Shane Warne detail in England Test unites cricket world: 'Love this'

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Pictured here, Lord's standing as one to pay tribute to the late Aussie great Shane Warne.
Lord's stood as one to pay tribute to the late Aussie great Shane Warne in the 23rd over of the first Test between England and New Zealand. Pic: Getty

Fans have come together to celebrate the life and career of late Aussie great Shane Warne in a beautiful moment at the 'home of cricket' in England.

Lord's played host to a chaotic first Test of the English summer as the hosts ended an opening day containing a staggering 17 wickets, with a slender 16-run advantage over New Zealand.

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Play was halted in the 23rd over of play so the two teams and the packed stadium could pay tribute to Warne, who died of natural causes in Thailand earlier this year.

With New Zealand struggling on 6-37 at the time, play stopped as a ground announcer asked for 23 seconds of applause in honour of Warne - who made the number famous during his playing days.

Warne died at the age of 52 on March 4, with a state memorial service held at the MCG on March 30 for the Aussie cricket great.

Some of the leg-spinner's most iconic moments came in unforgettable Ashes series against England, and the respect from his great rivals was evident at Lord's.

Seen here, Players from England and New Zealand paying tribute to Shane Warne after the 23de over on day one of the first Test at Lord's.
Players from England and New Zealand pay tribute to Shane Warne after the 23de over on day one of the first Test at Lord's. Pic: Getty

Players from both sides and fans packed into the ground rose to their feet as one to applaud a man regarded by many as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.

Broadcasters Sky Cricket also paid their own tribute to Warne by renaming the commentary box in his honour.

England made an excellent start to their new era under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum by dismissing New Zealand for 132 inside two sessions.

But their dismal batting continued as they lost seven wickets for 41 runs to limp to the close at 116 for seven after New Zealand seamers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson picked up two wickets each.

England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley shared a solid partnership of 59 before Crawley was caught behind off Jamieson for 43.

Jamieson removed Ollie Pope for seven in his first innings at No.3 and Colin De Grandhomme dismissed Joe Root for 11 when the former captain's trademark back-foot punch was well caught by Southee at gully.

Southee trapped Lees lbw for 25 and Stokes was caught behind, the skipper walking off angrily after scoring one run off nine balls.

Boult removed Jonny Bairstow (1) and debutant Matthew Potts (0) in the same over as England's batting crumbled in similar fashion to their recent series defeats in the West Indies and Australia.

Ben Foakes, on six, and Stuart Broad (4) will resume the innings on the second day.

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Earlier, England's impressive bowling and slick catching helped them bundle out New Zealand inside two sessions following Kane Williamson's decision to bat first.

The hosts' brilliant display was headlined by Potts, who picked up 4-13 and took two catches, as well as veteran seamer James Anderson, who bagged 4-66 on his return to the side after being dropped for the tour of the Caribbean.

Potts removed Williamson for two to claim his first Test victim and Anderson picked up two early wickets and two more in the second session.

Broad, second on England's all-time list of Test wicket takers behind Anderson, also took a wicket and Stokes bagged the final one to end New Zealand's disappointing innings.

De Grandhomme's unbeaten 42 helped New Zealand recover from 39-6 at lunch after only two of their top six reached double figures, and Southee contributed a useful 26.

with AAP

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