• England bowled out for 350 before lunch on day three at Headingley
  • Stuart Broad hits back with 46 after early England wickets fall   
  • Broad and Mark Wood add valuable 51 from just 43 deliveries 
  • Tim Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 4-83
  • New Zealand scored 7 without loss in tricky four overs before lunch 
  • The Black Caps reached 350 on day two after recovering from 2-2 
  • Start of play delayed until 11.15am due to rain with close set for 6.45pm  

Michael Gadd for MailOnline

England resume on day three on 253 for five with the second Test against New Zealand evenly poised and a good chance of a result for either side provided the rain doesn’t intervene too significantly. 

After the second new ball did the damage late on Saturday claiming the wickets of Gary Ballance, Joe Root and first Test hero Ben Stokes, England still have a job to do to peg back the 97 runs needed to equal New Zealand’s first innings of 350. 

That total was reached after the visitors rallied from the dire situation of two for two and were all out with a speedy run rate of 4.84 an over.

Join MICHAEL GADD for over-by-over coverage, with updates from our cricket correspondent PAUL NEWMAN, to see if England can set themselves up for victory on this third day of the second Test.

Alastair Cook drives on day two at Headingley on his way to becoming England's top Test run-scorer

Alastair Cook drives on day two at Headingley on his way to becoming England’s top Test run-scorer

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Guptill brings up his half-century with a massive six off Moeen down the ground. That takes him to 54 from 47 balls. He then snatches another easy single to the off side.

After a couple of drives find the fielder Taylor times a full one on leg stump and drives stylishly straight for four. Guptill opens the over with a single. 

Moeen Ali comes into attack and gets away with a rank full toss as England concede five singles and cruise to 100 runs at 5.26 an over. Taylor is 40 and Guptill just two short of his 50.

Stokes keeps New Zealand to just one run from that over but not through a lack of trying from Taylor, who attempts to put a full one outside off into the leg side stands with a T20 hoik – he misses it but audacious nonetheless.

New Zealand are doing it again, aren’t they? They lose a couple of quick wickets and they just come out and blaze away. There is no attempt at consolidation. No trying to dig in and see off the threat. They just keep on coming.

I’m not saying this is the way for every team to go all the time. There has to be room for the way Alastair Cook and Adam Lyth played, for instance, yesterday afternoon. But New Zealand are changing this great old game, more than Australia, more than anyone who has played it before. They really are.

Wood strays onto the pads of Taylor again who pushes it to square leg for two. He attempts a yorker but it’s punched through mid-wicket for another two. Another full and straight one is pushed back to Wood but doesn’t beat the stumps at the non-striker’s end before Taylor gets another two, this time with a thick edge through the off side. A casual six off that one. 

Drinks come onto the ground as Taylor and Guptill steady the ship after Broad’s two breakthroughs. They are going along at a good click too with Taylor’s 32 from 19 balls and Guptill’s 43 better than a run a ball. They’re going at 5.5 an over with the last 10 overs at 7.2. 

Ben Stokes comes into the attack and Taylor smashes his first ball for six. It’s too short and the former Black Caps skipper says thanks very much. His line improves as Taylor drives two on the walk to mid-off but then gets off strike with a cut to the sweeper. Guptill picks up an easy single to square leg before Taylor does the same to point. Nine runs from that as drinks come onto the ground.

Taylor swings and misses as the slips eagerly await another chance

Guptill whips Wood in the air to vacant mid-wicket and picks up three. He beats Taylor’s outside edge but strays straight again for another three and his then punched straight for two. Another expensive over for England as New Zealand kick along at 5.26 an over. 

Guptill makes the most of width from Broad again to pick up four square of the wicket. He then forces Anderson into a long chase to save a boundary after timing it well through mid-off for three. Taylor gets four with a less convincing cut with one hand on the bat.

Mark Wood replaces Anderson and he’s on the money straight away. But Guptill drops the ball to the offside again for an easy single. Taylor gets one after a leading edge before a massive shout for caught behind, but it’s not out.

Mark Wood catches Guptill’s outside edge – the England players think so anyway. Ravi doesn’t agree and Cook has to go upstairs. The replays show the ball clearly missing the bat and hitting the back leg.

That’s England’s eighth review this series – zero of them have been a success.

Broad is full of confidence after his batting. New Zealand are going to counter attack here, they are not going to sit in.

England must catch better. It’s a cold day, yes, but New Zealand held onto everything this morning. Great watching!!!

Broad celebrates the wicket of Latham after scoring 46 with the bat

Guptill smashes Broad square of the wicket – too full and wide from the bowler. An inside edge onto the pad gets him another two. Guptill then edges into the slips but doesn’t carry to Bell, who misses it and they get three. Taylor plays another perfect drive straight for four runs and swings wildly at the last delivery outside off stump.

Guptill glides one down to the third man boundary for four before his thigh pad takes care of another four runs for New Zealand. Anderson is then too good to catch Guptill’s edge. Taylor, after working a two through the leg side, edges a beauty but it beats Ballance’s fingertips in the slips and goes for four. 15 runs from that one.

Ballance (second left) drops New Zealand No 4 Taylor at third slip

That’s two wickets for four runs in 12 balls for Stuart Broad and he is having a very good day!

It’s just starting to look like one of those occasions when the force is with Broad and he could easily run through New Zealand here.

But they won’t go down without a fight, you can count on that. 

Taylor gets off the mark with a big stride and a cover drive for four with the first ball he faces. Clearly no-one has told him how good it is for bowling out there right now. 

Kane Williamson will be kicking himself here. He doesn’t need to play at the short of a length delivery from Broad and with his bat away from his body edges into Buttler’s gloves. The slightest bit of movement if any from Broad. Ross Taylor now at the crease.

Broad is ecstatic after claiming the valuable wicket of Williamson

Williamson drives Anderson beautifully for four, a text book shot through the vacant mid-off area, and comfortably defends the rest. He shows soft hands to guide the ball along the ground and into Ballance in the slips.

Guptill drops the ball to the offside and scurries through for an easy single.
A massive shout from Broad and those behind the stumps follows but Williamson is nowhere near the ball that nips back a long way and into his thigh. No chance for LBW or caught behind there but who can blame Stuart for being a bit excited today.

A tidy over from Anderson, working on that line just outside off stump, to Williamson, who is happy to defend and leave what he can at this stage. 

Williamson gets off the mark and avoids a pair with a sneaky single – a direct hit from Root doesn’t quite beat the New Zealand No 3.

The new ball breakthrough comes with the first ball of the second over after lunch. A tiny bit of seam movement for Broad into the left-hander clips the underside of his glove and Buttler takes a good catch to his right. Broad’s face is the opposite of Anderson’s last over.  

Rod Tucker gives Latham out caught behind off the bowling of a very happy Broad

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler high five as Latham leaves the field dejected

Anderson returns from the break and falls over with his first delivery before catching Guptill’s edge with the kind of delivery that brought England unstuck early today. But instead of being his 400th Test wicket it flies between the third slip and the gully and to the boundary. Anderson is then given an official warning by Indian umpire Ravi for running on the pitch and smashed through the offside by Guptill. One to forget for a rather peeved Jimmy.

Anderson (right) is given a warning by umpire Sundaram Ravi (centre) for running on the pitch

Guptill and Latham do their job and see off England’s four overs without loss. 

Broad is too straight to Guptill who whips him down to fine leg for one as Latham gets his first taste of Broad for the day. Broad goes around the wicket but doesn’t make Latham play, so we stroll off for lunch.

It wouldn’t be Anderson and a new ball without the occasional ooh and ahh, and the swing king delivers missing the outside edge. Latham is more than happy to leave anything that isn’t going to clatter into his stumps though and is happy to give Anderson a maiden.

There will be one more over before lunch.

A big LBW shout for Broad with his first ball but not one worthy of a review from Cook. After his swashbuckling innings he charges in with intent and gets some late swing into the right-hander but is seen off by Guptill for a maiden.

With a cut shot for two to a loosener from Anderson, Latham puts New Zealand back in front. Anderson gets some early shape away from the left-hander and then away from right-handed Guptill, who times a defensive stroke beautifully through cover for three.

With plenty of blowing into the hands England warm up for a fiery 15 minutes at Martin Guptill and Tom Latham. Centurion Alastair Cook runs out with purpose and his men follow before joining for a huddle and a chat. It’ll be Anderson and Broad giving them the full treatment with the new pill. Starting with Anderson at left-handed Latham.

Anderson warms-up on the boundary ahead of New Zealand’s second innings

So the scores are level! We have a one-innings Test on our hands! And it’s been another cracking match so far.

Brilliant from Stuart Broad there in company with Mark Wood and then Jimmy Anderson after England had appeared to be meekly walking over a cliff.

At 177 without loss England would have wanted a healthy lead but they will settle for this after being 267 for eight!

Game on and a tricky 15 minutes before lunch for New Zealand. England must bowl better than they did for much of Friday and Saturday morning.

New Zealand will come out all guns blazing again because that is what they do and England cannot afford to be hit off their lengths like New Zealand were today after a great start.

So after two and bit days England and New Zealand are all square after their first innings, with hugely valuable runs coming from both lower orders. New Zealand will have to survive 15 minutes from Anderson and Broad who have just warmed up with the bat.

Full and straight and into middle stump from Henry as Broad falls short of what would have been an electric fifty. What was all that short stuff about then? 

Broad’s middle stump is bent back by Matt Henry to end England’s first innings

After being dismissed for 46, Broad raises his bat to the appreciative crowd

Broad slog sweeps Craig to deep mid-wicket for one to bring England level with New Zealand’s total of 350 and Anderson sees out the over.

Nothing stylish about Broad this over. He swings and misses a shortish ball from Henry that doesn’t get up. That should interest Broad for when he gets the ball in his hands. Broad’s pull shot is then stopped short of the boundary by a sliding Watling and he gets two. His attempt to hit Henry to cow corner is a shocker and he’s then sent back by Anderson after calling for what would have been a suicidal single as Henry got to it quickly. Another big swing to end the over is an inside edge to fine leg to keep the strike.

Anderson and Broad touch gloves after another boundary during their rearguard action

A maiden over for Craig as Anderson sees out the over to give his mate at the other end another crack at Henry. 

Matt Henry into the attack but short at Broad is still the plan apparently. His first one is a wide. His second his pulled by Broad from just outisde off stump for six (that’s one way to miss the fielders out there waiting). His third ball – yep, a bouncer – is much better whizzing by Broad’s face. The fired up allrounder (we can call him that, right?) skies a sliced cut to the offside but it falls safely and he gets two for it. Henry then tries pitching it up and Broad swings with all his might to find the gap in the field behind the slips for another four. Broad then digs out an attempted yorker to end a brilliant over for England as he races to 42.

Broad throws his bat at another short one from the New Zealand quicks

Craig continues to Anderson who attempts a slog sweep a minute or two before the ball reaches him. He then reassesses things and places a delightful drive through the covers. Proper cricket shot to the boundary. He then has another go at the slog sweep and picks it up for another valuable four runs. The over ends with a picture-perfect forward defensive stroke. Reverse the batting order for the second innings?

Southee bowls a pointless loopy bouncer and it’s called wide. Another bouncer on the leg side is hooked by Broad for one. After a single to get Anderson off the mark, Broad then deliberately (probably) edges another short one over Ronchi’s fingertips for another single before whacking Southee to mid-wicket to keep the strike.

What a shame. The change to spin does the trick for Brendon McCullum and that’s the end of an enterprising ninth wicket partnership for England.

New Zealand still have the lead but here comes Jimmy Anderson who did so much with the bat to almost salvage a draw here against Sri Lanka last year.

Mark Craig picks up Wood’s edge as he attempts to cut close to his body and it lands safely in the keeper’s gloves. 

New Zealand keeper Luke Ronchi celebrates after catching Mark Wood

Terrific from Stuart Broad and that’s the 50 partnership between these two!

Is this the day when Broad gets his batting mojo back? He has been doing a lot of work with Paul Farbrace to overcome the uncertainty and, yes, fear that’s been in his batting since he was hit in the face last year and this is the first sign that it’s paying dividends.

It is amazing what a bit of positivity can do, isn’t it? These two have gone after New Zealand and suddenly the bowlers are not locating the right lines and lengths anymore. This is the way forward!

As the first drinks break is called Broad and Wood have reached their unlikely 50 partnership with 51 runs from 43 balls.

Broad has 26 from 17 balls and Wood’s 19 has come from 27 deliveries. 

Sheep, Bo Peep and Minions from Despicable Me (obviously) brave the gloomy conditions

Broad drives one straight back at Boult, literally, and the bowler gets hit rather than has any say about stopping it, but it counts as a drop. Broad then drives again and this time it sizzles by the feet of Boult for four. Broad, the horribly out of form Broad, then blazes a square drive through the offside for another boundary.

Mark Wood’s lighting things up here. His pull shot to a short one from Southee goes to mid-on but a big step forward to the next ball and his drive blazes to the boundary. It’s in the air but who cares! He then almost plays on with the last ball of the over. Wood is now 18 with Broad on 17, as the deficit is reduced to 42 runs.

Wood beats BJ Watling on the offside as the fast bowler shows some talent with the bat

This is more like it! This is the way to go England!

Stuart Broad’s batting has been woeful in recent times but he is apparently working very hard at it and his positive attitude has been a breath of fresh air this morning.

And Mark Wood can clearly bat. He is proving a very useful addition to England’s ranks.

Wood and Broad are enjoying themselves now. Wood whips one from Boult off his hip and times it well enough to find the boundary. He then puts Broad on strike with a single off his hip. 

Broad then ignores the two men in the deep on the leg side and pulls a bouncer for four between them. It ends with two singles, the second from a confident pull shot this time from Wood.

That’s 11 overs today at three for 50. 

Mark Wood hits out as the England tail wags following early wickets

It is really, really cold here in Leeds today. This is one occasion when I’m happy we are in an indoor press box. It always seems to be like this here!

But you always get fascinating cricket at Headingley. I can’t remember many boring games here. This is building up to be another cracker.

New Zealand and Brendon McCullum very impressive so far today. England less so. But if they do concede a first innings lead it is going to be a lot less than they did at Lord’s! And they ended up winning that game by 124 runs!

BJ Watling placed at deep forward square leg fumbles a tough chance to get rid of Broad, who whipped Boult off his pads. That would have been a sensational catch.

Wood then plays a glorious square drive to the boundary to where Watling was standing for the left-handed Broad and is rewarded with a good head-high bouncer from Boult, who again is too hot for Ronchi to handle. 

Boult then lets rip with a full toss that would have been considered a beamer had it gone anywhere near the batsman Wood, who laughs it off and accepts Boult’s quickly delivered apology. Clearly slipped out of his hand and no warning from the umpire – five no balls is punishment enough. 

England’s surprise packet with the bat Mark Wood has another big swing

Broad beats mid-on in the air and picks up his first boundary from an on-fire Southee. He then picks up three with a push down to third man. An inside edge from Wood again into his pads loops up but falls well short of gully.

Broad shows some intent with a pull shot to a short one from Boult but only gets a single for it. Wood then gets an inside edge onto his pad. A bit of a dull over by comparison though as it ends with a wide one ignored by the start of the genuine tail end. 

Where is the attacking intent from England that we saw in Lord’s? They have let New Zealand bowl to them this morning without trying to force the pace.

I know conditions are perfect for bowling and Tim Southee has been exceptional but even so it looked as though England had turned a corner at Lord’s and they have been timid here. Disappointing.

Broad is off the mark straight away by almost gifting one to short leg with two wickets either side. Moeen and Buttler gone in the slips. That’s 6 wickets with this new ball. 

Another one in the slips, this time to third, with a limp forward defensive edged for the simplest of catches. 

Southee celebrates another piece of precision bowling as he puts England in strife

England celebrate as Moeen is out for just one

Excellent piece of bowling from Tim Southee and England are in trouble here now.

To think they were 177 without loss and 215 for one and now they are 266 for seven and still some way behind New Zealand.

It was the run out of Adam Lyth that sparked this but as ever at Headingley you have to look up rather than down.

England made hay while the sun shone but under cloud cover and with a new ball New Zealand have an excellent attack in Southee and Trent Boult.

Classic fast bowling from Southee again. He hits the seam and it moves just enough to cleanly catch Buttler’s edge and Ross Taylor swallows it at first slip. Buttler never looked comfortable today and it has to be said that was coming. Stuart Broad is now at the crease and England are struggling.

Buttler looks back after he’s the second England batsman to fall this morning

Boult pitches it up to Moeen and continues to get a beautiful curve away from the left-hander, who shows no interest in anything outside the off stump. Ronchi enjoys some catching practice and the new man in remains on 1 while Butter is 10.

Ali works a short of a length ball from Southee off his hip for the first run off the bat for the day. Three slips and a gully aren’t enough to prevent a dubious edge from Buttler from going for four with the last ball of the over. He was reaching at that and his feet didn’t move an inch. Streaky but it’s down as runs and he’s survived another over with this shiny ball.

Boult is keeping warm by peppering Butter with an 82mph bouncer whizzing by the keeper-batsman’s helmet and beating Luke Ronchi to go for four byes. He then swings one into Buttler’s unmentionables with the following ball. No runs off the bat yet this morning. 

Moeen sees off the four remaining balls with some good leaves as the pendulum swings in New Zealand’s favour.

I was just going to say that this is a big innings for Ian Bell. His form has been dreadful since he scored a century in Antigua and I’m afraid this is the time when England really need him to be standing up.

He is a senior player with a very good record who should be playing a leading part in this young team but I’m afraid he still hasn’t got the strength of character or sheer guts of an Alastair Cook to battle through when the going gets tough.

He will fall short of being considered a great player because he has too often been a follower rather than leader and there was almost an inevitability about him falling quickly this morning.

Tim Southee strikes straight away with the second ball of his first over. He catches the outside edge of Bell and it’s a terrific low catch from Mark Craig in the slips.

Ian Bell tosses his bat as his day ends earlier than he would have hoped for 12

A bit of early shape into the right-handed Buttler from the left-handed Boult. One moves a bit too much and clips Buttler’s pad to go for four leg byes, the only runs from the first over of the day. 

Brendon McCullum has led his side onto the pitch, jumpers are the fashion accessory of the day. And they’re followed by Buttler and Bell. 

And it will be, unsurprisingly, Trent Boult to start us off. 

New Zealand’s comeback from two for two is matched only by the Headingley ground staff  – here’s what they were dealing with earlier today after heavy rain overnight. They’ve done brilliantly to enable play to get underway imminently. 

Ground staff work to keep water off the square ahead of the start of play on Sunday

Alastair Cook raises his bat after being dismissed by Mark Craig having scored 75 and become England’s greatest ever Test run-scorer

Good morning from Headingley where the good news is that the morning rain has cleared – at least for now- and we have a start at 11.15am.

And what a day we should have in prospect again. New Zealand are right back in this contest thanks to their three wicket burst with the second new ball last night and England will have to bat very well to get an all-important lead now.

Ian Bell and Jos Buttler are at the crease with Moeen Ali to come so there is still plenty of potential but England are still 97 behind and conditions are perfect for bowling this morning.

Full credit to New Zealand. They really are a top side who are in the process of transforming Test cricket more than any other team with their all-action style. Let’s see if it all gets them in a winning position in this second Test.

The Black Caps warm up on the pitch with a football before play

It’s a gloomy and cold morning at Headingley but the official line is that play will start at a slightly delayed 11.15am with Ian Bell and Jos Buttler on duty for England.

Bell is on 12 and Buttler on 6 and they will face a ball just eight overs old that saw the wickets of Gary Ballance, Joe Root and Ben Stokes fall in quick succession. 

All going to plan with fingers, toes and whatever other appendage you can find to cross crossed, the delay means play will close at 6.45pm today.

England players gather on the pitch before play on day three






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