England entered the morning of the fourth day against New Zealand as Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad struck before the hosts raced to 325-5 – a lead of 99 – forced to follow on
- Ben Stokes immediately brought New Zealand back after their poor first innings
- New Zealand rallied in their second effort with the bat to lead by 99 runs
- England are looking to go up 2-0 in the two-match series after winning the first Test
Ollie Robinson pulled England back and ran out on the fourth morning of the second Test in New Zealand, dismissing Henry Nicholls to leave the hosts four.
After being asked to follow on by Ben Stokes, the Black Caps put up some stiff resistance to reach 202 for three in their third innings, 24 behind.
But Robinson pulled off a searching spell that threatened Nicholls’ outside edge and eventually cut it short after 35 minutes of the opening session. Harry Brook juggled a catch at third slip but held on, with England still ahead by four runs.
Earlier, Kane Williamson surpassed Ross Taylor as his country’s record Test run-scorer, smashing the boundary off James Anderson in the first over of the day.
New batter Daryl Mitchell came out guns blazing, taking 41 in a 50-run stand with the measured Williamson as England’s attack revolved in search of a breakthrough.
Ollie Robinson produced a breakthrough for England on the morning of day four as they looked to force the issue against New Zealand
Stuart Broad removes the dangerous Daryl Mitchell after he tries to lift the bowler
Jack Leach thought he was the man to give it when he spun the ball outside Williamson’s edge and saw Ben Foakes demolish the stumps.
Williamson’s back foot crawled forward but after multiple replays from the third umpire, it was decided that he had made himself safe for a fraction of a second before the bails were removed.
Mitchell bowled Williamson for 50, quickly reaching 52 balls when he biffed Leach at long-on for a six.
But his charge ended when he pounced on Broad, finishing one high over the cordon. Joe Root is the man at the bottom of it, retreating and calmly living under the circumstances. New Zealand fell five for 297, leading by 71.
Kane Williamson became New Zealand’s all-time leading run scorer in Tests when he moved to 63
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