It’s fair to say that the Edgbaston crowd enjoyed his return to Test Cricket, including when this beer snake formed!
England’s Rory Burns believes the Hollies Stand crowd at Edgbaston is arguably the best in world cricket as fans returned to the ground in droves for the first day of the second test against New Zealand.
Up to 18,000 fans are allowed on the Birmingham venue this week, many of which are located in the Hollies Stand, renowned for its vocal and party atmosphere.
Edgbaston fans on Thursday saw Burns (81) and Dan Lawrence (67) help the hosts close 258-7 and Burns and New Zealand passer Matt Henry greeted their presence.
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“It was awesome. The Hollies Stand is impressive, as good as it can get in this country and maybe in world cricket. The atmosphere was great, ”said England opener Burns.
Henry, who recovered the wickets from Dom Sibley (35) and Joe Root (4) as New Zealand reduced England from 67-0 to 175-6 before Lawrence led a late rally, added: ” Special mention to the crowd, they were fantastic.
“The Hollies Stand was just electric all day. They were phenomenal, you can see the excitement of everyone coming back to cricket and in the stadiums. It was awesome energy. “
England opener Rory Burns admits it was difficult to score points on double-paced pitch on day one of the second test against New Zealand
On his ninth test fifty, which followed his third test one hundred in the first test drawn at Lord’s last week, Burns added: “That would have been nice. [to score another century], but I fell a bit short.
“Coming to the races at Lord’s with another good score is something I’m quite happy with, but I’m disappointed not to bring it home and to hear my name sung a little louder. “
Sky Sports’ Michael Holding was impressed with Burns, feeling he was showing a Sir Vivian Richards mindset.
“What I liked to hear from him was telling everyone that he ‘assessed the situation’ and then decided which shots were best to play under these conditions,” Holding said.
“It reminds me of Sir Viv Richards’ approach. Everyone knows that Viv, at bat at number three, wouldn’t watch cricket except the first or the first two.
Watch The Late Cut from opening day at Edgbaston as 18,000 fans returned to the site
“He wanted to assess the conditions there, wanted to see what the bowlers were doing – how much bounce, how much movement – and then in his mind he was thinking what strokes he wanted to play before he went to relax. “
Burns’ 10-frontier tally was eclipsed by Lawrence’s 11, the latter sharing a stand of 47 for the seventh wicket with Olly Stone (20) and an unbroken 36 for the eighth with Mark Wood (16 no).
Burns added of Lawrence: “It was good to watch, wasn’t it? Loz played beautifully. He loves his flair and some of his shots have been brilliant. I hope he can continue.
“I was looking inside with Sibs (Dominic Sibley) and he hit a hard-hitting cover record. It was a point at the end but I was like ‘what a shot this is’.
“The way he played there and how he managed to be so fluid on that kind of surface was really impressive. It was slightly two-paced and lent itself to a good day of old-fashioned cricket testing.
Lawrence had made a duck in his only innings at Lord’s but bounced back to Edgbaston with his third test fifty, after half centuries in the subcontinent during the winter.
Sky Sports’ Rob Key added, “You’ve seen Lawrence grow up and from there he can get better and better. He looked nervous like everything at first but all of a sudden we saw the cover player, the leg side movie, how bad he can be.
“He looks like a very good player. It was important for him to spend time in the middle in front of a crowd in England and we saw some determination in his footwork.
“Now he’s going to feel he’s in a good position to kick off, because of that time in the middle.
“That’s what this young batting team needs to get through the first half hour. Then you can start showing how good you are. “
Watch day two of the second test between England and New Zealand, in Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10:15 a.m. on Friday.