Opener Rory Burns’ half-century and his unbroken partnership with captain Joe Root helped England recover from a poor start to 111 for two in the first innings on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand. New Zealand posted a score of 378 with a double century from debutant opener Devon Conway. Conway was out for 200. He hit 22 fours and a six in his 347-ball innings. He completed his double century by hitting a six.
Conway also shared a 174-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls (61). The South African-born opener became the highest scorer on his debut in England. He broke the 125-year-old record of former England player KS Ranjitsinhji, who scored 154 runs in Manchester in 1896. Conway is the second New Zealand batsman after Matthew Sinclair (214 runs in 1999 against the West Indies) to score a double century on his Test debut.
Test debut fast bowler Olly Robinson was England’s most successful bowler with four wickets for 75 runs. Mark Wood took three for 81 while James Anderson took two for 83. New Zealand were once in a very strong position at 288 for three but Wood and Robinson gave England a strong comeback in the second hour of the morning session. New Zealand started the day with 246 for three.
Conway and Henry Nicholls (61) kept the hosts’ bowlers from success in the first hour of the morning session. Conway crossed the 150-run mark, playing 136 runs, while Nicholls scored a half-century with 46 runs ahead. Wood caught Nicholls at the hands of Robinson to end his 174-run partnership with Conway.
He hit four fours in his 175-ball innings. Wood then sent BJ Watling (1) and Mitchell Santner (0) to the pavilion while Robinson ended Colin de Grandhomme (0) as New Zealand lost four wickets for six runs.