England boosted by Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence fifties after New Zealand’s six-wicket burst following lunch | Cricket News

England close on 258-7 as half-centuries from Rory Burns (81) and Dan Lawrence (67no) stave off another collapse; New Zealand reduced hosts to 175-6 in front of 18,000 fans at Edgbaston before Lawrence’s intervention; watch day two from 10.15am on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket

Last Updated: 10/06/21 6:49pm

Dan Lawrence finished unbeaten on 67 to help England overcome their slump in the afternoon session

Dan Lawrence hit an unbeaten 67 to bolster England’s total after the hosts had threatened to collapse on day one of the second Test against New Zealand.

Rory Burns backed up his hundred in the first Test with a battling 81 before Lawrence, supported by Olly Stone (20) and Mark Wood (16no), helped England recover from 175-6 to close on 258-7.

New Zealand made six changes to their side ahead of the World Test Championship final next week, but, after breaking an opening stand of 72 just after lunch, they dominated the afternoon session and Trent Boult struck twice early in the evening session to leave England teetering.

Lawrence stood firm, though, and was backed up by the lower order to give the 18,000-strong crowd at Edgbaston something to cheer late in the day and provide the home side with hope of creeping up to 300 on day two.

More to follow…

Watch day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand from 10.15am, Friday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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