England skipper Joe Root was dismissed courtesy of a brilliant outswinger from Matt Henry. England openers were batting beautifully till the Lunch break but the 40 minutes pause gave the much needed refreshment for New Zealand bowlers. Matt Henry provided the breakthrough in the first over after Lunch and then Neil Wagner followed it with another wicket in the next over.
Hosts England are up against New Zealand in the ongoing second Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The first Test at Lord’s ended in a draw after England decided not to go after the target. Ahead of the second Test, England’s Ollie Robinson was suspended post his debut for offensive tweets when he was 18. As a result, England were forced to make a change and they brought Olly Stone to replace Ollie Robinson.
New Zealand, on the other hand, were eying the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, thus, resting their premier pacers was inevitable. The visitors made as many as six changes – Will Young, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult replaced Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Colin De Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee. While Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling were injured, other three were rested to keep an eye on the WTC Final against India.
England started off pretty well and both the openers survived the initial spells of Trent Boult and Matt Henry. Following this, they increased the scoring rate and took England to Lunch break safely, without the loss of any wicket. However, after the Lunch break, New Zealand pacers found their lost mojo as Matt Henry managed to take the outside edge of Dom Sibley in the very first over after the break.
Neil Wagner followed it with Crawley’s wicket, luring him to poke at a wide ball outside off. Crawley bagged a duck and continued his poor form in the series. Henry continued his spell and got a huge reward as Joe Root edged one straight to the keeper after playing just six balls.
Henry bowled this on a good length and in the zone outside off stump. Root got forward to defend, but was done by the late away-swing.
Watch the wicket here:
New Zealand have taken three quick wickets since lunch.
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