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New Zealand 481 for five at tea after centuries of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have displayed centuries as New Zealand put pressure on England on the second day of the second test at Trent Bridge.

The fifth-wicket pair picked up where they left off on the first night, with Mitchell making hundreds of backs following his efforts at Lord’s and Blundell (106) making amends after dropping four runs in that game.

The tourists had stretched their score to 481 for five when the rain brought an early tea, with unbeaten Mitchell on 162 having exactly doubled his score overnight.

Jack Leaching had Mitchell dropped on 104, Matthew Potts’ error taking England’s costly tally of missed chances to five in the game, before finally ending a partnership worth 236.

Blundell, who just opened his third century of testing, hacked the left arm spinner halfway where the captain Ben Stokes showed his side how to hold on.

New Zealand added 94 points in the first session and another 69 before time ran out, continuing the positive stroke play that allowed them to take charge on day one.

They had started on 318 for four, with the second new ball still relatively fresh after a brief flurry on Friday night. England were desperate for her to offer help, but neither James Anderson neither wide stuart could make it move through the air.

New Zealand’s Tom Blundell (left) celebrates with Daryl Mitchell after completing his century at Trent Bridge (Mike Egerton/PA Images).

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Mitchell took 45 minutes to convert his overnight score of 81 into triple figures, crossing the line with a rare false shot as a thick edge from Potts crossed the third-man boundary. He’s been a revelation over the past fortnight and, at 31, looks like he’s finally cemented his place in a competitive middle order.

He should have been on his way soon after, knocking Leach down on 104 to give Potts a long-overdue chance. The setter made good ground but inexplicably let the ball slip through his hands, ricocheting over four from his knee to add insult to injury.

Potts had to wake up to throw the next one and was quickly dispatched for consecutive boundaries. He demanded a small measure of revenge when he hit Blundell on the finger, but the wicket-keeper didn’t allow himself to lose focus.

Falling sorely short of a ton in the first test, he showed no nerve at all as he went through the 90s. He went to 99 with a big ground swing off Leach and a rebound at four, before rushing for one to finish the job.

New Zealand’s Tom Blundell made 106 before being caught by Ben Stokes off Jack Leach.

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His stint ended soon after, with Leach finally earning a reward his 26th over as a loose jab picked out Stokes, but leaving Mitchell to start building a new stand with debutant Michael Bracewell.

New Zealand came out hot in the afternoon, hammering 26 from the first two overs. Leach was crushed for 17 of them, Mitchell using his feet and throwing the spinner all the way. He followed with the fourth sixth of his innings, to go with 20 fours.

Bracewell couldn’t have wished for a softer introduction at the top level, but showed he was comfortably up to it with some dazzling drives from Stokes and a crisp pulling shot.

England were rolling in the ground when showers arrived to give them a welcome break.

New Zealand 481 for five at tea after centuries of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell

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