New Delhi: The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw at Lord’s on Monday (June 7) after the host played the game with a defensive approach on the final day. Chasing down a target of 273, the Three Lions could only score 170 runs for the loss of three wickets with Dominic Sibley remaining unbeaten at 60.
New Zealand scored 169-6 in their second innings with bowler Ollie Robinson taking three wickets.
However, the Kiwis were looking to score quickly rather than saving wickets and they deemed that 273 runs were enough for a tricky fifth-day pitch.
England’s chase in the final inning started in a defensive way as openers Rory Burns and Sibley added 49 runs at two runs per over.
Neil Wagner would strike the first blow as Burns edged a good length ball to Tim Southee at slip cordon.
Seven runs later Southee got the edge of Zak Crawley which was caught by Henry Nicholls at gully before tea.
However, after tea, Joe Root and Sibley steadied the ship as they added 80 runs before Southee trapped the English batsman.
With less than 20 overs the English batsman played it safe to save the match.
The second Test Match will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham from June 11.
Meanwhile, Ollie Robinson who took three wickets will not be part of the second Test as he been suspended from international cricket following disciplinary action from the English Cricket Board.
Robinson has been accused of posting rascist tweets that were ‘rascist and sexist’ in nature.
The bowler has admitted to his crimes and thus will not take further part in the Test series.