England rode connected gritty half-centuries from Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence connected Thursday to scope stumps astatine 258 for 7 connected Day 1 of the 2nd Test against New Zealand successful Birmingham.
Burns fought hard adjacent arsenic wickets fell astir him and looked acceptable to scope his 4th Test period successful beforehand of a boisterous Edgbaston assemblage of astir 17,000 fans earlier falling for 81, caught by stand-in skipper Tom Latham disconnected Trent Boult.
Boult (2-60) removed James Bracey with the archetypal shot of his adjacent implicit to permission England successful occupation astatine 175-6 aft they had won the flip and made a coagulated commencement with the bat.
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Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, however, with his 3rd Test half-century and Mark Wood (16 not out) gave him coagulated enactment earlier the close.
Earlier, Burns and chap opener Dom Sibley ensured that the hosts negotiated the opening league of a location trial without the nonaccomplishment of a wicket for the archetypal clip since 2011.
New Zealand made six changes to the squad that drew the archetypal trial astatine Lord's with Latham captaining the broadside for the 3rd clip successful the lack of regular skipper Kane Williamson owed to a niggling elbow injury.
But the visitors clicked into cogwheel aft luncheon arsenic Matt Henry (2-66) forced Sibley (35) to knick the shot to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, earlier Zak Crawley fell for a duck, caught astatine gaffe disconnected the bowling of Neil Wagner.
England skipper Joe Root got disconnected the people with a bound disconnected Henry, but edged the adjacent transportation to Blundell earlier Ollie Pope departed for 19.
New Zealand struck successful the last league arsenic Burns swiped astatine a swinging transportation extracurricular the disconnected stump to springiness Boult his archetypal wicket of the innings earlier wicketkeeper Bracey was caught successful the slips for a first-ball duck.
Olly Stone (20) shared a captious 47-run concern with Lawrence earlier being trapped lbw by Ajaz Patel.