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Summary

  1. Rain ends play early
  2. England chasing Test record 455 to win
  3. NZ add 116 runs in 16 overs
  4. Second Test, day four, Headingley
  5. England lead two-match series 1-0

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By Mark Mitchener and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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As we feared - play was abandoned for the day at about 17:00 BST.

We'll be back from 10:25 BST tomorrow to bring you day five. Please join us then.

bbc-coverageGoodbye for now

If you've been listening to TMS, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra has switched to tennis, with

Andy Murray in action against Jeremy Chardy in the French Open.

We're going to call a halt to the live text as well - rest assured, if there's any prospect of a resumption in play, we'll be straight back to let you know.

In the meantime, you can

listen to commentary on all of today's county games via the BBC Sport website.

Adam Lyth rests on his bat earlier in the day
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Jack Dingwall: Working in the University of Leeds library right now, a sense of disappointment has swept across my fellow students. Surprisingly it's due to the trickle of rain down the windows and not imminent exams.

Frustrating for the players here, they've been off for more than 45 minutes, but they can lose up to an hour's play before they start chipping off overs, so it could be a late finish tonight. Plenty of time left in this game.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Some left-armers, like Trent Boult, leave the most wonderful footholes for off-spinners to bowl at. One of the reasons I signed for Nottinghamshire was because they had Ryan Sidebottom. Paul Taylor at Northants was the same. Doug Bollinger was the ultimate, in that Adelaide Test in 2010 - he might as well take a pitchfork out with him and hack at the pitch. But you don't need footholes to bowl to left-handers, as the ball would go to the slips. Just bowl straight, as DRS means umpires are more likely to give lbws."

Trent Boult
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Weather update

BBC Weather's John Hammond: "There's a lot of rain clobbering Headingley at the moment. I don't think it's going to be a washout for the rest of the day, but I think it's going to be a messy one, with sporadic rain throughout the day. I'm hopeful of some longer dry spells later into the afternoon and early evening. The question is, will they be long enough to get the outfield dry?"

Weather forecast
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Ian Wilson: Bell is out of form with the bat and in the slips. How bad does a mate of Cook/Strauss need to play before something is changed?

Facebook Q&A

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Your all time favourite English player?

"Flintoff from who I played with for what he brought. Botham, clearly, and I liked the way Darren Gough bowled for England with the energy he brought to the team."

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It's raining

More covers being brought out. This does not sound good.

Rain covers
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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

On a light note. If you were to go to a Test match, as a spectator and not for work, in fancy dress, what would you wear?

"I would go as Scooby Doo, you can hide then. I used to like the Headingley horse, but I think he ended up on the pitch and got tackled by a steward, ending up in bother."

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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I was told to field at backward point once at Southampton and couldn't understand why all the other Northants fielders were giggling. Robin Smith then square cut one, harder than anyone else can hit the ball, which cracked me straight in the leg - I didn't realise backward point should stand 30 yards further back for him."

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Charis, Surrey: I'm actually torn. Rain = can't lose wickets but also = trickier to bat after a break and less time for England to win this Test match!

Ian Do: Look at Met Office rainfall radar for massive rain sweeping across country. Ignore airports!

Dave, Steeton: Wet and wild here on the hills NW of Leeds. MCC should press a medal for fans and players alike at Headingley today. My gardener has decided to throw a sickie, and she just has weeds to pull.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I've always wondered how much players actually eat at tea/ lunch etc? Were there players that you played with that literally ate all the pies?

"Matthew Hoggard ate all the pies. I used to change it up depending on the occasion. I liked a sarnie or two, with a couple of cakes."

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What makes a good slip fielder?

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"As a kid, I was coached that at first slip, you watch the ball; at second slip, you watch the bat. But Paul Collingwood, who used to field at third slip and gully, always used to watch the ball, and he was a brilliant catcher."

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Do you think Adil Rashid will get to play a Test this summer?

"He probably will. I think it will get to the stage where England will have to change something."

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Adil Rashid looks on
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What makes a good slip fielder?

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I had a go in the slips early in my career, when I captained the university team, then at the end when I was Somerset captain I went to first slip, as I thought I could hide there. But I dropped three in about 10 minutes off Ian Botham at Southampton once, and that rather terminated my slip career."

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If you're just joining us, the players have been off for rain for just over half-an-hour. The rain has been light but persistent - stranding England on 44-0, chasing 455 to win.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Did you honestly think you had any chance at all before the 2005 Ashes?

"Of course I did. I knew it would be hard and that we'd all have to raise our games to a level that we'd not before. The summer before we won all seven Tests so we knew how to win. It was a brand of cricket that was risky, but we found a way to beat them."

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Jason Cleary: I'm struggling to stomach the criticism being levelled at England. One up in the series, matched the New Zealand first-innings score and succumbed to a bit of lucky Big Bash-style baseball bat swinging in their second innings. Being written off even before we started our second innings.

New Zealand are third in the world and so far have had the upper hand in one innings - get a grip.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

What's your prediction for the Ashes? Will we face humiliation?

"It will be more competitive than people think. But over five matches, Australia look stronger. Both teams have batting power, but more of the Aussies are in form and they have the better bowling. 3-1 Australia."

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Guy in Bristol: As a veteran of both 2013 3rd year law exams and the NZ tour of the same year. I feel I must say that following TMS is, tragically, very much the wrong choice for students. Conversely, as an office worker ensconced in a menial job, it is very much the right one.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Which bowling partnership, throughout the history of Test cricket, would you least liked to have faced at Headingley as an opening batsman?

"Probably Trueman and McGrath. I saw Hadlee, but didn't see enough of him to put him ahead of McGrath."

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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I'm always amazed how long it takes England to go spin when tail-enders are teeing off. If you look at any T20 competition in the world, eight of the top 10 bowlers will be spinners. When there is pace off the ball, the batsmen have to have to time it perfectly, and you can have men on the boundary."

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Will Mitchell Starc succeed bowling in English conditions?

"Yes he could. Unfortunately for England, he could have the impact that Mitchell Johnson had. He's definitely got the ability to strike in Test cricket."

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Alexander Guy Walton: Re: picture of Ryan Sidebottom (14:11). Looking like Eric Idle mid 70s.

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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Slip is not the position for Ian Bell. for years he's been reticent to field there for England, because he's a worrier. Adam Lyth is a very good slip fielder. Ian Bell is the best bat-pad fielder in the world."

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Who is the best bowler you have ever faced? And would he be able to clean bowl Boycott?

"Spin - Murali in Sri Lanka. Pace - Glenn McGrath from the Pavilion End at Lord's."

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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"With a new ball, the slips can stand closer to each other because the new ball tends to skid on a bit and the edges tend to be finer. With the old ball, you have to leave a bit more space and second slip moves towards the batsman. When we played India, I would go closer to Dravid, whereas with Sehwag I would take two or three yards."

It's raining

An extra cover is being brought out to join those already there. Bad times.

Meanwhile, Vic Marks on TMS is questioning Graeme Swann (an excellent second slip in his day) about slip fielders' placement. Should they move for different batsmen?

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It's amazing how you look at the scoreboard when you're trying to bowl a team out in the fourth innings. It's only when you have a bit more experience, especially as a spinner, that you learn to be patient."

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Alexander Guy Walton: Re: picture of Ryan Sidebottom. Looking like Eric Idle mid 70s.

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Ex-England seamer Ryan Sidebottom on TMS: "I just don't think in this country, left armers have been fashionable. We look too much to 90mph bowlers, what about the skill? I think Boult and Southee have shown a lot of skill in swinging the ball. I'd like to see that a bit more from England, pitch the ball up and really challenge the batsman's stumps."

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the TMS Facebook page - the Michael Vaughan Q&A is about to start.

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Richard Harmon: Positives - Opening pair, Wood, Broad. Negatives - Bell, Ali, no frontline spinner. A long way to go before the Ashes.

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Ex-England seamer Ryan Sidebottom on TMS: "I love your commentary. I love listening to this man [Boycott] even if he goes on a bit!"

Ryan Sidebottom
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James Pinder: I'm sure when this series was scheduled NZ weren't quite the side they are now!

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Ex-England seamer Ryan Sidebottom on TMS: "In this era you do a lot more training in the gym, lot more work and graft, we have yoga now which we do on a regular basis, it certainly helped me as I feel fit as a fiddle when I play. It hasn't take its toll on me just yet."

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Alastair Cook leaves the field
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If you're just joining us, the players only managed four overs after lunch before they went off for rain at 13:56. Light but persistent rain, the covers are on and no sign of a particularly prompt resumption.