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  1. Williamson 92*, Taylor 47*
  2. Latham (59) & Guptill (70) put on 148
  3. England 389: Root 98, Stokes 92; Boult 4-79
  4. First Test, Lord's, day two

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Concern. That is what England have left us with today. After giving us hope of a better future with yesterday's positive, aggressive counter-attacking display with the bat they have reiterated their brittle flaws today with the ball.

However, as with any rebuilding process, it is often a case of two steps forward and one step back. Today can be seen as a steep learning curve, against a side demonstrating many of the qualities to which England aspire: ruthlessness, discipline, calmness and composure.

Tomorrow is a chance to go again and emulate their opponents. Hope springs eternal.

We'll be back at 10:30 BST on Saturday.

T20 Blast

TMS has finished it's coverage of the England v New Zealand Test match but that is not the end of the live cricket for the evening.

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra is switching to domestic Twenty20 cricket with Hampshire v Kent in the T20 Blast. There are a whole host of game going on in that competition, which you can
follow via our cricket pages.

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Oolon Calluphid: Poor old Mark Wood, he's bound to be the fall guy if England fail.

Paul Roberts: So how's Cooky's captaincy coming along? Has he been inventive? Instinctive? Inspirational? Scorecard says no.

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Kiwi Bjorn: Wow loving the score in the cricket. Kiwis have really come a long way in the last few years. Sadly not on TV in Poland.

SW: I've never been so relieved to have missed out on getting hold of any Ashes tickets.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England bowled with spirit and energy. Broad bowled with spirit and energy, Stokes was slippy as ever, but the pitch is good. The no-ball summed it up: nothing went the bowlers' way. When they tried to bounce them out, short balls were easy to pull on this pitch. I don't think the England seamers did anything wrong, they just couldn't make headway."

Gillespie meets with Strauss

As Jonathan Agnew has just reported on TMS, Jason Gillespie has confirmed that he has met with Andrew Strauss to discuss the vacant England head coach position. By the sounds of it, it was very much an exploratory meeting. Expect more news on that subject very soon.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I thought Moeen bowled quite well. It took Alastair Cook half an hour too long to put him on. He bowled exceptionally well at Williamson. But England do need a high-quality spinner, and there's a difference between Moeen and a high-quality Swann- or Vettori-type bowler."

Player reaction

England's Moeen Ali, who took 1-52 with spin today, on Sky Sports: "We are not far from the new ball so hopefully we can bowl a bit better. I knew I would bowl later on. I was happy with the way I bowled today. I have been working on my action. I was forcing it in the West Indies.

"Every time I bowled wider there was more spin. Hopefully, I can bowl it a bit fuller tomorrow."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The new ball didn't do anything for England. Latham and Guptill played exceptionally well. They lined it up well, Guptill's footwork was excellent, and they didn't look in any trouble until they made mistakes."

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Williamson has played well. This surface and outfield suits someone who caresses the ball around like he does. Taylor hasn't looked so fluent but he has hung in there well."

Close-of-play scorecard

New Zealand 303-2 (42 overs) - trail by 86

Batsmen: Williamson 92*, Taylor 47*

Fall of wickets: 148-1 (Latham 59), 148-2 (Guptill 70)

Bowling figures: Anderson 16-4-46-0, Broad 16-2-42-1, Wood 13-0-60-0, Stokes 13-2-63-0, Moeen 17-3-52-1, Root 2-0-6-0

England 389: Root 98, Stokes 92, Buttler 67, Moeen 58; Boult 4-79, Henry 4-93

Full scorecard

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The new ball is the element none of us quite know. Will Anderson come into the game a little more tomorrow morning? Batting has seemed to ease in these two days: this isn't a fast pitch, there's not enough bounce, there's not much turn for the spinners. That's why we're in the position."

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Andrew Morris: All too easy for NZ. It's going to be a long long summer with the Aussies coming in as well. Can we forfeit already?

Sam Shephard: England aren't as good as they think they are. Sooner they realise that the better.

NZ 303-2 (Williamson 92, Taylor 47)

Taylor is seizing up. Looks like a bit of cramp. He grimaces as Broad forces him to weave out of the way of some more short stuff, one of which he fends off with his glove. Don't worry Ross, you can get yourself off now and into a well-deserved ice bath. That is the close, with England leading by 86 runs and New Zealand possession eight wickets in hand.

England now have a chance to regroup and come strong again tomorrow after what has been a punishing evening. That new ball could be key.

NZ 303-2

Can the spin of Moeen succeed where that of Root failed? Almost. He teases one up for Williamson outside off, which spins a mile out of one of a foot-hole and spins so much it misses leg before rolling down for four byes. It was a belter of a ball and England are really unlucky. Sensing a sudden threat, Williamson pull down the shutters and blocks out the rest.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Of the two batsmen, Williamson's technique seems to be nearer the top of his game. Taylor still seems to be feeling his way."

Kane Williamson plays a shot

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Oliver Boyes: Typical Cook, absolutely no attempt to take the game to New Zealand and happy to sit back and let the game slip away.

Kevin Thornton: Just got back from work and checked the cricket for the first time today, definitely time for a strong drink.


Nicholas, from a Greek island: Well, I managed to log in at a taverna, wish it had failed, just have to console myself with ouzo and octopus.

NZ 299-2 (Taylor 47, Williamson 92)

Joe Root bowled the first over of this session and he is going to deliver one of the final three. It doesn't start particularly well as Williamson ricks back and punches a four through the off side. It brings up the 150 partnership and leaves New Zealand a run short of 300.

NZ 294-2

Broad is digging it in short, looking to beat Williamson for pace, but the ball is soft, the pitch slow and barring one that he has to duck under, the batsman copes with ease. Three overs left until the close. 18 balls for Engalnd to try and make something happen to alter the complexion of this match today.

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"New Zealand's effort today puts the first innings by England into context. 389 sounds very good when you think of 4-30, but I don't think anybody thought the ball was not going to swing, and that has removed the threat of James Anderson. New Zealand have worked their way pretty comfortably to 300."

NZ 293-2 (Moeen 16-2-52-1)

We've been critical of England's bowling strategy but huge credit must also go to New Zealand's batsmen, chiefly these two: Williamson and Taylor. Aggers and Simon Hughes spoke at lunch about concentration in batting and, fittingly, these two have demonstrated this discipline superbly. They plunder Moeen for an easy five runs.

Ross Taylor plays a shot

NZ 288-2 (Williamson 82, Taylor 46)

England's tired attack is posing absolutely no challenge to the New Zealand batsmen at the moment on this flat, slow track. It is like attacking a fortress in a gale armed only with a pea-shooter. Broad tries around and over and even digs deep to fire in a decent bouncer but Taylor is untroubled.

NZ 287-2

Williamson will be punishing counties later this season, courtesy of third spell with champions Yorkshire. Today, though, he is putting England to the sword as he pushes on towards a century. He and Taylor work Moeen around to take them to 46 and 81 not out respectively.

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Will Spencer: All it takes is one corking delivery to change an entire innings. They might get 600, but it's just as likely NZ will be 350 all out!

Steve Lawley: Weather tomorrow is cloudy and humid first thing. New ball. Don't give up yet!

NZ 282-2 (Williamson 77, Taylor 45)

After a strange little delay for more drinks and a swap of sides by square-leg umpire the game continues with Stokes serving up a a couple of short gift-wrapped boundaries, with Williamson making no mistake with a pull and then a cut. It is as lively as the game has been in a while. Unfortunately for England, it is at their expense.

Ben Stokes reacts

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"It's a situation of huge strength for New Zealand, and one of real concern for England. The third innings is such a crucial phase of the game and it looks like England could be under real pressure."

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Sam Long: I don't think we'll have any problem taking 20 wickets against Australia, it'll just be over the course of the entire series.

NZ 270-2

Jos Buttler, bless him, is still trying to get his side going as Moeen twirls away again. The spinner gets a nice bit of drift in the air to beat Williamson, who plays down the wrong line and then forces the batsman on to the front foot for the remainder. "Soporific" is how Henry Blofeld has just described this game. I wholeheartedly concur. Maybe we can all nod off and dream of lovely days out with former England players. Maybe a day out at the races with Jack Russell? Or a trip to Alton Towers and a slap up fish supper with Robin Smith?

NZ 270-2 (Stokes 12-2-51-0)

Stokes tries his luck around the wicket and, to be fair, it produces the closest we have come to a wicket in a while as Taylor punches a lofted drive to mid-on and Anderson dives in to try and run out Williamson at the non-striker's end. What an indictment that is of England in the last 10 overs.

Ben Stokes in action

Henry Blofeld

BBC Test Match Special

"The thought that occurs to me is, how on Earth are England going to bowl Australia out twice?"

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VB: Apparently all you need to be England Captain is the capability to score no runs and then stand and do nothing in the field.

Llamaman: Do something Cook, or are you just trying to bore then out? As much imagination as a caravan site.

269-2 (Taylor 38, Williamson 71)

What a frustrating job it must be having to sit with your back to a game of Test cricket, only broken by fetching the popped corks of champagne guzzling supporters. Mind you, if you are an England fan you might prefer to sit with your back to this because it is not pretty. Moeen is back at the Pavilion End but poses no threat to the brick wall that is the New Zealand pair.


Travis: Don't you commentators know how to get wickets by now? Say how comfortable the batsmen are, how easy they make it look, how the bowling is starting to slip, and bang - instant wicket.

NZ 267-2

Williamson has that superb knack of playing the ball and steering the ball beyond the grasp of fielders behind the wicket. Once again he steers a Stokes ball down to the boundary for four.

Kane Williamson plays a shot
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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The second new ball is going to be a key moment in the game. England will have to strike with it on a regular basis. New Zealand have played very nicely indeed today. Latham and Guptill created calmness and played some really good strokes, and these two have a lot of know-how and have made it look easy."

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Merlyn: Most likely result now? New Zealand win. England's chances of victory have gone. Playing for a draw.

Gareth Price: At this rate NZ are looking at 600+ by close on day 3, and Eng will have to bat for 1.5 days to save the test. Not ideal/likely.

That's the spirit, eh?

NZ 262-2 (Taylor 36, Williamson 66)

Is it just me or has the Lord's white noise taken on a very concerned slant? Probably just me. I wouldn't blame them. England are really up against it. Broad is dealt with by Williamson and Taylor. Just the one run but less drama than an episode of Hollyoaks.