Will Young fell in preparation for a first Test 100 in the latter part of Friday’s game after helping New Zealand establish a solid position against England in the second and final Test at Edgbaston. Only three balls were left in day two when Young was out for 82 after turning part-time spinner Dan Lawrence into short-legged Ollie Pope. Lawrence’s first try wicket caused some strains, with New Zealand well placed at 229-3 in response to England’s opening innings 303, a 74-point deficit. The youngsters shared stands of 122 with opener Devon Conway (80) and 92 with Ross Taylor (46 not released). Conway’s innings saw him return to his stunning 200 on his debut in last week’s first test at Lord’s with another impressive stroke.
In a game where James Anderson set a new England appearance record of 162 tests, it was his longtime new-ball colleague Stuart Broad who led the hosts’ attack with a stingy 2-22 in 15 overs.
That meant Broad had topped the 519 wicket tally for former West Indies fast pitcher Courtney Walsh as he sat in sixth place on the all-time list.
Broad struck early in New Zealand’s response when Tom Latham, the team captain in place of injured star drummer Kane Williamson, was in weight for six.
The Nottinghamshire Broad frontrunner believed he had ruled Conway for 22 when he leaned slightly towards Zak Crawley in the slides.
But with field referee Richard Kettleborough giving a soft ‘no out’ signal as he called for a review, replay official Michael Gough felt there was insufficient evidence. to cancel this call.
Young, replacing third-place Williamson in one of the New Zealand squad’s six exceptional changes, should have been out for seven years when he edged out fast pitcher Olly Stone, but England captain Joe Root gave up a routine take on the first slip.
Southpaw Conway was largely serene until, in the 80’s, a rare lack of focus saw him take a blazing Broad blow straight to Crawley in the deep square leg to end a 143-ball inning including 12 in four.
New Zealand had moved up to 154-2 when Anderson had Taylor lbw for 11 only for a test revealing the ball lacked a leg stump.
Young, who had already scored two hundred first class for English County Durham this season, then completed a first test fifty on 132 balls including seven four in his third game at this level.
Earlier, England, who had had 175-6, resumed their 258-7 overnight.
Lawrence was not taken out at 67 and Mark Wood at 16 after opener Rory Burns made 81 Thursday after his 100 at Lord’s.
But while Mark Wood did an entertaining 41, no one in England’s lineup was able to stay in the crease long enough to help Lawrence, who finished at 81 paces, in a first century of trying.
Trent Boult led the New Zealand offense, the recalled left-arm pitcher taking 4-85 in 29 overs.
It has been an encouraging run for Boult ahead of New Zealand’s appearance in the first World Trials final next week against India in Southampton.
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