England vs New Zealand LIVE: Cricket score and updates from second Test at Trent Bridge today – Joe Root wicket

Ben Stokes on second Test and Potts’ progress

England and New Zealand are set for a thrilling conclusion to the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Captain Ben Stokes was made to regret his decision to insert the tourists on a flat pitch in Nottingham with Daryl Mitchell (190) and Tom Blundell (106) again thorns in England’s side as New Zealand piled up 553 in their first innings. England responded in kind, however, with a second Test ton from Ollie Pope – and a first batting at number three – followed by the now habitual century from former skipper Joe Root (176) earned the hosts parity. With a draw the most likely result, England’s bowlers stepped up on day four and a flurry of late wickets late in the day have set up a dramatic denouement with one day’s play remaining.

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

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Wicket! Root 3 c&b Boult. England 56-3, need 299 to win

Oh dear. Joe Root chips back into the hands of Trent Boult and England are suddenly in trouble. Huge celebrations by the Kiwis – they know just how big that is.

Lawrence Ostlere14 June 2022 14:12


England 56-2, need 299 to win

Root picks up three scampered runs at the end of Henry’s over and he’s off the mark.

Lawrence Ostlere14 June 2022 14:10


Wicket! Pope 18, b Henry c Blundell. England 53-2, need 299 to win

It’s a brilliant ball by Matt Henry which arrows towards off-stump before jagging back a touch and taking the edge of Ollie Pope’s bat on the way through to keeper Blundell. Well deserved for an impressive spell since replacing Tim Southee in the New Zealand attack.

Lawrence Ostlere14 June 2022 14:08


England 53-1, need 299 to win

Pope hits another boundary through the off-side to bring up England’s 50, before wisely defending a couple of Boult inswingers. He dabs one down to third man and Lees sees off the final dot ball.

Lawrence Ostlere14 June 2022 14:04


England 48-1, need 299 to win

Alex Lees is being tested by Matt Henry who produces an excellent maiden over, with a couple of very short balls mixed in with some good length balls at and around the stumps.

Lawrence Ostlere14 June 2022 14:01


England 48-1, need 299 to win

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

Lawrence Ostlere14 June 2022 13:55


England 41-1, need 299 to win

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

It carries low down to stand-in skipper Tom Latham at slip but he puts it down. A big chance to get the first innings centurion. He should’ve pocketed it.

Boult has his hands on his hips again two balls later as a booming inswinger goes past wicketkeeper Tom Blundell for four byes down the leg side. Not how New Zealand wanted to restart proceedings.

Ben Burrows14 June 2022 13:47


England 36-1, need 299 to win

Right then, what to expect over the next couple of hours. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain believes New Zealand spinner Michael Bracewell will have a big say.

“The next challenge for Lees is going to be the spinner, Bracewell. Day five, afternoon, it’s quite warm here and that pitch now looks quite dry,” he says on Sky Sports.

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

Former Australian cricketer Mel Jones agrees.

“Southee hasn’t found his rhythm yet, Boult has got into his rhythm quite well. Those bowling partnerships are going to be key,” she added.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Bracewell is on earlier rather than later again Lees, turning it away from the left-hander.

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

Ben Burrows14 June 2022 13:42


England 36-1, need 299 to win

England reached the lunch interval on 36 for one, with Lees responsible for 30 of those in a remarkably care-free cameo at the head of the innings.

Ollie Pope was alongside him on six, leaving 263 still to get in 63 overs.

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

Imagine not liking cricket.

Ben Burrows14 June 2022 13:33


England 36-1, need 299 to win

The chase began at a lightning pace, for both sides.

Left-hander Alex Lees crunch the first two balls of the innings through cover for four and added a thick edge off the boundary before the end of the over. But England’s instant momentum was checked when Zak Crawley nicked his fourth delivery from the relentlessly impressive Boult to second slip.

After just 10 balls, England were 12 for one with things progressing at speed.

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Ben Burrows14 June 2022 13:26