|England 303: Burns 81, Lawrence 81*, Boult 4-85|
|New Zealand 229-3: Conway 80, Young 82, Taylor 46 *|
|New Zealand trail with 74 tracks|
An abandoned capture and questionable referee decision proved costly for England on a frustrating second day of the decisive test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.
Captain Joe Root gave Will Young a chance when he was just seven, with the New Zealand number three ultimately falling to 82 on what turned out to be the last ball of the day.
Devon Conway could have been called out on the 22nd, only for the referees to judge that the ball had not carried Zak Crawley on the third slip. Conway went on to do 80.
This ultimately meant New Zealand was able to reach 229-3, 74 behind.
The Hosts went from their night 258-7 to 303 mainly thanks to Mark Wood’s Cloak and Sword 41.
England’s last three wickets fell for 15 points as Dan Lawrence was stuck on 81 and was denied the opportunity for a first 100 test.
England on the brink
It was New Zealand Day, a day they put the stick of England into context.
The tourists patiently absorbed England’s attack, gradually moving towards what should be a first-leg lead. The crowd tried to rally Root, but even the Hollies Stand didn’t have the energy of the first day.
England have reason to be unhappy with the decision to capture Crawley – reruns suggest he had his fingers under the ball.
However, that can’t hide the fact that they wasted the opportunity to strike first on flat ground.
Moreover, the decision to omit left arm spinner Jack Leach in favor of a full-rate attack increasingly looks like a mistake. Root only played 26 times during his part-time breaks in the New Zealand innings.
England are not excluded from this match, but they are faltering. Lawrence, with his first tryout wicket, was the unlikely source of the late bonus that opens an end for the second new ball scheduled for early Saturday.
They have to take advantage of that and then put in an improved batting display.
Gout and the no-catch
England couldn’t hide their frustration with Conway’s reprieve, with bowler Stuart Broad scolding the umpires during and after the exam.
When Crawley dove in for the ball, Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth indicated they didn’t feel like he carried, a decision supported by third referee Michael Gough, although it was far from Claire.
“I think he caught it. He wore it, ”former England captain Alastair Cook told BBC Test Match Special. “You can almost tell from the player’s reaction.
“What would be interesting to hear is why the referees on the field did not give it. They must have thought they saw it bounce back, but this is where it gets pretty tough because technology is always going to make it worse. “
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said: “I thought he had bounced off his fingers on his right hand and entered his left hand. “
If England felt treated tough, this was no excuse for Root to give up a regulation chance at Young’s start from Olly Stone’s bowling alley.
Wide, bowling its full length, was comfortably the choice of attack. England struggled to find movement until they convinced the referees the ball was out of shape and Broad tormented Ross Taylor with a substitute who did the trick.
To compound England’s annoyance, Taylor called off being given lbw on the 11th, denying James Anderson a wicket to score his 162nd all-time cap.
New Zealand is making steady progress
New Zealand are slowly coming to this game thanks to old-fashioned batting values of good judgment, crease occupation and straight play.
After alternate captain Tom Latham was sidelined on Broad for eight, Conway and Young shared a second-wicket position of 122.
On the back of a double century in the first test drawn at Lord’s, southpaw Conway once again played in style.
Simple, balanced and organized, it was a shock when he whipped Broad to Crawley on the limit of the deep square leg.
Young, playing his third test as a replacement for Captain Kane Williamson, started out cautiously, but turned into polished records and films.
He added 92 with Taylor, who is under 46, before taking a break from Lawrence to short-legged Ollie Pope.
“New Zealand showed us how to beat” – what they said
English bowling coach Jon Lewis on TMS: “We feel like we have chosen the best team to take 20 wickets on their field. We have the new ball in the morning and we saw in Test Cricket that things can change quite quickly.
“We wanted to score more points than we did and New Zealand showed us how to hit on this pitch. “
New Zealand bowler Trent Boult, who took 4-85, on Sky Sports: “The game is well placed for the third day.
“We are not going too far ahead of us. We are still a few points behind but the guys did well this afternoon. It was a bit grueling losing Will Young at the end there but he beat really well. “