Conway keeps England at bay

12 June 2021 01:20:25 GMTPlus10

Devon Conway again proved to be the thorn in England's side as he and Will Young guided New Zealand to 130-1 at tea on day two of the second Test at Edgbaston.

The hosts failed to claim a wicket during the afternoon session and are now 51.00 to win the Test and ultimately the series. The Black Caps, who trail by 173 runs, are 4.00 and the draw is 4.00.

Having removed skipper Tom Latham and been within a whisker of claiming the prized scalp of Conway before lunch, England would have hoped to have made some inroads into the top order.

They looked to have got rid of Young early in the session when he was on seven, the 28-year-old edging an Olly Stone delivery straight to Joe Root in the slips, only for the England skipper to drop the catch.

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That proved to be England's best chance to take a wicket before the interval, Conway and Young playing conservatively to add 87 to the total.

Conway reached tea on 78 not out, leaving him 22 runs short of becoming the first man in Test cricket to follow up a double-century on debut with a century in their second red-ball international.

Young will resume on 40 and the pair will hope to steer New Zealand closer to England’s total, Root's men having been dismissed for 303 in their first innings.

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