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

Graeme Swann takes 4-61 as New Zealand close day four of the second Test with England on 158-6, 310 short of victory.

27 May 2013 Last updated at 19:31

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  1. 1901: 

    Well, you can continue debating the merits of England's non-follow-on/delayed declaration/defensive field settings on Twitter - while there will be more reaction in the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show tonight from 2100 BST on BBC Radio 5 live. Tom and Sam will be back at Headingley tomorrow to bring you day five - however long, short, or rain-interrupted that is. Do enjoy what remains of Bank Holiday Monday.

    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "I think Trotty was a bit miffed by some of the criticism he took for anchoring last night when there was no need to, you could tell that from some of the answers he gave. History shows that sometimes, whoever's captain, you have a pretty good side and you win games, while sometimes you have good captains of modest sides, and they don't win much. Michael Vaughan took to captaincy quickly and easily. When he [Trott] says you can't play the game according to the weather, that's twaddle - look at the history of the game in England, we get more rain in the north. Most people would have put them in again, but I think they just wanted batting practice. I don't want to be too critical of England as they've outplayed New Zealand here, whether we win or not, after we played poorly and prepared poorly for the New Zealand tour. So we could have put them back in and polished them off with a bit of ruthlessness, but there are positives from this. They should win in a couple of hours tomorrow, though they could have won quicker if they'd been more ruthless."


    Martin Cawthorne: Mystifyingly bad captaincy, didn't enforce follow on, batted too slow, batted too long and then didn't attack.


    Richard in Sheffield via text on 81111: So England wasted at least an hour last night playing defensively, and at least an hour around lunchtime today stretching an already enormous lead. If tomorrow is a washout, that's a massive let-off for NZ. Hope we're not planning to use the same tactics all summer. 


    Jonathan Trott on TMS: "We've had a great day with bat and ball and we're in a really strong position. If we'd taken the weather into consideration we might have made them follow on. I always get criticism for batting too slowly, so it's nothing new. It's a tough game, that's why it's called Test cricket, not easy cricket. I was just told to bat how I bat. We're 1-0 up in the series so there's no need to chase the game, but we want to win every Test we play. You look at time and runs and you want to get it spot on, and I think we've done that."


    Jed Gore: This match has shown why England aren't world number one. Too many defensive decisions and will now be made to pay by the rain.

    BBC Test Match Special's Geoff BoycottContributor

    "Quite a good day of cricket - Cook played splendidly again, and Trott was a different man, after he had just dropped anchor yesterday. Some of the deft late cuts he played were beautiful. After lunch, we had three guys throwing their bats at the ball and throwing their wickets away, but they wouldn't have needed to if Trott had batted properly last night, against what's a pretty modest attack with one seamer injured and down to three bowlers. That spinner [Williamson] wouldn't get my mum out, or my brother."

  8. 1842: 

    Time for Aggers and Geoffrey's review of the day, which will be available as the TMS podcast later...


    NZ batsman Ross Taylor on TMS: "England put the ball in the right areas and asked us questions, but we should be in a lot better position than we are at the moment. It's another day tomorrow and we'll have to see what the weather gods have in store for us, but hopefully Brendon and Timmy can bat out time as we'll see what will happen. Swann is a world-class spinner but I think Dean Brownlie and myself played him pretty well."

  10. 1838: 

    That's it, play abandoned for the day.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "England batted positively this morning, they were 429 ahead at lunch so it was still record-breaking territory - by batting on, they put runs in the bank allowing them to put men around the bat, but they didn't do that."


    Matt H: Missed the last wicket getting the washing in. Rain has made it to Sheffield.

  13. 1835: 

    Swann to Southee, the powerful Kiwi bashes him for four past the non-striker - although Michael Vaughan on TMS thinks hitting Swann for four won't help NZ's chances of going off for bad light? Or will they? Umpires confer - and they're going off.

  14. 1832: 
    Commentary- NZ 154-6

    Umpires have another look - and with the light deteriorating, England have to go with spin at both ends, so it's time for another twirl of Joe Root's part-time off-spin. McCullum blocks a couple, Umpire Erasmus whips out the light meter between deliveries again, and Root completes an unthreatening maiden over.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Brendon McCullum is doing a good captain's job here, leaning on his bat, glaring at the umpire and saying 'it's too dark'!"

  16. 1827: 
    Commentary- NZ 154-6

    Aggers on TMS thinks England would need to take a seventh wicket to persuade the umpires to let them take the extra half-hour (if the light holds) - now this could be an interesting partnership as neither McCullum nor his new partner Tim Southee are known for defensive batting. Southee, on the drive, can't beat the infield and then sees one whistle past his tentative back-foot prod. Wicket maiden.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "It must have been a little lapse in concentration for him to miss that one when he's been playing as well as he has."

  18. 1823: 
    WICKET- Taylor b Swann 70 (NZ 154-6)

    Umpire Erasmus removes his light meter from his pocket and has a crafty look... but Taylor's twilight vigil is ended as Swann bowls him! Not a great ball - there to be hit - but Swann lifts both arms to the heavens in celebration.


    Diccon Thornely: Re: Ailidh (1807) if the essay question is on the cricket from day 1, there will not be much to write about.

  20. 1822: 
    Commentary- NZ 154-5

    There's a short mid-on - close in enough to stick a leg out and trip up the non-striker - as Broad begins a new over to Taylor, although Michael Vaughan bemoans a "wasted fielder" on the point boundary. Taylor turns a single past the square leg umpire, McCullum shoulders arms outside off stump.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "There are four men around the bat - I think there should have been four men around the bat all day, sometimes there was just one, but there are so many runs to play with."

  22. 1817: 
    Commentary- NZ 153-5

    Skipper Brendon McCullum is the new man at the crease - can he rein in his natural attacking instincts, or is attack the best form of defence against Swann? McCullum opens with an orthodox back-foot defensive push.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Now the whole game starts to turn, will New Zealand be able to last these final 11 overs of the day?"

  24. 1815: 
    WICKET- Guptill c Trott b Swann 3 (NZ 153-5)

    Broad makes a great stop at short extra cover - gets down well for a big man, I hear you say - but after adding a two to his score, an awkward innings from Guptill is ended when he prods forward and edges a regulation catch to Trott at slip.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Swann is an Australian-style spinner - he bowls an attacking, Australian line outside off stump to bring all those dismissals into play."

  26. 1812: 
    Commentary- NZ 151-4

    With Finn off the field, England turn back to Broad, the first ball of his new spell is full and hits Taylor on the pad, though it was going down the leg side. The 13th man rubs his hands together, it looks a little chilly out there.


    Ailidh: Praying that my exam tomorrow asks me an essay question on the last four days of cricket.

  28. 1807: 
    Commentary- NZ 151-4

    Uneventful maiden from Swann to Guptill, who's digging in for the night, perhaps channeling Trott from 24 hours ago. Finn leaves the field, to be replaced by England's 13th man, who we think is Jack Leaning. (Jonny Tattersall has been on for Compton all innings).

    BBC Test Match Special's Bryan WaddleContributor

    "There's a real danger that we could get all the overs in today if the light holds - and before 7 o'clock. 13 left now."


    Tim, Derby via text on 81111: My wicket, I think. Turn on radio on return from doing church accounts, first ball I hear....

  31. 1804: 
    Commentary- NZ 151-4

    Three wise men - limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, team director Andy Flower and bowling coach David Saker - look on from the England balcony as Finn begins a new over to Guptill, who is finally off the mark with a single. When Finn strays down the leg side, Taylor guides it off his hip for four.

    Meanwhile, Bryan Waddle on TMS reveals how Daniel Vettori opened the batting for a New Zealand one-day side today, playing a warm-up game in Northampton. The Kiwis won.

  32. 1800: 
    Commentary- NZ 146-4

    Swann spins a maiden to Taylor. A minimum of 14 more overs left tonight, barring any extra half-hour or bad light shenanigans.

  33. 1757: 
    Commentary- NZ 146-4

    Another single to Taylor, giving Guptill a chance to face Finn - as he's likely to do again soon as TMS's Bryan Waddle expects Guptill to open in the Champions Trophy (and presumably the preceding ODIs against England). But the right-hander from Auckland is yet to score. Taylor, who hails from the Lower Hutt area near Wellington, has 65.


    John Morris: Good thing Ross Taylor wasn't playing against India there. 

  35. 1753: 
    Commentary- NZ 145-4

    There's a bit more of a spring in England's step after that wicket - a couple more wickets and the door may be ajar. Taylor moves to 64 with a single against Swann, Prior whips off the bails as Guptill plays forward but his back foot had remained grounded.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Trying to ride the bounce of Finn is not an easy thing to do."

  37. 1750: 
    Commentary- NZ 144-4

    Martin Guptill is the new man in, with about an hour and 10 minutes before the close of play. Having opened the innings in all but 13 of his 58 previous Test innings, he now has a job to do at number six.

  38. 1747: 
    WICKET- Brownlie c Bell b Finn 25 (NZ 144-4)

    Single from Brownlie, then a slip by Broad at mid-on allows Taylor a three. In fact, it's not Broad's fault, the ball jagged away in a different direction as it hit a grassy sprinkler area. But it's all over for Brownlie as he can't get out of the way of a snorter from Finn and pops a catch to gully.

  39. 1744: 
    Commentary- NZ 140-3 (target 468)

    Simon Mann on TMS gives the DRS a metaphorical pat on the back as Taylor sees off a maiden over.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "But for DRS Taylor would have been out twice."


    Hotspot shows no outside edge from bat on ball - although the bat did hit the pad. "Reverse your decision," instructs third ump Aleem Dar, and Taylor survives. Rightly so.


    Slip (a gum-chewing Jonathan Trott) and short leg in for Swann, who's sporting a slightly shorter haircut in this Test than usual. He spins one down to Taylor, there's a three-quarters-hearted appeal for a catch behind, umpire Davis raises his finger and Taylor immediately calls for a review...


    James from Salisbury via text on 81111: Just watched the Dad's Army cricket match on YouTube, very amusing. Warden Hodges declared early to make a game of it. If only Cook did the same!

  44. 1736: 

    And that's the last (official) drinks break of the session, and therefore the day.

    In a parallel universe, somewhere, England enforced the follow-on, and the game was home and hosed by now. Ho hum.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Swann has always bowled a little bit wider that our generation, which opens up so many possibilities, like getting the outside edge, a bowled through the gate and getting it in the rough that is legitimately there."

  46. 1735: 
    OUCH!- NZ 140-3

    Too short from FInn, and the irrepressible Taylor carves him for an easy four through backward point. But Finn hits back - literally - as Taylor weaves away and is struck a glancing blow on the right bicep, up near the shoulder. A single brings Brownlie on strike, and he helps himself to a four down to third man.


    Greg Beamish: No floodlights at Headingley...makes the decision to bat on even more ridiculous.... 

  48. 1731: 
    Commentary- NZ 131-3

    Cheers Tom. Happy to adopt the "bad light watchman" role here at Beeb Towers, I'm worried this may not go the full distance tonight... Swann twirls away for his 15th over, still taking aim at those left-arm seamer's footholes outside off stump, but Brownlie blocks out a maiden over.


    Dave: At this rate it might be England praying for rain tomorrow.

  50. 1728: 
    Commentary- NZ 131-3

    A solitary slip in now for Finn. Taylor jabs down late on a lifter and almost plays on to be dismissed in identical fashion to the first innings. Single glided away off the hip; 21 overs left in the day, and it increasingly looks like the match will go into that fifth day. Mark Mitchener to take you through to the close.


    Keith Lomax, TMS inbox: I don’t know what Mick Frankel is talking about – these people are Cookie, Trottie, Bellie, Rootie, Swannie, Broadie, and Finnie.

    BBC Test Match Special's Bryan WaddleContributor

    "I heard someone say once that light is only bad when the game's not going well for you. But it doesn't look dangerous for the batsmen here."

  53. 1725: 
    HALF CENTURY- NZ 128-3

    Taylor drives Swann again through cover, this time for two - that'll be his half-century, from a relatively brisk 78 balls considering the rearguard nature of the innings. 97 minutes, six fours. Four more, driven away square, and England are looking frustrated.

    NOT OUT- NZ 121-3

    England like it - hitting in line, hitting leg stump - but only enough for an umpire's call. It stays not out - Taylor survives, England lament..


    The light must have improved, although it's imperceptible up here. That means Steven Finn can come back on. Big shout for lb against Taylor - looks close, looks very close...


    Adam via text on 81111: The defensive nature of the declaration is looking sillier by the passing minute isn't it, surely even to those who somehow tried to justify it....

  57. 1714: 
    Commentary- NZ 121-3

    At last, some sharp turn from Swann from the rough. Brownlie is getting himself well outside off, however, and in any case the ball spits too high and catches Stumper Prior in the midriff. Leg slip in too. Animated shout for an lbw - sliding down leg, surely, and they won't refer that one.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "Taylor's doing the old Alec Stewart trick of rolling his eyes and looking to the sky! He's played Swann really nicely, he's been positive."

  59. 1711: 
    Commentary- NZ 121-3

    Root opts to go round the wicket for Taylor. Bell in at short leg, Finn at short midwicket. Ominous, sprawling cloud overhead, but possibly a little lighter beyond. Possibly.


    Mick Frankel, TMS inbox: I wonder if there has ever been an England team with so many players with one syllable names? Cook, Trott, Bell, Root, Swann, Broad, Finn.

  61. 1709: 
    Commentary- NZ 121-3

    Swann may actually be getting less turn in this innings than he was in the first. Equally, Taylor is playing him nicely, judging the length well and playing with patience.

  62. 1705: 
    Commentary- NZ 117-3

    Umpires Erasmus and Davis pull out the lightometers. It will have to be Root. Although bearing in mind how things have been going for him in this match, he'll probably bag a hat-trick. Ross Taylor untroubled so far, an easy single pushed out into the leg side with the spin.

  63. 1700: 
    Commentary- NZ 117-3

    Smoke drifting across the skyline to the west, perhaps the result of a garden barbecue escalating out of control. Pour on water, pour on water. Light getting gloomier by the moment; Swann will twirl again at the anxious Brownlie, and we may see Joe Root given a tweak from the Rugby Stand End to keep the light meters at bay.

  64. 1653: 
    Commentary- NZ 112-3

    Another of those splendid drives through extra cover from Taylor as Swann fractionally over-pitches. Short leg in, short midwicket, slip. Taylor now defending off the back foot as Swann adjusts his length.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "Joe Root has the swagger of a kid who has just moved up a year at school. I'm speculating here but I think he's quite enjoying the presence of someone who looks even younger than him on the field. Jonny Tattersall is 18 but he doesn't look a day over 12, an image not helped by the fact that he's wearing an England shirt at least three sizes too big for him. A bit of fielding teamwork on the boundary from the young local pair a few minutes ago drew one of the biggest cheers of the day."

  66. 1649: 
    Commentary- NZ 104-3

    Anderson not getting any great reverse out there, but some uneven bounce almost does for Brownlie - stays low, the batsman losing his bottom hand off the handle as he almost over-balances.

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "The light is getting worse here. I wonder if we'll have spin from both ends soon, Root may have to bowl."

  68. 1645: 
    Commentary- NZ 103-3

    Lovely cover drive from Taylor off Swann, getting to the pitch and drilling it away with effortless timing. 32 overs left in the day, but you'd think the light would become an issue well before those are bowled. At the moment, the odds of this going into a fifth day are slowly increasing.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Swann had a bit of difficulty with his length in that last over, and Taylor, who's naturally an attacking batsman, managed to get after him."

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "With this field, if a Martian were to come down and assess the situation of the game, he would think England were on the defensive here."

  71. 1642: 
    Commentary- NZ 98-3

    Taylor runs one away off the outside edge, Bairstow scampering round from deep point to make a sliding save. Desultory Mexican wave on the mainly empty Western Terrace, breaking gently on the acres of exposed blue seats.


    Charlie Blanchard: Dear English weather do what you seem to do best. Lots of love a Kiwi on a university exchange.

  73. 1637: 
    Commentary- NZ 95-3

    Brownlie having a perplexing time against Swann - props forward, watches aghast the ball rolls back between his legs and past his timbers; goes back, just jabs down; goes forward, ball straightens and beats his outside edge.

  74. 1634: 
    Commentary- NZ 91-3

    Taylor chops Anderson away through third man for four. Just two slips in, despite the match scenario, and there's another one squeezed away to the same area. Anderson straying onto Brownlie's pads - three to the right-hander, out into the open spaces at deep square leg.


    Alfred Camp via text on 81111: I believe the earliest known usage of the term sticky wicket is in Bell's Life in London, July 1882: "The ground... was suffering from the effects of recent rain, and once more the Australians found themselves on a sticky wicket." 

  76. 1630: 
    Commentary- NZ 81-3

    Quite fresh out there now, the clouds ever greyer, the wind stiffer. Leading edge from Ross Taylor off Swann. If this match does go into Tuesday's fifth day, tickets will be available for £5 for adults and entirely free for under 16s. Why not free all round? 


    Conrad, Halifax via text on 81111: Is Mark out fixing his windmill? (1200) Raining in Halifax 20 miles from Headingley with the rain coming in from Lancs as all the non-windmill owners suggested. 

  78. 1626: 
    Commentary- NZ 74-3

    Anderson from the Rugby Stand End, searching for some reverse swing. Disappointing for Compton to be off the ground, having pulled a muscle in his chest wall. Did Jack Simmons have a chest wall, let alone a muscle in it? Solid forward defensive from Dean Brownlie.


    As the final session begins, here's a #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - who are the four New Zealanders to make their Test debut since 2000 whose surnames begin with the letter R?


    Frantic Disposition: Sad to see Compton bat himself out of the Ashes. Chest muscle injury: broken heart?

  81. 1621: 
    Commentary- NZ 73-3

    Fordyce back with you. Just opened a packet of Love Hearts*; the message on the first sweet is a simple 'Grow Up'. Inevitable. Swann finds the edge of Taylor's bat, but it's past Trott at first slip and away to the rope fine for four.

    *other slightly fizzy message-based confectionary also available

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "It's getting close to light-meter time - if there were floodlights here, they'd be on by now. There are 39 more overs to be bowled today, plus an extra half-hour if, in the opinion of the umpires, the game could be finished by then. But it could be too dark by then."


    Rob Wyness: "Is Compton's "injury" a chance to drop him?"


    Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves on TMS: "One thing I want to do as deputy chairman of the ECB is get security for the nine Category A grounds, as with seven Tests each summer, some of the nine grounds are going to be disappointed . I think it's wrong that all the risk ends up with the ground, the ECB needs to make sure the games are distributed on a fair basis."


    Rachel T: A sticky wicket? (1522) Isn't that to do with Geoffrey Boycott's uncovered sticks of rhubarb? 


    Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves on TMS: "We've done very well when you think we had a washout on Friday when we'd sold 11,000 tickets. On Saturday we had 13,500 to 14,000 and yesterday we had around 11,000. Those are exceptional figures for May, when you think there are Ashes Tests coming up at Durham and Old Trafford. People who were here on the first day can either have their money back, or swap it for a ticket for next year's Sri Lanka Test."

    BBC Test Match Special's Adam MountfordContributor

    On Twitter: "Nick Compton unlikely to field today after tweaking a muscle in his chest wall."

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "The days are long gone when you came to Headingley and thought about leaving out your spinner, although it was only 12 months ago that England did that - and I think they regretted it."


    Pete in rainy Lancs via text on 81111: As kids we didnt always have proper wickets and bails to play with so we would use sticks. Stickie wicket?

  90. 1557: 
    INTERVAL- NZ 68-3

    I'm told Nick Compton is off the field due to a strained muscle in his chest wall, hence the presence of young blondie Jonny Tattersall. Brownlie cuts and gets a couple thanks to a bit of a sloppy piece of fielding from Jonny Bairstow. Same ball, no contact this time and Brownlie is a lucky man. Time for une tasse de the...


    Craig Rothnie: Re: (1522) I have my second last university exam tomorrow, and the cricket is on; that is a sticky wicket. 

  92. 1553: 
    Commentary- NZ 66-3

    Dean Brownlie, one of two men bowled through the gate by Swann in the first innings, walks out to bat. Oooh, he gets his bat down very late to a stump-directed delivery.

    WICKET- Rutherford c Root b Swann 42 (NZ 65-3)

    A prod, an inside edge and Root takes an easy catch. The tea-time cakes will taste all the sweeter for England.

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "ECB chief executive David Collier will be joining the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show on BBC Radio 5 live tonight at 2100 BST, while they'll also be speaking to cricket corruption expert Ed Hawkins about the Indian Premier League."

  95. 1548: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- NZ 63-2

    Finn pins Rutherford back and screams a high-pitched appeal. I think it pitched outside leg because they don't even contemplate a review. Ruthers has a slash at a wider ball and it flies over gully's head for four.


    Mark Stevens: Re: (1522) sticky wicket may well be a term borrowed from croquet. It is mentioned in this context in Harpo Marx's 1961 autoboigraphy.

  97. 1543: 
    Commentary- NZ 57-2

    Rutherford motors into the thirties with a meaty on-drive off a Swann half-volley. Then a brainless heave - what is he thinking? - which sails very high but just clears mid-on before bouncing safely.


    Rich in Bristol via text on 81111: Re: 1522, you could always refer her to the infamous Jelly Bean affair of 2007?

  99. 1539: 
    Commentary- NZ 49-2

    These two are the type of players who like to score. Trott and Compo they are not. And true to form they work a couple of singles off Finn before Taylor whips one past mid-on for his first boundary.


    Sebastian Eaton: Re: Jack (1522), having to explain cricket to your American mother-in-law is a perfect example of a sticky wicket.

  101. 1534: 
    Commentary- NZ 43-2

    Ruthers clips Swann to midwicket and calls for a quickie. Broad's shy hits the stumps and the umpires send it upstairs but Ruthers was comfortably home. Taylor picks up a run to deep point.


    Football Cynic: Re: (1522) a sticky wicket is one where you are likely to come unstuck.

  103. 1530: 
    OUCH!- NZ 41-2

    Wispy, hazy clouds, but plenty of blue as Finn steams in to Taylor. Ouch - he wears one right in the proverbials. Brave man, he winces briefly but rises quickly to face the next ball. Finn is bowling fast and straight at the moment and he beats Taylor with a stonking ball.


    Sean Whittall: That's the end of New Zealand then, soon as Williamson goes so does the rest of the team. Buckle. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "That shows the importance of convincing the on-field umpire it's out. When it's umpire's call, the same pictures, and he would have been not out if the umpire hadn't given him."

  106. 1526: 
    Commentary- NZ 41-2

    Here's Ross Taylor, comfortably the Kiwis' best player with an average of 41.88 from 48 matches. He's a bit uppish with his first stroke but the ball lands safely short of a very close cover.

    WICKET- Williamson lbw b Swann 3 (NZ 40-2)

    The ball strikes Williamson on the knee roll and would have grazed leg stump. It's an umpire's call, so he has to go.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "That was a funny one, he came forward but we know Swann only appeals when he's pretty convinced..."

  109. 1522: 

    Swann also has two men on the boundary - but more importantly he has a wicket as Williamson is rapped on the pad! Or has he? Williamson sending for a review. This looks out.


    Jack Barraclough: Just spent 20 mins explaining cricket to American mother-in-law. She wants to know what a sticky wicket is? Suggestions?

  111. 1520: 
    Commentary- NZ 40-1

    And now for Finn, who took the first three wickets in the Kiwi first innings, bowling with three slips, two gullies and a cover sweeper for some reason. Ruthers waits for one right in the slot and drives it inside mid-off for four.


    George, Leamington, via text on 81111: Re: 1502 Fell-running? Rock-climbing? Extreme ironing? 

  113. 1515: 
    Commentary- NZ 34-1

    Swann time. And his first ball from round the wicket beats Rutherford all ends up. Then a near run out as short leg Root gathers and throws in one movement but almost takes out Prior. I think Rutherford got his bat back in time but that will have woken up any post-lunch snoozers. The last ball is overpitched and Rutherford clips it neatly through midwicket for three.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "The 12th man is Jonny Tattersall, a young Yorkshire academy player. He's a batsman who bowls a useful bit of leg-spin, and he looks a bit like the Milky Bar Kid. He'll be playing in a couple of years."

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Once you've got a pitch which is up and down, as a batsman you've got to stay in line for those extra few milliseconds so you're not caught lbw, and then when it does rise on you, you can be caught in a bad position. It's the tall bowlers that tend to create that extra bit of variation - New Zealand's bowlers didn't do it at all."

  116. 1510: 
    Commentary- NZ 31-1

    More sharp bounce for Broad but this time Rutherford is ready for it, adjusting his bat and ramping the ball over the slips for four. A short leg in place for Williamson, point the deepest fieldsman. Then a firecracker from Broad, holding its line and almost shaving the willow. Got a feeling Williamson could be the key wicket here.

    BBC Sport's Jamie LillywhiteContributor

    "For a team requiring a total of 468 the stats are not particularly encouraging. Ross Taylor is the only New Zealand batsman to average over 40 and only four others average in excess of 30. And as for averages in this series... we won't go into those."

  118. 1506: 
    Commentary- NZ 26-1

    Anyway, the forecast I'm looking at says no rain in Leeds today. So there. Jimmy Anderson, who is having a quiet Test by his lofty standards, chips away at the compact Williamson, who sees out a maiden. Jimmy's figures thus far - 6-4-7-0.

  119. 1502: 
    Commentary- NZ 26-1

    Afternoon all. It's the traditional Sheringham for Fordyce switch here. I'm getting a bit sick of the word "rain". How about we just ban in for a bit? Cricket does make me laugh sometimes, in how many other sports would we be musing over the rain shadows over the Pennines? Ho-hum.

    Anyway, Broad's testing spell continues and he's picked off for a single apiece by the young Kiwi pair. I think Steven Finn could be lethal on this track.


    Frantic Disposition: Where are we with required run rate?

  121. 1458: 
    Commentary- NZ 24-1 (target 468)

    Prolongued treatment for Williamson after that blow from Broad. He will drive nicely for two as Anderson strains for a little pitched-up swing. Sam Sheringham to take over until tea.

  122. 1451: 
    OUCH!- NZ 21-1

    Ooof, nasty one again from Broad, getting lift and a little movement in to crack new batsman Kane Williamson on the elbow.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "It won't be long before we see the spin of Graeme Swann, which is going to test the minds and technique of the New Zealand batsmen. They'll be hoping they can take this into tomorrow and hope it rains."

    WICKET- Fulton c Bell b Broad 5 (NZ 21-1)

    Brutal delivery, spitting up, taking the glove, ballooning up and down gully's throat. England on their way.


    David Benn: Met Office prediction shows rain reaches West Yorks late evening. Pennine 'rain shadow' well known in these parts.

  126. 1445: 
    Commentary- NZ 20-0

    Wide from Anderson, and Fuilton can leave that happily. Maiden.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "That was really steep bounce there from Broad - Prior took it above his head, and it was still rising when he caught it."

  128. 1441: 
    Commentary- NZ 20-0

    Real menace from Broad, snorting one past Rutherford's startled snout before inducing a nervous late leave as the ball scoots past the off peg.

  129. 1436: 
    Commentary- NZ 20-0

    Speculation rife about the rain is and how long it might take to get to Leeds. Apparently it's grey but dry in Oldham, dodgy in Warrington, ominous in Skipton and absolutely scorching in Istanbul. Fulton flicks Anderson off his pads for four.


    Ben Cooper in Bristol, TMS inbox: Not sure what people are thinking. The onus is on NZ to make something happen. This IS totally ruthless by England. Not declaring means we just crush them into the ground.


    England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Twitter: "Back in the nets. #boom."


    Anonymous via text on 81111: Time for some creativity from cricket grounds - with a half empty stadium, surely they could reduce ticket prices for the rest of today? I live five minutes walk away, but £40 for half a day's play is ridiculous.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "You don't want to give New Zealand runs and let them get comfortable, but they're chasing 468 - have another catcher in place, get a short point in, in case of that miscued drive."

  134. 1432: 
    Commentary- NZ 16-0

    Rutherford creams Broad away off the back foot for a delightful four. Oh no - Cook's not pushing a man back out on the ropes to sweep, is he? With a target of 468? easy single to that man from Rutherford.


    Stephen in Manchester via text on 81111: How many runs before Cook puts his slips out on the boundary? 20, 30? Just to be safe?


    Sean Bennett: So what have we learnt by not following on Cook is a great batsman and Compton is not ready. Think we knew this already.

  137. 1428: 
    Commentary- NZ 10-0

    Kevin Pietersen has just tweeted a photo of himself batting in the nets. I trust it's not an old one. Skiddy one down leg, off Fulton's thigh pad and away for four leg byes.


    John Rodway: Cook knows his history, 40 years since Bev Congdon [176 and 175 in successive Test innings for New Zealand at Trent Bridge and Lord's] so playing it safe with lead of 468.


    Ade via text on 81111: As much as I love England, I'm hoping for NZ to finish today 30-9, and the whole day to be washed out tomorrow. It'll be for the best in the long run. 

  140. 1423: 
    Commentary- NZ 6-0

    Stuart Broad keeps the new ball rather than Steven Finn, as we expected. Leg-byes as Rutherford gets across his stumps, New Zealand within 466 of victory. Good, solid drive, the ball racing away for four even as the clouds overhead thicken. Bouncer, ducked underneath by the opener. Tempter outside off, thick outside edge down to gully on the bounce. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "New Zealand need to set themselves small targets here - bat for five to 10 overs at a time. There's no point in saying 'go out and bat for 168 overs'. Someone like Rutherford won't be used to playing a long, defensive innings - I think he'll just play his normal game."

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "New Zealand aren't going to win the game, but you can take a lot of confidence from drawing a game you're expected to lose. I expect England will give Broad the new ball, and save Finn for an 'impact' spell like he had in the first innings."


    Andy Bentley: No team has scored 450 in the fourth innings of a Test... And certainly, this NZ team will not become the first.

  144. 1420: 
    Commentary- NZ 0-0

    James Anderson to open out from the Kirkstall Lane End. Three slips, gully, point, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket, deep backward square leg. Peter Fulton waits... beaten outside off. Two wide outside off, warm applause from the small crowd.


    Jess Vallance: Black Caps only need to get 468 runs to win. So that's only 400 more than they got in the 2nd innings at Lord's.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "England have got a great chance of winning today if they can get the majority of those 61 overs in, but I'd have declared at lunch. New Zealand haven't scored 450 all series, in three innings combined."


    Tom Soper via text on 81111: Re: Simon Poole (1356) - there is something ruthless about taking batting practice over winning a match. But I hope NZ see it out now..."not cricket". 

  148. 1414: 

    Right. Let's see how this goes. England's fielders out, umpires ahead of them. What do we think - rapid collapse, token resistance, doughty draw?


    Ben Pett: 468 to win? Got a feeling this could be a really tense run chase.. 


    Martin Warwick via text on 81111: As someone who follows Test cricket avidly and who also likes a small wager now and then on England this blatant disregard of fulfilling the purpose of winning the game does not help the appeal or popularity of the game - someone needs to have a word. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Steven Finn's come out early to practise, will he be taking the new ball? He was taking it a few Tests back but Broad's been taking it lately."

  152. 1404: 
    SIX- Eng 287-5 declared - NZ need 468 to win

    Bairstow mangles the rarely-seen Guptill over long on for six. Crusty old pie of a delivery, smashed through cover for four. Another juicy one, crashed back down the ground for four more, THEY'RE DECLARING! DEAR GOD, THEY'RE DECLARING!


    Andrew Bowan in Chester, TMS inbox: Who is pulling the strings - Cook or Flower? Time to think about offering players a win bonus and see if they declare then.

    BBC Test Match Special's statistician Malcolm AshtonContributor

    "There's been only one successful run chase over 400 here - by Australia in 1948 when they made 404."

  155. 1402: 
    Commentary- Eng 272-5

    Matt Prior the new man, hooking Wagner fine for four. The lead passes 450.


    Alex Garner: Praying Cook has set a lead of 450 as the declaration point. Game unlose-able and batsman learning nothing facing Guptill's pies.

    WICKET- Root c Guptill b Wagner 28 (Eng 268-5)

    Down the track, thumps one down cover's throat. Still no sign of the declaration. Who do they think lies in wait in this New Zealand top order - Martin Crowe, Hercules, the Silver Surfer?

  158. 1356: 
    Commentary- Eng 268-4 (lead 448)

    Heave-ho from Bairstow, getting lucky with a thick inside edge just after drilling Guptill nicely through the leg side for two. No team in Test history has ever scored this many in the fourth innings of a match. Come on, come on...


    Simon Poole: The truly great teams would have declared by now. Need to be ruthless like Clive Lloyd era Windies and Steve Waugh's Aussies. 


    Rory: England can't declare with Root only 314 runs short of the Headingley record. 

  161. 1352: 
    Commentary- Eng 260-4 (lead 440)

    Give me a D. Give me an E. Give me C... We'll trudge on, and on, and on. Bairstow nearly run out by the first decent piece of fielding all day long, moments after Southee makes the most awful mess of an attempted save on the deep point boundary. 


    Leah Jacobs: Sitting on the london overground shouting declare man declare. Strangers moving slowly away.

    WICKET- Trott c McCullum b Wagner 76 (Eng 249-4)

    And so we go on. But Trott doesn't - snagged behind beautifully, full length by Stumper McCullum...


    From Jim, Tonbridge via text on 81111: Hope they're not waiting for Trott to get a ton, that could take all match. 


    James Fernie Gibson: Maybe the NZ cricket team should start employing the same Haka tactic as their rugby compatriots...? 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "There's still no sign of a roller, so we don't think England have declared."


    Joel in a soaking wet Keswick via text 81111: Declare at lunch, bowl them out for 90/120 and then start getting that fever....Ashes fever.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "At Leicestershire, Les Taylor and I often had to treat ourselves with ultrasound machines in the physio room. Once, Peter Willey burst in and said 'you're in' - and because we weren't ready, he had to declare, eight wickets down on either 249 or 299, one short of a bonus point."


    Chris Watkins: Root showing once again in that last over his range, and why he's likely going to be the future of England in all forms. Class.


    Former Middlesex and Durham seamer Simon Hughes on TMS: "When I started at Middlesex, John Emburey and Phil Edmonds would get in the car and drive round from the Pavilion End to the Nursery End, with their pads on, to have a net. And lunch would be a 20-minute feeding frenzy - Mike Gatting used to have ice cream, cream and custard on his desserts. How did we play cricket like that?"

    Email the TMS team at tms@bbc.co.uk to let them know what practice is like in your team, while they discuss the modern changes in training and fitness methods


    KateL: Surprisingly wet in Romania today but warmed up by Test Match Special on the radio.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "England are on the cusp of being confident enough to declare and know New Zealand are out of the game."


    BBC Weather's John Hammond: "Rain is still just west of the Pennines, but England are pushing their luck if they don't declare soon methinks."

  174. 1302: 
    INTERVAL- Eng 249-3 (lead 429)

    Trott tucking into the party buffet, reverse-sweeping Guppers fine for another four. Last over before lunch, this, and Trott will pop away another single from the final ball. 76 not out for the number three, 20 for Root; 133 runs in the session, which is exactly how it should be against this attack on this surface at this stage of the match.


    Jack Blackwell: When Guptil comes on chucking down half trackers like a retired pie slinger you know you are in a world of peril.


    Ben Hornby in Lancaster via text on 81111: Why are we still batting with a 400 lead? If it rains tomorrow then we are our own worst enemy.

  177. 1258: 
    Commentary- Eng 243-3

    Root playing beautifully once again, late-dabbing Wagner for four, flicking him leg-side for four more, going down on one knee to - ole! reverse-sweep the seamer for four more through the vacant slips. This is how to put pedal to metal...

    BBC Test Match Special's Bryan WaddleContributor

    "I sense that Root will get a standing ovation here, whatever he does."

  179. 1256: 
    Commentary- Eng 231-3 (lead 411)

    Martin Guptill to fire in some darts here. Chest high full toss, but Root had already gone down to play the reverse sweep and is forced to bunt the ball off his nose with the toe-end. Lovely late cut for four; single driven away straight. To hell with it, why not push on to 500 in front?

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Once you're positive in your batting, you put pressure on bowlers and get some loose deliveries, as England have today. And it affects the bowlers, as soon as you feel you have to bowl defensively."

  181. 1251: 
    Commentary- Eng 225-3

    The lead past 400 now, even as the skies cloud over. No imminent sign of rain, but I think we've waved goodbye to that beautiful sunshine for the week. Sigh. Root off the mark with a glance into the leg side. More singles there to leg, the Kiwi fielding looking weary and ropey in equal measure.


    James Ellis: Anything to declare, Mr Cook? 

  183. 1247: 
    Commentary- Eng 222-3

    Sweet placement from Trott, driving Williamson through the on-side for two. Two more, finer this time, Root starved of the strike at the moment. Double Nelson.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Bell has eyed up a vacant area on the boundary, Martin Guptill has taken it at the second attempt, but once you reach this phase of the innings, you want to get runs quickly and set the game up. No-one will hold it against Bell in the changing-room."


    Simon in London via text on 81111: For pity's sake, declare. Make a match of it. NZ are not going to score 400.

  186. 1244: 
    Commentary- Eng 218-3 (lead 398)

    You can't blame Bell for having a go - match scenario demands it. Joe Root cheered to the crease. Wagner will replace Bracewell from the Rugby Stand End, and he'll go round the wicket to Trott to avoid creating any further foot-holds for Swann to exploit this afternoon.


    Richard in Sheffield via text on 81111: Surely there's an argument to have promoted Bairstow or Prior up the order to get England maximum runs in the shortest time? 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "It's been much better from England today - it shows what you can do if you go out with an optimistic frame of mind, there have been a lot of boundaries and ones - a bit like Twenty20 cricket. They've rotated the strike well."

    WICKET- Bell c Guptill b Williamson 6 (Eng 214-3)

    Hopeful hoick, straight up in the air, grabbed by midwicket at the third time of asking. 

  190. 1233: 
    Commentary- Eng 210-2

    Ian Bell the new man, and he's off the mark with an audacious reverse-sweep for four. Half an hour until lunch, the lead closing in on 400, the rain supposedly with us around 5pm today - what would you do?


    Tom in Swansea via text on 81111: Re: Mark (1200) Radar shows rain is indeed moving from Lancs to Yorks. Won't arrive for quite a while though.

    WICKET- Cook c Southee b Williamson 130 (Eng 206-2)

    Ah, Skipper's gone - uncharacteristic stroke, advancing down the track and miscuing gently to mid-off. Fine knock however - 190 balls, 263 minutes and 18 fours. Partnership of 134 off 250 balls.


    Wisden's Steven Lynch, TMS inbox: "Regarding the debate about Cook's start as captain, when in doubt I suppose you have to look at Don Bradman - and Cook's not far off. The Don scored eight hundreds in his first ten Tests as captain (after starting indifferently with 32, 0, 0 and 38 in two defeats). He didn't bat in one of those, as he was injured, so eight in nine in which he batted ...
    Overall Bradman averaged 101.51 as captain; Cook is second with around 72 (including this not-out innings -). Kumar Sangakkara third with 69.60, then Michael Clarke 66.10."

  194. 1226: 
    Commentary- Eng 206-1

    Mmm, genuine dash from Trott, flicking Bracewell down to fine leg with an almost King Vivi elan. I'm exaggerating a little, of course, but you knew that. 

  195. 1221: 
    HALF CENTURY- Eng 198-1 (lead 378)

    Trott slaps a Williamson full-bunger away to the man on the midwucket fence for the single that brings up his half-century. After his overnight 11 took 69 balls, he's positively raced on to his 50 from 126 balls. 168 minutes and six fours


    Laurence Smith: Comparisons being made with Bradman. Nobody will ever match Bradman's records, Tendulkar is a far more apt target for Cook.

  197. 1217: 
    Commentary- Eng 193-1

    A second slip in now for Trott but no first, presumably to cut off that cheeky run-away through third man. Single played away to the sweeper on the cover rope. Cook pulls a short one from Bracewell down to deep square leg for one more. Turned away in Trottesque fashion for another to deep midwicket.

    BBC Sport's Mark MitchenerContributor

    "The ICC has announced that the ECB has signed the host agreement to stage the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Although it was allocated to the ECB back in 2006, this is confirmation. The press release states that 'the tournament will be held throughout June 2019 and will be played at 10 venues', with 10 teams involved - so it may not be as long as previous World Cups. But while past World Cups in England (1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999) have been taken all around the counties, there may now be a battle to get on that list of 10 venues."

  199. 1209: 
    Commentary- Eng 188-1 (lead 368)

    New Zealand look a bit toothless without Trent Boult, and Cook greedily sinks his own gnashers into some dross from Bracewell, cutting for four. Then the skipper helps one round the corner for a single.

    BBC Test Match Special's Adam MountfordContributor

    On Twitter: "At lunch on TMS we will be joined by Simon Hughes to discuss how training and fitness has changed. What is practice like at your team?"

  201. 1202: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 183-1

    Cook pushes Williamson for one to move on to 120 big ones. England's lead is a whopping 363. Time for some mid-session drinkies.

  202. 1200: 
    Commentary- Eng 181-1

    Trott drops Bracewell into the off side for a dashed single. Yorker aimed at Cook's off stump, dug out.

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "I've had a text from [former England batsman] Neil Fairbrother, who tells us there are some very dark clouds over Oldham. I think it means we may get that weather later."


    Mark Harrison via text on 81111: Sitting here (near Darwen) watching the windmills & listening to TMS. There may be significant clouds here but the windmills show the wind is from the southeast. No chance whatever of any rain crossing from Lancs to Yorks. Look south for your weather, not to Lancs. 

  205. 1155: 
    Commentary- Eng 179-1

    You know the old adage about captaincy affecting your batting? It's certainly true in Cook's case - it's made him even better. He's now scored seven centuries in 11 Tests as skipper. Singles taken at will against Williamson's gentle tweak. Reverse sweep from Trott! Straight through Ross Taylor at conventional slip, four to the fence.

  206. 1148: 
    Commentary- Eng 166-1

    Delightful late cut from Cook off Williamson - three down to a wide third man, and that's 50 runs this morning in 11 overs.

    BBC Test Match Special's statistician Malcolm AshtonContributor

    "That's 7,500 Test runs for Cook with that four. Just one in front of Pietersen who has 7,499."

    BBC Test Match Special's Michael VaughanContributor

    "I think we'll be seeing England bowl an hour after lunch. They're scoring quickly, they should keep New Zealand out there for a while, get 450 ahead and then unleash Broad, Anderson, Finn and Swann."

  209. 1146: 
    Commentary- Eng 162-1

    Bracewell chugging in like an old goods train. Full, timed away magnificently by Cook to the boundary in front of the old press box. Single nibbled, and Trott will now angle another away through the empty second/third slip slot for four more. England have stuck on 46 runs in the 45 minutes so far this morning; Trott took an hour and a half to score 11 last night.

  210. 1139: 
    Commentary- Eng 151-1

    Kane Williamson from the Kirkstall Lane End. Trott advances down the track to turn a full one into a full toss and thunks it between short midwicket and a diving mid-on for his fourth four.


    Matt in Bromley via text on 81111: We shouldn't knock Trott and his average of a tad under 50. We could have done with him 15 years ago. 

  212. 1137: 
    Commentary- Eng 147-1 (lead 326)

    Cheeky from the liberated Trott, angling Dougie Bracewell away past first slip for four through the vacant third man slot. How big a lead will Cook require to declare - 450? 350 would do it, almost certainly, but you can't see him leaving even this creaking door even minimally ajar.


    Dave G via text on 81111: If I thought they'd be a bit more aggressive I'd happily pay £30 to watch. 


    Jack Mendel: Cook now three ahead of Pietersen. I bet Kevin hates that he isn't playing even more now.. 

  215. 1130: 
    CENTURY- Eng 141-1

    Trott clips a single to leg, and Cook is on strike within a single shot of his 25th Test century. Full, crunching drive off the middle past a diving extra cover - super shot, and there it is - from 152 balls, 203 minutes, 15 fours, and the Incredible Ton Machine goes on and on and on...

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "New Zealand are going to have to elongate this England innings as much as they can. I'm not sure what much else they can do."


    Keith Flett: Key issue at Headingley today; Will Trott's innings continue irrespective of an England declaration?

  218. 1123: 
    Commentary- Eng 132-1

    Trott seems be shifting the constipation that bunged him up so awfully after tea on Sunday. Quintessential clip to leg, a comparative dash for a single, a biffing drive aimed at Southee. No slip in at all, two men deep on the leg-side boundary, one sweeping on the cover ropes - calls Cook through for the single, if that hits he's run out his skipper - nope, throw just misses...


    Marc, Aberdeen via text on 81111: Any captain with a semblance of ruthlessness would want to be bowling before lunch. McCullum gets it his way for once...

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "In case anyone fancies coming along today, tickets are priced at £5 for children and from £30 for adults."


    Daniel Clements: Think England are playing too safe. Mind you by mid afternoon Trott may have reached that elusive half-half century.

  222. 1114: 
    Commentary- Eng 128-1

    This is more like it - the batsmen looking for quick singles, running the first one hard when there looks as if there might perhaps be too. Cook drives now, all control and concentration - four back past Southee's trailing arm. moving to within six balls of his 25th Test ton.


    James Tompkinson: Don't expect England to declare early today - I fully expect Cook's side to bat until 3pm/4pm provided they have wickets in hand.

  224. 1110: 
    Commentary- Eng 122-1

    Probably only a few thousand in here, tops. Runs for Trott! Aggressive - honestly - drive at Wagner, the ball racing away through backward point for four. Break out the bunting, pull the strings on the party-poppers...

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at HeadingleyContributor

    "Spotted on the way in to ground this morning: a full troupe of Power Rangers, no doubt destined for the Western Terrace. They were quite a sight in their skintight, coloured costumes, one or two of them carrying a little more timber than the stars of the American TV show."

  226. 1104: 
    Commentary- Eng 116-1

    Cook to face Southee, and he blocks and leaves a maiden. Trent Boult won't bowl today, and with the weather looking ghastly on Tuesday's final day you'd hope England will get a wriggle on this morning. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Watching Compton bat yesterday was like watching the last act of Macbeth, with a tormented soul in agony, especially after he'd seen New Zealand's number 10 and 11 smash it around."

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Surely, having decided to bat again and bat New Zealand out of the game, England can't set them an enticing 380, they have to go beyond 400. The first session will let us know whether they get on with it, or play the same way. Watching Trott was dull, as we know he's a better player than that."

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "In the context of the weather forecast, Trott's innings was strange as unlike Compton, there's no pressure on his place in the side."

  230. 1055: 

    Quiet at Headingley this morning, which if you witnessed the scenes around town last night will come as no surprise. To the girl on the party barge who, ah, flashed outside off stump while urging the cheering patrons of a riverside bar to reciprocate at the other end, I'd prescribe a relaxed day of fruit juice, dry toast and underlying self-loathing. Or getting back on it around lunchtime - your call.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    On Twitter: "Word doing the rounds that we should not expect an early declaration. More likely mid afternoon - despite dreadful forecast tomorrow."


    Zander Twine: Compton should start the Ashes. His form in country cricket last season, in India and NZ is enough reason to back him. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "There are some big rough areas outside off stump for Graeme Swann to bowl at - some will turn, some won't, and it will partly be a 'mind thing' for those middle-order batsmen he got out in no time at all in the first innings. So he will be a key man when England start to bowl, but we'll have to wait a little while for that."

  234. 1050: 

    Leeds city centre a heaving, cavorting, mangled mass of Bank Holiday boozing last night. Trotty's incendiary knock clearly set this town alight. 


    BBC weatherman Jon Hammond: "An increasing threat of rain late this afternoon into the evening but I think we should stay dry today. Tomorrow is looking very dodgy."


    From James in Bristol via text on 81111: What sort of lead should england be aiming for before declaring? (Assuming Cook isn't just aiming to run down the clock for a draw). 

  237. 1045: 

    And a bit more news you may not have seen - not only did Mumbai Indians win the Indian Premier League final yesterday, one of their reserve players - not selected for the final - retired from IPL duty. Some chap called Tendulkar.


    Daniel Jenks: England should push for victory today as the weather is a bit dodgy for day 5. Bat until lunch and then skittle them out.

  239. 1040: 

    With Test Match Special's start at 1045 BST approaching, you can take a look at Jonathan Agnew's column from last night, examining the Compton Debate - should the out-of-form Somerset opener start the Ashes?

  240. 1035: 

    How long will this dreamy weather last? How long will England bat on? Does Jonathan Trott (11 not out from 69 balls) dream of forward defensives the way other men dream of things they shouldn't?

  241. 1030: 

    Morning all - you won't believe a word of this, but it's bright and sunny for a third consecutive morning in Leeds. Alastair Cook's men will begin day four on 116-1, a lead of 296 over New Zealand.

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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.