Couturiers rejoice in a day of dramatic meltdowns at Lord’s
England imploded after their tailors wreaked havoc to beat New Zealand for 132 on the opening day of the first Test at Lord’s.
Throw: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was voted first at bat, 23-year-old fast bowler Matthew Potts made his Test debut for England
Scoring: 1st set: NZ – 132, ANG – 116/7, followed by 16 points
Stokes pays tribute to an English great
England captain Ben Stokes wore the name and jersey No. 564 of former England player and batting coach Graham Thorpe, when he came out for the draw. Thorpe, 52, is currently “critically ill” and hospitalized.
“I am wearing this shirt on behalf of myself and the England cricket team to show support for him, his wife, children and all his family and friends during this difficult time because we all love Thorpey, and he means a hell of a lot to us,” Stokes said.
A named concussion replacement
While the morning started well for England, after dismissing both New Zealand openers under five overs, the hosts suffered a blow when Jack Leach was forced to withdraw from the test.
Leach was chasing a boundary from the back spot when he landed awkwardly on the head and neck and couldn’t get it. After being treated by medical personnel, the spinner had to return to the pavilion.
Subsequently, he began to show symptoms of concussion and had to be excluded from testing. Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson was then named to replace him.
“Leach will have a phased return to play with a minimum period of seven days, in accordance with concussion guidelines,” an ECB statement said.
The 23 seconds of applause
Shane Warne, who died suddenly in March this year, received a special tribute to the Lord at the end of the 23rd. The game was paused and there was 23 seconds of continuous applause from all over the pitch in the honor of the Australian legend. 23 was Warne’s favorite jersey number.
“On March 4, the game lost a cricketing legend and the greatest footman of all time. His legacy transcends cricket and even sports on and off the pitch. In commentary boxes and as a manager, he will be remembered for his cricketing genius as a cultural icon and quite simply one of a kind. His jersey number was 23, so for those who can, please stand on your feet for 23 seconds of applause for one of the game’s greats – Shane Warne,” the ground announcer said before urging people to stand up.
A first to remember
“Pottsy (Mattew Potts) has had a fantastic start to the season. Durham, I played three games with him at the start and he was above everyone else,” Stokes said in the draw.
Confirming his captain’s words, Potts put on an impressive display, rounding off James Anderson and finishing with numbers of 9.2-4-13-4.
Potts’ first wicket was that of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (2), who fell behind on his first pass and there was no looking back from there. Keeping things tight on his side, Potts then pulled off Daryl Mitchell (13), Tom Blundell (14) and Ajaz Patel (7) to complete a four-wicket run.
Anderson also finished with four wickets, including the two New Zealand openers, while Stuart Broad and Stokes took one wicket each.
Taste their own medicine
After beating New Zealand for 132, England looked in a strong position to control the first Test. And they started well, first seeing the brief pre-tea session without a hitch. The final session started steadily, with openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley sharing a half-century position.
They mustered 59 before Kyle Jamieson struck to send by Crawley and struck again 10 overs later to dismiss Ollie Pope. At 75/2, England still looked in quite a comfortable position, but it didn’t take long for disaster to strike.
Former captain Joe Root (11) beat Colin de Grandhomme. In the next over, Tim Southee trapped Lees for a 77-ball 25 and then got Ben Stokes (1) in his very next over. Trent Boult forced Jonny Bairstow (1) back one over the stumps, then retired Potts (0) two balls later to leave England stuttering at 100/7.
Five wickets fell for only 8 runs in 28 balls!
Ben Foakes and Stuart Broad were able to add 16 runs in the remaining 3.1 overs as England finished day one on 116/7, trailing by 16 runs.
Stats of the day: 132 is New Zealand’s second-lowest total in England first leg v England
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