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James Gheerbrant and Phil Dawkes

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  1. Goodbye!

    And with that, we bid you farewell. It's been a fascinating day of Test cricket, with England fighting back brilliantly from a dreadful position of 30-4. All to play for tomorrow. See you then when we return with live commentary at 10.15 BST!

  2. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't attack all the time in Test matches. Southee and Boult should have known that, and New Zealand definitely missed Vettori like England miss Swann. I'm a bat-first man in a five-day Test match. England should be quite pleased with that day, the middle order had a splendid day."

    Southee and Boult
  3. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Howard Horner: A thoroughly brilliant day of cricket. Potentially 34 more days of test cricket this summer - let's hope they live up to today!

    Michelle Garland: 354-7? I remember plenty of recent tests we would have been happy with 354 all out. Lots of positives going forward.

    Rob Brown: With that late wicket it has to go down as an even 1st day. Great to see all England's young middle order contributing.

  4. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    New Zealand bowler Matt Henry, who made his Test debut today: "I suppose it was a great start to Test match cricket. From a bowling perspective we did quite well but would have liked to do better. Joe Root and Ben Stokes fought back well but we hung in there, as that last wicket showed.

    "It is amazing to make a debut for New Zealand and to make it at Lord's is an incredible feeling. I am very fortunate."

    Matt Henry
  5. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    England's Ben Stokes, who scored 92: "We got into a bit of a hole in first 45 minutes but to finish on 354-7, we would have taken that. We built partnerships throughout the middle order. Hopefully tomorrow Mo can come out and play how he did and the lower order can stick with him. Hopefully we can get over 400 and then, with the ball, take a few early wickets.

    "Brendon [McCullum, New Zealand captain] always sets attacking fields so there are options for runs. Rooty [Joe Root] over the last 18-20 months has been incredible form, and when you are in the middle with his record it fills you with confidence.

    "I got told yesterday I was batting at six. It is good to get the responsibility. It has gone well and hopefully I can make that my spot."

  6. Close of play scorecard

    England 354-7 (90 overs)

    Not-out batsmen: Moeen 49*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Lyth 7), 25-2 (Ballance 1), 25-3 (Cook 16), 30-4 (Bell 1), 191-5 (Stokes 92), 251-6 (Root 98), 354-7 (Buttler 67)

    Bowling figures: Boult 24-5-70-2, Southee 19-1-82-1, Henry 24-3-93-3, Craig 18-2-77-1, Anderson 5-1-14-0

    New Zealand won toss

    Full scorecard

  7. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "A wonderful day's cricket. Everyone who has come has had interest and entertainment.

    "I didn't see it as a putting in pitch. It was awkward for openers with a bit of movement but that is an opener's job. The saving grace for batting is that it is on the slow side meaning if you are careful and be sensible, it was an 80-2 pitch. But England were in the mire.

    "It was what happened after that that is the story of the day. It was a splendid performance of counter-attacking cricket from young guys with no fear who played brilliantly. It is not just about making runs but when you make them."

    Lord cricket ground
  8. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Gutteridge: Aggressive cricket from England, putting the pressure on. Isn't this how Australia played last Ashes? Promising stuff.

    Tom, London: I love how positive England have been, especially given the shaky start. Another day we'd be six down but 100 behind this score.

  9. Review of the day

    Well, from 30-4 you have to say England have done magnificently to still be batting at the end of day one, let alone with 354 runs on the board. And yet, New Zealand will fancy their chances of rolling the tail for not many and getting down to work on a track that looks like it's getting better and better to bat on.

    New Zealand rocked England with a terrific new ball burst in the morning, with their much-vaunted seam attack moving the ball both ways and looking a million dollars. But England fought back superbly through a typically counter-attacking innings from Joe Root, in partnership with the effervescent Ben Stokes.

    Those batsmen both fell just short of a century, but Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali batted beautifully as New Zealand's bowlers tired to put England in a position of superiority - or so we thought until that late, late twist...

  10. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it was a fantastic day of Test cricket. England will be happy. Disappointed to lose Buttler last ball but from the position they were in they showed great fight and spirit to get back into it."

  11. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Former England captain Alec Stewart on Twitter: Excellent 1st day's play at Lords. England will be the happier of the two sides recovering from 30-4 with exciting counter attacking play.

  12. Close of play

    Eng 354-7

    And that ends a pulsating, topsy-turvy day of Test cricket. A brilliant morning from New Zealand, a fantastic fightback from England, and a late wicket that leaves things more or less evenly poised. What a day...

  13. WICKET

    Buttler lbw b Boult 67 (Eng 354-7)

    Would you believe it? Just when it seemed that all was rosy in the garden of English cricket, Trent Boult has just booted a football into the prize flower-bed. He raps Jos Buttler on the pad with a full, straight delivery and there's no reprieve - it was hitting middle halfway up. What a sickener...

    Trent Boult
  14. Umpire review

    Now then! Jos Buttler has been given out LBW off the final ball of the day! He wants another look though...

  15. Eng 354-6

    Moeen looks in glorious touch here, he's timing it like a Swiss watchmaker. He picks up another four with a push down the ground off Henry that races away to the rope. Henry's day is done, but he's had a good one - not many New Zealand bowlers can say that.

  16. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rob Stileman: Today is providing a great case for having a deep batting line-up. The luxury of Moeen at 8 is superb.

    Ed Stockton: Vital knock for Moeen this. Always had the talent but lacked the composure to build on it recently.

    Ian: A Mooen cover drive is a thing of beauty.

  17. Eng 350-6 (Buttler 67, Moeen 45)

    Brendon McCullum: the arch-tactician, the perpetual aggressor, the king of unorthodoxy - what has the New Zealand skipper got up his sleeve for the final three overs of the day? It doesn't feel like it, but another wicket here and it would still be a very decent day for the Kiwis. Trent Boult is striving, but he can't provide it, and Buttler punches him into the covers for two.

  18. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matthew Bennett: Repeated question at work has been "Is Root in?" "Yes" "Oh we'll be alright then". Shame to lose him, Buttler quick fire century?

    Jack Mendel: Think with Buttler/Stokes/Mo low down, England get have false a sense of security. Top order think 'Wickets in hand', relax?

  19. Eng 348-6

    Brendon McCullum turns back to Matt Henry, who has been New Zealand's best bowler today. But even he can't stem the tide as Moeen punches him off the back foot for another silky four.

    Matt Henry
  20. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tattz: Buttler, like Root to a degree, has the skill of reading and playing the match situation, and looks so composed. Test class.

    VB: The top order might have failed as always, but what a recovery by the middle order. Too tight to call now.

  21. Eng 344-6 (Buttler 65, Moeen 41)

    New Zealand will be mighty disappointed with how this day has panned out - from such a strong position, they are finishing the day on the back foot. Their strike bowlers have only recently stepped of a plane from the IPL, and it shows - they look more undercooked than a steak tartare. Buttler tickles Tim Southee behind square for another four - this has been a great knock from the keeper.

  22. Eng 338-6

    The runs just keep flowing for England - Buttler eases the flagging Trent Boult back past his toes for a crisp straight-driven four. Chastening times these for a fast bowler.

  23. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The England team are set up to play aggressively because of the personal in it. Bell and Root at their best are those kind of players. The natural play of Stokes, Buttler and Ali is aggressive. But it is important Cook plays his game at the top. His role is to occupy the crease at the top of the order and create pressure on the opposition."

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Fox: THIS. This right here is how England should play their cricket going forward.

    Tom, Leeds: Very exciting day's cricket. Farbrace is a great ODI coach so I wonder if this new attacking approach is down to him.

  25. Eng 333-6 (Buttler 55, Moeen 40)

    Oh Moeen, behave yourself! He leans into one angled across him from Southee and dispatches it to the cover boundary with an indecent flourish. Woof.

  26. Latest scorecard

    England 329-6 (83 overs)

    Batsmen: Moeen 36*, Buttler 55*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Lyth 7), 25-2 (Ballance 1), 25-3 (Cook 16), 30-4 (Bell 1), 191-5 (Stokes 92), 251-6 (Root 98)

    Bowling figures: Boult 21-4-63-1, Southee 17-1-72-1, Henry 22-3-85-3, Craig 18-2-77-1, Anderson 5-1-14-0

    New Zealand won toss

    Full scorecard

  27. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Just done a lap of the ground in the sunshine, spotted Middlesex and England pair Sam Robson and Steven Finn in the beer garden. No confirmation on what they were drinking."

  28. Text 81111

    Michael A: Fortunate it's not NZ going from 30-4 to 300-6. The anti-Cook bandwagon would collapse under the weight of all the people trying to get aboard.

    Nick Ogden: Where are all the 10.30 to 12.30 doom and gloom merchants now...?!?!?! Seems like English cricket isn't finished after all.

  29. Eng 329-6

    Moeen Ali continues his smooth progress with a three off his legs, then there's more punishment for New Zealand as Boult fires one down the leg side and it beats Latham for four byes. A day that began so well for the tourists is ending painfully.

  30. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a tough chance for Southee. It went sharp. And it was at awkward height where he couldn't quite get his hands into the right position. His follow through was at mid-range when the ball hit him."

    Tim Southee drops a catch
  31. Moeen dropped on 32

    Eng 322-6 (Buttler 55, Moeen 33)

    Tim Southee takes the new cherry from the other end, and immediately he gets a chance - Moeen hits one straight back at him but he can't quite gather it in his follow-through. Tough chance that, but it would have been a big wicket for New Zealand.

    Buttler rubs salt into the wound with a four through square leg. A wide in that over and a couple of leg-side balls from Southee: New Zealand's bowlers look weary here.

    Tim Southee
  32. New ball taken

    Eng 316-6

    Unsurprisingly, New Zealand take the new ball immediately. Trent Boult is the man who Brendon McCullum calls on to do the business. New Zealand will desperately want another wicket before the close to claim supremacy on day one, and McCullum puts in three slips and a gully. Boult strays and concedes three leg byes.

  33. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Warner: I think New Zealand are a bit unlucky with the call at the toss. The pitch has dried out and with Moeen in at 8 England bat deep.

  34. Eng 312-6 (Buttler 51, Moeen 31)

    Mark Craig twirls through the last over before the new ball becomes available, and it's a set that underlines just how badly New Zealand need the new cherry. Moeen swats two fours through square leg.

  35. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "From 30-4 this has been a brilliant day's play from England I have just said to Ed Smith off air, it has been one of those days that I've enjoyed every minute of. It has been wonderful.

    "We were all sat up here thinking 'oh no' and nobody would have expected this turnaround. All anyone wants to see is the team have a go. I would have said a year ago, England would be 210 at this stage trying to block it out, but they have got the game moving."

  36. 50 for Buttler

    Eng 303-6

    That's 50 for Jos Buttler, as for the third time today Lord's patrons rise to salute a fluent, attacking half-century from one of England's young bucks. He gets there with a dab to cover point.

  37. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England don't look in any trouble at all at the moment. But they don't need to be so timid. They can press ahead a bit more and put more pressure on. New Zealand are moving towards this second ball without using their main bowlers."

  38. Eng 302-6 (Buttler 49, Moeen 23)

    Moeen misses with an attempted sweep - the cross-bat shots have caused batsmen a bit of difficulty today. A maiden from Craig. This match is still very evenly poised - can either side turn the day decisively in their favour with a late burst?

  39. Post update

    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "When England were 30-4 this morning 300 looked like a veritable Mount Everest. But such is the beauty of cricket. You don't know quite what is round the corner."

  40. Eng 302-6

    Those jumpers are definitely causing controversy - they are rather odd, half muscle T, half traditional cable knit. Buttler moves closer to his fifty with a lovely cover drive off Anderson. Another ball brings up the 50 partnership off 79 balls.

  41. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Thomas Huysinga: These lambs-wool jumpers England are showcasing are a thing of beauty.

    James in Sevenoaks: Worst thing about this English team are those shocking half cable knit jumpers.

  42. Eng 295-6 (Buttler 43, Moeen 22)

    Suddenly, Moeen springs into life - he sizes up Mark Craig and launches him over mid-on for a handsome four. Nice.

    Moeen Ali
  43. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the time, from an England perspective, when you can take control of the day and make a big statement. They can get a run a minute, which is not out of the question with the field's McCullum sets."

    Brendan McCullum
  44. Eng 290-6

    Corey Anderson continues. Moeen has clearly been spending plenty of time with the bowling machine - his bat-face is redder that that of Louis Van Gaal after a few tipples at the Manchester United end-of-season awards. The batsmen rotate through for three singles.

  45. Email

    Michael Bates: With Corey Anderson and James Anderson playing each other, there is the potential for Anderson bowled Anderson. How many times in Test cricket has a namesake taken such a wicket?

  46. Drinks break

    Eng 287-6

    Mark Craig is back into the attack and Jos Buttler nudges the run rate northwards again with a good pull to dispatch a poor ball to the fine-leg boundary. Time for drinks.

  47. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It is difficult to say who is in charge at the moment. It is not a huge total at 280 but if they can carry on until stumps and not lose wickets you would say it was England's day. Looking at it now this pitch is not doing anything. New Zealand's seamers did well for the first hour but lacked discipline to keep the ball in the same place five in a row."

  48. Eng 279-6 (Buttler 34, Moeen 15)

    Some migraine-inducing blazers in the Lord's crowd today - the camera picks out two gentlemen bedecked in red, dark green and silver stripes. You don't get those on the High Street. Anderson trundles through a steady maiden to Moeen.

  49. Eng 279-6

    Joe Root and Ben Stokes sitting together on the balcony, both a little rueful but no doubt reminiscing on that partnership. Ah, good times. Southee is inches away from dismantling Moeen's stumps with yet another yorker - New Zealand making their intentions clearer than a lustful teenager on prom night.

  50. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I'm sitting square of the wicket, very close to the action, about as far as a Brendon McCullum forward defence carries. Here, in the Mound Stand, was where Ben Stokes targetted earlier on. They should wear hard hats."

    Mound Stand
  51. Eng 278-6 (Buttler 34, Moeen 14)

    Now, with 15 overs left before the new ball we're going to get our first look at Corey Anderson. The all-rounder has 13 wickets in his 10 Test matches, so he can certainly pose a threat. A bit of swing from the arm for the sturdily built Anderson, who operates at around 77mph. These batsmen are showing good understanding and they scamper three sharp singles.

  52. Eng 275-6 (Southee 15-1-65-1)

    Gentle amusement for the spectators as Brendon McCullum has to remove an apple that someone has chucked on to the outfield. It must have seemed like a funny idea after a few glasses of fizz. Buttler guides three through backward point.

  53. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I do like having a few boys up your sleeve at six, seven or eight who can go at and give the ball a good whack. I want to see Buttler in with more time to play. When he gets moving he is a worry because he can put it about. Even more so than Stokes."

  54. Eng 271-6

    Moeen has started nervously but he is a gorgeous batsman in full flight and that's a lovely stroke, leaning into a full Trent Boult delivery and caressing it through the covers.

  55. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    FoxingLucky: I have cursed 2 batsmen today. Turned TV on to see Stokes get 100. Out next ball, turned on to see Root get 100. Out next ball.

    Angus Gibson: Finally decided it was safe to turn the radio on in the office to let my NZ colleague listen to Root get his 100. Sorry Joe.

  56. Eng 267-6 (Buttler 30, Moeen 7)

    Oh, goodness me, that looks a great shout against Moeen, another full, straight delivery from Henry and it hits him low on the pads. The umpire says no, much to New Zealand's chagrin - they've burned both their reviews, remember. These two are looking to scamper through for some sharp singles and they keep the scoreboard ticking over with four from this over.

  57. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "I was sitting in the stands when Joe Root fell for 98. It ruined (or hastened, depending on which way you look at it) the plans of the men behind me, who were going to get the beers in when Root reached 100. There was a gasp (from everyone, not just our beer-chasers), then applause, then the chant of 'Roooooot'."

  58. Eng 263-6

    New Zealand have obviously got a plan to Moeen Ali, they think they can get him with a yorker - as of course they did when these two sides met in the World Cup in coloured clothing. Moeen just about manages to dig one out of the blockhole, and then there's a huge shout for LBW against Buttler - a lavish inswinger from Trent Boult that just hooped back too much.

  59. Scorecard update

    England 262-6 (66 overs)

    Batsmen: Moeen 4*, Buttler 29*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Lyth 7), 25-2 (Ballance 1), 25-3 (Cook 16), 30-4 (Bell 1), 191-5 (Stokes 92), 251-6 (Root 98)

    Bowling figures: Boult 17-4-54-1, Southee 14-1-61-1, Henry 21-3-81-3, Craig 14-1-55-1

    New Zealand won toss

    Full scorecard

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sumin Baxter: The live text writer for #bbccricket obviously has a massive man crush on Joe Root. Rightly so. I feel your pain right now.

  61. Eng 262-6 (Buttler 29, Moeen 4)

    Another probing over from Henry, just a couple off it from Buttler with a push into the off side.

  62. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Patrick Smith: I turned TMS on to listen to Root get his hundred. It's all my fault. Apologies all.

  63. Eng 260-6

    All of a sudden, that score isn't looking quite so flash for England. Still, Moeen Ali is a handy batsman to come in at six wickets down -June 2006 was the last time that he batted at eight in a first-class match. England add four byes to the tally when an away-swinger from Trent Boult moves lavishly and beats Tom Latham's despairing dive.

  64. Not out

    Well, we've praised Brendon McCullum's captaincy to the rafters, so it's only fair to say that this is one of the worst reviews of all time. The ball, in fact, hit nothing but bat, and Moeen is OK.

  65. Umpire review

    Moeen Ali comes out and is immediately hit in front. The umpire says not out, but New Zealand want another look...

  66. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm nearly speechless. He could almost have left it. He was having to reach for it, and when you have to reach a long way, that's when you make a mistake. But it was a splendid innings. He got the innings moving when they were in trouble."

    Matt Henry celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root
  67. WICKET

    Root c Latham b Henry 98 (Eng 251-6)

    Yes, I'm afraid so. Lord's falls silent - bar the exultant whooping of the New Zealand fielders - as Joe Root, scarcely believably, errs with his hundred in sight. He chases a widish one from Henry and gets a little top-edge through to Tom Latham. Disappointment for Root, but you have to say Henry, who has bowled a terrific spell, deserved that.

    Joe Root is dismissed
  68. Eng 249-5 (Root 97, Buttler 25)

    Root is closing in here, he adds a single through the leg side off Craig.

  69. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Salkeld: As a dry stone waller in Bristol, I learnt all I know from Joe Root.

  70. Eng 246-5

    Matt Henry has arguably been the pick of New Zealand's vaunted seam attack today and he's producing another good spell, just nibbling them away on a good consistent length. He finds the edge of Jos Buttker but the ball drops just short of the slips. A maiden.

  71. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are doing splendidly. If you're a New Zealander, all the euphoria of those four wickets has gone. Runs are coming far too easily for England. If they go on at this rate, they're going to be 360 at the end of the day. Wow."

  72. Eng 246-5 (Root 96, Buttler 24)

    Oh, dreamy stuff this, Craig just loops one up a bit too loopily and Joe Root gets to the length and creams him back down the ground to move into the 90s. Delicious. And Root then moves to 96 in comical circumstances, clipping one through the leg side which hits a bump in the outfield and takes a funny bounce, flummoxing Corey Anderson on its way to the rope.

  73. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    bROCKerz: Perhaps Root should be given the nickname 'Plug' as he's the one that stops England's innings from going down the drain!?

  74. Eng 238-5

    Big Corey Anderson is loitering in the outfield. I'm a little surprised we haven't seen the broad-chested all-rounder given a bowl - he does have something of a golden-arm factor. Root pinches three off Henry's latest over.

  75. Email

    Danny McGee: Why do wicketkeepers always bat 6/7/8? If Jos Buttler consistently outscores the men above him is there not a case for him to bat at 4 or 5 if the middle order starts to creak?

  76. Eng 235-5 (Root 85, Buttler 24)

    A bit of adventure from Buttler, dancing down the track to Craig and hitting a crisp seven-iron just short of the boundary at cow corner, where it trickles over the rope. Craig nearly gets his revenge though, getting one to turn sharply and just bounce over the top of the stumps with Buttler beaten.

  77. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When Root and Stokes got in, New Zealand missed someone like Vettori so they could keep it tight and bowl pace at the other end. They're a a bit like England after they lost Swann - he could keep it tight and, if it turned, he could be a match-winner."

  78. Eng 230-5

    You'll probably have noticed that I accidentally wrote Stokes in that last entry. Wishful thinking I'm afraid. How strong England's position would be if the big Durham biffer was still out here after tea, instead his wicket has kept things very evenly poised - and New Zealand will be thinking just how good that scoreboard would look with a couple more wickets added. Henry nearly gets one of them, getting the ball to shape away and beat the edge of Root's bat.

  79. Email

    Freddie Lyons, Edinburgh: I'm trying to revise for my Geology exam tomorrow, but the only rock I'm studying is Joe Root at the crease. Resilient!

  80. Eng 226-5

    Spinner Mark Craig takes the ball after tea at the other end. Root plays a delicate late dab down to third man. Sub fielder Luke Ronchi earns his danger money at short leg when Root swivels on a short ball and he saves four with his kneecap. Ouch.

  81. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tom Lawlor: If I was a woman I would marry Joe Root.

  82. Eng 222-5 (Root 81, Buttler 15)

    Root gets England moving after tea with a single to cover, before Buttler clips two through midwicket.

  83. Strauss on new coach, Pietersen & England's future

    Listen again to Andrew Strauss's interview on Test Match Special after an eventful start to his tenure as England cricket director.

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    Andrew Strauss
  84. Post update

    Thank you Phil. Lord's is bathed in glorious early evening sunshine as the players trot back out to the middle. Can Joe Root kick on to his century? Can New Zealand hit back after a chastening afternoon? So many questions with this match so evenly poised. Matt Henry has the cherry, Root is on strike, let's go...

  85. Post update

    Right, time for me to hand you back to James Gheerbrant for the evening session...

  86. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jonathan Cook: Nice to see a decent run-rate from England at last.

    Tim Carlisle: Lots of gnashing of teeth early from supporters- lack of faith from experience? England made 232 in the first innings in 2013 and won it.

  87. Email

    Matt in Leicester: Can't think of a better way to spend my paternity leave than following the live text coverage of a Test match with nappy changes.

  88. Collier collects OBE

    Away from the pitch, former ECB chief executive David Collier collected his OBE today for his services to cricket. He filled the role from 2004 until 2014.

    David Collier
  89. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Root and Stokes combined to prosper as the ball got older. Wonderful innings from Stokes, fluency off the front foot and back foot - it was an important knock in his development as a player. That partnership was something that England cricket needed, particularly at the start of the summer."

  90. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "This is the view from the back of the media centre, out on to the famous Nursery Ground. A huge number of people sit on the grass, near that champagne stand on the right of the shot, watching the action on a big screen. You come to the home of cricket, then watch the telly."

    Spectators at Lord's
  91. Tea scorecard

    England 219-5 (55 overs)

    Batsmen: Root 80*, Buttler 13*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Lyth 7), 25-2 (Ballance 1), 25-3 (Cook 16), 30-4 (Bell 1), 191-5 (Stokes 92)

    Bowling figures: Boult 16-4-53-1, Southee 14-1-61-1, Henry 15-2-63-2, Craig 10-1-36-1

    New Zealand won toss

    Full scorecard

  92. Tea

    Eng 219-5 (Root 80, Buttler 13)

    Craig errs with an over-pitched ball that Buttler wastes no time in punching through cover for four. It is a timely reminder of what Buttler is capable of as the bails are taken off for tea. England have consolidated well after the loss of Stokes. They have runs in the middle and in the tent. A potentially cracking final session awaits.

  93. Eng 214-5

    New Zealand keep it tight again as Henry concedes just one run to Root's back foot shot to man sweeping at cover. Root's responsibility is clear but Buttler is also playing a very sensible innings here.

  94. Eng 213-5 (Root 78, Buttler 9)

    Buttler gets inventive with a paddle off one knee to bring him three off Craig's second ball. Root latches on to a full ball but is denied a boundary and kept to one by the diving man at mid-wicket. Amongst everything else that has gone on today, hats off to New Zealand for their display in the field thus far. Total commitment.

  95. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Gutteridge: New Zealand field like a T20 team in every format, total commitment to saving runs. Unbelievably good.

    Paul Divito: Ali batting 8. If so can we just play our best spinner? Harsh on him but feels a no-brainer.

    Is Moeen not England's best spinner, Paul?

  96. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "There have only been two bigger fifth wicket partnerships in Test history by teams reduced to 30 or fewer for 4 than the 161 by Joe Root and Ben Stokes."

    England's former coach Andy Flower tops that particular stat with his partnership of 277* with Murray Goodwin for Zimbabwe against Pakistan in 1998.

    Andy Flower
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    OptaJim: 14 - Ben Stokes left alone 14 balls in his innings of 94 balls, the lowest percentage of anyone in England's top six. Regret.

  98. Eng 208-5

    Root's single is all England have to show for a god Henry over, the last ball of which swings past the outside edge of Buttler's bat. The home side are ticking along nicely, though. As Corporal Jones would say, don't panic.

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    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mark Craig was plucked from obscurity to fill the vacancy left by Daniel Vettori. He's got 30-odd wickets in the eight Tests that he played. New Zealand have got so many runs in recent times, and that's enabled McCullum to bowl him to attacking fields."

    Indeed, in his previous eight Tests Craig had 31 wickets at 39.5.

    Mark Craig
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    Rob Leonard: Knocking off early to go home and watch the cricket. Can't take much more of refreshing the BBC website.

    Don't spare our feelings Rob...

  101. Eng 207-5 (Root 75, Buttler 6)

    Craig continues and continues well, going for just a single that Root eases round the corner. He offers Buttler some flight from his last ball but the Lancashire man resists the temptation to go fully after it. For a moment, his eyes will have lit up. Later Jos, later.

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    Matt HD: Great cameo Ben Stokes! Great to see finally a player for England who can play a run a ball. Just what the crowd want to see!

    Mikey Knight-Robson: Really good to see England with some ingenuity putting Buttler in. Continue to take the attack to NZ.

  103. Eng 206-5

    Jos Buttler has had the screensaver on since joining Root but he shifts the mouse and sparks back into life with a superbly-timed drive down the ground to bring his first boundary. With a Root single that is five from Henry's over.

  104. Eng 201-5 (Root 72, Buttler 2)

    Buttler opens up for the first time with a checked chip to leg side off Craig that brings him a single. Root then flicks one through mid-wicket for a couple of runs that bring up the England 200. It has not been an easy route to get here, but they've made it. They'll be aiming to build a score now.

  105. No new England coach before Ashes?

    The new England coach may not be in place before the Ashes start in July, says cricket director Andrew Strauss.

    Strauss is set to hold talks with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie over succeeding Peter Moores, who was sacked in May.

    "There is a ticking clock ahead of the Ashes, but we won't rush it," Strauss told Test Match Special.

    "In an ideal world we'll have someone in place before that, but not if it's not the right man."

    Read the full story here

    Andrew Strauss
  106. Eng 196-5

    Henry is back at the Pavilion End and bowling to Buttler. Two relative novices in the Test arena. It is a bit of stand-off between the two, with Henry finding a consistent line and Buttler offering a very conservative response. The Lancashire keeper-batsman is content to slowly find his feet in this innings.

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    Thomas Measures: Still a long way for a good score, going to need at least another 200 runs here. Time for the tail to start wagging.

  108. Joe Root the cameraman

    Here's the moment that Joe Root, like Radio 1's Greg James (14:29), fancied a change of career. After colliding with a cameraman on his way out to bat in the second session, Root took up the duties himself. A man of many talents.

    Joe Root tries his hand at being a cameraman
  109. Eng 196-5 (Buttler 1, Root 69)

    A slightly more expansive shot from Root, who drops to one knee to sweep, brings him a couple more runs. he then turns away in disgust at having missed out on a short ball outside off stump and is then caught on the pad trying to whip one to leg. Just a bit of frustration sneaking in now. Buttler is off the mark, though, with a single to deep square-leg.

  110. Eng 192-5

    Fortunately for England, Joe Root has a lot of recent practice in batting with the second half of the order. He has another potentially explosive partner in Buttler but first the two need to consolidate. They need to earn the right to attack. They do this with some sensible defensive play to the best Boult can offer.

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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Ben Stokes could only hang his head in disbelief after seeing the off stump disturbed. A gasp in the press box, silence in the stands, whoops from the Black Caps. It says much about the peril England were in that it took a stand of 161 just to get them back to somewhere near level terms."

    Ben Stokes
  112. Eng 191-5 (Root 65, Buttler 0)

    Time for England to build again as Jos Buttler comes out to join Joe Root. So, still no Moeen Ali. Buttler starts with five solid front-foot defensive shots to keep out Craig. That wicket has put this game back in the balance again.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Incredible innings from Stokes - brilliantly played. He got England back into the contest. But that was wonderful bowling. Craig got a little bit of shape through the air - it was a bit quicker. Stokes was probably caught in two minds."

    Ben Stokes
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    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been an innings that has lit up the occasion. He will be bitterly disappointed to be bowled not playing a shot on the first day of a Test match."

  115. WICKET

    Stokes b Craig 92 (Eng 191-5)

    Oh Ben, what have you done?! It is a rare lapse from Stokes who rocks back and opts to leave a ball from Craig, only realising too late that it is angled in and destined to hit off stump. New Zealand's hard work since drinks is rewarded. Stokes looks to the sky as he walks off. He knows just how cheap that dismissal is.

    Ben Stokes is bowled out
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    OptaJim: 12 - Joe Root scored 49 balls from his first 46 balls and 12 from his first 46 balls after lunch. Stoked.

  117. Eng 191-4 (Stokes 92, Root 65)

    That little meeting seems to have done New Zealand some good. They haven't broken this partnership but they stemmed the runs. Boult finds a good length that traps Stokes at the striker's end for four deliveries before the left-hander prods one to off for a single. We've got an intriguing tactical battle on our hands at the moment.

  118. Eng 190-4

    Joe Root has had to play second fiddle for the last few overs, which may have caused a frustration that leads to an ugly swipe off one knee to a full Craig delivery. He is fortunate that the ball doesn't spin too much otherwise he'd be back in the pavilion and cursing his lapse in discipline.

  119. Eng 186-4 (Root 64, Stokes 90)

    With less swing, New Zealand need to consolidate now. As a former captain of mine used to say, "find treble twenty". Boult does just that with a good over of balls just short of a length on off stump. It limits England to three singles.

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    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Ben Stokes is only the second New Zealand-born player to play a Test against New Zealand. The other was Andy Caddick."

    Andy Caddick
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    Sam in Manchester: Hopefully this can be the start of Stokes becoming that Flintoff replacement and nail down that number six spot. The value of a proper all-rounder can't be overestimated. The one big void is a replacement for Graeme Swann.

  122. Eng 183-4

    The New Zealand players take the opportunity for a team conference at drinks. They are having the game taken to them at the moment and Brendon McCullum needs to rally his troops. His solution is to turn to the spin of Mark Craig, who bowled two average overs in the first session. He succeeds in slowing England's momentum and also draws Stokes into an ill-advised swipe to leg that strikes the batsman in the midriff.

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    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "New Zealand's bowlers have all come from short-form cricket, and they're in an attacking mindset, but what they actually need is to bowl some dot balls."

    Tim Southee
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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "This is highlight-reel stuff from Stokes, who is drawing purrs of appreciation from the press box. Strong through mid-wicket all day, he's now unfurling stabbed cover drives, powerful hooks and Tendulkar-esque back-foot punches."

  125. Scorecard update

    England 182-4 (40 overs)

    Batsmen: Root 61*, Stokes 89*

    Fall of wickets: 17-1 (Lyth 7), 25-2 (Ballance 1), 25-3 (Cook 16), 30-4 (Bell 1)

    Bowling figures: Boult 13-4-48-1, Southee 14-1-61-1, Henry 11-1-56-2, Craig 2-0-13-0

    New Zealand won toss

    Full scorecard

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This partnership is something special. From ball one they were proactive, and since lunch they've played on the front, back foot, hit through the line, and they've made the likes of Boult and Southee look pretty average."

  127. Eng 182-4 (Root 61, Stokes 89)

    Ben Stokes is not taking any nonsense. Anything short is going to the boundary. He stands tall and hammers a ball from the returning Boult through cover. He follows that with an even better shot, stepping down the track to punch one through midwicket for a second four. Root's job is easy at the moment: lean on your bat and let a wound-up Stokes go.

    It is hard to believe that England were on their knees just a few hours ago.

    Ben Stokes
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    Joey Bulwell: Stokes batting like it's a powerplay, not 4 down on the first day of a Test match!

    Peter Collins: Can I have a double portion of whatever Stokes had for lunch? He's on fire since we restarted!

  129. Eng 172-4 (Stokes 79, Root 61)

    It is a simple game sometimes, especially with two batsmen who are set and timing the ball well. Stokes latches on to a short ball and hammers a four through cover. He then absolutely spanks an even shorter one to cow corner for the first maximum of the innings and follows with another pull for four to the same part of the ground. Stokes unleashed. 15 off that Henry over and Stokes has raced to 79 off 75 balls. Time for the tourists to have a re-think.

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    Hamish Pearson: I don't understand when people say England would be in such trouble without people like Root. This is professional sport where teams often only perform very well when their best players do well. England wouldn't have won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 without Wilkinson, Barcelona not the same without Messi, Australia without Warne.

  131. Eng 157-4

    Brendon McCullum is pushing Tim Southee hard. He has looked much less threatening in this session and is the most expensive of the seamers. He has conceded twice as many boundaries as any of the other Kiwi bowlers. But for a dive by Trent Boult at mid-on he would have conceded another to Stokes. Maybe time for a change Brendon?

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    Bob Contra: Southee really lost his way after the first hour, now he's bowling steak n' cheese.

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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There is always a gap between Ben Stokes's bat and pad. You feel some bowlers somewhere will be making note of that. He's playing drives that Geoffrey Boycott wouldn't have played in five million years."

  134. Eng 154-4 (Stokes 62, Root 61)

    Another slight full ball, another boundary, this time Stokes hitting through mid-on off Henry. The way these two are batting, the margin for error is very small for the Kiwi bowlers. These are the times when a seam bowler really earns his money, digging deep when the batsmen are set, to make something happen. Henry nearly manages it (more through fortune than design) with his penultimate ball with a wide one that Stokes inside-edges just past his stumps.

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    Lord's: Looks like @BBCR1 DJ @gregjames has found himself a new job today

    Greg James tries his hand at selling programmes
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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "These two have taken the game away from New Zealand when they were very much in the ascendancy, and they've taken it away very quickly. I don't think it was a putting-in pitch. Except for the odd ball, it's been quite comfortable and easy."

    Joe Root and Ben Stokes
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    Liam: Looks like Ali being in the nets and Stokes having to go out to bat has been a blessing in disguise for England!

    Russell Moore: Please limit your superlatives - I'm getting a terrible commentators curse feeling brewing, we are still England after all.

  138. Eng 149-4

    When Ben Stokes hits it, it stays hit. He leans into a wide and full Tim Southee ball and crunches the ball through cover for four. No point chasing that lads. Moeen Ali's ill-timed net has really benefitted England. Meanwhile, at the other end, Joe Root looks as solid as a steel-clad rock.