Williamson insists’ ‘excellent’ New Zealand ‘should start from scratch’ in second Test

Williamson insists' 'excellent' New Zealand 'should start from scratch' in second Test

By AFP

LODNON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has told his side they need to restart in the second and final Test against England at Edgbaston next week, after an “excellent” cricket allowed them to do their best. making a series opening at Lord’s.

The Black Caps were at the helm from the start, when opening batsman Devon Conway marked his Test debut with a dazzling 200.

Veteran seam bowler Tim Southee increases 6-43 as New Zealand, who tackle India in the first World Cup final later this month, take a first-innings lead of more than a hundred runs.

But Friday’s total annihilation frustrated New Zealand’s attempt to frustrate only a second win in the Test match at Lord’s, coupled with their success in 1999 in the ‘home of cricket’.

Williamson’s sporting statement at lunch on Sunday’s last day left England with a goal of 273 in 75 overs.

Neil Wagner took 2-27, but even the lion-hearted left arm could not prevent England from honing in 170 overs at 170-3 at 70 overs.

“I thought the guys played excellent cricket throughout to give us the potential opportunity,” Williamson told reporters.

“Unfortunately it was not today, it does not help to lose a day through the weather.”

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He added: ‘We declared for a reason and that was to try to strive for a victory. Although it seemed unlikely for a period of time, someone could turn around fairly quickly or you could open and close, then anything could happen fairly quickly, and we held on to that hope for as long as we could.

“But it became clear that things were quite comfortable out there.”

In the light of the second Test, the star batsman said: ‘We know what the quality of England is and that it is a very difficult team to beat. It is important that we get back to our plans, start anew in a new field, and we want to execute. “

But the Black Caps will travel to Birmingham through two memorable individual efforts in what was the first game at Lord’s since the Super Over loss to England in the 2019 World Cup final.

“Devon showed his class – a debut Test at ‘the home of cricket’ and he looked just as comfortable,” Williamson said. To record a double century is an incredible achievement. ‘

As for Southee, the skipper said, “Tim led the attack beautifully.”

Meanwhile, English captain Joe Root defended the stubborn approach of the hosts.

“You look at the statement, it seemed quite a generous statement in many ways,” he said. ‘But you look at the run figures during the match – no one passed more than three over the entire match, not even when the field was at its best.

“After we went through a first stage, it just did not feel like it was a realistic opportunity for us to win the game.”

England’s Dom Sibley batted for more than five hours on Sunday for his 60 that were not out, after failing to score double figures in his six previous international innings.

Root, who shared a stand of 80 with Sibley after losing two quick wickets, praised Warwickshire start-up writer “great resilience and character”.

The English skipper added: ‘He really trusted his defense, trusted his game and showed that he has the mental ability to have Test cricket.

“Sometimes you learn a lot about players in such situations and in those environments, on a surface like that where it was up and down.”

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