Joe Root hoped to win 100 per cent of England’s seven Tests this summer, but had to settle for a draw against New Zealand at Lord’s.
The Kiwis impressed in London with debutant Devin Conway showing no nerve on the big stage, while Ollie Robinson’s historic tweets detracted from his strong debut on the pitch.
Here, LAWRENCE BOOTH rates all 22 players, with the Kiwis scoring well across the board in what was the opening test of the summer at the home of cricket.
England and New Zealand tied in their opening test match at Lord’s on Sunday
8.5 Rory Burns His fighting century saved England in the first innings, as Burns reiterated his credentials as a long-term opener. And he caused an early wobble on the final day.
8 Ollie Robinson His Test debut will always be associated with the discovery of those tacky tweets, but seven frugal wickets and a vital 42 from No 8 justified his selection for Craig Overton.
7 Joe Root Treated his bowlers well on the second morning, hitting for some forty. But the sooner Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler join him, the sooner England will feel that their middle ground is not a one-man band.
Ollie Robinson’s Test debut will be associated with those tweets, but he performed strongly
7 Dom Sibley He played around his front pad to fall for a duck in the first inning, then settled into the long run on the last day, as if he was determined to make it right. His pace remains a concern.
7 Mark Wood He pitched beautifully to keep New Zealand’s first innings under 400 when he was both skillful and physically threatening. Stays on track to play a major role in Australia.
6 James Anderson Not quite at his best, but won an early battle with Williamson and threw no luck on the fourth night.
6 Stuart Broad Match numbers of one for 113 didn’t tell the whole story, especially in the second innings when he was excellent around the wicket against New Zealand’s left-handed openers. Relieved to take his first Test wicket since January.
Joe Root hit nicely but without Ben Stokes or Jos Butler England’s middle order was a one man band
5 James Bracey A difficult debut, not helped by the demand to hold wicket for just the 17th time in first-class cricket, hitting a few places lower than he does for Gloucestershire. Missed a decent ball from Southee and had a bad time with the gloves. The only way, you would hope, is up.
5 Ollie Pope His decision to hit a stump will remain a matter of debate as long as he falls as he did on the fourth morning – all too easily pinned to his leg by Southee.
3 Dan Lawrence After showing off his talent with 50 and 46 amid the carnage of England’s fourth Test at Ahmedabad in March, Lawrence returned to earth with a terribly loose second ball.
2 Bag Crawley Twice outsmarted by Southee, who provoked him into some indiscreet urges. Needs walk into the second Test at Edgbaston, or he looks like a candidate for the heel when Stokes and Buttler return.
Zak Crawley looks over his shoulder because he hasn’t impressed this week
9.5 Devon Conway No opener in history has scored more runs on his Test debut than Conway’s 223. His first-inning double century was a masterpiece of organization.
8.5 Tim Southee Rarely less than excellent, especially in the first innings, when he outbowed both Anderson and Broad to collect his second Lord’s six-for.
7.5 Kyle Jamieson Struggled with the slope at first, but got into an excellent rhythm and kept New Zealand on top by removing Root with the first ball of the second day.
Devon Conway delivered a masterclass of organization in a stunning test debut for the Kiwis
7.5 Henry Nicholls His score of 174 in 60 overs with Conway secured New Zealand on the first day. England’s young batsmen should watch his patience.
7 Neil Wagner Added a useful 40 for New Zealand’s last wicket, and bowling with his usual mix of heart and skill. Few celebrate a wicket like he does.
6 Colin de Grandhomme Tidy with the ball, reminiscing about his spell in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s, but he looked careful with the bat during his duck in the first inning.
Tim Southee defeated both James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the first innings at Lord’s
6 Tom Latham I went to work twice, but couldn’t cash in. Outsmarted by Broad on the last morning.
6 Ross Taylor Selflessly beaten on the last morning in pursuit of fast runs – but seemed like an lbw candidate the whole time.
5.5 Mitchell Santner A quiet game – no runs, thanks to a loose chip from Wood, and no wickets, although he offered some control with his left arm spin.
5.5 BJ Watling Part of New Zealand’s collapse on the second morning, missing a crucial punch to give Burns a reprieve on the fourth afternoon.
4 Kane Williamson Still cracking the English terms, which is curious for a player of his class. England will be wary of Edgbaston. Good explanation, even if England didn’t fall for the bait.
Kane Williamson has yet to crack England conditions but his teammates covered his poor display