New Zealand and England could not play the third day of the first Test between England and New Zealand on Friday due to rain, with the match heading towards a draw. England opener Rory Burns is playing 59 and captain Joe Root is making 42 runs. At the end of yesterday’s play, England were 111 for two wickets.
Earlier, on the second day, New Zealand scored 378 runs off 347 balls with the help of 22 fours and a six from debutant Test opener Devon Conway, who scored 200 runs. After bowling out New Zealand in the first innings, England did not have a good start and Kyle Jamieson without opening the account of Dominic Sibley and Tim Southee sent Jack Crawley (2) to the pavilion to give early blows to the hosts.
England were rescued from the early blows by Burns and Root and till the stumps, both the batsmen put on a 93-run partnership for the third wicket. After the third day’s play is completely washed out, Burns and Root will be responsible for giving the team the lead on the fourth day on Saturday while New Zealand will be looking to wrap up the hosts in the first innings and take the lead. Southee and Jamieson have taken one wicket each in the first innings for New Zealand.