As New Zealand prepare for the opening Test against England, the first practice session at Lord’s meant the players soaked in the atmosphere at the historic venue.
The visitors are likely to hand a debut to Devon Conway with Kyle Jamieson a certain starter as well. Even Ross Taylor, who will be featuring in his fourth Test at Lord’s, wasn’t shy of taking moments to savour the moment.
“First time today so that was a pretty cool experience to try and soak in everything about the ground and the history that comes with it,” Jamieson said about the experience. “Just walking through the Long Room and going to the nets and standing out in the middle and even just getting used to the slope.
“There were a few photos taken, even Rossco [Taylor]. It shows even if it’s not your first time it’s still a pretty special place to be. Guys were just trying to soak up the ground and its history, it’s all around you, even on the walls.”
Rachin Ravindra too was in awe. “I’ll definitely be sending a couple of videos home and showing them what I’ve been up to, and if it’s everything they thought it was. It definitely is,” he gushed. “Walking out to the middle, fully kitted up, I’ve seen it all really. I did a full 360 of the ground and took a moment to really understand how special the ground really is and it’s a great feeling to be here.”
New Zealand will play three Test in a span of 21 days – two against England and the World Test Championship final against India – as the players gear up for heavy workload. Tim Southee has already stressed that the squad is excited for the challenge while Jamieson stating the players are now just pacing themselves before the busy period.
“We’re mindful of not trying to fit too much in and push the envelope too much. It’s not like we haven’t really done anything for two or three months. It’s about managing the next couple of days.”