England frustrated with weather as rain delays the start of day three of the first test at Lord’s with Rory Burns and Joe Root unbeaten in response to New Zealand’s 378
- Heavy rain delayed the start of day three of England’s test against New Zealand
- Plenty of fans came anyway, because they’ve only just returned
- England are 111-2 in the first innings, with Joe Root and Rory Burns in the fold
England cricketers and fans were frustrated as heavy rain delayed the start of day three in the summer’s first test match against New Zealand.
Despite glorious weather during the first two days of the Test at Lord’s, Friday started off as a splurge, with rain falling on the brave spectators who had secured tickets to the limited capacity match and showed up despite the ominous clouds.
While there is some hope of play to resume later in the day, the latest weather reports suggest rain is likely to return in heavy parts in London throughout Friday.
Heavy rain delayed the start of day three in England’s first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s
Spectators lucky enough to get a ticket to the limited capacity game hidden under umbrellas
The hope is that the game will resume later in the day, but weather reports suggest the rain will continue
With fans only just returning to sports stadiums after the lifting of restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the rain is all the more heartbreaking given how well balanced the test match is.
Joe Root’s men finished day two at 111-2, with England captain and opener Rory Burns seeing the home side grounded safely after losing Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley cheaply earlier.
New Zealand remain in charge after reaching 378 in their first innings, with most of the runs coming from a stunning double century on debut for opener Devon Conway, who batted the entire innings of the Kiwis.
Rory Burns (left) and Joe Root (right) leave the field at the end of day two with England 111-2
New Zealand batter Devon Conway recognizes the crowd after a stunning 200 runs on debut
Much of the story surrounding the Test has centered on English debutant fast bowler Ollie Robinson, who produced fine numbers of 4-75 on the field despite the subject of furore due to the resurgence of sexist and racist tweets he wrote in 2012. .
Robinson, who apologized for the tweets at the end of the first day’s play, will be removed from the second test, according to the ECB, to set an example for his past behaviour.
The ECB has launched an investigation into Robinson’s behavior and the bowler faces the prospect of a fine or suspension.
Ollie Robinson is dropped from the second Test for his old racist and sexist tweets