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England vs New Zealand, second Test day five live: score and latest updates from Trent Bridge


England and New Zealand are set for a thrilling conclusion to the second Test at Trent Bridge.

England vs New Zealand Live

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Captain Ben Stokes was made to regret his decision to insert the tourists on a flat pitch in Nottingham with Daryl Mitchell (190) and Tom Blundell (106) again thorns in England’s side as New Zealand piled up 553 in their first innings. England responded in kind, however, with a second Test ton from Ollie Pope - and a first batting at number three - followed by the now habitual century from former skipper Joe Root (176) earned the hosts parity. With a draw the most likely result, England’s bowlers stepped up on day four and a flurry of late wickets late in the day have set up a dramatic denouement with one day’s play remaining.

England picked off the three wickets they needed on Tuesday morning but Trent Boult’s flurry of late runs meant England need 299 runs to win the Test match. The chase is on.

England are eyeing a memorable victory in the second LV= Insurance Test at Trent Bridge after reducing New Zealand to 224-7, and a lead of 238, by stumps on day four, setting up the possibility of a thrilling final-day run chase.

England, who trailed by 80 overnight, were ultimately bowled out for 539 in their first innings - Joe Root adding 13 to his score before perishing for a fine 176 - to earn the Black Caps a slender advantage, but when James Anderson (1-18) claimed his 650th Test wicket, bowling Tom Latham fifth ball, England were very much in the ascendency.

The home side picked up three wickets late on the fourth day at Trent Bridge to leave New Zealand 224-7, 238 ahead.

"We're in for an outstanding day," former England captain Vaughan told Test Match Special.

"England won't be thinking they might lose. All they will be thinking about is getting the last three wickets and chasing down a target."

Responding to New Zealand's first-innings total of 553, England were making rapid progress from their overnight 473-5 on the fourth morning.

But after Joe Root was out for 176, the hosts lost their last five wickets for 23 runs to be 539 all out, giving New Zealand a lead of 14 runs.

The Black Caps had extended their advantage to 190 with six second-innings wickets in hand, only for England to strike three times in six overs late on Monday.

The in-form Daryl Mitchell remains on 32 not out for the tourists, but he has only the tail for company,

"New Zealand need somebody to hang around with Daryl Mitchell. If that happens they could set England around 300 in 75 overs," said Vaughan, who played 82 Tests for England.

England are displaying a newfound positivity under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

After winning the first Test at Lord's by five wickets, they will be looking to complete a run-chase at Trent Bridge on Tuesday that would seal their first series win since January 2021.

Trent Bridge will be at full capacity for the final day after tickets were made free of charge.

England will be aided by a true pitch, a rapid outfield and the fact New Zealand are set to be without pace bowler Kyle Jamieson, who has a back injury.

"The pitch is still playing well," added Vaughan. "England seem to have a buzz of energy at the moment and they will be really excited about tomorrow.

"It's going to be a great last day. We're in for a classic."

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes said England would be confident of chasing any target below 300.

"It's pretty finely balanced. All three results are in play.

"Anything under 300 is gettable, with some of the players we have and the outfield being so quick.

"You don't know what is going to happen with the wicket. It's playing a little bit more up and down, and spin might come into it."

England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Day 4 Highlights: New Zealand collapsed to 224-7 as England gave themselves a chance to chase a dramatic series victory by close of play on the fourth day of the second Test. The Kiwis lost five wickets for 110 in a tense evening session at Trent Bridge and head into the final day with a lead of 238. With three wickets left, New Zealand face a difficult period on Tuesday morning as they try to bat their way to safety. Daryl Mitchell is on 32 not out, with Matt Henry on 8, and if England can rattle through the tail, they will fancy themselves in a thrilling run chase. England chased down 277 to win the first Test at Lord's thanks to a Joe Root century.