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Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell make sloppy England pay for lost catches as New Zealand grab Trent Bridge Test | Cricket News

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell make sloppy England pay for lost catches as New Zealand grab Trent Bridge Test | Cricket News


New Zealand get off to a regular start after being batted by England on the opening day of the second Test at Trent Bridge

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New Zealand get off to a regular start after being batted by England on the opening day of the second Test at Trent Bridge

New Zealand get off to a regular start after being batted by England on the opening day of the second Test at Trent Bridge

England had three catches, while Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell shared an unbroken 149-point lead to see New Zealand lead at 318-4 after day one of the second LV= Insurance Test at Trent Bridge .

Mitchell (81no) and Blundell (67no), who shared a 195-point partnership last week at Lord’s, were once again the bane of England after the hosts apparently created an opening when the ball started to go in the afternoon session.

After struggling on a largely batting-friendly surface, Ben Stokes (2-40) and James Anderson (2-42) suddenly found swing before tea, claiming the wickets of Henry Nicholls (30) and Devon Conway (46) in one shot at a time to reduce the Black Caps to 169-4.

England took two wickets from New Zealand on the opening day of the second Test, with Ben Stokes and then James Anderson striking

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England took two wickets from New Zealand on the opening day of the second Test, with Ben Stokes and then James Anderson striking

England took two wickets from New Zealand on the opening day of the second Test, with Ben Stokes and then James Anderson striking

It was the second time in the day that Stokes and Anderson had formed a deadly pair as they previously dismissed New Zealand openers with back-to-back deliveries after Will Young (47) and substitute skipper Tom Latham (26) – covering for Kane Williamson, ruled out with Covid – got visitors off to a flying start with a stand of 84 races.

England had to pay for lost chances

England were found guilty of being a bit profuse with the ball, giving up 43 boundaries in the matchday game, including 20 in the opener, while on the pitch three catches were recorded in the slips – Zak Crawley dropping Nicholls on 17 and Joe Root responsible for two, Mitchell mostly on 17 and Blundell a much harder hold on 47.

Dropped catches for England on day one at Trent Bridge could prove costly.

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Dropped catches for England on day one at Trent Bridge could prove costly.

Dropped catches for England on day one at Trent Bridge could prove costly.

Mitchell, in particular, made England pay for the error on the evening as the pitch fell asleep and the ball lost any zip that was evident before the interval – possibly partly due to one of the New Zealand batsman’s two sixes landing in a hapless pint. spectator seated beyond the long-time limit.

Did Stokes make the wrong draw call?

Subsequent events of the day’s game indicate it was a straightforward decision to the draw, but Stokes’ call to the bowling alley was more than understandable given the green hue present on the pitch, with Latham also saying that he would have bowled.

The pitch had good pace and range but, with the sun beating down in Nottingham, this proved more useful to the New Zealand openers than the English seams, who were guilty of not quite reaching the right lengths as they had so impressively done at the Lord’s One.

Save for a few close shaves in their run between the wickets, it looked like Young and Latham would sail through the opening session unscathed, only for Stokes – the England bowlers’ choice – to shake things up, as is so often his way.

Stokes, with the ball angled to right-handed Young, got one to hold his line and take the lead until the second slide where Crawley claimed a great low hold to his left. A ball later Anderson quickly got back into the attack, it was two for two as Latham managed to crush nothing more than a harmless releaser straight to Matthew Potts at midwicket court.

No magic touch for Broad at Trent Bridge

There would be no team treble this time, although Stuart Broad (0-74), inspired on that third morning at Lord’s, put England on the path to victory, tried again to bring up the crowd in the same style shortly after lunch.

Stuart Broad discusses his beloved Nottingham Forest's return to the Premier League - and his own return to the England Test squad.

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Stuart Broad discusses his beloved Nottingham Forest’s return to the Premier League – and his own return to the England Test squad.

Stuart Broad discusses his beloved Nottingham Forest’s return to the Premier League – and his own return to the England Test squad.

Broad played well but unrewarded, although he should have at least claimed Nicholls’ wicket, only for a perhaps overconfident Crawley, following his previous exploits, to dive past Root and see the chance elude him of the embrace of his outstretched arm. right hand.

Then, just as New Zealand were beginning to take the upper hand in the competition again – Conway and Nicholls establishing a partnership of fifty in just 60 balls – England suddenly tipped the ball from the 35 mark to destabilize the beaters.

Conway nearly perished in the same way as Latham, apparently cutting a short right midwicket but, after being referred to the third man by the refs, it was shown that the ball didn’t quite pass on Potts this time.

Ben Stokes takes the third wicket for England against New Zealand on day one of the second Test.

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Ben Stokes takes the third wicket for England against New Zealand on day one of the second Test.

Ben Stokes takes the third wicket for England against New Zealand on day one of the second Test.

He and Nicholls were soon back in the pavilion, however, the latter being the first to leave, unable to resist a small nibbling from Stokes from around the wicket, while Conway’s gash behind detached from the inside edge.

Mitchell and Blundell join forces to frustrate hosts again

England had an opening, with two new batters in the slot, but Root put in a regulation chance to escape Stokes and Mitchell, with Blundell, fought until tea before conditions changed again in favor of visitors.

Mitchell took a liking to Jack Leach (0-62) early in the final session, sweeping the spinner for four in the second part of his spell, before starting his third by hitting four in the middle and then hitting six more. .

Blundell survived a loud lbw shout from Jack Leach when the 39 – England went over and the ball was found to clip the leg stump on the ‘referee’s call’ – while Root coughed up his second of the day, a lightning-quick “chance” of a flash past Leach, shortly before Blundell joined Mitchell up 50.

Broad tried short stuff for an increasingly desperate England in hopes of upsetting the batsman while, just to add to his and the home side’s frustration, in the third with the second new ball shortly before the stumps, a Blundell advantage at 63 went unclaimed as he split Crawley and Jonny Bairstow at catchable height between the second and third slide.

After a number of major injuries, why are England bowlers on the sidelines?

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After a number of major injuries, why are England bowlers on the sidelines?

After a number of major injuries, why are England bowlers on the sidelines?

Today’s statistics

1 – New Zealand have only won one Test series from behind. It was the 1999 England series when they lost the first Test but won the second and fourth to win the series 2-1.

2 – there have only been two draws in the last 15 Tests at Trent Bridge, dating back to 2003. These were the 2014 Test against India in which James Anderson scored 81, and last year when the final day was won with India 52-1, needing a total of 209 to win.

100 – points scored before lunch. It was the first time 100 points had been scored before lunch in a UK-hosted Test since England’s Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston in 2017.

92 -% of Devon Conway’s edges in Test cricket are inside edges, compared to 57% of all players’ edges being inside edges.

Jimmy Anderson takes the fourth wicket against New Zealand on day one of the 2nd Test.

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Jimmy Anderson takes the fourth wicket against New Zealand on day one of the 2nd Test.

Jimmy Anderson takes the fourth wicket against New Zealand on day one of the 2nd Test.

Hussain: ‘Days like this will make English cricket better’

Sky Sports Cricket Nasser Hussein said: “If days like this don’t break you, they will make you stronger. This is test match cricket, this is hard work. These kinds of days will improve English cricket in the future.

“Jack Leach has a longer bowl [getting through 18 overs]. We have discovered Matthew Potts – and we will now know on Saturday morning if he can go back physically.”

England bowling coach Jon Lewis: “The most important thing about the draw decision is that it was aggressive play. We were going out to eliminate New Zealand. cricket.

“You can always throw a slightly different length, but we choose, at the moment, to take the aggressive option and be brave in what we do. I liked the areas the guys played. We could have easily toss them for 250 and now sit in a very different position.”

Devon Conway from New Zealand: “We set out to try to be more aggressive and have that positive mindset with the intention of scoring. It was something that we sometimes lacked in the first test, but we reap those rewards after the first day here.

“The pitch looked a bit green this morning so we probably would have played first, but we weren’t thinking too much on the surface. England played hard and asked us questions, but it provided us scoring opportunities.”

Watch day two of the second LV=Insurance Test between England and New Zealand, at Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.15am on Saturday.


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