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Devon Conway show to continue at Edgbaston?

Devon Conway and company will look to put England away in Birmingham in the second Test.

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There is still everything to play for in the second and final Test between England and New Zealand.

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The first Test ended in a draw with England choosing to shut up shop and play for the stalemate rather than chase the dangling carrot of a target left by the tourists.

England vs New Zealand | 10-14 June | Edgbaston, Birmingham 

To Win Match
England 23/20
Draw 4/1
New Zealand 29/20

England

England spent much of the first Test on the back foot, which made their lack of enterprise on the final day of the rain-hit match a little less surprising but their all-around form is a concern.

Opener Rory Burns’ first innings hundred gave England a platform to get into the game, but their slip from 111 for two to 140 for six stands out as their worst patch of play. They appear to be feeling the absence of Ben Stokes acutely.

Ollie Robinson made a solid debut but has been suspended after racist and sexist tweets made by the cricketer came to light. Dom Bess has been called into the England squad and is a good shout to replace Robinson.

England will have to find a massive improvement in performance to be in the frame to win the decisive Test in Birmingham.

New Zealand

Devon Conway starred in what New Zealand might consider a positive draw, with his double ton on debut giving the Black Caps control of the match.

An attacking declaration was not enough to make up for the lost time but New Zealand still hold the impetus in the series.

New Zealand picked just five specialist batsmen backing their all-rounders and wicketkeeper to come to the party with the bat. In the end, it was their tail’s assistance to Conway that gave them the edge.

Colin de Grandhomme did little wrong but didn’t exactly blow the doors off, and if changes must be made he could make way.

Verdict: New Zealand 29/20

The Black Caps have the edge and are tipped to go one better this time around. 

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