New Zealand in England Test Series - 1st Test

England v New Zealand

England won by 170 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Out come the men in whites... Trent Boult is going to bowl to Alastair Cook

10.55am: Right, one more plug for our other live commentary service, where Devashish Fuloria will be calling the action in sober tones. Follow ball-by-ball commentary, get awesome stats, participate in a match discussion, and discuss the game on Facebook and Twitter. All of this in one place. Our Social Scorecard. And for the old school-types, a little more feedback:

"@James Matherly-Foppington- no fun, please, we're British!" cackles kangaroussy

And here's Ashok Krishna: "Dying to watch Rutherford tormenting England bowling attack and score another beautiful century"

10.50am: Sadly there is an even bigger story on the site today and it involves the dread word "corruption". Follow live coverage of the case involving three Rajasthan Royals players, including dramatic evidence provided by Delhi police, with Sid Monga.

10.45am: The forecast has been a bit iffy but the sunshine has been enough to tempt Alastair this morning. The Lord's pitch is often a chief executive's friend, though a bit of cloud cover could interest the swingers in New Zealand's attack. Haven't seen the surface yet but recent ones in the Championship have been a touch on the slow side and Middlesex's Chris Rogers got a double-hundred at HQ ten days ago.

10.40am: It's the start of the summer and we've got a new addition to the squad - let me introduce our social scorecard. It's got tasty stats, graphics, interactive chatter, Twitter - everything the kids are doing. Speaking of which, let's dip into the postbag...

"Lovely weather in St John's Wood for today's action," hoorays Simon. "The sun is out but there is a definite freshness in the air which could make the first hour interesting for the batsman. McCullum could do worse than stick to his stated desire to have a crack this morning."

Hey everyone, James Matherly-Foppington is an ADULT (and one with a brilliant name): "Hey Hey Yeah - lookit - D'oh - has cricinfo signed a 14 year old to do text commentary. Can't you just talk about cricket in a reasonably normal way - it's all a bit forced and unfunny and your audience are mostly NOT teenagers."

Anant is definitely up for some Home of Cricket action: "Finally! The last time there was any good cricket on was the India v Australia Tests. I've been waiting for this series for a long time."

10.30am: England have won the toss and will bat, Alastair Cook flips correctly in his first Test as captain in England. Tim Bresnan misses out, with Steven Finn retaining his place. Brendon McCullum won't be too unhappy - he'd already said he would bowl. New Zealand are unchanged from Auckland, so Bruce Martin retains his place and Neil Wagner's bustle is preferred to Doug Bracewell.

England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

New Zealand: 1 Peter Fulton, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt), 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Tim Southee, 9 Bruce Martin, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

10.20am: Hey, hey! Yeah, you - stop looking at that urn. The first Test of this summer's toothsome club sandwich of cricket will start today at Lord's but we'll not hear a whisper about those bothersome Aussies when their trans-Tasman colleagues are in town. New Zealand left England hanging on the ropes last month, with only prize puncher Matt Prior saving the tourists from ignominy. Back on home soil, Alastair Cook's men are mouthing all the right words but have they snapped their crosshairs on to the right target (there are some clues in our preview). As Andrew "Gnasher" McGlashan says, they might need a couple of Alka-Seltzer to help them sharpen up to avoid a second headache. Brendon McCullum is the man with the moxy for New Zealand and his side will be looking to punch above their weight again, in pursuit of a first Test victory in England since 1999. That was the last time they won at Lord's too... and we all know what happened that summer. Anyway, the captains will be out for the toss in ten. And lookit, I got through a whole preamble without mentioning the Ash- D'oh!

0.1

Boult to Cook, no run, good length but slightly wide of off, touch of away swing and Cook leaves Boult's first delivery alone

0.2

Boult to Cook, no run, length again, going with the arm and drifting down leg - always a challenge for a new bowler to get used to the slope at Lord's

0.3

Boult to Cook, no run, in the channel, couple of feet wide of the stumps and Cook doffs his cap

0.4

Boult to Cook, 1 no ball, sharper and angled in, stays in the crease and jabs the balls towards point

0.4

Boult to Cook, no run, line and length, almost tempts Cook into a dabble in the corridor but he draws his bat inside the line

0.5

Boult to Cook, no run, angled in and defended solidly from in front of off stump

Turns out the fourth delivery was a no-ball, though the players had begun to change ends

0.6

Boult to Cook, no run, he's found a little groove now and curves another one through to the keeper as Cook elects to leave

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0
NRD Compton    0* (0b)     

It will be Timothy Southee from the Pavilion End...

1.1

Southee to Compton, no run, fullish, pushed down the slop towards leg stump and it slides by as Compton walks across

"After the BBL, BPL and 465 matches of the IPL, I've now forgotten that cricket can last for more than 3.5hrs..." Don' worry, Gareth, we know how your bread's buttered

1.2

Southee to Compton, no run, length and pitching on the stumps, Compton plays it with a straight bat towards midwicket

1.3

Southee to Compton, no run, brisk and fired in towards middle and leg, Compton is hit on the pad but it was heading down

1.4

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up straight and looking for the ball to hold its line, again tapped back on the on side

1.5

Southee to Compton, no run, beaten outside off this time, Southee pulling his line slightly wider and Compton drawn into feeling for it

1.6

Southee to Compton, 3 runs, full and in the channel, there's swing out of the hand for Southee but Compton watches it into the bat face and leans into a cover drive for three

"Slop?" chuckles Lying Mav. "I thought the MCC food was supposed to be pretty good..." If you like parsnip soup, it is. And if I know me (and I do) you'll be hearing a lot about bowlers struggling with the slop over the next few days

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 4/0
NRD Compton    3* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0

Boult to continue over the wicket to the right-handed Compton

2.1

Boult to Compton, no run, angled across on a good length, too wide to draw a stroke

2.2

Boult to Compton, no run, this one hints at coming back but the batsman covers the line comfortably enough

2.3

Boult to Compton, no run, again pushed across with the arm, Compton gets half a stride in and leaves

2.4

Boult to Compton, no run, line and length but still not much movement for Boult, no stroke

2.5

Boult to Compton, no run, pushed across the bows and Compton makes like a tree

2.6

Boult to Compton, no run, that's a jaffa, tighter to the stumps and it holds its line - maybe even seams a touch - twirling like a disco ball as it beats Compton's forward push

End of over 3 (maiden) England 4/0
NRD Compton    3* (12b)      TA Boult    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      TG Southee    1-0-3-0

3.1

Southee to Cook, no run, pushed across the left-hander, good length but wide enough to leave

3.2

Southee to Cook, no run, pitching on middle and off and Cook gets behind this to defend

3.3

Southee to Cook, 2 runs, full and looking for the holy grail (late movement, since you ask) but the ball ends up becoming a half-volley outside off, Cook's slot is pretty small at the start of the innings but he's happy to punch past mid-off for a couple

3.4

Southee to Cook, no run, pulls his length back a bit and pushed across, left alone

3.5

Southee to Cook, no run, on the stumps and defended on the leg side

3.6

Southee to Cook, 1 run, pitched up and there's the old tip and run into a gap in the covers for one

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 7/0
AN Cook    3* (13b)      TG Southee    2-0-6-0
NRD Compton    3* (12b)      TA Boult    2-1-1-0

Here's Razaaq, full of the joys of spring: "Even though I'm a South African, I really love it when the cricket season commences in England :D"

4.1

Boult to Cook, no run, Boult continues to ply a good line and length outside off, hint of nip away and Cook leaves

4.2

Boult to Cook, no run, in the channel, hops back and shoulders arms

4.3

Boult to Cook, no run, tighter, slightly back of a length, Cook stays back and prods defensively into the off side

4.4

Boult to Cook, no run, Cook has a Flash Gordon outside off, real streaky swing at a wide one, but fails to connect

4.5

Boult to Cook, no run, touch short and wide, not tempted this time

4.6

Boult to Cook, no run, good length from Boult but the line is a foot wide of the stumps and this swings away further as Cook lifts his bat in the air

End of over 5 (maiden) England 7/0
AN Cook    3* (19b)      TA Boult    3-2-1-0
NRD Compton    3* (12b)      TG Southee    2-0-6-0

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5.1

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up outside the line of off, Compton gets forward but elects to draw his bat back inside after testing the weather

5.2

Southee to Compton, no run, line and length in the channel, ushered through to the keeper

5.3

Southee to Compton, 3 runs, full, again searching for some nip, Compton's faced plenty of this on greener pitches and under darker skies and steers another drive through the covers

5.4

Southee to Cook, no run, angled across on a length and left alone

5.5

Southee to Cook, no run, slightly full of a length, wide of off but shaping back a touch, Cook leaves well alone

5.6

Southee to Cook, no run, first real shout for New Zealand, Southee strangling a cry as Cook is caught on the crease, falling over slightly and hit on the knee ... Steve Davis shakes his head and the replay shows it just pitched outside the line of leg

Relex, everyone, all is well in the Rayner household... "Well, my girlfriend's ecstatic that the English Test season has finally got underway, but that's probably just because she's happy that I won't be staying up all night watching cricket and sleeping in the days during the weekends any more. Well, for the next 6 months at least."

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 10/0
AN Cook    3* (22b)      TG Southee    3-0-9-0
NRD Compton    6* (15b)      TA Boult    3-2-1-0

6.1

Boult to Compton, 4 leg byes, very leg side, there's a hint of swing and although Compton misses with a flick it grazes the pads and runs for byes to fine leg

6.2

Boult to Compton, no run, pitched up and defended in front of off stump

6.3

Boult to Compton, no run, again loses his radar down the leg side, clips the pad again and BJ Watling does well to grab it on the dive

6.4

Boult to Compton, no run, touch shorter and left alone as it flies through to the keeper

6.5

Boult to Compton, no run, better line, just outside off and going on across Compton, who props forward and covers his stumps

6.6

Boult to Compton, no run, Compton again stays inside the line, confident that Boult's straight one isn't going to come back at him

End of over 7 (4 runs, maiden) England 14/0
NRD Compton    6* (21b)      TA Boult    4-3-1-0
AN Cook    3* (22b)      TG Southee    3-0-9-0

"The opposite here Rayner!" chirrups Tony, possibly under a long black cloud in NZ

7.1

Southee to Cook, FOUR, first boundary of the morning, too full and straight from Southee, Cook plays a business-like clip off his pads and then gets a fist bump from his partner

7.2

Southee to Cook, no run, good response from the bowler, pulling Cook across and into an injudicious push outside off

7.3

Southee to Cook, no run, another teaser, this one seams away off the pitch and has the batsman groping blindly - impressive stuff from Southee

7.4

Southee to Cook, no run, off-stump line, on a length and tapped into the covers

7.5

Southee to Cook, no run, Southee is plugging away in channel and Cook looks ever-so-slightly skittish, stepping across in exagerrated fashion and then drawing his bat inside

7.6

Southee to Cook, 2 runs, straighter line, length delivery and clipped through midwicket on the up for two more to the captain

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 20/0
AN Cook    9* (28b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-15-0
NRD Compton    6* (21b)      TA Boult    4-3-1-0

Here's Mystic Meg (ask your English friend) Bobby: "At the risk on putting a jinx on the Black Caps, I am going to say that Cook's golden run will end in this series. I am also going to counter the jinx by saying that there won't be any 100+ opening partnerships by NZ in this series. Sweet - both bases covered. Now its time to sit and watch NZ pile on the misery on the helpless English."

8.1

Boult to Compton, no run, over the wicket and angled across, little bit of zip away from Compton, who leaves

8.2

Boult to Compton, no run, wider and on a length, again Compton's not really interested

8.3

Boult to Compton, no run, touch back of a length, pace has dropped a little to around 80mph, Compton leaves

8.4

Boult to Compton, no run, leg-stump line, Compton is moving across his crease and slightly overbalances to be hit on the knee roll

8.5

Boult to Compton, no run, a beaut from Boult, pitching on middle and off and seaming past the outside edge as Compton leans forward - only a few Ks quicker but that had some devil in it

8.6

Boult to Compton, 1 run, full and around off stump, gets in line and drops one into the covers, they have to scramble but Cook would have been safe

End of over 9 (1 run) England 21/0
NRD Compton    7* (27b)      TA Boult    5-3-2-0
AN Cook    9* (28b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-15-0

9.1

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up, slightly wide and steered with an open face square of the wicket, Hamish Rutherford stoops low to grab the ball at point

9.2

Southee to Compton, no run, length delivery in the Corridor of Discombobulation, NRD Compton sniffs and says "Nah"

9.3

Southee to Compton, no run, tapped short again into the off side, Compton wants another quickie but Cook, this time, turns him down

9.4

Southee to Compton, 1 run, dug in short, the first bumper we've seen today, gets on top of the pull and plays it in controlled fashion for one to long leg

9.5

Southee to Cook, no run, oooh, that's got Southee grinning, full and this dips and swings back late, Cook jams his bat down before any shouts of "Timber!"

9.6

Southee to Cook, 2 runs, full again, slightly wide of the stumps, leans into a cover push through the infield for a couple

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End of over 10 (3 runs) England 24/0
AN Cook    11* (30b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-0-18-0
NRD Compton    8* (31b)      TA Boult    5-3-2-0

After a mixed opening from Trent Boult, here's Neil "X Factor" Wagner

10.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, round the wicket, decent length, wide of the stumps and the batsman is happy to stay back and leave alone

10.2

Wagner to Compton, 1 run, slightly down the leg side, flicked on the up through backward behind square

10.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, over the wicket to Cook, who defends in front of off stump

10.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, shuffles across and defends a back-of-a-length ball outside off

10.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, short and a touch wide, Cook seizes on the length and cracks a cut shot into the ground but manages to pick out point

10.6

Wagner to Cook, 3 runs, again Wagner drops short and Cook clumps this off the toe end in front of square

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 28/0
AN Cook    14* (34b 1x4)      N Wagner    1-0-4-0
NRD Compton    9* (33b)      TG Southee    5-0-18-0

"Ahh, there's nothing quite like a Lord's Test at the beginning of the summer. The sun is shining, the fresh morning breeze, the buzz around the ground, the 5 minute call. Then the players walk out…What a feeling that must be!" Dennis is in clover (other spreads are available)

11.1

Southee to Cook, no run, lovely shape on this from Southee, the ball arcing back on middle and off but again Cook is just about equal to it

11.2

Southee to Cook, no run, Cook steps across and brings down a straight bat to defend another in-ducker

11.3

Southee to Cook, no run, pitched up straight and again defended

11.4

Southee to Cook, no run, more movement for Southee, the ball curling towards middle and leg on a length, takes an inside edge an squirts to square leg

11.5

Southee to Cook, no run, and there's the Joker in the pack, scrambled seam and fizzing across - it was too wide but you could see Southee's cogs whirring there

11.6

Southee to Cook, no run, fullish length and on the stumps, Cook gets behind it to defend

End of over 12 (maiden) England 28/0
AN Cook    14* (40b 1x4)      TG Southee    6-1-18-0
NRD Compton    9* (33b)      N Wagner    1-0-4-0

I've just had a call from our editor, David Hopps, to tell me that Billy Root - younger brother of Joe - is 12th man today. "He must be one of the most interesting England twelfth men in ages," he says. If you want to hear more from David, he's reporting from Taunton on our County Cricket Live blog...

12.1

Wagner to Compton, 1 run, pitched up outside off and dabbed into the covers for one

12.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, full and Cook plays across the line, trying to take the ball square but the ball rolls of the leading edge into the off side

12.3

Wagner to Cook, FOUR, stands talls and tennis racquets a short, wide ball to the square boundary - Cook got out playing a powder puff cut to Wagner in Dunedin but he's clearly not afraid to take on the shot and the bowler again

12.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, better length, in the corridor outside off stump, left alone

12.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, pitched up, touch wider and there's some away movement, Cook watches it by

12.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, full length and again the ball jags towards the slips but Cook is not made to play

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 33/0
AN Cook    18* (45b 2x4)      N Wagner    2-0-9-0
NRD Compton    10* (34b)      TG Southee    6-1-18-0

13.1

Southee to Compton, no run, fullish and wide of the stumps, punched to mid-off

13.2

Southee to Compton, no run, fired in towards middle and leg as Southee goes wider on the crease, Compton tries to glance but ends up being hit on the pad

13.3

Southee to Compton, no run, line and length, in the channel, left alone

13.4

Southee to Compton, no run, tighter, outside off and straightening, Compton knows where his off stump is and leaves

13.5

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up and there's enough width for Compton to open the face and pick out point

13.6

Southee to Compton, no run, another half-shout for lbw, Southee beating Compton on the inside to thump the protective gear but the angle was taking it past leg

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End of over 14 (maiden) England 33/0
NRD Compton    10* (40b)      TG Southee    7-2-18-0
AN Cook    18* (45b 2x4)      N Wagner    2-0-9-0

14.1

Wagner to Cook, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Cook gets forward and dabs a single through the off side

14.2

Wagner to Compton, 3 runs, full and swinging back on middle, this is nothing more than a defensive check from Compton but the ball beats Wagner in his follow through and runs straight for three runs

Let the pitch wars commence! "I could have mowed a quicker pitch than this in my backyard," grumbles Jim Birchall, via New Zealand

14.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, pitched up outside off and half-driven into the covers

14.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, very full and wide of the stumps again, the eyes light up but the connection isn't so stunning

14.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, slides down the leg side and Cook gets nothing on it

14.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, good length and straight, the batsman covers the stumps and defends

An uneventful first hour - just what England will have wanted - brings us to drinks. Here's Alex Winter to take your order

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 37/0
AN Cook    19* (50b 2x4)      N Wagner    3-0-13-0
NRD Compton    13* (41b)      TG Southee    7-2-18-0

Hello everyone, great to be back, what a day, the start of the international season. Excellent start here for England have chosen to bat first, set fair for a solid day of batting, they need to get stuck in...it's going to be Trent Boult now from the Pavilion End...

15.1

Boult to Compton, no run, middle and off line, hint of shape back into the right-hander who's forward to block up on the on side

15.2

Boult to Compton, no run, similar line, a touch wider, Compton forward in defence again

15.3

Boult to Compton, no run, little wider again, fuller too, and this time Compton leaves alone

15.4

Boult to Compton, no run, this shapes across the right-hander, wide enough to leave again

15.5

Boult to Compton, 2 runs, back on a length and straighter, allowing Compton to shuffle across his stumps and clip down to long leg, just wide enough of the fielder for a second

15.6

Boult to Compton, no run, touch shorter and Compton tucks to square leg going across his stumps again

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 39/0
NRD Compton    15* (47b)      TA Boult    6-3-4-0
AN Cook    19* (50b 2x4)      N Wagner    3-0-13-0

Still Wagner from the Nursery End...

16.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, foot outside off, Cook is back and dabbing into the covers

16.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, little wider and left alone

16.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, angled in towards middle and leg, pushed to midwicket with a half-step forward

16.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, similar length but the line is flung well outside off so Cook comfortably shoulders arms

16.5

Wagner to Cook, 2 runs, struggling to settle into a consistent line Wagner, back on the leg stump and Cook flicks behind square on the leg side, chase for long leg in front of the Tavern stand

16.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, finally gets into a good slot on off stump and Cook rolls it to mid-on

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 41/0
AN Cook    21* (56b 2x4)      N Wagner    4-0-15-0
NRD Compton    15* (47b)      TA Boult    6-3-4-0

17.1

Boult to Compton, no run, good line just outside off on a length, well left from Compton

17.2

Boult to Compton, 1 run, short and pulled well, rolls the wrists and keeps it down towards long leg, not really troubled there

17.3

Boult to Cook, no run, full and wide enough outside off for Cook to leave alone with ease

17.4

Boult to Cook, no run, touch straighter so Cook is able to clip to square leg

17.5

Boult to Cook, no run, full, little shape away but again wide enough for Cook to ignore

17.6

Boult to Cook, 1 no ball, another delivery a little wide outside off, no shot offered, bowler overstepped too

17.6

Boult to Cook, no run, again, wide, again, left, not the best set really

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 43/0
AN Cook    21* (61b 2x4)      TA Boult    7-3-6-0
NRD Compton    16* (49b)      N Wagner    4-0-15-0

H Haskar: "I am very interested to see the Test match at the same time IPL is going on. TEST vs IPL." Test vs what?! Sorry!? No idea...

18.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, fourth-stump line on a good length, one of a number of good leaves from Compton this morning

18.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, wide full toss, Compton reaches out to slash it away but gets it only off the toe into the covers

18.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, back towards the off stump, Compton forward to drive back to the bowler, didn't time it perfectly

18.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, left well again just outside off stump

18.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, just outside off stump, Compton rocks forward and withdraws the bat from the line over his shoulder

18.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, fuller and shaping in to off stump, Compton drives this with a slightly open face that directs it to mid off

End of over 19 (maiden) England 43/0
NRD Compton    16* (55b)      N Wagner    5-1-15-0
AN Cook    21* (61b 2x4)      TA Boult    7-3-6-0

Anant: "@H Haskar. It's a Thursday and this Test match has a full house. A lot of IPL matches don't have full houses on weekdays. It's pretty clear which is the winner."

19.1

Boult to Cook, no run, too wide and left alone again outside the off stump

19.2

Boult to Cook, no run, little better, slightly closer to off stump and this rises slightly off a length but Cook is able to shoulder arms again

19.3

Boult to Cook, no run, pushed into off stump, Cook leans forward to push the full delivery back to the bowler

19.4

Boult to Cook, no run, pushed down the leg side this time, Cook flicked at it and missed

19.5

Boult to Cook, no run, better line and length, asking Cook to come out and defend just outside off, more of that needed

19.6

Boult to Cook, no run, shorter outside off and Cook tries to cut but it dies somewhat and goes under his bat, carrying very low through to Watling

End of over 20 (maiden) England 43/0
AN Cook    21* (67b 2x4)      TA Boult    8-4-6-0
NRD Compton    16* (55b)      N Wagner    5-1-15-0

Sahil: "Is the ball not doing much or it looks to be a conscious attempt from kiwis to ball wide particularly to Cook." It is doing a little bit but the bowler's haven't settled in well enough on a good line. Time for a change and Bruce Martin's left-arm spin...

20.1

Martin to Compton, no run, tossed up well wide of off stump, Compton back and plays and misses trying to drive into the covers

20.2

Martin to Compton, no run, similar line, little fuller, this time ignored

20.3

Martin to Compton, no run, across the off stump, blocked a straighter ball on the front foot

20.4

Martin to Compton, no run, floated up just outside off stump, Compton watches carefully and leaves

20.5

Martin to Compton, no run, nicely tossed up again, Compton rolls it back to the bowler from a full length

20.6

Martin to Compton, no run, floated right up again, blocked up the wicket on the front foot again

End of over 21 (maiden) England 43/0
NRD Compton    16* (61b)      BP Martin    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    21* (67b 2x4)      TA Boult    8-4-6-0

Wagner is changing ends, now from the Pavilion End...

21.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, full ball just outside off, dug out towards point

21.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, full and a little movement away from the left-hander, wide enough to leave though

21.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, off stump line, Cook forward and plays with the inner half of the bat to midwicket

21.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, chance for Cook to drive here just outside off coming forward, doesn't time it though and runs it down towards mid off

21.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, similar line and fuller, Cook jams the bat down on it and gets it away towards point

21.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, forward just outside off, pushing to mid off, well bowled

End of over 22 (maiden) England 43/0
AN Cook    21* (73b 2x4)      N Wagner    6-2-15-0
NRD Compton    16* (61b)      BP Martin    1-1-0-0

Four consecutive maidens...

22.1

Martin to Compton, OUT, floated up outside off and Compton comes down the track, tries to go over the in-field and gets a wild outside edge that loops to point. That's what pressure does. Compton comes down the wicket to try and snap this run of dot balls but in trying a lofted off-drive has perished. Good running catch from Southee going to his right and diving forward

NRD Compton c Southee b Martin 16 (95m 62b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.80

22.2

Martin to Cook, no run, Cook forward and pushing into the covers

22.3

Martin to Cook, no run, little straighter and tucked in front of short leg

22.4

Martin to Cook, 3 runs, floated up outside off, a little full though so Cook drives and drives well past point, not quite timed well enough to get it to the rope

22.5

Martin to Trott, no run, forward and a firm push to cover from just outside off stump

22.6

Martin to Trott, no run, a lean further outside off and pushes to point

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 46/1
IJL Trott    0* (2b)      BP Martin    2-1-3-1
AN Cook    24* (76b 2x4)      N Wagner    6-2-15-0

So those maidens did the trick, can New Zealand crank up the pressure now...

23.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, little short outside off, cut hard but on the bounce straight to point

23.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, much fuller and straighter, a forward lean and tucked back up to the bowler leaning

23.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, foot outside off and left alone from a good length

23.4

Wagner to Cook, 2 runs, full toss just outside off, Cook gets a bat on it and runs it past extra cover for a couple down the hill

23.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, makes it pitch this time but wide enough to leave alone

23.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, Cook goes across to drive this full ball into the covers, extra cover is across quickly and diving to save the run

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 48/1
AN Cook    26* (82b 2x4)      N Wagner    7-2-17-0
IJL Trott    0* (2b)      BP Martin    2-1-3-1

24.1

Martin to Trott, no run, driving back to the bowler, chance and dropped. Trott not getting to the pitch, chips it back to Martin going to his right with both hands at chest height and it's gone though his hands, poor drop

24.2

Martin to Trott, no run, little fuller, this time Trott does drive and clips into the on side

24.3

Martin to Trott, no run, shorter outside off, cut towards point

24.4

Martin to Trott, no run, full ball on the off stump, Trott well forward in defence towards the off side

24.5

Martin to Trott, no run, miles outside off and Trott nearly falls over leaning across to try and cut, just about gets a toe on it towards point

24.6

Martin to Trott, no run, good line just outside off stump, left alone having got right across his stumps

End of over 25 (maiden) England 48/1
IJL Trott    0* (8b)      BP Martin    3-2-3-1
AN Cook    26* (82b 2x4)      N Wagner    7-2-17-0

Should have been two in two for Martin, that chance might have actually been made more difficult by the ball just swinging back into him, bizarre...

25.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, full length outside off stump, little shape away from Cook who shoulders arms

25.2

Wagner to Cook, 2 runs, firm push down the ground past mid off from just outside off stump, brings the 50 up

25.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, this is angled in towards off stump, Cook comes forward and plays firmly into the off side

25.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, pushed again into the covers from a good length ball aimed at off stump

25.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, forward on off stump again, better consistency from the bowler, Cook blocks up the wicket

25.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, little fuller so goes to drive, timed reasonably but straight to extra cover who fumbles but they turn down the single

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 50/1
AN Cook    28* (88b 2x4)      N Wagner    8-2-19-0
IJL Trott    0* (8b)      BP Martin    3-2-3-1

Bob Gardiner: "Compton fails again. Apart from cricket writers from London and his own county fans, who sees the point of persisting with this 30s-something? Everyone else around the world knows it would be more logical to open with Root. He is the future."

26.1

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up again, Trott right out to drive, gets it to mid on

26.2

Martin to Trott, no run, more air, left alone outside off stump

26.3

Martin to Trott, no run, little shorter but Trott can only cut off a bottom edge towards point

26.4

Martin to Trott, no run, middle stump line, careful forward stride to block up the wicket

26.5

Martin to Trott, no run, just outside off, another big stride out to block with a bent front knee

26.6

Martin to Trott, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

End of over 27 (maiden) England 50/1
IJL Trott    0* (14b)      BP Martin    4-3-3-1
AN Cook    28* (88b 2x4)      N Wagner    8-2-19-0

So approaching lunch and New Zealand will be very pleased...

27.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, back of a length on a fourth-stump line, Cook across his off stump to push to cover

27.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, fuller on a slightly tighter line, driven to cover this time

27.3

Wagner to Cook, 1 run, shorter and pulled down to long leg, just a careful wheel around the corner

27.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, straight line and Trott nearly gets too far outside it, pushes the length ball to midwicket

27.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, fuller and it swings in, well bowler, Trott digs it out just about and forces it off the ground to first slip

27.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, touch wider and on a length, shoulders arms

End of over 28 (1 run) England 51/1
IJL Trott    0* (17b)      N Wagner    9-2-20-0
AN Cook    29* (91b 2x4)      BP Martin    4-3-3-1

Richard: "@BobGardiner clearly has a short term memory. Compton scored two Test hundreds in the last series, Root's top score was 45. I think Compton has more than earned his place, and while Root may well be the eventual heir to the opening throne, I think he should bide his time down in the middle order and gain some important international experience." Time for one more before lunch....

28.1

Martin to Cook, no run, floated up on off stump, Cook forward to block up the wicket

28.2

Martin to Cook, 1 run, touch shorter and cut, the man is back on the square fence so this is just a single

Two slips and a short leg...

28.3

Martin to Trott, FOUR, tossed up but a little full and Trott drives pleasantly past cover down the hill, gets himself off the mark

28.4

Martin to Trott, no run, carefully played a straighter ball back to the bowler from a full length

28.5

Martin to Trott, no run, forward on the stumps and ran off the inner half of the bat in front of short leg

28.6

Martin to Trott, no run, length on off stump, pushed forward into the covers

While we take a breather, why not head over to the live county cricket blog for all the latest scores, news and chatter from around the shires...

13.00 BST: And that be lunch on day one with England making slow progress, feeling their way carefully into the first day of the international summer. New Zealand haven't bowled quite as well as the score sounds, lot of deliveries to leave alone, but they did manage to create enough pressure to force Nick Compton into a loose stroke. A competitive morning, Monty back with you in 30...

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 56/1
IJL Trott    4* (21b 1x4)      BP Martin    5-3-8-1
AN Cook    30* (93b 2x4)      N Wagner    9-2-20-0

The players are back out and Tim Southee is standing at the Pavilion End with ball in hand

1.40pm: In the 1970s, England won three Tests at Lord's. In the 1980s, England won three Tests at Lord's. In the 1990s England won the square root of stuff all three Tests at Lord's. For a long while, it was the venue for tourists to strut their pluck, bask in the rarefied atmosphere and then pull England's pants down. Since 2000, however, the hosts have won 15 out of 26 (with eight draws), which is only partially explained by the slight increase in Tests on the ground during that time.

New Zealand acquitted themselves respectably enough this morning, however, and have only lost once (on Andrew Strauss' debut in 2004) in their last six visits. We might see the scales tip one way or t'other over the next couple of hours...

29.1

Southee to Cook, no run, after pulling out during Southee's run-up due to some distraction, Cook then gets back down to the business of leaving to a length ball outside off

29.2

Southee to Cook, no run, straighter line, hint of movement back in and defended in front of the stumps

29.3

Southee to Cook, no run, pitched up a little on off, again the ball ducks back and Cook prods it down the pitch

29.4

Southee to Cook, no run, full of a length and homing in on middle stump, Cook clips off his legs to midwicket

29.5

Southee to Cook, no run, very full, almost yorker length outside off, jams the bat down

29.6

Southee to Cook, no run, lovely line and length from Southee, on off stump, Cook can't get forward so he stays back and blocks in front of the wicket

"Just watching the live coverage on TV and if were a Kiwi I'd be quite annoyed at the fact that before play and during the breaks so far, all that the commentators discuss is about how great the England team is and how rubbish the Aussies look and how the Ashes will be fairly one-sided. What about the current series against NZ? Why don't England just skip them and play the Aussies if that's all they really care about? When will they realise there's more to cricket than playing the Aussies? Give some respect to other teams for a change." There is a danger of looking past the challenge in front of your nose, Nikhil. But the Ashes is the cricket (maybe sporting) event of the summer in England, so you can forgive everyone getting their knickers in a twist about it

End of over 30 (maiden) England 56/1
AN Cook    30* (99b 2x4)      TG Southee    8-3-18-0
IJL Trott    4* (21b 1x4)      BP Martin    5-3-8-1

Trent Boult resumes from the Nursery End

30.1

Boult to Trott, no run, angled across outside off stump and Trott ignores it, as is his style

30.2

Boult to Trott, no run, touch shorter and flying through outside off as Trott plays no stroke

30.3

Boult to Trott, no run, hit on the pad, good line from Boult, around thigh height, so going over but Trott was troubled there

30.4

Boult to Trott, 1 run, on the pads and tucked behind square

30.5

Boult to Cook, no run, angled in on a length towards middle and leg, tucked towards midwicket

30.6

Boult to Cook, no run, big appeal, Cook pinned in front of off, Aleem Dar shakes his head... and New Zealand decide to review. There are two questions for Hawk Eye here: the line of off stump and height. It's orange (umpire's call) on both, so Cook survives, though it was mighty close. If Dar had given it, that would have stayed as the on-field decision, too. Cook played slightly around it, the ball carried on rather than straightening and struck the knee flap, sending the England captain's heart right up into his mouth in the process

End of over 31 (1 run) England 57/1
AN Cook    30* (101b 2x4)      TA Boult    9-4-7-0
IJL Trott    5* (25b 1x4)      TG Southee    8-3-18-0

31.1

Southee to Trott, 1 run, length ball, bit of width and Trott steers a single towards point

31.2

Southee to Cook, no run, pushed across and left alone outside off

31.3

Southee to Cook, no run, Cook crabs his way across the crease, sticks out his back leg like a ballroom dancer and leaves

31.4

Southee to Cook, no run, another line-and-length delivery, another shuffle and shouldering of the arms

31.5

Southee to Cook, no run, length ball, slightly wide of the stumps, no stroke

31.6

Southee to Cook, no run, this stops in the pitch a tad and Cook prods into the off side, the ball hitting quite high up the bat

Here's Pinocchio's friend, Jiminy Cricket: "@Nikhil - Who knows, could come back to bite England. Australia did the same thing at the start of the year. We ignored the series against India, focusing solely on the Ashes and just take a look at how that series ended."

End of over 32 (1 run) England 58/1
AN Cook    30* (106b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-3-19-0
IJL Trott    6* (26b 1x4)      TA Boult    9-4-7-0

New Zealand are continuing to attack here, credit to Brendon McCullum. Three slips in for Trott

32.1

Boult to Trott, no run, over the wicket, angled across on a full length and pushed into the covers

32.2

Boult to Trott, 1 run, drops his length back a bit, Trott stands up and dabs one between point and cover

32.3

Boult to Cook, no run, fullish, wide of the off, Cook gets across and shows it the maker's name

32.4

Boult to Cook, no run, length delivery, tight around off, blocked back down the track

32.5

Boult to Cook, no run, straighter line, sliding towards leg stump, prodded defensively towards mid-on

"How could that not be out?" yelps Zozza, with regard to the Boult-Cook appeal. "In line and smashing into the stumps? If you are not going to give that out Ali Dar, then what are you going to give? DRS failed on this occassion. Ridiculous that Cook is still there."

32.6

Boult to Cook, no run, maintains that probing line and Cook taps into the off side

End of over 33 (1 run) England 59/1
AN Cook    30* (110b 2x4)      TA Boult    10-4-8-0
IJL Trott    7* (28b 1x4)      TG Southee    9-3-19-0

33.1

Southee to Trott, no run, length ball, well down the leg side and there's a sound as the ball passes the bat before landing in BJ Watling's gloved hands ... Steve Davis is the man to shake his head this time and McCullum decides against the review. A good call, as it seemed to flick the thigh pad

33.2

Southee to Trott, no run, gets across to defend a length ball

33.3

Southee to Trott, no run, another throaty yell from Southee, as Trott wears one on the front pad, it was pushed towards leg stump and hit above the knee roll, so height was again a question... Good working over from the bowler, though

33.4

Southee to Trott, no run, full and straight and Trott blocks outside the line of off

33.5

Southee to Trott, FOUR, pitched up again and swinging away a touch, Trott watches it under his eyeline and then drills a rare four through the covers

33.6

Southee to Trott, 1 run, shorter length and on the hips, Trott flicks it to long leg for one more

Here's Aabhas: "In addition to Nikhil's woes - yesterday during the innings break between Royals and Mumbai in the IPL, the ITV guys couldnt get past how much fun the English players were going to have with Watson!"

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 64/1
IJL Trott    12* (34b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-3-24-0
AN Cook    30* (110b 2x4)      TA Boult    10-4-8-0

34.1

Boult to Trott, 1 run, tucked off the pads through backward square leg

34.2

Boult to Cook, no run, full of a length and pitching on middle and off, blocked back to the bowler

"As an Aussie I'm getting sick of listening to them talk about how rubbish we are too! It's not like England have set the world on fire lately - they probably still think they are #1." James, I've promised we won't talk about the Ashes today ... so I guess that means not talking about how rubbish Australia are too

34.3

Boult to Cook, 2 runs, full and straight and Cook gets his head over this one to chisel out another couple of runs down the ground

34.4

Boult to Cook, no run, back of a length, heading down the leg side, beats Cook on the inside and thumps the padding

The cloud cover has arrived as expect here and the batsmen are having to graft...

34.5

Boult to Cook, no run, gets forward to defend outside off

34.6

Boult to Cook, OUT, swinging away, snicks the edge and Watling takes a brilliant diving catch! Cook's a goner! Boult gets his man, and with only two added to his score since the lbw appeal. The conditions have just tipped back towards the bowling side at Lord's and Boult exploited the atmospherics adroitly, nipping the ball away on that in-between length - though it needed an excellent low take from the keeper to complete the dismissal and send Cook back

AN Cook c †Watling b Boult 32 (150m 115b 2x4 0x6) SR: 27.82

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 67/2
     TA Boult    11-4-11-1
IJL Trott    13* (35b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-3-24-0

Ian Bell trots out, but it is Trott on strike

35.1

Southee to Trott, no run, length delivery in the channel outside off, defended coming forwards

35.2

Southee to Trott, no run, gets a stride in and defends

35.3

Southee to Trott, no run, full and slightly wide of off, again punched back on the off side

35.4

Southee to Trott, no run, bangs this in short and Trott flinches out of the way

35.5

Southee to Trott, no run, straight and slightly full, worked off the pads towards midwicket

"Zozza is here and definitely 'yelping' now. Cook out! Justice!" Guess who?

35.6

Southee to Trott, no run, good length outside the line of off and Trott raises his bat watchfully out of the way

End of over 36 (maiden) England 67/2
IJL Trott    13* (41b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-4-24-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)      TA Boult    11-4-11-1

It's looking very grey out there right now ... and I'm not just talking about the scoring rate. Boult to continue after a wee chat with McCullum

36.1

Boult to Bell, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, Bell is happy to play across his pad straight up and clips through square to get off the mark

36.2

Boult to Trott, no run, angled across, good tight line on off, Trott's bat comes down at an angle and the ball jags away towards cover

Here's Pete: "Cook registers the first 'Cowan' of the series, at a very Cowanesque clip (SR under 28!). Extra kudos for executing it on day one - if Eng can't draw this one, it's not Cook's fault."

36.3

Boult to Trott, FOUR, pitched up, not a bad delivery but Trott plants his front foot and middles a drive back past mid-off - New Zealand won't mind him trying that while the ball is doing a bit though

36.4

Boult to Trott, no run, shuffles into line and lets a length delivery sail across his bows and through to the keeper

36.5

Boult to Trott, no run, bumper, well directed and veering away from Trott, as he winds his neck out of the way

36.6

Boult to Trott, no run, pushed across on a full length, holding its line outside off, Trott leaves it alone

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 72/2
IJL Trott    17* (46b 3x4)      TA Boult    12-4-16-1
IR Bell    1* (1b)      TG Southee    11-4-24-0

37.1

Southee to Bell, no run, back of a length and in the channel, Bell thinks about playing and the ball blows his outside edge a kiss on its way through

37.2

Southee to Bell, no run, draws Bell outside the line of off again, length delivery but he plays inside it

37.3

Southee to Bell, no run, touch short and around off stump, played defensively into the off side from the crease

37.4

Southee to Bell, no run, full and outside off, Bell gets forward to block this one towards mid-off

37.5

Southee to Bell, no run, Bell goes across looking to flick a length ball through the leg side, he misses and the ball clumps his thigh pad, drops a few inches wide of leg stump and causes a flutter or two on the balcony

37.6

Southee to Bell, 2 runs, Southee pulls his line back across to outside off and is steered for a couple through point for his trouble

"Fine by me Alan but since England are playing is it fine for us to discuss how rubbish England are? How does Stuart Broad keep getting a game, for example?" Touché, James, and fair enough. It should be noted that England don't do 'winning' well ... Losing the Ashes would be what I like to call Novocaine for the soul

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 74/2
IR Bell    3* (7b)      TG Southee    12-4-26-0
IJL Trott    17* (46b 3x4)      TA Boult    12-4-16-1

38.1

Boult to Trott, 3 runs, full and on the pads and Trott works that profitable groove of his though midwicket

38.2

Boult to Bell, no run, slightly back of a length, outside the line of off and left alone

38.3

Boult to Bell, no run, Bells stays back and pulls his bat out of the way as a lifter sails through

38.4

Boult to Bell, FOUR, the radar drifts to leg and Bell flicks stylishly (read: gets a thick inside edge) to fine leg for four

38.5

Boult to Bell, no run, speared across outside off stump and left alone by the batsman

38.6

Boult to Bell, no run, woof, this one bends like a banana away from the batsman, who swats at it, gets nowhere near, and Ross Taylor at first slip has to make a smart stop prevent byes

"Such consistency from the NZ bowlers," observes Chris. "Not so long ago opposition batters could leave entire overs. Is this Shane Bonds influence?" They have indeed been very disciplined today - just as they were, by and large, in NZ

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 81/2
IR Bell    7* (12b 1x4)      TA Boult    13-4-23-1
IJL Trott    20* (47b 3x4)      TG Southee    12-4-26-0

39.1

Southee to Trott, 1 run, touch short and nudged behind square for a single

39.2

Southee to Bell, no run, pitched up outside off, there's gentle swing out of the hand and Bell drives on the front foot to the man at cover

39.3

Southee to Bell, no run, full and dipping, straightening around off, punched back towards mid-off

39.4

Southee to Bell, no run, length ball outside the line of off, Bell opens the saloon doors to let it through and there's a hint of wobble before Watling executes another immaculate take

39.5

Southee to Bell, no run, Southee continues to ask questions but Bell has no answers, so he just keeps quiet and leaves

39.6

Southee to Bell, 2 runs, this is more his subject, on the stumps and clipped through backward square leg, the throw from the deep is a bit wayward and they get two

Here's Lyndon McPaul, who may or may not be a Fosters drinker: "This partnership is critical for England with the inexperience of Root and Bairstow to come. This series holds much interest for Oz fans also though we cant discuss why ;) GO NZ!!"

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 84/2
IR Bell    9* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    13-4-29-0
IJL Trott    21* (48b 3x4)      TA Boult    13-4-23-1

The Phantom's namesake is back into the attack. Can New Zealand pick up another Brucie bonus?

40.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up outside the line of off, gets forward to defend

40.2

Martin to Trott, no run, full and straightening outside off, played into the covers

40.3

Martin to Trott, no run, this nearly goes disastrously wrong for Trott, who closes the face on a full delivery, clips it straight into his front foot and then looks back aghast as the ball rolls past off stump

40.4

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up on the stumps, stops a little in the pitch and Trott chips short of mid-on

40.5

Martin to Trott, no run, bit of width, goes back and cuts but can't beat point

40.6

Martin to Trott, no run, full, floated up on middle stump, turned to the man at midwicket - that's a maiden

"I assume England are playing for stumps (on day 5)," snickers Earl John. You can enjoy more such top-quality banter over on our social scorecard

End of over 41 (maiden) England 84/2
IJL Trott    21* (54b 3x4)      BP Martin    6-4-8-1
IR Bell    9* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    13-4-29-0

Neil Wagner comes on to give Southee a blow

41.1

Wagner to Bell, no run, full and pitching outside the line of off from over the wicket, then shaping back as Bell shoulders arms from deep in the crease

41.2

Wagner to Bell, no run, straighter line, Bell gets across and covers the stumps in defence

41.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, angled across the right-hander, who is happy to leave

41.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, still doing a bit in the air for the NZ bowlers and Wagner gets this to swerve sharply away from Bell on its way through

41.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, length ball, outside off, stays back and blocks

41.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, Bell plants his front foot and is struck on the thigh as the ball jags back over middle and off - Wagner fancies it but Steve Davis doesn't

Out come the isotones (could be a band name, that) for the drinks break. Here's Winter, on rhythm guitar until tea

End of over 42 (maiden) England 84/2
IR Bell    9* (23b 1x4)      N Wagner    10-3-20-0
IJL Trott    21* (54b 3x4)      BP Martin    6-4-8-1

It's a very steady rhythm Monty. 28 runs since lunch and things going very well for New Zealand. England aren't going anywhere at all and the Kiwi's have been much more threatening with the ball since the break. Martin to get us back underway...

42.1

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up on off stump, ran back to the bowler on the front foot

42.2

Martin to Trott, no run, press forward outside off to short extra cover

42.3

Martin to Trott, no run, little wider so Trott can rock back and cut, gets it only to point

42.4

Martin to Trott, no run, tries the same stroke from a slightly tighter line, bit edgy into the covers

42.5

Martin to Trott, no run, straighter and fuller so Trott tries to work to leg but again doesn't time the stroke

42.6

Martin to Trott, no run, length outside off stump and let go

End of over 43 (maiden) England 84/2
IJL Trott    21* (60b 3x4)      BP Martin    7-5-8-1
IR Bell    9* (23b 1x4)      N Wagner    10-3-20-0

Little bit more swing around with the cloud that has just moved in...

43.1

Wagner to Bell, 1 run, swing here, shape into the pads, Bell comes forward and tucks to midwicket and finds the gap

43.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, back across the stumps defending around middle and off

43.3

Wagner to Trott, 2 runs, this time able to force through the leg side having gone back and across again, gets it past midwicket and it runs down towards the Tavern but this outfield is sluggish

43.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, fuller and sliding past the off stump as Trott shoulders arms

43.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, well wide and left alone again

43.6

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, this time Trott comes out to drive, it was right in the slot, wide enough of the off stump for him to free his arms, it's timed well and bounces over the reach of cover point and to the grandstand rope for four

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 91/2
IJL Trott    27* (65b 4x4)      N Wagner    11-3-27-0
IR Bell    10* (24b 1x4)      BP Martin    7-5-8-1

For all you racing fans...big shock at York with Libertarian at 33-1 winning the Dante. The Derby is two weeks Saturday...

44.1

Martin to Bell, no run, smothered on the stumps

44.2

Martin to Bell, no run, very full and straight again, Bell blocks under his nose

44.3

Martin to Bell, no run, floated up again, this is just outside leg stump but Bell can't flick wide of midwicket

44.4

Martin to Bell, no run, off stump now and a better length, Bell forward and pushing into the covers

44.5

Martin to Bell, no run, flatter and a little shorter so Bell goes back and cuts but doesn't beat extra cover

44.6

Martin to Bell, 2 runs, over does the flight this time and sends down a leg stump full toss that Bell clips past midwicket, needs a bit more than a flick to get it to the rope today though

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 93/2
IR Bell    12* (30b 1x4)      BP Martin    8-5-10-1
IJL Trott    27* (65b 4x4)      N Wagner    11-3-27-0

45.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, full and wide of off stump, left alone

45.2

Wagner to Trott, (no ball) FOUR, little fuller and Trott goes across to drive and opens the face to get it behind square down to wide third man

45.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, left again outside off, tighter to off stump

45.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, left once again from a good length a foot outside off

45.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, fuller and a touch wider, Trott comes out to have a look and decides against the stroke

45.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, drives this though, just a touch more in Trott's area so he has a dabble and times it reasonably but just to extra cover

45.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, shorter and ignored outside off as it rather balloons through to the keeper

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 98/2
IJL Trott    31* (72b 5x4)      N Wagner    12-3-32-0
IR Bell    12* (30b 1x4)      BP Martin    8-5-10-1

46.1

Martin to Bell, no run, forward and blocked around middle and off back up the wicket

46.2

Martin to Bell, no run, tossed up and Bell is drawn into clearing the front leg to drive but mistimes the stroke back to the bowler

46.3

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off and dabbed down in front of silly point

46.4

Martin to Bell, no run, bit of turn here and Bell watches it carefully playing in front of off stump, guides it down in front of slip

46.5

Martin to Bell, no run, tighter to off stump and fuller, Bell comes forward and deadpans it

46.6

Martin to Bell, no run, leg stump line this time and much fuller, Bell waits for it to come to him and blocks

End of over 47 (maiden) England 98/2
IR Bell    12* (36b 1x4)      BP Martin    9-6-10-1
IJL Trott    31* (72b 5x4)      N Wagner    12-3-32-0

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47.1

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, forward just outside off to dab into the covers, gets it between cover point and extra cover so they take one but it doesn't run away from the fielders far enough for a second

47.2

Wagner to Bell, no run, still some shape and it drifts in towards off stump, Bell forward to a full ball playing to mid off

47.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, full on off stump, dabbed into the covers again but this time extra cover comes across the save the single

47.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, off stump line again, Bell stays back this time and tries to run it down backward of square on the off side, only finds gully

47.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, little straighter, again just back of a length, Bell works it square leg

47.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, full outside off, up there to drive but Bell, even though he got right out to the pitch, mistimes the stroke to mid off

End of over 48 (1 run) England 99/2
IR Bell    12* (41b 1x4)      N Wagner    13-3-33-0
IJL Trott    32* (73b 5x4)      BP Martin    9-6-10-1

Vettori Martin to continue from the Nursery End...

48.1

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up outside off, ran into the covers

48.2

Martin to Trott, no run, forward and blocked on a fourth stump line

48.3

Martin to Trott, no run, back and plays an off stump ball up the wicket

48.4

Martin to Trott, no run, straighter delivery and dabbed down in front of short leg

48.5

Martin to Trott, no run, drives from outside off with a bit of a flick, only finds cover

48.6

Martin to Trott, no run, short and wide, cut hard but Southee dives and saves one-handed at point

That's Martin's seventh maiden...

End of over 49 (maiden) England 99/2
IJL Trott    32* (79b 5x4)      BP Martin    10-7-10-1
IR Bell    12* (41b 1x4)      N Wagner    13-3-33-0

Very patient stuff today. Decent bowling, field up, batsman not in flashing nick, grinding out the runs...

49.1

Wagner to Bell, no run, decent line and length, Bell forward in defence just outside off

49.2

Wagner to Bell, no run, full just outside off, driven to cover

49.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, straighter line on a similar length, clipped to midwicket

49.4

Wagner to Bell, 2 runs, a huge, ironic cheer goes up as Bell clips this past midwicket and finally brings the 100 up

49.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, plays slightly around this middle and off delivery but again it's midwicket doing the fielding, diving save to his left

49.6

Wagner to Bell, FOUR, ah that's better, Wagner overpitches and Bell nails it past extra cover, placement and timing were excellent, shot of the day I reckon

End of over 50 (6 runs) England 105/2
IR Bell    18* (47b 2x4)      N Wagner    14-3-39-0
IJL Trott    32* (79b 5x4)      BP Martin    10-7-10-1
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