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England v New Zealand 1st Test - LIVE!


by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM




  • 5/17/2013 9:33:47 AM

  • I can't go out and put my keys in it, but here is a closer look at the surface these two sides are playing on:
    The Lord's Test match pitch
    by LordsCricketGround on May 15 at 2:56 PM

    5/17/2013 9:37:17 AM
  • Even for die-hard Test cricket aficionados, yesterday's play was at times pretty grim watching. So despite the rather breezy conditions here at Lord's let's hope that we see some better play today.  
    5/17/2013 9:49:39 AM
  • Perhaps my favourite thing about yesterday was the discovery that England's 12th man is Joe Root's brother Bill Root...
    Joe Root (L) Ian Bell and Bill Root (R) 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM


    5/17/2013 9:52:16 AM
  • Umpires are out on the pitch now and here come the New Zealand players behind them. 

    Play set to begin any minute now...
    5/17/2013 9:57:44 AM
  • 81st over - England: 164/4 (Root 29, Bairstow 3)
    First over of the day down and unsurprisingly New Zealand have taken the new ball. Southee bowls five dots but Root whips the last ball of the over off his pads through midwicket for the first runs and first boundary of the day. 
    5/17/2013 10:04:49 AM
  • 82nd over - England: 164/4 (Root 29, Bairstow 3)
    Trent Boult, the pick of the bowlers for me yesterday will open up for the Nursery End and he bowls another maiden - the 31st of the game. Bairstow was happy not to play at much, he clearly knows how important this innings could be for his career.
    5/17/2013 10:09:49 AM
  • 83rd over - England: 168/4 (Root 32, Bairstow 4)
    Joe Root again looking strong off his pads picks up three from a Southee delivery that just drifts across him and Bairstow has his first runs of the day with a little clip off his hips for a strike-stealing single.
    5/17/2013 10:13:26 AM
  • 84th over - England: 168/4 (Root 32, Bairstow 4)
    Bairstow has a bit of luck first ball of the over as he gets a big edge but the ball drops tantalisingly close of second slip. New Zealand then have a big LBW appeal against him but umpire Steve Davis says no and they don't review it. Hawkeye reveals it pitched outside leg. Maiden number 32.
    5/17/2013 10:17:21 AM
  • 85th over - England: 170/4 (Root 33, Bairstow 5)
    Tim Southee tries a bit of short stuff at Bairstow, but there is not much venom in this pitch and he is able to control his hook shot well. 
    5/17/2013 10:23:25 AM
  • 86th over - England 171/4 (Root 33, Bairstow 6)
    First runs of the day off Boult as Bairstow picks up a single. I thought for a moment the sun had come out but then realised that the floodlights have been put on... Not a great sign, however by the looks of things the ground is now almost full.
    5/17/2013 10:27:16 AM
  • 87th over - England: 172/4 (Root 33, Bairstow 7)
    Bairstow has a huge waft at one outside his off stump and it's fair to say he's looked far from settled here this morning. He often doesn't appear to be the smartest of cricketers...
    5/17/2013 10:32:31 AM
  • 88th over - England: 176/4 (Root 33, Bairstow 11)
    First boundary of the day for Bairstow, as Boult over-pitches and the Yorkshireman punishes him, straight driving him down the ground.  
    5/17/2013 10:34:38 AM

  • Glad that Steve Davis has found some other way to earn his crust than the annual commentary on the Snooker World Championship.JackieMay 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    5/17/2013 10:35:19 AM
  • 89th over - England 176/4 (Root 33, Bairstow 11)
    Wagner into the attack to replace Southee and the left-armer starts of with a maiden. England have 16 runs from nine overs this morning and seem determined to score at under two an over.
    5/17/2013 10:41:48 AM
  • 90th over - England 176/4 (Root 33, Bairstow 11)
    Boult fires down another maiden and the fly-swatter floodlights here at Lord's are now on full blast as it really is quite murky. 
    5/17/2013 10:44:52 AM

  • The Yorkies run a quick single 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM


    5/17/2013 10:45:19 AM
  • 5/17/2013 10:47:13 AM
  • 91st over - England 181/4 (Root 36, Bairstow 12)
    Bairstow is riding his luck a little, he gets completely beaten by an inswinger from Wagner which goes between bat and pad but misses everything including the stumps. Root looking the more settled of the two batsmen.
    5/17/2013 10:49:55 AM
  • 92nd over - England 183/4 (Root 37, Bairstow 13)
    Just a couple off the over and England's dismal scoring rate continues. Wherever Geoffrey Boycott is he must be loving this, two Yorkshiremen at the crease and some good old fashioned attritional batting.
    5/17/2013 10:55:32 AM

  • Friends again? Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum standing in the slips 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    5/17/2013 10:56:42 AM
  • 93rd over - England 184/4 (Root 38, Bairstow 13)
    Just the single off the over and it's not exactly thrilling stuff out there with neither side really grabbing the initiative. If these two can keep this up for England however the home side will begin to wrestle back the initiative.
    5/17/2013 11:01:49 AM
  • DRINKS BREAK 94th over - England 186/4 (Root 40, Bairstow 13)
    Root drives and chips the ball in the air slightly tantalisingly but it's in the gap and he's safe. He picks up a couple of runs and becomes England's top scorer in the innings. 

    Seems a bit chilly for a drinks break but perhaps their having some warming Bovril out there.
    5/17/2013 11:04:24 AM
  • 95th over - England 192/4 (Root 40, Bairstow 19)
    Whatever Bairstow had to drink it seems to have done the trick. He picks up a couple and then a ball later plays another excellent straight drive down the ground for four. That has been his favourite shot this morning.

    5/17/2013 11:10:33 AM
  • WICKET!
    Root ct Watling b Southee - 40
    Another England batsman fails to push on when settled, this time it's Joe Root who gets a bit of bat on a ball going down leg side and Watling takes a good catch behind. 
    5/17/2013 11:13:51 AM
  • WICKET! PRIOR LBW Southee - 0
    5/17/2013 11:15:52 AM
  • ENGLAND ARE REVIEWING THE DECISION
    5/17/2013 11:16:13 AM
  • Replays show the ball would just have clipped the top of leg stump and so it remains with the umpires original call of out. Big blow for England.
    5/17/2013 11:17:28 AM
  • Stuart Broad to face the hat trick ball. How England could do with a repeat of his batting heroics here in 2010.
    5/17/2013 11:19:35 AM
  • 96th over - England 192/6 (Bairstow 19, Broad 0)
    What an over from Tim Southee, he hadn't taken a wicket until this point but he produced two in two balls to turn this game on its head. England's player of the year Matt Prior is a big scalp for the Kiwis. England desperately need their tail to wag here.
    5/17/2013 11:22:04 AM
  • WICKET! Broad LBW Wagner - 0
    Another wicket for New Zealand and this time it's the new man Broad who is absolutely plumb LBW. The ball is full swinging and yorker length and Broad gets nowhere near it and is out for a duck. You know it's plumb when Stuart Broad doesn't even bother referring it.
    5/17/2013 11:23:20 AM

  • Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of Joe Root 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM


    5/17/2013 11:27:13 AM
  • 98th over - England: 199/7 (Bairstow 22, Swann 4)
    Another over, another wicket for New Zealand, this time it's Stuart Broad who goes for England and they are under a bit of pressure here. Swann is off the mark with a four second ball. Can England's spinner provide a useful cameo with the bat? 
    5/17/2013 11:29:05 AM
  • Fair to say Stuart Broad has a bit of a reputation....





    5/17/2013 11:33:13 AM
  • 99th over - England 201/8 (Bairstow 23, Swann 5)
    No repeat of Southee's heroics in the last over and there are just a couple off the over from England. 
    5/17/2013 11:34:51 AM
  • WICKET! SWANN ct Watling b Wagner - 5
    Wagner has another one, the left-armer slides one across Swann and he get's a thin outside edge through to the keeper.
    5/17/2013 11:35:15 AM
  • 100th over - England 201/8 (Bairstow 23, Finn 0)
    Swann goes for 5 as New Zealand really press home their advantage. Wagner nearly has Finn as well, the fast bowler leaving a very straight delivery which somehow just goes over the stumps. A daring leave to say the least...
    5/17/2013 11:38:47 AM

  • At least New Zealand are a top notch test side oozing with household names... otherwise this would be embarrassing.Fingers, MalaysiaMay 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    5/17/2013 11:39:54 AM
  • Keep your comments and tweet coming in, you can tweet me here or using the hashtag #indycricket 
    5/17/2013 11:46:06 AM
  • 101st over - England 205/8 (Bairstow 25, Finn 2)
    Finn is off the mark in streaky style with a thick edge for two through the slips. He hasn't looked totally convincing so Jonny Bairstow may want to think about having a bit of a hit out here. 
    5/17/2013 11:48:41 AM
  • 102nd over - England: 206/8 (Bairstow 26, Finn 2)
    Bruce Martin into the attack for the first time today and with about five minutes till lunch Bairstow doesn't look to attack him too much. He pinches the strike with a single off the last ball of the over. After lunch I wouldn't be surprised if Bairstow looked to take the game to Martin by hitting him down the ground.
    5/17/2013 11:55:40 AM

  • New Zealand put the pressure on England 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    Stuart Broad trudges off for a duck 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    5/17/2013 11:58:09 AM
  • LUNCH: 104th over - England 209/8 (Bairstow 29, Finn 2)
    Bairstow picks up another three from Wagner's over and then sees out another Martin maiden to take England into lunch.
    5/17/2013 12:01:06 PM

  • Bairstow needs to get a move on after lunch, stick NZ in with 10 overs before Tea allowing the England seemers 2 cracks with the new cherry....ruju19May 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    5/17/2013 12:41:14 PM
  • We're back after lunch, Southee bowling to Finn...
    5/17/2013 12:42:12 PM
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