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Highlights of day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand from Trent Bridge

Highlights of day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand from Trent Bridge

England were again forced to work hard on the pitch before a mini bat back saw them close day two 90-1 in response to New Zealand 553 in the second. LV = Insurance Test at Trent Bridge.

Daryl Mitchell (190) lifted consecutive hundreds early in proceedings before becoming the last batsman to fall – 10 less than a first Test double ton – as New Zealand posted their highest score in England.

But Mitchell got nasty a bit late in the day when, after the tourists picked up Zak Crawley (4) cheaply, he dropped Alex Lees to 12 and Ollie Pope to 37 on the first slip.

Daryl Mitchell doesn't quite reach double-century milestone as his wicket ends New Zealand's long first innings

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Daryl Mitchell doesn’t quite reach double-century milestone as his wicket ends New Zealand’s long first innings

Daryl Mitchell doesn’t quite reach double-century milestone as his wicket ends New Zealand’s long first innings

On a flat field that offered little to bowlers over the first two days, such mistakes are extremely costly, as England can attest after missing five such chances in their 145.3 overs in the dirt (four drops, plus the edge that split Crawley and Jonny Bairstow in the briefs late on day one).

Pope (51no) rolled out a seventh Test fifty, on just 66 balls, shortly before the stumps, while Lees didn’t come out at 34 – the pair to regain his unbroken 84 run position on morning three.

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Mitchell and Blundell rely on an overnight stand

Earlier, Tom Blundell (106) pulled off what he couldn’t quite at Lord’s last week, joining Mitchell in triple figures as the pair progressed their partnership overnight to 236, with Blundell passing 1,000 tests in the process.

Mitchell should have perished for 104 when looking to throw Jack Leach into the stands as he did the day before, but England took their innings drop count to four as Matthew Potts only caught thin air while running for a long time. fencing.

Daryl Mitchell plays a lob shot that should have been caught regularly, but it's dropped by Potts

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Daryl Mitchell plays a lob shot that should have been caught regularly, but it’s dropped by Potts

Daryl Mitchell plays a lob shot that should have been caught regularly, but it’s dropped by Potts

It wasn’t until the 23rd innings of the day that England finally broke the pit, Blundell this time looking to take on the spinner but only managing to pick Ben Stokes midway through.

Michael Bracewell looked accomplished on his debut, hitting nine bounds all around the wicket either side of lunch, while Mitchell also returned to the attack, bludgeoning Leach into the stands twice more as he moved his score over 150.

Anderson strike triggers wave of wickets

An unexpected rain delay disrupted New Zealand’s momentum and the scoreline dried up when play resumed after an early morning tea; Potts hit the ball short to one side, while Jimmy Anderson (3-62) managed a disciplined line on the outside, for which he was eventually rewarded as Bracewell (49) fell a just under fifty – Joe Root gratefully clung to first slip.

Joe Root and James Anderson team up to fire Michael Bracewell

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Joe Root and James Anderson team up to fire Michael Bracewell

Joe Root and James Anderson team up to fire Michael Bracewell

The wicket caused a sudden flurry; Stuart Broad (2-107) struck twice in an over – Kyle Jamieson (14) gloved past Ben Foakes and Tim Southee (4) fending off a shoulder edge to the gully – while Leach (2-140) added the first ball from Matt Henry as he obediently lobbed one up to Crawley for extra coverage.

Trent Boult, tasked with guiding Mitchell to a two-hundred maiden, did things his way, breaking four boundaries in his 18-ball 16 – a score that put him level with Muttiah Muralitharan for the most races by a No 11 in Test history, prompting a few smirks in the visitors’ locker room.

But, in the end, it would be Boult who ran out of partners and got stuck before his milestone, as Mitchell had a slim advantage over Foakes looking to recover a slower wide ball from Potts (1-126) to end the innings . .

Mitchell’s drops help spark England fightback

With 29 possible overs still to play, it looked like England’s day was about to get worse when, to complete the second of those, Crawley grabbed a ripper from Boult (1- 18).

Zak Crawley falls for just four runs, giving New Zealand even more lead

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Zak Crawley falls for just four runs, giving New Zealand even more lead

Zak Crawley falls for just four runs, giving New Zealand even more lead

Lees, looking to be positive like in his last rounds at Lord’s – one which prompted skipper Stokes to say his 20 was his best shot yet in an England shirt – took off with a ground practice for two, while that same blow brought him a first frontier in the next over Southee.

The approach was not without its risks, however, as Lees nearly dragged Southee into another drive attempt on his stumps, then pushed the Kiwi quickly towards Mitchell later in his spell, purely for luck – similar to that which he himself served to Root. when you’re only three years old – to go begging.

Pope looked a bit more assured at the crease, cutting four of his pads squared off the mark, then gently timing two drives through the covers of the same Henry, either side of a top pull for six to make appear England. 50.

Pope fired Henry for six more on his next course – this one hit a bit more in the middle – but he also got scared as he cut Boult down to slipping Mitchell, who this time landed a harder hold in down to his left. .

Pope hit a few more limits before the stumps to get through his half-century, much to the delight of the home crowd who increasingly found their voices in the evening session.

Today’s statistics

553 – the third highest team score against England after being batted. The only two higher totals were both scored by Australia – 601 scored at both the Gabba in 1954 and Headingley in 1989.

236 – New Zealand’s new partnership record for their fifth wicket, set by Mitchell and Blundell in this Test, topping Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan’s 222 against Zimbabwe in Wellington in 2000.

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell both scored centuries on day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge

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Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell both scored centuries on day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell both scored centuries on day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge

150 – Only four New Zealand pairs have had successive partnerships over 150 in Test cricket, with Mitchell and Blundell being the latest to do so in this series.

23 – England’s opening partnership since the start of last year has averaged just 23 runs – no team that has played more than four Tests in that period has a worse record.

Pope drives like ‘Ian Bell at his best’

Former England spinner Graeme Swann said: “Pope looked nervous at the start of his innings, but he continued to get a good fifty and played very well after the lost catch. There were two replays that were just sublime, like Ian Bell at his He must come tomorrow and think it’s a golden opportunity, on flat ground, to get a hundred.

“Lees is the kind of fly-half England were looking for. No frills, feet in the right place. As a fly-half you don’t have to look good, but you have to have the looking solid.”

Watch day three of the second LV=Insurance Test between England and New Zealand, at Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.15am on Sunday.




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