New Zealand wins toss, bats 1st vs England at Lord's
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New Zealand won the toss on Wednesday and opted to bat first at Lord's in the first of two cricket tests against England.
Opening batsman Devon Conway was making his test debut for New Zealand, which is using the series as preparation for the inaugural World Test Championship final against India, also being staged in England this month.
England was without an allrounder in the injury-enforced absence of Ben Stokes and went with an all-seam attack, with the old guard of James Anderson and Stuart Broad joined by Mark Wood and test debutant Ollie Robinson. Also winning his first test cap was wicketkeeper James Bracey.
The match was set to begin under blue skies in northwest London, with the home of cricket having a 25% capacity during the pandemic and hosting its first international match since an Ashes test between England and Australia in 2019.
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