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And welcome to coverage of day two of the second Test from Trent Bridge. It seems pretty obvious that both sides misread the pitch yesterday and New Zealand got away with it by the highly effective happenstance of losing the toss. They also exploited their fortune with grit and skill, each of the top six making 25 or more, batting diligently but attractively on a pitch that offered encouragement largely through bounce rather than movement. Ben Stokes and Jimmy Anderson bowled well, Stuart Broad was unlucky with two of the four dropped catches off his bowling but only Anderson can be satisfied with his figures.

Bazball dictates that England keep attacking and, given how much some of us have moaned at the lengths the seamers have bowled in their opening spells for the past decade, it would be unfair to criticise them for pitching it up and setting the fields accordingly. Had Root held on to Daryl Mitchell’s snick or Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow not been playing ‘After you, Claud’ when Tom Blundell nicked off last night, the scoreboard would make more favourable reading in the England dressing room this morning. 

History is not with the home side. Only three teams have ever made 318 or more batting first at Trent Bridge and lost the match – South Africa in 1998, New Zealand themselves in 2004 and West Indies in 2012. On each occasion the opposition built a first-innings lead, England knocked them over cheaply in the second innings and knocked off the runs in chases. That would seem their best chance of winning this Test and taking the series but there is a long road ahead in the field today unless Messrs Broad, Anderson and Potts can find their third-morning mojo from Lord’s to initiate a collapse. Join us as we find out. 





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