• England closed the fourth day on 429-6, a lead of 295, after a superb day
  • Captain Alastair Cook hit his 27th Test century and will resume on 153
  • Ben Stokes hit fastest Test century at Lord’s on day that belonged to hosts
  • Moeen Ali joins Cook at crease on 19 on what should be a thrilling final day

Nicholas Godden for MailOnline

England captain Alastair Cook will resume on the fifth and final day of the First Test against New Zealand looking to add to the 152 he reached at the close of play on Sunday evening.

The hosts batted superbly on the fourth day to save a match that looked only to be heading one way after the Kiwis took two early wickets at the start of the second innings.

But Cook and Co managed to build a lead of 295 as they closed day four on 429-6 to boost their chances of winning this first Test.

Earlier in the day Ben Stokes hit the fastest Test century ever at Lord’s off just 85 balls before eventually perishing for 101, caught at slip by Ross Taylor off the bowling of Mark Craig.

Stokes smashed New Zealand seamer Tim Southee for three sixes as he blasted England into a healthy lead.

Joe Root provided a moment of comedy as Stokes left the field to rapturous applause. The Yorkshireman stood and saluted, Marlon Samuels-style, from the England balcony.

Root himself had batted wonderfully on the way to 84 before pulling a short delivery straight down the throat of Southee at long leg.

This first Investec Test is so delicately balanced that all outcomes – an England win, a New Zealand victory or a draw – are still possible.

It promises to be a compelling final day on this bank holiday Monday with Lord’s expected to be packed full. 

Join NICHOLAS GODDEN for over-by-over coverage, with updates from our cricket correspondent PAUL NEWMAN on what should be a thrilling day of Test cricket.

  • Nick Godden

    Host commentator

Broad hits a fuller delivery over mid on for two before going after the short ball. He pulls it for six.

Very next ball he’s out. Full delivery and Broad swings and misses. Bowled by Boult. It’s a pretty pathetic dismissal to be honest.

Mark Wood joins Moeen Ali at the crease. It looks as though England will bat this out rather than declare. It wouldn’t be the worst thing for the game for these last two wickets to tumble now.

More short stuff from Southee as he steams in to Stuart Broad. One seems to clip him on the helmet on the way through before ducking another one. New Zealand playing on Broad’s struggles against the short one. A single and Broad will be back on strike.

Cook salutes the applause as he leaves the field

So Cook goes for 162 after a successful New Zealand review. No sign of a declaration yet as Stuart Broad comes to the crease.

He has struggled massively recently, Broad. Being peppered with short deliveries ealry on here. Gets off the mark with a single.

PAUL NEWMAN: That was a monumental innings from Alastair Cook. Back to his absolute best. What a strong character he is. What a substantial player and man. Cook has had to put up with some despicable poison in the last 18 months from the noisy few who have blamed him for Kevin Pietersen’s demise. Through it all he has reacted with dignity, if a little wearily, and now he has come through the other side. That’s not to say England are suddenly going to win the Ashes – or even that they will win this Test – but he remains the best man to lead this young team for this summer. And he is at his best when he lead shy example, as he has done here.

Huge appeal from Bolt as one flies past Alastair Cook’s insideedge. Given not out, but Brendon McCullum reviews. Looks to be the slightest of nicks on hotspot and snicko confirms it.

Moeen Ali crashes one for four through the covers

Moeen again taking on a short delivery but has to settle for just a single. Cook on strike and he’s off the mark for the morning as he opens the face beautifully to guide it for four down to third man.

It’s four more as he steps forward and drives through the covers. It was a wider delivery but it was timed wonderfully by the skipper.

A quick single to mid on as Cook moves on to 162. 10 off the over. That’s more like it.

PAUL NEWMAN: There’s a lovely atmosphere here today at the best cricket ground in the world. Lots of youngsters have taken advantage of the free admission and there are still more coming in. England going at a nice tempo and Moeen Ali is surely the best No8 they have ever had in Test cricket. This pitch is getting better and better, though. New Zealand are very much still in this. History is pretty much bunk in cricket these days. The game has changed so much. A target of 350 would certainly not intimidate Brendon McCullum, that’s for sure.

Boult continues to Moeen. He whips a straight delivery off his pads four another four square on the leg side. It hasn’t exactly been all guns blazing at the start of the day but that’s Moeen’s third boundary.

Another single down to long leg. Cook defends again and the skipper is still yet to get off the mark today.

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash rings the bell to signal start of play

Moeen Ali opens the face of the bat up nicely and guides it through the covers for four. Southee bangs in a short delivery straight after and Moeen takes him on and pulls him for two more. He doesn’t look like he wants to hang around here.

50 partnership is up between Cook and Moeen, who ducks under another bouncer before getting a thick inside edge as he tries to play through the off side. Quick single to end the over as Moeen retains the strike.

Seven off the over for England

The England skipper happy to leave the wide delivery early on here, but he won’t want to score too slowly this morning.

Left-armer seamer Trent Boult angles one in to Cook and it wraps him on the pads. A muted appeal from New Zealand but comfortably clearing the stumps.

Kane Williamson gets down brilliantly to his left in the slip cordon to save a certain four. Another maiden from Boult.

Tim Southee, who starts the day with figures of two for 129, angling away to left-hander Moeen Ali, who fends away a couple of deliveries.

First runs on the board as Moeen crashes through the covers with a powerful drive off the front foot. It was airborne for a short while but safely finds the gap. Lead creeps up to 299.

Trent Boult to open the bowling, Alastair Cook on strike. The weather is set fair which is great news for everyone.

Boult starts with a bouncer that the skipper comfortably ducks below before fending off the next two straight deliveries.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum going hard in search of these four remaining England wickets with an attacking field set.

Maiden to start the day.

I hope you’re all as excited as me for this final day of cricket at the magnificent Lord’s. The sun is shining at the Home of Cricket.

The bell rings and Alastair Cook and Moeen Ale emerge from the club house to great ovation. Here we go! 

Ben Stokes produced a magnificent innings on Sunday with a flurry of big shots, including three sixes.


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England’s Ben Stokes in action
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PAUL NEWMAN: Good morning from Lord’s where we have already had our first big bit of news of the day. Trevor Bayliss, it seems, is the new England coach! Now that’s a turn up! Everyone expected it to be another Australian in Jason Gillespie but Andrew Strauss has sprung a surprise by turning to the former Sri Lanka coach who is now in charge of New South Wales.

It seems that Gillespie’s reluctance to be on the road with England 12 months of the year has proved the major stumbling block to his appointment as Strauss wants the coach to be with his side at all times. The first thing people will say is that Bayliss, like Peter Moores, did not play international cricket. Should that be a problem? Well, what I would say is that it is not always the best players who make the best coaches and everyone in the game speaks very highly of the quietly spoken Bayliss.He worked with Paul Farbrace with Sri Lanka, too, and the interim coach will have no hesitation in wanting to work with Bayliss again.

Meanwhile, what a day in prospect we have here. The queues have stretched around Lord’s as people come into this ground for what could be a thrilling finish. Lots of people saying that England should be very positive and declare soon and while I agree with the sentiment I don’t think they should give New Zealand more than a fighting chance. I reckon England will look to add another 50 runs before setting their opponents 350 to win. And Brendon McCullum will go for it!

England are set to appoint Trevor Bayliss as their new coach. 

The 52-year-old Australian, who has previously coached Sri Lanka, is understood to have accepted an offer from England director of cricket Andrew Strauss, and is expected to be in place in time for the Ashes.

The news came as a surprise after it had been widely assumed the job would go to Yorkshire’s Australian coach Jason Gillespie following the sacking last month of Peter Moores. 


It was the sight of Joe Root standing to attention on the Lord’s balcony and offering a salute, Marlon Samuels-style, to Ben Stokes that provided the perfect footnote to a quite breathtaking performance here.

If Stoke had a good day in hitting Liverpool for six then Stokes had an even better one in smashing Tim Southee for three sixes on his way to the fastest Test century the home of cricket has ever seen.

This first Investec Test is perfectly poised with England, at 429 for six, 295 ahead and all results possible going into what promises to be a compelling final day.


Good morning and welcome along to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the final day of the First Investec Test at Lord’s.

And it promises to be a compelling day’s cricket, folks. England batted brilliantly on Sunday to build a healthy second innings lead of 295.

Captain Alastair Cook will resume on 152 this morning while he was backed up quite superbly by Ben Stokes, who hit the fastest ever Test century at Lord’s off just 85 balls.



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