England in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2019

New Zealand vs England - 2nd Test

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

Date: 29 November-03 December, 2019

New Zealand 241/2

RR: 3.21 | New Zealand drew with England

commentary

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.

162.5
0
Wagner to Broad, OUT! TIMBER! England have been bowled out! From 455/5 to 476 all out, this has been a big collapse but England will not mind it that much. Wagner bowls a slower full toss on off, it is swerving in. Broad goes onto the back foot looking to defend but is beaten as he might be waiting for the short ball. He brings his bat down late and misses the ball. Wagner hits and Broad has to walk back. This is Neil's 9th 5-wicket haul in Tests and he is pumped after getting toiled for huge parts of the day. England end their innings with a lead of 101 runs and TEA HAS BEEN TAKEN!
162.4
0
N Wagner to Broad, Fullish ball on off, Broad blocks it out.
162.3
0
N Wagner to Broad, A full toss to welcome Broad! He is surprised and just about manages to fend it back to the bowler.

Stuart Broad walks in at number 11.

162.2
0
N Wagner to Archer, OUT! CHOPPED ON! Archer is on his way right after hitting a biggie. Wagner bowls a full length ball just outside off, Archer looks to heave this one over the long on region but gets an inside edge on it. The ball rolls over onto the stumps and Archer has to take the long walk back. England lead by 101 runs.
162.1
6
N Wagner to Archer, SIX! Slammed! Good length ball just outside off, Archer makes room and slams this one down the ground over the long on fence for a biggie.
161.6
1
Tim Southee to Archer, Back of a length ball, Archer looks to pull but the ball goes off the inside half towards mid-wicket for a single.
161.5
1
Tim Southee to Sam Curran, Outside off, Curran cuts this one towards deep point for one.
161.4
0
Tim Southee to Curran, Curran comes down the track to this length ball, looks to heave but gets an inside edge onto the thigh pads.
161.3
0
Tim Southee to Curran, Outside off, Curran guides this one down to short third man.
161.2
4
Tim Southee to Curran, FOUR! Slashed away! This time Curran gets his shot right as he slashes this length ball outside off through extra cover for a boundary.
161.1
0
Tim Southee to Curran, Just short! Full ball wide outside off, Curran looks to have a slash at it but the ball goes off the bottom edge on the bounce to Watling.

Tim Southee back into the attack. 36-4-84-2, his figures so far.

160.6
0
N Wagner to Archer, Length ball on middle and off, defended out.
160.5
0
N Wagner to Archer, Bouncer on middle and leg, Archer gets down in time and lets the ball pass.
160.4
0
N Wagner to Archer, Length ball on middle and off, Archer goes back and defends.
160.3
0
N Wagner to Archer, Length ball outside off, Jofra leaves it alone.
160.2
1
N Wagner to Curran, Yorker just outside off, Curran jams it out towards point and takes a single.
160.1
0
N Wagner to Curran, Full ball on middle and off, flicked towards mid-wicket.

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.

159.6
1
M Santner to Curran, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
159.5
0
M Santner to Curran, Short and outside off, Curran looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper.
159.4
1
M Santner to Archer, Full and outside off, Archer leans and pushes it through the covers for a single to get off the mark.
159.3
0
M Santner to Archer, Tossed up, around leg, pushed back with an open face. Almost carries back to the bowler.
159.2
0
M Santner to Archer, Around off, punched back to the bowler.
159.1
1
M Santner to Curran, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
158.6
0
N Wagner to Archer, A bouncer around middle, ducked under.
158.5
0
N Wagner to Archer, Landed outside off, angling away, left alone.

Jofra Archer walks in at number 10, replacing Woakes.

158.4
0
N Wagner to Woakes, OUT! Edged and taken! Wickets, all of a sudden! And just when the third new ball is around the corner. Woakes departs as a sacrificial lamb to up the ante. Full and wide outside off, Woakes slashes hard, aiming to go through the covers but can only get a thick outside edge. Simple catch for BJ Watling. England lead by 85.
158.3
1
N Wagner to Sam Curran, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
158.2
0
N Wagner to Curran, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
158.1
0
N Wagner to Curran, Landed outside off, Curran looks to punch but gets a bottom edge towards cover.
157.6
0
M Santner to Woakes, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
157.5
0
M Santner to Woakes, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
157.4
1
M Santner to Curran, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.

Chris Woakes walks in at number 9, replacing his skipper.

157.3
0
M Santner to Root, OUT! Caught! The marathon innings ends at last. 226 in 441 balls. 636 minutes at the crease. Boy, have England missed you, Root. They as a team have rarely spent more than 600 minutes at the crease with the bat. New Zealand get 2 wickets in the span of 5 minutes after toiling for more than 3 hours without a scalp. Full and outside off, Root comes down the track and looks to go inside out. But he is not to the pitch of the ball and skews this high in the air. Does not have the distance and Henry Nicholls at sweeper cover runs in to take the catch. Wagner runs towards Root and pats him on the back. Nice sportsmanship. Now, the declaration?
157.2
0
M Santner to Root, Full and outside off, Root looks to play the reverse sweep but gets hit on the glove. The ball bounces and goes to Watling who fumbles.
157.1
1
M Santner to Curran, Landed outside off, dabbed towards short third man for a single.
156.6
2
N Wagner to Root, A short ball, outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple.

Sam Curran walks in at number 8, replacing Pope. Time for some entertainment.

156.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, OUT! CAUGHT! Stop the press. England have lost a wicket. The 193-run stand has been broken and after 374 balls, a batsman has been dismissed. Selfless shot from Pope. He could have played for his century but he chose his team instead. A short ball, outside off, Ollie looks to pull but gets a top edge, due to the extra bounce. The ball goes high in the air and Jeet Raval takes a simple catch at the ropes near mid-wicket. Well played, young lad.
156.4
1
N Wagner to Root, Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
156.4
0
N Wagner to Root, WIDE. Full and miles outside off, almost outside the pitch, Root slashes hard but misses.
156.3
2
N Wagner to Joe Root, Short and outside off, Root pulls it through mid-wicket. Mitchell Santner hares to his right from deep mid-wicket, dives and parries the ball to Jeet Raval running across from deep square leg. Two runs taken. Has Santner hurt himself though? Gets up gingerly and just about tests his knee.
156.2
1
N Wagner to Pope, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
156.1
0
N Wagner to Pope, Full and wide outside off, now Pope plays an agricultural shot, a wild slash across the line but misses.

Neil Wagner now changes his shoes. So, a bit of a delay.

155.6
1
M Santner to Pope, Full and around off, pushed towards long on for a run. 450 UP FOR ENGLAND, lead by 75.
155.5
1
M Santner to Joe Root, Not all that short, but JR goes back and plays it from there, pulling it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
155.4
2
M Santner to Root, Now the skipper jumps down the track and Santner fires it short and into the body. Joe works it through mid-wicket for how many? Another couple. Moves to 220.
155.3
0
M Santner to Root, Slower, outside off, Root looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. He then deflects it away with his bat as the ball threatens to go back onto the stumps.
155.2
1
M Santner to Pope, Slowly tossed up outside off, Pope initially looks to go big but then adjusts, goes back and dabs it towards point for a single.
155.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Full and around leg, driven back to the bowler. Santner dives to his left to stop.
154.6
2
N Wagner to Root, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
154.5
1
N Wagner to Pope, Outside off, played through point for a single.
154.4
4
N Wagner to Pope, FOUR! TAKE THAT! A length ball outside off, Pope shuffles across and hammers it straight back. Root at the other end has to get out of the way as the ball comes straight at him. He evades it though and the cherry races to the long off fence.
154.3
1
N Wagner to Root, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
154.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Short and wide outside off, Root reaches out and cuts it towards cover.
154.1
0
N Wagner to Root, DROPPED! But a tough chance. Very tough chance. Full and around off, Root hammers this straight back. Poor Wagner barely has any time to react but manages to stick out his left hand. That is good reflex else his left knee would have been a goner. The ball goes to cover while Wagner is on the floor. Brave man. Strong man. Gets up in a trice and smiles. What does he have for supper?
153.6
0
M Santner to Pope, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
153.5
0
M Santner to Pope, Full and around middle, reverse swept straight to Jeet Raval at backward point who fumbles but no run is conceded. Pope wanted one but Root sent him back.
153.4
1
M Santner to Root, Looped wide outside off, hit uppishly towards long off for a run.
153.3
0
M Santner to Root, Sees Root come down the track and loops this up generously. The skipper gets it as a low full toss and hits it back to the bowler.
153.2
1
M Santner to Pope, Around off, worked through fine leg for a single.
153.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Close call. The arm ball, outside off, Pope looks to steer it through point but mises. Not far from the outside edge.

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.

152.6
2
N Wagner to Root, MISSES THE HELMET! Not of Root's, but the one behind the keeper. Nearly 5 penalty runs. Landed outside off, Joe looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. The ball bounces, past the off stump and poor Watling, for the umpteenth time today, has to dive to his left to stop the ball. It was heading straight to the helmet kept behind. Cannot stop it cleanly and parries it behind. Another couple taken.
152.5
1
N Wagner to Pope, Short and wide outside off, cut to point for a single.
152.4
0
N Wagner to Pope, Full and wide outside off, Pope reaches out to steer it to third man but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper.
152.3
1
N Wagner to Root, TOP EDGE, SAFE! More luck for Root. A short ball outside off, Root gets across and attempts an ungainly agricultural hack, similar to a pull. The ball takes the top edge and goes straight up in the air but there is no one close by catching it! Kane Williamson runs in from long off but cannot get there. A single taken.
152.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, a play and a miss.
152.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

Neil Wagner is back on at last. 3 short of his century.

151.6
0
M Santner to Pope, Outside off, pushed straight to point.
151.5
0
M Santner to O Pope, Short and around off, picked from the line of the stumps towards point.
151.4
0
M Santner to Pope, Fired down the leg side, Pope misses his flick. Loses his balance slightly but Watling fumbles. No stumping chance as the back foot was in the crease.
151.3
1
M Santner to Root, Outside off, slower this time, punched towards long off for a run.
151.2
1
M Santner to Pope, Arrowed down the leg side, helped through mid-wicket for a single.
151.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Landed outside off, dabbed straight to short third man.

Mitchell Santner is back on. 30-4-74-0 so far.

150.6
1
M Henry to Pope, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
150.5
1
M Henry to Root, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
150.4
0
M Henry to Root, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
150.3
6
M Henry to Root, SIX! Up, up and away! Boy, isn't that a surprise? His first biggie of the innings. Full and outside off, Root gets underneath this and sends it flying over long off!
150.2
0
M Henry to Root, Around off, pushed towards mid on.
150.1
0
M Henry to Root, LEADING EDGE, SAFE! First real chance whole day. Full and around off, Root looks to flick but is early into the shot. The ball takes the leading edge and goes back to Henry but falls just short.

Root is applying some dry spray on his palms. Humidity is just too high.

149.6
4
D Mitchell to O Pope, FOUR! Off cutter and punished. Short and outside off, 97.7 kph, Pope cuts it through point and gets a boundary!
149.5
1
D Mitchell to Root, Outside off, punched towards long on. Mitchell Santner gets across from short mid-wicket and mimes a throw at the bowler's end without even collecting the ball. Isn't that banned?
149.4
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
149.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full and around off, Root gets across and wrists it beautifully wide of mid on but short mid-wicket cuts it across to his left.
149.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
149.1
2
D Mitchell to Root, Full and around middle, Root tickles it through square leg. Matt Henry gives it a good chase from fine leg, slides to his left and saves the boundary. Another couple taken. THIS IS NOW THE HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE at this venue. England lead by 41 now.
148.6
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball just outside off, dabbed towards the off side.
148.5
0
M Henry to Pope, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
148.4
1
M Henry to Root, 200 FOR JOE ROOT! The English skipper has stepped up to the plate and recovered his best form. Good length ball on off, Root defends this one with soft hands towards the off side. The fielder from cover runs in and throws the ball at the keeper's end while diving. Had he hit, Ollie Pope would have been gone for all money despite a dive. That was a risk worth taking though as this has helped the skipper reach his double ton. Joe Root has now become just the 2nd player to score a double ton at this venue, the previous man being his counterpart, Kane Williamson against Bangladesh in February 2019. Records tumbling!
148.3
0
M Henry to Root, On the pads, flicked towards the on side.
148.2
0
M Henry to Root, Brilliant fielding! Length ball outside off, Root drives this one beautifully towards the cover region but the man there dives to his right and holds onto the pole.
148.1
0
M Henry to Root, Good length ball on middle and off, defended towards the cover region.
147.6
2
D Mitchell to Pope, Full ball on off, driven through the cover region for a couple. That brings up the 150-run stand between Ollie Pope and Joe Root. This stand has put the English players in complete control of the match.
147.5
0
D Mitchell to Pope, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
147.4
0
D Mitchell to Pope, On the pads, Pope looks to flick but is hit on the pads.
147.3
1
D Mitchell to Root, Pitched up ball on middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket for one. Root moves to 199.
147.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Length ball on middle and off, Root defends it out with a straight bat. He has now faced the most number of deliveries in a single innings in his Test career.
147.1
1
D Mitchell to Pope, Good length ball wide outside off, driven towards deep point for a single.
146.6
0
M Henry to Root, On the pads, worked towards wide mid on.
146.5
1
M Henry to Pope, On middle and off, Pope drives this one towards cover for one.
146.4
0
M Henry to Pope, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
146.3
1
M Henry to Root, Another one on the pads, worked towards the leg side for a single.
146.2
1
M Henry to Pope, On the pads, flicked to the man at mid-wicket for a single.
146.1
0
M Henry to Pope, Pope drives this one straight to the man at mid on.

Matt Henry is back into the attack. His figures so far read 30-6-75-1.

145.6
4
D Mitchell to Root, FOUR! Brilliant placement! Length ball just outside off, Root opens the face of the bat and guides this one exactly between gully and backward point for a boundary.
145.5
2
D Mitchell to Root, On the pads, Root flicks this one with soft hands towards mid-wicket for a comfortable couple.
145.4
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Similar delivery, same shot as the man at mid on is again in business.
145.3
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Root presents the full face of the bat and drives this one straight to the man at mid on.
145.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Pitched up ball on middle, Root works this one towards the leg side.
145.1
2
D Mitchell to Root, INSIDE EDGE, MISSES THE LEG STUMP! Lost his footwork there, did Root. Not luck, but. Full and outside off, Root pushes at this away from his body and does not move his feet at all. Gets a thick inside edge which goes past the leg stump towards fine leg. Two runs are taken. 400 UP FOR ENGLAND. Root moves into the 190s as well. It is now the highest score by a visiting batsman on this ground, going past Rahul Dravid's 190 in 1999.

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.

144.6
1
Tim Southee to Root, Full and straight, tucked to deep mid-wicket for a run.
144.5
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full and outside off, guided straight to short third man.
144.4
0
Tim Southee to Root, Around off, defended solidly.
144.3
2
Tim Southee to Joe Root, Short and outside off, Root cuts it hard, on the bounce, to Daryl Mitchell at backward point. He gets down low to his left but fumbles. Excellent running as the batsmen return for the second.
144.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket this time.
144.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
143.6
1
M Santner to Root, Tossed up delivery on off, driven towards the cover region for one. Root retains strike.
143.5
1
M Santner to Pope, Another one floated on off, pushed towards cover-point for a single.
143.4
1
M Santner to Root, Floated ball outside off, Root pushes it towards point for one.
143.3
1
M Santner to Pope, Another flat delivery. this time it is pushed to the man at mid off.
143.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Flatter delivery on middle, Pope defends it out.
143.1
1
M Santner to Root, Floated on off, Pope gets down on one knee and sweeps this one towards backward square leg for one.
142.6
1
Tim Southee to Root, Pitched up ball on middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for one.
142.5
1
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball on off, pushed in the gap at cover-point for one.
142.4
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Just outside off, played away from the body towards cover.
142.3
1
Tim Southee to Root, A good length ball, outside off, coming in with the angle, worked with his wrists through square leg for a run.
142.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Around off, punched off the back foot.
142.1
1
Tim Southee to Pope, A bit too straight, down the leg side, Pope tucks it towards short fine leg off the pads and takes a single. No signal, so must have been an inside edge.
141.6
1
M Santner to Pope, 50 up for Ollie Pope! It has been a great innings by him as he has supported his skipper very well. Shortish outside off, Pope goes back and cuts this towards point. Jeet Raval there dives to his right but cannot hold onto the ball. That allows the batters to take a single and Ollie to get to his milestone.
141.5
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope pushes this one straight to the man at cover.
141.4
1
M Santner to Root, Floated on off, Root pushes this one towards cover for one.
141.3
0
M Santner to Root, Almost a blunder by Root! Santner bowls a floated delivery on off, Root looks to play the reverse scoop over short third man. He does not time it well and it falls just short. That would have been a waste if he had lost his wicket like this after such a wonderful knock.
141.2
0
M Santner to Root, Root opens the face of the bat and guides this one straight to short third man.
141.1
1
M Santner to Pope, Shortish on off, Pope plays this one towards point for a single.
140.6
1
Tim Southee to Pope, On the pads, Pope flicks this one towards mid-wicket for one.
140.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Almost a yorker, Pope jams it out back towards Southee.
140.4
0
Tim Southee to Pope, This time Pope pushes it back towards the bowler.
140.3
0
Tim Southee to O Pope, Pitched up on off, Pope drives it to the man at mid off.
140.2
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball outside off, played towards point.
140.1
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Ohh! Off the bottom edge! Length ball just outside off, Pope looks to guide this one down to third man. However, he manages to get just a bottom edge on that one onto the surface. It went just past the off pole.
139.6
0
M Santner to Root, Root goes back and plays this one towards point.
139.5
1
M Santner to Pope, Floated on off, Ollie pushes it towards cover and takes one.
139.4
0
M Santner to Pope, Again Pope goes deep in his crease. This time he punches it towards cover.
139.3
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope goes back and works this one towards mid-wicket.
139.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Drags it back, outside off. Pope cuts it to the man at point.
139.1
1
M Santner to Root, Floated on the off pole line, defended towards cover for a single.

Mitchell Santner to bowl from the other end. 27-4-64-0 so far.

138.6
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Outside off, pushed towards point with firm hands.
138.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Good length ball this time, just outside off, pushed towards cover.
138.4
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball on off, pushed towards cover.
138.3
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Good length ball on the off pole line, pushed towards mid on.
138.2
1
Tim Southee to Root, Length ball wide outside off, pushed towards point for one. First run of the session.
138.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Starts the session with a length ball down the leg side. Root looks to glance but misses.

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.

137.6
0
M Santner to O Pope, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. LUNCH ON DAY 4, ENG LEAD BY 4!
137.5
0
M Santner to O Pope, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
137.4
0
M Santner to Pope, Fired up around off, Pope goes back and defends.
137.3
0
M Santner to O Pope, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to cover.
137.2
1
M Santner to Root, Fired in around off, Root looks to work it to the leg side but gets it off the inner half behind square leg for a single.

Should be the last over before Lunch...

137.1
0
M Santner to Root, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
136.6
0
D Mitchell to Pope, On middle, some reverse on offer, worked towards mid on.
136.5
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
136.4
4
D Mitchell to Pope, FOUR! ENGLAND INTO THE LEAD NOW! Have to say, did not expect this at 24/2. Short and outside off, Pope latches onto the width and crashes it behind point for a boundary!
136.3
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Very full, around off, pushed towards mid on.
136.2
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Outside off, Pope looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. It bounces into the hands of Ross Taylor at wide slip.
136.1
1
D Mitchell to Root, Full and around middle, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a run.
135.6
0
M Santner to Pope, Around middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
135.5
1
M Santner to Root, Full and outside off, JR stays leg side of the ball and drives it to sweeper cover for a single.
135.4
0
M Santner to Root, Fired down the leg side, Joe misses his flick.
135.3
1
M Santner to O Pope, A lovely drive again, this time it is past short extra cover and a single is taken. The stand moves to 110 now.
135.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Around off, driven towards short extra cover.
135.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Full and around off, spinning away, blocked down the pitch.
134.6
0
D Mitchell to Root, Outside off, swinging away, Root plays that as late as he possibly can, guiding it towards backward point.
134.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
134.4
1
D Mitchell to Pope, Down the leg side, flicked behind square leg for a single.
134.3
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
134.2
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Outside off, punched towards cover.
134.1
0
D Mitchell to O Pope, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
133.6
0
M Santner to Root, Landed outside off, dabbed to short third man.
133.5
0
M Santner to Root, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
133.4
1
M Santner to Pope, That spit. Landed outside off, 84.2 kph, Pope comes forward to defend but the ball rises suddenly, catches him by surprise and goes off the outside edge wide of slip towards third man. A run taken. Pope moves to 40 with that.
133.3
1
M Santner to Root, Slower, 80.2 kph, fuller in length, around middle, worked through square leg for a single.
133.2
0
M Santner to Root, The arm ball, around off, Root plays this very late, off the pitch, towards point again.
133.1
0
M Santner to Root, Full and outside off, pressed towards point.
132.6
1
D Mitchell to Root, Around off, coming in with the angle, tucked through mid-wicket for a run.
132.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full again, well blocked out.
132.4
2
D Mitchell to Root, Outside off, Root punches this through the covers and gets a couple. The deficit is now down to single digits.
132.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Around off, slightly fuller, defended from the crease.
132.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Played to the point region by the batsman.
132.1
1
D Mitchell to Pope, Landed outside off, Pope taps it towards cover for a single.

Daryl Mitchell is back on. 16-5-40-0 so far.

131.6
4
M Santner to Root, FOUR! 100-RUN STAND IS UP! Excellent control. England getting more and more comfortable in this Test now. Full and outside off, Root gets down and plays the slog again, this time all along the ground, through mid-wicket!
131.5
2
M Santner to Root, TOP EDGE, SAFE! Are England going for some aggression finally? Full and outside off, Root gets down to play the slog but gets a top edge. The ball is in the air and deep mid-wicket gets to his left while mid on runs across to his right. However, the ball lands in between them and a couple of runs are taken.
131.4
0
M Santner to Root, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
131.3
0
M Santner to Root, Outside off, punched straight to cover.
131.2
4
M Santner to Root, FOUR! Nicely done. Quicker ball from Santner, 90.1 kph, Root goes back and just uses the bowler's pace to guide it past first slip to the third man fence. The deficit is now 17.
131.1
0
M Santner to Root, Full and around off, pushed straight to cover.
130.6
0
M Henry to Pope, Defends this solidly.
130.5
0
M Henry to Pope, Full and around off, Pope covers the line nicely and pushes it towards short mid-wicket.
130.4
0
M Henry to Pope, Full and around off, Ollie looks to defend but the ball squirts off the inside edge towards short mid-wicket.
130.3
1
M Henry to Root, Landed outside off, played through point for a run.
130.2
0
M Henry to Root, Fuller, around off, pushed towards mid on this time.
130.1
1
M Henry to Pope, Outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
129.6
1
M Santner to Pope, Last ball of the over, Pope pushes it towards cover for a single. Retains strike.
129.5
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope prods forward and watchfully defends this one towards the off side.
129.4
0
M Santner to O Pope, Driven through the covers by the batsman.
129.3
0
M Santner to Pope, Santner drags it short, Pope pushes this one towards mid off.
129.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Another one on off, pushed towards the cover region.
129.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Outside off by Santner, Pope leaves it alone.

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.

128.6
0
M Henry to Root, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
128.5
0
M Henry to Root, Another length ball on off, Root gets the bottom half of the bat on it and the ball stays near the surface.
128.4
0
M Henry to Root, Length ball outside off, Root opens the face of the bat and guides it towards gully.
128.3
1
M Henry to Pope, On middle and off, Pope gets down a bit and works this one towards deep square leg for one.
128.2
0
M Henry to Pope, Good length ball on off, pushed towards the cover region.
128.1
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball on middle and off, defended towards the off side.
127.6
1
M Santner to Pope, Floated ball on off, Pope does well to squeeze this one through the cover region for a single.
127.5
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope goes back in his crease and plays this one towards point.
127.4
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope prods forward and pushes this one towards the cover region.
127.3
0
M Santner to Pope, Drags it short again, Ollie works this one towards mid-wicket.
127.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Shortish ball on middle and off, defended.
127.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Full and floated on off, pushed towards cover.
126.6
1
M Henry to Pope, Length ball on off, Pope pushes it with soft hands towards cover-point and takes a run.
126.5
0
M Henry to Pope, Pope has driven this one straight back towards the bowler.
126.4
4
M Henry to O Pope, FOUR! Cut away! Length ball wide outside off, Pope rocks back and cuts this one through the point region for a boundary.
126.3
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball on middle and off, defended towards mid off.
126.2
0
M Henry to Pope, Full ball on off, pushed towards cover.
126.1
1
M Henry to Root, Full ball on the pads, worked towards backward square leg for one.
125.6
0
M Santner to Pope, Another delivery which is floated wide outside off, Pope leaves it alone.
125.5
0
M Santner to Pope, Floated on off, pushed towards cover.
125.4
1
M Santner to Root, Floated on off, Root plays the sweep shot but the ball goes off the inner half towards square leg for one.
125.3
1
M Santner to Pope, Shortish on the leg side, Pope goes onto the back foot and works this one towards deep square leg for one.
125.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope goes deep in his crease and defends it out.
125.1
1
M Santner to Root, On the hips, nudged down to fine leg for one.
124.6
2
M Henry to Pope, On the pads, flicked away wonderfully by Pope towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
124.5
0
M Henry to Pope, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
124.4
1
M Henry to Root, Length ball just outside off, Root guides this one towards third man for one.
124.3
0
M Henry to Joe Root, Root drives this one towards mid on.
124.2
0
M Henry to Root, Root opens the face of his bat and guides this one down to gully.
124.1
0
M Henry to Root, Pitched up ball on middle and off, driven towards mid on.
123.6
1
M Santner to Root, Root again gets down on one knee but gets just a single off this one as he sweeps it towards square leg.
123.5
1
M Santner to Pope, Shortish on the body, Ollie works this one towards mid-wicket for one.
123.4
1
M Santner to Root, Root goes deep in his crease and pushes this one towards cover for a single.
123.3
4
M Santner to Root, FOUR! Good shot by Root! Another one which is sprayed down the leg side, Root gets down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
123.2
1
M Santner to Pope, Sprays one down the leg side, Root nudges it fine down the leg side for a single.
123.1
0
M Santner to Pope, Floated on off, pushed towards the off side.
122.6
0
M Henry to Root, On the pads again, Root pushes this one towards wide mid on.
122.5
0
M Henry to Joe Root, This time Root drives this one towards mid on.
122.4
0
M Henry to Joe Root, Pitched up on off, Root plays a full-blooded drive but straight to Williamson at mid off.
122.3
0
M Henry to Root, On the pads, worked towards mid-wicket.
122.2
0
M Henry to Root, Pitched up on off again, punches it to the man at mid off.
122.1
0
M Henry to Root, Full ball on off, pushed down the ground towards mid off.

Matt Henry returns. 25-5-63-1 so far.

121.6
0
M Santner to Pope, Pope goes back in his crease and pushes it back towards Santner.
121.5
1
M Santner to Root, 150 up for Joe Root! The English skipper has played out of his skins here and will be feeling relieved after a long patch without a huge score. On the pads of Root, he flicks this one between square leg and mid-wicket and takes a single to get to the milestone. He will be looking to up the ante from here on.
121.4
1
M Santner to Pope, On the hips of Pope, he nudges this one fine down the leg side for a single.
121.3
0
M Santner to Pope, Tosses one up on middle, Pope digs it out towards cover.
121.2
1
M Santner to Root, Floats one outside off, Root pushes this one towards point and takes a single.
121.1
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on off, pushed down to mid on.

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.

120.6
4
N Wagner to Pope, FOUR! That is a very good shot. Second boundary for Pope, on his 93rd ball! Short and outside off, Pope crunches his cut wide of gully and beats sweeper cover to his left. Moves to 23 with shot. The deficit is now 49.
120.5
1
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, punched to the right of gully this time, for a single. The call is for two but Mitchell Santner covers good ground at sweeper to his left. The stand moves to 60 now.
120.4
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, Root plays his favourite shot, the dab to third man but gully comes in his way.
120.3
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, fuller in length, pushed straight to cover.
120.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, left alone.
120.1
2
N Wagner to Root, Full and down the leg side, Root flicks it through square leg. The ball races away but Daryl Mitchell slides to his left from fine leg and makes a fine stop. Two runs taken.
119.6
1
D Mitchell to Root, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
119.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Around off, pushed towards mid on.
119.4
4
D Mitchell to Root, FOUR! A rare bad ball. A short ball, down the leg side, Root swivels and pulls it fine, past the keeper, to the fine leg fence. The deficit is now 57.
119.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Around off, well blocked out.
119.2
1
D Mitchell to Pope, Outside off, this time Ollie leans and taps it towards point for a quick single.
119.1
0
D Mitchell to O Pope, Full and outside off, swinging away, Pope drives but finds cover. That is his third drive, well-timed, in as many as 6 deliveries. Just cannot find the gap.
118.6
0
N Wagner to Root, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
118.5
0
N Wagner to Root, The knuckle ball from Wagner, 109.7 kph, full and outside off, Root is early into his drive but then adjusts with the late pace and pushes it towards cover.
118.4
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, punched straight to cover.
118.3
1
N Wagner to Pope, Full and outside off, Pope drives this through the covers where Henry Nicholls dives to his left and makes a half-stop. A run taken.
118.2
0
N Wagner to Pope, Outside off, driven straight to mid off.
118.1
1
N Wagner to Root, 50-RUN STAND IS UP! In 143 balls. Ignore the pace but look at the resilience. The deficit is now just a few runs over 50. Full and outside off, Root leans and drives it through the covers for a single.

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.

117.6
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Bouncer on middle and leg, Pope ducks under it.
117.5
0
D Mitchell to O Pope, Full ball on the pads, worked towards wide mid on.
117.4
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Length ball outside off, pushed towards the point region.
117.3
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
117.2
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full ball on middle and off, Pope drives this one beautifully down the ground. The ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. Mitchell tries to get his hand to it but fails to do so. The ball deflects off the stumps towards mid on.
117.1
1
D Mitchell to Root, On the hips, worked towards square leg for a single.
116.6
0
N Wagner to Pope, Another good area, just outside off, Pope walks across his stumps and pushes it towards gully.
116.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, Nice line, around off, angling away, but Pope is determined not to fiddle with those.
116.4
0
N Wagner to Pope, Landed outside off, left alone.
116.3
1
N Wagner to Root, Around off, on a length, dabbed to third man, fine of wide slip, for a single.
116.2
0
N Wagner to Root, INSIDE EDGE, MISSES THE STUMPS! 'C'mon!' yells Wagner in frustration. Full and outside off, Root looks to defend but gets an inside edge. The ball hits his left boot and rolls past the leg stump!
116.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, pushed straight to point.

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.

115.6
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full and just outside off, solidly defended towards cover.
115.5
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Half volley outside off, Ollie stays leg side of the ball and drives it towards mid off.

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.

115.4
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full and around off again, Pope lunges to block.
115.3
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Around off, blocked solidly.
115.2
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Around off, coming in, defended to the leg side.
115.1
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full and around off, swinging away, watchfully defended down the pitch.
114.6
0
N Wagner to Joe Root, Full and outside off, Root looks drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
114.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
114.4
1
N Wagner to Pope, Full and outside off, Ollie reaches out and pushes it towards point for a run.
114.3
0
N Wagner to Pope, Around off, left alone.
114.2
0
N Wagner to Pope, Outside off, pretty full and wide, Pope pushes at it but misses.
114.1
1
N Wagner to Root, Full and outside off, Root looks to push but the ball squirts off the inside edge through mid-wicket. A single taken.

Neil Wagner changes ends. 26-3-85-1 so far. This is the end which has seen cracks open up and offer indifferent bounce.

113.6
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Landed outside off, OP lets it through watchfully.
113.5
0
D Mitchell to Pope, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
113.4
4
D Mitchell to Pope, BOTTOM EDGE, FOUR! Ahhh... Pope and his luck with the edges. Full and outside off, Ollie looks to push away from his body but there is no feet movement. The ball takes the bottom edge and goes past the off stump, past the diving Watling, to his left and into the fine leg fence. The deficit is now 68.
113.3
0
D Mitchell to Pope, Full and around middle, almost a yorker, bunted down the ground, past the bowler. Mid on mops it up.
113.2
1
D Mitchell to Root, Around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
113.1
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.

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.

112.6
0
M Santner to Pope, Tossed up around off, well defended.
112.5
0
M Santner to Pope, Walks into the shot now and pushes this towards mid on.
112.4
0
M Santner to Pope, Around off, watchfully defended.
112.3
0
M Santner to Pope, Full and wide outside off, good bowling, Pope reaches out and pushes it with hard hands towards point. Santner will like that. There is a possibility of an outside edge if Pope keeps doing that.
112.2
0
M Santner to Pope, Around middle, pushed straight to cover.
112.1
1
M Santner to Root, Full and around middle, Root goes and works it through mid-wicket for a single.

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.

111.6
0
N Wagner to Pope, Landed outside off, pushed straight to cover.
111.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, Full and outside off, Pope looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat down the ground.
111.4
1
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
111.3
1
N Wagner to Pope, A streaky way to get 300 on the scoreboard. Trail by 75 now. Full and around off, angling away, Pope stretches out to drive but the ball takes the inside edge and goes to fine leg. A single taken.
111.2
0
N Wagner to Pope, Full and outside off, angling further away, left alone.
111.1
0
N Wagner to Pope, Around off, watchfully defended.
110.6
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
110.5
0
Tim Southee to Joe Root, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
110.4
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full and outside off, Root gets a big stride forward and blocks.
110.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, Around off, watchfully dabbed to wide slip.
110.2
4
Tim Southee to Root, FOUR! Uppish but safe! Williamson's innovative field placement nearly got him a wicket. A length ball outside off, Root looks to pull but the ball keeps a touch low. He plays the shot but it goes uppishly. Now, Williamson has stationed Ross Taylor at a squarish mid-wicket position. Not at the single-saving position, nor at the boundary. Somewhere in between. But it goes well wide of him, to his left and finds the fence. The skipper moves to 133. The deficit is also 76.
110.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full and just outside off, watchfully pushed towards mid on.
109.6
0
N Wagner to O Pope, Excellent stop by Latham! Full and outside off, Pope leans and drives it through the covers but Tom at short extra cover dives full fledged to his left to stop the ball.
109.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
109.4
1
N Wagner to Joe Root, Another bouncer, pulled away by Root towards square leg for one.
109.3
4
N Wagner to Root, FOUR! Plays that one very late! Bouncer just outside off, Root stays deep in his crease and upper cuts this one over the keeper's head. The ball races away to the fence.
109.2
0
N Wagner to Joe Root, Again Root goes to play this one in the gap between first slip and gully. However, it goes straight in the hands of the man at wide first slip on the bounce.
109.1
1
N Wagner to Pope, On the pads, Pope works this one towards square leg for a single.
108.6
0
Tim Southee to Root, On middle and off, Root goes back and pushes this one towards the left of the bowler.
108.5
0
Tim Southee to Root, Root this time safely defends it towards the off side.
108.4
4
Tim Southee to Root, FOUR! This time it is in the gap. Length ball outside off, Root opens the face of the bat and guides this one in the gap between wide first slip and gully. The ball races away to the third man fence. The man at gully did put in a full-stretch dive to his left but he still could not get to it.
108.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, On off, Root guides this with an angled bat softly towards the man at gully.
108.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Again Root goes deep in his crease and blocks it out.
108.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Length ball on middle and off, Root defends it back towards the bowler.
107.6
0
N Wagner to Pope, Ollie rocks onto the back foot and defends this one towards mid on.
107.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, Pitched up ball on off, pushed towards cover.
107.4
1
N Wagner to Root, Bouncer on middle and off, it is slow. Root comfortably swivels across and pulls this behind square for a single.
107.3
0
N Wagner to Joe Root, Length ball angling into the batter, Root looks to push this one towards the off side but the ball goes off the inner half towards mid on.
107.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Another ball which is pitched up, defended towards the off side.
107.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Fullish ball on off, defended out.

Neil Wagner is into the attack for the first time in the day. 23-3-76-1, his figures so far.

106.6
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
106.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Another bouncer, successfully ducked under.

Neil Wagner is warming up. Looks like he will be coming on to bowl soon.

106.4
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
106.3
0
Tim Southee to Pope, A short ball, around middle and leg, Pope initially looks to hook but then bails out. The ball keeps on climbing and Watling does excellently to dive to his left to gather.
106.2
1
Tim Southee to Root, Full and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
106.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, On a length around off, defended down the ground.
105.6
0
M Henry to Pope, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
105.5
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball outside off, punched towards the point region.
105.4
0
M Henry to O Pope, Full ball on off, driven towards mid off.
105.3
0
M Henry to Pope, Beaten! Did that one pitch on a crack? Henry bowls a good length ball around off, the ball comes in after pitching. It shoots off the pitch. Pope looks to play at it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge. When the ball pitched, a puff of dust came out. Santner will like that!
105.2
1
M Henry to Root, On off again, Root guides this one towards the point region and takes a single.
105.1
0
M Henry to Root, Length ball just outside off, guided towards the man at gully.
104.6
0
Tim Southee to Pope, A stifled appeal but nothing doing for the umpire. Southee bowls a length ball just outside off and gets it to nip back in. Pope gets back to defend but misses and is hit on the thigh pad. The Kiwi players appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
104.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Fullish on off, pushed towards cover.
104.4
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Pope gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it.
104.3
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball on middle and off, Pope looks to defend but misses. It hits the thigh pad and rolls towards the slip cordon.
104.2
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball this time, outside off, Pope gets closer to the ball and defends it back towards the bowler.
104.1
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Good length ball just outside off, defended towards the leg side.
103.6
1
M Henry to Pope, Around off, coming in, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
103.5
0
M Henry to Pope, Around off, defended from the crease.
103.4
0
M Henry to Pope, Full and outside off, a touch wide, left alone.
103.3
0
M Henry to Pope, Fractionally short in length outside off, Pope punches it through the covers but straight to the fielder.
103.2
1
M Henry to Root, A length ball outside off, punched to sweeper cover for a single.
103.1
0
M Henry to Root, Around off, curving away, punched towards cover.
102.6
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Ohh! Beaten! This time it is Pope. Good length ball on off, it nips back in. Pope looks to defend but does so outside the line and is beaten. The ball whizzes past the inside edge.
102.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Pope goes back in his crease and defends this one.
102.4
1
Tim Southee to Root, Length ball just outside off, Root punches this one towards cover-point and takes a single.
102.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, FOUR BYES! Down the leg side, Root goes for the flick but misses. Watling dives to his left but even he cannot get to the ball and the ball rolls into the fine leg fence for four byes.
102.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Woah! That has stayed incredibly low! Southee bowls a good length ball just outside off, it pitches and stays very low. Root tries to bring his bat down and defend but he misses the ball completely. Had that ball been on the stumps, Root would have been a goner. The ball might have pitched on one of the cracks that might have opened up.
102.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Good length ball just outside off, defended off the front foot towards mid off.
101.6
0
M Henry to Pope, Pope again goes onto the back foot and punches this one towards cover.
101.5
0
M Henry to Pope, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
101.4
0
M Henry to Pope, Fullish on off this time, Pope drives this one towards cover.
101.3
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball on off, defended off the back foot towards the bowler.
101.2
2
M Henry to Pope, Back of a length ball on middle, Pope plays a soft pull shot. It goes over the man at mid-wicket and the batters take two.
101.1
0
M Henry to Pope, Fullish ball on middle and leg, driven towards wide mid on.
100.6
1
Tim Southee to Pope, On the pads, flicked towards square leg for a single.
100.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball on off, it nips away a bit. Pope plays at it with soft hands but the ball goes off the outside edge towards the gully fielder. He dives to his right and holds onto it.
100.4
0
Tim Southee to O Pope, Some movement on this fuller ball for Southee, Pope drives this one towards mid off.
100.3
0
Tim Southee to Pope, On the fourth stump line, Pope shuffles across a touch and defends this one off the back foot towards mid off.
100.2
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Way wide outside off, Pope does not need to fiddle with it.
100.1
1
Tim Southee to Root, Southee serves a length ball outside off, Root plays this one towards point and takes a single.

Tim Southee it will be to bowl from the other end. 26-3-63-2 so far.

99.6
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball outside off, Ollie Pope makes a leave to get through the over.
99.5
2
M Henry to Pope, Henry starts with a length ball in the corridor just outside off, Pope guides this one down towards third man and takes a couple. England underway on Day 4.

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?'

99.4
0
M Henry to Pope, Outside off, left alone by Ollie.
99.3
0
M Henry to Pope, Good length ball on off, pushed back towards the bowler.

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...

99.2
2
M Henry to Pope, Bad fielding by Santner again! Outside off, Pope drives at this one and the ball goes towards cover where Santner is positioned. He misfields and that allows the batters to take a couple.
99.1
0
M Henry to Pope, Length ball on middle and off, blocked out.

Matt Henry is back into the attack. 21-5-54-1, his figures so far.

98.6
0
N Wagner to Root, Way outside the off stump, Joe lets it go.

Oh dear! Movement near the boundary line. Groundsmen are getting the covers ready. They seem to be anticipating some rain.

98.5
0
N Wagner to Root, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
98.4
0
N Wagner to Root, Play and a miss! A good length ball on middle and leg, angling away from Root. He looks to have a poke at it but misses and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. Root looks really unhappy with the fading light and shares some quiet words with the square leg umpire.
98.3
0
N Wagner to Root, Fullish ball outside off, pushed towards the man at cover.
98.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Good length ball outside off, Root makes another leave.
98.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Length ball wide outside off, left alone.
97.6
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Good length ball on middle and off, defended back towards the bowler.
97.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Another one outside off, Pope shoulders arms.

The artificial lights are switched on as it has turned gloomy out there.

97.4
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Length ball outside off, left alone.
97.3
0
Tim Southee to Pope, On the pads, Pope works this one towards mid-wicket.
97.2
1
Tim Southee to Root, Back of a length ball on off, Root swivels and pulls this one behind square leg for a single.
97.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full ball, almost a yorker on the off pole. Root jams it out back towards the bowler.

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.

96.6
0
N Wagner to Pope, Length ball on the hips, pushed down the ground towards mid on.
96.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, Outside off, angling away from Pope. He does not fiddle with it.
96.4
0
N Wagner to Pope, Another length ball around off, pushed towards extra cover.
96.3
0
N Wagner to Pope, Good length delivery on middle and off, blocked out.
96.2
0
N Wagner to Pope, Length ball wide outside off, left alone.
96.1
1
N Wagner to Joe Root, Full ball on off, Root pushes this one down the ground and sets off. Williamson from mid off runs across to his right and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Single taken.
95.6
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Angles in a length ball on off, Pope sticks back and defends it right under his eyes.
95.5
0
Tim Southee to Pope, Ollie has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
95.4
1
Tim Southee to Root, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
95.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, Looks to drive it off his front foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
95.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Good length ball on middle, Root defends it from the crease to the on side.
95.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Hint of away movement outside off, Root shoulders arms.
94.6
2
N Wagner to Pope, Too straight in line and Pope eases it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
94.5
0
N Wagner to Pope, Edgy! A length delivery in the area around middle and leg, Pope is squared up in defense and it takes the leading edge before rolling back to the bowler.
94.4
0
N Wagner to Pope, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
94.3
0
N Wagner to Pope, Oohhh... this one stays low! Wagner angles across a good length ball outside off, Pope pushes at it but it goes under his bat.

Ollie Pope is the new batsman.

94.2
0
N Wagner to Crawley, OUT! Caught behind! Crawley's 6-ball stay in the middle is over. Wagner comes up with a pinpoint delivery in the region around middle and off, Crawley goes nowhere with his footwork and has a tame push inside the line. It skids on with the angle, takes a faint outside edge and Watling completes the catch with a dive to his right. England trail by 113 runs with half their side back in the hut!
94.1
1
N Wagner to Root, Fullish and outside off, driven through covers for a single.
93.6
1
Tim Southee to Root, On the pads and Root has worked it behind square leg for a single.
93.5
1
Tim Southee to Crawley, NOT OUT! Crawley has dived his way to safety! A length ball around off, Zak drives it to mid off and sets off for a quick run. Kane Williamson attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end as Crawley dives in. The Kiwis are celebrating and it's referred upstairs. The replays confirm that the dive has saved the young man and he is off the mark in Test cricket. Will always remember his first!

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.

93.4
0
Tim Southee to Zak Crawley, Full and angling in on middle, Crawley knocks it down to mid on where the fielder stops it well.
93.3
0
Tim Southee to Crawley, Edged but safe! Crawley is showing nerves. Southee delivers a ball moving away from the batsman, Crawley pushes inside the line and gets a soft outside edge wide of gully.
93.2
0
Tim Southee to Crawley, Crawley lets the ball go outside his off stump.
93.1
1
Tim Southee to Root, Short in length around off, Root pulls it through square leg for one.
92.6
1
N Wagner to Joe Root, Digs it in on middle, Root pulls it down to fine leg for a run.
92.5
4
N Wagner to Root, FOUR! Width on offer outside off, Root latches onto it and smashes it over backward point for a boundary. All the pressure is gone and we can now see a free-flowing Joe!
92.4
0
N Wagner to Root, Good length ball outside off, Root taps it down to covers.
92.3
4
N Wagner to Joe Root, FOUR! Root reaches his 17th Test hundred in a rather unconvincing way. The wait of 9 months is over. It's a long wait given the caliber of this batsman. He has been under the scanner for his dipping form and this knock has come at the best possible time. He reached there in an ugly manner though. Shortish ball close to off, Root is cramped for room as he tries to play the square cut. It catches the bottom edge and bounces over the leaping keeper for a boundary. Root is a relieved man. But his job is not done yet. England are still trailing by over 100 runs.
92.2
4
N Wagner to Root, FOUR! Easy pickings! A length ball sliding down the leg side, Root deflects it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
92.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, played down off the back foot to point.
91.6
0
Tim Southee to Crawley, Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Zack Crawley, the debutant, walks out to bat now.

91.5
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, OUT! Fine low catch by Ross Taylor at first slip! Southee produces a brilliant delivery from 'round the wicket. He angles it in around off and gets it to nip away a shade. Stokes reaches out for it with firm hands and gets a thick outside edge behind. Taylor dives across to his right to snap it safely. Stokes looks behind and after seeing Rosco claiming the catch and celebrating, he returns to the pavilion.

EDGED! But has that carried? Ross Taylor is claiming the catch and Ben Stokes takes his word. He is walking back.

91.4
0
Southee to Stokes, Too full in length and outside off, Stokes taps it down with soft hands to the off side.
91.3
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, This time Stokes leans into the drive and pushes it to covers.
91.2
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, On a length and close to off, Stokes blocks it off his back foot.
91.1
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Good length delivery in the corridor outside off, Stokes picks the line early and makes a leave.

Joe Root puts some drying spray on his hands. Seems he is feeling the heat of the 90s and has sweaty palms.

90.6
0
N Wagner to Root, Closer to off on a good length, Root defends it solidly to the off side.
90.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Switches to 'round the wicket and hurls in a good length ball outside off, Joe allows it through to the keeper.
90.4
0
N Wagner to Root, On a length around off, Root stays back and defends it towards cover-point.
90.3
1
N Wagner to Stokes, Full in length and on middle, Stokes uses the angle and clips it behind square leg for a run.
90.2
0
N Wagner to Stokes, Ufff! This one stays low and goes underground! Wagner delivers it on a length close to off, Stokes tries to defend but it goes under his bat and misses the off pole by a whisker.
90.1
0
N Wagner to Stokes, In the zone outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and shoulders arms. There was a hint of away shape!
89.6
0
Tim Southee to Root, A length ball on off, Joe stays back and pushes it towards wide mid off.
89.5
4
Tim Southee to Joe Root, FOUR! Off the thickish outside edge! Fullish ball outside off, Root tries to drive it with an angled bat but it takes the outer half and hurries past the diving gully fielder for a boundary.
89.4
1
Tim Southee to Stokes, Yorker outside off, Stokes squeezes it out square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
89.3
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Lands it full and close to off, Stokes drives it off the outer portion of his bat to mid off.
89.2
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Short in length and outside off, Stokes shoulders arms.
89.1
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Full in length on off, moving back in, Stokes forces it down to mid on.

Bowling change. Tim Southee is back into the attack. His figures so far read 21-2-53-1.

88.6
0
Wagner to Root, Wagner goes very full and on middle, Root gets his bat down in time as he digs it out.
88.5
0
N Wagner to Root, A mishit! Width on offer outside off, Root chases it and throws his bat. It catches the bottom edge and goes behind. Watling dives across to his right and the first slip fielder collects the ball on one bounce.
88.4
4
N Wagner to Root, FOUR! And this boundary takes him into the 90s! Wagner pitches it up around off and Root stylishly leans into the cover drive. He middles his shot beautifully and sends it screaming away to the fence.
88.3
0
N Wagner to Root, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
88.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it solidly from the back foot.
88.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Fuller length ball angling in on middle, Root punches it down the ground and it goes over the bowler. The mid off fielder gets across to his right to stop the ball.

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.

87.6
0
M Henry to Stokes, Uses the angle of the bowler and helps the length ball to mid-wicket.
87.5
0
M Henry to Ben Stokes, Fuller in length and outside off, driven solidly off the front foot to mid off.
87.4
0
M Henry to Stokes, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
87.3
4
M Henry to Stokes, FOUR! Sublime! Back of a length ball on off, Stokes camps back and punches it sweetly past the left side of the diving cover fielder. The mid off fielder chases but comes second best.
87.2
0
M Henry to Stokes, A length ball around off, Stokes meets it with the full face of his bat and eases it past the bowler to mid off.
87.1
0
M Henry to Stokes, Fractionally short and moving back into the batsman from around middle, Stokes pushes it firmly to mid on.
86.6
0
N Wagner to Root, Fullish and outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
86.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Root shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
86.4
0
N Wagner to Root, On a length and outside off, Root keeps his weight on the back foot and allows it through the line.

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!'

86.3
0
N Wagner to Root, This one straightens nicely. Fullish and on middle, Root is opened up slightly in his defense and he keeps it out off the outer half of his blade.
86.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Good length ball angling away from the batsman, wide outside off, Joe shoulders arms.
86.1
0
N Wagner to Root, A cracking yorker on middle at 124.5 kph, Root keeps his eyes glued to the ball and digs it out down to mid on. As the innings has progressed, Joe has become a lot better with his transfer of weight into the shot. Initially Root was seen reaching out for the ball by leaning forward and now he is trying to play right under his watchful eyes.

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?

85.6
0
M Henry to Stokes, Henry sends an invitation for a drive outside off, Stokes declines the offer.
85.5
0
M Henry to Stokes, Uppish but safe! A length ball on middle and leg, angling down, Stokes turns to work it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat early. It pops out off the leading edge but doesn't carry to mid on.
85.4
1
M Henry to Root, Very full in length and around leg, it's clipped behind square leg for a single.
85.3
0
M Henry to Root, Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
85.2
0
M Henry to Root, Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
85.1
0
M Henry to Root, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
84.6
4
Tim Southee to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Slapped away! Short of a length delivery wide outside off, Stokes gets on top of the bounce and whacks it behind square on the off side. It flies over the gully fielder for a boundary.
84.5
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Good length ball on off, Stokes is on the back foot in defense.
84.4
0
Tim Southee to Ben Stokes, Fuller length ball around off, angling in, Stokes shows the full face of his bat as he tries to play it straight. It comes slightly off the inner half and squirts to mid off.
84.3
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
84.2
4
Tim Southee to Stokes, FOUR! Absolutely delightfully! Southee is very full and wide outside off, Stokes accepts the proposal of driving it through the line and creams it through the gap at covers.
84.1
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
83.6
0
M Henry to Root, A back foot punch this time by Root but he finds the cover fielder.
83.5
0
M Henry to Root, Henry puts it on a length and close to off, angling in, Root defends it stoutly to the off side.
83.4
0
M Henry to Root, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
83.3
0
M Henry to Root, A length ball outside off, Root stays back and pushes it with an angled bat to point.
83.2
0
M Henry to Root, Goes full and angles it on middle, Root flicks it across the line but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
83.1
0
M Henry to Root, Almost a drag on! Henry dishes out a good length ball close to off and it holds its line upon landing, Root gets back inside the crease to punch it through the line but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the right leg.
82.6
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Hurls a gentle delivery in the zone wide outside off, Stokes is in no mood to chase it.
82.5
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Slants in a length ball on off, Stokes remains back and pushes it to mid on.
82.4
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Pitches it up and outside off, Stokes plays a free-flowing cover drive but finds the fielder.
82.3
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Angles in a full length ball on off, Stokes covers the line and blocks it off his front foot.
82.2
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Lands it on a length and outside off, Ben shoulders arms with ease.
82.1
1
Tim Southee to Root, Fullish and on the pads, clipped to square leg for one.

Tim Southee to continue...

81.6
2
M Henry to Stokes, Fantastic effort by Wagner! An overpitched delivery on middle, Stokes whips it past mid on and Wagner gives the chase. He dives near the fence to keep it inside the line and saves two runs for his team. Great commitment.
81.5
0
M Henry to Stokes, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Stokes covers the line and shoulders arms.
81.4
0
M Henry to Stokes, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
81.3
0
M Henry to Stokes, Henry switches to 'round the wicket and spears in a full ball on off, Stokes meets it with a straight bat and pushes it off the inner half to mid on.
81.2
1
M Henry to Root, Again the length is very full around middle, angling in, Root eases it wide of mid on and crosses for a single.
81.1
0
Henry to Root, Right on the money first up! Almost a yorker on off, Root brings his bat down in time and pushes it towards mid on.

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.

80.6
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Length ball outside off, left alone by Stokes to get through the second session of the day. That will be TEA ON DAY 3.
80.5
2
Tim Southee to Stokes, Fullish ball just outside the off pole line, Stokes looks to defend but the ball goes off the outer half of the bat towards point for a couple.
80.4
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
80.3
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Good length ball on middle and off, Stokes defended it out.
80.2
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Way too wide outside off, Stokes shoulders arms.
80.1
0
Tim Southee to Stokes, Some swing straightaway with the new ball. Southee comes from around the wicket and releases this one from way outside the off pole, it tails back in a lot but just not enough to trouble the batter.

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.

79.6
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on middle and off, Root prods forward and defends.
79.5
0
M Santner to Root, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
79.4
0
M Santner to Root, Santner bowls a floated ball outside off, left alone by Root.
79.3
0
M Santner to Root, Root goes back deep in his crease and defends.
79.2
1
M Santner to Stokes, Another one which is dragged back, Stokes goes onto the back foot and pushes it towards the cover region. The fielder there dives and makes a good half-stop but the batters take a single.
79.1
0
M Santner to Stokes, Santner bowls a shortish ball on middle, Stokes pushes it down to mid on.

Mitchell Santner comes back on. 16-4-31-0, his figures so far.

78.6
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full ball on off, driven towards the cover region.
78.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, On middle and leg, defended by Root.
78.4
0
D Mitchell to Root, Again on off, pushed towards the off side.
78.3
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Very full ball on off, Root superbly drives it towards cover but straight to the man.
78.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, On the off side, Root opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man.
78.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Length ball outside off, played towards point.
77.6
0
N Wagner to Stokes, Full ball on off, blocked out towards the off side.
77.5
0
N Wagner to Stokes, On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket.
77.4
0
N Wagner to Stokes, Again Stokes drives it down the ground but this time straight to the man at mid off.
77.3
4
N Wagner to Stokes, FOUR! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Overpitched ball on the off pole line, Stokes has driven this one with class through mid on for a boundary.
77.2
0
N Wagner to Stokes, On the pads of Stokes, he works this one towards the leg side.
77.1
2
N Wagner to Stokes, Good length ball on the off pole line by Wagner, bowling with a scrambled seam. Stokes shuffles across and works this one towards square leg for a couple.
76.6
0
D Mitchell to Root, Outside off, length ball. Root leaves it alone.
76.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full ball around off, Root shuffles and drives this one down the ground. The man from mid on runs across and stops it.
76.4
0
D Mitchell to Root, This time it is on off, driven towards extra cover.
76.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, On the pads, driven towards mid on.
76.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Pitched up ball just outside off, Root defends with a vertical bat.
76.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full ball on middle, defended out.
75.6
0
N Wagner to Stokes, Length ball wide outside off, played towards point.
75.5
0
N Wagner to Stokes, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
75.4
0
N Wagner to Stokes, On off, driven superbly towards the cover region.
75.3
1
N Wagner to Root, On the pads of Root, he works it towards square leg for a single. Santner there picks up the ball and has a shy at the striker's end and hits. However, Stokes is well in.
75.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Way outside the off pole, Root shoulders arms.
75.1
4
N Wagner to Root, FOUR! Great shot by Root. Good length ball outside off, Root opens the face of his bat and guides this one between gully and backward point towards the third man fence.

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.

74.6
0
D Mitchell to Stokes, A gentle delivery in the channel outside off, Stokes lifts his bat skywards and allows it through.
74.5
0
D Mitchell to Stokes, Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it gently to short cover.
74.4
0
D Mitchell to Stokes, Closer to the off stump this time, on a length, Stokes middles his defensive shot and pushes it to mid off.
74.3
0
D Mitchell to Stokes, Action replay of the previous delivery. Ben has been quite watchful at the moment.
74.2
0
D Mitchell to Stokes, Pitches it up and outside off, Stokes strides forward and shoulders arms.
74.1
1
D Mitchell to Root, Lands it on a length and outside off, Root drives it through cover-point for a single.
73.6
0
N Wagner to Stokes, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Successful over at last for the Kiwis!
73.5
1
N Wagner to Root, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
73.4
1
N Wagner to Stokes, High full toss down the leg side, Stokes flicks this one towards the fine leg region and takes a single to get off the mark. Interestingly, it's not called a no ball.

Ben Stokes is the new batsman with England trailing by 174 runs.

73.3
1
N Wagner to Burns, OUT! RUN OUT! Burns has thrown his wicket away just after getting to his ton. He will be fuming with himself right now. Wagner bowls this one the pads of Burns, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket and sets off for a single. Root calls Burns for the second and he obliges. Raval from deep mid-wicket runs in and throws it at the striker's end. Watling dislodges the bails and appeals. The umpire refers it upstairs. After numerous replays and various angles, the third umpire gives it out. Bruce Oxenford used all possible frames there to make his decision. Also, the colour of bails were white and to pick whether they were dislodged from the white background (Watling's jersey colour) was quite a challenge. Eventually, the right decision has been made and that's paramount. Even after scoring a ton, Burns walks out of the park looking like a disappointed man and rightly so. However, he has played a handy role in reviving his team's fortune.

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.

73.2
1
N Wagner to Root, Back of a length ball on the leg side, Root pulls this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
73.1
1
N Wagner to Burns, Here it is... SECOND TEST CENTURY FOR RORY BURNS! He has been given three lives and has made sure to make the most of it and put the Kiwis under the pump. On the pads of Rory, he flicks this one towards fine leg and takes a single to get to his ton. He removes his helmet and enjoys the ovation from the dressing room. The England opener will now be looking to convert this into a daddy hundred!
72.6
1
D Mitchell to Burns, Another one outside off, this time Burns pushes it towards cover off the back foot and takes a single to move to 99. He retains strike for the next over.
72.5
4
D Mitchell to Burns, FOUR! Punched away! Length ball wide outside off, Burns makes room and punches this one towards point for a boundary.
72.4
1
D Mitchell to Joe Root, This time Root pierces the gap at cover inside the circle. The ball goes to the man at sweeper cover and that allows the batters to take one.
72.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Good length ball on off, pushed towards cover.
72.2
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Full ball on off, driven towards the cover region.
72.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Good length ball outside off, Root opens the face of the bat and guides this one towards short third man.
71.6
0
Wagner to Burns, Slower yorker by Wagner on off, at 112 kph. Burns does well to keep it out.
71.5
0
N Wagner to Burns, Full ball on off, driven towards mid off.
71.4
0
N Wagner to Burns, Wagner attacks the stumps now. Burns brings his bat down in time and the ball goes off the inner half towards mid on.
71.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, Burns in two minds here! Wagner bowls this one on a length just outside off, the ball moves away from the batter. Burns initially looks to play at it but eventually pulls his bat away.
71.2
1
N Wagner to Root, Good running by the English batters. Root goes deep in his crease and pushes this length ball wide of mid on. Burns trusts his partner and sets off straightaway to complete an easy single.
71.1
0
N Wagner to Root, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
70.6
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Good length ball in the corridor outside off, Burns pushes this one towards point. Maiden to start off his new spell.
70.5
0
D Mitchell to Burns, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
70.4
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Burns drives this pitched up ball towards mid off.
70.3
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Another one outside off, Burns shoulders arms to let that one through.
70.2
0
D Mitchell to R Burns, Now Mitchell goes fuller, Burns pushes this one towards mid off.
70.1
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Mitchell start with a length ball outside off, Burns leaves it alone.

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?

69.6
0
N Wagner to Root, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
69.5
1
N Wagner to Burns, Slower again, full and dipping into the batsman, Burns flicks it wide of mid on for a run.
69.4
0
N Wagner to Burns, Play and a miss! Width on offer outside off, Burns flashes and misses. Getting nervous in the 90s?
69.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, Zippy delivery on this occasion. Wagner bowls it outside off and it skids through the surface after pitching. Burns guards his stumps and shoulders arms.
69.2
0
N Wagner to Burns, Beaten completely! A knuckle ball by Wagner. It's very full and outside off, gripping and cutting away upon landing, Burns tries to force it away on the off side but is beaten.
69.1
0
N Wagner to Burns, Fuller in length and outside off, Burns drives it off his front foot to mid off.
68.6
0
M Santner to Joe Root, Too full in length and outside off, Root mistimes his drive to covers.
68.5
0
M Santner to Root, Interesting! Flatter and a touch shorter outside off, Root shuffles across the stumps and then defends close to his pads. There was some extra bounce and Joe somehow managed to keep it out to safely.

No attacking fielder other than a slip now. Short leg has vanished and there is a deep square leg in place.

68.4
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot.
68.3
4
M Santner to Root, FOUR! Superb shot! Loopy full ball around off, Root kneels and nails his sweep shot in front of square leg for a powerful boundary. England are in command!
68.2
0
M Santner to Root, Flighted and full on middle, Joe leans forward and defends.
68.1
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up ball outside off, Root has nothing to do with it.

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.

67.6
1
N Wagner to Root, On the pads, Root works this one towards the leg side and takes a single.
67.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, Root plays it with an angled bat towards gully.
67.4
0
N Wagner to Joe Root, Again Root pushes at a length and again he gets a thick outside edge on it. This time the man at wide first slip takes it on the bounce.
67.3
4
N Wagner to Root, EDGED AND FOUR! Root is a lucky man! Good length ball outside off, it pitches and nips away from the batter. Root pushes at it with soft hands but the ball goes off the outside edge through the gap between wide first slip and the keeper through to the third man fence.
67.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Length ball on middle and off, Root goes deep in his crease and defends.
67.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Full ball wide outside off, Root jams it out towards point.
66.6
0
M Santner to Burns, Burns has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
66.5
1
M Santner to Root, Tossed up ball on off, swept away through square leg for one.

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?

66.4
0
M Santner to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
66.3
0
Santner to Root, FOUR LEG BYES! Whoa! This one turns square. Santner serves a flatter delivery on middle and it spins away after landing. Root is opened up in his stance as he tries to work it away. Fails to put bat on ball and is hit on the flap of the back pad. The bowler appeals but doesn't receive support from the keeper. It has hurried behind for a boundary at third man. The replays find the impact to be comfortably outside off.
66.2
0
M Santner to Root, Root has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
66.1
0
M Santner to Root, Flighted and outside off, left alone.
65.6
0
M Henry to Burns, A pitched up ball outside off has been driven through the line but straight to covers.
65.5
4
M Henry to Burns, FOUR! Easily done! Burns enters into the 90s! Short in length and around off, it nicely sits up for the batsman. Burns rides the bounce and pulls it handsomely to the deep mid-wicket fence. 150-run stand comes up as well! The deficit is under 200 now!
65.4
0
M Henry to Burns, In the channel outside off, another leave made by Rory.
65.3
0
M Henry to Burns, Outside off, left alone.
65.2
0
M Henry to Burns, Full in length on middle and off, driven back to the bowler and Henry made a fine diving stop to his left.
65.1
0
M Henry to R Burns, Knocks a full ball down the ground towards mid on.
64.6
1
M Santner to R Burns, Short and outside off, cut through point for one.
64.5
1
M Santner to Root, Root has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
64.4
1
M Santner to Burns, Turns it off his pads to the leg side, finds the gap and takes a run.
64.3
0
M Santner to Burns, Rory has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
64.2
0
M Santner to Burns, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
64.1
1
M Santner to Root, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
63.6
1
M Henry to Root, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
63.5
1
Henry to Burns, Run out chance missed! Burns survives. What was Henry thinking there? Fullish ball around off, Burns uses his wrists to flick it through mid-wicket and eyes the second run. He is sent back by Root and Rory charges back. But before that, the fielder (Wagner) from the deep has released his throw and it's in the direction of the stumps at the non-striker's end. But Henry tries to collect it ahead of the wickets and fumbles. That gives Burns the chance to dive back in safely. Latham was perfectly stationed behind the sticks and had Matt not intervened, Burns would have been found short. Big miss!
63.4
1
M Henry to Root, Fuller length ball on middle, Root picks it off his pads and clips it to deep mid-wicket for one.
63.3
1
M Henry to Burns, Fuller in length and close to off, Burns works it on the leg side, in front of square leg, and jogs across for a single.
63.2
0
M Henry to Burns, In the region outside off, angling away, Rory shoulders arms.
63.1
0
M Henry to Burns, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
62.6
0
M Santner to Root, Quicker and flatter on off, defended off the back foot.
62.5
0
M Santner to Joe Root, Another good looking drive from the bat of Root but he finds the cover fielder.
62.4
4
M Santner to Root, FOUR! Beautiful timing and placement! Loopy delivery landing full and outside off, Root leans into the square drive and caresses it through the gap. The cover-point fielder gives the chase but it goes away spinning from him and he eventually fails to pull it back in play.
62.3
0
M Santner to Root, Flatter and on middle, Root hangs on the back foot and helps it on the leg side.
62.2
0
M Santner to Root, Floated and full on middle, Joe strides forward and defends it back.
62.1
0
M Santner to Root, Skidding down the leg side, Root fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg. They take a couple of leg byes.
61.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Another easy leave outside the off stump to complete an innocuous over.
61.5
0
M Henry to Burns, Outside off, left alone.
61.4
0
M Henry to Burns, Full in length close to off, angling away again, Burns parks his front foot forward and across before shouldering arms.
61.3
0
M Henry to Burns, On a length and outside off, Burns strides forward and pushes it to mid off.
61.2
0
M Henry to Burns, Good length ball in the channel outside off, leaving the left-hander with the angle, Burns shoulders arms.
61.1
0
M Henry to Root, Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Root nudges it towards fine leg and picks up a single. Given as a leg bye.

Matt Henry replaces Southee into the attack. 14-3-38-1, his figures so far.

60.6
1
M Santner to Root, Goes down on one knee and sweeps a full ball from the off stump line. He sends it to deep square leg and retains strike with a single.
60.5
0
M Santner to Root, Quicker through the air this time, it's flat and on the pads, Root moves back and taps it down to short leg.
60.4
0
M Santner to Root, An arm ball around off, Root prods forward and defends it ahead of his front pad.
60.3
0
M Santner to Joe Root, Extra flight there, it lands full and wide outside off, Root cracks his drive off the front foot but finds the cover fielder.
60.2
0
M Santner to Root, Full and floated outside off, Root covers the line and leaves it alone.
60.1
0
M Santner to Root, Flatter and a touch shorter on off, Root goes on the back foot in defense.
59.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Lets the ball go outside his off stump. Another over safely negotiated! Just wearing down the Kiwi bowlers.
59.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Pitches it up and around off, Burns drives it off his front foot to short cover.
59.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Slower delivery, full and wide outside off, Rory takes a stride forward and then allows it through.
59.3
4
Tim Southee to R Burns, FOUR! Crunched! Short in length and around off, Burns stands tall inside the crease and pulls it with authority to the deep mid-wicket fence. That's raced away.
59.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Full in length and outside off, Burns drives it on the up but finds the wide mid off fielder.
59.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Angling away from the left-hander, outside off. Burns keeps his bat close to his body as he makes a leave.
58.6
1
M Santner to Burns, Mishit! Good bowling by Santner. This time he manages to lure the batsman into a drive by giving it some extra air. Burns throws his bat at it and slices it down to deep point for a single. Not where he intended to play that shot.
58.5
0
M Santner to Burns, Continues to toss them up! Full and on off, this time it's blocked with the spin to mid-wicket.
58.4
0
M Santner to Burns, Nicely flighted by Santner and he lands it very full on off, Rory leans forward and defends it.
58.3
0
M Santner to Burns, Loopy delivery outside off, turning in a bit, Burns gets back and has enough time to play it towards mid-wicket.
58.2
1
M Santner to Root, Bowls this one with a round-arm action, around leg, Root gets back and tucks it to fine leg for one. Just too easy to rotate the strike for these two.
58.1
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Root lunges and defends it to short leg.
57.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Fullish and on off, pushed off the front foot to mid off. End of the over and it continues to be easy going for England.
57.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Pitches it up and outside off, angling away, Rory allows it through comfortably.
57.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
57.3
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Southee appears to be working on a plan to lure Burns into a drive and eke out an outside edge. This time though he serves it way wide outside off, Rory has nothing to do with it.
57.2
1
Tim Southee to Root, Length ball outside off, Root goes back and cuts this one towards backward point for one. This single brings up 150 runs for England. They trail by 225 runs.
57.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Outside off, played towards point.
56.6
0
M Santner to Burns, This time flatter by Santner, Burns goes deep in his crease and works this one towards mid-wicket.
56.5
0
M Santner to Burns, Tossed up delivery on off, turning back in. Burns goes back and defends.
56.4
1
M Santner to Root, Shortish outside off, Root rocks back and cuts this one towards backward point for one.
56.3
1
M Santner to Burns, Flatter outside off, Burns shuffles and works this one towards the leg side for a single.

Leg side field is strengthened. Clearly aiming at Rory Burns' sweep shots.

56.2
1
M Santner to Root, Santner drags it short, Root goes deep in his crease and works this one towards square leg for a single.
56.1
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on off, Root prods forward and blocks.
55.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, A real tempter by Southee. He delivers it on the driving length and it's a slower one. Burns takes his front leg forward and then decides to make a leave.
55.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, A length ball close to off, Burns strides forward and defends it back solidly.
55.4
1
Tim Southee to Root, Once again it's overpitched by Southee on middle, Root stands on top of it as he flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
55.3
1
Tim Southee to Burns, Pitches it up and outside off, Burns leans into the drive and sends it through point for a run.
55.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, A touch short in length this time, wide outside off, Burns has nothing to do with it.
55.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Good length ball on middle, Burns gets back to work it on the leg side but is late in closing the face of his bat. It takes the leading half and rolls to mid off.
54.6
0
M Santner to Root, Extra loop on this delivery, it's full and on off, Root strokes it by pressing forward but fails to beat the diving short cover fielder.
54.5
0
M Santner to Root, Too full in length and around off, driven back in the direction of the bowler.
54.4
0
M Santner to Root, Flighted one, full and on off, Root lunges and defends it to the off side.
54.3
1
M Santner to Burns, Bowls this one with a quicker-arm action and lands it full around off, Burns goes down and sweeps it behind square leg for one.
54.2
0
M Santner to Burns, Flatter this time, around off and on the shorter side, Burns goes on the back foot and blocks.
54.1
0
M Santner to Burns, Flighted and full around off, Burns is on the front foot in defense.

Mitchell Santner to continue from this end post Lunch.

53.6
0
Tim Southee to Root, Full in length and wide outside off, Root leans into the drive and middles his shot well. Although he finds the cover fielder.
53.5
1
Tim Southee to Burns, Nopes, that's a double bluff! Tim overpitches on middle, Burns does well to flick it through mid-wicket for a single.

Square leg drops back. Short stuff coming?

53.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Southee gets closer to off stump, it's on a length and Burns defends it from the crease to short cover.
53.3
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Lands it around off and takes it away with the angle, Burns sticks inside the crease and shoulders arms.
53.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, This one is further wide outside off, a very easy lave for Rory this time.
53.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Southee begins his new spell with a fuller length delivery outside off, Burns takes his front leg forward to cover the line and then makes a leave.

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.

52.6
0
Santner to Root, Flatter delivery outside off, it pitches and skids back in a bit. Root offers no stroke and is hit on the pads. The Kiwi players put in a stifled appeal but nothing doing for the umpire. Hasn't skidded back in enough. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 3.
52.5
0
M Santner to Root, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
52.4
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up on off, Root defends by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
52.3
0
M Santner to Root, Root prods forward and defends this one out.
52.2
0
M Santner to Root, On off this time, Root guides this one towards cover-point.
52.1
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up on the pads, tucked towards the leg side.
51.6
0
D Mitchell to Burns, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
51.5
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Fullish ball on off, driven towards mid off.
51.4
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Another one way outside off, Burns does not fiddle with it.
51.3
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Outside off, left alone.
51.2
1
D Mitchell to Root, 50 up for Joe Root! His 46th half century in Test cricket. On the pads of Root, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single to get to his half ton. He is well set here and would be looking to take his side close to New Zealand's total first. Can the English skipper convert this start into a ton?
51.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Good length ball on middle and off, defended out.
50.6
0
M Santner to Burns, Floated on off, blocked out.
50.5
0
M Santner to Burns, Tossed up on off, pushed towards mid on.
50.4
1
M Santner to Root, Root goes back deep in his crease and works this one behind square on the leg side for a single.
50.3
0
M Santner to Root, Another one floated on middle, tucked towards the leg side.
50.2
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on middle, defended out.
50.1
0
M Santner to Root, On the pads, worked away towards the leg side.
49.6
1
D Mitchell to Root, On the pads of Root, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
49.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
49.4
0
D Mitchell to Root, NOT OUT! Good decision to review the umpire's call by Root. Good length ball down the leg side, Root looks to flick this one but fails to do so. The ball carries to BJ Watling behind the wickets who puts in a loud appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Root straightaway without consulting his partner signals the 'T'. Replays roll in, Hot Spot comes in and shows no bat involved. It shows that it has hit Root on the pad. Snicko confirms the same. Root survives and he will be looking to score big here.

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.

49.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket.
49.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Length delivery on middle and leg, driven towards mid on.
49.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Good length ball on off, defended by Root.

Daryl Mitchell is back into the attack. 5-1-19-0, his figures so far.

48.6
4
M Santner to Burns, FOUR! Swept away! Burns has hardly missed a scoring opportunity in this innings. Tossed up delivery down the leg side, Burns gets down on one knee and sweeps this one fine down the leg side for a boundary.
48.5
0
M Santner to Burns, Another one on the hips, Burns goes back and defends.
48.4
0
M Santner to Burns, On the hips, tucked towards the man at square leg.
48.3
1
M Santner to Joe Root, Floated on off, Root punches it towards mid off and takes a single.
48.2
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up on off, Root defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
48.1
0
M Santner to Root, Root plays this one towards the man at point.
47.6
2
M Henry to Burns, Another fuller ball on off, this time Burns punches it down the ground through mid off and the batters take two as the fielder from mid off chases it and cuts it off.
47.5
2
M Henry to Burns, Full ball wide outside off, Burns middles this one over the cover fielder. The man at sweeper cover cuts it off and the batters take a couple.
47.4
0
M Henry to Burns, Yorker just outside off, jammed out towards mid off.
47.3
1
M Henry to Root, On the pads of Root, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
47.2
1
M Henry to Burns, Length ball on the pads, Burns punches this one towards mid-wicket. The bowler gives it a chase but cannot stop the single.
47.1
0
M Henry to Burns, Very full ball on off, driven towards the man at silly mid off.
46.6
0
M Santner to Root, Another one outside off, Root gets down on one knee and punches it towards cover-point. Maiden!
46.5
0
M Santner to Root, Outside off, pushed towards the point region.
46.4
0
M Santner to Root, Tossed up on off, pushed towards cover.
46.3
0
M Santner to Root, Similar delivery, Root goes back and defends.
46.2
0
M Santner to Root, Flatter one just outside off, defended.
46.1
0
M Santner to Root, Floated delivery outside off, blocked out.
45.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Length ball outside off, Burns shoulders arms.
45.5
0
M Henry to Burns, Bowls this one very wide outside off, Burns does not fiddle with it.
45.4
0
M Henry to Burns, Another good length ball outside off, left alone by the batter.
45.3
0
M Henry to Burns, Length ball outside off, left alone.
45.2
1
M Henry to Root, On the pads, Root works this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
45.1
1
M Henry to R Burns, On off, Burns pushes it towards the cover region for a single.
44.6
2
M Santner to Root, Santner sprays one down the leg side, Root goes back and nudges it fine down the leg side for a couple.
44.5
0
M Santner to Joe Root, Outside off, Root pushes this one towards the cover region.
44.4
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on middle and off, defended well by Root.
44.3
0
M Santner to Root, Root has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
44.2
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on middle and off, Root defends it out.
44.1
1
M Santner to Burns, Yorker on the pads, worked towards backward square leg by Burns for a run. This brings up the 100-run stand between Root and Burns, just what the doctor ordered for England.
43.6
0
M Henry to Root, Stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire. Length ball on middle and leg, Root looks to flick but misses. He is hit high on the pad and the Kiwi players put in a stifled appeal but nothing doing for the umpire.
43.5
1
M Henry to Burns, Length delivery just outside off, Burns goes for the drive but instead slices it through point for a single.
43.4
0
M Henry to Burns, In the corridor just outside off, Burns shoulders arms.
43.3
0
M Henry to Burns, Pitched up on off, driven towards mid off.
43.2
4
M Henry to Burns, FOUR! Driven beautifully! Identical delivery, this time Burns gets his timing right and the ball races through mid on and beats the diving attempt by the fielder there.
43.1
0
M Henry to Burns, JUST SHORT! Henry bowls a full ball on off, inviting Burns to drive and he obliges. The ball takes the outside edge of Burns' bat and goes towards gully where Nicholls is positioned. However, the ball falls just short of him.
42.6
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on middle and off, Root defends it with a straight bat.
42.5
0
M Santner to Root, On off, played towards point.
42.4
0
M Santner to Root, Root prods forward and defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
42.3
0
M Santner to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
42.2
0
M Santner to Joe Root, Again Santner gives this a lot of air on off, Root converts this into a full toss and drives this one towards cover. The man there makes a good diving stop.
42.1
0
M Santner to Root, Floated on off, defended towards the cover region.
41.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Length ball on middle and leg, Burns goes back and defends.
41.5
0
M Henry to Burns, On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket.
41.4
1
M Henry to Root, Fuller delivery on off, Root punches this powerfully towards the cover region. The fielder there dives to his left, half-stops it and that allows the batters to take a single.
41.3
0
M Henry to Root, Good length ball just outside off, Root goes back and defends.
41.2
0
M Henry to Root, This time it is fullish by Henry, Root opens the face of the bat and guides it towards point.
41.1
0
M Henry to Root, Henry starts his new spell with a good length ball just outside off, Root defends it out.

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.

40.6
0
M Santner to Burns, Santner floats this one just outside off, Burns comes onto the front foot and blocks it out.
40.5
1
M Santner to Root, Skidding back into the batsman from the arm of the bowler, it's around middle and leg, Root moves inside the crease and turns it wide of short leg for a single.
40.4
0
M Santner to Root, This time Root prods forward to this floated ball and punches it back towards the bowler.
40.3
0
M Santner to Root, Again Root goes onto the back foot and defends it out.
40.2
0
M Santner to Root, Shortish delivery by Santner. It is bowled outside off, Root goes back and plays this one towards point.
40.1
1
M Santner to Burns, Floated delivery outside off, Burns gets down on one knee and sweeps this one through square leg for a single.
39.6
0
N Wagner to Root, Fullish ball just outside off, Root blocks it out.
39.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Outside off, Root pushes it towards point.
39.4
1
N Wagner to Burns, Good length ball on off, Burns prods forward and drives this one towards the cover region and takes a single.
39.3
1
N Wagner to Root, Bangs it short around off and Root pulls it in front of square leg for a single.
39.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Good length ball on off, Joe remains on the back foot and punches it in front of square on the off side.
39.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Wagner continues to bowl from 'round the wicket to the right-hander. Delivers it on a length around off, Root drives it to covers with a hesitant front foot movement.
38.6
0
M Santner to Burns, Burns defends it from within the crease.
38.5
0
Santner to Burns, Appeal for an LBW but turned down! Santner bowls a shortish ball outside off and gets it to spin back into the batsman. Burns looks to shuffle and defend this one towards the leg side. He fails to do so and is hit high on the pads. The Kiwi players put in a stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire. New Zealand opt not to take the review. Replays later show that there was an inside edge onto the pads.
38.4
0
M Santner to Burns, On the pads, Burns works t away towards the leg side.
38.3
0
M Santner to Burns, Drags one back this time, Burns goes back and defends.
38.2
0
M Santner to Burns, Darts one outside off, Burns prods forward and blocks.
38.1
0
M Santner to Burns, Starts with a ball right on the boot of Burns, he works this one towards square leg.

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...

37.6
0
N Wagner to Joe Root, Fullish ball on leg, driven towards mid on.
37.5
0
N Wagner to Burns, On the pads of Burns, he looks to flick this one but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side and the batters steal a leg bye.
37.4
1
N Wagner to Root, Variation from Wagner! Almost deceived Root with a beauty! Wagner steams in and bowls a knuckle ball from wide of the crease. It is a slow dipping yorker which swerves in the air. Root just about gets his bat down in time and the ball goes off the inner half of his bat towards fine leg for a single.
37.3
0
N Wagner to Root, Good length ball on off, driven towards mid off.
37.2
0
N Wagner to Root, Joe has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
37.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Fullish and on off, Root drives it off his front foot to mid off.
36.6
0
D Mitchell to Burns, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
36.5
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Length ball on middle and off, defended off the back foot by the batsman.
36.4
4
D Mitchell to Burns, FOUR! On the pads, Burns looks in much better touch now as he flicks this one nonchalantly through mid-wicket for a boundary.
36.3
0
D Mitchell to R Burns, Fullish on middle, driven towards mid on.
36.2
4
D Mitchell to R Burns, EDGED AND FOUR! Mitchell pitches one up on the off side, inviting Burns for the drive. Rory obliges as he brings out the straight driver but the ball goes off the outside edge between the wide first slip and gully fielders towards the third man region for a boundary.
36.1
1
D Mitchell to Root, Full ball on middle and leg to start off after the mini break, Root drives it down the ground and the mid on fielder slides to his left and keeps it down to a single.

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.

35.6
0
N Wagner to Burns, Length ball on middle and off, Burns goes back in his crease and blocks it out.
35.5
1
N Wagner to Root, On the pads again, Root this time works it towards mid-wicket and takes an easy single.
35.4
1
N Wagner to Burns, 50 up for Rory Burns! His 6th half century in Tests! On the pads of Burns, he just nudges this one fine down the leg side and gets a single to get to the milestone. Dropped twice and he has made it count. Burns has quickly become the answer to England's opening woes. Quite consistent so far in his short Test career!
35.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, Burns goes back in his crease and blocks this one out.
35.2
0
N Wagner to Burns, Length ball on middle and off, punched the ball off the back foot.
35.1
0
N Wagner to Burns, Good length ball on the pads, worked towards the leg side.
34.6
1
D Mitchell to Burns, Almost carried to the man in the deep there! Bouncer on middle and off, Burns looks to hook this one for a biggie but mistimes it. The ball falls in the empty square leg region and he takes a single. 100 up for England with this single.
34.5
1
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Bad fielding this time! Santner is the culprit! Mitchell bowls this one full to Root, who works it towards cover. Santner there is sloppy as the ball goes off his hands towards mid off and the batters steal a run.
34.4
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Root has driven this full ball superbly towards the man at mid off.
34.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Full ball just outside off, Root opens the face of the bat and guides this one towards the man at wide first slip.
34.2
1
D Mitchell to Burns, On the pads of Burns, he works this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
34.1
1
D Mitchell to Root, Good fielding! Bouncer to start of the over, Root pulls this one all along the ground towards square leg. Wagner in the deep runs to his left, dives and keeps it down to just a single.
33.6
1
N Wagner to Root, Short delivery down the leg side, Root rocks back and pulls this one towards square leg for a single.
33.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Good length ball on middle and off, defended out.
33.4
0
N Wagner to Root, One of the rare occasions when Root leans forward and drives the ball with full force. However, it is hit straight to the man at cover.
33.3
0
N Wagner to Root, Length ball just outside off, Root shoulders arms.
33.2
1
N Wagner to Burns, Again full ball on middle and off, this time Burns works it towards wide mid on and takes a single. Moves to 47 with this.
33.1
0
N Wagner to Burns, Pitched up outside off, Burns punches it towards the man at mid on.
32.6
0
D Mitchell to Root, Fullish and outside off, Root plays it with an angled bat towards the slip cordon.
32.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Again Root prods forward and defends it out.
32.4
0
D Mitchell to Root, Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
32.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Bouncer just outside off, Root hops and guides this one towards the man at gully. He has to be careful while playing that shot as he was dismissed in the exact same manner in the last Test match.
32.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, Another one on middle and off, defended well.
32.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Root prods forward to this full ball and blocks it.
31.6
0
N Wagner to Burns, On the pads of Burns,, worked towards the leg side.
31.5
0
N Wagner to Burns, Beauty by Wagner and he almost had Burns there! He bowls a full length delivery just outside off, on a driving length. Burns obliges and goes for the push but the ball grips on the surface and cuts back in. The ball sneaks through between the bat and pad of Burns and he is completely beaten. A fine diving collection by Watling there. Great cricket all around.
31.4
0
N Wagner to Burns, Full ball on middle and off, driven towards the man at mid on.
31.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, On the pads, flicked straight towards the man at mid-wicket.
31.2
0
N Wagner to Burns, Similar delivery to the previous one, pushed back towards the right of Wagner.
31.1
0
N Wagner to Burns, Fullish ball on off, Burns has defended it back towards the bowler.
30.6
4
D Mitchell to Joe Root, FOUR! Pulled away! Back of a length ball down the leg side, Root rocks back and pulls this one through square leg for a boundary. He was in total control of that shot. These are lovely batting conditions and England are looking at ease.
30.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Fullish this time, Root defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
30.4
0
D Mitchell to Root, Another good length ball on middle and leg, Root pushes it back towards the bowler.
30.3
0
D Mitchell to Root, Good length ball on middle and off, defended by Root.
30.2
0
D Mitchell to Joe Root, Fullish ball on off, Root looks to prod forward and defend but the ball goes off the inside edge onto the pads.
30.2
0
D Mitchell to Root, No ball for overstepping! On the pads, Root works this one towards the man at mid-wicket. Replays roll in and show that his foot was behind the line! Harsh one this on Daryl Mitchell.
30.1
0
D Mitchell to Root, Length ball just outside the off pole line, pushed towards the left of the bowler.

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?

29.6
4
N Wagner to Burns, FOUR! Another half-tracker down the leg side, Burns again spots it early, gets in position and pulls it away towards the backward square leg fence. Wagner needs to mix it up here, getting too predictable at the moment.
29.5
4
N Wagner to Burns, FOUR! Hooked away! The trap is spotted by Burns and he is ready. Wagner bowls a short delivery down the leg side, Burns rocks back and uppishly plays this one towards backward square leg for a boundary.
29.4
0
N Wagner to Burns, Similar ball to the previous one, Burns again works it towards the square leg fielder. Looks like Wagner's plan is to trouble Burns with shortish balls down the leg side.
29.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, On the hips of Burns, he turns this one towards the square leg fielder.
29.2
1
N Wagner to Root, Similar ball by Wagner, Root this time pushes this one down the ground. Williamson runs across to his right from mid off and keeps it down to a single.
29.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Full ball on off, Root drives this one straight towards the man at cover.
28.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Angling across the batsman, outside off, Burns allows it through.
28.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot to the off side.
28.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Bouncer around off, Burns leans away from the line of fire.
28.3
4
Tim Southee to Burns, FOUR! Short in length and angling into the batsman, Burns gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. No chance there for the fine leg fielder as it breezed away to the fence in no time.
28.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Burns has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
28.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
27.6
1
N Wagner to Burns, In the air... WIDE OF LEG GULLY! Wagner hurries up the batsman with a well-directed short ball around leg, Burns is caught in an awkward position as he tries to fend it off. The ball takes the splice of his bat and flies wide of the diving gully fielder for a run. Eventful over, 8 coming off it!
27.5
0
N Wagner to Burns, Ouch, that would have hurt! Wagner bangs in a short ball in the line of the stumps, Rory probably picks it very late and has no time of moving away. It hits him flush on the chest! Showing no pain, Burns.
27.4
2
N Wagner to Burns, Fifty partnership! Wagner angles in a full length ball around off, shaping in a bit, Burns brings down a straight bat and works it off the inner half. It races past the right side of the mid-wicket fielder and Daryl Mitchell gives the chase. He slides near the fence to pull it back and the batsmen collect a couple of runs. 50-run stand comes up between the two, the deficit is exactly 300 now!
27.3
1
N Wagner to Joe Root, Wagner returns to over the wicket line but still delivers a short ball on middle, Root pulls in front of square leg this time and collects a single.
27.2
4
N Wagner to Joe Root, FOUR! No stopping this one! Wagner bangs in a short ball around off, angling in, Root turns inside the crease and pulls it firmly behind square leg for a cracking boundary. Joe is looking comfortable whenever it is pitched short to him.
27.1
0
N Wagner to Root, Wagner steams in from 'round the wicket and slants in a length ball on off, Root remains on the back foot and presents a vertical bat in defense.
26.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Fuller and a little bit of shape as it lands on off, Rory pushes it down with a straight bat to mid on.
26.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Short in length and wide outside off, Burns drops his wrists and sway away.
26.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, A touch short and angling in from outside off, Rory goes on the back foot and defends it right under his watchful eyes.
26.3
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Good rotation of wrists by Burns as he flicks a full ball on the leg side. The mid-wicket fielder stops it with a full length dive.
26.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Good length ball on off, Burns defends it off his back foot.
26.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, FOUR LEG BYES! Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, angling down, Burns fails to glance it across the line and it goes off his thigh pad to the fine leg fence.
25.6
1
N Wagner to Burns, Sliding down the leg side, Burns flicks it behind square leg for a single. A mixed-bag first over by Neil this morning.
25.5
1
N Wagner to Joe Root, Short in length on off, Root once again eases it through his pull shot to deep mid-wicket. Another run added to the scoreboard.
25.4
0
N Wagner to Root, Bouncer outside off, Root ducks although the line was quite wide. It didn't bounce much there.
25.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, Yet another bouncer by Wagner. Around leg and Burns fails to duck underneath it properly. It hits him on the shoulders and loops behind the keeper. The fine leg fielder makes a sliding stop near the fence and the batsmen steal a leg bye.
25.2
1
N Wagner to Root, Bangs it in on middle, Root loves hanging on the back foot and swivels to pull it to deep mid-wicket. A single taken.
25.1
1
N Wagner to Burns, Wagner starts with a delivery on the pads, Rory shuffles across a bit and flicks it through mid-wicket for one.

First bowling change of the day. Neil Wagner comes on to bowl. He replaces Matt Henry.

24.6
0
Tim Southee to Root, Fuller length ball on middle, Joe drives it down the ground but straight to mid on.
24.5
0
Tim Southee to Root, Too full and around off, shaping away a bit, Root without moving his front foot much pushes it towards mid on. It's quite a questionable footwork by Joe. Sooner or later he might find himself in trouble.
24.4
0
Tim Southee to Root, Better this time. Southee delivers a full ball around off with the seam pointing towards first slip, Root keeps his weight on the back leg as he pushes it to mid off.
24.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, Plenty of outswing on this delivery right from the moment Southee releases the ball. But the line is too wide outside off to bother the English skipper.
24.2
2
Tim Southee to Root, Drifting down the leg side with the angle, Root works it through square leg and returns for the second run.
24.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Serves it on a driving length outside off, Root shows a lot of restrain as he makes a leave.
23.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Beaten! Henry hurls across a length ball just outside off, Burns tries to defend it off his front foot but it straightens off the seam and beats the outside edge.
23.5
1
M Henry to Root, Back of a length ball on middle, that's the length Root likes and he nudges it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
23.4
0
M Henry to Root, A near yorker on off, Root once again jams it out without getting entirely forward.
23.3
0
M Henry to Root, Full and angling in on middle, Root turns it off his pads to mid-wicket.
23.2
0
M Henry to Root, Fullish and around off, a hint of away shape, Root stays back and defends it with a loose bottom hand. Sums up the batting form of Joe. That was quite full but Root still stayed on the back foot.
23.1
0
M Henry to Root, A pitched up delivery outside off, Root played a mistimed off drive and Henry stopped it with his left hand in his followthrough.
22.6
1
Tim Southee to Root, Southee loses his radar and delivers a full length ball down the leg side, Root flicks it behind square leg. Henry moves across to his left in the deep and they cross for a single.
22.5
0
Tim Southee to Root, Identical to the last delivery, this time Root covers his stumps and allows it through to the Kiwi keeper.
22.4
0
Tim Southee to Root, Southee goes full and lands it just outside off, Root has his weight on the back leg and just lunges to defend it on the off side.
22.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, Back of a length delivery just outside off, at 131.6 kph, Root lets it through to the keeper.
22.2
1
Tim Southee to Burns, Full and angling down the leg side, Burns flicks it through square leg for a single.
22.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Fullish and on off, angling in, Burns brings down a straight bat and keeps it out off the inner half. It rolls away to one of the two short mid-wicket fielders.
21.6
0
M Henry to Root, Good length ball on top of off, Root defends it from within the crease.
21.5
4
M Henry to Joe Root, FOUR! Root was in no control! Henry bangs in a short ball on middle and leg, Root hangs on the back foot to pull but it rises on his bat and takes the top edge. The ball runs fine down the leg side for a boundary. There are a couple of fielders deep on the leg side waiting for a mishit. Joe is lucky this time!
21.4
0
M Henry to Root, This time Henry brings a length ball back into the right-hander. Root remains on the back foot and keeps his eyes on the ball as he blocks it to the off side.
21.3
0
M Henry to Root, A probing line and length. On and around off, shaping away a shade, Root doesn't commit himself on the front foot entirely and just pushes it with gentle hands to cover-point.
21.2
0
M Henry to Root, The length is on the fuller side this time, angling in around off, Root brings down a straight bat and with minimum footwork drives it to mid off.
21.1
0
M Henry to Root, Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Root shoulders arms.
20.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Lands it on a length close to off, Burns defends it from the crease to the on side.
20.5
0
Tim Southee to R Burns, Pitches it up and around off, angling in, Burns leans forward and pushes it down to mid on.
20.4
1
Tim Southee to Root, Digs in a short delivery on middle at 127 kph, Root turns and pulls it behind square leg for a single. 50 up for England!
20.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, Once again a delivery with a hint of away shape. It pitches outside off and Joe shoulders arms.
20.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Gets close to off stump with an outswinger, Root is on the front foot as he pushes it towards mid off.
20.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, A gentle loosener by Southee. On a length and wide outside off, further moving away from the batsman. Root has an easy leave to make.
19.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Good length ball on off, Rory is on the back foot as he plays it down towards mid on.
19.5
4
M Henry to Burns, EDGY FOUR! Fuller length ball outside off, holding its line after landing, Burns gets forward to defend but it takes the outside edge and runs wide of the slip cordon for a boundary.

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.

19.4
1
M Henry to Root, Henry angles in a length ball on middle, looking for an away swinger from there. But the line turns out to be too straight and Root eases it behind square leg for a single.
19.3
0
M Henry to Root, Hurls across a length ball outside off, Root has nothing to do with it.
19.2
4
M Henry to Root, FOUR! This will make Root feel a lot better about himself with the bat. Back of a length ball outside off, Joe transfers his weight on the back foot and steers it behind square on the off side for a boundary.
19.1
0
M Henry to Root, Starts his spell with a good length ball in the zone outside off. A hint of away shape there as well. Root makes a sensible leave.

Matt Henry to operate from the other end.

18.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Angling in a length ball close to off, Burns defends it well to end the over.
18.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Full in length outside off, Burns is solidly behind the line as he blocks it soundly.
18.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Tim switches to 'round the wicket and delivers a back of a length ball on off, Burns is on his toes in defense.
18.3
1
Tim Southee to Root, A touch short and outside off, Root goes back and taps it down to the right of gully for a quick single. England are away on Day 3!
18.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Just a hint of swing on this occasion as Southee serves a fuller length ball close to off stump. Root pushes it out with an angled bat to covers.
18.1
0
Tim Southee to Root, Southee begins with a good length delivery in the channel outside off, Root watches it closely before making a leave.

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.

17.6
1
N Wagner to Root, An interesting last ball of the day. Short ball down the leg side, Root rocks back and looks to pull with control. The ball though goes a bit uppishly and wide of the leg gully fielder towards fine leg. Joe Root survives and takes a single. Nervy way to end proceedings. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 2!
17.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Length ball outside off, left alone by Root.
17.4
1
N Wagner to Burns, On the hips again, worked towards fine leg for a single.
17.3
0
N Wagner to Burns, Bowls from 'round the wicket now, on the hips of Burns who tucks it towards mid-wicket.
17.2
0
N Wagner to Burns, Length ball on off, driven towards mid off.
17.1
0
N Wagner to Burns, Down the leg side, Burns looks to flick this one but misses.
16.6
0
D Mitchell to Root, Length ball outside off, played towards point.
16.5
0
D Mitchell to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
16.4
1
D Mitchell to R Burns, Length ball on middle and off, Burns pushes this one down the ground. Williamson from mid off runs across and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. The batters complete one.
16.3
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Again outside off, left alone by Burns.
16.2
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Another one outside off, Burns shoulders arms.
16.1
0
D Mitchell to Burns, Length ball outside off, left alone.

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.

15.6
0
N Wagner to Root, Length and around off, Root defends it off the full face of the bat towards the off side.
15.5
0
N Wagner to Root, Length and down the leg side. Root lets it be.
15.4
0
N Wagner to Root, Length and around off, Root blocks it to the off side from within the crease.
15.3
0
N Wagner to Root, Length and on middle and leg, Root stays back and taps it down in front of leg gully.
15.2
1
N Wagner to Burns, Length and on the pads of Burns. He flicks it through square leg for a run.
15.1
0
N Wagner to Burns, Poor start first up. Wagner bowls a bumper but it is way down the leg side. Burns is not interested to play as he ducks it.

Neil Wagner replaces Matt Henry into the attack. There is a slip, short leg and leg gully in place. Short stuff coming?

14.6
0
Tim Southee to Root, Outside off, left alone.
14.5
0
Tim Southee to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
14.4
4
Tim Southee to Root, FOUR! Good shot by Root! On the pads, he flicks this one with ease towards the empty mid-wicket region. Jeet Raval in the deep runs to his left in an attempt to stop the ball from going over the fence but fails to do so.
14.3
0
Tim Southee to Root, Good length ball on the off pole line, defended towards the cover region.
14.2
0
Tim Southee to Root, Length ball outside off, left alone.
14.1
1
Tim Southee to Burns, Good length ball angling into the southpaw, Burns shuffles across and works this one towards mid-wicket for a single. They wanted the second there but it was not available.
13.6
0
M Henry to Root, Outside off, pushed to covers by Root.
13.5
0
M Henry to Root, Length delivery on off, defended back to the bowler off the front foot.
13.4
0
M Henry to Root, On a middle and leg line, Root flicks it straight to the man at mid-wicket.
13.3
0
M Henry to Root, Henry dishes one on length and Root pushes it towards covers.
13.2
0
M Henry to Root, Yorker on middle and leg, Root just about manages to bring his bat down in time and keeps it out to the leg side.
13.1
0
M Henry to Root, Length and around off, defended to covers.
12.6
1
Tim Southee to Joe Root, Full ball on off, punched towards cover and Root takes a single to get off the mark.
12.5
0
Tim Southee to Root, On the pads, Root works this one towards mid-wicket.
12.4
0
Tim Southee to Root, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
12.3
1
Southee to Burns, DROPPED! A tough chance but put down again and Burns gets another life. Southee bowls this one on middle and off, Burns goes across and flicks this one uppishly towards short mid-wicket. Jeet Raval stationed there flies to his left, gets two hands to it but fails to hold on. Raval looks disappointed to have dropped that after getting both his hands behind the ball. This is the second time that Burns has been dropped in this innings and one can feel his nerves jangling.
12.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Outside off, left alone.
12.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Bouncer on middle and off, Burns sways away from it.
11.6
0
M Henry to Root, Another one on middle and leg, driven towards mid on.
11.5
0
M Henry to Root, Henry attacks the stumps but Root is solid in his defense and plays this one towards the off side.
11.4
0
M Henry to Root, On middle and leg, played back to the bowler.
11.3
0
M Henry to Root, Fullish ball on off, blocked out.
11.2
0
M Henry to Root, Full ball on off, pushed towards the man at cover.
11.1
0
M Henry to Root, Good length ball around off, watchfully defended.
10.6
0
Tim Southee to R Burns, Good length ball just outside off, worked towards mid-wicket.
10.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Full ball outside off, pushed towards the man at short cover.
10.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Around off, left alone.
10.3
4
Tim Southee to R Burns, FOUR! Lucky, very lucky for Burns. Southee serves him a ball on the driving length outside off and Rory obliges. But he gets a thick inside edge which runs past the off pole and past the keeper's dive to his right. The ball races to the fine leg fence.
10.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Good length and around off, Burns shoulders arms to it.
10.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Bumper from Southee and Burns has to duck it awkwardly.
9.6
0
M Henry to Root, Good length ball on middle and off, Root prods forward and defends.

Joe Root, the English skipper, walks out now. His team needs a big innings from him now more than ever.

9.5
0
M Henry to Denly, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! That is a superb take by the keeper and Denly departs now. Henry bowls a length ball just on the off pole line. It pitches and holds its line. Denly looks to defend with unsure footwork and the ball takes the outside edge. It goes low to the right of the Kiwi keeper, BJ Watling. He dives in that direction and holds onto the ball with both hands. Double blow for the English team and it looks like New Zealand are bowling on a track completely different from the one where the England bowlers were bowling.
9.4
0
M Henry to Denly, Length ball outside off, nipping back in. Denly leaves it alone as it misses the off pole by a small margin.
9.3
0
M Henry to Denly, Yorker by Henry, Denly does well to dig that out back towards the bowler.
9.2
0
M Henry to Denly, On middle and leg, worked towards the leg side.
9.1
0
M Henry to Denly, Good length ball just outside off, Denly pushes this one towards point.
8.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Another full ball on off, hit straight to the man at cover.
8.5
4
Tim Southee to Burns, FOUR! Creamed! This time Burns gets this one out from the middle of the bat as he prods forward and drives this full ball through the covers for a boundary.
8.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Length ball outside off, left alone.
8.3
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Fullish ball outside off, pushed towards cover-point.
8.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, On off again, pushed towards point.
8.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Length ball on middle and off, defended out.
7.6
0
M Henry to Denly, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
7.5
1
M Henry to R Burns, DROPPED! Ross Taylor is the culprit! Usually a very safe pair of hands but Taylor has dropped this one. Henry bowls a full delivery wide outside off, the sucker ball. Burns goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge on it. The ball flies towards the right of first slip where Ross Taylor is positioned. He moves in that direction, gets two hands to it but the ball pops out of his hands. It rolls towards the fine leg region and the batters take a single. Life given to Burns and he should be looking to make the most of it now.
7.4
0
M Henry to Burns, A pitched up ball outside off, driven off the front foot by Burns to mid off.
7.3
0
M Henry to Burns, Henry angles across a good length ball outside off, Rory makes an easy leave.
7.2
0
M Henry to Burns, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Rory works it around on the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
7.1
4
M Henry to Burns, FOUR! Drives and drives well! Just a little too full from Henry. It's just outside off and Burns strokes it crisply down the ground for a boundary at long off.
6.6
0
Tim Southee to Denly, Denly prods forward and defends this one off the front foot and into the ground.
6.5
4
Tim Southee to Denly, FOUR! Good start to the innings for Denly! On the pads, Denly flicks this one nonchalantly through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is off the mark on the first ball.

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.

6.4
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, OUT! This time Dominic has been given lbw! Early blow to the England innings as Dominic Sibley departs. Southee bowls a full ball on middle and leg. Sibley shuffles across a bit and looks to flick this one fine down the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pads. The New Zealand players appeal in unison and umpire Dharmasena raises his finger. Sibley has a chat with his partner about the review but they decide against it. The only thing that could have saved Sibley there was an inside edge and Sibley might be suggesting that he did not hit it. Replays later roll in and show THREE REDS. A good decision not to take the review.
6.3
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, Down the leg side, Sibley looks to flick but misses.
6.2
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, Stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire! Southee bowls a length ball just outside off with a scrambled seam. It nips back in, beating the defense of Sibley. He is hit almost on the box but the Kiwi players put in an appeal. Dismissed by the umpire. Too high for lbw!
6.1
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, Length ball just outside off, well left by Dominic.
5.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Good length ball outside off, pushed straight to the man at cover.
5.5
0
M Henry to Burns, Fuller ball on off, driven towards the man at mid off.
5.4
0
M Henry to Burns, A length delivery on off, Rory covers everything necessary and blocks it down safely.
5.3
2
M Henry to Burns, Gets behind the line and punches it down the ground. The mid on fielder gives the chase and they take a brace.
5.2
0
M Henry to Burns, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
5.1
1
M Henry to Sibley, Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Sibley glances it off his hips through square leg for a run.
4.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Burns shoulders arms to get through the over.
4.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Full ball on off, pushed towards mid off.
4.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Another one outside off, Burns shoulders arms.
4.3
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Length ball outside off, scrambled seam this time. Left alone again by Burns.
4.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Length ball outside off, left alone.
4.1
1
Tim Southee to Sibley, On the pads, flicked towards the square leg region for a single.
3.6
0
M Henry to Burns, Fullish ball on the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket.
3.5
1
M Henry to D Sibley, Good length ball just on middle and off, Sibley looks to defend but the ball goes off the outer half of the bat towards point for a single.
3.4
0
M Henry to Sibley, Good length ball on middle and off, Sibley defends it into the ground.
3.3
0
M Henry to Sibley, Full ball on middle and off, defended back towards the bowler.
3.2
0
M Henry to Sibley, Bouncer outside off, Sibley sways away from it.
3.1
0
M Henry to D Sibley, Full ball on off, Sibley pushes this towards the man at extra cover.
2.6
4
Tim Southee to R Burns, FOUR! Cracking shot! Southee overpitches it outside off and Burns just leans into the drive. He thumps it from the middle of his bat and sends it speeding away through covers for a boundary.
2.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Nearly a run out at the bowler's end! Fullish and on off, a hint of late inward movement, Sibley pushes it back to the bowler who goes down low and gets his fingertips on the ball. It runs behind to disturb the stumps but the non-striker was alert in parking his bat inside the crease. Everybody involved in this delivery and Sibley did really well there!

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.

2.4
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, BANG ON THE HELMET! Poor technique shown by the batsman. Southee digs in a short ball, well-directed, Sibley picks it very late, tries to duck and get away from the line but ends up taking a blow on the helmet. The ball deflects towards cover-point and they cross for a leg bye. Got into a really awkward position, Dominic. He was opened up in his stance trying to duck and sway but the ball kept on following him and struck him on the helmet.
2.3
0
Tim Southee to D Sibley, Fullish and outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to mid off.
2.2
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, Serves a full length ball close to the off stump line, it straightens a touch, Sibley gets forward and blocks it with a vertical bat.
2.1
0
Tim Southee to Sibley, An outswinger by Southee, on a length and outside off, Dominic picks the line early and makes an easy leave.
1.6
0
M Henry to R Burns, Henry runs in from 'round the wicket and angles in a full ball on middle, Burns meets it with a straight blade and defends it back.
1.5
1
M Henry to Sibley, England are away! A delivery sliding down the leg side has been deflected to fine leg for a run.
1.4
0
M Henry to Sibley, Bowls it full and around off, Sibley gets forward and across before flicking it on the leg side. Good timing but the placement is not there. Straight to mid-wicket.
1.3
0
M Henry to Sibley, This one is on a driving length outside off, Sibley shuffles across slightly and then makes a leave.
1.2
0
M Henry to Sibley, Hurls in a length ball in the channel outside off, Sibley allows it through.
1.1
0
M Henry to Sibley, Fuller in length on off, angling in, Sibley gets behind the line and pushes it down towards mid on.

Matt Henry to share the new ball from the other end.

0.6
0
Tim Southee to Burns, On a length around off, Burns gets behind the line and pushes it to mid off. Maiden!
0.5
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
0.4
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Burns has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
0.3
0
Tim Southee to R Burns, Pitches it up and outside off, Rory drives it confidently off his front foot but finds mid off.
0.2
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Too full in length on middle and leg, Burns pushes it towards mid on.
0.1
0
Tim Southee to Burns, Southee begins with a good length delivery in the zone outside off, Burns watches the line closely and shoulders arms.