The first Test match of the New Zealand tour of England has concluded at Lord’s cricket stadium. The sport returned to the home of cricket after a year and didn't fail to disappoint. Although rain affected the match, there were many spectacular performances from veterans and debutants alike. Ultimately the match ending in a draw, both teams will have their share of spoils to take away from this match.
Today we take a look at the interesting stats and records accumulated in this match.
New Zealand opener Devon Conway became the second Kiwi batsman to score a double ton on his debut in Test cricket. Scoring 200 in the first innings and 23 in the second, He now ranks 5th in the list of most runs scored on Test debut and is only the 7th player in Test cricket to score a double century on debut.
Picking up another two wickets to his impressive tally of 600 plus wickets, James Anderson now ranks 4th in the list for the most wickets taken in Test cricket. The English pacer is now just 3 wickets away from equaling the Indian legend Anil Kumble overall tally and will be looking forward to jumping ranks in the upcoming Test match.
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee claimed his 12th 5fer and in the process became 4th highest in the list of Kiwis with 5-wicket hauls in Test cricket. Kiwi legend Richard Hadlee who has 36 to his name, tops the list. This was his best effort against the English side by picking up 6 wickets for 43 runs, which in turn made him the third-highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in the red-ball format.
Dominic Sibley's poor record with the bat continued as he fell for another duck, taking his tally to 5 ducks ever since he made his debut in 2019. With his latest misfortune, He now holds the unfortunate joint- record for the most ducks since debuting in Test cricket, in 2019.
In the process of steadying the New Zealand innings, Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls who made 200 and 61 respectively in the first innings managed to put together a 174 run partnership for the 4th wicket. This now holds the record for the highest fourth-wicket partnership for kiwis against the English team.
Veteran English cricketer James Anderson played his 161st Test match equaling legendary English batsman Alastair Cook's 161 appearances as the most Test cap holder for England. With the upcoming second match, the English pacer will look to one-up his former compatriot and become the most capped player for England in Test cricket.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson needs 43 runs to become the second-highest run-scorer in Test cricket for New Zealand. He will be looking to surpass Kiwi legend Stephen Fleming who has scored 7172 runs in Test cricket who holds the second position now. The topmost run-scorer remains Ross Taylor with 7379 runs.
Stuart Broad with 518 Test scalps needs 2 more wickets to overtake Courtney Walsh who has taken 519 Test wickets, to become the third-highest wicket-taker among pacers. Glenn McGrath with 563 wickets is number 2 and James Anderson with 614 wickets is number 1 in the tally.
Joe Root played his 51st Test as England captain and equaled the record of former England skipper Michael Vaughan who also had played 51 matches as captain. The present skipper is some way off Alastair Cook who has played most matches as captain for English cricket with 59 matches.
New Zealand veteran pacer Tim Southee needs just 2 more wickets to reach 600 international wickets, picking up 309 wickets in Tests, 190 wickets in One Day Internationals, and 99 in T20 Internationals. Many wouldn't bet against him not entering the 600 wicket club in his next match.
With the first match ending in a draw, the heat turns up on the second match as it becomes a winner takes all. With the second match being the only game before Kiwis make their WTC final appearance, they would be looking to boost their morale with terrific performances.
Let us know which performances have impressed you the most and which record being created are you looking forward to the most.