England suffers as a result of New Zealand’s controversial Devon Conway judgment.


England suffers as a result of New Zealand’s controversial Devon Conway judgment.

On day two of the second Test at Edgbaston, England was left to rue a controversial not out judgment against Devon Conway, who spearheaded New Zealand’s batting response.

Conway made a remarkable debut at Lord’s last week, striking a superb double century, and he thwarted the home onslaught once more as he guided the tourists to 130 for one at tea, in response to 303 all out.

Conway was 78 not out at the break, but he was rescued on 22 when he edged Stuart Broad to third slip and the umpires disputed Zak Crawley’s low catch. Crawley appeared to have his fingertips beneath the ball, but the soft on-field signal and third umpire Michael Gough’s decision favored the batsman.

Broad was plainly irritated by the officials, remonstrating in a way that drew the notice of the match referee – who happens to be his father Chris – and the incident could turn out to be pivotal. To make matters worse, Joe Root threw Will Young down on seven, only for him to reach 40no.

England had lost their last three wickets for 45 runs earlier in the innings, leaving Dan Lawrence stranded on 81 not out in his attempt for a maiden Test century. After an eye-catching performance on the first evening, he restarted on 67, but found himself playing an unusual second fiddle to Mark Wood at first.

In the first 20 minutes, the number nine began with well-directed aggression, crashing Trent Boult and Matt Henry for six boundaries and producing a range of superb strokes. Lawrence didn’t get a chance to bat until Henry bowled Wood for 41 runs, but his chances were harmed when Broad was caught behind for nought.

The arrival of James Anderson at number 11 drew a standing ovation, a recognition of his record-breaking 162nd cap rather than his batting ability, but despite staying long enough to see Lawrence attain his career-best Test score, Lawrence was still 19 short of three figures when Boult beat Anderson.

With the, Broad coaxed out stand-in skipper Tom Latham. (This is a brief piece.)


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