Quick Bit: Trent Boult bowled Alex Lees, Ollie Pope and Zak Crawley before Joe Root and Ben Stokes got out to leave England’s response to New Zealand’s 329 all out in tatters. But Jonny Bairstow built on his Trent Bridge heroics with another century alongside debutant Jamie Overton.
Jonny Bairstow made it back-to-back centuries as he led a thrilling England counter-attack on day two of the third Test against England at Headingley.
Despite holding an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Ben Stokes’ side collapsed to 55/6 in the 12th over, with the captain complicit in his own downfall after skying Neil Wagner to mid-off in rancid fashion.
A magnificent new-ball burst from Trent Boult accounted for Alex Lees, Ollie Pope and Zak Crawley, all clean bowled, before Tim Southee had Joe Root caught behind.
England vs. New Zealand 3rd Test live score
247/6 (45 overs)
329 (117.2 ov.)
Ben Foakes was trapped lbw by Wagner, leaving Trent Bridge hero Bairstow and debutant Jamie Overton to mastermind a remarkable response, with both men powering to half-centuries in a seventh-wicket stand that passed 150.
Bairstow reached three figures from 95 balls, clinically driving his 15th four of the innings down the ground, while Overton improbably closed in on the second ton of his first-class career.
Earlier, Daryl Mitchell scored his third century of the series before Jack Leach wrapped up the tourists’ first innings for 329 with his first five-wicket haul on home soil.
The Sporting News is following the Test and providing score updates, commentary and analysis below.
England vs. New Zealand updates, highlights and analysis from Day 2 of the 3rd Test at Headingley, evening session
Jonny B very, very good
After Stokes’ flight of fancy in the afternoon, England’s recovery was all on Bairstow. Handily for head coach Brendon McCullum, this is a player in the form of his life. Baristow is a man with stunning strokeplaying gifts and relentless attacking intent. But, after his Trent Bridge heroics, it was his good judgement in a crisis that enabled him to take the final session away from an embattled New Zealand attack.
He reached a run-a-ball fifty that felt pretty chanceless and he deliberately pressed down on the accelerator thereafter, finding a willing ally in debutant Overton as he racked up a sensational century off 95 deliveries with 15 fours. As frustration abounds around Pope and Crawley’s latest cheap dismissals. It is worth remembering Bairstow has reached this point of full realisation in his 86th Test.
A knock to delight the Yorkshire masses came on the back of his magical 144 at Trent Bridge, 140 in the first Test against West Indies and 113 in the drawn Ashes encounter in Sydney. The latter innings feels like a career turning point that has opened up a wide road of possibilities.
England vs. New Zealand updates, highlights and analysis from Day 2 of the 3rd Test at Headingley, afternoon session
Brilliant Boult exposes England’s old flaws
England’s wasteful half-hour of predominantly short-pitched bowling during Mitchell and Southee’s breezy 60-run stand was made to look all the more foolish when Boult produced a spell of fast, full destruction. Not that it was just a matter of pitching it up and seeing what happened — these were exploits of the highest quality that placed the flaws of those on the receiving end under a harsher glare than the afternoon sun in West Yorkshire.
Lees, back on the ground where he learned his trade and looking to build upon his most convincing Test last time out, scored his only runs via a wild slash that was dropped at slip. He was castled by a beauty, as were Pope and Crawley.
However, aiming booming drives at an elite pace bowler swinging the ball late were not percentage calls by England’s two bright young batting hopes. Pope and Crawley’s shots were those of men who did not trust their defensive technique to weather Boult’s irresistible storm.
Leach writes another chapter in his Headingley story
No matter what the rest of this match or his career holds, Leach’s most memorable Headingley moment will remain the one run he nurdled in support of centurion Stokes’ remarkable heroics to snatch a one-wicket Ashes win over Australia in 2019.
The pair were allies again here, albeit in very different roles. Now captain, Stokes tempted Mitchell to try an aggressive shot on the stroke of lunch with some clever, goading field changes. Southee and Wagner was also caught in the deep as Leach ended with 5/100 — his third such haul in Tests.
It was also the first time the slow left-armer has produced such a decisive performance in the first innings of a match, with his 38.3 overs going at an economy rate of 2.59, providing precisely the sort of control Leach has generally strived forlornly in search of when playing Tests in England.
England vs. New Zealand updates, highlights and analysis from Day 2 of the 3rd Test at Headingley, morning session
Magnificent Mitchell re-writes the record books
Mitchell had to bide his time and ride out that superb Potts spell, but he showed his sparkling form as three figures approached, first swivelling to pull a wayward Jamie Overton for four before a picturebook six off Leach as he celebrated and began to remove his helmet as soon as the ball left the bat.
Before he reached three figures, the 31-year-old had already established a new record for the most runs scored by a New Zealand batter in England. He is now also the first New Zealander to score three consecutive tons against these opponents — not a bad effort at all in a losing cause.
Potts luck on the up after perfect spell
All things considered, Foakes certainly owes Potts a couple. England’s wicketkeeper was the decisive voice when the hosts elected not to send the youngster’s appeal lbw against Mitchell upstairs on day one, with galling replays showing the ball would have clattered into middle and leg stump. Then, from Potts’ fifth delivery of day two, Foakes flung himself to his right and dropped an edge off the century-chasing Mitchell, which would probably have been a routine catch for Joe Root at first slip.
It spoke well of Potts’ temperament that when the next delivery was blocked back to him, he gently tossed the ball back to Foakes as opposed to displaying any residual anger. The two runs Mitchell scampered after his let-off were the only ones Potts conceded from the bat in an immaculate spell of 5-4-2-1. The Durham man placed a high price on anything coming off his own bowling, with an athletic diving stop to deny Michael Bracewell runs down the ground coming off the 30th and final delivery of his stint. By that stage, his DRS luck had changed in novel fashion to send Blundell packing after bringing up his fifty.
Closer than close
There is an old – and potentially tired – adage at Headingley that you should look up and not down to see how the day’s play will pan out. The pitch that Mitchell and Blundell enjoyed themselves on yesterday evening still looks excellent but, as I can attest from a 20-minute walk up to the ground this morning, it’s very muggy indeed.
From a fast bowling point of view, with a decent amount of cloud cover, that should mean swing. The second new ball is 10 overs old and, if Broad and Potts are on the money as they were yesterday morning, then England could be in business early doors.
England vs. New Zealand updates, highlights and analysis from Day 1 of the 3rd Test at Headingley
The Sporting News will continue live day two coverage below from 11am BST on Friday.
Day One – Evening session
Despite a strong start from England, New Zealand finally came into their own courtesy of Blundell and Mitchell’s impressive century partnership with the home side struggling to find their weak points.
Matthew Potts put in an impressive bowling display despite not taking a wicket, while debutant Overton finished the day on 1-41 and will take plenty of confidence into the rest of the Test.
Day One – Afternoon session
Leach’s second wicket of the day is the weirdest he’ll ever have taken, but it was certainly a welcome one as New Zealand had been digging in well following their morning struggles.
Still, Mitchell himself could have gone for just eight runs had England opted to review what looked like a clear lbw, so the cricketing gods seem to be playing fair.
The tourists need a strong final session to spare themselves a difficult task of rescuing this Test.
Day One – Morning session
It was bold of New Zealand to elect to bat first after they were chased down so spectacularly in the second Test. Today’s first session suggested it wasn’t the smart choice.
With James Anderson not involved, it was Broad, his fellow elder statesmen of the England attack, who delivered a brilliant start for the hosts in the Yorkshire sunshine.
Five dot balls and a wicket in the opening over against the top-ranked Test side in the world was a nigh-on perfect example of the confidence with which England are playing right now.
It was also an inspiring sight for debutant Jamie Overton, who gave up 17 runs from five overs in a highly respectable morning session.
England vs. New Zealand lineups
Jamie Overton, who was preferred to twin brother Craig for a place in the side, is the only alteration to the England XI, with head coach Brendon McCullum seemingly leaving behind the rotation tactics that were employed with mixed results by predecessor Chris Silverwood.
England XI: Lees, Crawley, Pope, Root, Bairstow, Stokes (c), Foakes (w), Overton, Potts, Broad, Leach
Kane Williamson was not the only New Zealand player to contract coronavirus. Devon Conway and Michael Bracewell have undergone five-day isolation periods since the Trent Bridge Test but both are fit to play. Veteran left-arm paceman Neil Wagner replaces Jamieson.
New Zealand XI: Latham, Young, Williamson (c), Conway, Nicholls, Mitchell, Blundell (w), Bracewell, Southee, Wagner, Boult
How to watch England vs. New Zealand: TV channel and live streaming details
USA & Canada
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Sony Sports Network
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UK: Sky Sports will show the series in the UK on its Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sport Cricket channels. Subscribers can also watch online via the Sky Sports website or through the Sky Go app.
New Zealand:Pay TV channel Sky Sport will show the action in New Zealand. Subscribers can stream on Sky Go, while non-subscribers can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform.
India: The Sony Sports Network has the rights to the tour, with Sony Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD showing the Test. England vs. New Zealand can also be streamed on Sony Liv.
Australia: The Fox Cricket Channel on Foxtel will show England vs. New Zealand in Australia. Fans who are not Fox customers can sign up for the Kayo Sports streaming service.
USA & Canada: Willow TV will show the action in the USA. A dedicated cricket streaming service, it is also available in Canada and can be sourced from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum and Xfinity.
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