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Henry exults after getting Root

Henry exults after getting Root

New Zealand roared back into the contest in the second session with four wickets after a quiet opening one in the second Test. Having lost no wickets in the morning session, England lost 3-13 in the first few overs after Lunch to be pegged back. Rory Burns, though, like he did in the first Test, held his ground firmly and led England to the break at 152 for 4 on Thursday (June 10), unbeaten on 73. England scored 85 runs in the 27 overs in the session.

It was the first time since 2011 that an England opening pair batted out an opening session of a home Test. Burns and Dom Sibley had navigated New Zealand's attack with ease in the opening session adding 72 runs in their stand. On the last ball of the first over after Lunch, Matt Henry struck with a short-of-a-good-length ball that straightened slightly to take the edge as Sibley was dismissed for 35. Neil Wagner then struck an over later too, adding to Zak Crawley's woes, forcing him to edge one after an inswinger was followed up with an away-angling fuller delivery. New Zealand's pacers had their tails up after they were able to find more movement through the air after the break. The bowled immaculate lines and lengths and tested the England batters. Henry then outdid Joe Root with a good length ball just outside off as the batsman succumbed to late away-swing as England were falling in a heap.

Burns, with a calm head, revived England's innings with Ollie Pope as the fourth-wicket pair added 42. Pope and Burns kept the scorecard ticking and patiently built their stand. Burns reached a 50 for the second time in three innings. Following up from his century at Lord's, he once again stood tall with wickets falling at the other end, looking as solid as he did in the first drawn Test. It wasn't until Pope went after a short and wide delivery from Ajaz Patel to get a feather to the 'keeper that the partnership was broken with Tea within sight. New Zealand even lost a review thereafter referring a leg-before call against Dan Lawrence, which was found to be missing.

England earlier opted to bat, making one chance to their side, bringing in Olly Stone for Ollie Robinson, while New Zealand made as many as six. Being led by Tom Latham in the absence of Kane Williamson. New Zealand received a big blow just ahead of the start of play with BJ Watling being ruled out with a back injury. That, after both Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner had been ruled out with an elbow and a finger injury respectively.

Brief scores: England 152/4 (Dom Sibley 35, Rory Burns 73*; Matt Henry 2-36) vs New Zealand.