Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

After New Zealand won the toss, Broad removed Tom Latham for a duck off the sixth ball of the day and got another edge to remove Kane Williamson for 31 before lunch.

Between those wickets, the first ball of Leach’s left-arm spin drifted and straightened up, trapping Will Young lbw for 20.

Henry Nicholls' drive catches the bat of teammate Daryl Mitchell on Thursday.

Henry Nicholls’ drive catches the bat of teammate Daryl Mitchell on Thursday.Credit:Getty

New Zealand had plenty of work to do at 3/65 at lunch, but Devon Conway (26) had only got started when he dragged a seaming delivery from debutant Jamie Overton onto his stumps with a loose drive. Overton was applauded from the balcony by twin brother Craig, who was edged out by the starting team but came on briefly as a substitute fielder early in the day to ensure the siblings were out there at the same time for an over or two.

“We used to talk about this as kids – playing Test match cricket is the ultimate goal,” Jamie Overton said. “He was delighted for me.”

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Potts was looking to elbow his way into the story but was unlucky to see a pair of lbw shouts waved away. The first, against Nicholls on 4, was turned down on review as the slim possibility of inside edge could not be ruled out.

Then came the costly second, against Mitchell, which Stokes refused to look at.

Mitchell made England pay as he played with the same energy he has shown since touching down in England, sweeping and pulling well before the second of two spiraling sixes off Leach took him past 50.

Meanwhile, Stokes stayed mysteriously out of the attack, perhaps to save energy with the series won and with a one-off Test against India coming up next week.

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