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Dan Lawrence rescues England after middle-order collapse as Root and Co. bid to forget social media woes in Second Test

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TRAWL historic tweets in a few years’ time and they will say Dan Lawrence batted really well at Edgbaston on June 10, 2021.

Any teenager could tell you that Lawrence rescued England after a collapse against New Zealand in the Second Test.

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Mark Wood and Dan Lawrence saw through a safe end to England’s busy day[/caption]

Nothing offensive required, just words such as encouraging and positive to describe the Essex batsman’s innings.

After Rory Burns and Dom Sibley put on 72 for the first wicket, England slumped to 127-4 when Lawrence came in and later were 175-6.

He finished 67 not out – his third international half-century – and England recovered to 258-7 by the close of day one.

A big change from the duck and horrible shot he played at Lord’s last week.

But Lawrence’s effort should not mask concerns over much of the batting – especially Zak Crawley and James Bracey, who both played terrible shots and were out for ducks

Crawley has scores of 2, 2 and 0 in this series while Bracey’s fledgling Test career has produced two ducks – including a first-baller on Wednesday.

Thankfully, Burns added a fifty to his century in the First Test and Lawrence overcame a skittish start to play with freedom.

The 18,000 spectators – many singing, wearing fancy dress and constructing beer snakes and thrilled to be back at the cricket – had the time of their lives.

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Rory Burns put together a strong 81 before edging out[/caption]

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Edgbaston welcomed fans back in their droves for the Second Test[/caption]

Burns said: “Lozza has played beautifully and fluently. He’s really good to watch and some of his shot making on that pitch was terrific.”

With next week’s World Test Championship final against India in mind, New Zealand made six changes from the draw at Lord’s.

England brought in Olly Stone for the suspended Ollie Robinson, meaning a four-pronged pace attack and again no spinner.

Burns and Sibley batted throughout the morning session and eventually put on 72 – England’s highest opening stand for 11 Tests since the same pair compiled 114 against West Indies at Old Trafford.

The big brown stain on the front of Sibley’s sweater – caused when he dived to escape being run out at Lord’s last Sunday – was still visible. Perhaps it was superstition after he made 60 not out then, but let’s hope he had washed the rest of his kit!

Sibley edged one he could have left, Crawley was tentative with no footwork and Joe Root nicked off.

Ollie Pope looks so assured for Surrey but is frenetic for England. He edged trying to cut a wide long hop from left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel – a soft dismissal.

Pope has now scored between 12 and 34 in eleven of his last 12 innings. He made one in the other. If you get starts, you must make some of them count.

Burns played well and reached 81 but then attempted an ambitious drive against Trent Boult and edged to second slip, where stand-in skipper Tom Latham held a catch plunging to his right.

Boult was on a hat-trick when, from the first ball of his next over, Bracey aimed to drive and edged. Bracey stood for several seconds, head bowed in disbelief and fury, before departing. Unforgiving this Test cricket.

England were 175-6 and in danger of tossing away their good start but Lawrence found capable allies in Stone and Mark Wood.

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Who is Turkey vs Wales referee Artur Soares Dias and what other Euro 2020 matches is he officiating?

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ARTUR SOARES DIAS has been selected as a referee for this summer’s Euro 2020.

The Portuguese had served as a VAR official at the 2018 World Cup, so comes into the tournament having been at a big one.

Artur Soares Dias refereed England’s match against Brazil in 2017
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Who is Artur Soares Dias?

Soares Dias has been refereeing since 2010.

The star refereed England’s friendly match against Brazil in November 2017, which ended 0-0.

He kept his cards close to his chest that night and only booked Jake Livermore for a late tackle on Neymar.

The 41-year-old has been used an additional assistant referee for several Champions League games.

He refereed a number of Europa League matches during the 2012/13 season.

In 2017, the Portuguese official and his family received death threats before he was due to officiate the Primeira Liga match between Paco de Ferreira and FC Porto.

Artur Soares Dias is refereeing at Euro 2020
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What other matches will he be refereeing at Euro 2020?

Dias has yet to receive his matches for the next round of fixtures.

The tournament concludes on July 11.

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What do the Olympic rings represent?

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THE delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead on July 23 – despite the city declaring a state of emergency over the Covid pandemic.

With the Olympic Games opening ceremony now less than 200 days away, we take a look at what those famous Olympic rings represent.

The Olympic rings in 2016
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What do the Olympic rings represent?

The five interlocking multicoloured rings were first presented in 1913 and designed by French aristocrat Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

The rings made their first appearance at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, with the colours said to represent the national flags of competing nations.

According to Coubertin, “these five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.

What is more, the six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.

The Olympic rings are loaded with symbolism
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The Olympic rings were forged in front of the audience’s eyes at the opening ceremony for London 2012[/caption]

Coubertin was said to have been inspired to include the rings because of his time as president of the French sports-governing body, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), and to represent the five continents.

According to the Olympic charter, the Olympic symbol “expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many countries and continents compete in the Olympics?

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees, spread out over five continents across the globe and every nation is represented.

Each National Olympic Committee represents a competing nation at the Games, such as the British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, American Samoa, Comoros and Cape Verde.

How many athletes compete in the Olympic Games?

This number tends to differ each year, but at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 11, 237 athletes took part.

This included 6,178 men and 5,059 women.

Nearly 3,000 athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, consisting of 1,664 men and 1,169 women.

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Euro 2020 LIVE: Ronaldo snub causes £4bn Coca-Cola loss, Pogba does same with Heineken bottle, Wales vs Turkey build-up

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EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it’s been another frantic day, with Portugal leaving it late to beat Hungary before France saw off Germany.

England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page’s side.

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