England v New Zealand, second Test, Headingley, day two as it happened

Joe Root hits a maiden Test century as England reach 337-7 against New Zealand on day two of the second Test.

25 May 2013 Last updated at 20:19

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As it happened

  1. 1922: 

    So, a topsy-turvey day ends with a rapid Prior/Swann stand of 51 in contrast to the Yorkshire stand of 124 between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. Plenty to digest, then - Sam Sheringham's match report and Jonathan Agnew's column will shortly be available for you to read on the website, while you'll also be able to hear Aggers and Geoffrey on the TMS podcast. Tom and Sam will be back to bring you Day 3 tomorrow morning - enjoy the rest of your evening.


    Jimmy, Plymouth, via text on 81111: This Kiwi bowling attack is the real deal. Can't see them staying down at eighth in the rankings for very long. Another one or two Tests would have made for great Ashes preparation for our batsmen. Although I'm sure the ICC Champions Trophy will suffice.


    Peter Webb: Surely Bairstow is being groomed as the long term replacement for Prior as wicketkeeper/batsman?

    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "Joe Root's played beautifully, but ever since he was about 15, we at Yorkshire felt we had a good player here and that he had what it takes to be pretty special. He has good touch, good footwork, plays the ball late, and it always helps to play at your home ground as you're used to the pace. Headingley is good because you want a competition between batsmen and bowlers, not just a flat batting pitch. Make one slight error and the bowlers feel they have a chance."


    Richard in Sheffield (still in the NE Stand) via text on 81111: Interesting fact: Joe Root and Jessica Ennis's school in Sheffield was used as the "prison" location in the first series of the BBC1 drama "Prisoners Wives". Insert "back in the hutch" pun here.


    New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult on TMS: "It's been a long day out on the field, I think we may have missed a bit of a trick to get them nine down, but tomorrow morning we need to be patient and take those last three wickets, before making the most of a pretty flat wicket."

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "New Zealand have stuck to their task today, bowling under a cloudless sky, but I think that Prior-Swann stand has just edged it for England."

  8. 1905: 
    Commentary- Eng 337-7

    Prior frees his arms to guide Southee for four backward of point, that's the fifty partnership in no time at all. Meanwhile, New Zealand bring on a substitute fielder as Bracewell hobbles off. Prior pulls away as someone walks behind the bowler's arm, and exchanges a few words with the bowler after he is forced to abort the delivery. McCullum brings in his field for the last two balls of the day, but Prior steals a single off the final delivery to end an absorbing day and ensure he'll be facing the first ball of day three.


    Ben, Cambridge via text on 81111: Vaughan says we should be hitting 400 on this pitch, which is probably true, but at the same time I think 300 is a decent score given NZ's shaky batting! I back our seamers to rattle them out cheaply again. 

  10. 1859: 
    OUCH!- Eng 332-7

    After the physio departs, the wounded Swann helps himself to a single against Bracewell, who has replaced Wagner. Prior moves to 33 with a single, Swann squeezes a two through cover point... and this time Bracewell's struggling as after the fifth ball of the over, he stretches his leg as though he's got a hamstring or cramp problem. He manages to deliver the last ball, which Swann smacks for four through mid-off, and Bracewell has his leg stretched by a team-mate between overs. Time for one more over? Go on, then...

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "If the balance of play stays like this for the next three days, we could have a terrific Test match."


    Ali Thompson: Phew! At least its Swann's left hand.

  13. 18: 
    OUCH!- Eng 324-7

    Single from Prior, then Southee fires in a bouncer at Swann which plunks him on the shoulder-blade as he takes evasive action, and they run a couple of leg byes. Next ball is another lifter, Swann takes it on the left hand - I don't think he likes it "up him", Mr Mainwaring... A leg bye allows him to get off strike, but the England physio dashes on at the end of the over to attend to Swann's hand as he winces in pain.


    From Roger in Herts via text on 81111: Would the ideal top six be: Cook, Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell and Bairstow?

    The Yorkshire fans who want Bairstow in the team ahead of Compton would agree with you...

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "These are important runs for England. Broad seems to have regressed as a batsman, which is a pity, but while Swann doesn't often stay in for long, when he's there, he hits the ball as beautifully as anyone."

  16. 1848: 
    Commentary- Eng 320-7

    Swann swats Wagner through mid-off, the lumbering Peter Fulton gives chase and they run two, while Michael Vaughan may have his tongue in his cheek when his departing quip on TMS is that One Direction are "the modern-day Beatles". Swann bashes Wagner through the ring of off-side fielders for four, and his score cycles round to 14.


    Rachel T: Love it when Prior bats like this. 

  18. 1844: 
    Commentary- Eng 314-7

    Prior laces Southee for four through point, before crashing another lovely square drive through the same area, with the same result. Meanwhile, with both Yorkshire batsmen back in the hutch, the Western Terrace continues to reduce in population, rather like Indian grounds do when Sachin Tendulkar is dismissed. That's 90 overs bowled today, but we're still trying to make up overs lost from yesterday's washed-out day one.


    Diccon Thornely: At least England keep it exciting to the end, making it harder to fall asleep following a day of beer and sunshine.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "New Zealand need one last effort here. They'll say 'let's get Matthew Prior and it will have been a fantastic day. But it's Joe Root's day."

  21. 1839: 
    Commentary- Eng 306-7

    Wagner replaces fellow left-armer Boult, and Swann pushes him off his legs to the diving Bracewell, who makes a good stop at short mid-wicket, promoting Williamson to run all the way over from gully to give him a pat on the back. Swann runs a three down to the backward point boundary in front of the increasingly depleted Western Terrace. Prior guides a single to fine leg.


    Jonny Suart: How do people call Broad an all-rounder? His average is warped by one innings and that dismissal looked like his first time batting.

    Fair point on the averages - but devil's advocate, could you not say Jonny Bairstow's average wouldn't look quite as great without that 95 against South Africa? An average is just that - the average of all your innings...

  23. 1835: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 301-7

    As we move into the final half-hour of play, with the sun creeping lower and into the fielders' eyes, Prior whips Southee to mid-wicket where he's dropped by Doug Bracewell - a hard chance diving to his left, but he got a hand to it. Bracewell rubs his tattooed forearms in frustration, and Prior nicks the strike with a single.


    Jon in Eastleigh via text on 81111: I'd be really impressed with Cook if he puts the Kiwis in for half an hour if we lose Prior or Swann tonight. It would show good aggressive captaincy and real intent.

  25. 1830: 
    Commentary- Eng 300-7

    Prior whips Boult for four off his legs, but New Zealand's tails are still up after those three Boult wickets. The Sussex keeper works a single to move to 21, and Swann guides a two towards cow corner to provoke a ripple of applause for England's 300.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "I expect England to bowl well here. They'll swing the ball, and New Zealand will have to bat well tomorrow."

  27. 1826: 
    Commentary- Eng 294-7

    Michael Vaughan on TMS senses a "fragility" about the England batting order after that flurry of wickets - apparently in their last 36 innings, they've only passed 400 eight times. Swann, with a high backlift, guides a two through the covers. More surprising is the sight in the England dressing-room - number 10 Steven Finn is padded up, but number 11 James Anderson is still wearing a blue sweatshirt or tracksuit top. He clearly has confidence in not having to rush out to face a hat-trick ball...


    Neil Martyn Pidgeon: Joe Root & Jessica Ennis went to the same school in Sheffield - what are they putting in school dinners in Yorkshire? 

  29. 1822: 
    Commentary- Eng 291-7

    New batsman Graeme Swann pushes a single, Prior unleashes a textbook off-driven four, and Malcolm Ashton informs TMS listeners that Boult's wicket-to-wicket spell was 3-3 in 13 balls.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "This is turning out to be a great day for New Zealand. England don't look like getting 400 here, which they should be on this pitch, in these conditions. It was no surprise to me that Joe Root got out so soon after reaching his century, considering all the emotions of the occasion."

  31. 1817: 
    WICKET- Broad c McCullum b Boult 0 (Eng 286-7)

    Boult strikes for his third successive over! A faint inside edge from Broad, hanging his bat away from his body, is easily snapped up by McCullum behind the timbers, and those of us who remember the 1980s can picture the Aussie Channel 9 duck wandering across the bottom of the TV screen as Broad stalks off.


    Roger in Cheshire via text on 81111: Bell has opened before. How does a top six of Cook, Bell, Trott, Pietersen, Root and Bairstow look? 

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "If only Tim Bresnan was in now, England would be all right, wouldn't they?"

  34. 1816: 
    Commentary- Eng 286-6

    Stuart Broad joins Prior at the crease, umpire Erasmus spreads his arms to signal a wide as Southee bangs one in out of Prior's reach. And with the two Yorkshire players dismissed, Bryan Waddle on TMS reports that the Western Terrace is emptying, although Jeremy Coney wonders if they're just going round to a sunnier part of the ground. Prior moves to eight with a single to bring Broad on strike for the first time. Three slips and two gullies for the tall left-hander, who works one off his legs and trots through for a leg bye. Southee has Prior playing and missing, but the England keeper moves into double figures by tucking a four off his legs.


    Stuart via text on 81111: I love how angry Root was when dismissed, clearly just getting a ton isn't enough for him, wanted a daddy, delighted he has the maiden ton onto bigger and better things against the Aussies this summer. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "New Zealand will feel they have an end open now, the game has changed a lot in the last 15 minutes. It just took the bottom edge of the outside edge of Bairstow's bat. A bit of extra pace with the new ball, good bowling by Trent Boult."

  37. 1809: 
    WICKET- Bairstow c McCullum b Boult 64 (Eng 279-6)

    Bairstow defends well against Boult, then withdraws the bat at the last moment as Boult slings one temptingly wide of off stump. But Boult strikes again with the last ball of the over as Bairstow becomes the second Yorkshire youngster to edge to the keeper within three overs, getting a slight edge as he tries to withdraw his blade.


    cringlenect: I can honestly say even at 22 Root is the biggest threat to Alastair Cook's hundreds total.

  39. 1805: 
    Commentary- Eng 279-5

    Prior pushes the recalled Tim Southee for two, before guiding a four past gully. One or two people in the stands look like they're making tracks for the exits, but there's plenty of cricket left in this day.


    Gordon, Northamptonshire ex Lancashire via text on 81111: Re: 1726 Yorkshire don't do 'south'!

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "As wickets can fall with the new ball, equally runs can come quickly - so this is going to be a very important hour for New Zealand."

  42. 1800: 
    Commentary- Eng 273-5

    Matt Prior is the new man. Having bagged a "pair" at Lord's, he'll be pleased to be off the mark as he pushes his second ball for a single to backward point. Boult appeals for lbw against Bairstow, but that looked to have pitched outside leg stump and umpire Davis isn't interested. A two lifts Bairstow to 64, and we've got a potential 17 overs remaining tonight, though realistically (with NZ's over-rate) it will be a 1900 BST finish.


    Paul in the TMS inbox: Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are 22 and 23 yrs old. Who dare drop either if KP is fit?

  44. 1756: 
    WICKET- Root c McCullum b Boult 104 (Eng 270-5)

    New Zealand take the new ball, hand it to Trent Boult - and the left-arm quick removes Root with his first delivery, edging to the keeper to end a magnificent innings.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Joe Root has fitted in a lot, for someone who's only played six Tests."


    Steve born in Leeds, living in East Riding, via text on 81111: Oh how wonderful to be a Yorkshireman on a sunny afternoon in May! I bet Joe and Jonny would agree. 

  47. 1755: 
    Commentary- Eng 270-4

    Williamson skips in with the last over before the second new ball is available  four scampered single mean Root has 104 and Bairstow has 62. Still more than an hour of play available today if the light holds.


    Peter James Skinner: Just silently punched the air in the library as Root got his century. 

  49. 1751: 
    Commentary- Eng 266-4

    Root and Bairstow add a single apiece against Wagner as the crowd gradually calm down.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "Headingley rises as one to applaud Joe Root's hundred. There's ticker tape in the air in the Western Terrace, chants of "Roooot" and a rendition of 'Hey Jude' that goes something like this 'nah, nah nah, nah-nah-nah-nah, Joe Root'. He is the first Yorkshireman to score his maiden Test century at Headingley."


    From Neil South Yorks formerly West Riding, via text on 81111: Re: 1726. There are only three ridings - North, East, West. Geography lesson over.

    That's told me. Should South Yorkshire not be elevated to honorary "riding" status today in honour of Sheffield lad Joe Root's century?

  52. 1747: 

    Root moves to within one mighty blow of his maiden Test ton as a single takes him to 94. Bairstow bunts a quick single to mid-on, Root works a two through mid-wicket and scampers back on strike. On 96. And the young man then opens the face to delicately run the ball past the solitary slip for four - he's done it! Root punches the air with delight, hugs his mate Bairstow and then removes his helmet to take the adoring crowd's applause. His hundred came off 156 balls, with nine fours. The singing continues as Root pushes a single through the covers.


    George Hallas: Bairstow the aggressor: he just needs to stay in.

    BBC Test Match Special's statistician Malcolm AshtonContributor

    "In the last 10 overs, of the 60 deliveries he could have faced, Root has only faced 16."

  55. 1742: 
    Commentary- Eng 255-4

    Bairstow tucks into some Wagnerian left-arm seam, clipping a four wide of mid-on.


    Sam, Tenbury Wells via text on 81111: I am not going to the loo (4 beers in) until Root has his 100.

    He's been in the 90s for nearly half-an-hour...

  57. 1738: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 251-4

    A relatively long drinks break won't help NZ's (already rather shabby) over-rate. Bairstow is back on the field, having done whatever he needed to do (as it were), and flat-bats a shorter delivery from Bracewell through the covers for a comfortable two to take England to 250. He's then hit on the pad, playing across the line, but Mr Erasmus is unmoved and NZ are out of reviews. Looked like it was going down the leg side. A bottom edge brings him a single to fine leg, Root can't quite time the last ball of the over and is still marooned on 93.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "This pair are batting superbly at home - it's a great little Yorkshire moment."

  59. 1732: 

    While the players take refreshment, here's the answer to today's second #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - who are the only three New Zealand batsmen to score more than 5,000 Test runs?

    The men in question are Martin Crowe, Stephen Fleming and John Wright.


    James Tompkinson: Current predicament in the cricket is making revision almost impossible - come on Joe lad, willing you home from my desk! 

  61. 1730: 

    More left-arm seam from Wagner, Bairstow powerfully punches a four back past the bowler, that's his fifty and it's also the century stand into the bargain. Headingley rises to applaud one of their favourite sons (who is himself the son of one of Yorkshire's favourite sons, lest we forget). A single takes him to 51, and he then dashes off the field at the end of the over as a drinks break is taken.

  62. 1726: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 243-4

    ....and all four ridings of Yorkshire take a deep breath as the replay shows young Root didn't get any bat on it. So, he survives for the time being, on 93. Bairstow has 46.

  63. 1722: 

    A change in commentary - this is Mark Mitchener with you until the close from an uncharacteristically sunny Salford Quays. I'll be in trouble if Root's out now... he adds a single against Bracewell, Bairstow responds with a three, then New Zealand appeal for a catch down the leg side against Root and McCullum reviews it! Oh, heck...

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "You can't really say Bairstow's batting in Root's shadow now. He needs to be allowed to bat with freedom, a bit like Pietersen."

  65. 1720: 
    Commentary- Eng 239-4

    Bairstow slams Wagner back down the ground. Did that break the bails on its way past the stumps at the non-striker's end? Oh no - tell Wagner didn't deflect it, with Root backing up and out of his ground... Let's examine the replays... good lad, Joe Root, get that bat and back leg down, safe by a long margin.

  66. 1715: 
    Commentary- Eng 234-4

    Bracewell to chase in from the Kirkstall Lane End. Root to 91 with a controlled push past extra cover for two and a dabber for one. 


    James Jessop: This England team features 7 - Cook, Trott, Bell, Root, Broad, Swann and Finn - players with single-syllable surnames. A record? 

  68. 1710: 
    Commentary- Eng 231-4

    Unusual field of gully, point, cover, short cover, extra cover and mid-off for Bairstow as he waits for Wagner. Strayer down the leg-side, touched away for four more.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "If I were Ian Bell, I'd be analysing the way he's got himself out lately, like hitting out and getting out first ball in Ahmedabad. He's giving too easy dismissals, and he's a better player than that."

  70. 1708: 
    Commentary- Eng 227-4

    Reverse-sweep from Bairstow too off the toiling Williamson, and then a single to get Root on strike. The junior partner walks across his stumps and scoops the ball fine for a sprinted three as Wagner makes a good sliding save on the brink of the boundary rope.

  71. 1703: 
    Commentary- Eng 220-4

    Six fielders in front of square for Wagner as Bairstow waits, blinking, tap-tapping the crease. Ah yes - short, onto it in a moment, pulling away with power and timing for four. Partnership to 74 for this home-ground pair.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "Jonny Bairstow needs to be determined and disciplined to make it count as he's well set - it's a nice day, a good pitch and the crowd's behind him. This is one of the opportunities you have to take."

  73. 1658: 
    Commentary- Eng 215-4

    Williamson switched to the Kirkstall Lane End. Root gradually unfurling his full range of shots out there - cheekiest of late dabs to send the spinner down to a fine third man for a hard-run three. 84 now. Begin to cross things.


    Charlie Blanchard: Re: cricket songs, Belly Jean - Michael Jackson.

  75. 1654: 
    Commentary- Eng 209-4

    A handful of petite, benign clouds drift across the pale blue skies above. Wagner bowling well wide of off stump as New Zealand look to burn through these overs before the new ball, only a single slip in. A large-lunged wag on the Western blows up a long, sausage-shaped balloon and releases it to slalom noisily through the air to boozy cheers from his fellow patrons.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Root's timing the ball nicely, Bairstow's looking confident, and there's an ease about their batting. New Zealand are going to have to work hard."

    BBC Sport's Mark MitchenerContributor

    "Some New Zealand-related county news from Worcestershire - veteran Kiwi all-rounder Jacob Oram, who had been signed by the county to play Twenty20 cricket this summer, will not be coming to New Road as he must return to NZ for a hernia operation. His replacement, for Worcestershire's first nine Twenty20 games, will be West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell."

  78. 1647: 
    Commentary- Eng 209-4

    Wagner toiling now with a ball that is now 64 overs old. Bucolic delight in the Western Terrace as a flick away to deep square leg is fielded by Boult with the inadvertent use of his face as he loses his footing.

  79. 1643: 
    Commentary- Eng 207-4

    Root 22 runs shy of his maiden Test ton. A way to go, and he may not make it, but it's been another composed innings of unfeasible maturity from the Sheffield lad. Southee the most impressive component of the New Zealand attack; Bairstow steals a single but is otherwise kept muted.


    From Rhidian, Cardiff via text on 81111: Re: cricket songs "I am the Swann and only"? 


    Richard (usually of Sheffield but currently in the north east stand) via text on 81111: Re: 1521 - Bairstoic? 

  82. 1639: 

    Shot du jour from Bairstow, threading Williamson through the eye of a needle for four to the old pavilion. Biff square on the leg side for three, and now Root will go to work - four, clipped through square; four more, swept with complete control; four more - audaciously, delightfully - with a reverse sweep to race to the highest score of his young Test career. 19 runs off the over, in the middle of it the 50 partnership - 67 balls, 44 minutes.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Some people wonder whether it matters if a spinner bowls with a 15 or 16-degree flex in his arm, as throwing in cricket is only dangerous from the faster bowlers. But I don't know how you can bowl a doosra without throwing."

  84. 1634: 
    Commentary- Eng 186-4

    Two slips in for Root, a dab of the back foot to move to 64 and within nine runs of his Test best. Bairstow pushes hard and gets a thick inside edge out to square leg. That's better, clipped away off the middle for a jogged two as Boult runs round from deep backward square leg. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "The ICC's regulations allow a 15-degree flex in the arm for bowlers. I think Williamson gets close to it."

  86. 1629: 
    Commentary- Eng 181-4

    Bairstow pushes Williamson into a crack in the cover ring for a pair. England's run-rate drops below three an over once again, a reflection not only of the swing found by New Zealand's bowlers but the nature of their batsmen and current confidence.


    Jay: If Joe Root starts opening, who'll provide stability in the middle order? Isn't it possible to clone him and have 6 of him? 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "I think New Zealand are keen to get those left-arm swing bowlers on against Bairstow, for when he plays across the line."

  89. 1646: 
    Commentary- Eng 179-4

    The hazy skyline to the south broken only by church spires and tower blocks, green hills and wooded hillsides just visible beyond. Tim Southee into his 16th over, 1-35 so far. Root is watchful, his footwork precise, his front elbow high.


    Elliott, London, via text on 81111: Re: cricket songs, how about 'relight my Prior'? 

  91. 1622: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 179-4

    Afternoon all. Fordyce back with you. Genuinely warm out there; some serious sozzling in certain quarters. Kane Williamson to twirl from the Rugby Stand End; bellow for a lb as he attempts a sweep, but I think that hit him with front pad outside off.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "We've got one of our favourite slots on TMS tomorrow - 'Ask the Umpire' with John Holder, so do send us (email tms@bbc.co.uk) any arguments about the Laws which you need settling."


    From Miles in Scarborough via text on 81111: Just like last summer's Olympics, England are being carried by Team Yorkshire!


    Former Test umpire Dickie Bird on TMS: "I've never seen a bad Australian side, but I think England will beat them this summer. Andy Flower's a terrific coach."


    Chris Brown, revising in Nottingham, via text on 81111: Re: cricket songs surely a better one for Anderson would be Father Ander-son by Cat Stevens?


    Tom Holmes: Joe Root is an absolute hero, really looking forward to seeing him grow into a world class opening batsman. Good session.


    From Dave, in the garden via text on 81111: Re: 1549, is Joe Root shielding Bairstow from the strike by taking a single off the last ball of the over each time? 

  98. 1603: 

    Here's another #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - time for a Kiwi question. Who are the only three New Zealand batsmen to score more than 5,000 Test runs?

    And on TMS right now, there's another chance to hear part of Aggers' interview with Dickie Bird from yesterday.

  99. 1600: 
    INTERVAL- Eng 178-4

    I like it Steve in Stanmore. I like it a lot. And the Root Master is applauded off the pitch by all and sundry, including his partner Jonny Bairstow. Time for a brew. After tea, Tom Fordyce will be back in the hot seat.


    Steve in Stanmore via text on 81111: Re: 1521 Root Master.

  101. 1558: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 178-4

    Liquorice all sorts to report here. Boult slams one into Bairstows pads. Appeal rejected, probably missing leg. Then Bairstow tries to leave, but forgets to lift his bat and is lucky to deflect into the ground. A leg side ball is flicked to fine leg for four, then another big appeal, and this time they think about a review, but with only one left they are probably wise to think again. And that's tea.


    From John in Orpington via text on 81111: Re: 1521, Punchy Prior.


    Ben Pett: Why don't we stop wasting time and make Joe Root England captain now? 

  104. 1554: 
    Commentary- Eng 172-4

    Two to Sloop Jonny B, wide of fine leg. It remains a fabulous day here, the only clouds of the white and fluffy variety, hovering contentedly amidst the brilliant blue.


    Dan in Haywards Heath via text on 81111: Trying to do full Eng team cricket songs: Just One Cook (The Hollies), Compton Feel the Noize (Slade), It's Trott Unusual (Tom Jones), Bat out of Bell (Meatloaf), Rootloose (Kenny Loggins), Like a Bair-stow (Madonna),Prior and Prior (Jackie Wilson), The Long & Winding Broad (Beatles), Swannderwall (Oasis), Finn the Air Tonight (Phil Collins), and (I Am) The Andersone and Only (Chesney Hawkes). What do I win?

  106. 1549: 
    Commentary- Eng 166-4

    Root edges England forward once more with a pair of twos on each side of the wicket, then his now-customary single off the last ball of the over. Bairstow will be slapping him in the face in the minute.

    BBC Test Match Special's statistician Malcolm AshtonContributor

    "Joe Root has scored 911 first-class runs in 2013, but that includes the 154 runs he scored in New Zealand. In terms of how close he is to scoring 1,000 by the end of May, he started today's play on 757 since the start of the English season."


    Alex Rapley: The beer snake is destroyed and Bell nicks behind.. Coincidence?.. 

  109. 1545: 
    Commentary- Eng 161-4

    Root pulls Bracewell in front of square and collects two to reach 53. Bairstow on strike now, and he cuts a wide one straight down to the rope in front of the Western Terrace, where 2,000 comically-dressed umpires rise to signal four runs.


    Aidan in Devon via text on 81111: How many times have the English batsmen have got set in during this series and then given their wicket away after reaching 20-30? 

  111. 1541: 
    Commentary- Eng 154-4

    Boult is back and bowling down the leg side, where a McCullum fumble adds a bye to the score. Bairstow still not off the mark but he's not being given much chance as Root nabs another single to keep the strike.


    Nick in London via text: Resolute Root!!

  113. 1536: 

    Big moment for the local boy (one of them anyway) as Root edges for four then tucks for two to reach fifty off 90 balls. And it's greeted by the loudest cheer of the day and chants of "na na na na Joe Root" to the tune of .... you guessed it 'Hey Jude'.


    Seb, revising in Cambridge via text on 81111: Re cricket adjectives: (1521) mad-eyed Murali, the best bowling stare ever and could always pop up with a bit of magic!

  115. 1533: 
    Commentary- Eng 146-4

    The colouful crowd in the Western Terrace rises to its feet to greet Jonny Bairstow as he charges out purposefully to greet his fellow Yorkshireman. Oooh, he almost succumbs in the same manner as Bell, pushing at Williamson but missing completely. The partnership between Bell and Root? 79 runs off 158 balls

    WICKET- Bell c McCullum b Williamson 30 (Eng 146-4)

    Where did that come from? Bell tries to work Williamson to third man but gets a thin edge through to the keeper. Tame dismissal and he's furious with himself, ripping off his gloves and shaking his noggin.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "The press area downstairs is like an old-school tuck shop, with lots of retro sweets like fruit salad, blackjacks and sherbert fountains. It's hopeless for people trying not to eat too much."


    Matt Tasker: The cup snake is getting seriously impressive at Headingley.

  119. 1527: 
    Commentary- Eng 145-3

    Bracewell has switched to the Football Stand End now but his line is off, allowing Bell to clip off his toes to long leg for four. Scorers are being woken from the slumbers now as these two look to push on.

  120. 1524: 
    Commentary- Eng 138-3

    England have clearly decided to milk Williamson like a bloated cow. Bell goes down the wickets and lofts him over the top and isn't a million miles away from getting caught at mid-off. Then two to Root to take him into the forties. Meanwhile in the Western Terrace, a beer snake has been formed which is now stretching across almost an entire row of seats. And talking of adjectives, the ever-articulate Jeremy Coney comes up with the perfect one to describe the snake - serpentine.

  121. 1521: 
    Commentary- Eng 133-3

    If there's an appropriate adjective for Neil Wagner it would have to be tireless. He bowls every ball as if it's his last on earth. Any other thoughts on cricketers and adjectives? Cautious Compton? I'm sure you can do better.


    Dougie Mackenzie: Joe Root showing the top order how it's done. He's too good to be batting at 6 when KP returns. He can open, right? 

  123. 1517: 
    Commentary- Eng 132-3

    Spin, for the first-time today, in the form of Kane Williamson. The Kiwis haven't got a frontline tweaker, remember, after Brucie Martin and Daniel Vettori were ruled out. Ian Bell likes what he sees and punches an overpitched ball through the covers for four.


    Jenks from Lincoln via text on 81111: Sat in the western terrace enjoying the frivolities and enjoying what is developing into a rootiful innings....... I'm here all week! 

    BBC Test Match Special's Adam MountfordContributor

    "The Ken Bruce 'View from the Boundary' is now available as a TMS podcast."

    You can listen to it again via the TMS podcast page, along with Aggers and Geoff Boycott's review of each day's play.

  126. 1513: 
    Commentary- Eng 125-3

    Lots of reddening skin in the Western Terrace too. I'm pretty sure all the suncream in the entire ground had been smeared all over one hapless punter, who seemed totally unaware of the creamy lines covering his back. Root gets a single to mid-off, Bell ducks and weaves.


    Mark (a Punk rock cricketer) via text on 81111: Re: cricket songs... The punk genre called 'Oi' has a band called 'Geoffrey Oi-cott' and they have albums called 'The Good The Bad and they Googly', and to paraphrase the title of an album by that other great Punk band The Dickies, they also released an album called 'Dawn Of The Dickie Birds'. I kid you not.

  128. 1507: 
    Commentary- Eng 124-3

    Afternoon all. Sam Sheringham taking over from Tom Fordyce for a bit. I've just spent half an hour in the Western Terrace feeling very much the odd man out without a hint of sauce in my veins. Things are bubbling up nicely over there and we're still nearly an hour from tea.  Root picks Southee off for two, then bags a single off the last ball to hog the strike.


    Samuel Juniper: Did the helmet belong to the fielding side? If so, 6 runs plus number of completed byes. The ball was live until it went to the keeper.

  130. 1504: 
    Commentary- Eng 121-3

    Bell crouches in that low stance of his; Wagner tight, maiden.

  131. 1500: 
    Commentary- Eng 121-3

    Bracewell goes too full, and Bell with crunch that straight past the bowler's toes for a help-yourself for. That's the 50 partnership between these two stylists - 110 balls, in 80 minutes and with seven fours.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "The party atmosphere is building in the Western Terrace, the cricket merely a green and white backdrop to the frivolities. Chants of 'Yorkshire', 'Barmy Army' and 'There's only one Joe Root' are being bellowed out by penguins, Teletubbies and human bananas alike, while our Where's Wallies dance a conga in the aisles."


    From -Z in Uxbridge via text on 81111: Re: 1424, law 25 of the Laws of cricket, subsections 5 and 6. One run for wide, runs for any run taken (also wides), and 5 penalty runs. 

  134. 1457: 
    Commentary- Eng 116-3

    One of the three slips moves out into the covers, and Root will lean back to crash away a back foot slap to the third man fence with a whole heap of bottom hand. He'll try the same again but with less timing and will take two more to move to 28.

  135. 1452: 

    Here are the answers to today's first #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - who are the last 10 players to make their Test debut for England whilst playing for Yorkshire?

    The 11 are: Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ajmal Shahzad, Tim Bresnan, Anthony McGrath, Richard Dawson, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Hoggard, Michael Vaughan and Gavin Hamilton.


    Dave Hinton: "cunning tempter"....(1432) potential commentary team nightmare. 


    From Adam in Oxford via text on 81111: The difference batting wise between Cook's England and Strauss' seems to be that Cook's side is a lot less flexible. Whereas Strauss' team's run rate was dictated by the situation and how the pitch played, Cook's seem to decide on steady accumulation before a ball is bowled. Possibly as a result of the first Test over-aggressiveness in India, or possibly because Cook is naturally a slightly safety first, negative captain. 

  138. 1449: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 110-3

    Half the large posse of Where's Wallys go on a conga rampage along the walkway in front of the Western Terrace, turning sharp left to make their way up the steps and down to the beery concourse. Bell drags Wagner straight for an ungainly four; drinks.


    Big Rod in Yeovil via text on 81111: Re: 1424 it depends if they ran the bye (or how many byes they ran). 5 for hitting the lid stowed in the outfield plus any bye they completed. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "Southee's bowled nicely today, carrying on from when he took 10 wickets in the match at Lord's. They've done their homework about Headingley, not bowled any short balls and bowled a fuller length."

  141. 1440: 
    Commentary- Eng 105-3

    Mmm, dreamy from Root, stepping in to Southee's away dipper, waiting until the ball is right under his snout and creaming it away to the scoreboard by the hotel. Southee ripostes with a little drifter outside off that beats both man and bat.


    From Jase, Wakefield via text on 81111: Re: Andy (1424) Reminds me once we needed 16 to win and a new bowler came on and bowled 4 consecutive wides that went for 4 making his figures 0.0 overs 0 for 16.

  143. 1437: 
    Commentary- Eng 101-3

    Boisterous now on the Terrace, a large white rabbit saluting his pals with a plastic pint pot spilling slopping lager. Wagner now from the Rugby Stand End, chest out, little there to trouble Bell but little to tuck into. Hard graft out there in the warm sunshine.


    Benjamin Cook: Re: Andy in Doncaster - surely 7? 1 for the wide, 1 for the bye (which essentially becomes 2 wides) and 5 for the helmet?

  145. 1432: 
    Commentary- Eng 101-3

    Apparently there's a bloke in the crowd who turned up at the turnstile this morning wearing nothing but a nappy. You'd hope it was fancy dress. If not, good luck, hope it clears up soon. Southee serves up a cunning tempter outside off that Root resists, but he draws the poke next up - Root drops his shoulders in silent recrimination.


    From Stuart in Swindon via text on 81111: Re Andy in Doncaster (1424) I believe although someone will quickly correct me if I am wrong. That as wide was called and the ball ended up hitting the helmet, it should go down as five wides. No runs awarded to batsman. 

  147. 1428: 
    Commentary- Eng 101-3

    Erasmus showing no sign of embarrassment after his decision was over-ruled there. Not my cup of tea, his string of electronic pop hits in the late 1980s, although 'Respect' was a decent enough tune. Different vibe with his clothing these days too. Root works away a single.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "New Zealand have bowled a terrific length, dangling the carrot - Compton and Trott got out driving but while the ball's moving around as it is, the batsman has to put that big drive out of the equation, unless it's right under his nose. You've got to be really disciplined."

  149. 1424: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 100-3

    Crikey - that looked out first up, but Hawk-Eye shows the ball would have pinged over the top by a good inch. DRS delight for Bell, DRS doldrums for the Kiwis.


    An unflattering blob of a shadow parked at the feet of Umpire Erasmus as Southee tears in. Bell - trapped in front - Erasmus gives it, Bell will review...


    From Andy in Doncaster via text on 81111: Can we have an opinion on a law issue. First ball of the game here in Doncaster was a wide . The batsmen set off to take a bye and a fielder deflected the ball into a helmet stored in the field . How many runs?

  152. 1417: 
    Commentary- Eng 100-3

    Boult struggling to maintain his early control, and Root will tuck in, timing the ball sweetly off his legs for a three hauled back by the labouring Bracewell.

  153. 1415: 
    Commentary- Eng 95-3

    Root, such a fragile physical presence out there, white shirt hanging off his slim frame as if off a coat-hanger. Ah, a meaty shot to belie that image, slapping a cut away for four past point's right hand. He'll wait for this one from Southee and punch it away off the back foot again - three fielders hare after it, but there's enough biff on the ball to carry it into the rope again. Yorkshire salutes their own.


    From Lofty via text on 81111: Re: cricket songs The Alarm....Pavilion Steps

  155. 1409: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 87-3

    Bell plays and misses to groans from the crouching slippers. Boult again, a clear snick off something - McCullum leaping, slips sprinting, the bowler a little late to the party. Umpire Davis shakes his bear-like head. Will they review? Conflab, decision: no. Replays... replays show the ball took the thigh pad instead of bat. Close.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Southee has swung the ball well today, so his danger ball is the one that goes on straight."

  157. 1405: 
    Commentary- Eng 87-3

    Tim Southee to replace Bracewell from the Kirkstall Lane End. Three slips, a gap, two gullies, and Root is kept muted by the accuracy and bite. Maiden.


    Simeon Sit: Don't worry boys, we've got more than 68 now.


    John in Epsom Downs via text on 81111: Re: cricket songs, as just seen for sale on e-bay - album by The Temperance Seven called 33 Not Out. 

  160. 1401: 
    Commentary- Eng 85-3

    The trees along the Kirkstall Lane finally in full chlorophyllic leaf, the rich green a contrast to the brown tiled roofs and brick chimneys of the terraces in between. Delicate tickle from Bell to send Boult very fine for four, but he's forced to jab down late on that one and is unpleasantly close to playing on.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Nowadays any scoring rate under three an over is slow. 30, 40 or 50 years ago, anything over three was chaotic."

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "Local lad Joe Root's last innings at Headingley was a blistering 236 for Yorkshire against Derbyshire at the end of April. However, his overall record at his home ground probably belongs in the 'could do better' category. In 15 matches, he has 886 runs at an average of 35.44, with two hundreds in all." 

  163. 1356: 
    Commentary- Eng 81-3

    Flamboyant flick from Bell down to deep backward square leg for one. Bracewell keeping them fullish here, exactly what the pitch requires. Root squared up a little by that one, but once again he controls the edge and adds two as gully dives in vain. A stray cloud briefly covers the sun before being shooed on.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "The pitch looks blameless, but there is movement in the air, and the Kiwis have exploited it. England haven't looked entirely comfortable against Boult."

  165. 1350: 
    Commentary- Eng 77-3

    Further fancy dress efforts visible over lunch. Spotted Henry VIII tucking into a pasty alongside a Marie Antoinette making no mention of cake. Very attacking field in for Dougie Bracewell - four slips, gully, Peter Fulton jogging in at short extra cover. Root clears out an attempted yorker and sprints away and back for two, and then picks up one more from a controlled edge down in front of second slip that wriggles through fingers.

  166. 1344: 
    Commentary- Eng 73-3

    And so we resume, still under faultless blue skies, Joe Root and Ian Bell both yet to get off the mark. Tea will be taken at the slightly delayed time of 1555 this afternoon as we look to squeeze in as many of the overs lost on Friday as possible. Bell tickles one away for two and then swings down leg as Boult loses control and ships four byes.


    From Jack Hammer via text on 81111: Re: Ice cream vendors (1252) One had such a bad day yesterday that he was found on the floor of his van, covered in hundreds and thousands and strawberry sauce. Apparently he topped himself. I'll get my coat.


    Michael Blighe: England 67-3 at lunch? Sounds about right... let's just hope the Kiwi batting is once again worse than ours when they come in. 


    BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce on TMS: "People thought walkmans or MP3 players would kill radio as a medium. But then you'll only ever hear what you've chosen - you'll never be surprised by anything."


    Tony via text on 81111: I live within earshot of Headingley and was woken up this morning by a rousing rendition of Jerusalem pouring through my window. Sausage sandwich and off to the cricket.. Doesn't get much better than this. 


    Peter Donelan: Carberry in for Compton for Ashes. He's in form and scores quickly. England looking vulnerable for Ashes.


    From Mal - now stuck in Newport, via text on 81111: Re: Mark (1242) - I hardly think that Emburey would have got to 33 revs per minute when bowling. Murali would have been 78 rpm. Was there really a double act of Dennis and Gubby - Lillee Allen?


    BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce on TMS: "I used to love watching Ian Botham as he could single-handedly change a game, as he did here famously. But I love coming to Test cricket - rather like classical music, your appreciation of it grows as you get older. There are three young guys sitting near me today who are dressed as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! I think the British love dressing up - particularly as women."


    Alex Green: The trouble with the Boycott room is that the bar service has uncovered pitchers!


    BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce on TMS: "Taking live Test cricket away from terrestrial television was a real shame, as that was what got me into cricket. You don't get that from an hour of highlights at 8 o'clock in the evening. I'm sure all the Sky money goes to training young cricketers, but I worry that enough won't get interested in the game."

  176. 1306: 

    While Aggers sits down with BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce for "A View from the Boundary", here's today's first #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - who are the last 10 players to make their Test debut for England whilst playing for Yorkshire?

    (Clue: you don't need to go as far back as Geoffrey)


    From Ade via text on 81111: This top three, playing this conservatively, is an Ashes disaster waiting to happen. Bite the bullet and change things. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "With the fall of Compton's wicket, New Zealand were in the game, but things were looking comfortable for the England top order with Cook and Trott in. But those two wickets in two deliveries mean New Zealand can contemplate a decent session as they have 40 minutes to get their bowlers fresh against two new batsmen."

  179. 1302: 
    INTERVAL- Eng 67-3

    And so the session has been transformed. Joe Root cheered to the wicket by his fellow Yorkshiremen in the crowd, four slips and two gullies in. Good leaving and watching, but England will go to lunch with two batsmen on 0 and the opposition's danders up. Excellent session of cricket, back with you after lunch.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Dean Brownlie has fielded well at third slip throughout this series, another catch for him and in two balls, England have lost their two steadfast batsmen when they looked so comfortable."

    WICKET- Cook c Brownlie b Bracewell 34 (Eng 67-3)

    And another! Two wickets in two balls... Wasteful dismissal again, Cook reaching out to push at a wide one and Glue-Hands doing the rest at third slip. England were crusing two minutes ago - they're now canting badly. New Zealand cock-a-hooping...

  182. 1255: 
    WICKET- Trott c McCullum b Wagner 28 (Eng 67-2)

    The shadow of a plane heading to Leeds-Bradford airport flashes noiselessly across the green outfield before distending on the windows of the Carnegie Pavilion and disappearing away to the north. Over-pitched from Wagner, Trott seizing upon it to crunch past the short cover for four down to the celebrating Where's Wallys in the Western Terrace. GONE! Wide, innocuous, chased and edged to the leaping stumper.


    From Ian in Peterborough via text on 81111: Re: Stephen (11.35) How about the Perry Como xmas song 'It's Beginning To Look Arlott Like Christmas.'

  184. 1252: 
    Commentary- Eng 63-1

    A better day today for the ice-cream vans around the ground. Had a chat with one downcast vendor in Friday's rain - told me he'd only sold six Whippys all day, and was going to struggle to put food on the table. Unless it was ice-cream, of course. Short from Bracewell, the ball sitting up, Cook swivelling to pull down to the fine leg boundary for four. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "This is a 100 pitch. It's been swinging early on, but the bounce is perfect which should let you play your shots. Don't play the tempting balls outside off stump as Compton did."

  186. 1248: 
    Commentary- Eng 59-1

    The first Mexican wave of the day crashes round the Western Terrace. Cook pushes Wagner away through extra cover for three. Three more overs before the luncheon interval. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "New Zealand lose something with McCullum keeping wicket, but they gain Martin Guptill who is a smart, agile fielder. Having McCullum at seven is a slight concern with only the four bowlers below him as we know Southee never bats for long, Wagner can show some resistance but Boult can't resist for long, so McCullum could find himself stuck on 25 not out."


    From Mark in Oxford via text on 81111: Re: songs. 'Emburey and Murali' (spin together in perfect harmony...) 

  189. 1242: 
    Commentary- Eng 56-1

    The bustling Bracewell continues to probe away at Jonathan Trott's off stump. One ball takes the edge and bounces tantalisingly in front of third slip. TMS chat lurches to the talk of the Boycott Suite at the Headingley hotel. Imagine having to sleep under a portrait of Lord B. Intimidating. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Geoffrey's appeared, though he's not working on TMS in this match. This is supposed to be a Boycott-free zone, though I suppose as president of Yorkshire, he can walk on water in this part of the country."


    Robin Ellis in Munich (but backing Dortmund tonight), TMS inbox: Re. 11:35: How about Peter Fox's "Haus am See" with the line "Meine 100 Enkel spielen Cricket auf'm Rasen" (my 100 grandchildren Play cricket on the grass).  Always makes me chuckle to hear a German rapper singing about cricket.

  192. 1238: 
    Commentary- Eng 56-1

    A glimpse there on the England balcony of bowling coach David Saker and one-day coach Ashley Giles chewing a little fat. Wagner, with that high, reaching bowling arm of his, Trott getting forward to block. Lordy, far too wide, and Umpire Davis thinks about raising the arms but decides it's not quite wide enough. Flick off the toes for one.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "There's an eclectic mix of characters at Headingley today, all enjoying some cricket in the sunshine. On a lap of the ground, I came across Batman and Robin, the Thunderbirds, pirates and a stag party dressed as Snow White (the groom) and the seven dwarfs (all in slightly alarming skintight green leggings.) My personal favourite was a group of New Zealanders dressed as sheep, who were very put out by the discovery of a rival flock."


    Will Amado: Re: cricket songs, Dave Lippman's 'Twelve Days of Boycott' - a protest song (of course).

  195. 1232: 
    Commentary- Eng 54-1

    Stewards in heavy luminous overcoats begin to redden in the face as the temperates shoot past 15 C. Not convinced those garments are breathable/wickable; give it a few hours and the unhappy wearers will surely be experiencing that uncomfortable sensation of sweat rolling down backbone and into the corridor of uncertainty. Bracewell, bustling, Cook, watchful.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "I've stayed in the hotel here at Headingley, when Geoffrey Boycott held his 70th birthday here. It was a casino evening, which was quite surprising, though it wasn't his money of course. My wife Emma and I weren't in the Boycott Room, we were in the Trueman Room. It had a massive portrait of a glowering Fred staring down at the bed from the opposite wall, and you felt like he was there in the room."


    From Hugh in the west stand via text on 81111: I have it on good authority that Brendon McCullum spent £80 on hair products at a hairdresser in Leeds on Thursday. What hair? 

  198. 1226: 
    Commentary- Eng 53-1

    Three slips in for Bracewell as canters in to Cook, Bunted single. Full, Trott chases - ooof, edged just shy of a flinching second slip and away for four. That's England's 50 up - 111 deliveries, 83 minutes and with ten fours.


    Michelle Garland: David Boon... He is the Walrus. Goo goo joob. 


    From Captain Monkeylegs, Fleet via text on 81111: Re: Mal (1203), a small update to your lyrical wizardry: Itsy bitsy teeny weeney, Boycott, Compton, Trott, Ntini. 

  201. 1221: 
    Commentary- Eng 48-1

    Sunshine glaring bright off the corrugated roof of the rugby stand, the blue and yellow seats of the main grandstand of that adjoining ground just visible beyond the old pavilion. No-ball from Wagner, pushed away by Trott for two through cover to move to 19 off 38 balls.


    Harry Rousham: Re: cricket songs, Kallis Whisper.


    Nah, missing off stump. Wishful thinking by Skipper McCullum, and Cook continues on 25. 


    A group of lads down there dressed as - I think - Bananaman. Southee's taking a blow, and that means a first rumble of the day for Doug Bracewell, who famously missed the series in New Zealand after cutting his foot on glass, clearing up after a party. Full, sent away for four; full and wide, smashed away again. Hello - huge lbw shout, they'll review it..

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "The outfield here is a bit quicker than Lord's, it was unusually slow at Lord's. But I came to the conclusion that I actually liked it, as it meant you had to hit the ball well to get four - why should outside edges race away for four?"

  206. 1211: 
    Commentary- Eng 37-1

    Wagner leaking at Boult did not, straying again and being eased away by Cook with a sweetly-timed drive through cover for four. Cheeky single; Trott stays watchful. The Western Terrace closing in on a full house now - relatively muted for now, almost certainly a heaving bawdy mess by tea-time.

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "Cook's been very slow - when I came off my last commentary stint at 1120, he was on nine, and when I returned just now he was on 12 - so that's three runs in 40 minutes."


    From Mal stuck on Severn Bridge on way to Swansea via text on 81111: Re: songs - Lara"s Theme from Dr Zhivago and It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeney yellow polka dot Ntini. 

  209. 1203: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 32-1

    Ooh la-la - devilish snaker from Southee, foxing Cook with one that draws the push on off before shaking its hips and wriggling away. 29 balls now without a scoring shot from the skipper, and Southee will bring in a short midwicket to stand between mid-on and an orthodox square leg. Cook will step into that one - two past extra cover, another angled away off the legs.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "The left-arm angle should suit Jonathan Trott, as he likes working anything on off or middle stump through the leg side."


    From Al Shaw via text on 81111: For Stephen at 1135 - especially for Nick Compton - Nowhere But Gone by Sugar Bayou. 

  212. 1158: 
    Commentary- Eng 29-1

    We'll have a change of bowliong from the Rugby Stand End, Neil Wagner replacing Boult after his parsimonious six overs for six runs. Bender onto the pads; Trott will feast on those juicy ones all day long, and that's four flashed away past a motionless midwicket. Short and wide outside off, left alone impassively.


    From Henry in Sheffield via text on 81111: Although best known for his role in subversive Communism, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was also a revolutionary bowler. Errant bowlers today are still chided to strive for his consistency, "Lenin length." (Sorry.) 


    Joe Wozniczka-Wells: Re: Stephen (1135) Not Addicted by The Streets. "Instead of betting on to win the football, I'll bet to lose the cricket." 

  215. 1153: 
    Commentary- Eng 25-1

    Sunlight sparking off the windscreens of parked cars in the distant suburbs, the wail of a police siren breaking the blissful weekend calm. Southee for his sixth over on the bounce, and Trott will push into the off side and scamper with stubby-legged speed. 


    Peter Ramsay: Re: Stephen (1135) Signal for Lara by Superblue is excellent. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "Ashley Giles, the England limited-overs coach, is here - I noticed him giving throw-downs to Alastair Cook, left-arm over the wicket. Yorkshire don't have many young left-arm seamers, but I'd bet England rang Headingley and asked if any were available to bowl at them."

  218. 1151: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 24-1

    Hello - Boult likes this one, clanging Cook on the knee roll of his back leg - frenzied appeal, Umpire Erasmus shaking his head. Let's have a look - mmm, hitting the top of leg stump, but would have remained umpire's call had it been referred. Boulter looks furious, and with some reason.


    Simon B: Re: Stephen (1135) 'The First Cut Is The Deepest'?

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "I think Compton has a problem with his technique - his front foot is leaving the ground and always comes down in the same spot, around middle stump, so if the ball is on or around off stump, he's playing away from his feet and dangling his bat, and if the ball nips back, it's going through the gate. I saw him play here for Somerset against Yorkshire, and he scored 30 in 150 balls, whereas Joe Root came back into county cricket and made it look so easy."

  221. 1040: 
    Commentary- Eng 23-1

    Three slips and a gully poised for Trent Boult as he resumes to Cook. Nothing ventured and nothing gained from the England captain as he plays out a maiden.


    From Dale in B'ham via text on 81111: Re: Gus (1110) I was always a big fan of Lasith Stalinga.

  223. 1135: 
    Commentary- Eng 19-1

    The famed Western Terrace is filling up nicely, no doubt we'll be hearing plenty from over there as the day elapses. Southee sends down a maiden to Trottsky. As you were.


    Stephen: Can anyone help me compile a list of songs that have cricket in their lyrics? Obviously "We don't like cricket" is in the list. 


    From James via text on 81111: Let's face it.....two one off 100's aren't going to cut it...need consistency at the top! Well even from any batsman who wants to stay in any team! 

  226. 1130: 
    Commentary- Eng 19-1

    A revelation from Aggers on TMS. Apparently, Jonathan Trott is the most accurate of weather forecasters. He spends hours every day trawling through weather sites to get the most accurate predictions. In some ways a surprise, in some ways not at all. Boult squares Cook up with a nice ball that is slightly shaped away. The England skipper looks as unhurried and unflustered as ever, no doubt eyeing a significant score.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "With the size of his moustache at the moment, talking to match referee David Boon is like talking to a neighbour through a privet hedge."


    Rhys Morgan: Not convinced at all by Compton. I'd have Root opening, with Eoin Morgan coming in at number six. 

  229. 1127: 
    Commentary- Eng 19-1

    Southee has picked up where he left off at Lord's where he bagged a match 10-for. Here he is, shaping one away from Trott and beating the outside edge. Trott gets forward to the next ball and guides it with soft hands past the slippers for four. The next ball a help-yourselfer gimme for Trott, whipped away through square leg for another boundary.

  230. 1124: 
    Commentary- Eng 11-1

    Compton slopes off, his body language a string of four-letter words. A sense of clocks ticking about his nascent Test career, which may be unfair after his two centuries in New Zealand last winter but is equally inevitable with Joe Root's form and Kevin Pietersen's imminent return.


    From Rob in York via text on 81111: Re: Gus (1110), what about Jonathan Trottsky?

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "That's exactly the start New Zealand would have liked, to get Trott in early and make inroads while the ball's still doing something. You would say that was a typical opener's dismissal. Not a huge error, sometimes you find more of the edge and it flies past gully."

    WICKET- Compton c Brownlie b Southee 1

    Cook drives with a clunking, dead-bat sound - just the one. New Zealand will be desperate for an early clatter here; the first innings scores in first-class matches at Headingley this so-called summer have been monstrous. Crikey, there it is... Full, swinging away a touch, Compton drawn into an aggressive push, and Glue-Hands Brownlie snags it at shoulder height at third slip.

  234. 1114: 
    Commentary- Eng 10-0

    Ghastly wide from Boult, Compton barely bothering to move as the ball angles across him and away to McCullum's right behind the timbers. Straighter, pushed this time to midwicket. 


    Gus Pingu in Nottingham, TMS inbox: Really hoping that it's Vic Marks who has made a significant contribution towards Marxist theory, otherwise looks like Tuesday's exam went a little wrong.

  236. 1110: 
    Commentary- Eng 9-0

    Glorious day here in Leeds. Not often in life a man can type those words, so keen to fill the boots while I can. Tim Southee, fresh off his 10-wicket haul at Lord's last week, will glide in to Compton - dab off the knees, single to escape the mark. Cook will step into a fuller one and drive with control, the cherry pinging away off the willow past mid-off for four more.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "The over-rate at Lord's was appalling. To be 10 overs short, when 20 overs of spin had been bowled, was unforgivable. The pitch is brownish and looks like it's been trimmed right down to expose some bare patches."

  238. 1104: 
    Commentary- Eng 4-0

    Cook and Compton stride out, the skipper to face Trent Boult coming left arm over. Three slips, a gully, point, mid off, mid on, midwicket, deep backward square leg. Loosener down leg, tucked off the hip fine for the first boundary of the day. Cook shoulders arms to a lifter, and we're on our way.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "You can sense the tension in Nick Compton - for someone who's built a reputation for a long time as a great crease-occupier, he can be a bit scatty at the start of his innings. If he gets, say, 20 runs in the Test, and Jonny Bairstow gets 170, what will the selectors do, assuming Kevin Pietersen returns for the Ashes?"

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "The umpires, Marais Erasmus and Steve Davis, look like a couple of prop forwards, especially with their white coats on."

  241. 1058: 

    Here come our umpires, Marais Erasmus and Steve Davis. Aleem Dar the third man, Victorian ironmonger David Boon the match referee. Jerusalem blasts out around a mainly empty stadium, although we can at least see some green and pleasant land in the distance beyond the blocks of flats.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "I'm looking forward to seeing Doug Bracewell bowl - he has a bit of pace, and he's taken wickets in the games he's played so far."

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "It's a beautiful blue sky, the surface looks true and dry, it looks a 'bat first' day and if England can bat well for four or five sessions and get a big score, the series will be just about safe. The best philosophy is to play the conditions, not play recent history."

  244. 1052: 

    We're promised a near-miraculous 17 C this afternoon, a temperature which has only been experienced in Yorkshire this summer at Harrogate's Turkish Baths. Possibly even warmer on Sunday, with all manner of tickets available. 

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "Stat-hungry? Here's some early sustenance. England and New Zealand have met six times in Tests at Headingley, with the hosts winning four, drawing one and losing once, back in 1983. The only meeting since then was a nine-wicket victory for Michael Vaughan's men in 2004, with Mssrs Trescothick and Hoggard very much to the fore."


    Adam in Gilberdyke via text on 81111: Given Swann's contribution in first Test think England could have considered four-man seam attack here too. 

  247. 1048: 

    Skipper Cook says an unchanged side helps all the England boys "feel comfortable" out there. Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum says he would have bowled anyway, given his seam-heavy attack.


    Alastair Cook wins the toss and makes the logical decision to have a bat on this finest of days. He'll be padding up shortly with Nick Compton in preparation to take on New Zealand's four-man seam attack.

  249. 1030: 
    Commentary- TEAM NEWS

    England name an unchanged side from the 170-run victory at Lord's, which means Steven Finn keeps out Tim Bresnan. New Zealand are forced into to switches, with Martin Guptill and Doug Bracewell coming in for the injured BJ Watling and Brucie Martin.

  250. 1029: 

    A reminder that Friday's first day was a total washout, meaning we shall start afresh this Saturday morning - teams, toss, le grande shaboodle. Punters already taking their seats, including a posse of Wallys from "Where's..."

  251. 1025: 

    Remember the dismal rain of Friday, the brutal grey clouds, the puddles so large they had their own pedalo concessions? Gone. Not a sniff. This morning: bright sunshine, blue skies, Headingley a hive of happy activity. Cricket? I should say so...

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Live Scores - England v N Zealand


  • England beat New Zealand by 247 runs
  • England: 354 & 287-5 (76.0 overs)
  • N Zealand: 174 & 220 (76.3 overs)
  • Venue: Headingley

N Zealand 2nd Innings

All out
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Fulton c Bell b Broad 5
Rutherford c Root b Swann 42
Williamson lbw b Swann 3
Taylor b Swann 70
Brownlie c Bell b Finn 25
Guptill c Trott b Swann 3
B McCullum c and b Broad 1
Southee c Trott b Swann 38
Bracewell c Bell b Swann 19
Wagner not out 0
Boult c Prior b Anderson 0
Extras 1w 2b 11lb 14
Total all out 220

England v New Zealand

England with the Test series trophy

Results and reports from New Zealand's tour of England, after England win the Tests 2-0 and the Kiwis claim the ODIs 2-1 and T20s 1-0.