NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2022
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New Zealand 225-5 (90 Ov)
Daryl Mitchell 78 (159)
Matty Potts 20-7-28-0
Will Young was fired lbw by Leach in the morning session. © AFP
Stumps – 225/5
What a great day it was!! England were completely dominant with the ball, regularly picking wickets, preventing NZ from scoring freely, but wow, the visitors made sure they didn’t go down without a fight. And again, it’s that duo again. But with only 225 on the board, they have a lot to do tomorrow.
These two are at it again. It’s unbelievable how they’ve done it several times already on this tour. New Zealand was sinking, but Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell came out and re-stabilized the ship to frustrate England into getting involved in a century grandstand. Top stuff.
50 for Mitchell
He crushes one over a long time to produce another half a century. Daryl Mitchell is New Zealand’s savior on this tour and he’s doing it again. Those six also brought up the fifty-run partnership. Are this duo determined to frustrate England again?
Mitchell and Blundell key for NZ
So it is again the task of this duo to save the side. They’ve already done it twice, so they’ll have faith, but will the law of averages catch up? England will hope so.
So is Tea, as England remains at the top. Nicholls comes out on court and smashes Leach, but the ball hits Mitchell’s bat and lobs, only for Lees to grab him halfway through. The players return to the locker room with that wicket. England are firmly on top while New Zealand struggles at 123/5.
A special wicket
Your first wicket in Test cricket is always special and Jamie Overton lets everyone know that. England struck after lunch and Conway now has to walk back to the pavilion. That was a loose knock away from the body and he only gets an inner rim hitting against the wood. NZ are 4 down and crisis man Daryl Mitchell walks to the middle.
Williamson finally looked good to break his rut, but Broad returns to see the New Zealand skipper’s back. This was excellent bowling. He first threw an incoming pitch that surprised Williamson and the next pitch straightened a ball and although the ball was bowled wide Williamson wanted to defend it and ended up trailing the keeper. NZ now loses three. They wouldn’t want to lose another one before the break.
England strikes again exactly on the hour. Young is disappointed and rightly so. Jack Leach comes on the attack and hits the first ball with a pitch that just went straight. Young couldn’t hit the ball and was stuck leg-for-wicket. New Zealand is now two behind. Not the ideal start after choosing bat.
The ideal start
Wide strikes in the very first over of the Test match. He throws one at a good length just outside and straight enough to force Tom Latham to play on it and back up behind Joe Root if he slips. England strikes very early!!
Toss – New Zealand opts for bat
On expected lines, Neil Wagner finally gets a chance on the series as a replacement for Kyle Jamieson. Matt Henry is out of the XI and New Zealand chooses to bolster their clout.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Will Young, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell(w), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
England (Playing XI): Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Ben Foakes(w), Jamie Overton, Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Dead rubber you say? I’m not really sure as both teams have a lot to play for in this final test match at Headingley. New Zealand are injured. They are the world champions in this format and just 12 months ago they beat England in a series on these shores. So if they are down 2-0 they will hurt a lot given the way they lost. And to be fair, they couldn’t have done anything in the previous test match, given the way Jonny Bairstow absolutely smashed them. The mentality of this side has changed since Brendon McCullum took charge. And now Ben Stokes would love to make it 3-0.
A win in this match will give them a lot of confidence to go into the all-important test match against India next week. India leads that series 2-1 and England will have to win that delayed Test to draw the series. Given the importance of that Test match, the hosts reassured James Anderson for this clash to give his ankle time to heal. Jamie Overton makes his debut today. The hosts are very excited to unleash it. For New Zealand, Kane Williamson returns after missing the final test. Kyle Jamieson is out but the visitors will be happy that Devon Conway and Michael Bracewell have recovered. Can Williamson find form and help his side pull one back to end the tour on a climax? Or will Stokes see his side kiss to a 3-0 win? Welcome to this live blog for the latest test.