First Test between England and New Zealand ends in a draw

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The first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s ended in a draw.

WHO SAID WHAT?
Devon Conway | MoM: Never imagined standing in this position after my Test debut. Credit to Williamson for winning the toss and batting first. The surface was slightly on the slower side and deteriorated throughout. The way we played today was great. The pitch was a good Test match wicket, good for batsmen and with something in it for the bowlers as well. I have had my sessions with Kane earlier as well. Had I made it at a younger age I wouldn’t have played as I did now. The bowlers hit a length consistently and didn’t let me score. Just knowing that they weren’t going to leak many runs and accepting that became part of my gameplan.

Joe Root | England captain: We tried to lay a platform at the start, but unfortunately didn’t materialize the way we would have liked. It would have been easy to go hard early today, but it was a tricky wicket. We felt we didn’t have enough overs to go for it. It was about the conditions more than the talent in the dressing room. Once that decision was made to close the day out and play for a draw, we had to make sure we weren’t silly as batters. It was an easy decision to leave out a spinner when you have such a great battery of fast bowlers. They did a fantastic job. Rory did a fantastic job. The way he played was phenomenal, coming back into the side and carrying his form from Surrey. It’s been tough on Ollie [Robinson]. He has learnt a very hard lesson. He showed a lot of remorse and dealt with a huge range of emotions. As a squad we need to keep looking to educate and make the sport as inclusive as we can. As a team we are committed to do that. We aren’t saying we are perfect, but we are learning our lessons. I am not sure about his selection for the next Test.

Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: Obviously we had a little bit of work to do before declaration. The guys came out and hit hard and the weather forced the declaration a little bit. The wicket was deteriorating, and had it not been for that lost day, we would’ve had a cracking finish. Scoring was reasonably slow throughout the day, and all in all, with only four days, some fantastic cricket was played. Incredibly special performance from Conway. A special player, he’s come into the side and shown his class. He played within himself, he’s a brilliant player and it is an incredible feat. Incredible contribution from Tim Southee as well. He led the attack brilliantly and the guys around him contributed as well. Both teams could have done with an additional day and pushed their case further. Boult is here and he should be bowling pretty soon.


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