Tim Southee: New Zealand have not given up on probability of forcing victory towards England
Southee picked up 5 of the eight England wickets to fall on the fourth day
Tim Southee mentioned New Zealand had not given up on the opportunity of forcing victory at Lord’s, regardless of a day being misplaced to rain. The visiting facet have made the working within the first Check, with Southee’s six-wicket haul serving to them to a 103-run lead, however England have been saved afloat by a battling hundred from Rory Burns.
Southee picked up 5 of the eight England wickets to fall on the fourth day, claiming a spot on the Lord’s honours board for the second time in his profession. Nonetheless, Burns’ efforts in compiling 132 from 297 balls helped repel New Zealand after they decreased England to 140 for six – nonetheless greater than 200 in arrears – in the course of the morning session.
New Zealand wanted to pressure the tempo, and have been instantly up and working when Kyle Jamieson discovered the surface fringe of England captain Joe Root together with his opening supply. Burns and Root had lifted England from hassle on day two, earlier than rain additional checked New Zealand’s advance on Friday however, following Jamieson’s breakthrough, an impressed spell from Southee noticed three wickets fall with out addition to the rating.
Burns then dug in so as to add a useful 63-run stand with Ollie Robinson, and one other 52 for the final wicket alongside James Anderson – though he may have been stumped on 77 and was dropped at slip on 88.
“Yeah, with the wicket of Joe Root from the first ball of the day, we probably couldn’t ask for a better start,” Southee mentioned. “It was a dream start to take those early wickets but we knew there was going to be a counterpunch from England at some stage, they’re too good a side just to roll over.
“Their decrease order, particularly Robinson, performed a pleasant hand there, and Jimmy hanging round with Burns on the finish, placing on over 50, blunted our assault in the direction of the top. However I feel if we would turned up at the beginning of the day and been instructed we’re gonna stroll off within the place we’re in now we would have been fairly glad.
“Losing yesterday doesn’t help, but there’s 98 overs tomorrow and it’s always great to turn up on the last day with all results possible. Who knows what may happen but it’s great to be in a position where we can push on. You play to win Test matches for your country and a Test win at Lord’s would be pretty special, so I’d imagine we’ll chat overnight, get together as a side and come up with a plan for day five.”
New Zealand have been lacking Southee’s common new-ball accomplice Trent Boult for this match, however have had greater than sufficient firepower to maintain England in verify. Southee’s figures of 6 for 43 bettered the 6 for 50 he claimed at Lord’s in 2013, and he might but have the possibility to assist his facet push for a primary win on the bottom this century.
“Any time you contribute to the side and do your job it’s very satisfying, and I guess it’s that little bit sweeter when you do it at such a special ground like Lord’s,” he mentioned. “It was a nice day today, and looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow at some stage.”
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick