good length outside off, gets forward and defends into the off side
7.25pm Phew, that was a difficult presentation to transcribe, with everyone speaking at 2.3x speed. I hope I got it all down reasonably verbatim. Big news is that Joe Root doesn't know if Ollie Robinson will be available for selection for the second Test. That game begins on June 10. Make sure you tune into our coverage of that game. Until then, it's goodbye from me, Varun, Thilak and everyone else who's been involved in this game.
Devon Conway, the player of the match: "I couldn't imagine standing in this positon after my debut, so it's a pretty special feeling. It was on the slower side, it definitely deteriorated a little bit. If that one day hadn't been lost, we could have created a result. Pretty good wicket, offered something to the batters and the bowlers as well. If I got my chance at a younger age, I may not have known my game as well as I do now. I'm grateful to have gotten the opportunity. Facing Jimmy and Broady, their control, they don't give you a lot to score. I've had a lot of conversations before coming here, with guys who've faced them in the past, and it was all about accepting that and waiting for your opportunities to score."
Kane Williamson: "We had a little bit of work to do in the morning before we were where we wanted to be, and the guys responded to give us the runs we needed with the time remaining, but the weather forced our hand a bit. If it wasn't for that lost day, we would have seen a fantastic finish to what was a very good game of cricket. Scoring was reasonably slow throughout this game, and building a platform was important, and to be fair to England they did that. Special performance from Conway, a special player. He showed his class in his debut Test at the home of cricket. Looked so comfortable, played within himself really. Special performance from Tim also, he led the attack beautifully, he does often, and guys complemented him well. We had to be patient on this pitch, and we got rewards for that. Trent Boult has just arrived, he's looking to start bowling and get back in action soon.
Joe Root: "We set out to try and lay a platform and hopefully after a period of time weigh things up and see where we could go. Unfortunately we couldn't do that, but ultimately the series is level going into Edgbaston. It was a tricky wicket with a bit of up and down bounce, and we didn't have the time we needed to go after that target. It was the conditions, because we have the talent in the dressing room to get the runs. We were resilient, and we made it hard for them to get us out, and that will give us confidence going into the next Test. It wasn't an easy decision to leave out the spinner when you have someone of Leachy's calibre. We felt we had the best attack to exploit these conditions, and they did that. Rory was phenomenal, for him to come back and carry on the good form he's produced for Surrey, showed a great amount of resilience and character, the mental side of his game came out. It's been tough. Ollie's learned a hard lesson. It's unacceptable what he's done. He's fronted up to the dressing room and the world. We've got to keep looking to learn and educate as much as we can and make the game as diverse as possible. We're not saying the team is perfect, but we're always trying to improve. Not sure [he's available for selection for Edgbaston.]"
Senthil: "Speaking of two-Test series, when was the last time NZ played a 5 test series?" -- New Zealand have only played five five-Test series in their history, the last in 1971-71 in the West Indies.
Alex: "For all the criticism of England, New Zealand haven't gone for a win either? No attacking fields? Lots of balls outside off. Not only England playing conservatively..." -- I think New Zealand sort of stepped off the pedal after Sibley and Root got a partnership going. You can understand that given the need for workload management and the fact that the next Test begins in four days' time.
7.05pm That is it. Kane Williamson has offered the draw and they are shaking hands. And with that, Varun has left me the arduous task of bringing you the presentation ceremony etc.
An intriguing Test match, all things considered. This was a result pitch for sure if the third day hadn't been washed out completely. I thought it was a well-timed declaration from New Zealand, and they bowled extremely well too, but Dom Sibley has played a superb defensive innings to steer England to safety. Rory Burns did his bit as well, to make sure England didn't lose wickets to the new ball.
full at leg stump, driven to mid-on
good length and slides on, staying low at leg stump. Watches closely and keeps that out with a back foot defence
length at leg stump, pushed to midwicket off the front foot
good length and into leg stump, gets deep in the crease for the glance and tickles it fine off the inside edge
Johnny C: "Don't know if batting like this wins test matches but it keeps you in the series. Pretty tricky winning a two test series if you lose the first one."
full and at off stump, leans in and drives with the turn to mid-off
bouncer wide outside off, left alone
offcutter at a length outside off, gets forward and defends into the leg side
short outside off, ducks to leave
good length at leg stump, glanced to deep square
good length and just outside off, an offcutter at 118kph. Left alone
good length and just outside off, defended into the off side off the back foot
full and just outside off, looks to lean into the drive and gets it off the thick inside edge to midwicket
full at leg stump, offers the pad and the lbw appeal is turned down. They don't take the review. It was pretty full and pitching in line, but tracking shows it would have turned past off stump
full and wide outside off, driven to extra cover
Santner going over the stumps now, a leg slip comes in
full and flighted at off stump, dead-batted on the front foot
karan: "Appreciate the effort but too many balls too wide off off stump. Make them play at them!"
good length at off stump, dead-batted into the pitch
good length, dipping and wide outside off, turns away as he leaves
short of a length and wide outside off, left alone
short of a length and cramping him at the hips as he looks to whip into the leg side. Gully and second slip converge to field
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||2-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2422|
|Match days||2,3,4,5,6 June 2021 - day (5-day match)|