England’s Rory Burns and New Zealand’s Matt Henry salute Edgbaston followers as 18,000 return to the bottom on day certainly one of second Test; Burns dissatisfied to fall wanting one other century however hails Dan Lawrence’s aptitude as Essex batsman rallies England late in the day in Birmingham
Last Updated: 11/06/21 6:48am
It’s honest to say the Edgbaston crowd loved their return to Test cricket, together with when this beer snake was shaped!
England’s Rory Burns believes the Hollies Stand crowd at Edgbaston is arguably the best in world cricket as followers returned to the bottom in their droves for day one of many second Test towards New Zealand.
Up to 18,000 followers are permitted at the Birmingham venue this week, with many located in the Hollies Stand, which is famend for its vocal, get together ambiance.
Supporters at Edgbaston on Thursday noticed Burns (81) and Dan Lawrence (67no) assist the hosts shut on 258-7 and each Burns and New Zealand seamer Matt Henry hailed their presence.
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“It was brilliant. The Hollies Stand is impressive, as good as it gets definitely in this country and possibly in world cricket. The atmosphere was brilliant,” stated England opener Burns.
Henry, who picked up the wickets of Dom Sibley (35) and Joe Root (4) as New Zealand lowered England from 67-0 to 175-6 earlier than Lawrence led a late rally, added: “Special mention to the crowd, they were fantastic.
“The Hollies Stand was simply electrical all day. They have been phenomenal, you’ll be able to see the thrill of everybody getting again into cricket and into stadiums. It was some spectacular vitality.”
England opener Rory Burns admits run-scoring was difficult on a two-paced pitch on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand
On his ninth Test fifty, which followed his third Test hundred in the drawn first Test at Lord’s last week, Burns added: “It would have been good [to score another century], however I fell barely brief.
“To back up the runs at Lord’s with another good score is something I’m pretty happy with, but I’m disappointed not to get it home and hear my name sung a little bit louder.”
Sky Sports’ Michael Holding was impressed by Burns, feeling he confirmed a Sir Vivian Richards-esque mindset.
“What I liked hearing from him was, telling everyone that he ‘assessed the situation’ and then decided what shots were best to play in those conditions,” stated Holding.
“It reminds me of the approach of Sir Viv Richards. Everybody knows that Viv, batting at number three, wouldn’t watch the cricket, except the first over or two.
Watch The Late Cut from the opening day at Edgbaston as 18,000 fans returned to the venue
“He wished to evaluate the circumstances on the market, wished to see what the bowlers have been doing – how a lot bounce, how a lot motion – after which in his thoughts he’d inform himself what pictures he wished to play earlier than going and stress-free.”
Burns’ tally of 10 boundaries was eclipsed by Lawrence’s 11, with the latter sharing a stand of 47 for the seventh wicket with Olly Stone (20) and an unbroken 36 for the eighth with Mark Wood (16no).
Burns added of Lawrence: “It was good to look at, wasn’t it? Loz performed superbly. He enjoys his aptitude and a few of his shot-making was good. Hopefully he can maintain going.
“I was watching inside with Sibs (Dominic Sibley) and he hit a punchy cover drive. It was a dot in the end but I was like ‘what a shot that is’.
“How he performed there and the way he managed to be so fluent on that form of floor was actually spectacular. It was barely two-paced and lent itself to an excellent old style day of Test cricket.
Lawrence had made a duck in his sole innings at Lord’s however rebounded at Edgbaston along with his third Test fifty, following half-centuries in the subcontinent over the winter.
Sky Sports’ Rob Key added: “You saw Lawrence grow and, from here, he can get better and better. He looked nervous as anything at the start but, all of a sudden, we saw the cover drive, the leg-side flick, how good he can be.
“He seems to be like an excellent participant. It was essential he frolicked out in the center in entrance of a crowd in England and we now have seen some decisiveness in his footwork.
“He will now feel that he’s in a good position to kick on, because of that time spent in the middle.
“That is what this younger batting line-up wants, to get by way of the primary half hour. Then you can begin exhibiting how good you might be.”
Watch day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand, at Edgbaston, stay on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.15am on Friday.