Eng vs NZ 2021 – Plenty to satisfy Kane Williamson despite New Zealand’s victory push being thwarted


The visitors made a very positive declaration on the final day but the pitch did not deteriorate as expected

New Zealand were left to rue a day lost to rain as their attempts to engineer victory came up short at Lord’s, but captain Kane Williamson praised the “superb cricket” played by his team after they controlled large stretches of the first Test against England.
Powered by Devon Conway’s double hundred on debut – described by Williamson as an “amazing innings” – and a Tim Southee six-for, New Zealand came into the fifth day sitting on a 165-run lead but with a tricky calculation about how to set up a contest. An attacking declaration after rain brought about an early lunch left them with potentially 75 overs in which to try and take ten wickets, only for a pitch that had only undergone four days of wear to neuter chances of a result for either side.

“As we know in Test cricket you have your ebbs and blow but coming into day [five] and having a bit of work to do in that morning session to give ourselves a chance, I thought the guys played some superb cricket throughout to give us that potential opportunity,” Williamson said. “Unfortunately it wasn’t to be today, losing a day to weather doesn’t help the cause but I thought the efforts were certainly there.

“We made the decision based on what gave us potentially the best chance to win the game, or enough overs [to take the wickets]. We knew losing a day was going to be tough but we wanted to give it a crack. Unfortunately towards the end things fizzled out a bit, we were expecting the pitch to deteriorate a bit more and it did show signs on day four in particular that that was going to happen, but it sort of flattened out.”

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