Eng vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 Highlights today Sunday, 6-06-2021 – 1st Test, New Zealand tour of England from Lord’s, London.
Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat.
England team: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 Joe Root (captain), 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Dan Lawrence, 7 James Bracey (wk), 8 Ollie Robinson, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Mark Wood, 11 James Anderson.
New Zealand team: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Neil Wagner.
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 11:00 Local
Umpires – Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpires – Richard Illingworth
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Mike Burns
Match number – Test no. 2422
Post Match Presentation.
Joe Root: “We set out to try and lay a platform and hopefully after a period of time weigh things up and see where we could go. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that, but ultimately the series is level going into Edgbaston. It was a tricky wicket with a bit of up and down bounce, and we didn’t have the time we needed to go after that target. It was the conditions because we have the talent in the dressing room to get the runs. We were resilient, and we made it hard for them to get us out, and that will give us confidence going into the next Test.
It wasn’t an easy decision to leave out the spinner when you have someone of Leachy’s calibre. We felt we had the best attack to exploit these conditions, and they did that. Rory was phenomenal, for him to come back and carry on the good form he’s produced for Surrey, showed a great amount of resilience and character, the mental side of his game came out. It’s been tough. Ollie’s learned a hard lesson. It’s unacceptable what he’s done. He’s fronted up to the dressing room and the world. We’ve got to keep looking to learn and educate as much as we can and make the game as diverse as possible. We’re not saying the team is perfect, but we’re always trying to improve. Not sure [he’s available for selection for Edgbaston.]”
Kane Williamson: “We had a little bit of work to do in the morning before we were where we wanted to be, and the guys responded to give us the runs we needed with the time remaining, but the weather forced our hand a bit. If it wasn’t for that lost day. We would have seen a fantastic finish to what was a very good game of cricket. Scoring was reasonably slow throughout this game, and building a platform was important, and to be fair to England they did that.
Special performance from Conway, a special player. He showed his class in his debut Test at the home of cricket. Looked so comfortable, played within himself really. Special performance from Tim, also he led the attack beautifully, he does often, and guys complimented him well. We had to be patient on this pitch, and we got rewards for that. Trent Boult has just arrived, he’s looking to start bowling and get back in action soon.
Devon Conway, the player of the match: “I couldn’t imagine standing in this position after my debut, so it’s a pretty special feeling. It was on the slower side, it definitely deteriorated a little bit. If that one day hadn’t been lost, we could have created a result. A pretty good wicket offered something to the batters and the bowlers as well.
If I got my chance at a younger age, I may not have known my game as well as I do now. I’m grateful to have gotten the opportunity. Facing Jimmy and Broady, their control, they don’t give you a lot to score. I’ve had a lot of conversations before coming here, with guys who’ve faced them in the past, and it was all about accepting that and waiting for your opportunities to score.”