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  1. England slip from 215-1 to 247-5
  2. Cook 75, Lyth 107 - maiden Test century
  3. Cook now England's top Test run scorer
  4. NZ 350: Ronchi 88; Broad 5-109
  5. 2nd Test, day 2, Headingley; Eng lead 1-0

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Well, that concludes another fascinating, topsy-turvy day of Test cricket in this enthralling series. England were well on top for most of the day but a brilliant spell of new-ball bowling from New Zealand has brought them back into this match and given them a fighting chance of getting the win they need to square this series.

Tomorrow will be an absolutely crucial day in deciding the outcome of this match. Join us for the live text from 10:25 BST. Until then, goodbye.

Captain's view

Captain Alastair Cook, who became England's leading run scorer in Test history, tells Sky Sports: "I can't really describe it. I probably don't deserve to be there. You don't play for the record, but I knew what I needed to break the record.

"It is a huge battle to have longevity as a Test cricketer. It is an amazing journey. As a batsmen you obviously have a lot more bad times. It's been a battle but I'm delighted that today was a special day.

"The last 18 months has been a tough one for me personally. I think that's part and parcel of being a batter. A lot of stuff has gone on and the last four or five months I have dedicated time to my game. When you are in a bit of form, you have to make it count."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"If the rain stays away, I think there will be a result. I couldn't tell you until that third innings who will win. England might get blown away tomorrow morning."

Captain's view

England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "It was an amazing moment, a personal one - I haven't been nervous in the 20s before, I didn't want to fall four short. I've not heard from Goochie yet as we're not allowed our phones with us, I'm sure he's somewhere in Essex enjoying a glass of red wine but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him."

Player reaction

England batsman Adam Lyth on Sky Sports: "It's a fantastic moment and my family who came from Whitby: I'm very pleased to get three figures in front of my home crowd. I was a little bit nervous in the 90s, but to be fair New Zealand did bowl pretty well. Reaching the hundred was a moment that I'll never forget. I would have liked to have got more runs at Lord's. I was pleased we'd won the Test match but I knew this game I needed to get some runs. I was more nervous this game than I was at Lord's. A couple of years ago I didn't deserve the England shirt, but I've worked hard and I think I deserve it now."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Before New Zealand took the new ball, I thought they bowled really well, even the spinner, Craig, who didn't bowl well at Lord's. I talked to McCullum this morning and told them they had to get him to bowl it quicker. He held one end for them with more control, and our openers didn't really go after him. New Zealand scored at 4.6 throughout their innings, and we haven't been able to score at three an over. And when the new ball was taken, it all happened - it got a bit gloomy, Boult and Southee made the ball talk and created problems. The game's moving on."

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"If England can get at least level, they know a lot can happen in the third innings - if New Zealand go for glory, that positivity can become reckless, and that could be England's chance."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I've always had admiration for Alastair Cook's batting. He's had a couple of spells in his career when he's lost it, but he's now playing as good as he's ever played - what he's done differently is just open his front foot so he's not too sideways on. Now he's centred, he's waiting, he's making bowlers bowl at him. If they don't get it perfect, he picks them off on the on side, which he is brilliant at. If you asked me who is the best opening batsman in the world today, no contest: Alastair Cook."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Terrific cricket to watch, just like Lord's there was a bit of something for everyone, congratulations to the groundsman. Many of us have played at Headingley for a long time, we know you've got to pitch it up to nick the top of the stumps. If you bowl short it sits up and it's easier to hit, but we bowled like that against tail-enders. It was a dozy plan."

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MixItNFixItMan: Can we just accept that New Zealand are a good bowling side and, Lyth wicket aside, we've been undone. Too much player hate.

Mark Gallagher: England fans really don't understand Test cricket.

Graham Lovell: Can't help but think that once Cook was out and Ballance came in, England lost all their momentum and encouraged NZ bowlers. Not a time for run outs either, just before new ball when have established batsmen in.

Close-of-play scorecard

England 253-5 (88 overs)

Batsmen: Bell 12*, Buttler 6*

Fall of wickets: 177-1 (Cook 75), 215-2 (Lyth 107), 238-3 (Ballance 29), 239-4 (Root 1), 247-5 (Stokes 6)

Bowling figures: Boult 23-4-63-2, Southee 23-4-57-1, Henry 18-4-76-0, Craig 22-10-38-1, Williamson 2-1-5-0.

New Zealand 350 all out (Ronchi 88, Latham 84, Broad 5-109)

England won toss

Full scorecard

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"A lot of overs from Mark Craig in that session and five wickets, so New Zealand's session - I think the first was pretty even, then the middle session you'd give to England. So a pretty even day overall. Tomorrow, if England can get a good start, they can push on from there. With just under 100 runs ahead, I think New Zealand have their nose just ahead in the match, but it's not a done deal."

Day two review

It all seemed to be going so well for England. After a bit of tail-end tap from New Zealand in the morning took them to a very decent score of 350, England set about their work superbly, with Alastair Cook soon passing Graham Gooch as England's all-time leading Test run-scorer in a resolute opening stand with Adam Lyth.

Cook eventually fell for a well-compiled 75 to the impressive Mark Craig, before Lyth went to his maiden Test century, to the delight of his home crowd at Headingley. When he and Gary Ballance took England to 215-1, the hosts looked to be in the box seat.

But the run-out of Lyth just before the new ball was crucial as it left England exposed when Boult and Southee got the new nut in their hands. And how they profited, producing a superb spell of new-ball bowling to take three late wickets and keep New Zealand's chances of win very much alive.


Luke: New Zealand played really well this evening and are right back in this.

Toks, Nigeria: The challenge is not the run rate but rather the loss of wickets. If England had tried to get runs with the way New Zealand were bowling, you would have had 120 all out which is even worse.

Close of play

Eng 253-5 (trail by 97)

Tim Southee to bowl the last over of the day. He zips one inches past Buttler's off stump, before Buttler responds with a cover drive for two. And that concludes a fascinating day of Test cricket.

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Because England have only scored at 2.8 throughout, and no-one's really pushed on to control the match, they find themselves 100 behind with five wickets down."

Eng 250-5 (Bell 12, Buttler 3)

Jos Buttler is the new man. He's off the mark, jamming his bat down on a full, dangerous delivery and squeezing it out to mid-wicket for three. Wonderful spell from Boult - he really is a world-class operator.

Jeremy Coney

Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Boult is so dangerous to left-handers - he gets 22 runs per wicket to left-handers, and 30 runs per wicket to right-handers. Buttler is a very dangerous player, but New Zealand will feel they have an end open here. The new ball came just at the right time and has started to swing."


Stokes c Craig b Boult 6 (Eng 247-5)

New Zealand are cracking this game wide open with a devastating spell of new-ball bowling. Trent Boult has had Stokes in all sorts of trouble and he gets his man with a back-of-a-length away-swinger that Stokes can't help but fence at. The ball absolutely flies to second slip and is brilliantly held above his head by Mark Craig. He kisses the ball in triumph. What a moment for New Zealand - the hero of Lord's is back in the sheds.

Trent Boult


Ali Khalid: Just goes to show what a new ball can do for a side. The NZ bowlers, all most likely exhausted from the excellent display from Cook and Lyth, are still managing to produce some brilliant swing bowling.

Saul, New Milton: I don't think either side have gone the right way about batting here. If the Kiwis had been a bit more watchful, they could have gone past 400 and England are now looking short of runs as they haven't accelerated between overs 50 and 80 when batting was easier.

Eng 247-4 (trail by 103)

Poor old Trent Boult is being assailed in song by a gaggle of rowdy nuns, supermen and vicars on the boundary rope, and eventually has to give in to their chanted entreaties to give them a wave. Bell plays out a maiden to Southee. Two overs left.

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Robert Allen: ENG are still in a good position here. 100 behind with plenty of batting left. Get a lead of 150 and things will be interesting.

John ashenden: Good grief, England fans are so negative. It's still a decent position, get a grip. A test match ebbs and flows so just enjoy!

Eng 247-4 (Boult 22-4-60-1)

Boult is right on the money here, pitching the ball on off stump and just shaping it away. Then, just as Stokes is adjusting to the stock delivery, he throws in a superb bouncer, cross-seam, hit-the-deck, rising sharply into the batsman's armpit. And then with the final ball, he goes full again and draws Stokes forward into a loose drive. Brilliant, brilliant over.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"The problem is here, if England were to send a nightwatchman in at this point, Moeen Ali would end up batting at nine, and that's too low."

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Simon Goodall: If he's got any sense, Ballance will walk into the NZ dressing room "by mistake" until Lyth simmers down.

Rob Meech: The two Aussie Mitchells will be licking their lips at Gary Ballance's lack of footwork against the swinging ball.

Louis Strong: A test average of 55, but you seriously cannot stay in the crease to a new ball from someone like Boult! Rookie.

Eng 245-4 (Bell 12, Stokes 4)

England are batting for tomorrow now. Bell and Stokes rotate through for a couple of no-risk singles against Southee.

England's Ian Bell

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Thomas Knights: Here comes the collapse from a good position. New Zealand dominating the final session.

David: This is why you can't just go at 2.5 an over all day, NZ right back in this.

Jack Allum: We've scored incredibly slowly in this session and lost wickets. Can we now try a different tactic? Like scoring quick runs

Eng 242-4 (trail by 108)

Trent Boult and Tim Southee came to these shores with a big reputation as a ferocious new-ball pairing - they haven't quite lived up to it so far, but this is their moment to drag their side back into a winning position in this match. Boult sends down another probing over to Stokes, who gets a couple off the last ball.


Rob, Somerset: Isn't Test cricket a wonderful thing? The morning session was, on paper, irrelevant. New Zealand added around 50 runs to their total, and England promptly reduced their target by the same amount without loss of wickets. Net gain zero. And yet it has set up the rest of the day so perfectly!

Eng 240-4 (Bell 11, Stokes 1)

Ben Stokes is the new man, and he's off the mark with a single to fine leg.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"A brilliant end to the day for New Zealand, it's been brilliant cricket from them for the last hour or two. I'd imagine Ben Stokes will have been rushing around getting his pads on. The lights are on so I'd imagine it's not an easy time to bat - the perfect time for New Zealand to get Stokes in there, as it's not the time for a counter-punch, he's got to see them through to the close."

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"The new ball is doing damage here. A lovely delivery, Root felt he had to play at it and Ronchi did the rest."


Root c Ronchi b Southee 1 (Eng 239-4)

New Zealand are right back in this now! Absolute beauty from Tim Southee, pitching on off, swinging away and drawing the edge of the dangerman Joe Root. Debutant Luke Ronchi takes a brilliant diving catch. England's excellent day is in danger of unravelling before their eyes...

New Zealand celebrate taking the wicket of Joe Root
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Jim: Just to say how impressed I have been in both Tests, with the attitude of all the NZ players. Following the example of their captain. I think they have shown the right response to a difficult day today with great sportsmanship, as they have throughout both matches. Whilst playing with determination and fullest commitment, they have still been able to congratulate England players when appropriate and at all time played in the true spirit of the game. England have responded in similar vein, which has been a delight to see. Let's hope the same attitude prevails through the rest of the summer!

Eng 239-3 (Boult 20-4-56-1)

This is New Zealand's big chance to get back into the match, with a brand new cherry, a new batsman and the light fading. Joe Root is the new man and if they can get him early, the tourists will be in with a real shout. Boult's first two deliveries to Root are superb: the first gets him jumping and prodding the ball aerially just wide off short leg, the second zips just past his outside edge. High-class fast bowling.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"A decent ball, but Ballance didn't move - it's not a ball you wouldn't be able to play. A full ball, a bit of movement but there was no movement at all from his right leg. You've got to have more movement against the new ball than that."


Ballance b Boult 29 (Eng 238-3)

Well, it had been coming. Trent Boult pins Gary Ballance back in his crease with a succession of cracking deliveries with the new ball, and then gets his man with one that just keeps a little low and smashes into the stumps. Early breakthrough with the second new nut for the Kiwis.

Eng 236-2 (Ballance 27, Bell 11)

Mark Craig spits a gobbet of chewing gum out of his mouth and begins his 22nd over. He nearly does for Ian Bell with a beautiful delivery that pitches in the footmarks, spins through the gate and somehow misses the stumps. Let's just say you don't have to be a lipreading expert to decipher Craig's frustration.

New Zealand's Mark Craig

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Roger, the Whitby taxi driver: So proud of Adam Lyth. A thoroughly decent lad who deserves his success today. I have had the pleasure of picking him and his lovely family up on many occasions. I know they will all be so proud today.