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Phil Dawkes and Jamie Lillywhite

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  1. Post update

    When Ian Bell trudged off after the third ball of the day, who would have predicted it ending like this? Take a bow Cook, Root and Stokes. They kept New Zealand at bay, turned the tide and then took the game to the tourists.

    Cook was coolness personified, Root his classy self and Stokes brutally brilliant. They have put England in charge and with a chance of pushing for the unlikeliest of victories. On top of that, Alastair Cook is 41 runs away from becoming England's leading run-scorer in Test cricket.

    How can you possibly miss day five? We'll see you again tomorrow at 10:30 BST.

    Cook and Stokes
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    HarlowSSP: Great day of 'traditional' test cricket; no sledging, gamesmanship, mention of KP, controversy or silly send offs!

  3. When will England declare?

    Ben Stokes on England's possible declaration: "We haven't spoken about it. wouldn't want to say what the plans are because I don't have a clue. Hopefully we can bat on tomorrow and stick them in."

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When Cook does his sums he's got 90 overs. If he takes 30 overs to bat, that's all they'll bowl before lunch, and gets another 100 runs they're going to be 400 on, so that's 400 in 60 overs. He daren't leave them less with McCullum. I don't think he's going to give them much of a chance."

    Alastair Cook congratulated
  5. Player reaction

    England centurion Ben Stokes on playing entertaining cricket: "The number one goal is to win games of cricket.

    "But the guys upstairs are all very positive and entertaining cricketers. So when guys like Gaz, Rooty and Jos get in, expect to see some fireworks."

    Ben Stokes
  6. Highest fourth-innings chases at Lord's

    Whether England declare or not on Monday, New Zealand face a stiff test if they are to win this Test, given that only one side have chased more than 282 for victory in the fourth innings...

    • 344-1: West Indies v England, 1984
    • 282-3: England v New Zealand, 2004
    • 218-3: England v New Zealand, 1965
    • 193-5: England v West Indies, 2012
    • 191-8: England v West Indies, 2000
  7. Player reaction

    More from Ben Stokes on TMS: "It is a great day personally but more importantly we are in a good position as a team. I got close in the first innings and was nervous but to get over the line was brilliant."

    On batting at six: "It is somewhere I want to be and capitalise on the opportunity I have. I have started well, hopefully that can continue. You can't live on what has happened in this Test, I have to deliver every time.

    "I think it is just another game of cricket. The things I've done for Durham have got me here so I don't think I need to change anything. I back myself.

    "The middle order is very positive. Rooty [Joe Root] is always scoring 60 or 70 per 100 balls. I like to play like that, so do Mo [Moeen Ali] and Jossy [Jos Buttler]. No one puts pressure on us."

    Ben Stokes
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    Matthew Clark: Criticism of Cook is crazy. 'Didn't score quickly at the end'. He's anchored all innings and made 150, allowing others to play.

  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd like to see Cook turn to Stokes as first change bowler rather than always see him as the fourth seamer. We might now see him blossom as a bowler after 90 and a hundred with the bat."

  10. Player reaction

    Ben Stokes, who scored 101 in 92 balls, on Sky Sports: "We're ahead of the game and every one in the dressing room is in a really good mood.

    "It was good. I rode my luck a little bit but you need a little bit to succeed. Things just went my way all day.

    "I was pretty nervous when I was in the nineties again but to get that one away was a pretty special feeling, and to do it at Home of cricket was fantastic - and something I'll never forget.

    "I felt I've got this far, I might as well keep having a hack. Things paid off."

    Ben Stokes
  11. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you can bat and bowl, a la Botham, it frees up your mind, you're not totally dependent on one. Stokes didn't do anything daft, when the ball was up he hit it. He expressed himself and if you can get a proper all-rounder it gives the team the opportunity to play another bowler. It gives you options which we haven't always had."

  12. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Tricky little decision for Cook perhaps, when to declare. They'll surely have a chat about that over a bit of dinner tonight but what a fantastic day ahead."

    Alastair Cook
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    Matt: It may not come down to a declaration. NZ still a very good bowling outfit that could come back refreshed tomorrow and knock England over.

  14. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook and Root played beautifully. Cook is in top form, he is meeting the ball late and the ball is going to mid-on and mid-off with a full face of the bat. He played that period of 40 minutes when it was tough and they were coming at them very well. Root is almost in too good form, and they fought off the challenge of the new ball. Once they got through that it looked easy."

    Joe Root
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    Michael Smith: Just love the way the New Zealanders play their cricket - positive, talented and very sporting.

    Brendon McCullum and Alastair Cook
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    Reidar Vasband: Cook, great batsman no doubt but rubbish captain; 24 runs off the last 10 overs today after having our foot on their throats!

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an uplifting day for English cricket, for the team, for the captain, everyone. They could have gone under today. There have been times when the opposition seamers would have nipped a couple out and it would have been an England loss."

  18. Close-of-play scorecard

    England 429-6 (118 overs) - lead by 295 runs

    Batsmen: Cook 153*, Moeen 19*

    Fall of wickets: 14-1 (Lyth 12), 25-2 (Ballance 0), 74-3 (Bell 29) 232-4 (Root 84), 364-5 (Stokes 101), 389-6 (Buttler 14)

    Bowling figures: Boult 28-5-71-1, Southee 29-4-129-2, Henry 21-3-79-1, Craig 29-3-106-2, Anderson 3-0-13-0, Williamson 1-0-2-0

    First innings: England 389; NZ 523

    Full scorecard

  19. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Nick barham: The fact that we are even raising possibility of declaration shows what a great day England have had!

    Andy Kinrade: Well done Captain Cook. A bona fide Captain's knock.

    Matthew Clark: England's day, almost 300 ahead. Stokes terrific but Cook the star for batting all day as anchor.

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    Mick in Rotherham: England are 100 short of a declaration total right now. An overnight declaration is almost throwing the game to NZ - too much to risk!

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    Tom Shackleton: We need to crack on and allow another 50-80 runs before a declaration. Let's make it safe then attack with the ball tomorrow.

  22. Eng 429-6 (Cook 153, Moeen 19)

    Moeen has to fend off another over of challenging short balls from Southee. New Zealand end the day with a bizarre field, dominated by off-side fielders. There's a short cover, a short extra-cover, a short everything. Moeen swings wildly at the last ball but does not nick it and England end 295 runs ahead. What a superb day of Test cricket.

    Moeen Ali
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    Richard Millard: All those saying Cook should declare now will no doubt call for him to be sacked if he did and NZ chased down the runs.

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    Rob Hand: The odd shower tomorrow and a cheeky declaration at 10:50 please.

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    chipperhull: First rule of any declaration is not to give the opposition a sniff. The 2nd is remember Greenidge in 84...

  26. Eng 429-6 (England lead by 295)

    An exciting and gripping day of Test cricket is drawing to a close with a tame whimper. McCullum sticks in a slip and leg slip in an attempt to bag a final wicket before the close but Cook offers a brick wall to Craig. We'll have one more over.

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    John: Dear Chef, we will excuse a defeat if there was the possibility of a win.

  28. Eng 429-6 (Cook 153, Moeen 19)

    It feels like an awful long time since the boost that Bell wicket gave New Zealand. They have been ground down, battered and bruised by England since. Southee opts largely for shorter stuff, which Ali has to duck under.

    Tim Southee
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    'Arsenal Guvnor': What is Cook doing? They should be attacking every ball to build lead quickly and get out! Game has draw written all over it.

    Alastair Cook
  30. Eng 428-6

    Maybe two or three overs left today? Craig changes to the Nursery End. Just the one from it. All eyes on Cook now. How brave is he going to be with a declaration? It is unlikely top come tonight, but will he stick New Zealand straight in tomorrow? Experience suggests he will be on the conservative side.

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    Adam Wheeler: Whatever the result of this Test, both sides have shown character and mettle during parts of the match.

    Amen, Adam.

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    Simon Parker: Why do people have a go at Cook for negative declarations? I very much doubt it's his decision alone.

    Jamie Bisson: As soon as Cook gets his double hundred, England should declare.

  33. Eng 427-6 (England lead by 293)

    Southee is back, no doubt still smarting from the mauling given to him by Stokes earlier in the session. Moeen takes him for four more with a drive through backward point from the second ball of the over. Three bouncers and a yorker follow.

  34. 150 for Cook

    Eng 423-6

    After surviving an lbw call, born more from desperation than belief, from Boult, Cook turns one to leg to bring him two runs and take him past 150. The England players on the balcony to a man rise to their feet, as do the remaining fans in Lord's. A superb knock. A reaffirmation of the skipper's class with a bat in his hands.

    Alastair Cook
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    Howard Horner: We must remember today when, in the future, Stokes' aggressive style gets him out early - just let him play his natural game.

    Ben Stokes
    Ben Stokes
  36. Eng 421-6

    Craig is getting through some overs for New Zealand. He doesn't pose much of a threat but he keeps England in check with a maiden. Very subdued feel about this now. Thoughts are already starting to turn to tomorrow.

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    David Worsfold: Cook's batting from the start has been just what England needed yet there are still people moaning. Unbelievable.

    Alastair Cook
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    Joshua Habergham: What's the thinking on how early to get to Lord's tomorrow then?

  39. Eng 421-6 (Cook 149, Moeen 15)

    Boult veers too straight and Cook is able to flick it down to the vacant fine-leg boundary for four. England continue to make progress towards that significant 300-run lead.

    Trent Boult
  40. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Slightly subdued at Lord's now, as if we've had our excitement for the day. In essence, the Test is now set, it just depends if New Zealand can quickly bowl England out or the home side carry on to a declaration tomorrow. Then, the final drama begins."

  41. Eng 415-6 (England lead by 281)

    Cook shows that when the ball is there to be hit he will have a go. He slightly miscues off Craig, though, with an outside edge that brings him three.

  42. Text 81111

    Ian Bentley: Only chance to win is to be bowled out as Cook is too cautious to make a challenging declaration.

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    Stuart Mitchell: A 350+ lead and I'm getting confident of an England win. Pitch is starting to turn a bit and can't see Ali doing as badly as Craig.

  44. Eng 410-6 (Cook 140, Moeen 13)

    Cook is now 54 runs away from passing Graham Gooch's record 8,900 Test runs for England. He is almost denied the chance of reaching that tally today courtesy of a Boult ball that wobbles in the air, pitches on a length and sways past both outside edge and stumps. A beauty. There is still life in this.

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    Jack Byrne: Next 20 overs will show how positive Cook is trying to be, are we trying to win this or just bat New Zealand out of the game?

  46. Eng 409-6 (Cook 139, Moeen 13)

    Moeen moves into double figures with a chip through mid-off that draws unfulfilled calls for a catch and then a boundary through mid-on from a Craig full-toss.

    Moeen Ali
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    Mark Higginson: Cook has created the conditions for Root and Stokes to play their shots. Great player.

    DrHolmes: Moeen Ali walking in at 6 down, is a delightful sight. Promising future ahead for English cricket!

    Alastair Cook
  48. Eng 402-6

    England's run-scoring is considerably more modest than an hour ago. Understandable. This lead is far from decisive. Henry continues to pepper Moeen with some short stuff, one of which is so wild it brings England a wide.

    Matt Henry
  49. Eng 400-6 (England lead by 266)

    Andrew Strauss is laying down the law to a colleague in one of the boxes at HQ. Meanwhile, on the pitch, England continue to boss matters. Moeen goes aerial with a daring lofted drive to claim four off Craig over extra cover. It brings up England's 400. Craig slams the next ball into Moeen's pad but despite a big appeal, it was clearly hitting outside the line.

    Mark Craig
  50. Eng 396-6 (Cook 137, Moeen 3)

    Henry is a personable young man, he's beaming away like a young Hugh Grant. But a debut at Lord's with your team in with a good chance is not a bad place to be. He may have brought his hundred up in terms of runs conceded but he is still probing outside Cook's off-stump. Remarkable resilience from the England skipper though, he collects another single and remains undefeated.

    Alistair Cook
  51. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Tom Latham, standing in for BJ Watling, I reckon that's the first time a stand-in wicketkeeper has taken five dismissals in a Test match."

  52. Eng 394-6 (lead by 260)

    Craig plugging away from the Pavilion End. Moeen gets off the mark by lofting him down the ground, plenty of height on it but it only goes for two. We have a possible 15 overs left today and so far the rain has not returned.

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    Luke Bailey: Cook benefiting from no ODIs. Broad, Anderson and possibly Bell should think about going down the same route.

    Jon Dunn: Not sure I understand the logic of Buttler coming in ahead of Ali in this situation.

  54. Eng 391-6 (Cook 135, Moeen 0)

    It is starting to look a bit gloomy again, but the stands remain full. This is too gripping. Cook pulls a short Henry ball to the mid-wicket boundary for a single. Moeen has to deal with a forward short leg and has to dodge out of the way of a bit of a snorter that rises past his nose.

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    Philip Pugh: An England win is still the least likely result but is more probable than when Bell was out this morning.

    Ian Bell
  56. Eng 390-6

    Stuart Broad is supping on an energy drink in the changing room. I suppose that stuff does give you the runs. Not the kind Broady is after, though. Craig keeps England to a single run. Moeen yet to score.

  57. Indian Premier League final update

    Chennai Super Kings are chasing 203 to beat Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League final.

    Lendl Simmons hit 68 off 45 balls, Rohit Sharma 50 off 26 and Kieron Pollard 36 off 18 in Mumbai's total of 202-5 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

    Chennai are 14-0 three overs into their reply.

  58. Eng 389-6 (Cook 133, Moeen 0)

    The new man is Moeen Ali. Not a bad man to have at number eight. Three slips and a gully are in but Henry digs it short and Latham dives to claim. All eyes on Alastair Cook again now. The game is poised nicely.

  59. WICKET

    Buttler c Latham b Henry 14 (389-6)

    Henry does for Buttler before the wicketkeeping powerhouse can really get going. The delivery is short of a length and moves away a touch to clip a slim nick off the edge of Buttler's bat and carrying to Latham. England still have work to do.

  60. Eng 388-5

    Cook comes out of his shell with a flourishing drive that sends a wide and full Southee ball racing to the rope. The skipper was able to play a holding role while Stokes was on the charge, but is this a sign that he is going to take a more proactive role with Buttler? If he does, he will have an equally positive partner, which Buttler illustrates with a boundary of his own through cover.

  61. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler makes things happen and New Zealand will certainly want to see the back of him."

  62. Eng 376-5 (England lead by 245)

    Brendon McCullum is still smiling. Of course he is, that's his way. He is the eternal optimist. Which is precisely why England can't think the hard work is done. Buttler opens his boundary account with a lofted drive over and through extra cover off Henry. He is denied another courtesy of McCullum's dive and stop to prevent his outside edge through cover reaching the rope. Cook drives three runs of his own.

    Brendon McCullum
  63. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Gilchrist used to do that all the time for Australia with his team in trouble, smash it around for a couple of hours and put them on top. Ben Stokes has just done that for England."

    Ben Stokes
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    Thomas Measures: To think you get Stokes out, and then see Buttler coming to the crease.....exciting times for England.

  65. Eng 369-5

    You suspect there is only one topic making up the Lord's hum at the moment; that innings by Ben Stokes. Inevitably, England have lost momentum since he departed as Cook and Buttler consolidate and go again. Southee is back at the Pavilion End and goes for just the one run. Time for some drinks.

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    Herman Eutic: Ben Stokes could actually run a seminar entitled: "Audacity in Batting: Fours, sixes, and excitement".

    Bertie Huburn: What an innings from Stokes, so good to watch positive cricket in the middle order!

    Ben Stokes
  67. Eng 368-5 (Buttler 2, Cook 124)

    Lets not forget the dynamic of the game here. England lead by 233, with five wickets remaining. There is still work to do. New man Jos Buttler is more than capable of matching the hitting of Stokes but first he must acclimatise. He gets off the mark with a dab into cover off a Henry delivery.

  68. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He's brought a rather drab afternoon to life. They talk about the future of English cricket, reconnecting with people, well there's one very good reason."

  69. WICKET

    Stokes c Taylor b Craig 101 (Eng 364-5)

    Stokes' brilliant innings is over as he looks to swipe one to cow and clips an edge to Ross Taylor at slip off Craig's final ball of the over. It is sad to see him go but his part is played. It is one of the most brutal Test innings this ground has ever seen. HQ rises as one to applaud what is sure to be a prominent member of England's future for some time to come. Like Joe Root, I salute you, sir.

    Ben Stokes
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    Paul Clarkson: Stoke score 6 - Stokes hits some more.

    If you didn't know, Stoke beat Liverpool 6-1 in Steven Gerrard's final game on the last weekend of the Premier League season.

  71. Eng 363-4 (Cook 121, Stokes 101)

    Henry is unable to find a way through Cook, who sees off four and nicks a single off the fifth.

  72. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "These are scenes that will live long in the memory. Stokes punched the air and looked to the sky, Lord's erupted and Alastair Cook sprinted to embrace English cricket's new hero. There was tears from a woman I think might be Stokes' girlfriend and handshakes from at least five of the New Zealanders. The best moment, though, was Joe Root's salute, greeted by a huge cheer. Are you watching Marlon Samuels?"

    Ben Stokes is applauded
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    Charlie Rhodes: @benstokes38 is a serious class act! I'd put money on him taking a few last innings wickets too! He's on fire!

    Woody Harrison: Amazing batting from Stokes! Someone needs to tell him it's a test match not a T20.

  74. Eng 362-4 (England lead by 228)

    New Zealand look lost for ideas, which is not something you say often about a Brendon McCullum team. Mark Craig is back into the attack but the England pair work him around for a couple.

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    Scott Griffiths: Let this be an end to the debate as to whether Ben Stokes should be in the Test team and where he bats!

  76. 100 for Stokes

    Eng 360-4

    Well played Ben Stokes. Short, full, it doesn't matter where they pitch them. Henry goes full but the Durham man punches it down the ground for four to take him to 99. He then works one away for a single off the last ball and and HQ erupts. It was going to have to be something special to eclipse Alastair Cook's century today. That is exactly what this is. Joe Root stands and salutes him from the balcony.

    Ben Stokes
  77. Scorecard update

    England 353-4 (92 overs) - lead by 219 runs

    Batsmen: Cook 118*, Stokes 95*

    Fall of wickets: 14-1 (Lyth 12), 25-2 (Ballance 0), 74-3 (Bell 29) 232-4 (Root 84)

    Bowling figures: Boult 25-5-62-1, Southee 24-3-114-2, Henry 21-3-79-1, Craig 18-1-72-0, Anderson 3-0-13-0, Williamson 1-0-2-0

    First innings: England 389; NZ 523

    Full scorecard

  78. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jack Blackburn: Ben Stokes: this is one of the best innings I've ever seen live. Just audacious, dominant and supreme.

    Rob Meech: Ben Stokes is showing what a superb cricketer he could become. Not the finished article, but the ingredients are there.

    Ben Stokes
  79. Eng 353-4 (England lead by 219)

    Cook was on 98 when Stokes came out to bat. He is now on 118 and, after this latest over from Boult, Stokes has 95. It is one of the most audacious, brutal Test innings of recent times by an England player and it is leaving some Kiwi bowlers with increasingly ugly figures.

  80. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "It's thrilling, hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck, edge-of-the-seat, box-office stuff from Ben Stokes, entertainment that this whole crowd is invested in. See ball, hit ball, with every boundary cheered more loudly than the last. Flintoff-esque?"

    Ben Stokes
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    Jeffrey Yeung: Great shots from Stokes but I hope he settles down and get a 100, he deserves it after these two great innings he has played.

    Fi: Isn't Test cricket like this fab? Tense and exciting!

  82. Eng 350-4 (Stokes 93, Cook 117)

    What was that definition of madness again? Southee digs in another short ball that Stokes pulls to the point boundary and straight up one of the drainage pipes. The ball retrieved, Southee digs in another short ball that Stokes puts into the stand. England's number six shows the ability that underpins his aggression with the best shot of the lot to drive a fuller ball straight past the bowler and down for four more. That is 37 off the last two Southee overs. It is Twenty20 stuff and absolutely brilliant.

  83. Eng 333-4

    These two batsmen are proving to be a superb pairing of styles and temperament. Stokes is taking the game to New Zealand, with Cook solidly supporting him. Silk and steel. It is the more of the latter in this over as Cook flat-bats Boult.

    Alastair Cook
  84. Final day ticket news

    Now seems a good time for this... tickets for the final day will be available at the North Gate from 09:00 BST - priced £20 for adults, £10 for over-65s and free for under-16s (cash only). Could be a great day in prospect too.

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    gilbo: A lead of 350 before even thinking of declaring.

  86. Eng 331-4 (Stokes 77, Cook 117)

    Ben Stokes is on fire. Southee tries to bounce him out three times. The first he completely batters into the Tavern, the second he gets lucky with as sub fielder Doug Bracewell at deep square leg lets it drop through his hands for another maximum, and the third he pulls fine for four. It is a good time to be an England player or fan now. The team are on top and enjoying themselves. And it is not often we have been able to say that in recent years.

    Ben Stokes hits a six
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    Merlyn: I really do love this New Zealand team. I'm currently checking my heritage to see if I can consider switching allegiances.

    Brendon McCullum
  88. Eng 311-4

    Such is the power of Stokes that even a jab can bring him four. He digs out a full Boult ball and sends it racing away down the ground for four. 44 of his 59 runs have come in fours. He really is a punisher. He should have a big skull on his shirt.

  89. Eng 307-4 (Stokes 55, Cook 116)

    Review survived, England's pair keep the scoreboard ticking. The lead is not over 170. Cracking Test match, this. And England are moving in to a very positive position with firepower in reserve.

  90. Post update

    It is not a no-ball. Cook didn't hit it, but impact is 'umpire's call' as he was just outside the line. It is a clear reminder to Cook and England that they can't be complacent here. New Zealand's attack still has some tricks up the sleeve.

    Alastair Cook
  91. Umpire review

    Cook is trapped in front going back to a Southee ball that swings back dramatically and slams into his pads. Is it hitting, though?

  92. 50 for Stokes

    Eng 303-4

    Well played Ben Stokes. A second 50 of the match is brought up in just 57 balls. he has carried on from where he left off before bizarrely leaving that ball from Craig to be dismissed for 92. He celebrates his latest milestone with a well-timed drive through point for four.

    Ben Stokes
  93. Eng 297-4 (England lead by 163)

    Stokes makes it 48 runs from 53 balls with a quick single off Southee's latest over to give the more conservative Cook the strike. The skipper drops the shutters and doesn't give New Zealand a sniff.

    Ben Stokes
  94. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is why it's a good pitch because the bowlers feel with a good ball there is something in it for them, but if batsmen can get in there are runs for them, you don't get bogged down because the ball doesn't come on to the bat."

  95. Eng 295-4 (Stokes 47, Cook 113)

    Boult is not deprived the new ball for long as he replaces Henry at the Pavilion End. It doesn't halt Stokes' momentum, though, as the number six plants his foot and slaps a wide one over point for four. It is your classic holder and goer partnership between Cook and Stokes. There are umbrellas and macs going on around the ground in response to a light drizzle. This won't help New Zealand's efforts to keep the new ball fresh. Nor will Stokes knocking the case off it.

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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Very dark at HQ, moisture hangs in the air. It feels like a time to be bowling, especially when there's a new ball in hand. England, though, continue to find the boundary with regularity, the crowd keeping warm by applauding and cheering each blow to the fence."

    Dark clouds
  97. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If England bat all day they are going to be in a decent position 250 or 260 on. If they get up to 280 that won't be easy to get. Some of these smaller totals create a lot of pressure."

  98. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Cameron Bashir: Currently more nervous about the new ball than I am about exams.

    Jack Allum: Scoring rate slowing considerably for England. We need to keep pressure on NZ bowlers.

    Ben Stokes
  99. Eng 288-4

    A new ball is a potent weapon, but it can come at a cost. If you don't get it right, especially against an aggressor like Stokes, the cherry will pop sweetly off the blade. Stokes slaps Southee's back-of-a-length first backward of square for four, hammers his third down the ground for another boundary and steers his fourth to backward square again for a third. Southee then beats the outside edge with a superb ball and has to use his boot to stop another four from Stokes' drive down the ground from his last ball. It is all happening.

  100. Eng 276-4 (Cook 110, Stokes 30)

    Trent Boult looks like Brendon McCullum has just spat on his kitten as he is told he won't be taking the next over. Matt Henry is given a chance to shine instead but he suffers at the bat of Cook, courtesy of a lovely drive through cover. He then slings down a wide that beats the diving Latham to gift England a couple.

  101. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The next hour is key, and if we get through it we're on our way, or if Southee and Boult can get it in good areas. If they don't get it right you can score quickly."

    Trent Boult
  102. Eng 269-4 (England lead by 135)

    Tim Southee returns to take charge of the new ball. Immediately, the sound as it strikes the willow is a firmer clunk. The New Zealand seamer gets some swing, particularly with one that drifts and nips away to beat Stokes' bat as he chases with a front-foot drive.

    Tim Southee
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    Philip Roberts: Think Stokes might take the stock to NZ when new ball comes, red leather flying everywhere.

    Henry Ellison: The new ball is going to go a long way in deciding who might win this match. Three wickets this evening and NZ right on top.

    Ben Stokes
  104. Eng 269-4 (Stokes 29, Cook 106)

    Henry bowls the 80th over. Stokes and Cook steal a couple of singles before Stokes swivels to hammer a pull to deep square-leg for a third. The new nut is out of it's wrapper and shining brightly with potential menace. This is going to be very interesting.

    Matt Henry
  105. Pietersen on Cook

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    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen: He is a fantastic batsman #Cook.

    Kevin Pietersen
  106. Eng 266-4

    It is pretty gloomy at HQ. Gloomier than the current Liverpool dressing room. Craig eats up another six balls before the new ball by twirling a series of looping deliveries to around off stump for Cook to pat back.

    Alastair Cook
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    Jack Mendel: Surely it makes a bit more sense to have Ali at 6, as he's a top order player, & would be better vs 2nd new ball?

  108. Eng 265-4 (Stokes 26, Cook 105)

    Come on Stokes, let's not do anything rash. He goes hard at Henry's second ball and almost drags it from outside off and on to his stumps with an inside edge from a back-foot flash. He gets two runs from it but it was too much risk, way too soon. Thankfully, he seems to realise his error and approaches the rest of the over with much more sense.

    Ben Stokes of England
  109. Eng 262-4

    Craig's job is an easy one first up as he rattles off the three balls remaining from his over hanging over from the rain/tea break.

  110. Post update

    Mark Craig to start with the ball, Ben Stokes to face.

  111. Post update

    The umpires are on their way out, followed soon after by the players. Big session coming up. A match-defining session. England lead by 127 runs with six wickets remaining. New ball pending.

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    Ian Borrett: Pro-Cook camp insufferably smug right now. My own take on him is that he is a great batsman, negative captain.

  113. Post update

    The covers are coming off at HQ. We're in line for a 15:50 BST restart.

  114. Indian Premier League final update

    Away from the ebb and flow of this absorbing Test, the Indian Premier League final is under way between two heavyweight sides at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

    2013 winners Mumbai Indians are playing Chennai Super Kings - champions in 2010 and 2011 and runners-up three times - and have already lost a wicket, Parthiv Patel run out in the first over of the game.

    England batsman Alex Hales, who is missing for Nottinghamshire after joining Mumbai on a short-term deal, was not selected for the final.

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    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior: Leading from the front. Champion. Well played Alastair Cook!

  116. Classy Cook

    I'm going to (in cowardly fashion) duck any debate on the captaincy merits (or not) of Alastair Cook and focus solely on his batting at the moment. The 30-year-old has delivered a masterclass in building an innings in trying circumstances today (and a bit of yesterday).

    It was testing last night and even more so this morning as Boult and Southee hooped it round corners and whipped away his initial partner Bell. But since then he has consolidated and then counter-attacked.

    He ended 19 Tests without a century in the final game of the West Indies tour and now has two 100s in two matches. He is averaging just short of 65 this year.

    Alastair Cook
  117. Post update

    Thanks Jamie. I'm pleased to report that the rain has pretty much stopped and the ground staff are taking a very casual approach to matters during this tea break. Hopefully, we won't have any problems cracking straight on after tea.

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    hollie: Landed just in time to hear Cook getting his well deserved 100. Makes the nerve-wracking wait on the flight worth it!

    Alastair Cook
  119. Tea

    Eng 261-4 (lead by 127)

    With tea at 15:40 in any case, we are going to take the interval now in the hope that the rain clears. The BBC weather app says the rain will clear in a matter of minutes - and that is never wrong - so hopefully we will be able to resume promptly. There are still 41.3 overs to be bowled today, and they will be described by Phil Dawkes.

    Alastair Cook congratulated on his century