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3.30pm: Punch and counterpunch!
Time for some Wagner chin music to Broad. Round the wicket with third man, fine leg, deep backward square, deep square, square leg and midwicket in place. And Broad accepts the challenge, honking a roundhouse pull all the way over deep midwicket! However, Wagner gets his revenge next ball, pegging back off stump as Broad steps away again. Job almost done for New Zealand…
Burns, meanwhile, is nine short of what would be a third Test hundred. It’s been a gutsy knock with little support. Can James Anderson dig in to help get him there?
3.20pm: Life for Burns Pt II
Another chance missed for New Zealand to rid themselves of Burns, with Neil Wagner the unfortunate bowler this time. The left-armer, on for Jamieson at the Nursery End, produced a brute of a ball to take the outside edge, but Southee shelled a diving catch at second slip, with Ross Taylor also unable to grab the rebound.
England are going nowhere fast at the moment, despite Stuart Broad’s best attempts to tee off. Then again, stalemate might be the best they can hope for.
2.55pm: Leather on Wood
Pitched up, Wood has a dip, nicked through to the keeper – now Jamieson has a third. If he can clean up the England tail here, Jamieson will have his fifth five-for in just seven Tests. Burns, meanwhile, faces being stranded short of a potential hundred. He has scored 27 runs off 115 balls today, but the fact he is still out there is all that matters.
2.40pm: Southee five-for!
Another Black Cap is going on the honours board, with Tim Southee breaking through to pick up his fifth wicket of the innings. Robinson had dug in manfully for almost two hours to make 42 out of a 63-run stand, but he’s done by Southee’s short ball, unable to do anything with it other than shovel a catch to long leg. Southee’s name is already up in the away dressing room, for his ten-wicket haul in 2013 – but you’d imagine this one would be all the sweeter if it contributed to a New Zealand win.
Not many visiting bowlers have taken two five-fors in Lord’s Tests, by the way.
2.25pm: Life for Burns
Santner should have broken this seventh-wicket stand in the final over before the second new ball, but BJ Watling failed to get a glove on the delivery with Burns, on 77, stranded. There were more Kiwi groans when Southee’s first bite with the fresh cherry zipped through fractionally over the top of off stump, with Burns playing no stroke.
Two fours in an over from Wagner, meanwhile, raised the fifty stand between this pair and continued the good impression being made by Robinson. But he’s now got to deal with the towering Jamieson galloping in from the Nursery End.
If we are looking at just on field cricket matters then Ollie Robinsons debut is as impressive as we have seen for a long time for England … he looks a player we should see a lot more of going forward #ENGvsNZ
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 5, 2021
2.10pm: Marginal gains
A Robinson clump over mid-on against Santner has taken England past the follow-on mark. Still a job of work to be done with the bat this afternoon, though – and with Jamieson and Southee likely to soon be unleashed with the second new ball.
2pm: En guard
Gary Palmer on dangers of off stump guard: https://t.co/SdGEEHCm4n
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) June 5, 2021
To walk across your stumps or not… More fuel for the debate.
1.45pm: Stomach for a fight
As England resume their efforts to dig a way out of this hole, it’s probably worth noting that Ollie Robinson can bat a bit, having scored a century on first-class debut back in 2015. He has a couple of Championship fifties for Sussex so far this season, and gets back underway after lunch with a neat back-foot swipe through point for four off de Grandhomme. With Burns having set his stall out for the long haul, Williamson has opened up with the be-mulleted allrounder and Neil Wagner after lunch.
England 164 for 6 (Burns 72*, Robinson 16*) trail New Zealand 378 by 214 runs
Kyle Jamieson struck with the first ball of the day and Tim Southee dispatched three England batsmen in as many overs as New Zealand grabbed the home side by the ankles and started shaking out their loose change on the fourth morning at Lord’s.
With an entire day lost to rain, this Test needed a powder keg placing under it, but hopes of forcing a result were raised as England’s top order was reduced to rubble. Only Rory Burns, who added 13 runs to his overnight score, stood firm amid the procession as a callow batting line-up was filleted by Southee.
Things began badly for the home side, with Joe Root dismissed before the clock had even ticked around to 11am – Jamieson found bounce and seam movement from a perfect length, with Ross Taylor expertly scooping a low catch at first slip.
Ollie Pope, a relative veteran of 18 Tests, glittered briefly while finding the boundary five times in his 22, only to be pinned in front of his stumps by Southee – although it needed the help of DRS after Michael Gough turned down the initial appeal. Dan Lawrence, playing his first Test at home, then edged his second ball to slip and the debutant James Bracey was castled for a duck as England lost 3 for 0 in 21 balls.
Ollie Robinson, another man on debut, needed a review to survive until lunch after being given out by Gough caught at short leg off Mitchell Santner’s exploratory over, as England went in six down and still short of the follow-on target.
12.40pm: Ashes phoney war latest
Are they watching Down Under? Of course they are…
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) June 5, 2021
12.30pm: Stopping the rot
You know the summer’s truly arrived when it’s just gone noon on a balmy Saturday and England are struggling to avoid the follow-on.
— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) June 5, 2021
New Zealand well on top at Lord’s, though Robinson has managed to end the procession of ducks for now. A punch through point from Burns, who has scored 10 runs in 90 minutes, took England rather limply to 150 – still more than 200 runs behind. I suspect New Zealand wouldn’t enforce the follow on, because there’s still plenty of time in the game (despite having lost a day to rain), but they’ve enjoyed the perfect morning. As noted in the Times, this is the youngest top seven England have ever fielded in a home Test, with an average age of 25 years and 346 days – and they’ve received a bit of a schooling so far.
12.15pm: Poll position
12.05pm: Up the bracket
Tim Southee has breezed through Bracey for a duck on debut, plucking out off stump to collect his fourth of the innings! Superb stuff from New Zealand’s attack leader, although he again had some assistance from the batter, with Bracey leaving a big enough gap in his forward defensive to be comprehensively cleaned up. Southee nearly had two in two, only for an inside edge to save Ollie Robinson, another debutant in the headlights, from being lbw. England have lost 3 for 0 in 21 balls, their fresh meat being devoured by the Kiwis right now…
12pm: Sup on that
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 5, 2021
What a superb first hour for New Zealand. No wonder Trent Boult is smiling.
11.51am: Bang-bang for NZ!
They’re not looking to Lawrence any more! In fact, they might want to avert their eyes… Southee goes full in the channel, Lawrence takes aim but only succeeds in sending a bottom-handed thrash to third slip. Out comes England’s debutant keeper, James Bracey, at No. 7. A top-three batter by trade, he should at least have the right temperament for this situation; but it’s going to be a real test of skill, with Southee displaying exemplary control and Kane Williamson still holding several cards still up his sleeve.
There’s the ball, and it’s Southee the architect! Drags him across with a series of deliveries in the channel and then has two goes at the one going straight on – the second of which not only does for Pope but also scrambles the synapses of cyborg umpire Michael Gough, who gives it not out despite being plumb. “If they want to go straight and bowl at the stumps, that’s one of my strengths,” is Pope’s theory, but it only works if you hit them.
Couldn’t see from the release whether Southee was attempting his work-in-progress inswinger, which he discussed on Sky yesterday morning, or the more regulation wobble seam. But either way, Pope’s out of rope, and England are looking to Dan Lawrence, playing in his first home Test match.
11.30am: Pope mobilises
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 5, 2021
Pope has moved quickly into double-figures, though not without one or two moments of fortune. His first two scoring shots were thick-edged fours wide of third slip, and in between there was a woolly slash at Jamieson. But he found his feet with a rasping cover drive off Southee, and then picked up another boundary in the same over with a flick through midwicket.
Pope is among the band of off-stump guard advocates whose current methods to combat wobbly medium-pace in county cricket have come under scrutiny. How long before Colin de Grandhomme is thrown the ball to see how secure his technique is?
11.10am: Gauntlet thrown down
Did I mention that England could easily get rumbled here? Pitch under covers for a day, bit of extra juice thanks to all the rain… Tim Southee, who has just delivered a maiden to keep England on Nelson, felt there was a bit in it already on the second day, particularly for batters just starting out. Could be a big test for Ollie Pope here, not to mention the tyros at No. 6 and 7.
This is obviously what going to stumps on Nelson does for you – an entire day wiped out by rain and then a wicket from the first ball of the next #EngvNZ
— Alan Gardner (@alanroderick) June 5, 2021
Out come the players, “Jerusalem” blaring over the PA. Joe Root scratches his guard, Kyle Jamieson to barrel in from the Nursery End. Good length, nipping down the slope, clips the outside edge… and Root turns to see it safely scooped by Ross Taylor at first slip! The clock still reads 10.59am, but New Zealand have struck, Jamieson lands it on a dime and hits paydirt first ball!
10.30am: Let’s try that again…
After the bedraggled shemozzle of day three, the weather in north London has sorted itself out and the weekend at Lord’s is set fair – which is the minimum requirement, frankly, if either side are going to be able to push for a win in this Test. Losing a full day does rather put the squeeze on things, but possibilities remain. New Zealand are sitting on a handy lead, and could easily hustle England out for 270 by tea; equally, Joe Root will have designs on still being there himself at that stage, with the prospect of batting into day five and them leaving the tourists with a Tricky Third Innings with which to concern themselves. Every chance we’ll get the Blairite “third way”, of course, and everyone will end up unhappy. But we live in hope.
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick
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