual and flamboyant flick off his pads against Broad flew straight to Zak Crawley at deep square leg.

Conway, who made exactly 200 in the drawn series opener at Lord's last week, had faced 143 balls with 12 fours.

Together with Will Young, one of six changes to New Zealand's side, he had added 122 after stand-in captain Tom Latham fell lbw to Broad for six before lunch.

New Zealand were now 137-2 in reply to England's first innings 303, a deficit of 166.

Broad may well have thought there was some justice in his dismissing Conway to surpass former West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh's tally of 519 Test wickets as he moved into outright sixth place in the all-time list.

The England paceman thought he had dismissed Conway for 22 when he edged low to Crawley in the slips.

But with on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough having made a soft signal of 'not out' as he requested a review, replay official Michael Gough felt there was insufficient evidence for him to overturn that call.

- Root drop -

Young, in for injured New Zealand captain and star batsman Kane Williamson, should have been out for seven when he edged fast bowler Olly Stone.

England captain Joe Root, however, dropped a seemingly comfortable, waist-high, chance at first slip despite getting both hands to the ball.

New Zealand's second-wicket duo settled in against an all right-arm seam attack, with Root's occasional off-breaks the only variety.

New Zealand, by contrast, had seen left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel take 2-34 in 14 overs on Friday.

Earlier, England's Dan Lawrence, was left stranded in sight of a maiden Test century on 81 not out.

The recalled Trent Boult led New Zealand's attack with 4-85 from 29 overs.

England, who had been 175-6, resumed on their overnight 258-7.

Lawrence was 67 not out and Mark Wood 16 not out after opener Rory Burns had made 81 on Thursday following his hundred at Lord's.

Tailender Wood hit six fours on Friday as New Zealand's seamers lost their line.

But a stand of 66 ended when Wood played on to a full-length delivery from Matt Henry, who marked his return in place of the rested Tim Southee with 3-78 in 26 overs.

England's 288-8 became 289-9 when Broad fell for a duck, caught behind off Boult.

His exit brought in James Anderson, who received his first standing ovation of the day from a lively crowd in recognition of his England record 162nd Test.

But he had made just four when Boult had him lbw on review.

It was an encouraging return for Boult, who missed the first Test after taking family leave following the end of the Indian Premier League, ahead of New Zealand's appearance in next week's inaugural World Test Championship final against India at Southampton.

Stuart Broad removed stand-in New Zealand captain Tom Latham before the tourists kept England at bay in the second and final Test at Edgbaston on Friday.

New Zealand were 43-1 in reply to England's first innings 303, a deficit of 260 runs, at lunch on the second day.

Devon Conway, fresh from his stunning 200 on his Test debut in last week's series opener at Lord's, was 27 not out and Will Young -- one of an exceptional six changes to the New Zealand side -- unbeaten on six.

James Anderson, rather than captain Joe Root, led the hosts onto the field in honour of his England record 162nd Test appearance.

But it was longtime new-ball partner Broad who made the breakthrough when opening batsman Latham, leading New Zealand in place of the injured Kane Williamson, was plumb lbw for six to leave the Blackcaps 15-1.

Broad thought he had Conway, then on 22, out as well when the left-hander edged low towards Zak Crawley in the slips.

But with on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough having made a soft signal of 'not out' as he requested a review, replay official Michael Gough felt there was insufficient evidence for him to overturn that call -- to Broad's disgust.

Earlier, tailender Mark Wood's entertaining 41 helped England pass 300 as Dan Lawrence, 67 not out overnight, finished unbeaten on 81.

But the real impetus came from Wood, who started the day on 16 having already frustrated the tourists for 58 balls.

The recalled Trent Boult led New Zealand's attack with 4-85 from 29 overs.

England, who had been 175-6, resumed on their overnight 258-7 after opener Rory Burns had made 81 following his hundred at Lord's.

Wood cover-drove left-arm quick Boult for four in Friday's opening over.

It was the first of six boundaries Wood hit on Friday, including a pull off Mark Henry, with New Zealand departing from their successful policy of line and length swing bowling.

But a stand of 66 ended when he played on to a pitched-up delivery from Henry, who marked his Test return in place of the rested Tim Southee with 3-78 in 26 overs.

England's 288-8 became 289-9 when Broad fell for a duck, caught behind off Boult to give wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, in for the injured BJ Watling, his fourth catch of the innings.

Broad's exit brought in No 11 Anderson, who received his first standing ovation of the day from a crowd of some 18,000, with Edgbaston at two-thirds of its capacity after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Boult, who missed the first Test after taking family leave following the end of the Indian Premier League, ended the innings when he had Anderson lbw on review.

It was an encouraging return for Boult ahead of New Zealand's appearance in next week's inaugural World Test Championship final against India at Southampton.

England v New Zealand 2nd Test scoreboard

Scoreboard at the close of England's first innings on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday:

England 1st Innings (overnight: 258-7)

R. Burns c Latham b Boult                 81

D. Sibley c Blundell b Henry              35

Z. Crawley c Mitchell b Wagner             0

J. Root c Blundell b Henry                 4

O. Pope c Blundell b Patel                19

D. Lawrence not out                       81

J. Bracey c Mitchell b Boult               0

O. Stone lbw b Patel                      20

M. Wood b Henry                           41

S. Broad c Blundell b Boult                0

J. Anderson lbw b Boult                    4

Extras (b5, lb10, nb2, w1)                18

Total (all out, 101 overs, 436 mins)     303

Fall of wickets: 1-72 (Sibley), 2-73 (Crawley), 3-85 (Root), 4-127 (Pope), 5-169 (Burns), 6-175 (Bracey), 7-222 (Stone), 8-288 (Wood), 9-289 (Broad), 10-303 (Anderson)

Bowling: Boult 29-6-85-4; Henry 26-7-78-3 (2nb, 1w); Wagner 21-6-68-1; Mitchell 11-2-23-0; Patel 14-4-34-2