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England bowling coach Jon Lewis has admitted that the hosts were not quite pleased with the soft signal call pertaining to Devon Conway. The Kiwi batsman was given an early lifeline on Day 2 of the ongoing Edgbaston Test.

The South Africa-born batsman edged England pacer Stuart Broad to third slip, with Zak Crawley taking a low ‘catch’. The on-field umpire took the decision upstairs with a soft signal of “not out”.

Devon Conway, who registered a double hundred (200) on his Test debut in the first Test at Lord’s, last week, reflected on the incident, saying that if the technology exists, it should be used.

“I nicked it and looked back because I wasn’t 100 per cent sure if it did carry. I stood there to wait and see if the umpire was going to give me out and fortunately the ruling went my way,” he said.

“I’m pretty grateful it perhaps bounced in front of the fielder and I’m pretty happy I got another chance. We’ve got the technology to prove whether guys catch it or if it dropped short, why not use the technology if we have it?” he added.

While England had a tough day in the office, Lewis was all praise for Broad who was their best bowler by some distance. He returned figures of 2 for 22 in 15 overs, which also took him past Courtney Walsh’s record of 519 Test wickets.

Lewis also admitted that Dan Lawrence’s dismissal of Will Young (82) towards the end of the day was a sigh of relief for the hosts. After restricting England to a first-innings total of 303, New Zealand were in control of the proceeding at 229/3 at stumps on Day 2.

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