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14h55 : Inform Burns
2:35 p.m .: sharp burn (s)
Rory Burns hints at England 100 with a nice crossing from Matt Henry’s cover point to boost England’s morale after a post-lunch crisis that saw them lose Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and Joe Root in quick succession . Burns, a centurion in the first test, is not out 49 and Ollie Pope is undefeated at 10.
2:10 p.m .: One, two, three!
Well, we had a postprandial escalation with Matt Henry grabbing two wickets and Neil Wagner one to take down Sibley, Crawley, and Root in quick succession.
2:00 p.m .: And another!
13h50 : Henry perce
1:15 p.m .: They’ll take that
Lunch England 67 pour 0 (Sibley 31*, Burns 32*) vs New Zealand
It wasn’t a running feast, but Sibley and Burns made their way to lunch without incident. Their unbroken union of 67 is England’s highest opening position in the opening rounds of a home test since 2009, our statistician Sampath Bandarupalli informs us.
12:50 p.m .: Fifty more
Dom Sibley lifted the England fifty with a four against Daryl Mitchell. Sibley has now risen to 31 and Rory Burns is undefeated at 28. Our Stats Legend Shiva Jayaraman points out that this is England’s first opening fifty-point stand in the opening rounds of 14 home tests. Their precedent was between Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings against India at The Oval in 2018!
12:30 p.m .: Come on, feel the noise
I don’t know about you, but the roar of the crowd for every limit – Dom Sibley and Rory Burns hit two fours apiece – gives me chills after so long without hearing the sound of full pits. Some 6,700 fans attended the first test at Lord’s every day, but there are more than double that at Edgbaston. Imagine what it feels like to be there. Our man on the ground, Matte roller, knows and sent us this:
It is the second largest sporting crowd seen in the UK since the start of the pandemic, behind some 20,000 people who witnessed Leicester City win in the FA Cup final at Wembley in the month last, and the largest attendance for a home England game since the fifth Ash Test 2019.
Edgbaston may be the place for fans to come back to England’s perspective: players are enthusiastically talking about the atmosphere here, the notoriously loud Eric Hollies Stand in particular, and their record at Birmingham is very good. – or at least it was, until Australia ended an 11-game winning streak in all formats in the 2019 Ashes First Test.
There are around 17,000 fans in the crowd, all of whom had to pass a lateral flow test within 24 hours of departure as part of a government pilot event (but no children under 16, who were found to be incapable of giving medical consent), with loud cheers for each term, a tongue-in-cheek taunt when Matt Henry for the first time contained a large and – encouraging – warm applause during the ‘moment of unity’ before the beginning. There are plenty of disguises on display and hundreds of pints have already been poured – let’s hope the ominous gray clouds rolling across the ground don’t spoil the fun.
11:50 a.m .: Ah, the memories
How young he looks! James Anderson, who turns 39 in July, says he can remember “as clearly as anything” making his test debut at age 20 in 2003. But does he remember giving those frosty tips? Here’s what he had to tell Sky Sports this morning about his 162nd test to overtake good friend Alastair Cook as England’s most capped player:
” I talked to him [Cook] last night he called me last night to congratulate me. It’s amazing that someone like him whom I admire so much and for whom I have so much respect, that I exceed him.
“I can remember it as clearly as anything, of my beginnings, then incredible memories throughout that time and I can’t believe I got to where I am today.
“I think a lot of it is luck, I was born with a body that can handle the pressures of bowling. I’m working hard on my fitness and I think it’s trying to stay hungry, I always feel like I have a lot to feel like I have a lot to give to the game. I feel like I can still take wickets. It’s about coming every day and having that hunger to get better, to improve, whether it’s your fitness or your bowling skills, and I think I still have them, and that to me. has probably helped over the years and I hope it helps me keep going a bit longer. ”
11:10 a.m .: Jimmy’s honor
10:50 a.m .: Stone and wood things
It’s an Australian folk band, it’s an Australian beer, but it’s not about Australia but England and New Zealand as the hosts win the raffle and choose to strike first. Joe Root says, “It sounds like bright ground. Usually the wicket is good here, we want to make good use of it first. “
Olly Stone replaces Ollie Robinson, so England’s attack will be James Anderson, playing an England record 162nd Test, Stuart Broad, Pierre and (Marc) Wood.
New Zealand, for its part, has six changes! Some of them are forced with Will Young for Kane Williamson, who has a sore elbow, and Tom Blundell taking the gloves off for injured goalkeeper BJ Watling. Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult also enter.
England: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 Joe Root (capitaine), 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Dan Lawrence, 7 James Bracey (semaine), 8 Mark Wood, 9 Olly Stone, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
New Zealand 1 Tom Latham (capitaine), 2 Devon Conway, 3 Will Young, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (semaine), 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Neil Wagner, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Trent Boult
10:15 am: Hello – for some
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the opening day at Edgbaston. We have some news for you first, with New Zealand revealing wicket keeper BJ Watling is a late withdrawal after failing to overcome a back pain. The injury has troubled Watling in the past and while it has improved over the past 24 hours, it hasn’t improved enough for him to be confident of passing a full test behind the strains. As a result, Tom Blundell will take the gloves and bat at No.6 in his 11th test.