Burns was back in the runs

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England erred on the side of caution after being invited to chase down 273 in 75 overs against New Zealand, deciding against pursuing the win as the first Test at Lord’s ended in a draw.

Dom Sibley hit an unbeaten 60 to make up for his no score in the first innings with Rory Burns hitting England’s only century in the first innings. With the ball, Ollie Robinson was the pick of the bunch, falling just short of getting his name on the Lord’s honours board.

Nick Hoult gives his verdict on the England players’ performances.


Rory Burns 8

His hundred was scrappy stuff but Burns showed big heart knowing he was playing for his place and a willingness to bat for long periods of time fits in nicely with how the head coach wants this team to approach Test cricket. 

Dom Sibley 6

Credit to Sibley for making a half century when on a pair. He has great mental strength and knows his game but technically is very suspect early on and that makes being an opener in England a dicey existence.

Zak Crawley 2

What has happened to the golden boy? Naive to go after Southee’s tempter in the first innings and played a big drive when the ball was swinging on Sunday. Did the 267 go to his head? Just needs to give himself a chance.

Much to ponder for Zak Crawley


Joe Root 6

A couple of 40s and he could have played the match defining innings had rain not changed the complexion of the Test. He will be happy his players suffered no alarms in saving the game but should have shown more positivity.  

Ollie Pope 3

His new guard outside off stump suggests this wonderful naturally talented player is overthinking his batting, which rarely ends well. Undoubted class but this is a big summer for a player who needs to start delivering more.

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Dan Lawrence 2

Dozy shot. It was as if he had not watched Crawley get out earlier in the innings. Lawrence is a good shot player but has to reign it in early in his innings to give himself a chance, especially against bowling this good.

James Bracey 2

Tough debut. Not a natural keeper and it showed, although the ball does wobble at Lord’s and there was uneven bounce. He got a good ball but a big gate was left open and he may well have been beaten for pace.

James Bracey's stumps are sent flying by Tim Southee 


Ollie Robinson 8

England’s best bowler, outperforming much vaunted colleagues. Ability to set aside controversy to concentrate on cricket shows a certain mental strength. But now has to show genuine contrition and not hide behind statements written for him.

Mark Wood 7

Broke down New Zealand stubbornness in the first innings when his pace unsettled batsmen. Only bowler to rattle Conway when he used his short ball.

Mark Wood used the short ball to good effect


Stuart Broad 5

Not the point-proving performance Broad wanted after his comments about Ed Smith. Didn’t bowl badly, and there were some jaffas in a roaring spell on Saturday, but just lacked an edge. First wicket for 81 overs since Jan 14 was celebrated with a sigh of relief.

James Anderson 5

England’s two legends managed three for 240 in this match. Anderson bowled well in good batting conditions on day one and both deserved better. Looks set for another game together at Edgbaston.