New Zealand in England Test Series - 2nd Test

England v New Zealand

England won by 247 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

New Zealand gather and head out. All smiles with the sun out. 98 overs today.

John Lynch: "@Sean is right: Why not schedule 6 days for a test match (as they did in the old days, with a rest day)? But today, the rest day could occur at the end unless a day was totally lost (as it was yesterday), and then day 1 could be the rest day for this test"

3.20pm: Ten minutes to the start.

Nick: "jim birchall clearly has a short memory: Rutherford made 171 in NZ and 126 against the Lions, and Fulton made back to back tons in the third test..."

Lijin: "@Sean... it's not as easy as you say. There are many other factors which have to be taken into consideration. For example, television timings, sponsors, other scheduled matches, etc. However, it would be fabulous if these factors can be overcome."

jim birchall: "Lucky we are bowling because Fulton and Rutherford are the worst opening act since Kanye West at U2."

Rutherford's Dunedin effort not too long ago has been conveniently forgotten.

Toss, 10.30am: England have won the toss and they will bat first. Cook says the pitch looks very dry. England are playing an unchanged side.

As for New Zealand, Guptill and Bracewell come in for Watling and Bruce Martin.

Sean: "This should be a perfect case for extending a game. If the first day of a test is abandoned - Move the whole game! If its the 2nd or 3rd etc, then leave it as lost play."

Dave Fern: "Good news, play can start. Looking forward to the game. Will it be another exciting one with twists and turns?"

10.15am, Day 2: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the second day. And we have good news for you straightaway - it's sunny and dry at Headingley. It's for all practical purposes the first day of the Test, as we didn't even have the toss yesterday.

This is Kanishkaa and you will have my company for the first hour, before I hand over to Alex Winter.

3.55pm: Play has been abandoned for the day - thanks for hanging around to shoot the breeze, hopefully the weather will play ball (and so will the teams) tomorrow. Joins us from 10.30am to see if we Get Lucky. Cheerio

3.30pm: "Anything happening? You awake there? Just checking." No, James. And yes, just about. Seems that tea has been taken early (and possibly finished) but rain is still mizzling around Headingley. With 90 minutes or so required to prepare the ground, and play needing to begin by 6pm at the latest, there's only so much longer the situation can hold.

Anyway... Here's Bryan Searle, with more Ashes bantz: "As a Brit living in Oz for 50 odd years I'm rapt to be able to say that gibbo is wrong. I've watched the Sheffield shield closely and there is a dearth of batting and spin bowling talent. Go the Poms!"

"If there is still rain..." Ha, Adrian, you jest. "Jumping back to Steven Bradbury, the best part of the story was that Bradbury had almost no right to still be skating. He had previously had his leg cut in half in an accident, with over a 100 stitches and broken his neck in a separate accident. He only went to the Olympics to prove his doctors wrong after the broken neck."

Duncan Kellard is just spitballing: "Here's an idea (from dry season Philippines). Not reserve days but reserve grounds. Given the very localised nature of English weather patterns, if it's raining in Leeds at 9am put the players on a bus to Old Trafford / Trent Bridge / Durham (delete as meteorologically applicable) and relay the play to the supporters at the original venue."

2.40pm: Sounds like there's been another break in the rain. We'll keep you updated as to when the drops get back out there...

"This is what really puts me off from buyin' a ticket to watch a game in England. I don't get it quiet right why ECB conducts series so early into summer? Had they manage to conduct them in real summer (if there is one) most of the England players would have topped the list at IPL Auction." N Srinivasan DamanisShallo thinks this Test business is a bit of a waste of time.

"Can I just mention that it's bright and sunny in Cardiff..." John sticks the boot in.

And a final word from gibbo: "Ah! A death blow! Urns and medals may break my bones, but it's only a matter of time until we have both again. It'll still be cold in Leeds."

2.25pm: "Fair call on the Olympic medals. But I am in Sydney. It's 11pm and we are seven days short of winter... but it's still warmer here now than it is in Leeds. Hope all that gold is keepin' ya warm, mate!" Touche, gibbo. Yeah, we'll go all right with the medals and the urn.

Speaking of which... "On the subject of scoring more but losing," opines Tom, "in the 2009 Ashes, didn't the Aussies trounce us in every statistic (more runs, wickets, centuries, higher average) but lose the urn? Ha!"

2.10pm: "Don't hold your breath, it is chucking down in Bradford," says Simon. "I need a bit of cricket to brighten up a Friday afternoon at work but I am not optimistic of anything before tea." Don't hold your breath? Raining in Yorkshire? No Surprises.

By the way, if rain updates are your thing, you could do worse than head over to the county blog. There's no play there either!

1.50pm: The sun is peeking out at Headingley, glinting off the roof of the rugby league stadium next door. The groundsmen are even thinking about peeling off the covers, from the looks of it, despite the filthy weather. I guess the positive is that this game is not being played in London.

"Regarding scoring more than your opponent and losing, in politics you can win the popular vote but lose the election ... Bush/Gore." Colin broadens the scope for what I guess are the opposite of pyrrhic victories.

1.40pm: For some reason, we're now talking about an Australian speed skater from a decade ago ... Cricket commentary's a funny game.

"@Alan, the Bradbury race is very famous in Australia's sporting folklore. It was our first ever gold medal in the winter Olympics." I guess, Tim, you've got to treasure these things, since winning gold medals at the proper Olympics has got a lot harder for you guys. Didn't Yorkshire get more last year?

Here's Woolloongabba Wally with a helpful link: "YouTube of Steven Bradbury winning gold at the Winter Olympics: Skated in last the whole race and won when all four other skaters fell on the final turn. Had qualified for the semi-final because of two disqualifications in his quarter-final, and qualified for the final when three skaters in front of him in the semi-final fell on the final turn. Said that he knew he was the slowest in the race, so would stay at the back, out of trouble, and hope for a fall."

Rob, however, is quick to praise the sluggish game theorist: "Bit unfair on Bradbury to say he wasn't fast enough, he was plenty fast enough in his heats prior to the final. What he did do was hang back because he knew that in the vast majority of final races the leaders frequently took themselves out and he was pretty certain of a silver if the lead pair fell when pushing too hard. As it turned out all 3 of his competitors pushed too hard for Gold and they ALL got tangled on a corner allowing Bradbury to skate through. Seriously smart, disciplined tactics that played to the smart percentages. Kind of like a not express pace bowler nagging away at top of off stump and gently moving the ball and letting the batsman do the rest for him..."

1.25pm: It's precipitatin' up in the place again. No sooner had Steve Davis and his sunnies made a trip to the middle than the the rain started sheeting down once more. Seems a good time to push you in the direction of this week's Number Games, by our stats editor, S Rajesh, in which he examines the Stuart Broad phenomenon (aka. Inconsistently consisting).

"NZ have missed a trick here," chuckles Fajji. "Should have included Vettori in the squad. With all this rain, he won't need to play the full 5 days."

1.15pm: *muffled whisper* Something about the sun coming out at Headingley... *cough, cough*. The supers are sopping, though previous calculations suggested more than an hour would be required to get the ground ready. Umpires set to inspect.

"Does anyone remember Steve Bradbury, won a gold medal for Australia at the winter Olympics in the sprint skating by virtue of the fact he was the only one in the race not fast enough to be caught up the pile up on the final corner." Er, well... I can't say that one sticks in the memory, Dan. But the Foinaven tactic is a whole category of its own.

It's 1pm and all's well (if you're a duck). The covers are still on and the status quo as related by Alex pertains. Although it may actually have stopped raining... The radar shows a clear patch of a pixel or two above Leeds, so we can cling to the hope that we'll soon get to talk about the possibility of a start time. Until it starts to rain again.

You know who's most annoyed about this? KP, of course. He's just tweeted his frustrations:

Oh, go away rain.. Want to watch #ENGvNZ ! When will cricket stadiums all have retractable roofs? It will happen..

L'affaire Pietersen may not have been entirely forgotten but the rehabilitated team man is boldly looking ahead to a future when cricket is played indoors. Perhaps more startingly, he's got nothing better to do than watch the game. He's just like me and you!

12.35 Hanzaq: "That "next goal wins" rule has ruined many a football career. The utter devastation (or elation for the underdog) can't be described." Well where I used to have a knock-about has a significant slope. Imagine playing three-on-three, kicking uphill in the near darkness, having been run ragged by the opposition able to attack at pace with the slope, but then, as "next goal wins" is cried out (usually by someones dad coming to whisk their son home), a floated ball from left to right finds your right-back-cum-right-winger-cum-right-side-forward dashing up the hill in-behind the defence. A goalkeeper (having hurried in from midfield) is scrambling back between the posts but not in time to save the wonder volley that finds the back of the net. What a move, what a goal, what a win. Cue pandemonium...and with that glorious scene, I shall leave you for lunch and Monty shall be back from more romantic tales in half an hour...

O-Bomb: "Football - when played in a games lesson and the teacher shouts 'next goal wins' when the score is clearly about 7-2." Haha, I remember such situations well. Keep everyone interested until the death. "We'll play until the light fades," was also a very controversial end-point to an evening's football on the local Rec...

Tom: "Boxing? Up on points before being knocked out?" Ummmm, ok then go on. But only just because obviously in a knock-out points are irrelevant.

James: "Whatever the rights and wrongs of a D/L par score (and Pakistan's innings was interrupted a lot), only three overs were lost, and it was a fantastic chase by Ireland and a fantastic game of cricket." That's very true, D/L gives us a game. In the YB40 last night Notts were cruising in a chase against Warwickshire and it looked like rain was going to rob them (and more importantly, give Warwickshire an undeserved point for a draw) but D/L conjured up a chase of 21 in 20 balls - slightly farcical when they went off with 90-odd to win - but it gave them their rightful victory.

Brian Roberts: "On Ireland vs Pakistan - based on the complicated D/L system I have no doubt that there is no such think as a tie! One run for Ireland does not equal one run for Pakistan. Interesting question would be, what would D/L have said the required Ireland score was for a tie before they started their innings?" I sort of catch your drift but you always need one more run than the D/L par score to win. South Africa's mess up at the 2003 World Cup being the premiere example. So equalling the D/L par score brings a tie.

12pm Tennis is being offered up, good spot. I'm not allowing golf though. Squash and badminton are qualifiers though, well played.

Jimmy: "In regards to that ODI is there any other sport in the world where you can score more than your opponent and not win?" We've had a quick brainstorm here and have come up with darts and snooker as two sports where cumulatively, you can score more points than your opponent but lose.

James: "I think the weather is going west to east in at present. It's dry in Manchester at present, but still cold and windy. I think whoever wins the toss will bat to avoid mass hypothermia!"

11.40 Lunch is going to be taken at 12.30 so that prevents us wasting time into this afternoon if it does dry up. While we wait, relive yesterday's dramatic ODI between Ireland and Pakistan where Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling scrambled a tie for the hosts in a Duckworth/Lewis chase that had everybody a little confused.

11.20 Thankfully it's not raining everywhere around the UK at the moment and there's plenty of matches underway in the County Championship so have a gander at our live county blog for all the latest chatter from the shires.

11.10 You surely know by now that there is an alternative way to follow live cricket here on ESPNcricinfo. Get involved with polls and discussion, comment with Twitter and Facebook and mull over Hawk Eye and charts galore with our live social scorecard. But don't leave me for too long.

Andrew: "It's funny you should refer to the infamous British weather. Leeds has half the annual rainfall of Wellington."

10.50 Fear the beard. But unfortunately, the new bearded wonder of New Zealand isn't making his Test comeback in this match because of fitness worries. But he will be back for the one-dayers and the Champions Trophy and his workload will be carefully managed moving forward.

10.40 Tony: "The disadvantage for NZ is the cold. It's warmer in Wellington at 9.30 pm!" I think the cold isn't great for everybody Tony, nowhere near summer today. The rain has been pretty hard overnight and there are puddles on the outfield. So once there is a break in the weather, it's going to take 90 minutes to get the ground ready for play. Given that, any play before lunch is unlikely.

10.30 First news this morning involves the infamous British weather and unfortunately it isn't good news because we have wet conditions in Leeds and the toss has been delayed, meaning that we almost certainly won't be starting at 11am. Here is the weather forecast for the weekend.

10.20 BST A very good morning and welcome to coverage of the second Test between England and New Zealand from Headingley. England one up in the series having finally shrugged off the plucky Kiwis at Lord's but the tourists won't go away quietly and are looking to respond and square the series - and you could make a strong case that their endeavour in the four Tests stretching back to March deserves some reward.

0.1

Boult to Cook, no run, Boult gets some away swing, not much bounce though, Cook leaves it alone to the keeper

0.2

Boult to Cook, no run, holds the length back and he stays nicely back at the crease and punches it to the off side

0.3

Boult to Cook, FOUR, and they are away, Boult strays down the leg side, on the body and he gently tickles it wide of the keeper and down to fine leg

0.4

Boult to Cook, no run, slight away movement, on a good length and left alone to the keeper

0.5

Boult to Cook, no run, this was much fuller in length, outside off and he shoulders arms

0.6

Boult to Cook, no run, Cook watchful outside the off stump, outside off and moves away, left alone

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0
AN Cook    4* (6b 1x4)      TA Boult    1-0-4-0
NRD Compton    0* (0b)     

Southee to bowl

1.1

Southee to Compton, 1 run, eased away off the pads, a touch too straight by Southee, worked down to fine leg

1.2

Southee to Cook, no run, this time he bowls it fuller and gets some late inswing, Cook gets well forward and blocks

1.3

Southee to Cook, no run, full in length again and this was straighter, Cook commits forward and defends

1.4

Southee to Cook, no run, this was slightly shorter, outside off and holds its line before reaching the keeper

1.5

Southee to Cook, no run, keeps it on the stumps and shapes it towards off, Cook, stays back and angles it towards slip with soft hands

1.6

Southee to Cook, FOUR, lovely shot! Southee risks pitching it up but it's much too full, Cook stays behind the line and pushes it past mid-off, good timing

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 9/0
AN Cook    8* (11b 2x4)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0
NRD Compton    1* (1b)      TA Boult    1-0-4-0

2.1

Boult to Compton, no run, angles it across him and Compton barely moves at the crease as he leaves it alone

3 slips in place

2.2

Boult to Compton, no run, angles it wider outside the off stump, moves away and he doesn't offer a shot again

2.3

Boult to Compton, 1 wide, that was far too wide outside the off stump, Boult loses control of that

2.3

Boult to Compton, no run, much better, angles it across but doesn't get Compton to push at it, he's happy to leave it alone

2.4

Boult to Compton, no run, better delivery, straighter, Compton leaves it alone and the ball straightens

2.5

Boult to Compton, no run, finally gets him to play by angling it on the pads, should have whipped that, gently tucked to the on side

2.6

Boult to Compton, no run, close to being another off side wide, big angle across the right hander, McCullum fumbles

End of over 3 (1 run) England 10/0
NRD Compton    1* (7b)      TA Boult    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    8* (11b 2x4)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0

3.1

Southee to Cook, no run, bowls that full outside off and he comes forward and pushes it to cover

3.2

Southee to Cook, 1 run, this was pitched fuller and moving in, he closes the face of the bat and pushes it wide of mid-off, didn't time it as well

3.3

Southee to Compton, no run, this was fuller and shaping away and he gets forward and angles it towards gully

3.4

Southee to Compton, no run, on a good length outside the off stump and the ball straightens before reaching the keeper

3.5

Southee to Compton, no run, pitches this closer to the off stump and moves it away slightly, left alone to the keeper

3.6

Southee to Compton, OUT, Southee induces the edge! Southee did well to pitch it up to get Compton driving, the ball moved away after pitching, the outside edge ballooned towards Brownlie at third slip, he cups it in front of his face

NRD Compton c Brownlie b Southee 1 (17m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

End of over 4 (1 run) England 11/1
     TG Southee    2-0-6-1
AN Cook    9* (13b 2x4)      TA Boult    2-0-5-0

4.1

Boult to Cook, no run

4.2

Boult to Cook, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, Cook doesn't offer a shot

4.3

Boult to Cook, no run, angles it closer to the off stump, gets it to come in slightly, left alone

4.4

Boult to Cook, no run, away movement this time and wider outside off and he leaves it alone to the keeper

4.5

Boult to Cook, no run, this was fuller and not much bounce before reaching the keeper

4.6

Boult to Cook, no run, fires that full and on the pads and he softly pushes it to mid-on

End of over 5 (maiden) England 11/1
AN Cook    9* (19b 2x4)      TA Boult    3-1-5-0
IJL Trott    0* (0b)      TG Southee    2-0-6-1

5.1

Southee to Trott, no run, stays right back at the crease and punches it to the on side

5.2

Southee to Trott, no run, fuller and drifting on the pads and he whips it straight to midwicket

5.3

Southee to Trott, no run, Southee aims for that fuller length that fetched the wicket, Trott gets forward but pushes it with soft hands to the off side

5.4

Southee to Trott, no run, nearly fetched the edge! Pitched up outside off, he had to come forward and that was close to the edge

5.5

Southee to Trott, FOUR, nice placement from Trott, pitched up outside off and he stayed beside the line, opened the face of the bat and angled it with soft hands between third slip and gully

5.6

Southee to Trott, FOUR, poor delivery, this was a friendly one on the body, he shuffles and tucks it away with ease wide of square leg

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 19/1
IJL Trott    8* (6b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-0-14-1
AN Cook    9* (19b 2x4)      TA Boult    3-1-5-0

6.1

Boult to Cook, no run, angles it inwards and he clips it away down to midwicket

6.2

Boult to Cook, no run, he fires that wide outside off, looked like he wanted to crank up his pace a bit

6.3

Boult to Cook, no run, 81.4 mph, on a good length angling in and he gets solidly behind that and defends

6.4

Boult to Cook, no run, stays right behind the line again and defends to the off side

6.5

Boult to Cook, no run, 81.6 mph, gets away with one down the leg side, Cook tries to clip it away but fails to get anything on it

6.6

Boult to Cook, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he stays back and defends

End of over 7 (maiden) England 19/1
AN Cook    9* (25b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-2-5-0
IJL Trott    8* (6b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-0-14-1

7.1

Southee to Trott, no run, 82.8 mph, bowls that full outside the off stump and it straightens before reaching the keeper

7.2

Southee to Trott, no run, this was fuller outside the off stump and good carry to McCullum who collects it in front of his face

7.3

Southee to Trott, no run, stays beside the line and he stays back and knocks it to the off side

7.4

Southee to Trott, no run, 81.5 mph, this was fuller in length outside off and he safely leaves it alone

7.5

Southee to Trott, no run, 82.8 mph, lands it on a good length outside the off stump and he shoulders arms

7.6

Southee to Trott, no run, 81.4 mph, wider outside the off stump, Trott's happy to leave that alone as well

End of over 8 (maiden) England 19/1
IJL Trott    8* (12b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-14-1
AN Cook    9* (25b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-2-5-0

8.1

Boult to Cook, no run, 79.5 mph, that was much too full outside off and he pushes it towards cover

8.2

Boult to Cook, no run, short and wide and he goes back to cut but doesn't time it well enough, can't beat backward point

8.3

Boult to Cook, no run, good swing, honing in on the base of the off stump and Cook manages to get behind and defend

8.4

Boult to Cook, no run, stays back at the crease and knocks it towards mid-on

8.5

Boult to Cook, no run, 78.3 mph, moves it away from the left-hander and he safely leaves it alone

8.6

Boult to Cook, no run, 80.2 mph, a bit too straight and he gets across and works it towards mid-on and tells Trott to wait

End of over 9 (maiden) England 19/1
AN Cook    9* (31b 2x4)      TA Boult    5-3-5-0
IJL Trott    8* (12b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-14-1

9.1

Southee to Trott, FOUR, too full and wide outside the off stump, he gets across and drives him with ease past cover

9.2

Southee to Trott, no run, 82 mph, this was clipped away towards mid-on and they appear to set off, the fielder does well to stop it and they decide against the single

9.3

Southee to Trott, no run, bangs it in short but its down the leg side

9.4

Southee to Trott, no run, holds the length back and he stays right back at the crease and defends

9.5

Southee to Trott, no run, 80.9 mph, delivers from slightly wide of the crease and lands it outside off, left alone

9.6

Southee to Trott, no run, 81.3 mph, bowls from wide of the crease again and this time he pitches it fuller and he leaves it alone

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 23/1
IJL Trott    12* (18b 3x4)      TG Southee    5-1-18-1
AN Cook    9* (31b 2x4)      TA Boult    5-3-5-0

Still bright and sunny

10.1

Boult to Cook, 1 wide, 78 mph, that was too wide outside the off stump and he leaves it alone

10.1

Boult to Cook, no run, this was wider outside the off stump and once again he doesn't offer a shot

Vinay Patel: "I guess you could you could say NZ delivered three maidens...on the Trott."

10.2

Boult to Cook, no run, confident appeal for an lbw! Angling in slightly towards the leg stump, he was on the back foot and the umpire reckoned that was missing leg, McCullum thinks about it and decides not to review, that was hitting the knee roll, ball tracker says that would have clipped the top of leg

10.3

Boult to Cook, no run, comes forward and across and pushes it to the off side

10.4

Boult to Cook, no run, comes forward again and drives softly to the off side

10.5

Boult to Cook, no run, keeps it outside off and he leaves it alone

10.6

Boult to Cook, no run

End of over 11 (1 run) England 24/1
AN Cook    9* (37b 2x4)      TA Boult    6-3-6-0
IJL Trott    12* (18b 3x4)      TG Southee    5-1-18-1

11.1

Southee to Trott, no run, lands it wide outside off and he safely leaves it alone

11.2

Southee to Trott, no run, this was fuller in length outside off and he comes forward and drives to mid-off

KellyM: "England not really rotating the strike much yet, it was a weakness of theirs in the last test too, need to keep the scoreboard ticking over!"

11.3

Southee to Trott, no run, 82.6 mph, that was close! Southee brings this one back in from wide of the crease, Trott didn't expect that to come back to sharply, nearly shaved the off stump

11.4

Southee to Trott, 1 run, this was fuller in length getting Trott forward, defends to the off side

11.5

Southee to Cook, no run, this was angled across and he comes forward and pushes it to the off side

11.6

Southee to Cook, no run, good length on the off stump and he stays back and defends

Spaceman Spiff tweets: "Cannot bring myself to say nice things and defend the primacy of Test cricket while i am watching Cook & Trott bat..."

End of over 12 (1 run) England 25/1
AN Cook    9* (39b 2x4)      TG Southee    6-1-19-1
IJL Trott    13* (22b 3x4)      TA Boult    6-3-6-0

Here's Wagner

12.1

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, not the best start for Wagner, friendly length delivery on the body, he works his wrists and flicks it off the middle of the bat wide of square leg

12.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, this was on a good length outside off and he doesn't offer a shot

12.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, good length on middle and leg and worked to the on side

12.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, this was fired a touch wide outside off and he leaves it alone

12.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, close to being called a wide again outside off, short as well and the umpire has a look at it

12.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, he stays right back at the crease and knocks it to the off side

Pun times ahead - Dickson: "@Vinay Patel, yes, and NZ will hope their scorecard gets a case of the Trotts when they bat. They wouldn't want a lightning Boult to strike them a second time. Hopefully they can Cook something up. I just hope they sorted their issues out Prior to this match, or we could be in for Broad changes in our lineup. We don't want to look like Bell-ends for too long with the bat. Guptill that last innings at Lords, we looked ok but things went Southee pretty quickly thereafter."

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 29/1
IJL Trott    17* (28b 4x4)      N Wagner    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    9* (39b 2x4)      TG Southee    6-1-19-1

13.1

Southee to Cook, no run, 81.3 mph, this was full and on the stumps and he stays right behind the line and pushes it down the track

13.2

Southee to Cook, no run, gets beside the line and he comes forward and drives to cover

13.3

Southee to Cook, no run, 82.4 mph, another peach from Southee, from over the wicket to the left-hander, gets a good angle from leg to outside off, Cook wasn't quite ready for that angle, nearly edged that

13.4

Southee to Cook, 2 runs, full in length and he pushes at it and doesn't hit it too hard, finds the gap at mid-off

13.5

Southee to Cook, 1 run, this was too full and on the pads and Cook easily whips that wide of square leg

13.6

Southee to Trott, no run, Southee teases him again by bowling wide of the crease, angles it inwards and gets it to move away, he decides to leave it alone

Handing over to Alex Winter now. It's drinks

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 32/1
IJL Trott    17* (29b 4x4)      TG Southee    7-1-22-1
AN Cook    12* (44b 2x4)      N Wagner    1-0-4-0

Cheers Kanishkaa, hello everyone. Beautiful sunshine here, much more like it. And much more like a proper over rate too. We were getting through 12 an hour at Lord's. Wagner to continue from the Rugby Stand End...

14.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, full and shapes away a little, Cook plays forward on off stump, played with soft hands and squirts it along the floor into the gully

14.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, similar delivery, more carefully played back up the wicket this time

14.3

Wagner to Cook, FOUR, full again but a little wider, allowing Cook to drive through cover point, timed well enough to get it to scuttle away from the fielder who slides in vain

14.4

Wagner to Cook, 1 run, nice and full once more, Cook drives again but doesn't time this, gets it in the gap at extra cover though so a quick single is available

14.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, full of length but wide of Trott's off stump and ignored

14.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, tighter to off stump but left again, good judgement as it came back in a little off the seam

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 37/1
IJL Trott    17* (31b 4x4)      N Wagner    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    17* (48b 3x4)      TG Southee    7-1-22-1

Time for a change and it's the fourth of the four seamers Doug Bracewell being introduced from the Kirkstall Lane End...

15.1

Bracewell to Cook, no run, full length just outside off, blocked towards point from the crease

15.2

Bracewell to Cook, FOUR, this is too wide though and Cook leans across and steers a fuller ball between third slip and gully to third man

15.3

Bracewell to Cook, FOUR, slightly tighter to off stump but too full again and Cook lays into a glorious cover drive, timed to perfection and it races through extra cover

15.4

Bracewell to Cook, no run, better delivery and catches Cook on the pad, huge cry for lbw, not out given but McCullum goes for the review. It hasn't come back nearly enough as the fielders thought and it's hitting Cook outside the line, well "umpire's call", and going on to miss off stump too, poor review really but well bowled

15.5

Bracewell to Cook, no run, similar line and length but Cook is forward blocking into the covers

15.6

Bracewell to Cook, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, Cook is across the stumps and pushed towards cover

End of over 16 (8 runs) England 45/1
AN Cook    25* (54b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-8-0
IJL Trott    17* (31b 4x4)      N Wagner    2-0-9-0

16.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, full and shape into the right-hander who drives and gets a thick inside edge into the front pad

16.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, a little wider, left alone

16.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, closer to off stump again and Trott tries to drive again, aiming a little straighter, gets it to mid off from the front foot

16.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, touch wide once more to induce a stroke

16.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, similar wide line but a touch fuller so Trott tries to drive again, gets it off the toe this time and it runs into the covers

16.6

Wagner to Trott, (no ball) 2 runs, nicely driven off a length through cover, just nudged away well enough for a couple

16.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, the extra delivery is a little shorter two feet outside off so Trott leaves alone

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 48/1
IJL Trott    19* (38b 4x4)      N Wagner    3-0-12-0
AN Cook    25* (54b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-8-0

17.1

Bracewell to Cook, no run, back of a length a foot outside off, Cook is across to dab it down towards point

17.2

Bracewell to Cook, no run, full on off stump, a firm punch to mid on

17.3

Bracewell to Cook, no run, length ball just outside off, blocked going across the off stump up the wicket

17.4

Bracewell to Cook, 1 run, a good forward stride and pushed firmly back up past the bowler, it beats mid on so they can take a single

17.5

Bracewell to Trott, no run, full and very wide, ignored

17.6

Bracewell to Trott, FOUR, full and driven, quite loosely, and gets a genuine outside edge, a pretty thick nick but it falls a yard short of third slip and it goes under his legs to third man for four, didn't get into the right position to play that shot, lucky

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 53/1
IJL Trott    23* (40b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-13-0
AN Cook    26* (58b 5x4)      N Wagner    3-0-12-0

18.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, full and swinging away a little, pressed forward to extra cover

18.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, similar ball, a bit more of a drive at this, gets it to extra cover

18.3

Wagner to Cook, 1 run, full again just outside off, once more Cook is well forward to press it into the covers, finds the gap now so they take a run

18.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, bit of shape into Trott who defends a length ball from the crease up the wicket

18.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, a touch wider, ignored outside off stump

18.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, a touch shorter but wide enough to leave alone once more

End of over 19 (1 run) England 54/1
IJL Trott    23* (43b 5x4)      N Wagner    4-0-13-0
AN Cook    27* (61b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-13-0

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19.1

Bracewell to Cook, no run, from over the wicket, towards the off stump, a press forward and block up the wicket

19.2

Bracewell to Cook, no run, full on the leg stump, Cook goes to flick it away but gets struck on the pad, it's going well down

19.3

Bracewell to Cook, no run, pushed wider of off stump and left alone

19.4

Bracewell to Cook, no run, wide again, Cook leans out to drive but ends up just digging it towards the covers

19.5

Bracewell to Cook, no run, good length ball and Cook plays half-forward, it leaves him a little and takes the outer half of the bat towards point

19.6

Bracewell to Cook, no run, blocked more solidly this time on the stumps coming forward

End of over 20 (maiden) England 54/1
AN Cook    27* (67b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    3-1-13-0
IJL Trott    23* (43b 5x4)      N Wagner    4-0-13-0

New Zealand are doing okay here, need to keep probing away, don't get bored of the good areas...

20.1

Wagner to Trott, 1 wide, that's not what's needed though, well wide of off stump and called as such

20.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, played very late just outside off stump with a forward press, drops it towards the gully, shaped back in a little

20.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, a little fuller and again gets a little in-duck, Trott plays very late and tucks it out towards midwicket

20.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, wide again, trying to entice Trott out to drive, but it's a little too wide and this is left

20.4

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, full length again, a little too straight and whipped down to deep backward square, good job he hit that

20.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, good full straight delivery, Cook onto it quickly and pushes to mid on

20.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, push back up the wicket to another full, straight ball

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 56/1
AN Cook    27* (69b 5x4)      N Wagner    5-0-15-0
IJL Trott    24* (47b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    3-1-13-0

Bustling away quite well here Bracewell, I like him...

21.1

Bracewell to Trott, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, let go

21.2

Bracewell to Trott, no run, same delivery, same stroke

21.3

Bracewell to Trott, no run, full and driven at, again a touch loose, but again it falls well short of the fielder in the cordon, this time gully

21.4

Bracewell to Trott, no run, tighter line and a bigger stride out to block

21.5

Bracewell to Trott, no run, fuller, a foot outside off, Trott shoulders arms

21.6

Bracewell to Trott, no run, a little wide and left alone again

End of over 22 (maiden) England 56/1
IJL Trott    24* (53b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-2-13-0
AN Cook    27* (69b 5x4)      N Wagner    5-0-15-0

It really is glorious today, if you're in striking distance of Headingley, get yourself down...

22.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, full towards off stump, Cook forward blocking back up the wicket

22.2

Wagner to Cook, no run, fuller and driven pretty well but only to cover

22.3

Wagner to Cook, no run, back of a length, just shaping away from off stump, Cook across and nudging towards point

22.4

Wagner to Cook, no run, length but too wide to get Cook to play at it

22.5

Wagner to Cook, 3 runs, a touch tighter to off stump and Cook leans on it and pushes through the covers, nicely pushes away, not timed well enough to get it for four

22.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, a foot outside off stump, left alone

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 59/1
IJL Trott    24* (54b 5x4)      N Wagner    6-0-18-0
AN Cook    30* (74b 5x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-2-13-0

Been just enough movement this morning to keep the bowler's interested...

23.1

Bracewell to Cook, no run, full, again a little shape into the pads, Cook nudges it towards midwicket

23.2

Bracewell to Cook, no run, a little far outside off stump, ignored

23.3

Bracewell to Cook, FOUR, short on the leg stump and Cook turns it down to the long leg fence

50 partnership between these two, solid stuff...

23.4

Bracewell to Cook, no run, back and across the off stump to block a length ball into the leg side

23.5

Bracewell to Cook, no run, a touch straighter so Cook tries to clip it through the leg side but midwicket goes to his left and saves

23.6

Bracewell to Cook, no run, pushed across the off stump and ignored

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 63/1
AN Cook    34* (80b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    5-2-17-0
IJL Trott    24* (54b 5x4)      N Wagner    6-0-18-0

An over from Kane Williamson perhaps before the break...

24.1

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, too full and just outside the off stump, right in the slot for Trott who eases it past extra cover, really nicely timed

24.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, a little better length and tighter to off stump, driven at again but just back to the bowler, didn't get it at all

24.3

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

24.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, fuller but too wide and left again

24.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, outside off again and left once more

24.6

Wagner to Trott, OUT, drives at this though outside off and nicks it through to the keeper. Third loose drive of the morning from Trott and this time he's paid the price, a thin edge to McCullum trying to drive through the covers, the delivery just kept going away from him, having previously swung back into the middle of his bat

IJL Trott c †McCullum b Wagner 28 (94m 60b 6x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 67/2
     N Wagner    7-0-22-1
AN Cook    34* (80b 6x4)      DAJ Bracewell    5-2-17-0

Just what New Zealand wanted before lunch...

25.1

Bracewell to Cook, OUT, and another one! Full and Cook pokes at it just outside off and gets an edge to third slip where Brownlie proves he's safe hands again. Full ball around off stump, slid across the left-hander and Cook was a little late in getting across to it and got a thick edge as the bat came down a little late

AN Cook c Brownlie b Bracewell 34 (115m 81b 6x4 0x6) SR: 41.97

Four slips and two gullies...

25.2

Bracewell to Root, no run, a foot and a half outside off and let through to the keeper

25.3

Bracewell to Root, no run, fuller and a little wider, considered going across to play it but in the end ignored it

25.4

Bracewell to Root, no run, tighter to off stump, just back of a good length, left alone again though

25.5

Bracewell to Root, no run, much straighter and forces Root to block on the crease into the leg side

25.6

Bracewell to Root, no run, just wide enough to leave again

1pm, lunch Well that last ten minutes has transformed the session from being a solid start for England into a wobbly one and a good morning for New Zealand. They would have bowled first anyway if McCullum would have won the toss and will be very pleased. Two wickets in two balls giving the tourists the edge at lunch. Kanishkaa back with you in 30 minutes...

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) England 67/3
JE Root    0* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-3-17-1
IR Bell    0* (0b)      N Wagner    7-0-22-1

26.1

Boult to Bell, no run, full on the stumps and he defends

Welcome back

26.2

Boult to Bell, no run

26.3

Boult to Bell, no run

26.4

Boult to Bell, no run, full outside off and he defends back to the bowler

26.5

Boult to Bell, 2 runs, on the pads and he clips it wide of square leg

26.6

Boult to Bell, 4 byes, oops! That misses everyone, too wide down the leg side and he tries to flick and misses

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 73/3
IR Bell    2* (6b)      TA Boult    7-3-8-0
JE Root    0* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-3-17-1

27.1

Bracewell to Root, no run, fullish in length and moving away, he safely leaves it alone

27.2

Bracewell to Root, 2 runs, Bracewell gets some encouraging swing, on a yorker length and Root whips it away

27.3

Bracewell to Root, 1 run, full and swinging away and Root pokes at it with soft hands, the ball drops in front of slip

27.4

Bracewell to Bell, no run, this one moves away from him and he safely leaves it alone, fuller in length

27.5

Bracewell to Bell, no run, good length on the off stump and he moves across and defends with soft hands

27.6

Bracewell to Bell, no run, 85.7 mph, Bracewell cranks up the pace, he fires it on a yorker length and he manages to dig it out

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 76/3
IR Bell    2* (9b)      DAJ Bracewell    7-3-20-1
JE Root    3* (8b)      TA Boult    7-3-8-0

28.1

Boult to Root, 1 leg bye, short of a length and rising on the body and he manages to fend it off

28.2

Boult to Bell, 1 run, much better, shuffles across early expecting it to come onto him and he whips it to fine leg

28.3

Boult to Root, no run, angles that across the right-hander and he leaves it alone

28.4

Boult to Root, no run, shuffles across the stumps and tucks it back to the bowler

28.5

Boult to Root, no run, 79 mph, aims at the stumps and he ensures he gets behind the line and defends

28.6

Boult to Root, no run, good length on the off stump and he moves across and pats it away

James: "Neil Wagner has this uncanny knack of getting batsmen out, flashing outside their offstump. If there is any bowler who deserves those wickets though, it is Wagner. He is the Siddle of the Black Caps in many respects."

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 78/3
JE Root    3* (13b)      TA Boult    8-3-9-0
IR Bell    3* (10b)      DAJ Bracewell    7-3-20-1

29.1

Bracewell to Bell, no run, good length on the off stump and he stays back and defends

29.2

Bracewell to Bell, 1 run, drifts a bit towards the body and he moves across and whips to fine leg

29.3

Bracewell to Root, no run, gets away with a half volley on the pads and he can only push it straight to mid-on

Three slips and two gullys

29.4

Bracewell to Root, 2 runs, nearly squared up Root, this was full and on the stumps and he just about managed some bat on that, edged but short of the slips and in the gap down to third man

29.5

Bracewell to Root, no run, lands it outside off and Root's happy to let that go

29.6

Bracewell to Root, no run, pitched up on the off stump and he punches it down the track, timed well but straight to the bowler

Edmund: "Aren't NZ being a bit over-cautious by adopting a Boult and Bracewell approach after lunch?"

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 81/3
JE Root    5* (17b)      DAJ Bracewell    8-3-23-1
IR Bell    4* (12b)      TA Boult    8-3-9-0

30.1

Boult to Bell, no run, 80 mph, fuller in length and angling across and left alone

30.2

Boult to Bell, no run, tries to work it away to the on side but the ball hits the pad and rolls away

30.3

Boult to Bell, FOUR, wrong line, down the leg side, Bell was anyway across and he worked that away easily down to fine leg

30.4

Boult to Bell, no run, better delivery, angles it towards the off stump and he does well to not offer a shot

30.5

Boult to Bell, no run, good comeback by Boult, it was full and angling in late, Bell was down to drive and the ball swung in enough to beat the inside edge

30.6

Boult to Bell, no run, tries to drive on the front foot again and he appears to get an edge on to the pads

Swifty Morgan: "Now would be a good time to bring on a spinner, if only nz had an experienced spin bowler they could call on..."

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 85/3
IR Bell    8* (18b 1x4)      TA Boult    9-3-13-0
JE Root    5* (17b)      DAJ Bracewell    8-3-23-1

No spin though. It's Southee

31.1

Southee to Root, no run, bowls it full and looks for the outswing, he mistimes the drive to mid-off

31.2

Southee to Root, no run, full again and Southee's not afraid to bowl that length, Root can only place it to mid-on

31.3

Southee to Root, no run, holds the length back a bit and Root prefers to stay back and softly push it to the off side

31.4

Southee to Root, no run, Southee fires that on the stumps and Root does well to get behind that to defend

31.5

Southee to Root, no run, Root tentative on the back foot, Southee angles it away and he leaves it alone

31.6

Southee to Root, no run, stays on the back foot and he pushes it softly to the off side

End of over 32 (maiden) England 85/3
JE Root    5* (23b)      TG Southee    8-2-22-1
IR Bell    8* (18b 1x4)      TA Boult    9-3-13-0

32.1

Boult to Bell, no run, moves across and softly pushes it to the off side

32.2

Boult to Bell, 1 run, Boult makes the mistake of angling it to the pads and he works it away wide of square leg

32.3

Boult to Root, no run, angles it across Root and he leaves it alone

32.4

Boult to Root, 1 run, this is a good angle, coming in on off and middle and he awkwardly works it to the leg side

32.5

Boult to Bell, no run, this one moves away and Bell leaves it alone

32.6

Boult to Bell, no run, appeal for a caught behind and the umpire shakes his head! The umpire was right, Bell trapped on the back foot by one that straightened, the ball clipped the back leg and not the edge, McCullum was excited, Boult wasn't so sure

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 87/3
IR Bell    9* (22b 1x4)      TA Boult    10-3-15-0
JE Root    6* (25b)      TG Southee    8-2-22-1

33.1

Southee to Root, FOUR, lovely shot, this was short and wide outside off, Root plays for the angle and times the punch well past backward point

33.2

Southee to Root, no run, this one straightens outside off and he leaves it alone

33.3

Southee to Root, no run, down the leg side and it clipped his leg, McCullum did well to slide and stop it

jackthelad: "Ticklish times for the inexperienced young batsmen - one of Compton, Root and Bairstow is going to have to stand down once KP is fit again ..."

33.4

Southee to Root, no run, lands outside off and he leaves it alone

33.5

Southee to Root, FOUR, good timing by Root, a misfield helping England there, Root stayed back and played with the swing, moving away and he punched it off the meat of the bat, point dives but the ball slips under his fingers

33.6

Southee to Root, no run, stays back at the crease and defends

dominic: "@james (again): If there is anyone deserving of 'those' wickets in this Blackcaps side it's Southee. And then Boult..."

End of over 34 (8 runs) England 95/3
JE Root    14* (31b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-2-30-1
IR Bell    9* (22b 1x4)      TA Boult    10-3-15-0

34.1

Boult to Bell, 2 runs, gives him a lot of width outside off and he really has to stretch to cut that away

34.2

Boult to Bell, 1 run, goes back at the crease and shuffles and he works it to fine leg

34.3

Boult to Root, no run, bowls it full and hones in on the stumps and he punches it down to mid-on

34.4

Boult to Root, 2 runs, angles it towards the body and it's easy for Root to tuck it wide of square leg

34.5

Boult to Root, no run, 82.3 mph, he fires that fuller and he fails to put away a half volley, he gets an inside edge to the pads

34.6

Boult to Root, no run

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 100/3
JE Root    16* (35b 2x4)      TA Boult    11-3-20-0
IR Bell    12* (24b 1x4)      TG Southee    9-2-30-1

35.1

Southee to Bell, no run, 83.5 mph, good length outside off and gentle away movement, he doesn't offer a shot

35.2

Southee to Bell, no run, this time he gets forward and pushes it to the off side, fullish in length

35.3

Southee to Bell, no run, pitched up outside off and Bell gets across and leaves it alone

KellyM: "@jackthelad, things will start to get really interesting for the selectors if Bairstow gets runs in this match"

35.4

Southee to Bell, no run, lands it on the same spot again, doesn't get Bell to play this time

35.5

Southee to Bell, no run, this time he angles it from wide of the crease and forces Bell to push at it, he plays it with soft hands to gully

35.6

Southee to Bell, no run, Bell has been given out lbw and he is reviewing it, pitched on a good length on middle and off and coming in with the angle, Bell was forward and struck above the knee roll, it appeared too high and it was, the ball tracker shows that clearing the stumps, good review

End of over 36 (maiden) England 100/3
IR Bell    12* (30b 1x4)      TG Southee    10-3-30-1
JE Root    16* (35b 2x4)      TA Boult    11-3-20-0

36.1

Boult to Root, no run, stays on the back foot and he pushes it to the off side

36.2

Boult to Root, no run, drifts it towards middle and off and he punches it to the off side

36.3

Boult to Root, no run, fullish in length outside off and he gets across and shoulders arms

36.4

Boult to Root, 1 run, bowls a half volley on the pads and he works it away forcefully down to fine leg

36.5

Boult to Bell, no run, did that take the edge? Bell was trying to leave the ball outside off and he didn't raise the bat high enough, there was a sound as the ball passed the bat but none of the New Zealanders appeared to notice it, lucky break for Bell?

36.6

Boult to Bell, no run, he leaves this one to the keeper

Hot Spot shows a very faint touch

End of over 37 (1 run) England 101/3
IR Bell    12* (32b 1x4)      TA Boult    12-3-21-0
JE Root    17* (39b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-3-30-1

37.1

Southee to Root, no run

37.2

Southee to Root, no run, full and swinging away and he leaves it alone

37.3

Southee to Root, no run, bowls it on the corridor outside off and it's a tentative leave again

37.4

Southee to Root, no run, bowls from wider of the crease, angles it in and Root is well forward to defend

37.5

Southee to Root, no run, lands it full outside off and he safely leaves it alone

37.6

Southee to Root, no run, nips it back in from outside off and he stays back and the ball hits his pad and rolls away

Morgan: "NZ have a bad record of reviews, never use them when they should and use them on ones they shouldn't!"

End of over 38 (maiden) England 101/3
JE Root    17* (45b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-4-30-1
IR Bell    12* (32b 1x4)      TA Boult    12-3-21-0

Here's Wagner

38.1

Wagner to Bell, no run, lands it full outside the off stump and he safely leaves it alone

38.2

Wagner to Bell, no run, works up an angle coming in from outside off, he comes forward and leaves it alone

38.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, Bell gets his pad across and doesn't offer a shot again

38.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, the same angle and this time he stays on the back foot and punches it to the off side

38.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, this was a touch wider outside off and he doesn't offer a shot

38.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, gets it to angle wider outside off and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 39 (maiden) England 101/3
IR Bell    12* (38b 1x4)      N Wagner    8-1-22-1
JE Root    17* (45b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-4-30-1

39.1

Southee to Root, no run, bowls from wider of the crease and he goes right back and defends

39.2

Southee to Root, no run, this was fuller and he was forward to drive but mistimed it to mid-on

39.3

Southee to Root, FOUR, well played, Southee errs by bowling it too full outside off, the away swing makes it easier for Root to come forward and drive wide of cover, didn't hit it too hard

39.4

Southee to Root, no run, full outside off and he pushes it towards cover

39.5

Southee to Root, no run, another peach from Southee, this was shorter in length and he pokes his bat out and is completely beaten

39.6

Southee to Root, no run, stays on the back foot this time and defends

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 105/3
JE Root    21* (51b 3x4)      TG Southee    12-4-34-1
IR Bell    12* (38b 1x4)      N Wagner    8-1-22-1

40.1

Wagner to Bell, FOUR, crisp straight drive, this was overpitched on the off stump, he gets forward and times the straight drive well, bisects the gap

40.2

Wagner to Bell, no run, gets on the back foot and mistimes the punch to the off side

40.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, angles it wide across the right hander and he watchfully leaves it alone

40.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, keeps it outside off and it straightens before reaching the keeper

40.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, this was shorter in length and he stays back at the crease and leaves it alone

40.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, shorter in length and he stays back and punches it hard to cover

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 109/3
IR Bell    16* (44b 2x4)      N Wagner    9-1-26-1
JE Root    21* (51b 3x4)      TG Southee    12-4-34-1

41.1

Southee to Root, 1 run, this was fuller in length outside off and he gets across and pushes it to point

James: "I might be jumping the gun and I hope that this doesn't induce the mockers but I'm beginning to feel that as long as Root is at the crease then there's confidence to be had in our batting; much like Amla for SA and Chanderpaul for the Windies."

41.2

Southee to Bell, no run, fullish in length outside off and he gets across and leaves it alone

41.3

Southee to Bell, no run, fuller in length outside the off stump and he gets forward and drives towards mid-off

41.4

Southee to Bell, no run, delivers from wide of the crease and he bowls that full and he defends forward

41.5

Southee to Bell, no run, fullish ball outside the off stump and he shows the full face of the bat to push it towards mid-off

41.6

Southee to Bell, no run, slides this one down the leg side and he fails to put that away

It's drinks. It's back to Alex Winter till tea. Cheers.

End of over 42 (1 run) England 110/3
IR Bell    16* (49b 2x4)      TG Southee    13-4-35-1
JE Root    22* (52b 3x4)      N Wagner    9-1-26-1

Hello again, wherever you are in the world, England very tentatively placed at the minute and New Zealand are still finding some swing, very interesting cricket at the moment...Wagner around the wicket...

42.1

Wagner to Root, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

42.2

Wagner to Root, FOUR, width again but this time Root goes to cut and gets it behind square, nicely timed and it runs down to the backward point fence, very well controlled

42.3

Wagner to Root, no run, tighter to off stump and a better length, played forward and blocked

42.4

Wagner to Root, no run, full again, a touch wider which deters Root from playing

42.5

Wagner to Root, no run, full again, tighter to off stump, Root comes forward and punches down to mid off

42.6

Wagner to Root, 2 runs, a little wider and short so Root can step across and cut again, doesn't time this though so just two as backward point retreats to the fence

End of over 43 (6 runs) England 116/3
JE Root    28* (58b 4x4)      N Wagner    10-1-32-1
IR Bell    16* (49b 2x4)      TG Southee    13-4-35-1

David: "Another 45 mins until we (NZ) strike again. A psychological ploy to put England off their food and thereby weaken them." It's a theory...Doug Bracewell now replacing Southee at the Kirkstall Lane End...

43.1

Bracewell to Bell, no run, full and just outside off stump, Bell gives it a firm nudge back to the bowler

43.2

Bracewell to Bell, no run, full length again but wider of off stump and Bell shoulders arms

43.3

Bracewell to Bell, FOUR, full toss now though and Bell drives handsomely past mid off, well put away

And that brings another 50 partnership up, England well set once more...

43.4

Bracewell to Bell, 1 run, remains full but manages to make this pitch, right in the blockhole too, Bell gets a bat on it and squirts it out through cover where there's a gap so they take one

43.5

Bracewell to Root, no run, firm forward push to block into the covers from just outside off stump

43.6

Bracewell to Root, no run, slightly back of a length outside off, pushed into the covers shuffling across the off stump

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 121/3
JE Root    28* (60b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-3-28-1
IR Bell    21* (53b 3x4)      N Wagner    10-1-32-1

Wagner back over the wicket to Bell from the Football Stand End...

44.1

Wagner to Bell, no run, full, sliding across the right-hander's off stump, left

44.2

Wagner to Bell, no run, overpitched outside off but Bell can't time the drive and finds cover

44.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, length ball around off stump, Bell stays in the crease and tucks it towards the covers

44.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, short ball outside off, Bell goes for a hook and for a moment I thought had picked out square leg but it was on the bounce

44.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, much fuller and defended around the off stump in the crease

44.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, full ball on the stumps, Bell comes forward and pushes to midwicket

End of over 45 (maiden) England 121/3
IR Bell    21* (59b 3x4)      N Wagner    11-2-32-1
JE Root    28* (60b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-3-28-1

45.1

Bracewell to Root, 2 runs, a little straight on a length, clipped down to long leg

45.2

Bracewell to Root, no run, outside off stump, left alone

45.3

Bracewell to Root, no run, full length angled into middle and off, forward press towards mid on

45.4

Bracewell to Root, no run, full and wide of off stump, Root reaches out to drive it but doesn't get any of it, bottom of the bat into the off side gently

45.5

Bracewell to Root, no run, foot outside off, Root comes forward and opens the face trying to steers it away past gully but Williamson makes a fine diving save

45.6

Bracewell to Root, 1 run, fuller and much straighter, too straight, turned down to long leg

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 124/3
JE Root    31* (66b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-3-31-1
IR Bell    21* (59b 3x4)      N Wagner    11-2-32-1

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46.1

Wagner to Root, no run, far enough outside off to let it go

46.2

Wagner to Root, 1 run, full and a hint of inswing, Root onto it and driving wide enough to mid off for a single

46.3

Wagner to Bell, no run, covered up around off stump

46.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, a little straighter, clipped to midwicket with a forward press

46.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, little tighter line to off stump so just blocked once again

46.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, sliding across the off stump and let go through to the keeper

Reasonable probing over that, Wagner more threatening from over the wicket...

End of over 47 (1 run) England 125/3
IR Bell    21* (63b 3x4)      N Wagner    12-2-33-1
JE Root    32* (68b 4x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-3-31-1

Ajesh: "Bring on the partnership breaker, Kane Williamson." Well, now you mention it, Kane Williamson comes on from the Kirkstall Lane End...

47.1

Williamson to Root, no run, down the track first ball and slaps a full toss straight to midwicket

47.2

Williamson to Root, 1 run, another full toss, gets this past short midwicket but there's a deeper fielder that, well, should have saved the single but fumbled

47.3

Williamson to Bell, no run, off stump flat delivery ran back up the wicket

47.4

Williamson to Bell, FOUR, overpitched outside off and Bell drives very pleasantly, wide of the sweeper, timing excellent and gets it for four

47.5

Williamson to Bell, no run, front foot push from off stump to mid on

47.6

Williamson to Bell, no run, little fuller, taken off a very full length to mid on

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 130/3
IR Bell    25* (67b 4x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-5-0
JE Root    33* (70b 4x4)      N Wagner    12-2-33-1

48.1

Wagner to Root, 2 runs, little straight and it's dabbed down behind square on the leg side, chase for long leg so they'll get two

48.2

Wagner to Root, no run, too straight again but this time Root finds the fielder at square leg

48.3

Wagner to Root, no run, further across the stumps and angling away from the off peg so Root leaves it

48.4

Wagner to Root, no run, full ball closer to off stump, dug out to short extra cover

48.5

Wagner to Root, no run, length ball now around off stump, pushed towards point

48.6

Wagner to Root, 1 run, too wide and short, cut but not timed, cover point is able to scramble across and save with a slide

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 133/3
JE Root    36* (76b 4x4)      N Wagner    13-2-36-1
IR Bell    25* (67b 4x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-5-0

KellyM: "Exactly half of Kane Williamson's wickets have come against England - golden arm!"

49.1

Williamson to Root, 1 run, full ball outside off, ran out towards deep cover point

49.2

Williamson to Bell, no run, waited for and dabbed behind square on the off side, Taylor at slip saves the late cut very well

49.3

Williamson to Bell, 1 run, down the wicket and tries to drive over the top, doesn't get it properly and only just evades mid-on, heart-in-mouth time for Bell

49.4

Williamson to Root, no run, blocked on the stumps up the wicket coming forward

49.5

Williamson to Root, 2 runs, touch straighter and flicked through square leg

49.6

Williamson to Root, 1 run, little shorter so Root stays in the crease and works it into the on side, wide of mid-on so they can take a quick run

End of over 50 (5 runs) England 138/3
JE Root    40* (80b 4x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-10-0
IR Bell    26* (69b 4x4)      N Wagner    13-2-36-1
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