Devon Conway shows his class once again to frustrate England after Stuart Broad’s early dismissal of Tom Latham as New Zealand reply strongly to hosts’ first innings total of 303 at Edgbaston
- New Zealand reached tea on 130 for one in the second Test against England
- Devon Conway showed his class yet again after last week’s 200 at Lord’s
- His unbeaten half-century punished England’s pace attack in afternoon session
- Will Young was well set along side him in strong response to England’s 303
- Broad dismissed Tom Latham early but was left fuming at umpire’s catch verdict
Devon Conway continued his mastery of England’s pace attack with an unbeaten half-century as New Zealand frustrated their hosts in the afternoon session at Edgbaston.
Fresh from his stunning double century at Lord’s last week, Conway became only the 10th player in Test history to notch over 300 runs in his first two Tests as he reached tea on 78 not out.
His second wicket partner Will Young had reached 40 in just his third Test as the extraordinary depth of New Zealand’s batting again came to the fore.
New Zealand’s Devon Conway batted brilliantly once again in the afternoon session
Conway (right) and Will Young batted right through the second session at Edgbaston
James Anderson shows the strain as Will Young grabs some runs for New Zealand
Paceman Mark Wood reacts after seeing a delivery hit away to the boundary at Edgbaston
Stuart Broad celebrates taking the breakthrough wicket of New Zealand captain Tom Latham
After Stuart Broad had made an early breakthrough to remove captain Tom Latham in the sixth over of New Zealand’s reply to England’s 303, they faltered thereafter.
Conway and Young batted through the entire afternoon session to push New Zealand to 130 for one at tea.
It was Broad’s 519th Test wicket, taking him level in then all-time ranking with West Indies great Courtney Walsh but controversy followed in a moment that could yet impact heavily on the outcome of the Test and the series.
Broad was adamant he had a second victim when Zak Crawley took Conway’s edge low down at third slip.
Broad went full ‘celebrappeal’ after he rapped Latham’s pads to dismiss the captain for six
It was an early wicket for England after they’d earlier posted 303 in their first innings
England thought they had a second wicket when Zak Crawley reached to take the catch off Devon Conway’s edge to third slip
Bowler Stuart Broad was furious with umpire Richard Illingworth’s soft signal of ‘not out’
Broad could well face a sanction for his angry reaction to the third umpire’s not out verdict
England were convinced in their appeals, believing Crawley had his fingers under the ball, but the umpire’s soft signal was not out, much to Broad’s irritation, and the third umpire agreed.
First thing, Lawrence resumed on 67 and would have woken with hopes of a maiden international century in his seventh Test, but quickly found himself playing an unlikely second fiddle to Wood.
The Durham quick had blocked out for stumps on the first evening but came out in fifth gear, crashing six boundaries in the first 20 minutes to give the Birmingham crowd some early entertainment.
He started by caressing Trent Boult through the covers for a boundary but kept the Kiwis on their toes by pulling a couple more and guiding one delicately over the slips.
Dan Lawrence bats en route to his unbeaten 81 as England posted a competitive total of 303
Lawrence and Mark Wood put in 66 for the eighth wicket before the tail was mopped up
Lawrence had barely had a look in by the time he was cleaned up for 41 by Matt Henry and his hopes of reaching three figures further diminished when Broad was caught behind for nought.
James Anderson’s arrival at No 11 brought a standing ovation from the 18,000 in attendance, an acknowledgement of his record-breaking 162nd cap rather than his batting ability, and left Lawrence with a limited window.
He did his best to manipulate the strike and picked up his 12th and 13th boundaries along the way, but, despite reaching his career-best score, he was still 19 short of three figures when Anderson was lbw to become Boult’s fourth scalp.
Mark Wood batted nicely for his 41 as England managed to lift their total above the 300 mark
Wood ultimately lost his off stump to Matt Henry’s bowling, ending his pairing with Lawrence
England’s bowlers were given a competitive score to bowl at and after six overs Broad landed the first blow, coming round the wicket to the left-handed Latham and trapping him plumb in front.
His joy turned to visible frustration when Conway, a double centurion on debut last week, was given not out after Crawley appeared to take a clean catch at third slip.
Broad was visibly angry when the on-field umpires sent a ‘soft signal’ that the ball had not carried and continued to show his frustration when third umpire Michael Gough agreed.
It was a surprisingly quick verdict and not obviously the correct one, but Broad’s father Chris is the match referee for this game and could be moved to discipline his son.
It didn’t take long for the 18,000-strong Edgbaston crowd to form an enormous beer snake