England look to force unlikely victory against NZ

Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Amy LofthouseAll times stated are UKPosted at 22:2322:23Post updateLockie Ferguson and Tom Blundell, both on drinks duty, have been playing around with a pink ball for the last couple…

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    Lockie Ferguson and Tom Blundell, both on drinks duty, have been playing around with a pink ball for the last couple of days.

    Presumably that’s part of their preparation for the day-night Test in Adelaide. I’m SO looking forward to that series.

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    Chris Painter: Is this some cunning plan to let NZ get such a lead they feel confident to declare and bowl us out, Only for England to have a wild swing in a death or glory final session to the death? Struggling to think of an alternative…

  3. How’s stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Ross Taylor had eye surgery in 2016. Before the operation, he averaged 46.7 while he now averages 49.3.

    This year he’s got 449 runs at 64. Last year he only averaged 23 and in the first year after the op he averaged 81.

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    Ooh, Zak Crawley’s in a bit of bother here.

    He comes across at short cover to field the ball but misses, and then goes tripping to the floor with both his ankles in a horrible position. He’s up and shaking off the injury and Stuart Broad does not look impressed.

  5. NZ 144-2

    Stuart Broad is walking back to his mark like he’s John Wayne; it’s a heavy-legged, slow sort of gait.

    He was off the field for a while yesterday and he wasn’t too impressed with the footholds at one end.

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    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    I want to see Jofra Archer rip into New Zealand. I want to see him let go. He can get up to 140kmph quite easily, but I want to see him get up to 150. Let rip.

  8. NZ 144-2

    Williamson 58, Taylor 57

    Short but on the slow side from Jofra Archer, and it’s very easy for Ross Taylor to roll his wrists on a lazy pull shot for one.

    Kane Williamson tucks himself underneath a bouncer, and that’s your lot from this over.

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    Good of England to let New Zealand have some extra net practice before they head off to Australia…

    In all seriousness, there’s nothing in this pitch, and that awkward bounce that Ben Stokes found last night has disappeared.

    Right then. Here’s Jofra.

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    Mark Ramprakash

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Runs are still important in this situation. Ross Taylor’s natural instinct is to go after the short ball and look to score. He often gets in better positions as a result.

  12. How’s stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    That is the seventh time Ross Taylor has got half-centuries in both innings.

  13. Another freebie from Ben Stokes, short, wide, and caressed through the covers for four.

    Time for a change…

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    Mark Ramprakash

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Short and wide from Ben Stokes and Ross Taylor just latched on it and lashed it away. It’s clever batting.

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    And Ross Taylor brings up in his own half-century in fine style, flaying a wide short ball from Ben Stokes over gully for a one-bounce four.

  16. How’s stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Kane Williamson’s half-century took 124 balls and included seven fours and has lasted three hours.

    That four also brought up the hundred partnership. It is the ninth between this pair and it took 200 balls. They now average 55.5 as a partnership.

  17. NZ 134-2

    Williamson 58, Taylor 47

    Ooh, a bit of variable bounce for Sam Curran, and Kane Williamson has a bit of a play at it.

    This next one is angled in from Curran and Williamson plays it so, so late, and softly enough that the outside edge beats the man at gully and whizzes down to third man for another boundary.

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    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    That’s as good a shot as you’ll see from Kane Williamson in circumstances like these.

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    50 for Williamson

    NZ 128-2

    What a way to get to 50!

    Kane Williamson plays the most exquisite cover drive to pick up four and move to his 32nd Test half-century. Lovely, lovely stuff.

    Kane Williamson celebrates his half century

    Copyright: Reuters

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    Steven Finn

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    We haven’t seen as much invariable bounce as we did yesterday morning. That hasn’t come into the game as much as I thought it would after seeing Tim Southee get a couple to keep low to Joe Root yesterday.

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