Will Young fell within sight of his first Test 100 during Friday’s last over play after helping New Zealand establish a solid position against England in the second and final Test at Edgbaston. There were only three balls left on day two when Young came out for 82 after part-time Dan Lawrence turned Dan Lawrence into Ole Pop with a short leg. Lawrence’s first Test gate brought trunks, with New Zealand finishing well at 229-3 in response to England’s 303 first innings, a 74-round deficit. Young participated in the stands 122 with opener Devon Conway (80) and 92 with Ross Taylor (46 not out). Conway saw him in his innings reclaim his impressive 200-time tally on his debut in the first Test tie last week at Lords with another superb stroke.
In a game in which James Anderson set a new England appearance record of 162 Tests, it was his longtime new-ball teammate Stuart Broad who led the hosts’ attack with a stingy 2-22 in 15 games.
That means Broad has surpassed former West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh’s tally of 519 wickets, moving up to sixth on the all-time list.
Broad hit early in New Zealand’s response when Tom Latham, captain in place of injured batsman Kane Williamson, was the lbw for six.
The Nottinghamshire Broadsman of Peace thought he had kicked Conway out for 22 years when he slid toward Zach Crowley in slips.
But with field arbitrator Richard Kettleborough giving a soft nod of “not out” when he requested the review, Michael Gove in charge of the replay felt there was not enough evidence for him to call off that call.
Young, who replaced Williamson for third on one of the New Zealand team’s six extraordinary changes, should have been out for seven days when he outsmarted speed bowler Oli Stone, but England captain Joe Root routinely caught him on the first slip.
Left-handed Conway was pretty troubled until, in ’80, a rare gag in focus saw him flick brilliantly straight to Crowley in a deep square leg to finish 143 innings balls including 12 fours.
New Zealand had moved to 154-2 when Anderson got Taylor LBW 11 times only to review to reveal that the ball was missing her leg.
Young, who has already scored two hundred in first division for English county Durham this season, then completed a preliminary test fifty off 132 balls including seven fours in just his third game at this level.
Earlier, England, who was 175-6, resumed overnight 258-7.
Lawrence is not out at 67 and Mark Wood is not out at 16 after Rory Burns hit 81 on Thursday after a hundred at Lords.
But while Mark Wood provided an entertaining 41, no one in England’s tail could stay in the crease long enough to help Lawrence, who finished in 81 not out, on his first Test Century.
Trent Bolt led New Zealand’s attack, with the left-arm swinger winning 4-85 in 29 pushes.
It was an encouraging deal for Bolt ahead of New Zealand’s appearance in next week’s opening World Trials final against India in Southampton.
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