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England v New Zealand: third Test, day one – live!

11th over: New Zealand 30-1 (Young 16, Williamson 13) Young, facing Broad, suddenly tries a pull. The ball isn’t short enough and he gets a bottom edge which might be the end of him if it hadn’t struck the back of his leg. Broad smiles knowingly and follows up with a ball that is there for the pull. Young plays it better and picks up a single to deep square.

10th over: New Zealand 28-1 (Young 15, Williamson 13) Jamie Overton’s first ball in international cricket is an interesting one: short, fast and swinging away – the ball Steve Harmison was trying to bowl when he endangered second slip. A similar delivery brings four as Young plays a cut, but he’s straining to reach it and could easily have got a nick (which might have gone for six over third man). Overton keeps swinging through the whole over, mixing the short stuff with a full length. Watching him is not going to be dull.

9th over: New Zealand 24-1 (Young 11, Williamson 13) Williamson plays the shot of the day so far, easing Broad past mid-off. Is he creeping into form? We can but hope. Here comes Jamie Overton to test him with some fast stuff.

8th over: New Zealand 19-1 (Young 10, Williamson 9) Just a single off Pott’s over, which rather passed me by as I was too busy writing the below. The social and cultural stuff takes longer to write about than mere nicks and fours.

7th over: New Zealand 18-1 (Young 9, Williamson 9) As Broad continues, there’s another clip from Young (for three) and a near run-out from Williamson, who would be gone if Potts’sshy at the non-striker’s stumps had hit.

“Might I suggest, in the mildest and most amiable way possible,” says Bob Wilson, “that Eoin Morgan’s team did not at all lead the way on diversity in selection. The 80’s selectors did an infinitely better job and scribes under 45 risk dissing some great players if they don’t acknowledge that. Bright-burning candles like Devon Malcolm, Mark Butcher and Gladdy Small. Not to mention my own fave, Phil DeFreitas, who once projectile-vomited in his run-up and then bowled the delivery anyway (and he looked lovely in a dress). The current fall-off in representation has an uncomfortably racist underbelly but it’s principally about class, about free-to-air television and state schools’ sporting resources.

“Last year, sportswriters were doing the same puffery about the diversity of the England football team. I couldn’t help but think about how irritated that must have made Viv Anderson feel. That was a generation of players who did blaze a trail (and often got their toes pretty scorched in consequence). But given football’s decent representation rate, that ahistorical sloppiness is merely ignoring or undervaluing individual grace and moral courage. When you neglect previous POC achievement in English cricket, it is to ignore the vertiginously horrible fact that we’ve gone backwards.
I usually try to be funny but I can’t think of any jokes for this one.”

No diss intended to anyone – including the white men in the present XI. And you’re right, I didn’t mean to suggest that Morgan invented multiculturalism, just that he’s been good at maintaining it. He made a point of mentioning it when England won the World Cup. As a scribe over 45, I was in the press box when Malcolm and Daffy and Gladys and Chris Lewis were all there or thereabouts. Butcher, who came along a bit later, may end up the most significant figure of them all, as an outstanding commentator.

6th over: New Zealand 14-1 (Young 8, Williamson 6) An excellent over from Potts, with only moral victories to show for it. He beats Williamson’s outside edge, then draws an inside edge that dribbles away for a single.

5th over: New Zealand 13-1 (Young 8, Williamson 5) Undaunted by that near-miss, Williamson glances Broad again and gets a single. As Broad goes full, looking for more swing, Young has an easy clip for two.

“England not on trial today,” says Andrew Benton, “but have they got the fight to get another victory? That would mark a change from the old if so. And am I the only reader who now finds one day and T20 games totally pants? I couldn’t have given a fart in a friary for the Netherlands series.” For a series of mismatches, with many players missing on both sides, it was actually a lot of fun. Jos Buttler bringing his regal form from the IPL, Eoin Morgan struggling to buy a run, Scott Edwards showing his class three times in a row, some rapid evolution in the England attack… I’ve seen worse. And the resurgence of the Test side has come from being more like the white-ball squad, hasn’t it?

4th over: New Zealand 10-1 (Young 6, Williamson 4) Potts drops short and Young cuts for four with the greatest of ease. “Such a fast outfield, Headingley,” says Nasser Hussain. After that, it’s all dots with one fine take from Ben Foakes, his second of the morning.

“‘Eadingley, eh?” says Jeremy Boyce. “My mum’s parents worked at the Lounge Cinema and lived round the corner, my parents were married at the church next to the ground (St Mark’s?), there was a Test match on (1953, Aussies?) and the first question my dad asked as they sat back in the taxi was to the driver, ‘What’s the latest score?’. I’m not sure my mum ever forgave him. Any road oop, it’s good to have proper crikkit back where it belongs.”

3rd over: New Zealand 6-1 (Young 2, Williamson 4) England do have a cunning plan for Kane Williamson: get him strangled down the leg side. And it very nearly works first ball! Stokes posts a leg slip, Broad goes straighter than usual, Williamson takes the bait, and the ball flies between Ben Foakes and that leg slip, Ollie Pope. Thereafter Broad reverts to type, bowling fifth-stump, and Williamson watches the ball go by until the end of the over, when Broad produces a beauty, angled in, swinging away and missing the edge. Good contest!

2nd over: New Zealand 2-1 (Young 2, Williamson 0) In the absence of Jimmy Anderson, Matthew Potts gets a promotion. On debut, at Lord’s, he kept making things happening in his first over, but this time it’s only a clip for two from Will Young to get NZ off the mark.

A replay shows that Joe Root, on taking the catch, charged off to embrace Jack Leach. “Did Leach have a cunning plan?” wonders one of the commentators. If so, it was quite a familiar one: bowl in the channel and wait for the nick.

1st over: New Zealand 0-1 (Young 0, Williamson 0) And here comes a very out-of-form NZ captain. For once, England are making Test cricket look easy.

First blood to Broad! After leaving a few, Latham send a classic nick into the hands of first slip. Are you David Warner in disguise?

The perfect start for England as Tom Latham trudges back to the pavilion.
Stuart Broad

The anthems have been sung and the ball is in the hands of a man in a bandana: Stuart Broad.

England are not on trial today, for once, but Headingley is. Yorkshire CCC has had a shocker, as Sky has just shown with a quick guide to the racism scandal. “Cricket needs better leadership,” says Mike Atherton. “From both Yorkshire and the ECB.” Amen to that.

Yorkshire’s love of cricket is not in doubt. But it’s a shame that England, with Jofra Archer injured and Moeen Ali still theoretically unavailable, are putting out a less than multicultural XI. On this front, as on a few others, Eoin Morgan’s white-ball team lead the way.

“With the Ashes only 13 months away,” says Pete Salmon, “surely it’s time to start tinkering with the team so the best possible XI runs out in July 2023?” Ha. They did overdo the tinkering last year, but some of the objections to tinkering are based on a fallacy – that there’s a clear first XI that we can all agree on.

“What’s the weather looking like?” asks Tintenfische on Twitter. “Whole days play?” Yes – cloudy with sunny spells, according to the Met Office. But there’s rain around for the other four days, with tomorrow looking particularly dicey.

Jimmy Anderson drops out with a niggly ankle, though he might have been rested anyway. And the Overton window opens – for Jamie, making his England debut, rather than his twin brother Craig, who arrived in the world three minutes earlier and on the Test scene three years earlier. As bowlers, they are far from identical: Craig is line and length, Jamie fire and brimstone. Craig has just given Jamie his first Test cap, becoming the first twin brother to carry out that happy duty, and also probably the first guy to do it for someone who has just felled him with a bouncer.

England 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Alex Lees, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wkt), 8 Jamie Overton, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Matthew Potts, 11 Jack Leach.

Jamie Overton is presented with his Test cap by his brother Craig.

Williamson returns, NZ bat deep, and there’s an overdue recall for Neil Wagner, their unsung hero.

New Zealand 1 Tom Latham, 2 Will Young, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Devon Conway, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Daryl Mitchell, 7 Tom Blundell (wkt), 8 Michael Bracewell, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.

Kane Williamson is back and he’s got one thing right already, possibly two. He wins the toss and likes the look of the pitch, which has already been described by one commentator as “a featherbed”.

New Zealand to bat this morning after Kane Williamson wins the toss.

Morning everyone and welcome to another day of international cricket. If it’s Thursday, it must be a Test match. About 19 hours after one England XI sealed a one-day series in the Netherlands, another will take the field at Headingley to see if they too can pull off a clean sweep. Or should that be a clean reverse sweep, now that the Test team have become as buccaneering as their white-ball brethren.

It’s time to buckle up again and enjoy the ride. Ben Stokes says England will go even harder this time, a plan that may involve rewriting the laws of physics. New Zealand, who won the World Test Championship only a year ago, are due a win, and they did make 550 after being put in to bat. But England have our old friend Mo Mentum on their side, as well as a new-manager bounce from Brendon McCullum, the super-enabler whose fingerprints can still be found on New Zealand’s spirited style of play.

This game is at Headingley, where it’s easy to picture either set of seamers having a ball – or getting a pasting if the sun comes out. The fastest of them will be Jamie Overton, making his Test debut at the expense of his twin Craig. There is, as ever, no shortage of sub-plots, so do keep this window open. Play starts at 11am UK time, 10pm in New Zealand, and I’ll be back 25 minutes before that with news of the toss.

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