New Zealand Vs England LIVE SCORE (test)

New Zealand Vs England At Seddon Park, Hamilton, 29 November, 2019

29 November, 2019
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

375/10 (129.1 ov)

241/2 (75.0 ov)

2nd Test

476/10 (162.5 ov)

New Zealand drew with England

375/10

Overs

129.1

Fours

47

Sixes

3

Extras

18

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Matt Henry not out 5 7 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Stuart Broad 28 7 73 4
Jofra Archer 28 8 75 1

476/10

Overs

162.5

Fours

49

Sixes

2

Extras

20

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Sam Curran not out 11 15 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Tim Southee 37 4 90 2
Matt Henry 33 6 87 1

241/2

Overs

75.0

Fours

24

Sixes

2

Extras

14

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Kane Williamson (C) not out 104 234 11 0
Ross Taylor not out 105 186 11 2
Bowling 0 M R W
Stuart Broad 9 0 28 0
Sam Curran 16 2 56 1

Right! A tour which had a lot of expectations, could not quite turn up the way it was advertised. The T20Is were a superhit but the Tests were very dull, except that final day of the first Test. However, the next two series which these two teams play promise much more excitement - New Zealand in Australia and England in South Africa. There will be the India-West Indies series as well in between. So you see, there is plenty of cricket to come before the year ends. For now, we just take a short break. See you soon. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Kane Williamson is handed the series trophy and that is yet another victory for New Zealand at home! Their 5th successive series win, beating West Indies, England (2017), Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and now England again. Good confidence heading into Australia.

New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, is happy with the fight shown by his side in spite of losing the toss. Admits that the surface here was a tough one, not quite breaking up as much as they expected and also laments the time lost due to the weather. But putting it from the players' perspective, he lauds the intent from his team, with bowlers wanting to bowl in tough conditions even when nothing was going their way. Is looking forward to an exciting tour of Australia. Praises Daryl Mitchell for his contribution on debut and also Matt Henry for slotting in nicely. On their upcoming tour of Australia, Williamson admits that his side will have to adapt to some new challenges in that country.

England captain, Joe Root now, talking as a skipper. Is disappointed with the game being abandoned early and also with the pitch not quite opening up, but is happy with the bowling last evening and this morning. Is pleased with his young side which is always wanting to learn. Believes that if they keep up this consistency, they can become a side hard to beat. Admits that on flat pitches, it becomes difficult to pick wickets and not let shoulders droop. But also feels that England have learnt a lot in this series and can take a lot of positives to their next tour of South Africa. Reckons that the players are extremely lucky to have a support staff like the one currently.

NEIL WAGNER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. 2 consecutive 5-wicket hauls. No interview.

ENGLAND CAPTAIN, JOE ROOT, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it felt good to score a century after 15 innings. On the areas he was working on during his lean run, Root says that he worked on small technical things, like position at the crease and so on. On the match, he is glad to have contributed and believes that his team was in a position to force a result but could not quite do it. Feels the pitch did not break up as much as they expected it to but praises his bowlers and his batsmen for coming back from the big first match defeat.

Coming to the Black Caps - they will grab more eyeballs than the SA-Eng series. They travel across the Tasman to meet arch rivals Australia in a series, which could perhaps decide the second World Test Championship finalist. It is almost taken for granted that India will breeze through the group stages and end on top but by the looks of it, one of either Australia or New Zealand would meet them in the final. This series will go a long way in deciding that. The Kiwis have won just one Test series in Australia - way back in 1985/86 but one will agree that of all the NZ teams to have visited Australia in the last 30 years, this one is certainly the best. No disrespect to the rest. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

To sum up the tour, clearly England have a lot of work to do with their bowling. Their batting still looks decent but they lack penetrating bowlers except for Stuart Broad. They now travel to South Africa, where they should find conducive pitches to bowling. But do they have bowlers back home to exploit those? They have not lost a Test series in the rainbow nation since 1999 - so history holds them in good stead.

Was there a chance with the Black Caps at 28/2 and trailing by 73 on Day 4? Definitely. Was there a chance on the morning of Day 5? For sure. But England messed up whatever chances they had, dropping catches and missing run outs. As a result, a masterclass was witnessed from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, both scoring centuries and racking up an unbeaten partnership of 213 till rain helped the bowlers by coming in post Lunch.

Perhaps choosing to field was the right call from Joe Root. In reply to NZ's 375, his own team managed 476 with the skipper himself coming back to form in style, amassing his third double century. Do not forget the contributions of Rory Burns and Ollie Pope.

A bit of a disappointing pitch from a spectator's and player's point of view. A batsman's paradise - yes. As many as 5 centuries. But look at the bowling strike rate - 100.09! A deathbed for the bowlers as all struggled. Yes, Wagner did get a 5-fer, Broad did get a 4-fer but at what cost? Heavy. The batsmen enjoyed, albeit scoring at an attritional rate but that hardly mattered in this Test.

Sigh. This was coming, wasn't it? THE GAME HAS BEEN ABANDONED AND THE SECOND TEST ENDS IN A DRAW. The umpires had a look at the ground and seeing the puddles forming, there was no way we could have had a resumption soon. Given the rain forecast, this was always on the cards but who knows, if England had held on to their catches this morning, would they have been in with a chance for a win? Ifs and buts are nothing but whims and fancies...

3.15 pm local update (0215 GMT) - Called off? Don't think so. It is raining, no one can win, no one can lose, why can't common sense be used? Paul Wilson and Kumar Dharmasena have a chat with one another, then the groundstaff and then with the captains. But no handshakes. So no official confirmation yet. But we are not far from an abandonment. We are hearing that there will be an official announcement at 4 pm local (0300 GMT). Cannot promise any positive news. Just delaying the inevitable...

3 pm local update (0200 GMT) - Rain, rain and more rain. We are hearing that the umpires could take a call at 3.15 pm local time. Would that be a call off? Don't see this rain stopping any time soon.

2.30 pm local update (0130 GMT) - Nothing much to update. If any, the rain has gotten heavier and looks set to reside. Hopefully, we get some news soon.

1.55 pm local update (0055 GMT) - Drip, drip, drip. The drizzle has begun. And now, it has increased. The rain is falling properly. Williamson and Taylor shake hands and the players go off the field. It is not too heavy right now, with only the main square being covered. But the forecast looks pretty grim. Please stay tuned for updates.

74.6

Full and around off, well defended.

74.5

Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

74.4

SIX! Another massive hit and there comes the century! His 19th in Tests. Full and outside off, Rosco gets down and mows the slog sweep again, well over mid-wicket! He really likes this venue. 1066 runs in Tests here, at an average of 56.10, with 6 centuries and 2 fifties in 23 innings. Gets it in the nick of time too, with the heavens about to open up.

74.3

SIX! 99 is the score for Rosco! Full and around middle, Taylor gets down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. There is a man in the deep but it does not matter as the ball sails over!

74.2

FOUR! THRASH! Into the 90s! Full and around off, Taylor gets down and mows the slog sweep over mid-wicket for a boundary! 200-RUN STAND IS UP AS WELL!

74.1

ALMOST A CATCH! Full on middle and leg, Taylor looks to flick but the bat hits the ground and the ball flies towards short mid-wicket. Rory Burns dives to his left but the ball falls short of him.

73.6

Full and around off, Williamson lunges and smothers it. 225/2

73.5

Very full, outside off, drilled through the covers for one.

73.4

Full and outside off, Rosco gets down and laps it through fine leg for a couple.

73.3

Short now, outside off, cut straight to backward point.

73.2

Floated generously outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.

73.1

Full and around off, eased through the covers for a single.

72.6

Another one on the pads, flicked towards the leg side. 220/2

72.5

FOUR! 100 for Kane Williamson! He has surely been lucky to get to this milestone but a man makes his own luck. Floated on middle and off, Williamson gets down on one knee and sweeps this one through backward square leg for a boundary. This is the Kiwi skipper's 21st Test hundred but this should be counted among his lucky ones.

72.4

On the pads, worked towards square leg.

72.3

Run out chance missed! How many lives has Kane Williamson got? Floated ball on off, Williamson pushes this one towards mid off and sets off. Curran there picks up the ball and goes for a direct hit towards the non-striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Williamson was gone for all money and that too so close to his ton. The ball goes towards fine leg as the back up fielder fails to collect it and Williamson is back on strike as he gets a couple. Moves to 99 with that.

72.2

Williamson prods forward and defends this one.

72.1

Down the leg side by Root, Taylor looks to pull but misses. The ball goes off the keeper's glove over the leg slip fielder and the batters steal a bye.

71.6

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 213/2

71.5

Taylor takes this one on the full and paddles this towards the leg side for a single.

71.4

First run of the session as Williamson pushes this one towards cover and takes a single.

71.3

Williamson prods forward and defends again.

71.2

Floated on off, pushed down towards mid off.

Joe Denly to continue from the other end. 7-1-20-0 are his figures so far.

71.1

Shortish outside off, cut towards point.

70.6

Maiden to start the second session. Floated delivery on middle and off, Taylor is solid in his defense. 211/2

70.5

Taylor again dances down and blocks.

70.4

Floated on off, pushed towards mid off.

70.3

Taylor comes down the track to this floated ball and defends.

70.2

On the pads again, worked towards the leg side.

70.1

Starts with a flatter delivery on the pads, pushed back towards Root.

It has gone dark around the Hamilton region and showers are predicted in this session but the players and crowd alike will be hoping to have a full game. The floodlights are beginning to take effect too. The England players walk out to the middle followed by the formidable batting pair of Williamson and Taylor. Joe Root, the English skipper, to start the procedings. Here we go...

... Day 5, Session 2 ...

So, from the question of whether both batsmen will get to 50, we have come to whether both legends will get to a century. Looking at England's fielding and bowling, even 200s would not have been ruled out. But. An external factor. Rain. We are hearing that it is on its way towards Seddon Park and the entire afternoon might be in jeopardy. Join us back, hopefully, for some action, at 1.40 pm local (0040 GMT).

England started the day getting a chance down the leg side, only for Ollie Pope to fluff it. Then came an embarrassing moment for Joe Denly as he perhaps dropped the simplest of catches in cricket. That took the sting out of the England attack as they looked distraught and resigned to the fate of a dull draw. None of the bowlers were impressive enough to create a strong hold.

Wind back the clocks. Turn back the tides. The old duo of Rosco and Willy has come back in form, right in time for the upcoming Test series across the Tasman. 115 runs scored in 36 overs. Plenty of chances given, none taken.

69.6

FOUR! Terrific shot again! Short and down the leg side, Williamson pulls it to the left of short fine leg. The ball races away and Sam Curran runs very fast to his left from fine leg. Dives but misses. Too much power on it. LUNCH ON DAY 5, NZ LEAD BY 110! 211/2

69.5

A short ball again, pulled straight to short fine leg.

69.4

FOUR! Nicely pulled. A short ball, down the leg side, Williamson swivels and pulls it nicely through square leg. Moves to 92 now.

69.3

Again a bouncer, Williamson opts to duck.

69.2

Bouncer on middle and off, pulled towards square leg for one.

69.1

Length ball on middle and off, defended out.

68.6

Loud appeal but turned down! The height factor maybe? Root bowls a shortish ball on middle and leg, it pitches and straightens. Williamson looks to tuck it towards the leg side but misses. He is hit very high on the pad. Root and the England players put in a huge and lengthy appeal but the umpire turns it down. Root thinks about taking the review but eventually opts against it. The only factor that might be going against England looks like height here. 202/2

68.5

On the pads, flicked towards the mid-wicket region for a single. With this single, Ross Taylor becomes just the second New Zealand batsman to score 7000 Test runs, after Stephen Fleming. Class apart!

68.4

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

68.3

On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket.

68.2

Floated on off, defended towards the leg side.

68.1

Full and around middle, watchfully defended.

Joe Root comes on to bowl now. 12 overs to go to the second new ball. 6 minutes to go to Lunch.

67.6

On middle and leg, pushed towards mid on. 201/2

67.5

On the pads of Williamson this time, he flicks this one fine down the leg side but the man at leg gully saves it.

67.4

On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket for one. The lead is now 100 runs.

67.4

Wide! Bouncer but way too high over the head of Taylor. He leaves it alone.

67.3

Length ball on middle and leg, pulled towards backward square leg for one.

Now, the mandatory concussion check. Williamson just has a look at his helmet. He seems fine. Wait. The physio has not come out. It is the 12th man, Lockie Ferguson, who has come out with a helmet.

67.2

NOT OUT! But that might have hurt Williamson. He looks okay though. Bouncer on middle and leg, it hurries onto Williamson who looks to hook but misses. The ball goes onto hit his helmet and lobs towards Ollie Pope who does take the catch this time. England put in the mildest of appeals but nothing from umpire Dharmasena. The England players think about taking the review and take their chance by going for it at the last second. Replays roll in, Hot Spot and Snicko confirm no bat involved. However, the ball has hit Williamson on the helmet and might have hurt him a bit.

What has happened there? Pope and Stokes are celebrating and appealing for a catch. But Williamson is going nowhere. He just shakes his head with a smile. England have taken a desperate review and to their disappointment, nothing comes up on Snicko or Hot Spot. The ball has gone off the helmet.

The breeze seems to have picked up. Is the predicted rain coming on time?

67.1

Ohh! Close one! Back of a length ball on middle. Taylor goes back and pulls this one uppishly but strongly towards square leg. The fielder there inside the circle dives to his left but cannot get to it. The ball goes in the deep and the batters take two.

66.6

Landed outside off, dabbed to gully. 197/2

66.5

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

66.4

Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

66.3

Outside off, played through point for a couple.

66.2

On a good length outside off, defended from the crease.

66.1

Yorker outside off, squeezed towards cover.

65.6

Another length ball on middle following the no ball, this time Taylor pulls this one towards the square leg region. Woakes from mid-wicket and Archer from fine leg run towards it. They are unsure of who will field it. Eventually Archer stops the ball near the fence with his boot. Two runs taken. 195/2

65.6

No ball! Overstepping by Ben Stokes! Length ball on middle, Williamson pulls this one towards square leg for one.

65.5

Pitching just outside leg, coming towards Williamson, he does not look to offer a shot. The ball hits him on the arm guard, then onto the thigh pad and it rolls towards the leg side.

65.4

Back of a length ball on middle, Williamson swivels and pulls this one towards square leg for a single.

65.3

This time Taylor pulls to this length ball but it goes straight to the man at square leg.

65.2

Similar ball, worked towards the leg side again.

65.1

Length ball on middle, worked towards the leg side.

Ben Stokes is back into the attack. 11-1-40-0 so far.

64.6

On off, pushed towards the cover region. 190/2

64.5

FOUR! Sprays one down the leg side, going down with the angle. Williamson just helps it towards the fine leg region for a boundary. First one after 52 balls.

64.4

Full ball on middle and off, defended back towards the bowler.

64.3

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

64.2

Good length ball on off, defended out.

64.1

Good length ball on off, Williamson drives this one superbly towards the mid off region where the fielder makes a good stop.

63.6

Shortish outside off, Williamson punches this one past the diving point fielder. The man at sweeper cover collects and a single is taken. 186/2

63.5

Bad bowling! Denly sprays this one down the leg side and allows Taylor to take a single towards square leg.

63.4

Floated outside off, Taylor leaves it alone.

63.3

Tossed up outside off, Taylor cuts this one but straight to the man at point.

63.2

Rosco defends this one by presenting the full face of the bat.

63.1

Floated on off, pushed to the man at cover.

62.6

Good length ball on off, pushed towards mid off to get through the over. 184/2

62.5

Length ball outside off, left alone.

62.4

Fullish ball on off, pushed towards mid off.

62.3

Good length ball on off, pushed towards the off side.

62.2

Good length ball on off, defended back towards Curran.

62.1

Starts the new spell with a ball on the hips, pushed towards square leg for a single.

Sam Curran is back on. 13-2-49-1, his figures so far.

61.6

Floated on off, Williamson sweeps this one towards backward square leg for a couple. 183/2

61.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

61.4

Shortish delivery on leg, Williamson pulls this one towards square leg for a couple.

61.3

Flatter one on off, defended towards cover.

61.2

Flatter this time outside leg. Kane defends this one towards the leg side.

61.1

Floated on the leg pole, defended off the front foot.

60.6

Bad ball, on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for a single. 179/2

60.5

Williamson prods forward and defends it onto the ground.

What is this? A semi-circle is on offer! A crowd of fielders is surrounding Williamson. A short mid-wicket, then another short mid-wicket to his left, then a silly mid on - these are on the leg side. On the opposite, there is a silly mid off, then a short extra cover and a short cover. All six of those are standing like dots on a paper, in a straight line.

60.4

Length ball just around off, Williamson knows exactly where his off pole is and makes the leave.

60.3

Fullish ball on off, pushed towards the cover region.

60.2

Full ball wide outside off, jammed out towards point.

60.1

Length ball outside off, left alone by the batter.

59.6

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 178/2

59.5

Full and outside leg, flicked towards the bowler.

59.4

Full and outside leg, Rosco looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.

59.3

Outside off, slightly short, Rosco goes back to cut but mistimes it towards cover.

59.2

Full and around off, pushed towards cover.

59.1

A tossed up full toss, around leg, pushed down to long on for a single. 150-RUN STAND comes up with that. Guess this should be enough to make this a draw.

58.6

Landed outside off, Rosco looks to tap and run to the off side but is sent back. 177/2

58.5

A fractionally short ball outside off, Kane looks to punch but gets it off the bottom half of the bat through point. By the time Jofra Archer gets to the ball from point, a quick single is taken.

58.4

Full and just around middle, Williamson defends solidly.

58.3

Around off, defended solidly.

58.2

Low full toss, down the leg side, going for the yorker, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a single.

Good news on the weather side in Hamilton. The skies are looking clear with the sun shining bright. Let's hope it stays this way!

58.1

Full and around off, driven back to the bowler. Nicely stopped by Woakes.

57.6

Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. 175/2

57.5

The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

57.4

Around off, watchfully blocked out.

57.3

Full and outside off, Taylor looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge wide of slip. A single taken.

57.2

Floated around off, driven back to the bowler.

57.1

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

56.6

Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 172/2

56.5

Outside off, punched off the back foot.

56.4

Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.

56.3

Around off, defended from the crease.

56.2

Yorker on the leg stump, Williamson digs it out at the last minute.

56.1

Length and around off and middle, defended to the leg side.

55.6

FOUR! A bad ball to finish. Shorter and outside off, flatter one at that, Taylor picks the length in a trice and cuts it through point. The ball races to the fence in a flash. 172/2

55.5

Floated on off, tapped towards point.

55.4

Tossed up on off, Williamson drives it through covers for a single.

55.3

Flighted one around off, driven towards covers for a single.

55.2

Floated on off, pushed through covers for a run.

55.1

Tossed up on off, driven through covers for a run.

54.6

Good length and around off, tapped towards covers. 164/2

54.5

Length and on off, punched off the back foot towards covers.

54.4

Length and around off, Williamson defends it to the off side.

54.3

Full and swinging in on the pads, Kane flicks it to mid on.

54.2

Nicely played. Full and around off, Kane drives it with the straightest of bats. The bowler fields in his followthrough.

54.1

Full and on the pads, worked towards deep square leg for a run.

Chris Woakes into the attack now. 7-3-8-1 so far.

53.6

Shorter and around middle, Williamson pulls it to mid-wicket for a couple. 163/2

53.5

Full and on the pads, flicked to square leg.

53.4

Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.

53.3

The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

53.2

Landed outside off, nicely floated, left alone.

53.1

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Joe Denly into the attack now. 1-1-0-0 so far.

52.6

Full and around middle, Taylor looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards cover. 161/2

52.5

Around off, watchfully defended.

52.4

Full on middle, punched down the ground for a run.

52.3

A bouncer now, Taylor ducks.

52.2

Around middle, worked through the leg side for a single.

52.1

Fuller one outside off, Taylor drives it through cover-point for a run.

DRINKS BREAK. What an hour. Nothing has happened, yet plenty has happened. New Zealand have not lost a wicket but they have given two catches and a run out opportunity - only for England to shell all. All the lives have been given to Williamson and it seems like the visitors are just going through the motions. The duo is pressing on the acceleration now and with the lead crossing 50, it is getting more and more difficult for England to enforce a result.

51.6

Full and outside off, eased through the covers for one. 158/2

BOWLED! But a dead ball. Broad was charging in but Williamson backed away at the last moment. Broad though, continued to steam in and fired in a yorker, at the base of off stump.

51.5

Short again, pulled through square leg for a run.

51.4

Down the leg side, Taylor looks to pull it away but misses.

51.3

A short ball, Williamson pulls it through square leg for a single.

51.2

A bouncer now, Williamson ducks.

51.1

Full and outside off, Williamson looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

50.6

Miscommunication! More luck for Williamson. Taylor defends this length ball off his pads to the leg side. Kane runs down the track in a jiffy but Rosco sends him back. Archer runs across towards the ball and throws it towards the non-striker's end. Williamson has to turn back and run. Though he makes it with a dive. Archer's throw misses the stumps and the fielder backing up at mid off does well to field it by diving across to his right. 155/2

50.5

Slightly fuller and around off, driven to mid off.

50.4

Good length and around off, blocked towards covers.

50.3

Length and around off, defended to mid-wicket.

50.2

Back of a length and on off, Ross hops inside the crease and blocks it to the leg side.

50.1

Length and angling on off, Taylor defends it with soft hands to the leg side.

49.6

A bouncer on middle, ducked under. 155/2

49.5

Full and outside off, Williamson just dead-bats it.

49.4

Another back foot defense on offer.

49.3

Around off, well kept out.

49.2

Full and around off, watchfully defended towards mid off.

49.1

A short ball, around off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

48.6

Length ball on middle and off, defended. 154/2

48.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

48.4

DROPPED! What has Denly done there? This has to be one of the easiest catches which has been put down. You just cannot afford to give lives like these to one of the best batsmen in the world. Archer bowls a slower delivery on the pads, at 122.6 kph. Williamson goes for the flick towards mid-wicket but does so uppishly. It goes straight to Denly at short mid-wicket, softly, right at stomach height. He gets the ball in his hands but has put it down somehow. Archer started celebrating even before the catch was taken but they is cut short. He just has a smile on his face. Williamson lives on to die another day.

48.3

Length ball on middle and off, defended towards cover-point for one.

48.2

On the pads, worked towards the leg side for a single.

48.1

Bouncer down the leg side, Williamson ducks under it.

47.6

Length ball wide outside off, the batter cuts it towards deep point but just a single taken. 152/2

47.5

Length ball on off, defended.

47.4

On off, it is driven towards the cover region for a single. The lead for New Zealand is now 50 runs.

47.3

Full and just outside off, watchfully kept out.

47.2

Around off, slightly slower in pace, watchfully defended towards cover.

47.1

Full and outside off, Williamson drives this through the covers. Initially, he calls for the couple but a good fielding effort makes him change his mind. 150 UP FOR NEW ZEALAND, lead by 49. The skipper moves to 60.

46.6

On the hips, Williamson works this one towards mid-wicket with soft hands and takes a single. 149/2

46.5

Full ball on off, driven towards mid off

46.4

Down the leg side, Williamson looks to flick but misses,

46.3

Good length ball on off, pushed towards the point region.

46.2

Bouncer on middle and off, Williamson sways away.

46.1

On the pads, worked towards the leg side for a single.

45.6

Length ball on off, pushed towards point. 147/2

45.5

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

45.4

Bad fielding and worse fall for Crawley! Fullish ball around off, Taylor pushes this one towards the cover-point region. Crawley from point runs to his right, gets down to gather the ball but misses it. He falls down after tumbling in his followthrough. The ball trudges towards the deep and the batters take three.

45.3

Full ball on off, pushed towards mid off.

45.2

Outside off, played towards point.

45.1

Pitched up ball on off, driven towards wide mid off.

Stuart Broad into the attack for the first time in the day. Can he bring the match to life and give England the chance to enforce a result?

44.6

Another bouncer, this time on middle. Williamson ducks under it. 144/2

44.5

Bouncer on middle and leg, Taylor pulls this one towards backward square leg for a single.

44.4

Pitched up ball on off, Taylor drives this one towards the man at mid off.

44.3

On the pads, flicked towards the short mid-wicket fielder.

44.2

On off, Taylor drives this one towards the cover region.

44.1

Full ball on middle and leg, pushed towards the man at mid on.

Jofra Archer to bowl for the first time today. 7-0-19-0 so far.

43.6

Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 143/2

43.5

Around off, Taylor looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.

43.4

FOUR! More width and bang. Short outside off, Taylor cuts it away through the covers this time!

43.3

FOUR! Free gift for Taylor and he gets to his half century. Short and wide outside off, Taylor slashes it over point and gets a boundary.

43.2

Around off, coming in with the angle, Rosco hops and defends.

43.1

A short ball, outside off, Taylor pummels the pull straight to square leg.

42.6

On off, Taylor plays this one towards point and takes a single to retain strike. 134/2

42.5

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

42.4

On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.

42.3

EDGED AND FOUR! Length ball on off, Williamson looks to play it late, trying to defend but plays it too late for his liking. The ball takes the outside edge and goes through the vacant slip cordon for a boundary through third man.

42.2

Length ball on middle and leg, angling in. Williamson looks to tuck it towards the leg side but the ball goes off the outside edge towards point.

42.1

FOUR! 32nd Test fifty for Kane Williamson. What a batsman, pure class! This is a pitched up ball on off, Williamson leans into the shot and drives this one through the extra cover region for a boundary. This also brings up the 100-run stand between Williamson and Taylor. The experienced duo bringing the Kiwi ship to safe shores once again.

41.6

Bouncer way down the leg side, Taylor leaves it alone. 124/2

41.5

Another short delivery, this time down the leg side. Williamson pulls this one towards backward square leg for one.

41.4

Short ball on the body, Taylor pulls but the man at square leg dives to his left and parries it which allows the batters to take a single.

41.3

FOUR! Length ball just outside off, Taylor goes back and cuts this one fiercely through the point region for a boundary.

41.2

On the hips of Taylor, he nudges it down to fine leg for a single.

41.1

Shortish ball outside off, Taylor pulls and the ball goes towards the man at deep mid-wicket for a single.

40.6

Good length ball just outside off, Williamson just times his punch down the ground. The man from mid off gives it a chase and keeps it down to a couple. 116/2

40.5

Another fullish ball, pushed back towards the bowler.

40.4

Full ball on off, pushed towards cover.

40.3

Pitched up ball on off, Williamson opens the face of the bat and pushes it towards gully.

40.2

Bouncer on middle and leg, ducked under by Williamson.

40.1

Good length ball on middle and off, blocked out.

39.6

Back of a length ball on middle, Taylor pulls this one powerfully but straight towards the man at mid-wicket. 114/2

39.5

Good length ball on off, pushed towards cover for a single.

39.4

Length ball outside off, left alone by the Kiwi skipper.

39.3

The batsman defends it from within the crease.

39.2

Down the leg side, flick shot missed.

39.1

A bouncer on middle, Williamson ducks.

38.6

Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 113/2

38.5

LEADING EDGE, FOUR! Full and around off, swinging in, Taylor looks to flick but the ball goes off the leading edge through the vacant gully region to the third man fence!

38.4

Full and outside off, Rosco drives it through the covers where the fielder does well to stop the ball. A quick single taken.

38.3

Down the leg side, Rosco looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his thigh pads and the batsmen take a leg bye.

Joe Root has got some imaginative captaincy here. He has got a couple of short mid-wickets and a silly mid off for Ross Taylor.

38.2

Around off, solidly defended.

38.1

FOUR! CLASSY! Overpitched outside off, Taylor leans and drives it through the covers!

37.6

FOUR! Good reply by Williamson, Stokes bowls another back of a length ball on off. Williamson pulls this towards mid-wicket for a boundary. 103/2

37.5

Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

37.4

DROPPED! Williamson gets a life and Ollie Pope is the culprit! Stokes bowls one down the leg side, near the hips. Williamson looks to flick but does not get any bat on it. The ball goes off his gloves, onto the hips and then to the left of Ollie Pope. The keeper does dive to his left, gets two hands to the ball but fails to hold onto it. A regulation catch for a keeper. Will this prove to be the game-changer? Stokes does not want Pope to let his confidence down and is seen applauding him.

37.3

Bouncer on middle and off, ducked under.

37.2

Down the leg side this time, Williamson does not fiddle with it.

37.1

Bouncer on middle and leg, Williamson ducks under it.

36.6

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 99/2

36.5

Outside off, punched straight to silly mid off.

36.4

Full and outside off, driven straight to silly mid off.

36.3

NOT OUT! Taylor is comfortably in. Good length ball on off, Rosco defends it back towards the bowler. Curran gathers the ball and throws it at the striker's end in a flash. He hits and the leg umpire goes upstairs for a safety check. Replays show that Taylor is well in.

RUN OUT? Or not? Sam Curran has fired in a throw at the striker's end, just to check Taylor's footwork. No one is overly perturbed or excited but we have the mandatory third umpire check. Here come the replays. Taylor is back in before the ball can hit the stumps.

36.2

This time on middle and leg, Taylor defends.

36.1

Pitched up ball just outside off, Taylor prods forward and blocks.

35.6

This time Taylor finds the gap and is able to pull it towards the man in the deep at mid-wicket for a single. 99/2

35.5

Another pull shot superbly timed by Taylor, the fielder at mid-wicket does well to dive to his right and gather it.

35.4

Back of a length by Broad again, Taylor looks pulls but straight to the man at mid-wicket.

35.3

Down the leg side again, Taylor defends.

35.2

Length ball outside off, pushed towards the off side.

35.1

Back of a length ball on the leg side, Taylor goes back and initially looks to tuck it fine. But then, he seems to think better of it, with a short leg in place. So, he looks to abort his shot and is cramped for room. As a result, the ball hits his glove and deflects onto the rib and drops down. Could have so easily gone to short leg or the keeper.

Ben Stokes to bowl from the other end. 6-1-17-0, his figures so far.

34.6

This time on the off pole line, Williamson prods forward and defends. Gets through the first over of the day easily. 98/2

34.5

Good length ball on middle and off, Williamson defends it back towards Curran.

34.4

Pitched up ball outside off, Williamson defends.

34.3

New Zealand are underway on Day 5. Williamson shuffles across and flicks this one off his pad towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.

34.2

This stayed a touch low, Williamson defends stoutly.

34.1

On a length around off, solidly defended.

The players are out in the middle. Williamson and Taylor get ready to resume their innings. Who will start the proceedings with the ball? Sam Curran it will be, to Williamson. Here we go...

Pitch report - Mark Richardson is down for the pitch report. Starts by saying that the forecast for the afternoon is heavy rain. Mentions that there has not been enough sunshine to make serious cracks and dry out the surface. States that the odd ball has stayed low but the track is still very good for batting.

Talking about the match, New Zealand are just 5 behind and have 8 wickets in hand. In an extremely hypothetical situation, the Brits can try and bowl New Zealand out under a lead of 100 and then chase it down. But do they have the time?

Not the best of days to play cricket, with heavy clouds welcoming us. More clouds are expected on the way and the forecast for the afternoon is for rain and for serious rain.

Welcome, welcome, all come! 2-0, 1-0 or 1-1? The first and third results look highly unlikely given that there is rain scheduled around Lunch. But can England pick up a few wickets and gain some confidence ahead of the South African tour? The final day of the series beckons.

... THE FINAL DAY ...

So how do we look at Day 5? If we get a full day's play, anything can happen. England then become favourites to produce a result if anyone can, with New Zealand still trailing by 5 and 2 down, but with fickle weather forecast, a draw might be the most realistic thing emerging. The English bowlers look tired and secretly would be hoping that they get some rest. Or at least, conditions in their favour, wherein they can nip out batsmen quickly. Join us at 10.30 am local (2130 GMT, previous night) for all the action from the final day of this match and series. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Once the Kiwis conceded a lead of 101, victory for them was more or less thrown out of the window. Given that the forecast for Tuesday is not very promising, England needed to strike as many times as they could before that lead was erased and they did. Both the Kiwi openers were dismissed inside 9 overs and it seemed like more were going to come but the old warhorses, Williamson and Taylor have held fort amidst a 68-run stand.

Excellent day for England, excellent day for Joe Root. He maintained his form since last night, not throwing it away and carrying on and on. In Graham Gooch's words, his 'daddy hundred' helped his side gain a lead of 101. Do not forget Ollie Pope who was excellent for his 75. Wagner did get 5 wickets but those were what we call 'cheap scalps' as the English batsmen just threw their bats at everything.

Ben Stokes hurries across to take his cap from umpire Kumara Dharmasena, hoping that there will be one more over but the answer is no. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 4. An intriguing day's play, which had some action, a little bit of thrill and depending on the weather on Tuesday, we might still get a result.

33.6

Length ball on middle and off, defended out. 96/2

33.5

FOUR! Close one! Taylor should be looking to avoid playing shots like that but cannot curb his instinct. Stokes bowls a back of a length ball just outside off, Taylor gets on his toes and cuts it uppishly just to the left of Rory Burns who is standing at gully for that catch. Had that gone to Rory, Taylor would have been cursing himself. Instead, he gets a boundary.

33.4

This time a bouncer on middle and off, Taylor ducks under it.

33.3

On the pads, worked towards square leg for one.

33.2

Bouncer down the leg side, Williamson ducks under it.

33.1

Length delivery fine down the leg side, Williamson flicks but straight to short fine leg.

32.6

Tossed up on middle, Rosco shows the full face of the bat and blocks it out. 91/2

32.5

Taylor prods forward and defends this tossed up delivery.

32.4

Another shortish delivery which is cut away but again stopped in the point region.

32.3

Floated on off, pushed towards the cover region.

32.2

Floated on middle, watchfully defended.

32.1

Shortish and outside off to start the spell, Taylor goes back and cuts but straight to backward point.

Spin time! Joe Denly into the attack to bowl some leggies.

31.6

The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 91/2

31.5

Bouncer on the leg pole line, Taylor initially looks to pull but in the end bails out and looks to defend. He misses the ball and is hit on the left elbow.

31.4

Full and around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.

31.3

A bouncer now, Rosco ducks.

31.2

The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.

31.1

Around middle, Taylor looks to flick but the ball hits his pads and lobs over short leg.

30.6

Poor keeping by Ollie Pope and England have been given a penalty of 5 runs as the ball has hit the helmet of the keeper. Woakes bowls one down the leg side, Williamson looks to flick but misses. The ball lands in front of Pope but he fails to gather the ball. It rolls behind and hits the helmet and the umpire signals for a penalty of 5 runs. 85/2

30.5

Full ball on off, watchfully defended.

30.4

The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.

30.3

Another length ball on off, pushed towards the cover region for a single.

30.2

Length ball outside off, played towards point.

30.1

On the pads of Williamson, he works it towards cover for a single.

29.6

FOUR! Beautiful shot! Full ball on off, driven towards the cover region with precision in the gap for a boundary. 83/2

29.5

The batsman works it down the leg side.

29.4

Back of a length ball on off, Taylor looks to pull but misses and is hit on the body.

29.3

Another bouncer which is sprayed down the leg side and does not trouble the batter.

29.2

Length ball on middle and leg, Taylor tucks this one towards mid-wicket.

29.1

Bouncer down the leg side, left alone.

28.6

On the hips, worked towards the leg side for a single. 79/2

28.5

On middle and off, defended towards silly mid on.

28.4

Full ball on off, pushes this one towards the cover region for three runs. This brings up the 50-run stand between Williamson and Taylor. The experienced New Zealand duo has done well to stabilise things after two early wickets and will be looking to carry on from here.

28.3

The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.

28.2

Another full ball on off, Williamson prods forward and defends.

28.1

Starts the new spell with a pitched up delivery on off, defended by Williamson.

Chris Woakes is back into the attack. 5-3-2-1, his figures so far. Absolute class!

27.6

Bouncer to end the over. This time Taylor does go for an agricultural hook but misses. 75/2

27.5

This time a bit behind in length, Taylor defends it towards cover.

27.4

Good length ball on off, pushed towards the cover region.

27.3

On the hips, worked towards fine leg for a single.

27.2

Bumper again, Williamson without any trouble ducks under it.

27.1

Bouncer on middle and leg, ducked under.

26.6

Curran bowls a low full toss on the leg pole, Taylor punches this one towards mid on. 74/2

26.5

On the pads of Rosco, he tucks this one towards mid-wicket.

26.4

Good length ball outside off, Taylor leaves it alone.

26.3

On the pads, Williamson works this one towards mid-wicket for a single.

26.3

Wide! Another bouncer but this one is way too high for Williamson to play at.

26.2

On the pads, worked towards the leg side.

26.1

Bouncer down the leg side, the batter ducks under it.

25.6

Length ball outside off, cut towards point for a couple. 72/2

25.5

Another bouncer, this time angling into Rosco. He is cramped for room as he tries to defend. The ball hits Taylor on the glove and rolls towards the off side.

25.4

Bouncer on middle and leg, Taylor ducks under it.

25.3

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

25.2

Bouncer down the leg side, Taylor ducks under it.

25.1

FOUR! Back of a length ball on off, room on offer. Taylor hops and slaps this through the point region for a boundary.

24.6

Fullish ball on middle and off, blocked out. 66/2

24.5

Yorker by Curran, Williamson just about manages to jam it out back towards the bowler.

24.4

Good length ball on off, Williamson initially looks to play at it but then opts to leave the ball alone.

24.3

On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.

24.2

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

24.1

Full ball on off, driven straight to Archer at mid off.

23.6

Bouncer on middle and off, angling away. Williamson this time sways away from it. 65/2

23.5

Short of a length ball again, Williamson looks to pull but misses again.

23.4

Length ball outside off, left alone.

23.3

Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

23.2

On the pads, worked towards the leg side.

23.1

OUCH! Hit on the box! Back of a length ball on middle, Williamson looks to pull but misses, The ball hits him right on the box and he is in some visible pain. Winded but he is okay to continue.

Ben Stokes to bowl now.

22.6

Pitched up ball on off, driven down the ground but straight to the man. 65/2

22.5

FOUR! Short ball on middle and leg, Taylor rocks back to pull but gets a top edge on it. The ball gets enough contact on it as the ball trudges into the square leg fence.

22.4

Length ball wide outside off, Williamson looks to cut but misses. The ball bounces in front of Pope who fails to gather it and the ball goes past him. That allows the batters to take a bye.

22.3

On the pads again, Taylor flicks this one towards backward square leg for a single.

22.2

On the pads, worked towards mid-wicket.

22.1

Full ball on middle and off, driven towards mid on.

21.6

Full ball on off, driven towards mid off. 59/2

21.5

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

21.4

FOUR! Back of a length ball on off, Williamson swivels and pulls this one towards mid-wicket for a boundary.

21.3

On off, played towards the point region.

21.2

Williamson drives this pitched up delivery towards the off side.

21.1

Good length ball on off, defended.

Stuart Broad is back into the attack. 4-0-14-0, his figures so far.

20.6

Funny but a fine stop by substitute fielder Mahmood in the deep. On the pads, Taylor glances this one fine down the leg side. Mahmood in the deep runs to his right, puts in a dive. Gets a hand to the ball but it somehow bounces on top of his body, onto his back and then onto his boot. The main thing is he keeps it in play and the batters take two. Smiles all around. 55/2

20.5

Curran corrects his line, Taylor comes onto the front foot and blocks.

20.5

Wide! Way wide outside off, Williamson does not go chasing after it.

20.4

Length ball in the corridor outside off, left alone.

20.3

Yorker on the off pole, jammed out.

20.2

On the pads, Taylor clips it towards the gap at mid-wicket and that allows the batters to take a couple.

20.1

Length ball on off, Williamson works this one wide of mid on for a single.

19.6

Around off, Kane gets across and tucks it wide of short mid-wicket for a run. 49/2

19.5

Full and outside off, Williamson leans and drives it through the covers. Ben Stokes covers a lot of ground to his right from sweeper and keeps the batsmen to a couple.

19.4

A face-high bouncer now, swayed away from.

19.3

Good length ball outside off, blocked from the crease.

19.2

Around off, tucked through mid on for a single.

19.1

A bouncer around off, Taylor ducks.

18.6

Good length ball, around off, well defended. 45/2

18.5

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

18.4

A wild bouncer, down the leg side, ducked under again. Williamson looks at umpire Dharmasena for the wide but does not get it. That was really too high.

18.3

A face-high bouncer, Williamson again arches his back, watches the ball till the last moment and lets it pass.

18.2

Full and around off, well blocked out.

18.1

Around off, watchfully defended from the crease.

Sam Curran is back into the attack. 3-0-12-1, his figures so far.

17.6

Another bouncer, watchfully ducked under. 45/2

17.5

Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

17.4

Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single. Ouch! What has happened to Jofra? He is holding his left knee and limping slightly. Looks good enough to continue for now.

17.3

A bouncer on middle, Williamson arches back and takes his head away in time.

This is very interesting. Mark Richardson on air says that he was having a chat with Stuart Broad this morning about England's struggles with the ball and the latter said that it was never England's plan to bowl New Zealand out! The aim was to let them bat for two days and then on what they felt was a wearing pitch, bat the Kiwis out of the game and defeat them by an innings.

17.2

Down the leg side, Taylor nudges it towards fine leg. Ollie Pope himself runs after it before fine leg can come across. A single taken, leg bye signalled.

17.1

Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on.

DRINKS BREAK. Early hiccups for New Zealand but they are recovering nicely. The Williamson-Taylor stand is just 15 but is looking composed and solid. The deficit has come down to 58 and with 18 overs left in the day, that might just get erased, especially if Taylor bats the distance. England have not found much movement apart from Sam Curran but they have got bounce. Will they rue the absence of a spinner?

16.6

Around off, solidly defended from the crease. 43/2

16.5

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

16.4

Around off, defended towards mid on.

16.3

A length ball outside off, Williamson makes another fine leave but Woakes did generate some extra bounce on that.

16.2

On middle, pushed towards mid on.

16.1

A length ball, around off, tucked towards short mid-wicket.

15.6

Outside off, let through. 43/2

15.5

Outside off, pushed through point for a run.

15.4

A short ball outside off, Williamson ducks but takes his eyes off the ball. Turns his back to it and is hit on the inside of the arm guard. That is why no pain was showed.

15.3

On a good length outside off, defended from the crease.

15.2

A meaningless bouncer, down the leg side, Williamson ducks.

15.1

Full ball on off, driven straight to the man at mid off.

14.6

Around off, defended back to the bowler. 42/2

14.5

Around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

14.4

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

14.3

Full and around off, pushed towards cover.

14.2

Outside off, on a length, Taylor shoulders arms.

14.1

Full and around off, Williamson looks to flick but the ball swings in late and goes off the inside edge through square leg. A single taken. The deficit is now 59. The skipper moves to 20.

13.6

Again that same shot, this time for a single as Denly is there to guard the boundary at deep point. 41/2

13.5

FOUR! That is the area for Kane Williamson. In total control. Forget the previous two balls which have beaten the outside edge by moving off the deck. Outside off, on a length, the skipper arches back slightly and punches it behind point. Kane will play that shot. He will get runs. But why are England changing the field? Joe Denly is now being moved to deep point.

13.4

Outside off, another play and a miss.

13.3

Did that hit a crack? Perhaps it did. Outside off, Williamson looks to poke at it but then the ball seams away a fair distance and he is beaten.

13.2

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

13.1

Down the leg side, Williamson misses his flick.

12.6

Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 36/2

12.5

Short and wide outside off, RT looks to cut but misses.

12.4

Around off, watchfully defended.

12.3

Full and around middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.

12.2

Outside off, angling away, Rosco shoulders arms.

12.1

Full and straight, Taylor just about gets his bat down in time to defend.

11.6

Around off, watchfully blocked out. 36/2

11.5

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

11.4

Outside off, played straight to point.

11.3

Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

11.2

Down the leg side, Taylor misses his flick and the ball goes off his thighs to the leg side. A leg bye taken.

11.1

Full and around off, flicked wide of mid on for a couple.

10.6

Around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 33/2

10.5

Full and outside off, Rosco looks to push but then aims to withdraw his bat. Is late and gets beaten.

10.4

Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.

10.3

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

10.2

Around off, defended from the crease this time.

A fielding change. Root has moved a catcher, very very square of the wicket. Somewhere between short mid-wicket and silly mid on. Joe Denly it is.

10.1

Full and just outside off, Taylor gets a long stride forward and defends. That is generally a good sign, meaning that Taylor is getting his feet moving pretty quickly. Woakes will be aiming for that front pad.

9.6

Good length ball on off, defended by Williamson. 32/2

9.5

FOUR! Williamson pounces! Length ball outside off, Williamson has room to punch it through the empty point region and the ball races to the fence.

9.4

KW this time goes onto the back foot and defends.

9.3

Good cricket all around! Archer steams in and bowls a well-directed bouncer. Williamson spots it early, gets down on his knees and lets it go.

9.2

Length ball on off, blocked out.

9.1

On a length around off, solidly defended.

Ross Taylor is in next, at number 4, replacing Latham.

8.6

OUT! CAUGHT! Latham departs! Beauty by Woakes, he bowls a length ball from round the wicket. The ball is angling in, but straightens a touch after pitching. Latham looks to defend off the back foot but the ball goes off the outside edge towards first slip where Joe Root takes a simple catch towards his left. Both the openers back in the hut for New Zealand and England off to a perfect start. They still lead by 73 runs. Chris Woakes starts his spell with a wicket maiden. 28/2

8.5

Pitches it up this time, Latham defends by presenting the full face of the bat.

8.4

On middle and off, watchfully defended.

8.3

On the hips of Latham, he looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.

8.2

This time Latham pushes the ball down to the man at mid off.

8.1

Woakes starts with a length ball just outside off, Tom goes back and defends with a vertical bat.

Chris Woakes into the attack.

7.6

Archer will not trouble Williamson by bowling like this. Outside off again, Williamson does not bother to play at it. 28/1

7.5

Outside off, again Williamson shoulders arms.

7.4

The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.

7.3

Length ball on off, Williamson punches this one off the back foot towards point.

7.2

Williamson goes onto the back foot and defends it out.

7.1

Great fielding again! Back of a length ball on off to start by Archer, Williamson opens the face of the bat and guides this one off the outer half of his bat towards the third man region. Stokes hares after the ball, slides near the ropes and keeps the ball in play. Saves two for his side.

The first bowling change comes around. Jofra Archer is here.

6.6

Brilliant fielding! Length ball outside off, he drives this one with ease towards the cover-point region. Ben Stokes there dives to his left and saves at least a couple. 26/1

6.5

Length ball on off, Latham blocks it out.

6.4

FOUR! Bad bowling! On the pads, Latham flicks it nonchalantly in front of square leg for a boundary.

6.3

Back of a length ball on off, Latham pushes this one through the cover-point region. This time Denly hares after it and keeps it to a couple.

6.2

Fullish ball on the off pole, Latham whips this one towards mid-wicket. Curran gives it the chase and keeps it down to two.

6.1

Length ball on off, Latham stands tall and blocks.

The hammer is on the pitch. Broad is having his landing area sorted. The vibration is pretty heavy due to the impact of the hammer and the stumps are moving a touch.

5.6

On the pads, Williamson prods forward and defends it back towards the bowler. 18/1

5.5

On the pads of Williamson, he flicks this through square leg for a couple.

5.4

Outside off, Latham shuffles across and pushes this one through point. The batters take three comfortably.

5.3

Good length ball on middle and off, Latham prods forward and defends.

5.2

A bit ahead in length this time, Latham shows the full face of the bat and blocks it out.

5.1

Length ball on off, pushed towards mid off.

4.6

Another one outside off, Williamson offers no shot. 13/1

4.5

Length ball outside off, Williamson does not fiddle with it.

4.4

Length ball on off, Williamson blocks it out.

4.3

Another good length ball on off, defended towards mid off again.

4.2

Good length ball on off, pushed out towards wide mid off by Williamson.

4.1

Bowls a yorker on the off pole, Latham digs it out towards mid on and takes a single.

3.6

Nice shot by Williamson, he gets high on his toes and pushes this one through point for a couple. 12/1

3.5

On a good length on off, Williamson shoulders arms.

3.4

Another one on a similar line, pushed towards cover this time.

3.3

Length ball around off, pushed towards point.

3.2

Jaffa by Curran! Bowls a length ball on the off pole line, Williamson looks to defend off the back foot but does so inside the line. The ball goes past his outside edge. Oohs and Aahs all around.

3.1

Length ball on off, defended towards the off side.

2.6

Wider outside off, easier leave this time. 10/1

2.5

Good judgement? Brave leave? We will let Latham decide. On a length outside off, Tom shoulders arms. The ball comes in a long way and just misses the off stump.

2.4

Outside off, angling in, let through.

2.3

Around off, defended from the crease.

2.2

FOUR! Confidence-boosting shot. Outside off, on a length, Latham just punches it through the covers and the ball races away.

2.1

Around off, on a length, solidly defended.

1.6

FOUR! That is where Williamson collects most of his runs. Add a boundary more to that. Full and outside off, swinging away, Kane gets across, opens the face of the bat and deftly guides it behind backward point! 6/1

1.5

Around off, swinging in, watchfully defended.

1.4

Outside off, driven straight to short extra cover.

1.3

Full and around off, angling away, left alone.

Kane Williamson walks in at number 3 now, replacing Raval.

1.2

OUT! LBW! Jeet Raval walks back and Curran strikes in his first over. What a start for England! Curran bowls a length ball just outside off, angling into the batter. Raval looks to defend off the front foot but fails to do so. The ball hits the pads and the England players put in a loud appeal. Umpire Dharmasena raises his finger and the English players are pumped up. Raval goes to Latham to ask whether he should take the review. They opt against it and Raval walks back. First blood to the visitors. Replay come in and show that there is A MASSIVE INSIDE EDGE. How has Raval not picked that up himself, is a big question!

1.1

On the pads of Latham, he flicks this one towards square leg for a single.

Sam Curran to share the new ball with Broad. Worth a try for 3 overs. If it does not work, get on Chris Woakes or Jofra Archer. Curran had picked up Latham LBW at the Bay Oval.

0.6

Length ball outside off, left alone by Raval to get through the first over. 1/0

0.5

Close call! What are New Zealand doing here? Jeet Raval would have been dismissed without even facing a ball. Good length ball on the pads, Latham works this one towards mid-wicket and sets off for a run. Raval responds but there was no single there. He hesitates but still goes for the run. Crawley gets to the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Raval was gone for all money. However, he survives and he should be looking to make the most of this life. New Zealand are underway.

0.4

Good length ball on off, Latham presents the full face of the bat and defends.

Massive disturbance behind the sightscreen.

0.3

Broad pulls the length a bit behind, Latham pushes it towards mid on.

0.2

Another fullish ball, this time Latham comes on the front foot and defends.

0.1

Broad starts the innings with a fullish ball outside off. Latham looks to defend but the ball goes off the outer half towards point.