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England v New Zealand 2nd Test - LIVE!

Swann bowls Brownlie in his first over 
by Charles Reynoldson May 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM


    • England ALL OUT 354 (Root 104, Bairstow 64 - Boult 5/57, Southee 2/76)
    • New Zealand ALL OUT 174 (trail by 180) (Swann 4/42, Finn 3/36)
    • Alastair Cook makes 50
    • Compton out for 7
    • England close on 116/1 (A lead of 296) (Cook 88*, Trott 11*) 
    • Weather forecast: Another fine and dry day with spells of sunshine
    Read a report of the play so far today here

    Read a report of yesterday's play here
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    Should England have enforced the follow on? Take our poll here
    5/26/2013 9:42:30 AM

  • Cook on the charge 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    5/26/2013 4:39:55 PM
  • England 80/1 (Cook 62, Trott 3)
    Four more from Cook, driving square, before a big appeal against Trott for a catch behind but the umpire is not interested and rightly so, replays reveal it was nowhere near bat, glove or in fact anything. 

    5/26/2013 4:45:57 PM

  • Compton rues another poor innings 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    5/26/2013 4:47:33 PM
  • England 81/1 (Cook 62, Trott 4)
    Just a single to Trott from Williamson's over. I can't be the only one who thinks there's something a bit suspicious about his action can I?

    5/26/2013 4:51:04 PM
  • England 81/1 (Cook 62, Trott 4)
    A maiden from Bracewell and he's bowling much better in this innings. Unfortunately it's a bit too late now.
    5/26/2013 4:54:47 PM
  • England 82/1 (Cook 63, Trott 4)
    Great stop from Wagner prevents Cook from scoring another boundary and in the nd the England pair have to make do with a scampered single.
    5/26/2013 4:59:06 PM
  • England 87/1 (Cook 64, Trott 8)
    Trott tries to inject a bit of life into this game with a boundary, hitting an excellent on drive back past Bracewell for four. 
    5/26/2013 5:02:06 PM
    5/26/2013 5:03:37 PM
  • DRINKS: England 90/1 (Cook 67, Trott 8)

    Should England have enforced the follow on? Take our poll here
    5/26/2013 5:07:03 PM
  • England are trying to win and also give their top batsmen some time at the wicket. This may not be to Reynolds' liking but he should see things in the wider perspective. The decision to bat also gives fans an opportunity to watch more cricket than might otherwise have been the case with a follow on.SaddenedMay 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM
    An interesting point of view although I completely disagree. England shouldn't be worried about giving their top order more time at the wicket, they should back them to do the job and let their bowlers have a go at finishing off a mentally fragile New Zealand batting line-up. 
    Also considerations about giving fans more cricket to watch should not enter in to it. If England want to truly be the best side in the world then winning has to be their number one priority. Can you imagine the great Australian sides of the 90s doing this?

    5/26/2013 5:22:14 PM
  • England 93/1 (Cook 68, Trott 8)
    Still amazingly meant to be 15 overs remaining today and England are rather crawling here, feel they've rather squandered the psychological edge they had over New Zealand when they bowled them out cheaply. 
    5/26/2013 5:24:54 PM
  • England 95/1 (Cook 70, Trott 8)
    This is more painful than when Compton was in to be honest. Trott is scoring at a strike rate of 18 and the runs have dried up for Cook too. 

    5/26/2013 5:30:39 PM

  • 5/26/2013 5:32:47 PM
  • England 101/1 (Cook 75, Trott 9)
    A boundary! England bring up their hundred (the last 50 has taken 163 balls) - this is rather odd stuff from England and you have to wonder why they are batting quite so conservatively given their strong position. I miss KP.

    5/26/2013 5:37:32 PM

  • The bowlers have already shown what they can do and it is time for the batsmen to step up to the mark. I can imagine the "great australian sides" doing whatever was necessary to improve their game, and this is what I think is going onnhere.SaddenedMay 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM
    Unfortunately it doesn't look like the batsmen are showing what they can do. 
    England have sacrificed all their momentum when they could feasibly be close to winning this game by now.

    5/26/2013 5:40:39 PM
  • England 102/1 (Cook 76, Trott 9)
    Chance of a run out for New Zealand as there's a mix up between the batsmen, but the throw from square leg misses. That's quite enough excitement for the over however and Trott plays out the rest for no runs.

    5/26/2013 5:46:00 PM
  • England 107/1 (Cook 81, Trott 9)
    Southee back into the attack and Cook's after him first ball, driving for four to move into the 80s. However Southee totally beats the England captain with an absolute jaffa next ball but Cook manages not to get any bat on it. A remarkably event-filled over...
    5/26/2013 5:50:24 PM

  • Jonathan Trott not scoring a run 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    5/26/2013 5:52:07 PM
  • England 109/1 (Cook 83, Trott 9)
    Two more to Cook and to be fair he has batted very well this afternoon, which is reassuring for England fans. Trott has been his usual self.
    5/26/2013 5:55:49 PM
  • England 109/1 (Cook 83, Trott 9)
    A maiden, Jonathan Trott steadfastly refusing to score a run - I can't remember the last time he did to be honest.
    5/26/2013 6:01:11 PM
  • CLOSE: England 116/1 (Cook 88, Trott 11)
    Cook picks up a four off the first ball of the over and then a single. Can Trott finally move to double figures? YES! HE GET'S TWO RUNS. But that's quite enough for the over and for the day. England finish on 116/1.

    5/26/2013 6:04:21 PM
  • That's it for today, we hope you join us again tomorrow and that England pick up their scoring rate!  
    5/26/2013 6:05:42 PM
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