Dan Lawrence’s innings at Edgbaston wowed Rory Burns.

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Dan Lawrence’s innings at Edgbaston wowed Rory Burns.

Rory Burns top-scored for England on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand, but a fiery knock from Dan Lawrence late in the day pleased him more.

Burns batted for more than two full sessions for his team at Edgbaston, facing 187 balls for his 81, which was a key component in the hosts’ 258 for seven.

On 175 for five, things seemed bleak when he and James Bracey both edged Trent Boult deliveries.

Enter Lawrence, who overcame a shaky start to post a steadily improving 67 not out, which helped equalize the scales before stumps.

He blasted 11 boundaries in total, including a couple of brilliantly delivered fours through the off side and a signature flip of the wrists that fueled the 18,000-strong crowd’s celebrations. Burns expressed their audible approbation of Lawrence’s efforts in front of the largest home audience for an England match since the pandemic began.

“Wasn’t it entertaining to watch? He said, “Loz played beautifully.”

“It was slightly two-paced, and it really lent itself to a nice old-fashioned Test cricket day. He enjoys his flare, and some of his shots today were spectacular. I was inside with Sibs (Dominic Sibley) when he made a punchy cover drive…it was a dot in the end, but I thought to myself, “Wow, what a shot.”

“It was pretty surprising how he played there and how he managed to be so fluent on that kind of surface. We have three wickets left to add as many runs as possible, and Dan should be able to keep going.”

While Burns was less explosive, he has tapped into a rich vein of form for both Surrey and England this summer, and following a productive game at Lord’s last week, he was beginning to entertain thoughts of back-to-back century.

“Wouldn’t it have been nice,” he replied, “but I came little short today.”

“I’m fairly satisfied with following up the runs at Lord’s with another decent score, but I’m. (This is a brief piece.)

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