The last match of the two-match Test series being played between England and New Zealand started in Birmingham on Thursday. On the first day, the hosts scored 258 runs for the loss of 7 wickets based on half-centuries from opener Rory Burns and Don Lawrence. At the end of the day's play, Mark Wood was 16 and Lawrence was 67.
Batting first after winning the toss, England did not have a good start and they lost 5 important wickets till 175 runs. At the end of the day, Lawrence took the team out of trouble with short but vital partnerships first with Ollie Stone and then Mark Wood.
The fifties from openers Rory Burns (81) and Dan Lawrence (67 not out) made England 258 for seven at the end of the first day of the second Test against New Zealand here. By the end of the day, Mark Wood was at the crease with Lawrence on 16 runs. For New Zealand, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, and Ajaz Patel took two wickets each while Neil Wagner got one wicket.
Earlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat and Burns and Sibley scored 67 runs without losing a wicket in the first session and got the team off to a good start. However, England's innings faltered after lunch and they lost the wickets of Dominic Sibley (35), Jack Crawley (0), and Captain Root (4) within 13 runs. After this, after the dismissal of Burns in the final session, batting in the lower order, Lawrence handled the innings and took the score beyond 250.