First Test between England and New Zealand ends in draw


The first Test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw at the Lord’s. Chasing a near-impossible target of 273 in two sessions, England ended their second innings at 175-3 with Dominic Sibley remaining not out at 60 that he scored by facing 207 runs.

Earlier, after bowling England out for 275, New Zealand declared their second innings at 169-6.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson told Sky Sports, “We had a little bit work to do this morning to get to where we wanted to be. Once the call was made and the weather forced our hand all results were left on the table on a wicket that was deteriorating. If wasn’t for that lost day we would have been in for a good finish.”

England skipper Joe Root told BBC, “You look at the conditions and surface, it was very challenging. It was slow and hard to time the ball and get any sort of rhythm. You look at the target and amount of overs you have, it wasn’t quite as straightforward as that.

The final Test between the two sides will be played in Birmingham from Thursday before New Zealand lock horns with India for the World Test Championship final.