And welcome to our live coverage of day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston.
Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored battling half-centuries as the hosts recovered from a mid-innings wobble to reach 258 for seven at stumps on day one in front of a raucous crowd of around 18,000.
The Hollies Stand was in fine voice throughout the first day with plenty of liquid refreshment consumed, and no doubt it will be boisterous again on day two with more fine weather in store.
This game is evenly poised – England will be desperate to eke out another 50-plus on what looks a decent pitch, while the visitors will want to wrap up these last three wickets swiftly and then set about batting themselves into a first innings lead.
Burns and Lawrence both impressed, with the Surrey opener fighting hard as England’s fragile batting line-up fell away around him. He looked set to reach a fourth Test century but fell 19 runs shy, caught by stand-in skipper Tom Latham off Trent Boult.
Boult (2-60) removed James Bracey with the first ball of his next over to leave England in trouble at 175 for six after they had won the toss and made a solid start. But Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, with first Olly Stone (20) and then Mark Wood (16 not out) giving him solid support before the close.
“It’s been quite a tough day, but it was pretty even by the end,” Burns told Sky Sports. “Dan played really well and got us back in it nicely. There’s something in the surface for everyone.
“They came back hard at us after lunch. It swung a bit more, whether that was conditions overhead or the surface, we’ll have to see when we bowl.”
“We’ve got three wickets left to add as many runs as possible and hopefully Dan can keep going. Then we’ll see with the ball. It’s set fair for a good day tomorrow,” Burns added. Reuters