Participation break New Zealand 329 (Mitchell 109, Blundell 55, Leach 5-100) vs England
Things came quicker after lunch as Jack Leach won New Zealand’s last two wickets in a three-ball interval to complete a five-wicket haul – his first in the Home Test. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner both fell for the fences as England took the last three wickets at a cost of just four rows to limit New Zealand to 329.
Although he enjoyed another incredible moment of good fortune in the early dismissal of Tom Blundell for 55, it seemed unquestionable on New Zealand morning as Mitchell and Southee achieved a quick eighth wicket 60 stand at nine overs.
But as the interval approached, Stokes played with Mitchell in his mind with a series of tempting pitch changes and then told his spinner to come around the wicket to change the angle. Mitchell tried his best to get the gaps straight, but skewed an outer edge into a deep cover, where Stokes himself stepped back to keep a vital chance.
It was the end of another outstanding run, and one that now raises his tally for the series to 482 in five appearances, a record for New Zealand vs. England. In a repetition of slow-burning, he collected just five runs in the first 15 overs of the day, before releasing his levers in collaboration with the hard-nosed Southee, and went to his last milestone in a more typical way, with a high elbow. launch for six below Leach.
Even before taking his man to the end, however, Leach had already developed leg problems, which means that dashboard running in these early innings could still be a decisive factor as this test continues. Southee for his part reached the break at 33 out of 27 balls, including the 76th six of his extremely tough career.
Despite the addition of Michael Bracewell’s scalp at 13 in the morning, it was another session in which England were forced to disappoint the moments they missed, with Mitchell himself taking another crucial departure early in the season. his stay.
After resuming his overnight 78, Mitchell could and should have dropped Matt Potts’s first pass of the morning and added just two rows. However, after throwing a full ball to Joe Root in the first slip, Mitchell was saved by goalkeeper Ben Foakes’s flying glove, who dived alongside his teammate and left the opportunity out of safety.
It did not take long for Potts, however, to have some belated luck – although the way it came about was controversial. For the second time in the match, an error in the Decision Review System meant that the teams were left without criticism for a while, and in the first end after the referees had passed this information on to the players, Potts unleashed another surprise to the steadfast Blundell , who had just scored the third of fifty in a row.
Potts’s tradition was very similar, in fact, to the ball to Mitchell that England had fatally failed to reconsider on the first day, but this time referee Richard Kettleborough accepted the appeal – and as Blundell shook his head, it was clear that he would have received a second opinion if available. With the naked eye, the ball was clearly aimed at the foot and the inner edge may have been suspected. But at 243 for 6, with the end of New Zealand’s most consistent partnership in the series, it was a pivotal moment in their holdings.
England, however, struggled to take advantage of the cut. They had started the day with a ball over 10, but Stokes – who once again chose not to roll alone – chose to trust the starting points of the day to Potts and Jamie Overton, whose initial explosion at four was usually energetic but arguably less sophisticated than the sly old professional Stuart Broad could have been.
This was not the first time this series, England also detached from its coordinated efforts to stimulate a change of ball – a point at which the referees did not back down until the 17th over. At that point, Brod had come under attack and suffered another fall – this time an attempt by Jonny Bairstow with one hand, diving in the second slide from third to left-hand Bracewell. But finally armed with his replacement ball, Brod needed two more deliveries to reward Brycewell in his usual way around the court, as this time Jacques Crawley stayed low on the second slip.
Although Bracewell’s departure seemed to be the gateway to New Zealand’s long tail, Southee saw it as an opportunity to pull off some pieces from the attack in England. His first shot was a slogan off Leach that went inches above Bairstow’s head in the middle of the match, before reaching two yards from MS Dhoni’s six with a lift over the back square.
But Mitchell’s belated misjudgment gave England a hold of the fingers until the afternoon, and they ran back into the competition with two quick corners after the restart. Southee, like Mitchell, left Stokes in the middle of the game before Bairstow managed to score a superb shot in front of the Western Terrace to give Leach a hard-fought fifth.
Andrew Miller is the author of ESPNcricinfo in the United Kingdom. @miller_cricket
Report of a recent match – New Zealand vs. England 3rd Test 2022
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