All the updates, news and stats from day three of the second Test at Edgbaston
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2.05pm: Anderson, at long last
James Anderson, playing his England-record 162nd Test, finally sees some reward, snaring the wicket of Neil Wagner for a third-ball duck. With the ball seaming back from outside off-stump, Wagner plays and misses, the ball hitting the pad and clipping the top of off to give Anderson his first wicket of the match. That whipped the crowd into a frenzy before they were momentarily hushed when Matt Henry was given not-out to Anderson’s lbw appeal three balls later, the decision upheld upon England’s review with replays showing he’d got bat to ball.
1.55pm: Stone strikes again
Olly Stone claims his second wicket, Daryl Mitchell pulling straight to Zak Crawley at midwicket for 6 to put NZ at 335 for 6, a lead of 32. Tom Blundell is not out 26 as Neil Wagner comes to the crease. Stone has 2 for 75.
1.05pm: NZ head to lunch 23 ahead
Lunch New Zealand 326 for 5 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80) lead England 303 by 23 runs
Time for lunch with New Zealand 23 in front and with five wickets in hand. Tom Blundell is unbeaten on 24 and Daryl Mitchell is not out 3. The tourists lost some momentum when Ross Taylor fell for 80 but England could have had at a couple more. James Bracey put down Blundell off Olly Stone when the batter was yet to score and Sam Billings spilled a catch off Taylor in the deep.
12.45pm: NZ lose another
Henry Nicholls had just been struck a blow to the helmet by a Mark Wood delivery travelling at 89mph. No sooner had he been given the all-clear to carry on, Nicholls gloved another from Wood down the leg side and James Bracey took a low catch. Earlier, Bracey had put down Tom Blundell, then on nought, off Olly Stone. Blundell is now 14 not out as Daryl Mitchell comes to the crease.
12.25pm: Edgy eighties
12.00pm: Soft sell
We mentioned earlier there might be more chat about the soft signal. George Dobell reports:
Stuart Broad has called for the ICC to “do away with” the soft signal following a controversial moment on the second day of the LV= Insurance Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston.
Broad was convinced that Devon Conway had been caught at slip by Zak Crawley when the batter had 22. But the on-field umpires were unsure and referred the decision to the TV umpire, Michael Gough, with a soft signal of not out. Gough subsequently confirmed that on-field decision despite replays suggesting Crawley had his fingers under the ball. Conway went on to make 80 and help New Zealand build a strong position in the game.
11.40am: The king
It’s a new ball, although that won’t bother James Anderson, and the sun is shining overhead, but look what we unearthed from when these sides met in 2008. Any chance we’ll see more of this? England “only” need seven more wickets too, Jimmy.
11.10am: Fifty up for Taylor
After a false start, Ross Taylor brings up his fifty with a deft sweep off Dan Lawrence. Taylor thought he’d hit the milestone on the previous ball when he appeared to edge onto his pad and fine through the leg side, but leg byes were given – to the batsman’s bemusement – and he had to wait a few moments to get there. No doubt at the second attempt though, he hit that soundly through the gap at leg gully.
10.40am: Ebony Rainford-Brent, MBE
England cricketer-turned commentator Ebony Rainford-Brent has become an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to cricket and charity. Rainford-Brent, who is commentating for Sky Sports on this Test, was recognised for her work with the African Caribbean Engagement (ACE) Programme, the organisation founded in January 2020 to engage young people from African and Caribbean heritage in cricket following a decline in the number of Black British professional players. She also spoke powerfully about her own experiences of racism alongside Michael Holding in a programme aired during Sky Sports’ coverage of the first day of the first Test between England and West Indies last summer.
9.55am: Welcome back
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo