Joe Root shines and Ben Stokes gets reprieve as England reach strong position
Joe Root played a classy innings while Ben Stokes was handed a reprieve as England moved into a dominant position on day three, chasing 277, in the first LV= Insurance Test match against New Zealand at Lord’s.
England appeared to be headed towards yet another disappointing loss when Stokes hacked the ball onto his own stumps with the scoreboard briefly showing 76 for five, before he was called back for a no ball.
Stokes then made his way quickly to 54, while Root was authoritative at the crease, hitting an unbeaten 77 to leave the hosts needing another 61 to win.
Parkinson picks his moment
There have been plenty of tributes to the late, great Shane Warne at Lord’s – from the moment’s silence the team observed on day one, to the renaming of the Sky commentary box in his honour. It was, therefore, fitting for England’s debutant leg-spinner Matt Parkinson to take his first Test wicket on the 23rd anniversary of Warne’s ‘ball of the century’ to Mike Gatting. Warne was a big advocate of the next generation of slow bowlers and had tipped Parkinson for an England call before his shock death in March.
Top order troubles
On the eve of the match, Stokes made a point of showering Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope with superlatives. With the game up for the grabs on the third afternoon, both faltered in familiar fashion. Crawley’s uncertainty around off stump cost him once again as he was caught in the gully for nine, while Pope’s off stump was sent cartwheeling by Trent Boult. Scores of seven and 10 are hardly going to silence the questions about his surprise promotion to number three. With Alex Lees boasting a top score of 31 in four appearances at the highest level, things are too flimsy at the head of the innings.
Picture of the day
The experienced seam bowler struck twice either side of a direct-hit run out from Pope, which saw Colin De Grandhomme – who had top-scored for the Kiwis in the first innings – out for a duck.
Stat of the day
Twenty-six per cent of Jonny Bairstow’s dismissals in Test cricket have been bowled. Only two players in Courtney Walsh and Gundappa Viswanath have a higher bowled percentage from all the players to have batted as many times as the Yorkshireman in Test cricket.
In the 43rd over, there was a memory evoked from the World Cup final when the ball flew off Stokes’ bat during England’s infamous chase and away to the boundary. This time, three years later, the ball again was thrown from the fielder and rebounded off the England captain’s bat towards the boundary. England’s bowlers elected not to take the opportunity to run, with Stokes and Root sharing a rye smile and mimicking their actions of innocence as they had in the final.
Stuart Broad delivers costliest Test innings as India take control at Edgbaston
Broad gave up a record 35 runs in the penultimate over of India’s first innings.
Stuart Broad over costs a Test record 35 runs as India take charge at Edgbaston
The tourists reduced England to 60 for three having made 416 in their first innings.
Stuart Broad makes history twice on wild morning at Edgbaston
Bowler reached two milestones, one definitely unwanted.
Test cricket’s most expensive over – a ball-by-ball account
Stuart Broad’s over to Jasprit Bumrah went for 35 – seven more than the previous record.
New England captain Jos Buttler unable to prevent Lancashire defeat in Blast
The Lightning were defeated by Worcestershire Rapids.
You’ve got to applaud – Paul Collingwood hails ‘world-class’ Rishabh Pant knock
Pant blazed 146 off just 111 balls on an entertaining first day between England and India at Edgbaston.
Superb Rishabh Pant century turns Indian fortunes around against England
Pant smashed a brillaint 146 off just 111 balls.
Jos Buttler admits becoming England white-ball captain could end Test chances
The wicketkeeper-batter has replaced Eoin Morgan in charge of England’s white-ball teams.
Matthew Potts removes Virat Kohli before India fightback at Edgbaston
James Anderson led from the front with three wickets as India reached tea at 174 for five.
Senior ECB official suspended amid Devon Malcolm slur allegation – reports
The ECB has declined to comment on the claims.