England bowling coach Jon Lewis admitted the hosts weren’t too happy with the soft signal call regarding Devon Conway, who gave the New Zealand batsman a reprieve at the start of his innings.
In the 10th round of the New Zealand round on day two of the Edgbaston test, Conway edged out England leader Stuart Broad on the third slide, Zak Crawley achieving a weak “hold”.
The on-court referee sent the decision upstairs with a soft “no out” signal. Reruns were inconclusive and the New Zealand drummer survived, leaving Broad visibly frustrated. To add to England’s woes, Conway went on to score a sharp 80.
At the end of the day Lewis, while addressing the press, made it clear that the English side were disappointed with the decision in favor of the batsman. He also questioned the logic of a soft signal. Lewis said:
“You could see from the reaction on the pitch that they were clearly frustrated with this. It’s sport and it divides opinions. New Zealand will be happy, we will be frustrated. But the question really is whether the soft signal is required? Should there be one, or could the guy off the pitch make the decision? “You have to ask the question, is it necessary? Should you make life as easy as possible? for civil servants? “
Conway, on the other hand, offered a different perspective on the English camp. Opener Kiwi, who recorded a double cent on his test debut at Lord’s last week, said if the technology is there it should be used. The 29-year-old, reflecting on the incident, commented:
“I nicked him and looked back because I wasn’t 100% sure he would win. I just stood there to wait and see if the referee was going to give me and luckily the decision was my way. I’m grateful enough he maybe bounced past the fielder and I’m pretty happy I had another chance. We have the technology to prove if the guys catch him or if she falls short, why not use technology if we have it?
Stuart Broad showed England the way: Jon Lewis
While England had a tough day at the office, Broad was by far their best bowler. He claimed 2 for 22 in 15 overs, and also topped Courtney Walsh’s record of 519 try wickets. Lewis praised Broad’s efforts and said:
“He was exceptional, he played fantastically well, really made a change the whole time and showed the other guys the way.”
Lewis also admitted that Dan Lawrence’s sacking of Will Young (82) towards the end of the day was a much-needed respite:
“It was a real bonus window. It will make our life a bit easier and give us someone fresh to play bowling.”
Responding to a total of 303 first innings for England, New Zealand had progressed to 229 for 3 on stumps on Matchday 2. Ross Taylor is undefeated in 46.