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56th: New Zealand 176-5 (Mitchell 4, Blundell 13) It’s really funny, despite all the chatter about cavalier cricket, England got their wickets in a more Andy Flower way, keeping it tight and waiting for the error or the ball to do just enough – and as I tap that, Potts minds one after Blundell’s outside edge, then again, the ball straightening from the seam to induce the forward press. Excellent above, and another young girl.

“Potts in front of Wood?” asks Ed Banister. “Not for me Clive, I mean Daniel – despite the fitness and longevity issues. But I agree on the rest…

I wasn’t expressing a preference – I too would have a hard time ruling out an in-form Wood – but I don’t think the selectors reject Potts if he’s in-form.

55th: New Zealand 176-5 (Mitchell 4, Blundell 13) Broad’s bowling is fairly full here, which seems like a good move – although Mitchell, who faces, wants to come forward. He plays a young test girl with all the confidence you expect from a man in such ridiculous shape.

Martyn Reynolds Sends Emails Requesting TSM Abroad Link; to go well.

54th overall: New Zealand 176-5 (Mitchell 4, Blundell 13) Potts really looks the part, doesn’t he? He hands one to Blundell, who leaves well, and is now the man in possession. I would look to bring Archer back as soon as he is fit, but Potts is now ahead of Wood, Stone, Woakes and the Overtons (of this world). Does pluralization matter, or does it mean the Overtons for these purposes? As I type this, of course, he overshoots and Blundell cracks him for four to a long time, but he was still a big plus point and clearly has plenty of room to improve.

53rd: New Zealand 172-5 (Mitchell 4, Blundell 9) There is a touch of Pietersen/Collingwood in this partnership, not in terms of strokeplay, but that one, KP and Mitchell, wants to go forward and the other, Collingwood and Blundell, stays behind. Bowling is annoying…but there’s no better bowling to watch than an aggravated SJ Broad. He starts well too, his fourth delivery coming off the field and away from Mitchell’s outside edge. Young lady.

52nd: New Zealand 172-5 (Mitchell 4, Blundell 9) Unusually for him, Potts is on the leg to start and Blundell wastes no time turning him into a deep square for four.

It’s up to Matt Potts to finish his over from last night, which isn’t just an excuse to say last night, I promise.

The teams are with us Here we go again!

What a great addition Mark Butcher is to Sky’s A team. It’s been quietly engaging, illuminating and witty on County stuff for years, and now adds a new dimension to Test coverage. It’s great to see.

E-mail! “Apparently they still use petrol rollers at Headingley,” says Andrew Benton. “There should be a blanket ban on non-renewable energy land-based equipment – power outlets are only a distance from the border.”

I can’t claim to be an expert in this area, but yeah, that sounds reasonable to me.

Surprisingly, yesterday was a phenomenally uplifting day in the greens and nice. Bread and games, yes, but we must take our joy where we can find it. McCartney and Glasto sing Hey Jude together, oof Madonna.

The atmosphere yesterday was absolutely explosive, and I’m sure we’re down for more of the same today.

Branderson who?

Luckily for us, it’s not the only cricket around today, far from it. Join Tanya Aldred at the Oval for some Champo fun!

1999. Time to celebrate, yes, but also the year England last met New Zealand in a run of more than three games. Frankly, that’s utter nonsense, and not just because of the consistent excellence of matches – that’s a bonus. Ultimately, sport – in a sporting sense – is about competition, about identifying the best team. It has nothing to do with viewing numbers, the prioritization of which is to the game’s shame.

You only have to test if you have symptoms and Foakes was out of the park yesterday with a sore back. Feel better soon, Ol Blue Eyes.

Ben Foakes tests positive for Covid-19 and is out of the game

Sam Billings replaces him.

Preamble

Far be it from the idea for the OBO to offer advice of any kind, but before the start of what we know for certain there is another jaw-dropping day of Test Match CricketMTmaybe it’s worth taking a moment to be very, uh, intentional about, uh, stay in the moment be doing well, present taking advantage of it. We’ve seen some seriously affirmative stuff over the past few summers, but even in that context, it’s been one hell of a ruckus. May we know many more.

Somehow, over the course of it, England have become a team, winning the big sessions and refusing to retreat when things went against them. If it weren’t for the comfortable familiarity of an avant-garde drag capture, it would be quite disconcerting.

They therefore leave today as favorites to complete a series painted, and for good reason. But for all England’s rejuvenation they have also been well served by the chaotically thin margins of elite sport – fitness, form and fortune have all worked in their favor – and the world champions are well good enough to reverse that, especially with Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell at the crease. The first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth hours could be crucial

Play: 11am BST


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