Opener Rory Burns and skipper Joe Root guided England to the end of Day 2 safely as the duo put together a 93-run stand after two early blows. Earlier in the day, Devon Conway brought up his maiden double-hundred in his debut Tests, before he was run-out while stealing a quick two runs.
Devon Conway (136*) and Henry Nicholls (46*) began the proceedings of Day 2 at Lord’s and Jimmy Anderson kicked off with the new ball for England. The duo started off well, playing out Anderson’s first over without any risk.
However, since New Zealand had scored 246 runs at 2.86 rpo on Day 1, they were looking to put a big total on the board. Thus, Devon Conway took the initiative of scoring runs and hit three lovely boundaries and brought up his 150. He also became only the third New Zealand player to notch-up a 150 on his Test debut.
In search of a wicket, Joe Root turned to his fastest bowler, Mark Wood and the move worked as Wood employed the short ball ploy against Henry Nicholls and the batsman fell for it, pulling one straight to Ollie Robinson at fine-leg.
The wicket-keeper BJ Watling walked in next, but Wood, with the kind of fire he was breathing, was just too good for Watling. Wood managed to make the ball hold its line and took the outside edge of Watling’s bat and Dom Sibley took a sharp catch at slips.
Star all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme had a forgettable start to the tour as he departed without troubling the scorers. Post that, Santner, Jamieson and Southee were sent packing in a quick succession by the English quicks. Wagner, on the other hand, had different ideas as he displayed his batting prowess, hitting three fours and one six.
Meanwhile, Devon Conway notched up his double hundred with a six over fine-leg and became the first batsman to score a double century on his debut in England and just the seventh man overall to achieve this feat. Unfortunately, he was run out after scoring the double ton and New Zealand’s innings culminated on a mammoth 378 on a Lord’s wicket.
In reply, England started off poorly as opener Sibley and Zak Crawley were dismissed inside seven overs by Jamieson and Southee respectively. Following this, Joe Root and Rory Burns played out those crucial overs from those two spearheads and then decided to take on the short ball from Wagner.
The duo brought up England’s century and is now looking all set for a big partnership to rescue the hosts.
Here are the best tweets of the day:
The first batsman to score a Test double-century on debut in England 🤩
— ICC (@ICC) June 3, 2021
What a double ton by Devon Conway on Test debut, one of the finest by a New Zealand batsman against England. A scintillating knock, only one kiwi apart from him managed to reach 50+ score in the innings. He becomes the first kiwi debutant to reach 200 with a six. pic.twitter.com/SutK6cIlRC
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 3, 2021
Thanks for exposing Devon Conway England. All eyes on Ravindra Jadeja to get him run out in the WTC final. #ENGvNZ
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway you classy fellow! Bravo man! Take a bow. 200 on Test debut. Wow. Huge congratulations. A debut that won’t be forgotten. #ENGvNZ
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) June 3, 2021
Double hundred for Devon Conway on his Test debut at the home of cricket at Lords – 200* from 345 balls including 22 fours and 1 six – team was 9 down and he completed the double hundred with a six. Take a bow, Conway. #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/Nuim2dpPEG
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 3, 2021
No batsman in Test history has carried bat in his first ever innings. Devon Conway was just about there… #EngvNZ
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway becomes the 200th player to score a double century in men’s Tests. And he scores exactly 200.#NZvENG
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) June 3, 2021
Well played Devon Conway. What a fantastic story of it being “never to late & never giving up”. Follow your dreams👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway is first batsman in Test history to reach 200 with a six on debut. And only third New Zealanders, after Mathew Sinclair & Brendon McCullum, to reach 200 in Tests with a maximum.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway had never got a first-class century opening before. He’s now got 200 on debut at Lord’s.
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway has contributed 52.91% of New Zealand’s runs in this innings (200/378).
Only one player has aggregated a higher % in his debut Test innings – Charles Bannerman 67.35% (165/245) in the first-ever Test match in 1877.#ENGvNZ
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 3, 2021
Devon Conway. What a debut. Will be tough for him to match this day in his career. #NZvENG
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 2, 2021
— RJVV55 🇮🇳🏏 (@RJVV55) June 3, 2021
Day 1 Report:
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and took a brave decision to bat first. However, his decision was justified by the surface which looked as flat as ever.
When the play started, everyone had expected English seamers Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson to strike early, but with the wicket offering little help, they were caught in a fix.
Tom Latham and debutant Devon Conway gave the visitors a stunning start and negated any swing and seam movement from the duke ball. The duo added 58 runs for the first wicket, before debutant Ollie Robinson dismissed Latham, who chopped on a good-length delivery.
Skipper Kane Williamson, who is also the current World no. 1 batsman in the format, took them safely to the Lunch break. After that, New Zealand were struck with a huge blow as Williamson also inside edged one length ball straight into his stumps off Jimmy Anderson’s bowling.
Ross Taylor walked in next but was only able to add 28 runs with Conway for the third wicket, before Robinson trapped him plumb in front, reducing New Zealand to 114/3.
In order to put a huge score on the board, Devon Conway needed someone to stay with him on the crease and Henry Nicholls played the role and the duo steadied the ship till Tea.
Following this, Conway brought up his maiden century on debut in the 61st over in style as he hammered a short ball from Robinson over fine-leg fielder for a maximum. The duo batted till the end of day’s play as England bowlers failed to make an impact on the starting day.