Welcome to day five of our live report of the first Test between England and New Zealand from Lord’s. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here.
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11.25am: Broad brushes
Stuart Broad, now bowling in his sixth consecutive innings without a Test wicket, has just missed Tom Latham’s off stump by millimetres and seen him dropped at midwicket by Zak Crawley in the same over
Reckon Mother Cricket is going to owe him a big haul soon#EngvNZ
— Alan Gardner (@alanroderick) June 6, 2021
Stuart Broad is never shy of getting out his “most dropped catches in the world” stat. Another one to add to the tally.
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) June 6, 2021
Decent little battle this morning, with Latham surviving a chance off Broad in the fourth over of play. Could be an important passage for Ross Taylor, who hasn’t had much cricket recently after hamstring and calf strains. He timed a lovely extra-cover drive to the rope off Robinson, but was then sucked into pushing at his next ball as the bowler drew his length back.
11.11am: Robinson bags Wags
Drat. After a few enthusiastic swings, Wagner has hit one straight up in the air. Robinson had used the short ball to good effect, beating Wagner in a couple of different ways, and inducing a top edge that was safely pouched by James Bracey moving across to his right. Third wicket for Robinson. He’s on for all ten at the mo…
11.05am: Up and running
Ian Chappell, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aakash Chopra and the crew of Runorder discuss
Few candidates on show in this match… though Stuart Broad, now into his sixth consecutive innings without a Test wicket, has just been elegantly whipping for four by New Zealand’s nightwatchman Neil Wagner in the second over of the day. If Wagner’s still batting by lunch, then this could be quite a lot of fun.
Ollie Robinson has fired up from the other end, with Tom Latham happy to see out a maiden.
10.30am: Let’s dance
Day five, all three results on the line. That’s how Tim Southee put it last night (and we shouldn’t rule out a tie, either). But already this has the whiff of one that got away for New Zealand – mainly thanks to the weather, but missing Rory Burns twice before he had reached his hundred on day four didn’t help, either. England would undoubtedly have taken a draw from 140 for 6 in their first innings, with a chance to regroup and go again at Edgbaston next week, while New Zealand are building towards the WTC final and will probably be content to take things as they come. That said, when you’ve only won once in 90 years of coming to Lord’s, why wouldn’t you give it a crack? Let’s see what the old ground serves up…