Before Dan Lawrence’s late breakthrough, England was disappointed by an umpiring decision.

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Before Dan Lawrence’s late breakthrough, England was disappointed by an umpiring decision.

England had a tough day in the field at Edgbaston, as a controversial umpiring decision, a lost catch, and some top-notch batting put New Zealand in command of the second Test.

In response to England’s 303 for three, the tourists were just 74 runs behind at 229 for three, with an unexpected breakthrough off the penultimate ball of the day boosting the home side’s spirits.

Dan Lawrence took it after being left stranded on 81 not out in search of a maiden Test century and had to make do with the inaugural Test wicket of Will Young for 82.

Stuart Broad was the standout bowler, taking two for 22 in 15 overs, but he will be irritated that a dubious umpiring decision prevented him from having a bigger influence.

When Broad found Devon Conway’s edge and saw Zak Crawley drop forward to take a low catch at third slip, he had already pinned Tom Latham lbw.

Despite replays looking favorable for Broad, a soft ‘not out’ signal on the pitch was not overturned, and the left-handed batsman finally cashed in with another 58 runs before being removed for 80.

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After Crawley’s slip catch was overturned, Broad was eager to express his disappointment. He had a lengthy discussion with Richard Kettleborough about the problem, even attempting to replicate the incident for the official’s benefit. It remains to be seen whether Broad’s father Chris, the match referee, would punish him for his outburst.

The day’s tweet

During his tenure as West Indies captain, Jason Holder established a well-deserved reputation as a statesman of the international game, and even though he no longer holds that position, he maintains an interest in the game’s governance. He called for an end to the convoluted regulations monitoring low catches after the contested catch.

In the history of Test cricket, he has taken the most wickets.

Muttiah Muralitharan – 800 Shane Warne – 708 Anil Kumble – 619 James Anderson – 616 Glenn McGrath – 563 Stuart Broad – 520

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