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Highlights from day four of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley

Highlights from day four of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley

England are on course to seal a 3-0 series sweep of Test world champions New Zealand after counting contributions from Jack Leach and Ollie Pope on day four at Headingley.

Left-arm spinner Leach (5-66) took his second five-wicket haul of the match, finishing with figures of 10-166, to eliminate New Zealand 326 (Tom Blundell was top scorer with an unbeaten 88) and leave England . with another tempting chase: 296 the goal of victory.

By stumps, the home team was more than halfway to their goal, closing at 183-2, scoring more than 4.5 runs higher during the evening session as Pope (81st) and Joe Root (55th) shared an unbroken 132 for the third gate.

  • New Zealand 329 overall: Mitchell (109), Blundell (56); Leach (5-100), Broad (3-62)
  • England 360: Bairstow (162), J Overton (97); Boult (4-104), Southee (3-100)
  • New Zealand 326 overall – Blundell (88th), Latham (76); Leach (5-66), Potts (3-66)
  • England 183-2 – Pope (81st), Root (55th), Crawley (25th); Bracelet (1-70)

England go into day five with a further 113 needed to win, and Pope will have his sights set on a third Test hundred, while New Zealand need a dramatic turnaround if they are to avoid the shutout.

Jack Leach took another five to finish with match figures of 10-166

Jack Leach took another five to finish with match figures of 10-166

Blundell and Mitchell frustrate England again

The day began with the news that Ben Foakes, who was sidelined on the third day with a stiff back, had tested positive for covid-19, with Sam Billings recruited as a similar replacement.

The wicketkeeper might have changed, but it was otherwise a familiar story as England, try as they might, were unable to break the Mitchell-Blundell partnership during a wicketless morning session.

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Matt Potts passed the rim several times early, Stuart Broad (0-63) also held it tight, but the wicket didn’t come.

Leach thought he had it midway through the session when Mitchell was given lbw, but the batsman checked and it was shown he was going over the line.

England had two overs on the new ball before lunch, but it was New Zealand that celebrated a trio of milestones after the break, Blundell and Mitchell going to their sixth and fourth Test half-century respectively, and a fourth-century association of the series between the pair that comes in the middle.

Tom Blundell went unbeaten in 88 after sharing another century spot with Daryl Mitchell

Tom Blundell went unbeaten in 88 after sharing another century spot with Daryl Mitchell

The change came with the reintroduction of Potts. The Durham closer began his spell with a full shot to Blundell, angled on the stumps to hit the right hand at the bag. A great call was received by referee Kettleborough raising the finger of him.

Blundell opted to check and justified himself when tracking the ball showed it sliding down his leg.

Potts makes the breakthrough before Leach stops the queue.

However, Potts (3-66) was undeterred and four balls later he hit the bag again. This time it was Mitchell, who had shuffled his stumps, raised his finger once more and this time, the review didn’t save him and a partnership that has totaled 704 throughout the series has been broken for the last time.

Leach had also started to cause trouble, and after being thwarted twice by Blundell poking the ball between Billings and Joe Root on the first slip, Michael Bracewell (9) gifted his fellow spinner a second wicket of the inning.

Having hit a long six on two balls before, Bracewell tried to go big again and Zak Crawley didn’t have to move on a deep square leg before bagging the catch.

Mark Butcher gives his thoughts on how Leach has managed to make such an impact on the England Test squad.

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Mark Butcher gives his thoughts on how Leach has managed to make such an impact on the England Test squad.

Mark Butcher gives his thoughts on how Leach has managed to make such an impact on the England Test squad.

From there the end came quickly for the Blacks Caps. 10 overs later they were all out and Leach was getting the ball up to the crowd after completing his second five for of the match and 10 wickets in two innings.

Tim Southee (2) was brought down by a sliding ball, later in the same on Neil Wagner (0) was caught from behind -Billings somehow managed to catch the ball between his knees to complete the catch- and finally , Trent Boult (4) was castled as he came running down the field to strand Blundell.

England take control of the chase despite losing opening matches

The England chase began after tea and after breaking the top order in the early innings, Boult started well again and should have had the wicket for Crawley before the troubled opener went off the mark.

The right chased a wide one and sent a thick edge high into the second slide. Southee put her hands on his head, but the ball broke through and skidded over the fence.

Alex Lees wasn’t so lucky as Crawley lined the left of Kane Williamson down the middle, probably expecting four for that. However, with Lees coming down the middle of the field looking for a single, Williamson made a brilliant save, flicked the ball, and Boult returned to the stumps just in time to pick up the ball and take the bails in one quick motion to send to You read. (9) packing.

Zak Crawley hit a boundary flurry before falling to Michael Bracewell

Zak Crawley hit a boundary flurry before falling to Michael Bracewell

Crawley, for his part, turned up all over the sea and decided his best option in this era of ‘Bazball’ was to try to get out of trouble.

Initially it worked with four crisp limits coming from a Boult and another coming from a powerful slow sweep from Bracewell, but he eventually caught up.

Williamson filled the field on the leg side as Crawley met Bracewell’s spin, prompting him to hit offside and England’s first goal fell straight into the trap. A ball flown out, with good length and Crawley (25) headed straight for the booming ball and when the ball sank late he could only pass it to the New Zealand captain with extra cover.

That brought Root into the fold to join Pope and New Zealand quickly burned through two reviews trying to get rid of him.

Pope is 19 races away from a third Test century, and his second in the series.

Pope is 19 races away from a third Test century, and his second in the series.

Twice on two balls Southee hit Root at the front pad, both times it seemed clear the batsman was off the line of take-off but, knowing the importance of the former England captain’s wicket, Williamson sent both up the stairs to take the original decisions. confirmed.

Having had a couple of lucky moments when he got past Bracewell between goalkeeper and slip, Root started to find his rhythm and if anyone was in any doubt as to how well the Yorkshire man is seeing the ball at the moment, he produced a ridiculous reverse sweep. -cum-scoop to send Wagner over the third man for six!

Joe Root showed his skills to the fans at Headingley, with a wonderful reverse sweep of Neil Wagner's pins.

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Joe Root showed his skills to the fans at Headingley, with a wonderful reverse sweep of Neil Wagner’s pins.

Joe Root showed his skills to the fans at Headingley, with a wonderful reverse sweep of Neil Wagner’s pins.

At the other extreme, Pope scored freely. He had driven beautifully through the covers and was looking to get to fifty through the same region, hitting the fielder four times before meeting the limit with a thick inside edge to thin leg. A striped shot to bring out a very elegant seventh half century.

The racing continued to flow as the session progressed, New Zealand trying any number of schemes to stop the bleeding, but to no avail.

Pope hit a shot to the limit to take out the association 100 from 142 balls. That Root was forced to play second fiddle for long periods in the stands only highlighted the quality of the England No. 3’s striking.

Root still had his moments on home soil, including those remarkable six against Wagner, and got the fans on their feet again with a pair of bounds in the day’s final that saw him take a 54-5 test.

stats of the day

  • With Sam Billings replacing Ben Foakes as a Covid substitute, England will have had the most different goalkeepers in the same Test since using four in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s in July 1986.

Watch day five of the third LV= insurance test between England and New Zealand, at Headingley, live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage from 10.15am and kick-off at 11am on Monday.

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