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LONDON: England and Recent Zealand had been left kicking their heels within the Lord’s Pavilion after rain prevented any play on Friday’s third day of the principal Test.
The pitch and square remained fully covered all day and the umpires, following an inspection applied whereas rain was calm falling, launched at 4: 31 pm (1531 GMT) that there was no prospect of play earlier to the lower-off time for a re-originate of 6: 00 pm (1700 GMT).
Play is determined to resume at 11: 00 am (1000 GMT) on Saturday, with 98 overs — as against the customary 90 — scheduled to be bowled in a verbalize to wait on atone for Friday’s lack of action.
The match is intriguingly poised, with England 111-2 in acknowledge to Recent Zealand’s first-innings 378 that featured debutant Devon Conway‘s 200 — the supreme rating by a batsman making his Test bow in England.
England, 267 runs within the inspire of, slumped to 18-2 earlier to ending the 2d day with Rory Burns 59 not out and England captain Joe Root 42 not out following an unbroken stand of 93.
Recent Zealand looked cherish batting England out of the sport whereas South Africa-born opener Conway and fellow left-hander Henry Nicholls (61) had been sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 174.
But they misplaced four wickets for glorious six runs as they slumped from 288-3 to 294-7, with Designate Wood, the fastest member of England’s tempo quartet, instigating a collapse.
Within the intervening time, Test debutant paceman Ollie Robinson led England’s attack with 4-75 within the principal of this two-Test series.
This match at Lord’s, the northwest London headquarters of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), marks the return of spectators to world cricket in England after closing season’s fixtures had been all performed within the inspire of closed doors on yarn of of coronavirus restrictions.
The 2d Test is because of take put at Birmingham’s Edgbaston from June 10-14.
Recent Zealand will then live in England to face India within the inaugural World Test Championship closing at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.