After a fluent 80 (143) from Devon Conway and a battling 82 (204) from Will Young, New Zealand seized control of the 2nd test in Edgbaston.
The day started with England looking to kick on, with a fluid 40 (81) from Mark Wood and an unbeaten 81* (124) from Dan Lawrence bringing England's score to just on par, before they were all out for 303.
Normal service resumed for Conway, who looked assured in making an unflustered 80.
In the face of some very accurate and probing bowling, Will Young appeared to be very at ease on his way to 82 given the circumstance, even if he was dropped by Root on 7.
As is the way in cricket, Young eventually succumbed to part time off spin (where's Jack Leach when you need him, Joe) on the final ball of the day, giving Dan Lawrence his first test wicket. Only 615 more until he's matching James Anderson, mind…
Ross Taylor, who looked in all sorts of trouble at Lord's, responded well as we know he does to make a battling 46* at stumps.
This will surely be a welcome return to form for him, especially the with arguably the most important match in test history happening in a matter of days.
New Zealand will be the happier camp. Given the flat surface, if they can kick on tomorrow in a way that England couldn't, they are likely to get a large first innings lead.
A few quick wickets, however, and England will feel like they're right in this game and in this series.
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