England pacer Olly Stone has brought them back in the game with the precious wicket of Ross Taylor on Day 3. After the first hour of play, New Zealand had brought the deficit down to just 11 runs. Following the Tea break, Olly Stone broke the hour-long partnership between Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor as he dismissed the latter on a 139-ball 80.
Stone bowled this one on a good length, nipping away and Taylor, looking to drive, fell into the trap and was caught behind. Taylor’s crucial knock of 80 came to an end and he also failed to get to the three-digit mark.
New Zealand lost another wicket after that as Mark Wood troubled Nicholls with bouncers and then managed to get an under edge on a short ball down the leg. Nicholls departed after scoring 21 runs. The visitors have now extended the lead to 23 runs with Tom Blundell looking well set on the crease along with Daryl Mitchell.
Hosts England are up against New Zealand in the ongoing second Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The first Test at Lord’s ended in a draw after England decided not to go after the target. Ahead of the second Test, England’s Ollie Robinson was suspended post his debut for offensive tweets when he was 18. As a result, England were forced to make a change and they brought Olly Stone to replace Ollie Robinson.
New Zealand, on the other hand, were eying the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, thus, resting their premier pacers was inevitable. The visitors made as many as six changes – Will Young, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult replaced Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Colin De Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee. While Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling were injured, other three were rested to keep an eye on the WTC Final against India.
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