England v New Zealand: Root & Trott impress before late Kiwi fightback
England v New Zealand: The Kiwis mount a late comeback to leave the hosts 205 runs ahead at the end of day three in the first Test
New Zealand took a late flurry of England wickets to leave the first Test finely balanced at the end of day three at Lord’s.
The hosts made short work of the Kiwis’ tail in the morning session before Joe Root and Jonathan Trott produced a 123-run partnership to help England seize the advantage.
But the Black Caps responded to dismiss Root, Trott, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior after Tea and leave the hosts on 180-6.
New Zealand started day three in the ascendency on 153-4, just 79 runs behind England’s first-innings total but Stuart Broad struck with his third delivery of the morning to dismiss Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum.
Kane Williamson kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Kiwis as he reached his half-century but was marching back to pavilion shortly after glancing a James Anderson delivery into the gloves of Prior.
Tim Southee smashed three fours in a blistering but short innings, with Steve Finn luring the bowler into one ambitious shot too many before Anderson took his fifth wicket of the first Test, bowling Bruce Martin.
And Finn took the quick wickets of BJ Watling and Trent Boult to end the New Zealand innings on 207, 25 runs behind England’s effort.
The hosts reached 36-0 in their second innings effort before their captain Alastair Cook was removed for 21 after he was caught by Dean Brownlie from a Boult delivery.
In the following over, Cook’s fellow opener Nick Compton was ousted for just 15 runs off a Wagner ball but Root and Trott steadied England’s second innings.
The pair produced a partnership of 55 to reach Tea on 91-2, before Southee finally outwitted Root to end the youngster’s splendid innings of 71 – and a 123-run third-wicket stand.
Unfortunatey, his Yorkshire team-mate Bairstow didn’t last as long at the crease and was sent packing for just five runs to leave the hosts on 167-4.
The ECB cricketer of the year Matt Prior, who was out for a duck in the first innings, suffered the same fate on day three as he caught by Martin Guptill off a Southee ball.
And the Black Caps continued to get the upper-hand in the evening session as Williams bowled Trott (56), with Ian Bell and Finn building a lead of 205 before the close of the play.