"There are no demons in this pitch," Broad said. "It's pretty much a day three pitch, isn't it, with the two days of rain. The pitch is playing fine, maybe a little bit of extra zip under the lights, but there's no real sideways movement." Broad's confidence does not come only from the relatively benign surface and their long batting lineup, which has shown far greater resolve than the side who were bundled out for 58 on the first day.
Morning, if you're just joining us New Zealand declared 427/8 on day four.— Test Match Special (@bbctms) March 25, 2018
England have lost Cook for 2 and trail by 345 runs.
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Root's team can also turn to history as New Zealand were in a similar position to win the third and final test against England at the same ground in 2013. The tourists entered the final day on 90-4 facing an improbable task of scoring another 391 runs in 90 overs to win the match. Ian Bell, however, scored 75 while wicketkeeper Matt Prior produced a rearguard 110 not out and protected last man Monty Panesar for the final 20 minutes to ensure the match and series ended in a draw.
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If you're just joining us New Zealand declared 427/8.
England are 118/2 and trail by 251 runs.
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WICKET & STUMPS: Joe Root is caught down the legside the ball after taking a nasty blow to the hand. Boult does it again for New Zealand and England are 132-3.— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) March 25, 2018
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