Delight for Robinson but New Zealand make England toil
Ollie Robinson takes his first Test wicket but England’s bowlers are made to toil as New Zealand make serene progress after winning the toss in the Lord’s sunshine as 6,500 spectators watch on
- New Zealand reached lunch on 85 for one in the first Test against England
- Ollie Robinson made much-needed breakthrough for England on his Test debut
- Tom Latham sent an inside edge onto his stumps after making 23
- Devon Conway looked impressive on his debut at top of New Zealand’s order
- Kane Williamson won the toss in bright sunshine and good batting conditions
Ollie Robinson picked up his first Test wicket as England finally disrupted New Zealand’s serene progress in the Lord’s sunshine.
Openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway put on 58 for the first wicket in perfect batting conditions after Kane Williamson won the toss.
But Robinson was finally able to gain some reward for the toil of England’s all-seam attack when Latham pushed forward with leaden feet and saw a hefty inside edge clatter his stumps.
Debutant Ollie Robinson celebrates his first wicket in Test cricket as England broke through
New Zealand put on 58 for the first wicket before Tom Latham chopped on to his stumps
Robinson will hope Latham is the first of many wickets as he is congratulated by team-mates
Opener Latham can only watch in dismay after a hefty inside edge splattered his stumps
Latham made 23 but was eclipsed by his opening partner Conway, on Test debut, who was inching closer to a half-century by lunch with New Zealand 85 for one.
The tourists coasted along at almost four an over for the opening hour as James Anderson and Stuart Broad struggled to get much beyond a hint of movement from the surface.
Anderson is playing his 161st test match and the seamer equalled former captain Alastair Cook’s record for most England caps.
Latham and Conway duly put on the first 50-run opening stand against England in England since August 2018.
Stuart Broad reacts to a close shave as New Zealand made a strong start to the opening Test
England were made to toil as New Zealand’s openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway scored freely during the morning session
A shot by Tom Latham evades the dive of Zak Crawley in the slip cordon on the opening day
In a sign of debut nerves, Robinson overstepped his mark with his first delivery but was soon causing problems and made a much-needed breakthrough in the 16th over.
With Williamson showing no initial signs of his previous wobbles at the Home of Cricket, New Zealand could be highly satisfied at lunch at the start of a two-Test series.
South Africa-born Conway had to wait until the start of the fourth over for his first delivery as Latham farmed the strike following the teams’ ‘Moment of Unity’ before play started.
Conway looked supreme on the front foot, driving Broad then Anderson authoritatively through the covers after they had over-pitched as England’s veteran seamers toiled away on a pitch that was offering little sideways movement.
James Anderson reacts as England’s all-seam attack struggled to make inroads on day one
Anderson and the England slip cordon appeal unsuccessfully for the wicket of Tom Latham
England captain Joe Root converses with James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad
Robinson came in for his first bowl in the 10th over, overstepping with his first ball, but settled into a metronomic routine thereafter, and it was the Sussex seamer who came to the fore shortly after drinks.
He had cast doubt in Latham’s mind from the previous delivery, beating him on the outside, and the left-hander then got neither forward nor back as he hung out his bat, the ball taking an inside edge before hitting the stumps.
Latham’s downfall for 23 was followed by Wood’s introduction into the attack, with the quick hitting mid-90mph speeds in his first over, drawing gasps from those in attendance.
The opening day of the Test match summer saw 6,500 spectators watching on inside Lord’s
Lord’s capacity has been capped at 25 per cent for the five days of the New Zealand Test
Those fortunate enough to secure a ticket had to observe social distancing in the stands
James Bracey is making his test debut for England after he made the cut when wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes was ruled out of the two-test series after tearing his left hamstring.
The 6,500 spectators inside Lord’s were a welcome sight after the 2020 summer season was hallmarked by empty stands and bio-secure bubbles.
Capacity has been capped at 25 per cent for each of the five days to take account of social distancing requirements but not every ticket was sold on the opening day after some MCC members returned theirs.
All tickets for days two, three and four of the Test have, however, been sold.
The two teams lined up pre-match in a stand against all forms of discrimination in cricket
The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore; Colin, Hannah, Benjie and Georgia Ingram-Moore ring the five-minute bell on the Lord’s outfield
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