Senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee said his team had not given up on their hopes of winning the first Test against England despite the third day’s rain. The Saudis took six wickets for 43 against England as New Zealand were out for 275 in the first innings. At the end of the fourth day’s play, New Zealand scored 62 for two in their second innings, taking their total to 165. New Zealand scored 378 in their first innings.
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According to ESPN Cricinfo, ‘The third day of the game was damaged by the rain, but the last day was 98 overs and in such a situation there was no result. Nobody knows what will happen but we are in a position where we can try to win. “You play Test matches for your country to win and victory at the Lord’s is special, so we have to devise a special strategy on the fifth day,” he said.
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Southey bowled spectacularly and his name was inscribed for the second time on the Lord’s tribute panel. His fast bowling partner Kyle Jamison also took three wickets. Jamieson dismissed England captain Joe Root on the first delivery of the fourth day. “With Joe Root’s wicket from the first delivery of the day, we probably couldn’t have expected a better start,” he said.