At Lord’s, Nasser is in a blazer, Ian Ward done up in a coat, and it all looks a bit grey and miserable. The experts think it is too cold for the new ball to swing but that it will nip about a bit.
Weather watch from the ground: damp and overcast.
The New Zealand lead is a very hand 227. Despite Matthew Potts having a new bunny in Kane Williamson, England weren’t able to remove the stubborn pairing of Daryll Mitchell and Tom Blundell, who will each start the day with visions of three figures in their eyes . Read all about it here in Ali’s great report:
And a lovely piece on Parky by Andy:
Good morning! It’s Saturday of the June Lord’s Test, platinum Jubilee style, pink trousers and a magnum of something wonderfully bubbly essential. Unfortunately, England find themselves in a bit of a sticky situation, and their one hope of salvation is the new ball.