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England v New Zealand 1st Test - LIVE!

Joe Root leads England's fightback with an excellent half-century 
by Charles Reynoldson May 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    • New Zealand resumed on 153/4
    • New Zealand bowled out for 207, 25 behind.
    • Anderson claims 5/47 and Finn 4/63
    • England close on 180/6 - a lead of 205
    • Joe Root made 71, Jonathan Trott 56 as Tim Southee picked up 3/34
    • Today's forecast: Often cloudy but with some bright or sunny spells. Light showers possible
    • 90.2 overs to be bowled today - Normal hours of play apply
    To see video highlights of yesterday's play, click here
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    Read a report of the first session's play here
    Read a report of the afternoon session's play here
    5/18/2013 9:38:02 AM
  • 36th over - England 115/2 (Trott 28, Root 48)
    Boult remains tricky to get away for England's batsmen and Root sees out another maiden,
    5/18/2013 3:45:47 PM
  • Brendan McCullum looking incredibly casual standing in as wicketkeeper due to the fact that he's not wearing any pads, just shin pads under his whites.
    5/18/2013 3:47:15 PM
  • 37th over - England 115/2 (Trott 28, Root 48)
    Jonathan Trott should be cross with himself for allowing another maiden from Martin, particularly considering the spinner served him up an incredibly juicy full-toss.

    5/18/2013 3:48:15 PM
  • 38th over - England 120/2 (Trott 28, Root 53)
    Joe Root brings up his fifty in confident style, cutting new bowler Wagner to the cover boundary. Great shot and this has been an excellent innings from the 22-year-old. He pinches the strike with a single from the last ball.
    5/18/2013 3:52:24 PM
  • 39th over - England 122/2 (Trott 29, Root 54)
    This England pair seem determined to run each other out as they present New Zealand with three opportunities in one over. Fortunately for Root and Trott, some poor throwing from their opposition allows them to recover their ground and they end the over just about unscathed. Poor stuff from England.
    5/18/2013 3:56:07 PM
  • 40th over - England 123/2 (Trott 30, Root 54)
    England pick up a single managing to avoid a run out chance which marks a serious improvement from last over. 
    5/18/2013 4:01:14 PM
  • 41st over - England 127/2 (Trott 34, Root 54)
    Confusing stuff here from Martin, he bowls a rank long hop wide of off stump which Trott nonchalantly swats to the cover boundary but then finds one that grips and turns beating the England man but also missing his outside edge and off stump.
    5/18/2013 4:03:06 PM

  • Joe Root narrowly avoids a run out 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    5/18/2013 4:08:49 PM
  • 43rd over - England 138/2 (Trott 40, Root 59)
    England go after Martin a bit and Trott takes five runs off two balls before Root brings up the 100 partnership between the pair with a well struck pull shot to the midwicket boundary.
    5/18/2013 4:13:22 PM
  • 44th over - England 140/2 (Trott 41, Root 60)
    Sun is really out here now at Lord's and some more boisterous noises from sections of the crowd indicate that perhaps some have over-refreshed themselves.
    5/18/2013 4:21:21 PM
  • 45th over - England 141/2 (Trott 41, Root 61)
    More injury problems here for New Zealand as Martin appears to have injured his hamstring and he has to hobble off at the end of his over.
    5/18/2013 4:22:29 PM

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  • 47th over - England: 150/2 (Trott 43, Root 68)
    Kane Williamson into the attack in place of the injured Martin but he cant prevent Root from bringing the 150 up for England. Raucous laughter comes from the Test Match Special commentary box upstairs as Phil Tufnell recounts a particularly amusing anecdote about being hit by a peach when touring New Zealand.
    5/18/2013 4:32:02 PM
  • The injury to Bruce Martin has brought Martin 'Two Toes' Guptil onto the field which means that they have both him and 'Two Metre' Peter Fulton on the field. Two of my favourite sporting nicknames. 

    What are you favourite sportsman's nicknames? Make a comment above or get in touch using #indycricket on Twitter.
    5/18/2013 4:34:20 PM

  • A nickname that's hard to beat is the footballer 'One size' Fitz HallDavid LongMay 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    5/18/2013 4:38:13 PM
  • Short delay for drinks but it will be Williamson to start things off again.
    5/18/2013 4:40:07 PM
  • 49th over - England 158/2 (Trott 49, Root 70)
    Williamson leads things off after a rather extended drinks break and he gets one to spin quite sharply which will have Graeme Swann licking his lips on the England balcony.
    5/18/2013 4:43:53 PM
  • WICKET! Root b Southee - 71
    New Zealand get a breakthrough, Southee bowling Root off a little inside edge. Big wicket for New Zealand and perhaps gives them a glimmer of hope. A slightly disappointing dismissal for Root. 
    5/18/2013 4:46:06 PM
  • 50 for Trott - he brings it up with a rather flukey edge which just evades first slip.
    5/18/2013 4:48:49 PM
  • 51st over - England 163/3 (Trott 52, Bairstow 1)
    Trott brings up his half century in unconvincing style and new man Bairstow plays a slightly nervous shot. This could be an interesting end to the session with New Zealand desperately searching for another breakthrough.
    5/18/2013 4:53:43 PM

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  • 53rd over - England 167/3 (Trott 52, Bairstow 5)
    Ground emptying out a bit particularly in the Pavillion as England see out an over from Williamson
    5/18/2013 4:59:54 PM
  • WICKET! Bairstow b Southee - 5
    Disaster for Jonny Bairstow and England. The Yorkshireman plays around a straight delivery from Southee and is clean bowled. Couple of important late wickets here from New Zealand. Matt Prior comes to crease on a king pair.
    5/18/2013 5:00:11 PM
  • 54th over - England 167/4 (Trott 52, Prior 0)
    Big over from Tim Southee, he removes Bairstow and produces an excellent yorker to Matt Prior first up attempting to give him a king pair. Prior survives however but remains on 0.
    5/18/2013 5:05:40 PM
  • Fully-clothed streaker on the pitch but he doesn't get very far before being intercepted by security and is led away. 
    5/18/2013 5:08:20 PM
  • Big cheer for a security man as he reassumes his position on the boundary after ejecting the streaker. I think a fair amount of alcohol may have been drunk by some in the lower Grand Stand.
    5/18/2013 5:10:50 PM
  • 55th over - England 171/3 (Trott 56, Prior 0)
    Trott picks up four from the over against Williamson who continues to find some turn. Good news for Graeme Swann
    5/18/2013 5:12:07 PM
  • WICKET! Prior c sub b Southee - 0
    Prior has a pair. He spoons a catch to substitute fielder Guptil at square leg. Very poor. Southee now has three wickets for four runs in the space of 17 balls.
    5/18/2013 5:13:26 PM
  • New man in is Steven Finn
    5/18/2013 5:15:49 PM
  • 56th over - England 171/5 (Trott 56, Finn 0)
    Southee strikes again. He gets Prior again for a duck.
    5/18/2013 5:17:19 PM
  • WICKET! Trott b Williamson - 56
    Another man down for England. Williamson tosses one up outside off stump and it grips and turns and bowls Trott through the gate. Big wicket.
    5/18/2013 5:18:08 PM
  • Ian Bell having been suffering from flu now has to come in and bat...
    5/18/2013 5:19:50 PM
  • 57th over - England 175/6 (Finn 1, Bell 0)
    Great over from Williamson as he gets the crucial wicket of Trott and nearly has another as both Bell and Finn struggle against him. Nervous finish from England.
    5/18/2013 5:27:11 PM
  • CLOSE OF PLAY: England 180/6 (Finn 6, Bell 0) 
    England just about manage to see off the final couple of overs without losing another wicket but this has been an excellent late fightback from the Kiwis and the hosts will hope Ian Bell is feeling better tomorrow to add some crucial runs. This Test is still interestingly balanced.
    5/18/2013 5:32:52 PM
  • Thats all from today, join us again tomorrow for what promises to be a cracking day's Test Match cricket...
    5/18/2013 5:39:00 PM
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