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14-Jun-2022 02:30:00 GMT
Eng vs NZ - 2nd Test, Nottingham, day 4

England keep victory hopes alive with late strike

New Zealand 553 (Mitchell 190, Blundell 106, Anderson 3-62) and 224 for 7 (Mitchell 32*, Henry 8*, Young 56, Conway 52) lead England 539 (Root 176, Pope 145, Lees 67, Foakes 56, Boult 5-106) by 238 runs

Nottingham: England have the chance to force victory in the second Test after taking late New Zealand wickets on the fourth day at Trent Bridge, here on Monday.

The hosts picked up 3-37 in the closing stages to leave New Zealand 224-7, 238 ahead.

The in-form Daryl Mitchell remains on 32 not out, but he has only the tail for company as he bids to add to the Black Caps' lead.

England had an earlier opportunity to put the tourists under pressure when Joe Root and Ben Foakes made a blistering start on Monday morning.

But after Root was out for a majestic 176, it began a collapse of five wickets for 23, including Foakes being run out for 56.

The home side were dismissed for 539, a first-innings deficit of 14 runs.

Attendance for the final day will be free of charge, with Nottinghamshire asking supporters to obtain their tickets online before arriving at the ground.

It is in keeping with the fascinating nature of this Test that all results are possible going into the final day, but England's late burst could now have them as favourites.

When Mitchell and Tom Blundell - England's familiar foes - were together, New Zealand had a lead of 190 with six wickets in hand.

It could have been that the Black Caps would have worked towards a position from where they could have declared, only for three wickets in six overs to put England in the stronger position.

England will now be looking to wrap up the tail as early as possible on Tuesday, then set about completing a run-chase that would seal a series victory.

They will be aided by a pitch that remains true and the fact New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Jamieson is struggling with a back injury.

Given England's new-found positivity under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, it seems likely that the first thought will be of winning, rather than ensuring they cannot be beaten.

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