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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


  • 56th over - New Zealand 168/5 (Williamson 51, Watling 6)
    Another maiden from Anderson and this is good tight stuff from England's bowlers, playing in front of a now almost totally full ground. Just a bit of a shame that the floodlights are already on.
    5/18/2013 10:43:00 AM
  • REVIEW! Broad thinks he has Williamson LBW.
    5/18/2013 10:45:55 AM
  • NOT OUT - Hawkeye shows the ball would have hit the bails but only just so the umpires original call remains.
    5/18/2013 10:47:12 AM
  • 57th over - New Zealand 168/5 (Williamson 52, Watling 6)
    Fantastic over from Broad and he so nearly has another breakthrough. First he induces an edge from Watling but it's only a faint one and it drops tantalisingly short of Prior. Then two balls later Williamson edges one that carries through to the slips but its put down by Trott. Then Broad raps him on the pads but sees his appeal and subsequent review turned down. England so close.
    5/18/2013 10:48:56 AM
  • WICKET! Williamson c Prior b Anderson - 60
    Just as it looked like everything was going his way, Williamson gets a little tickle on one going down leg side and Prior gratefully snags it. Important wicket for England.
    5/18/2013 10:50:50 AM
  • 58th over - New Zealand 177/6 (Watling 6, Southee 0)
    Williamson picks up New Zealand's first boundary of the day but he doesn't stick around much longer and Anderson has another scalp. He follows it up with a beauty first ball to Southee which narrowly misses his outside edge.
    5/18/2013 10:54:15 AM
  • 61st over - New Zealand 182/6 (Watling 11, Southee 0)
    Broad slightly overpitches and Watling drives sumptuously to the cover boundary. A fantastic shot. 

    5/18/2013 10:59:57 AM
  • DRINKS BREAK: 62st over - New Zealand 182/6 (Watling 11, Southee 0)
    A maiden from James Anderson sees England through to the drinks break. It's been England's morning so far.
    5/18/2013 11:03:11 AM
  • The marvellously attired band of Christ's Hospital School are currently parading on the hallowed turf and I'm off to get some lunch. See you in a bit for what promises to be a cracking afternoon session.
    5/18/2013 12:08:06 PM
  • Read a report of the first session's play here
    5/18/2013 12:48:07 PM
  • Teams are back out now after lunch with Cook and Compton looking to build on England's slender first innings lead.
    5/18/2013 12:48:29 PM
  • 4th over - England 18/0 (Cook 11, Compton 7)
    Predictably watchful stuff so far from England's opening pair. Let's hope they can score a little faster than in their somewhat turgid first innings.
    5/18/2013 12:50:51 PM
  • 5th over - England 25/0 (Cook 14, Compton 11)
    Compton edges one but it doesn't quite carry and goes through the slip cordon for a few runs. Compton perhaps under a bit of pressure here with the possibility of Joe Root moving up the order to take his spot. A good innings here would very much help his cause.

    5/18/2013 12:56:22 PM
  • 6th over - England 28/0 (Cook 17, Compton 11)
    Cook leaves one that whistles rather closer to his off stump than perhaps he imagined it might but he survives and picks up three more.
    5/18/2013 1:00:15 PM
  • 17th over - England 66/2 (Trott 16, Root 14)
    Big appeal first ball against Root as it raps him on the pads but New Zealand don't appeal and rightly so, Hawkeye reveals it was sailing over the stumps. Just a single to Root from the over.
    5/18/2013 1:57:43 PM
  • 18th over - England 68/2 (Trott 16, Root 15)
    Bruce Martin's second over is better than his first - he manages not to chuck as many pies and England pick up only two. 
    5/18/2013 2:02:05 PM
  • 19th over - England 73/2 (Trott 16, Root 20)
    Lovely shot from Joe Root, he plays a back foot cut shot off Southee which races away for four. The outfield seems markedly faster than in the opening two days. England take a risky single off the last ball of the over but Boult can't hit the stumps so they're safe.

    5/18/2013 2:05:37 PM
  • 20th over - England 79/2 (Trott 19, Root 23)
    This is some good batting from England. Root plays a lovely late cut for three which Trott then follows with a classic cover drive for another triple. Just as I was saying the outfield looked a bit faster, those two definitely held up a bit and prevented boundaries. England's lead moves past 100.
    5/18/2013 2:10:35 PM

  • Tim Southee appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Joe Root  
    by Charles Reynoldson May 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM


    5/18/2013 2:14:24 PM
  • Don't jinx it guys...




    5/18/2013 2:15:39 PM
  • 21st over - England 82/2 (Trott 21, Root 23)
    Sun is out now at Lord's and after two days of gloomy overcast skies what a welcome sight it is. England still slowly building their lead.
    5/18/2013 2:17:14 PM
  • 22nd over - England 84/2 (Trott 22, Root 24)
    After three overs for 15 runs, Martin is replaced at the Pavilion End by Southee and he immediately tightens things up. There's a strangled appeal for a catch behind down the leg side but nobody is really that interested including crucially the umpire. Just two off the over.

    5/18/2013 2:20:58 PM
  • Jamie Oliver has been selling steak sandwiches here at Lord's all game - at an eye-watering £20 each. 
    Sales however have not been too good - 11 were sold on Thursday, 5 on Friday.
    5/18/2013 2:24:19 PM
  • 23rd over - England 84/2 (Trott 22, Root 24)
    Six balls, six leaves from Jonathan Trott off Wagner's over and it's a maiden. 
    5/18/2013 2:26:09 PM
  • 24th over - England 85/2 (Trott 22, Root 25)
    More tight stuff from New Zealand as they look to restrict England's scoring rate, this time just a single off Southee's over.
    5/18/2013 2:32:27 PM
  • 25th over - England 91/2 (Trott 25, Root 28)
    Fifty partnership up for this pair and they are combining well, Root plays a cut shot for three that's not quite timed and then Trott picks up three more.  
    5/18/2013 2:36:28 PM
  • interested to get your thoughts... are england on the whole playing better? or are new zealand playing worse? or has the pitch changed?
    5/18/2013 3:04:52 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

  • 5/18/2013 4:28:43 PM
  • 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
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