England’s Dan Lawrence landed a morale-boosting blow with the very remaining ball to take away Will Young for 82.
Tossing one as much as Young along with his uncommon motion, he bought the ball to grip and take Young’s edge, leaving Ollie Pope with a easy bat-pad catch.
After a wearying day, the last-gasp breakthrough left the vacationers 229 for 3 – nonetheless simply 74 behind.
Sportsmail’s DAVID LLOYD affords his views and insights on the second day of the Second Test.
New Zealand completed on 229-3 on the second day of the second Test towards England
CRAWLEY’S BEEN FRAMED OVER CATCH
That previous chestnut – the foreshortening lens – cropped up when England thought they’d Devon Conway caught within the slips for 22.
Zak Crawley appeared to get his fingers underneath the ball and Stuart Broad was satisfied he had his man. the umpires gave a tender sign of not out, and Michael Gough upheld that call.
England thought they’d New Zealand opener Devon Conway caught within the slips for 22
It was a clear catch all day lengthy.
Back within the day, the batsman turned to the fielder and requested: ‘Did you catch it?’ That was a far, much better system.
TAYLOR REFUSES TO BUCKLE
England appeared passive as much as the tea break, however afterwards Jimmy Anderson and Broad started working and bought the ball swinging.
Conway was dismissed, and so they put Ross Taylor by the ringer. Taylor used all his expertise and someway survived. He was like a boxer on the ropes who used all his defences.
It was an exhilarating passage of play.
GUESS WHO? NOT SIMON
Last week at Lord’s, I reported that I used to be mistaken for Aggers.
At Edgbaston, a steward referred to as out: ‘Good morning , Simon.’ I noticed him once more within the espresso queue, and he added: ‘You have a fantastic day, Simon.’ I replied: ‘I’m sorry, I’m not referred to as Simon.’
He insisted: ‘You’re Simon Hughes…’
Former England quick bowler Steve Harmison nonetheless performs for the academy group up at Ashington
HARMY HAS STILL GOT IT
We have been having dinner on the lodge on Thursday night time after we have been joined by Steve Harmison. He was a ferocious quick bowler in his time, however he’s actually only a light big.
He was telling us that he nonetheless performs for the academy group up at Ashington, and was batting the opposite day along with his lad, Charlie. They tried a fast single, and Harmy senior fell over in the midst of the pitch and pulled a muscle.
Needless to say, he was run out. A fantastic man.
WARM-UP LEAVES ME COLD
Every morning, I watch the likes of Craig Overton, Haseeb Hameed, Sam Billings and Jack Leach warming up on the outfield.
It’s the peak of summer season, and right here we’ve got a bunch of non-playing cricketers. All I needed to do, a few years in the past, was simply get on the market and play!
Sam Billings and Jack Leach on drinks responsibility through the second Test at Edgbaston
I respect Covid has made issues troublesome, however this was occurring earlier than the pandemic. This lot are being disadvantaged of cricket.
They’re actually not going to maintain their kind going with a number of throwdowns and star jumps.
DRINKING PROBLEM AT LORD’S
I used to be watching a little bit of the T20 Blast the opposite night: Middlesex v Surrey at Lord’s.
You’ll understand how a lot I am going on about time-wasting, however there was a second on this sport which took the biscuit.
After 4 overs of a 20-over sport, one of many opening batsman referred to as for a drink! My Sky colleague Ian Ward got here up with a smart answer.
He reckons that if any batsman desires a drink outdoors one of many scheduled breaks, he’ll have to depart the sphere and go down as ‘retired out thirsty’. That ought to make them suppose twice.
HOLDING IS A GREAT MAN
When Michael Holding speaks, we hear.
Along with Ebony Rainford-Brent, he eloquently educated us all final summer season as to why Black Lives Matter. His e book – Why We Kneel, How We Rise – is all truth.
I urge you to pay money for a duplicate. He was a fantastic bowler, and he’s additionally a fantastic man.