Score and latest updates from Trent Bridge

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AWelcome to coverage of day five of the second test. day five! At Trent Bridge, which Cardus once called “a lotus land for batsmen, a place where it was always afternoon and 360 for two wickets.” It’s not quite as batsman-friendly as it was in the days of Walter Keeton and Dodge Whysall, but with a short border, the fastest international outfield in the Northern Hemisphere, both teams play lively, attacking cricket and a full house thanks to Notts’ thanks to the friendly gesture, giving everyone free entry we are all set for a great day of play with all four results still available.

New Zealand have three wickets left, one of them the injured Kyle Jamieson. Jeremy Coney said last night that he thinks England would be confident chasing 280 and if their engine room clicks a four and an over ultimately shouldn’t get past them, even if they have to be a bit more cautious early in the innings. With Jamieson unable to bowl NZ will be relying heavily on Trent Boult and Michael Bracewell but yesterday morning’s conditions, if repeated today, could bring out the best in Tim Southee, whose forgettable test so far has been topped by Daryl Mitchell, who burned him in a boycott going out late.

You’re going to try today, the McCullum-Stokes axis demands no less. Whether they have enough grit to close the door if they lose early wickets could be the real test of the new regime. Whatever happens, this series has been a great pick-me-up for Test cricket. Look where we were a year ago against the same opposition. England still have a long way to go to return to the top, but getting English cricket lovers to like and respect them again is a significant first step on that journey.

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