Mark Wood strikes three times as England check New Zealand

Mark Wood strikes three times as England dash New Zealand’s hopes of a mammoth first innings total at Lord’s… as Ollie Robinson puts tweet shame behind him with his third wicket of the match

  • New Zealand reached lunch at Lord’s on 314 for seven after England roared back
  • Mark Wood took three important wickets in a brilliant spell of blistering pace
  • He removed the dangerous Henry Nicholls for 61 to end fourth-wicket stand
  • Wood later dismissed BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner cheaply 
  • Ollie Robinson took the catch to get Nicholls then gained a scalp of his own
  • It came after racist and sexist tweets he posted as an 18-year-old came to light 

England shattered New Zealand’s hopes of batting them out of contention in the first Test with four important wickets during the morning session.

Mark Wood’s pace caused all kinds of carnage as he got rid of Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner in a dream spell.

Ollie Robinson picked up his third wicket of an eventful Test debut – that of Colin de Grandhomme following an inspired review – to put the controversy caused by racist and sexist tweets posted when he was 18 resurfacing behind him. 

Mark Wood (centre) is congratulated after taking the wicket of Henry Nicholls for 61

It was a terrific morning for Wood, who took three wickets to drag England back into the game

Nicholls was going well until he holed out to Ollie Robinson at long leg off the bowling of Wood

Wood then claimed his second wicket after BJ Watling edged to Dom Sibley in the slips

The 27-year-old was absolutely jubilant after striking to dismiss Tom Latham and Ross Taylor on day one before being informed the ECB would be investigating the offensive tweets posted back in 2012.

Robinson could yet be fined or even face a suspension after the furore caused acute embarrassment for the ECB after England and New Zealand players sent an anti-discrimination message before the Test got underway at Lord’s.

But there was little sign of that affecting him as Robinson took the catch at long leg off the bowling of Wood to break Nicholls’ 174-run partnership with opener Devon Conway.

That left New Zealand on 288 for four but they were soon reeling on 294 for seven as any aspirations of making a first innings total in excess of 500 diminished.     

Sibley gets down to pocket the catch to remove Watling for just one on the second morning 

Wood looked delighted as his pace removed two dangerous batsmen in quick succession

Wood’s third victim of the morning was Mitchell Santner, who went without scoring 

James Anderson took the catch after Santner could only chip Wood’s deliver to short cover

Though the hugely impressive Conway continued his serene progress, entering the all-time top 10 highest scores on debut in Test cricket, New Zealand’s middle order melted away in front of him.

Watling made just one before thick edging an 88mph Wood delivery to Dom Sibley to take a low catch at second slip.

Three overs later, Robinson succeeded in getting a ball to nip back and De Grandhomme, still scoreless, was trapped on the pad. 

Ollie Robinson is congratulated by his team-mates after dismissing Colin de Grandhomme

An excellent review by England secured the wicket of De Grandhomme for a duck

All eyes were on Robinson after racist and sexist tweets posted when he was 18 resurfaced

Captain Joe Root made a good decision to review, with Ultra-Edge confirming pad was struck first with the impact hitting the top of middle and leg.

Santner was the next to fall to Wood in the following over, offering little more than a defensive prod towards cover that chipped into the hands of James Anderson.

It left Conway, who might yet carry his bat, alongside Kyle Jamieson with England looking to wrap things up after lunch before beginning their own slow accumulation in ideal batting conditions.   

Nicholls (right)is congratulated by Devon Conway after reaching his half-century at Lord’s 

Conway continued to look composed on debut as he piled on the runs for New Zealand 

BJ Watling throws himself to the ground to make his ground during the second day

England’s James Anderson looks frustrated as he searches for wickets at the Home of Cricket

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