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Phil Dawkes and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and good night

    From 30-4 on day one to a 124-run victory on day five. It has been a rollercoaster ride for England, played out as moves are made in the background to appoint a new head coach.

    At 11:45 BST on Thursday morning, that head coach role looked like a poisoned chalice. Not anymore. For the first time in a long time, England can look to the future with optimism following a stunning Test match that could well have made the English public fall in love with their team again.

    Speaking of budding romances...

    Kev in Andover: If anyone sees my husband Dave at the cricket, can you ask him what he wants for tea tonight.

    Players handshake
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    England batsman James Taylor: What a way to finish an unbelievable Test match! Well played lads! Credit to the groundsman too! Proper wicket!

    Ex-Wisden editor John Stern: Interesting that apart from one 'Stokesy', every other player name-checked by Cook in interview was referred to by his first name.

    Ex-Cricketer magazine editor Andrew Miller: Love it. NZ were 12-3 and McCullum dropped down the order to plan "a second wave of attack". Up with this sort of thing.

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    England caretaker coach Paul Farbrace, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's been a great day. It's fitting that it went as long as it did. Full credit to both teams.

    "I've tried not to do anything differently. The key was to make it as normal as possible for the players and they have responded to that. We encouraged the lads to play good cricket and have fun and that's what we have always tried to do. It's been a continuation of what has been going on. I got excited with a few wickets to go, but I could be forgiven for that.

    "It's all very well about being a developing side but international sport is about the here and now and winning. There's a lot of good players on the fringes and the people who leave the ground today will be excited about the English cricket team."

    On the possible appointment of Trevor Bayliss: "He's an old-fashioned cricket coach, who likes working in the nets. He's quiet but when he says something it counts. He's a good man who is very knowledgeable. He has experience all round the world. I want to be involved in the future, whatever the role is."

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    England stand-in coach Paul Farbrace: "It's been a great day it was really fitting it went as long as it did, full credit to both teams but really nice to come out on top. I've tried not to do anything differently, the key was we tried to make it as normal as possible for the players, we tried to get on, have a lot of fun and encourage the lads to play good cricket for the five days which they've done."

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    Chris Wanless: NZ took 20 wickets and scored over 700 runs...and still lost by over 120 runs! WHAT a Test match. WHAT entertainment.

    Nick Orchard: I haven't lived in UK for 20 years. I'm often asked what I miss the most. Today I have my answer - watching Test match cricket.

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    Pat: Brilliant, enthralling match made all the better by exemplary sportsmanship and no unpleasant sledging. Wonderful for the game and spirit of Test cricket.

    Alastair Cook and Joe Root
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    Martin Tooth: We've been despondent, relieved, frustrated, nervous, encouraged, hopeful and finally jubilant. Great sporting drama.

    Sue: Can't help but wonder what might have been if Moores had been sacked sooner...? Hope Farbrace stays on!

  8. Man of the match - Ben Stokes

    Ben Stokes, who scored the fastest ever Test century at Lord's and took three wickets today: "Without doubt, it's a career highlight. The whole match has been amazing. I have been striking the ball pretty well in the nets but I didn't expect that innings. It was more of a fluke.

    "There's always opportunities to score with the fields Brendon sets and Lord's is a fast-scoring field. It was a lovely moment when I got two wickets in two balls today and the crowd were magnificent."

    Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook
  9. Captain's reaction

    England captain Alastair Cook: "Thank god Mo hung on to that catch... it was never in doubt!

    "My innings [162] was up there with my best. We got a little bit of luck with playing and missing but we got through that and great credit to Joe Root and then Ben Stokes played an innings of the like I've never seen before. We had a 100 lead when he came in, and when he was out two hours later it was about 270 and I'd scored 10 of them!

    "Today, the way our guys bowled... we fought incredibly hard on a great cricket wicket. It's been a real team effort this week. It's been a rocky few weeks so to play with such freedom and passion, the lads are pleased with that."

  10. Captain's reaction

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "At Headingley on Friday we'll continue to play like we have in this Test match. Sometimes it doesn't work out but it gives us our best chance of winning."

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    New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum on Test Match Special: "We played a brand of cricket we wanted but England deserved their win. We're on the right road with the style of cricket were playing."

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    Lord's Ground: Approximately 125,000 people have attended this match. That's a record for the first Test of the summer at Lord's this century.

  13. Captain's reaction

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "I thought we played our part in a tremendous Test match. Great credit to England. Even when we were dominating they kept going and they played an enterprising brand of cricket. The game was played in a tremendous spirit too.

    "We got over 730 runs in the Test and still lost by more than 100 runs. It's not every day that happens but we hold our heads high. It's such a fine line between success and failure.

    "It was tactical for me to drop down the batting order [from five to six]. BJ Watling has done it for us before and we thought that if he could generate a partnership with Kane, the hitters like Corey Anderson and I could come in and have a realistic go at getting the target."

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    Alastair Cook on speculation that Australian Trevor Bayliss will be appointed England coach: "I don't quite know what's happened, it's still speculation. Whatever will be will be but let's just enjoy today and what the guys have achieved after a rocky few weeks."

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  16. Captain's reaction

    Alastair Cook on Ben Stokes: "He made another massive stride in his development. To score a hundred at Lord's and the way he played in both innings was tremendous for him.

    "His challenge will always be to work on his consistency but there is so much talent there and so much desire to win for England he'll only go from strength to strength. We've just got to keep backing him and he'll be a tremendous cricketer."

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    England batting coach Mark Ramprakash: Amazing day at Lord's! Wonderful victory for England! Great team performance.

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    Shaun Berkeley: What a win, makes been at work on a bank holiday all the more bearable. Roll on Friday when it all starts again.

    Carl Phillips: Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook were splendid. One of the best Test matches I've ever seen.

  19. Captain's reaction

    A tongue-tied England captain Alastair Cook: "It's one of the best matches I've ever been involved in - a great cricket wicket, two sides that gave their all and played as good cricket as they could play. I can't really speak. It was just a brilliant, brilliant day."

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    England bowler Kate Cross: I'm thoroughly enjoying this little Test team we have here. Proper character. Congrats @englandcricket! #whatawin

    England celebrate
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    Alice Stainer: Love the poetic justice of the match being put to bed by much-maligned third man! This Test just didn't want to play by the rules.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It gave almost everybody an opportunity to do well. You could score runs and yet the bowlers fancied their chances. There was a little bit of spin and the seamers bowled cutters and got movement so it encouraged everybody and exhilarated the spectators, there was always something happening."

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "An amazing way to finish the Test match, number 11 backing away and caught at third man. I have loved every minute. Couldn't have been better."

    Stokes and Ali
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    Melanie Couldrey: Just a brilliant, enthralling Test match. Massive credit to both teams.

    Tom C: Well done Alastair Cook- amazing performances from several, but what a way to manage pressure!

    Kevin Ticehurst: What a incredible Test match that was, from 30-4 to win it in those circumstances, That is why we all love TEST cricket!

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    Dan Kitchingman: What a magnificent Test match, fantastic crowd and just what the doctor ordered!

    Nicholas Wall: A superb victory for England; one of the best matches I've seen in years. A fantastic advert for Test cricket.

    John Blenkharn: Tremendous match. Hope the new coach allows England to play the same brand of cricket. This is the only way to beat Australia


    What a game. What a dramatic, gripping, entertaining, twisty, turny game.

    England have not had many high moments in recent years but they can really savour this one. From seeming on-field and off-field chaos they have pulled out a performance that gives everyone connected with the team hope for the future.

    They were brave, bold, resilient and, finally, ruthless. They are not the finished article by any means, but they appear to be a hell of a lot closer at the end of these five days than they were on Thursday. Bravo.

    England celebrate
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    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was one of the best Test matches of the modern era. Sometimes a great story needs a great ending and the look on Moeen's face after that fantastic catch was a mixture of joy, innocence and hopefulness. If England can remember those three things in the next 12 months of hard cricket it would be a wonderful thing."

    Moeen Ali celebrates his catch
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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "My heart bleeds for the New Zealanders, the last two stayed firm but that one got away and now they are very sportingly shaking hands with the England side."

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    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well played England, their bowling in the end proved to be the difference. Eight and a half overs isn't a lot over five days but they have just been able to hold the edge throughout this game."


    Boult c Moeen b Broad 10 (NZ 220 all out)

    It's all over! England are victorious! Broad comes round the wicket to Boult who backs away and looks to steer one down to third man, but he gets too much on it and sends the ball spiralling upwards for Moeen Ali to take a superb diving catch in the deep.

    An extraordinary game of cricket comes to an end. You almost don't want it to be over. But it is, and England have won it and boy are they enjoying the moment.

    In Marlon Samuels/Joe Root style, I salute every single person involved.

    Moeen Ali celebrates
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    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Will Broad continue to Boult and will he come around the wicket and try to attack him in that blind spot area? There are still 10 overs scheduled left to go so no need to panic at this stage. Down to five overs and it gets a wee bit tense."

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    Alec in Plaistow: Haven't been to Lord's since I was at grammar school more than 50 years ago and the score of every Test match was updated on the door of the prefect's room. Bringing it all back, captivating!

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    Leo: Can't help but fear that the Kiwis will hold out for these last 11 overs. Boult and Henry have the air of limpets.

  34. NZ 218-9 (10 overs remaining)

    Right then Jimmy, what have you got left in the tank? Craig, crouched in his stance with eyes like saucers, awaits England's leading all-time wicket-taker. He blocks, he bobs, he weaves and then wafts at one that sends the ball agonisingly close to the slips but safe before catching an edge off a rising ball to send the ball looping to the vacant silly point area.

  35. That's a record

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "That's now the highest number of runs in a Test match at Lord's - 1,605, beating the 1,603 in the famous 1990 game against India in 1990."

    England v India 1990
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    clive woodbridge: Has Piers Morgan tweeted yet?

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    Lacey in Leeds: Hoping this is boosting sales for Headingley next week - been too many empty seats round here lately.

  38. NZ 215-9

    These two are doing a fine job of frustrating England. Boult's step-away technique is proving effective as he digs out a Broad yorker and then angles another full ball through point for four. Jimmy Anderson is warming up. A 400th Test wicket wouldn't be the worst way for this game to end.

    James Anderson
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    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "When umpire Erasmus signals a wide there is not much of a wider sight in cricket because, as a chap, there is plenty of him."

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    Andy Hawkes: Anyone else worried NZ will block out the remaining overs?

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    Bryony Lever: Joe Root keeps stopping to sign for the audience. So cute!

  42. NZ 211-9 (12 overs remaining)

    Stokes is too wide or short and not challenging Henry to play. The number 10 is more than happy to leave. On the one occasion he has to play, Stokes nearly gets rewarded with an inside edge that skids past the wickets on its way to the fine leg rope. There's no running going on between the wickets. The batsman have clearly decided to defend an end each.

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    david andrew: I think every Lord's Test Saturday should be a peoples' day with £20 tickets. HQ needs to be seen to reach out to fans.

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    Christian Reilly: As Geoffrey always says, "add two wickets to the score". OK, so NZ are 202-11. I will take that right now. Come on England.

  45. NZ 206-9 (England need one wicket for victory)

    Broad, who played a key role in starting England's charge towards potential victory in this innings, returns. New Zealand are refusing to go quietly, though, as Boult opens his stance and punches over mid-off for four.

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    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a little bit disappointing for the New Zealand team, they will feel there has been enough to suggest they were in the game. To score 523 and then lose the match they will feel they have let themselves down. England got some momentum going and just ran with it. A good delivery removed Guptill early and the wickets of Watling and Anderson were obviously important."

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    Craig in Merseyside: The sheer delight on the players' faces as they slowly edge towards glory after a five day battle says everything about why five day Tests need to stay. Not everything has to be done and dusted in two hours.

    Ben Stokes
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    Will in Horsham: Wow, we might only lose the Ashes 4-1 at this rate!

  49. NZ 202-9 (Boult 0, Henry 4)

    15 overs remaining. Stokes continues with the first of them. Henry is forced to bob and weave under two short ones and then plays with as much assurance as he can muster to poke one through mid-off for two and fend of the rest.

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    Ed Stockton: This Test has gone from likely defeat to draw-written-all-over-it to edge of victory. Great stuff.