England v New Zealand Tests - Men's
England block out a draw after NZ's bold declaration
England not tempted to go on the attack after NZ's sporting declaration on day five as the first Test finished in a draw
7 June 2021, 07:25 AM AEST
England offered stiff resistance in the final session to secure a draw against New Zealand on day five of the first Test at Lord's.
Having lost day three's play due to rain, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson made a bold declaration at 6-169 at lunch to set England a target of 273 in 75 overs, a required run rate of 3.64.
But England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley arrived at the crease focused only on blunting the new-ball bowling attack in a bid to save the Test.
Sibley spent over five hours in the middle for his unbeaten 60 off 207 balls, while Ollie Pope was unbeaten on 20.
The hosts finished with 3-170 in 70 overs, a run rate of 2.43, before both sides shook hands late in the evening on Sunday.
England captain Joe Root, who showed incredible patience for his 40 from 71 balls in the final session, said they adopted a cautious approach given the quality of the visiting bowling attack on a deteriorating surface.
"It was slow and hard to time the ball and get any sort of rhythm," Root told the BBC.
"You look at the target and amount of overs you have, it wasn't quite as straightforward as that.
"Of course it will disappoint a few people but from our point of view, we're very much in this series.
"We leave here level and give ourselves a great chance to win the series at Edgbaston."
New Zealand may have missed an opportunity to put England on the ropes ahead of the second Test at Edgbaston, but captain Williamson can take plenty of positives from Lord's.
Devon Conway produced a masterful double hundred on debut, while Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson proved difficult to contain with the new ball and combined for 10 wickets in the match.
"Special performance from Conway, a special player," Williamson said.
"He showed his class on his debut Test at the home of cricket.
"Special performance from Tim as well, he led the attack beautifully, and (the other) guys complemented him well. We had to be patient on this pitch, and we got rewards for that."
England will make at least one change for the second Test at Edgbaston, starting on Thursday, after paceman Ollie Robinson was suspended pending an investigation into tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013 that used racist and sexist terms.
The Blacks Caps may also call on star seamer Trent Boult, who was rested from the first Test ahead of the World Test Championship final against India later this month.