Frustration for England as New Zealand take control of second Test at Trent Bridge

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New Zealand punished the hosts for their disappointing day with the ball by wracking up 318 runs for four on day one of the Trent Bridge Test.

England's lethargic bowling display coupled with numerous fielding errors allowed the visitors to pull further ahead, as Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell caused the most damage courtesy of their half-centuries. Ben Stokes won the toss and put stand-in skipper Tom Latham, who had replaced Covid struck Kane Williamson, and Will Young in to bat. The pair made an opening stand of 84 before Young was snaffled by Crawley at second slip off the last ball of Stokes' over. The very next ball James Anderson got into the action digging in a short ball to Latham who whacked it to the diving Potts at mid-wicket. Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls guided New Zealand to 108 at lunch and then put on another 77 after the break as the tourists looked to take the game away from England. However, another double strike from the seam duo accounted for both set batters. First Stokes got one to shape away from Nicholls (30) and flick the bat then three overs later Anderson snared the inside edge as Conway (46) pressed in defence.

Tom Blundell joined Daryl Mitchell at the crease on 169 for four took the tourists to 195 at tea. Mitchell very lucky to survive a straightforward slip catch for Joe Root which squirmed out of his grasp. Just as things began to look up for the hosts, England's stock was soon sliding again. When Blundell edged the tiring Potts towards third slip, there was no catcher to take advantage, with Stokes belatedly filling the gap once the moment had already passed. Mitchell then fired off a number of risky shots, chipping over the infield a couple of times, but looked increasingly sure of himself. He battered Jack Leach for four and six, nimbly reverse swept the spinner, and later picked up another max when he bumped into a Broad bouncer.

He reached 50 in 91 balls, with Blundell following him to that same total with a typically understated supporting effort. Root almost made a breakthrough when he got a hand to the ball at slip when Blundell carved Leach, a half-chance at best, but there was one more mistake in the offing.

With the second new ball in play, Broad had Blundell bang to right on 63, only for Crawley and Bairstow to watch the chance pass between them.

The second day will resume with New Zealand on 318/4 as they look to pile more pressure on the hosts.

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