England has had a difficult day, leaving New Zealand in charge of the second Test.

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England has had a difficult day, leaving New Zealand in charge of the second Test.

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 instead consoled himself with a maiden Test wicket.

With only 14 first-class wickets to his name, he was handed a late chance and had Will Young caught off bat and pad 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.

Last week, the opener made his debut with a double century, but England thought they had him out for just 22 runs until the left-hander stayed firm and the on-field umpires delivered a mild ‘not out’ signal upstairs.

The bowler was noticeably disappointed, and it didn’t help matters when third umpire Michael Gough likewise ruled in the batsman’s favor.

Broad’s wounds could be aggravated if the match referee, his father Chris, chooses to sanction him for dissent.

Replays suggested that England and Broad had been unfairly handled, but Conway was given the opportunity to hit another 58 runs.

Broad and Crawley ultimately got their man, whipping him to the midwicket boundary this time, but the damage had already been done.

Conway, who appears to be a natural at this level, put on 96 for the second wicket with Young, who should have been dismissed for just seven runs.

That was the case. (This is a brief piece.)

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