Crowd brings colour back to Edgbaston as England avoid batting collapse

The ground welcomed 18,000 fans on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand.

Crowd brings colour back to Edgbaston as England avoid batting collapse

A stoic knock from Rory Burns and an evening flourish from Dan Lawrence prevented England from flopping against New Zealand in front of their biggest home crowd since 2019.

Burns compiled a hard-fought 81 and Lawrence picked up the mantle to finish with an eye-catching 67 not out from number six, leaving the hosts 258 for seven on day one of the series-deciding second Test.

With 18,000 fans pouring into Edgbaston, 70 per cent of full capacity as a result of the government’s pilot event scheme, there was a chance the occasion would be marked by an old-fashioned English batting collapse.

After an opening stand of 72 the hosts slipped to 175 for five, but Burns’ platform and Lawrence’s increasingly authoritative efforts, which included 11 boundaries, turned the tide to leave things evenly balanced heading into day two.

A look at the Birmingham songbook

The fans in the Hollies Stand made their presence felt throughout the day.
The fans in the Hollies Stand made their presence felt throughout the day (Mike Egerton/PA)

England’s most capped Test cricketers

  1. James Anderson - 162
  2. Sir Alastair Cook - 161
  3. Stuart Broad - 148
  4. Alec Stewart - 133
  5. Graham Gooch & Ian Bell - 118

Superstitious Sibley

Dom Sibley walks off after being dismissed
Dom Sibley walks off after being dismissed (Mike Egerton/PA)..

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