England v New Zealand Tests - Men's
Burns brilliant, Southee sublime as draw looms
After an early collapse on day four, opener saves England's blushes as the first Test at Lord's heads towards a draw
6 June 2021, 07:00 AM AEST
Recalled opener Rory Burns compiled his third Test century for England but a New Zealand side inspired by paceman Tim Southee remained in control after the fourth day of the first Test at Lord's.
Left-handed opener Burns hit 16 fours and one six before he was last man out, caught behind off Southee for 132, as the home team was bowled out for 275 on Saturday.
New Zealand then lost first-innings double centurion Devon Conway for 23 and captain Kane Williamson for one as the visitors reached the close of play on 2-62, a 165-run lead.
The Kiwis will struggle to work their way into a winning position, however, with only one day's play remaining.
After the third day was washed out by rain, England resumed on 2-111 and quickly lost skipper Joe Root for 42.
Ollie Pope then fell for 22 while Dan Lawrence and debutant James Bracey were both removed without scoring. Ollie Robinson, also making his first test appearance, struck 42 as he added 63 for the seventh wicket with Burns.
Mark Wood fell for a duck and Stuart Broad was dismissed for 10 before James Anderson (8 not out) helped put on 52 valuable runs for the final wicket to help Burns reach three figures.
"When you walk in that dressing room and see the (honours) board, it is nice to get up there," Burns told the BBC.
"My wife and daughter were here on Thursday and today. The daughter might be a good omen.
"It was really tough. I think they bowled really well. I thought I had really good tempo."
Southee finished with figures of 6-43 from his 25.1 overs while fellow paceman Kyle Jamieson chipped in with 3-85.
Robinson, who took four wickets in the first innings, followed up by removing Conway and Williamson cheaply before the close of play.
Tom Latham was 30 not out, with nightwatchman Neil Wagner undefeated on 2.