ENG vs NZ live score 1st Test, Day 1: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat against England in the first Test at Lord’s on Wednesday in a match that marks the return of spectators to Test cricket in England.
England gave debuts to Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex fast bowler Ollie Robinson.
Bracey came into the side for the first of this two-match series after England decided to rest Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow after their Indian Premier League stints, with Ben Foakes — England’s keeper for the bulk of their 3-1 series loss in India earlier this year — ruled out with a torn hamstring.
New Zealand, as previously announced by Williamson, gave a Test debut to opener Devon Conway.
The Black Caps, who after this series face India in the inaugural World Test Championship final in Southampton, did include a spinner in Mitchell Santner, with alll-rounder Colin de Grandhomme back in the XI.
England vs New Zealand live score 1st Test
England XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wkt), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson
New Zealand XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wkt), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner