England in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2019
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Date: 29 November-03 December, 2019
RR: 3.21 | New Zealand drew with England
A leather-hunting it has been for the Kiwis, toiling hard for 162.5 overs. England bowlers will be fresh and aiming to come out hard - but on a hot and humid day, on a pitch which has nothing to offer, they will have to toil hard to take 10 wickets. But if they get the Kiwis 5 down tonight, we could have a game on our hands. Stay tuned for the final session of the day.
The last 35 balls make the reading good for New Zealand, as they tell about a collapse. But in reality, England just threw it away. They went for quick runs and perished. The session has belonged to the duo of Root and Pope, whose 193-run stand has taken the team to safety. Question is, is it good enough to enforce a result? Mind you, the forecast is very poor for Tuesday.
Fruitful session for both teams in terms of the runs and the wickets but England would be very, very happy. A lead of 101 and even though one would say momentum is with New Zealand, that lead is very, very significant. Around 35 overs left in the day and the visitors will aim for at least 4 wickets and in that, Kane Williamson for sure.
Stuart Broad walks in at number 11.
Tim Southee back into the attack. 36-4-84-2, his figures so far.
A conference going on. Taylor, Williamson, Southee and Watling are involved. Is it about the third new ball? It is due but not taken yet.
Jofra Archer walks in at number 10, replacing Woakes.
Chris Woakes walks in at number 9, replacing his skipper.
Sam Curran walks in at number 8, replacing Pope. Time for some entertainment.
Neil Wagner now changes his shoes. So, a bit of a delay.
DRINKS! Another hour where England have dominated. A double ton for Joe Root, a half ton for Ollie Pope, all these milestones coming in this hour. New Zealand have tried their best but luck has just not favoured them with numerous near misses. The only question that now remains is what total do England have in mind before they declare. Also, some good news regarding the weather as the sun has now come out and we can see the ground bathed in sunshine.
Neil Wagner is back on at last. 3 short of his century.
Mitchell Santner is back on. 30-4-74-0 so far.
Root is applying some dry spray on his palms. Humidity is just too high.
Matt Henry is back into the attack. His figures so far read 30-6-75-1.
The physiotherapist comes out now. Has a check on Southee. Is the heat and humidity getting to the bowler? There is a bowling change as well. Not what we anticipated. Daryl Mitchell it will be. 19-5-50-0 so far.
Mitchell Santner to bowl from the other end. 27-4-64-0 so far.
Gathering. New Zealand at the boundary line. Rain clouds above. The conditions were overcast in the morning and they seem to have become even more so now. Kane Williamson is giving a pep talk to his team and he is either smiling or his face is just like that. Out come Root and Pope. Tim Southee to begin proceedings post Lunch. 32-4-75-2 so far. Root to face. Here we go...
... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...
38.2 overs, 110 runs and no wickets lost. What a session this has been for England! They have taken things by the scruff of the neck and eased their way into a lead when everyone was ruling them out early on in their innings. The Kiwi bowlers have bowled with a lot of discipline and induced a lot of edges but the England batters have rode their luck. But just like the saying goes, fortune favours the brave and it has favoured Root and Pope. They are amidst an unbeaten 117-run stand and and will be looking to score runs at a better run rate now with the pressure off their shoulders. With Root looking to go for the double ton and Pope for his ton, runs are surely on offer. Join us after the Lunch break at 1340 Local (0040 GMT) for all the action.
Should be the last over before Lunch...
Daryl Mitchell is back on. 16-5-40-0 so far.
Change of gloves, AGAIN! It has been a humid day and it can be seen as this is the third time that the gloves have been changed.
Matt Henry returns. 25-5-63-1 so far.
Root wants a change of gloves. So more drinks, more towels, more time wasting... Mitchell Santner comes back on as well. 18-4-33-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. The first of the day. An hour where you might feel nothing has happened looking at the scorecard - 42/0 in 18.2 overs. But New Zealand have bowled really well and eked out plenty of inside edges. But none have resulted in wickets. The deficit is now just 64 and another good hour should make this Test look pretty good for the visitors. The pitch is starting to show some inconsistent bounce now, so batting will get difficult. Which means - first innings lead will be very crucial.
While we are talking about patience, let us now talk about discipline. The Kiwi bowlers have been disciplined so far but England need their batsmen to follow that principle as well. True, no wickets have fallen but there have been too many inside edges. A change in the field now. Ross Taylor goes to third man while Tom Latham swaps his position at short cover to point, with another Kiwi fielder.
It is all a game of patience today. The surface looks a pretty hard one but it is also slowing up. So, timing would be tested and it could be one of those pitches where if you get one wicket, a couple more could follow quickly.
Neil Wagner changes ends. 26-3-85-1 so far. This is the end which has seen cracks open up and offer indifferent bounce.
Another bowling change. Daryl Mitchell comes on. 12-4-28-0 so far. Ian Smith observes a substitute coming in with some drinks. He says that we have barely had 13 overs of play and substitutes are already on. With a scheduled Drinks Break, Smith wants players to control their urge to drink and quench their thirst. Professionalism.
Spin for the first time this morning. Mitchell Santner is on. 17-4-32-0 so far. We can expect quite a long spell from him, if New Zealand cannot get wickets.
Neil Wagner is into the attack for the first time in the day. 23-3-76-1, his figures so far.
Neil Wagner is warming up. Looks like he will be coming on to bowl soon.
Tim Southee it will be to bowl from the other end. 26-3-63-2 so far.
The players are out in the middle. The overnight batsmen, Joe Root and Ollie Pope, walk out to the middle. Matt Henry to complete his pending over. Pope to face.
Pitch report - Mark Richardson is down for the pitch report. Says that the weather conditions are overcast. The cracks have opened up a bit more than yesterday but they still won't have much affect on the match.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Day 4 of the second Test match between New Zealand and England. After a wait of almost 9 months, has English skipper Joe Root got his team back into the contest by scoring a ton? With the weather looking pretty bleak for Day 5, one would assume that the visitors have done enough as they trail the Kiwis by 106 runs. After being under the pump for the first 2 days, England applied themselves really well on Day 3 as Rory Burns and Joe Root both got to their respective tons. The Kiwis made a mini-comeback in the third session by taking 3 wickets and pushing England on the back foot again. With half the English side back in the hut and a new man at the crease, can the Kiwis enforce a collapse? All the updates coming up!
... Day 4, Session 1 ...
So, that will be it from Day 3. Rain has cut short the play on 2 out of the 3 days but we will be hoping that we get 2 uninterrupted days of play from here on in. Do join us at 1030 local (2130 GMT, Previous day) as there will be half an hour early start again to make up for the lost overs. You can now switch over to catch all the updates from the Adelaide Test where Pakistan are under the pump. Cheers!
In the third session, the Kiwi bowlers came back strongly rather than getting petered out. First they got rid of the dangerous Ben Stokes and then debutant Zak Crawley also followed him soon. The thorn for New Zealand heading into Day 4 will be the English skipper who is still at the crease and will be looking to get his team as close as he can to the hosts' total (trailing by 106 runs).
Yet another absorbing day of Test cricket! After seeing New Zealand's dominance on the first two days, the picture changed on Day 3. England made a roaring comeback through the partnership between Joe Root and Rory Burns. The pair saw off the entire morning session safely and then followed the same for most parts of the afternoon as well. They raised a 177-run stand and Burns notched up his century before getting run out towards the end of the second session.
Play has been ABANDONED for the day! With all the rain around, it was next to impossible to get the ground ready by 1800 local. So that will be it. Stumps on Day 3!
Auskar - Wow. Just got up from sleep, switched on the TV and bang, bang! Stokes gone, Crawley gone. I must be lucky for NZ. @Auskar - 'Interesting observation. How about changing your sleeping patterns for the next 2 days?'
Update 1732 local - It has started to drizzle. The intensity is increasing and the umpires have decided to take the players off the park. The covers are on to protect the playing area. More covers are coming now. Stay tuned for more updates...
Matt Henry is back into the attack. 21-5-54-1, his figures so far.
Oh dear! Movement near the boundary line. Groundsmen are getting the covers ready. They seem to be anticipating some rain.
The artificial lights are switched on as it has turned gloomy out there.
DRINKS! So, after two sessions completely dominated by the Englishmen, the Kiwis have staged half a comeback by sending Stokes and debutant Crawley back to the pavilion. The Kiwis still possess a lead of 109 runs but with Root still out in the middle, it is in danger of being extinguished. The New Zealand bowlers need to keep on doing the good work and pile on the pressure on the lower order batters now with Root looking well set.
Ollie Pope is the new batsman.
Direct hit! New Zealand are celebrating. Has the dive saved Crawley? It's referred upstairs and the replays find Zak to be safe. He is off the mark in Test career in the most nervous way.
Zack Crawley, the debutant, walks out to bat now.
EDGED! But has that carried? Ross Taylor is claiming the catch and Ben Stokes takes his word. He is walking back.
Joe Root puts some drying spray on his hands. Seems he is feeling the heat of the 90s and has sweaty palms.
Bowling change. Tim Southee is back into the attack. His figures so far read 21-2-53-1.
Just 8 overs and the second new ball has lost its shape. Very poor quality. The reserve umpire comes out with a box of balls.
Hammer time! One of the groundsmen is charging to the middle. He uses the hammer to level the surface near the bowler's landing area. Now Wagner takes the matter, or rather the hammer into his own hands and he too is leveling the surface near the landing area. 'Is he qualified to do that? ...quips the on-air commentator!'
Neil Wagner has been unleashed into the attack. 16-1-54-0, his figures so far. Can Wagner produce some magic with the second new ball?
Tim Southee to continue...
We're back for the last session. It's going to be a vital phase of this Test match as the second new ball has been taken and the conditions are overcast. New Zealand would be hoping to take advantage of that! 35 overs are left in the day. Matt Henry (17-4-46-1) to run in first up...
... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION ...
76/1 in 28 overs - Another good session for England, just losing the centurion Rory Burns. The pair of Joe Root and Burns batted fluently in the afternoon and played some superb shots. They extended their partnership beyond the 150-run mark and also brought the deficit under 200. An error in judging the second run cost Rory his wicket and the Black Caps finally got the breakthrough they dearly needed since the start of Day 3. The second new ball has been taken and with the cloud cover and a new batsman in the middle, New Zealand would be hoping to make further inroads in the last session. Do join us at 1600 local (0300 GMT) for more action.
SECOND NEW BALL IS AVAILABLE! New Zealand waste no time and take it straightaway. One more over left in the session. Tim Southee returns to bowl it. It's turning overcast now.
Mitchell Santner comes back on. 16-4-31-0, his figures so far.
The reserve umpire has come out and changed the bails. The earlier ones in use were white in colour and it was quite tough for the third umpire to find out whether they were dislodged in the white background (Watling's jersey colour when he was breaking the stumps to dismiss Rory Burns). Bails of woody colour in place now. Well done! It's all about correcting mistakes and being proactive.
Ben Stokes is the new batsman with England trailing by 174 runs.
Run out appeal! Rory Burns is the batsman under the scanner. It seems to be touch and go in the replays. The third umpire watches it from multiple angles and takes his own sweet time. Eventually Rory is found inches short of the crease in one frame.
Daryl Mitchell is back on. 7-1-21-0, his figures so far. Can the local lad come up with something that can dislodge this high-flying batting pair?
No attacking fielder other than a slip now. Short leg has vanished and there is a deep square leg in place.
Drinks break. Another hour of play safely negotiated by the pair of Joe Root and Rory Burns. They continue to be in full control of their game and have extended their partnership to 162 runs. The deficit has also come under 200 and New Zealand will be feeling the heat at the moment. They did get the chance to run out Rory Burns but failed to take it and now the southpaw has three lives en route 93. He will be looking for his century and inflict more damage on the Kiwis.
Bowling change. Neil Wagner is back into the attack. 10-1-31-0, his figures so far. Can he provide the all-important breakthrough for the Kiwis?
Matt Henry replaces Southee into the attack. 14-3-38-1, his figures so far.
Leg side field is strengthened. Clearly aiming at Rory Burns' sweep shots.
Mitchell Santner to continue from this end post Lunch.
Square leg drops back. Short stuff coming?
Back for the afternoon session! The men concerned are slowly coming back on the field. Joe Root has finally found some runs to silence his critics for the time being and Rory Burns is making full use of the lives granted to him last evening. But the thing is that they cannot afford to relax. England would want them to repeat their morning session performance and take them as close as possible to 375. New Zealand will try to remain disciplined with their bowling and hope for some support from the pitch. Tim Southee (14-2-34-1) to kick off proceedings.
... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
What a satisfactory morning for England! They were treading on thin ice at the close of play on Day 2 but the pair of Joe Root and Rory Burns applied themselves beautifully this morning and their century partnership has given the touring team breathing space. They are not out of jail yet as the deficit is over 200 and the current stand has to continue to bring them to safer shores. There is nothing on offer from the surface and the Black Caps will be ruing those dropped catches of Rory Burns. Both the English batsmen have scored their fifties and are looking determined for a big one. From where will the breakthrough come for New Zealand? Do join us at 1340 local (0040 GMT) to find out.
Review time! Root has been adjudged caught behind but he has gone straightaway for the review. He seems very confident that there is no edge on it and the Hot Spot confirms it. Review successful and Root survives.
Daryl Mitchell is back into the attack. 5-1-19-0, his figures so far.
Matt Henry (10-3-24-1) returns for another spell this morning as New Zealand continue their search for the first wicket on Day 3.
It's spin time! Mitchell Santner has been introduced into the attack. Wagner did get his slower ones to grip and move. Let's see how much assistance Santner gets here. A slip and short leg in place...
Drinks break. Good show of intent by England in the first segment of the extended morning session. The current pair has pounced on every opportunity to score runs and has not allowed the Kiwi bowlers to build any pressure. Still, the tourists can ill afford to relax as there is plenty of work remaining.
Debutant Daryl Mitchell has been given the ball now. He bowled a single over last evening and in the interview later reckoned that there is variable bounce on the pitch. Can he make use of that?
First bowling change of the day. Neil Wagner comes on to bowl. He replaces Matt Henry.
Injury zone - News from the medical team about Jack Leach and Dominic Sibley has come in. Jack Leach has not been discharged from the hospital after reports of Gastro. As for Dominic Sibley, he was hit on the helmet by a bouncer bowled by Southee on Day 2. He too is still being monitored as a precautionary measure for a delayed concussion.
Matt Henry to operate from the other end.
The sun is shining down at Seddon Park. It's time to get underway! Almost 3277 km away from Hamilton, David Warner cracked a triple ton in Adelaide. Currently, the deficit for England is one run more than Davey's highest Test score now and it's a tall task in front of them to wipe it off. England skipper Joe Root and Rory Burns walk out to the middle along with the New Zealand players. Tim Southee will start the proceedings. Here we go...
Pitch report - Mark Richardson is down there inspecting the third day's pitch. Richardson says he has noticed that there are some changes on the surface. States that the track has started to show signs of wearing out. Cracks have started to appear on the pitch and that will be something to look out for Santner.
Hello and welcome everyone as we step into the moving day of the second Test match in Hamilton. New Zealand have gained the upper hand after dominating the first two days and will be eager to keep their momentum going. England, on the flip side, are under the pump again and now they are dependent on their misfiring batting to bail them out. Already two wickets down, a big effort is required from the middle order. Rory Burns is lucky to be still out there after a couple of dropped catches and he would try to make the Kiwis pay for it. All in all, a very vital day of this Test is about to get underway. Stay with us for all the updates.
... DAY 3, FIRST SESSION ...
Right then, it's time to bid you goodbye. Do join us at 1030 local (2130 GMT, Previous day) as there will be half an hour early start again to make up for the lost overs on Day 1. You can now hop over to the concerned tab to get all the updates from the Adelaide Test where David Warner is nearing a triple century. Cheers!
Interview time! Daryl Mitchell, the debutant and star with the bat for New Zealand, says it was nice to contribute. Tells that England bowled well and he just kept his patience. Smiles and says that it was nice to get runs and spend time in the middle. Adds that it's always fun to bat with Watling as he keeps it nice and calm. Reckons that there is some extra bounce in the pitch and hopes to make use of that on Sunday.
Tim Southee and Matt Henry bagged a wicket each and a couple of catches also went down off their bowling. Had they been taken, England would have been in a more precarious situation. They have their backs to the wall and need Joe Root to stand up and show them the way. The deficit for them is quite big but New Zealand have shown that it's not too tough to score runs on this surface.
It was a really tough day for England. They struggled with the ball and lacked intensity in the field. The English bowling was completely flat and only Stuart Broad managed to make things happen. He finished with a 4-wicket haul while Chris Woakes also picked up three wickets. There were talks about the pitch to be on the flatter side but the Kiwi bowlers turned up with the ball and showed that there is some spice in the surface.
End of an extraordinary day of Test cricket! New Zealand have thoroughly enjoyed it again and are right on top. The day didn't start well for them but they didn't let that hamper their momentum. BJ Watling and Daryl Mitchell formed a strong alliance to put together a century stand and then some handy contributions from the lower order zoomed the Kiwi total to 375.
Daryl Mitchell, the local lad and debutant, who scored a half ton while batting has come on to bowl now. He will surely be carrying an extra spring in his step.
Neil Wagner replaces Matt Henry into the attack. There is a slip, short leg and leg gully in place. Short stuff coming?
Joe Root, the English skipper, walks out now. His team needs a big innings from him now more than ever.
Joe Denly walks out to bat at number 3. A lot of responsibility is on his shoulders to see off the remaining 15 overs or so for England without any further casualty.
Physio comes out to perform the mandatory concussion check. The camera has panned to the steward who also took a blow on his head when Santner hit a six a little while back. He was hit flush on his cap but is doing well. Meanwhile, Sibley is also getting ready to resume his innings. He has changed his head gear.
Matt Henry to share the new ball from the other end.