England v New Zealand: second Test, day two – live!
Naturally, there are words to say, but really all you need is the scoreboard to know that yesterday we saw and today we are about to see a belting day of Test Match CricketTM. New Zealand are on top, but England have a chance of posting a vaguely acceptable score – especially in the context of their vaguely acceptable pace attack.
Of course, we’ve been here before – most recently a week ago, when England began day four with two set batsman then promptly collapsed in a fashion that was equal parts classic and contemporary. Nor is it hard to foresee a reprise ... and yet. Dan Lawrence batted superbly yesterday, and will presumably arrive at the crease having passed a long, lonely night buzzing off a crucial fifty and visualising a life-changing hundred – goodness, I daresay we spent a while doing so on his behalf. More of the same, and everything changes.
The ability to stay calm through such turmoil is one of the many things that sets sportsfolk apart from the rest of us, and it’s Lawrence’s …
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