New Zealand’s hopes of avoiding their first series defeat at home since 2017 were given a boost in the morning session on Day 3 as England stuttered with the fall of quick wickets. Tim Southee got rid of nightwatchman Ollie Robinson with a length ball, and bowled an exceptionally tight spell to keep the squeeze on. Ben Duckett slashed at Matt Henry sans any feet movement and nicked the ball behind, giving New Zealand a spring in their step.
Against a length ball bowled from round the wicket by Neil Wagner, Ollie Pope tried to dab one through a congested slip cordon and failed, nicking the cherry to Tom Latham at second slip. A ball later, Root played a similar dab and called for a quick single which was non-existent, leading to the run out of England wunderkind Harry Brook.
A bit of a wobble for England here…
Wagner finds the edge of Ollie Pope in his first over ☝️
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