New Zealand 378 : Conway 200, Nicholls 61, Robinson 4-75
England 111-2 : Burns 59*, Root 42*
England trail by 267 runs
England’s first home game in front of a crowd for almost two years due to the pandemic, is heading towards an exciting and fun game to watch. While batting first New Zealand made a decent start with Latham and Conway opening for the game but lost Latham with the scoreboard at 58-1. Williamson the New Zealand captain couldn’t produce much and was bowled by the beautiful delivery by Jae Anderson. But Nicholls and Conway took the England charge and scored beautifully to accelerate the scoreboard. Conway playing on his first debut international test match went on to make double century with 22 fours and 2 six and was the last wicket to surrender as their middle order collapsed against fierce bowling from Mark Wood and Robinson as they were heading for a big total but thanks to Conway for a respectable total of 378.
On the reply England really couldn’t do anything against the pace bowler Southee and Jamie Son and fell quickly to 18-2. It seemed like England would crumble against the New Zealand pace attack but a steady partnership between Joe Root and Rory Burns took the scoreboard before the close to an unbeaten 111-2. But the day really belonged to New Zealand’s debutant Devon Conway for notching up a classy double hundred. It will be interesting to see what the England batsmen had to offer on day 3 against the New Zealand bowling.