England vs New Zealand LIVE: Cricket Score and Second Test Updates at Trent Bridge Today

Ben Stokes on Potts’ second test and progress

England and New Zealand are ready for an exciting conclusion to the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Captain Ben Stokes was made to regret his decision to insert tourists on flat ground in Nottingham with Daryl Mitchell (190) and Tom Blundell (106) again thorns in the England side as New Zealand racked up 553 points in their opening run. England responded in kind, however, with a second test ton of Ollie Pope – and a first batter at number three – followed by former skipper Joe Root’s now customary century (176) earned the hosts parity. With a draw the most likely outcome, England bowlers intensified on day four and a flurry of late wickets late in the day set up a dramatic ending with one day of play remaining.

England picked the three wickets they needed on Tuesday morning but Trent Boult’s late run of runs meant England needed 299 runs to win the Test match. The chase is on.

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England 48-1, need 299 to win

Pope cuts brilliantly behind the square for four to end the last Boult.

Laurent OstlereJune 14, 2022 1:55 p.m.

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England 41-1, need 299 to win

Trent Boult is back for the first over of the afternoon…and he finds the edge of Ollie Pope’s bat with the very first pitch of the session.

He wears low to the skipper replacing Tom Latham on the underpants but he puts it down. A high chance to get the centurion of the first round. He should have pocketed it.

Boult has his hands on his hips again two balls later as a booming inswinger passes wicketkeeper Tom Blundell for four byes down the side of the leg. This is not how New Zealand wanted to restart the process.

Ben BurrowsJune 14, 2022 1:47 p.m.

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England 36-1, need 299 to win

So what to expect over the next two hours. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain thinks New Zealand spinner Michael Bracewell will have his say.

“The next challenge for Lees will be the spinner, Bracewell. Day five, afternoon, it’s quite warm here and this pitch now looks quite dry,” he said on Sky Sports.

“He hasn’t faced more spin, if any in the Caribbean or at Lord’s, so that will be the next threat.”

Former Australian cricketer Mel Jones agrees.

“Southee hasn’t found his rhythm yet, Boult has gotten into his groove pretty well. These bowling partnerships will be essential,” she added.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Bracewell is sooner than later at Lees again, turning him away from southpaw.

“They know Joe Root is brilliant against spin, but that’s another challenge and there’s also Stokes and the match-up.”

Ben BurrowsJune 14, 2022 1:42 p.m.

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England 36-1, need 299 to win

England reached the lunch interval on 36 for one, with Lees responsible for 30 of those in a remarkably carefree cameo at the top of the innings.

Ollie Pope was alongside him on six, dropping 263 again to get 63 overs.

Will they get them? Or will New Zealand get the nine wickets they need to level the series? It could hardly be put together better as we head into the afternoon session.

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Ben BurrowsJune 14, 2022 1:33 p.m.

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England 36-1, need 299 to win

The chase began at lightning speed, for both sides.

Southpaw Alex Lees smashed the first two innings from cover for four and added a thick edge to the boundary before the over was over. But England’s instant momentum was dampened when Zak Crawley netted his fourth delivery of the relentlessly impressive Boult on the second slide.

After just 10 balls England were 12 to one and things were moving at high speed.

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Ben BurrowsJune 14, 2022 1:26 p.m.

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Broad, taking what may well be his last test on his home turf, picked up a second success as England continued to take the game.

He continued to hammer short balls, with the injured Kyle Jamieson – who won’t play in the chase due to a back problem – unable to get out of the way. Instead, he tried to hook the ropes and brushed another hold at Foakes.

The lead was 263 when the last man, Trent Boult, entered.

England failed to master the pair of final wickets, with Stokes overplaying and seeing their seventh most bludgeoned for 14 by number 11 Boult before Mitchell grounded Broad for six.

That took the lead at 296, leaving England’s required rate north of four and over.

James Anderson had been conspicuous by his absence all morning, but when he finally got his hands on the new ball, it only took him four deliveries to finish things off.

Boult struck directly at Stokes halfway through, but the last-wicket stand of 35 had made England’s task exponentially more difficult.

New Zealand were eliminated at 284, leaving England to chase 299 from 72 overs.

Ben BurrowsJune 14, 2022 1:20 p.m.

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England 36-1, need 299 to win

Let’s recap where we are as players take a well-deserved break after a hectic morning.

Any outcome was possible early in the game, with the tourists 238 up front with three wickets in hand early in the session.

Things started almost perfectly for England when Matt Henry edged Jack Leach’s second ball of the morning to slip, but Joe Root let it slip through his fingers.

After half an hour of play, Daryl Mitchell and Henry carefully added 21 points to their total to reach 245 for seven.

Stuart Broad came into the attack after eight overs and landed a well deserved shot with his fifth delivery. Replicating the bouncer methods of Ben Stokes from the Pavilion End, but with the deep square defender, he tempted the previously evasive Henry to take the pulling shot.

He spoiled the shot, passing to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes to leave the Black Caps eight with a 259 lead.

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket from Matt Henry

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Ben BurrowsJune 14, 2022 1:14 p.m.

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England 36-1, need 299 to win

A good battle between Henry and Pope, that. Pope manages to get a bat in front of a good arrow ball to his pads, then sends one to the side of the leg for a single to bring Lees on strike, who sees the most.

It’s lunchtime, and as was the case this morning, this match is well #balanced with all the results still on the table.

Laurent OstlereJune 14, 2022 1:04 p.m.

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England 35-1, need 299 to win

A good over from Boult, only giving Lees two this time. There should be time for one more person from Henry before lunch.

Laurent OstlereJune 14, 2022 1:01 p.m.

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England 33-1, need 299 to win

Henry’s first ball over the top stays very low and brings an underside edge from Pope, but luckily for Pope it doesn’t follow through to Blundell behind the stumps. Pope then comes off the mark in style with a high hand whip to the side of the leg for four.

Laurent OstlereJune 14, 2022 12:57

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