Lunch has been taken on Day 3 of the Wellington Test and New Zealand will be happy to have survived a probing examination with the new ball as they head into the break without losing a wicket in their second innings. On an overcast morning, the new ball swung, seamed and bounced around, causing a great degree of hesitancy in the batter’s mind.
Tom Latham, who got some runs under his belt in the first innings, looked composed, but his opening partner was all at sea. Devon Conway was beaten on both the edges and the extra bounce left him in complete disarray. He could’ve have been dismissed a number of times, but he’s managed to hang in there and the hosts have reached 40 for 0 at the interval after being asked to follow-on, having been rolled out for 209 in their first essay.
New Zealand have fought hard in the second innings so far and things could become easier as the ball goes old and soft. They’d also hope for the sun to come out. England still lead by 186 runs and will keep coming hard at the hosts when the next session resumes at 1:40 pm.
Blundell departs ☝️
Broad with his second wicket of the morning…
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) February 25, 2023