The first Test match between England and New Zealand ended in a draw at The Lord’s Cricket Ground. The Kiwis executed all their plans to perfection and also had an opportunity to take the first lead in the series.
Needless to say, the hosts displayed incredible resilience till the end and played out a draw. However, England national cricket team’s approach to playing out for a draw didn’t please the England fans.
Fans criticized their players for displaying dull and boring brand of cricket. Majority of the fans were of the opinion that the hosts could have pulled off a win. The hosts required 273 to win the game in 75 overs.
It is just an average of 3.64 runs an over and it was easily achievable considering the home conditions but the end result was a draw. Meanwhile, England and New Zealand are taking on each other in the second Test match.
The second Test match is being held at Edgbaston, Birmingham. England Test captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley got off to a good start.
The opening pair added a 72-run stand before Sibley departed for 35. Rory Burns top-scored with 81 including 10 fours. Daniel Lawrence and Mark Wood are batting on 53 and 7 respectively.
Edgbaston crowd enjoy their return to Test cricket
Lawrence struck 8 boundaries in his well-constructed half-century. England ended their Day 1 with 234/7. On the other hand, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Ajaz Patel took 2 wickets apiece. Meanwhile, England fans enjoyed their return to Test cricket.
Fans turned up in numbers to watch the second Test match at Edgbaston. Meanwhile, a video doing the rounds on social media shows fans making an epic ‘beer snake’ out of plastic cups. Sky Sports Cricket posted the video on their social media handle. The video spread like wildfire on the internet.
Watch the video below:
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