NASSER HUSSAIN: First day at Lord’s was a reminder that Take a look at cricket is tough work 


NASSER HUSSAIN: New Zealand’s Devon Conway performed a stunning innings and made the England bowlers toil away on a tough floor… the primary day at Lord’s was a reminder that Take a look at cricket is HARD work

  • Devon Conway made an outstanding century to place New Zealand in management on day one
  • I’d have favored to have seen Chris Wooden go after him with the quick ball
  • England’s bowlers needed to put in a difficult shift on a tough floor

It was an awesome day to be again. We had Take a look at cricket final yr, but it surely was behind closed doorways. on Wednesday at Lord’s, there have been spectators in and the solar was out. It felt as if summer time was right here.

Devon Conway performed a stunning innings, wherein he let the bowlers come to him, and batted on his Take a look at debut as if to the way born. And England’s bowlers put in a difficult shift on a tough floor.

The entire day had an old style tempo to it. It’s simple to neglect as of late, however cricket is about greater than fours and sixes. Generally, one of the best drama takes a couple of days to unfold.

New Zealand opener Devon Conway scored an assured century on his Test debut

New Zealand opener Devon Conway scored an assured century on his Take a look at debut

New Zealand can have checked out their opponents’ line-up earlier than the beginning, and realised they’d an awesome alternative to do one thing about their mediocre away file towards the likes of England, Australia and India. And in Conway, they’d simply the participant to make good use of a pleasant batting strip.

The vacationers’ coach, Gary Stead, has spoken about choosing on character, and in some way New Zealand simply discover a approach of manufacturing these powerful cricketers. He had a pleasant rhythm to his batting, and he wasn’t afraid to suck up a troublesome spell when Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad had been making it swing after lunch.

We’ve seen all world wide lately how openers have struggled towards the brand new ball, however Conway appeared a pure. I spoke to the New Zealand commentator Simon Doull about him earlier than play, and he simply stated ‘we’ve bought one other one within the mould of Kane Williamson – he bats lengthy and he bats time.’

I’ve seen lots of county cricket this summer time, and I see loads of batsmen standing on off stump and being static and barely robotic. However Conway bats on center stump, has a fluency to his sport, and performs beside the ball, which opens up totally different scoring areas.

England fast bowler Mark Wood troubled Conway with short-pitched deliveries before lunch

England quick bowler Mark Wooden troubled Conway with short-pitched deliveries earlier than lunch

Perhaps county batsmen do want a special approach when the ball is nibbling round. However there’s a lot to be stated for leaving it when crucial and letting the bowler come to you. That’s what Conway did so effectively right here.

Might England have finished something in a different way? I assumed they may have gone at him with Mark Wooden after lunch, as a result of Wooden had troubled him with the quick stuff earlier than the break. However when Anderson bought Williamson straightaway, that introduced Ross Taylor to the center – which meant Root turned to Broad, who has dismissed him 10 occasions in Take a look at cricket.

It meant that by the point Wooden returned later within the day to have one other go at Conway, he already had 70 or 80 to his title.

I may additionally have wished to go in with a frontline spinner in Jack Leach, however that’s the issue England have when Ben Stokes isn’t match. If Stokes doesn’t play, and Leach does, meaning there’s no room for one of many fast-and-nasties – both Wooden or Olly Stone.

England's Ollie Robinson bowled well on his Test debut and was rewarded with two wickets

England’s Ollie Robinson bowled effectively on his Take a look at debut and was rewarded with two wickets

And when Root wished some powerful overs bowled earlier than the second new ball, Stokes would have been the person to bowl them. As an alternative, the captain was making an attempt to catch the attention of Anderson, who was busy watching his shoelaces. He most likely felt he wanted to save lots of his vitality for the second new ball. It’s not simply that England miss an all-rounder: they miss Stokes.

That stated, I assumed Ollie Robinson bowled effectively. The query was all the time going to be whether or not he might convert his county kind into the worldwide enviornment. Did he have the nip? However Hove, the place he performs for Sussex, isn’t any minefield, and also you don’t common low-20s with out a good cause.

He’s tall, and he hits the deck exhausting. Maybe the one space he struggled was when he went around the wicket to the left-handers, as a result of he falls away a bit in his motion. I’m stunned he wasn’t warned for working on the pitch.

However that’s one thing to work on, and from over the wicket he had good management. Even so, like the remainder of the assault, this was a reminder that Take a look at cricket is tough work – which is what it’s purported to be. 

England’s bowlers put in a challenging shift on a difficult surface on the first day of first Test

England’s bowlers put in a difficult shift on a tough floor on the primary day of first Take a look at