Stuart Broad strikes to dismiss Tom Latham after Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood put on 66 runs to steer England to first innings total of 303 against New Zealand at Edgbaston
- New Zealand reached lunch on 43 for one after England had posted 303
- Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood put on 66 for the eighth wicket as the tail wagged
- Lawrence ended the innings unbeaten on 81 with Wood an entertaining cameo
- And Stuart Broad made the crucial breakthrough by removing Tom Latham
- Broad felt he had a second wicket but low Zak Crawley catch off Devon Conway was adjudged to be not out by third umpire
Dan Lawrence and Mark Wood took their eighth-wicket partnership to 66 as England’s tail wagged following the difficulties further up the order on day one.
Their runs lifted England above the 300 mark at Edgbaston with Lawrence unbeaten on 81 and Wood making an eye-catching 41.
And the raucous crowd went wild when Broad trapped Latham lbw for just six runs in the sixth over.
Stuart Broad celebrates taking the breakthrough wicket of New Zealand captain Tom Latham
Broad went full ‘celebrappeal’ after he rapped Latham’s pads to dismiss the captain for six
It was an early wicket for England after they’d earlier posted 303 in their first innings
The composed Devon Conway looks well set to build on the impressive double century he made at Lord’s in last week’s first Test with New Zealand 43 for one at lunch.
It was Broad’s 519th Test wicket, taking him level in then all-time ranking with West Indies great Courtney Walsh.
And Broad was adamant he had a second wicket when Zak Crawley took Conway’s edge low down at third slip.
England were convinced in their appeals, believing Crawley had his fingers under the ball, but the umpire’s soft signal was not out, much to Broad’s irritation, and the third umpire agreed.
More to follow.
Dan Lawrence bats en route to his unbeaten 81 as England posted a competitive total of 303
Lawrence and Mark Wood put in 66 for the eighth wicket before the tail was mopped up
Mark Wood batted nicely for his 41 as England managed to lift their total above the 300 mark
Wood ultimately lost his off stump to Matt Henry’s bowling, ending his pairing with Lawrence
It didn’t take long for the 18,000-strong Edgbaston crowd to form an enormous beer snake