England were 258 for seven stump weekends on the first day of the second and final test against New Zealand here in Edgebaston on Thursday.
Close up, Daniel Lawrence was 67 (100 balls, 11x4s) and Mark Wood was 16 (58 balls, 1×4).
Former captain of England Joe Koren won the throw and was chosen as a bat. So far, Rory Burns has the highest inning result with 81 (187 balls, 10x4s), while Lawrence has the second highest score.
Three New Zealand bowlers – Ajaz Patel, Trent Bult, and Matt Henry – two bags per piece, while Neil Wagner caught one.
Earlier in the day, England were 67 without a loss, with Burns hitting 32 and Sibley at 31. Together, they sent the challenge with the new ball.
New Zealand, which made six changes to the XI game, resting key bowling Tim Southy and Kyle Jamieson, to keep them fresh for the World Cup final against India, which begins on June 18, struggled to make a breakthrough, even when they tried all five bowls in the first session.
Matt Henry and Daryl Mitchell were recruited as replacements. Patel’s left-handed spinner replaced an injured one Mitchell Santner.
England brought Olli Stone in place of Olli Robinson, who was removed from the cricket test after some of his old racist and sexist tweets went viral on social media during the first test.
The first test ended in a draw.
Short results (stumps, day 1): England 258/7 wkts in 90 overs (R. Burns 81, Daniel Lawrence 61 batting, Dominic Sibley 35, Ajaz Patel 2/34, Trent Boult 2/60, Matt Henry 2/66)