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England vs New Zealand, second Test day two: live score and latest updates from Edgbaston

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OVER 98: ENG 293/9 (Lawrence 75, Anderson 0)       

Lovely stuff from Lawrence, who shuffles away to leg and then lofts Henry over extra cover for four. He tries to retain the strike with a flick to leg off the last ball but hits it straight to the man at midwicket. Over to you Jimmy.


OVER 97: ENG 289/9 (Lawrence 71, Anderson 0)      

Anderson gets a rapturous welcome from the Edgbaston crowd – and then manages to survive four balls from Boult. Lawrence is surely going to throw the bat at it from here.



Broad c Blundell b Boult 0

That was…not great. Decent ball from Boult who gets it to nip away, but absolutely no foot movement from Broad who tickles a fine edge through to the keeper. FOW 289/9


OVER 96: ENG 289/8 (Lawrence 71, Broad 0)     

Broad manages to scamper through for a leg bye to get Lawrence on strike. He’s looking for a quick single off the last ball but no look. It will be Broad v Boult.



Wood b Henry 41 

Wood’s enterprising innings is over. He tries to drive Henry through the off side but only succeeds in chopping on to his stumps with a thick inside edge. FOW 288/8


OVER 95: ENG 288/7 (Lawrence 71, Wood 41)    

Lawrence punches Boult through mid-off for three. Then Wood throws the kitchen sink at a booming drive and gets another boundary courtesy of a thick outside edge, before whipping an inswinger off his legs for a single. 


OVER 94: ENG 280/7 (Lawrence 68, Wood 36)   

Mark Wood – stop it! Henry goes short with the first ball – and gets pulled away in front of square for four! Then next ball Wood opens the face and slices one over the slips for four more! He’s enjoying himself. Ends the over with a textbook forward defensive.

, England vs New Zealand, second Test day two: live score and latest updates from Edgbaston, Nzuchi Times



OVER 93: ENG 272/7 (Lawrence 68, Wood 28)  

Boult tests Wood with a bouncer which the England paceman top edges for four. Boult doesn’t like that much and New Zealand stick two men out on the leg side straight away…not sure Wood is going to get too many in his half here.

But then Boult serves up a short and wide one outside off and Wood carves him away for four! That’s three boundaries already today for England’s No 9.


OVER 92: ENG 263/7 (Lawrence 68, Wood 20) 

Henry probes away in the channel outside off but nothing too worrying for Lawrence. He plays a couple back and leaves the rest well alone. Maiden.


OVER 91: ENG 263/7 (Lawrence 68, Wood 20)

Lawrence flicks Boult’s first ball into the leg side for a single – showing a fair amount of confidence in Wood’s ability. And that confidence proves spot on.

Wood sees off four balls comfortably then cracks the last ball of the over through the covers for four! Shot.


Good to see

Gareth Southgate* managed to find time in his busy pre-Euro 2020 schedule to cheer on England at Edgbaston on day one. I wonder if he’ll be back again today? Anyway, the players are out and we’ll be under way imminently.

*may not be the actual Gareth Southgate

, England vs New Zealand, second Test day two: live score and latest updates from Edgbaston, Nzuchi Times



Middle-order fragility

Dan Lawrence and Rory Burns impressed but our chief cricket writer Scyld Berry says England produced another naive batting performance on day one.


England’s record-breaker


It could be a big day for Dan Lawrence

Who is two-thirds of the way to a maiden Test match century. He looked nervous early on but got more fluent as the day progressed. Olly Stone and Mark Wood offered him decent support too.


It was great to see so many fans 

Back in the ground yesterday wasn’t it?


Good morning 

And welcome to our live coverage of day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston.

Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence scored battling half-centuries as the hosts recovered from a mid-innings wobble to reach 258 for seven at stumps on day one in front of a raucous crowd of around 18,000.

The Hollies Stand was in fine voice throughout the first day with plenty of liquid refreshment consumed, and no doubt it will be boisterous again on day two with more fine weather in store.

This game is evenly poised – England will be desperate to eke out another 50-plus on what looks a decent pitch, while the visitors will want to wrap up these last three wickets swiftly and then set about batting themselves into a first innings lead.

Burns and Lawrence both impressed, with the Surrey opener fighting hard as England’s fragile batting line-up fell away around him. He looked set to reach a fourth Test century but fell 19 runs shy, caught by stand-in skipper Tom Latham off Trent Boult.

Boult (2-60) removed James Bracey with the first ball of his next over to leave England in trouble at 175 for six after they had won the toss and made a solid start. But Lawrence (67 not out) steadied the ship, with first Olly Stone (20) and then Mark Wood (16 not out) giving him solid support before the close.

“It’s been quite a tough day, but it was pretty even by the end,” Burns told Sky Sports. “Dan played really well and got us back in it nicely. There’s something in the surface for everyone.

“They came back hard at us after lunch. It swung a bit more, whether that was conditions overhead or the surface, we’ll have to see when we bowl.”

“We’ve got three wickets left to add as many runs as possible and hopefully Dan can keep going. Then we’ll see with the ball. It’s set fair for a good day tomorrow,” Burns added. Reuters

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