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James Anderson reached a memorable milestone at Lord’s as England battled to prevent New Zealand from establishing a telling advantage on day two of the first Investec Test.

After the hosts - 160 for four overnight - had been limited to 232 all out by Tim Southee’s four-wicket haul, Anderson struck twice in his opening spell to become only the fourth Englishman to claim 300 Test wickets.

Operating with the control and skill he has become renowned for, Anderson also picked up the valuable scalp of Ross Taylor, who made a dashing 66.

Yet New Zealand were still able to close 79 behind on 153 for four as the obdurate Kane Williamson rode his luck to remain unbeaten on 44.

Williamson was dropped by Matt Prior, diving to his right, soon after Taylor’s departure to deny Anderson a fourth scalp and survived another let-off when a thin nick through to the wicketkeeper off Finn went unnoticed by umpire Steve Davis.

England chose not to review on that occasion, but successfully overturned another not-out verdict from umpire Davis after Steven Finn had pinned Dean Brownlie in front later in the evening.

The Black Caps subsequently reached stumps in a similar position to the one their opponents found themselves in 24 hours earlier.

Peter Fulton & James Anderson

James Anderson celebrates his 300th Test wicket for England. The paceman did his level best to prevent New Zealand taking control at Lord's today

England’s hopes of pressing on to a substantial total this morning were undermined by Southee, who injected life into a previously tepid contest by having Joe Root caught down the leg side and Matt Prior lbw with successive balls.

When Stuart Broad, another leg-before victim, and Graeme Swann fell in successive Neil Wagner overs, England had lost four wickets for nine runs.

Southee then returned after lunch to complete a return of 4-58, trapping Steven Finn in front before accepting a sharp return catch that ended Jonny Bairstow’s innings on 41 – the highest score of England’s innings.

If New Zealand were buoyed by their bowlers’ success, they were soon brought back down to earth as Anderson had both openers caught in the slips during an immaculate new-ball burst.

In doing so, the Lancashire seamer joined Sir Ian Botham, Fred Trueman and Bob Willis in reaching the 300-wicket mark for England in Tests.

Another important breakthrough was to come his way later in the day, but only after Taylor had wrested the initiative back for New Zealand with a counter-attacking 72-ball knock featuring 13 fours, the vast majority through the off side.

Prospering on the cut and drive, Taylor overcame a skittish start to progress with a fluency that appeared ominous for Alastair Cook’s side.

His fifty arrived from just 49 balls and there was understandable relief when Anderson struck with the score on 100. Taylor played outside the line to an inswinger and will have known he was in trouble from the moment the ball struck his pad.

Comfortably the pick of England’s attack, Anderson was desperately unlucky not to add to his wicket-tally thereafter.

A thick edge from Brownlie narrowly evaded Bairstow at gully and Prior was then unable to hang on when Williamson edged behind on 23.

Finn ensured Brownlie was unable to see out the day, but Williamson held firm despite suffering several moments of discomfort against Swann, who found appreciable turn from both ends.

Evening Session

Highlights of the evening session on day two at Lord's

New Zealand Innings

6:45pm - Yep. That is stumps on a memorable day for James Anderson, who became only the fourth Englishman to reach 300 Test wickets.

6:40pm - BAD LIGHT STOPPED PLAY - NZ 153/4; Williamson 44; McCullum 1 - After four balls from Jonathan Trott, the players are taken off due to bad light. I imagine that will be all for the day.

6:35pm - Ouch! McCullum is struck in a rather painful area by Finn. I’m sure you can guess where. The New Zealand skipper has reined in his attacking instincts thus far and appears to be playing for stumps, aware of how significant another wicket would be at this stage.

6:25pm – Brendon McCullum is the new batsman. If New Zealand can avoid another setback they will be very pleased with their day’s work.

6:15pm - WICKET! Brownlie lbw Finn 23; NZ 147/4 - Williamson capitalises on another loose delivery from Finn by cutting for four. There is a big lbw appeal against Brownlie later in the over, however, and England successfully overturn umpire Steve Davis’ not-out verdict!

Kane Williamson

6:07pm - Finn is too short again and Brownlie clips one off his hip and down the hill to move into the twenties.

6:01pm - Williamson and Brownlie both look assured off the back foot and pick up three and four respectively as Finn drops too short. Swann switches ends and produces a wonderful delivery that spins through Brownlie’s gate before racing away for four byes.

5:53pm - It appears as though Williamson may have got lucky with that latest appeal. Replays seem to suggest there was a thin edge through to Prior.

5:48pm - Play can continue until 7pm this evening, which looks likely given there are still 25 overs to come. There has been a bit of a lull since Williamson’s reprieve. Although as I type that, the number three survives a half-hearted appeal for a catch down the leg side off Finn.

5:33pm - MISSED CHANCE - You have to feel for Anderson here as he fully deserves another breakthrough. On this occasion, an edge from Williamson flies to Matt Prior’s right, but the wicketkeeper cannot hold on diving to his right.

5:30pm - Anderson almost claims his fourth as a thick edge from Brownlie flies narrowly past Jonny Bairstow in the gully. Swann continues to apply pressure and has Brownlie edging unconvincingly past slip for two.

5:21pm - New batsman Dean Brownlie is off the mark with a back-foot punch through the covers for four. Swann is finding sharp turn from the Nursery End and causing Williamson all sorts of problems.

5:13pm - WICKET! Taylor lbw Anderson 66; NZ 100/3 - Boy did England need this! After Swann sees an lbw appeal against Williamson turned down, Anderson returns to the attack and pins Taylor in front with the second ball of his spell!

Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor

5:07pm - After a brief lull, Taylor gets back into the boundary-hitting groove with a slog-swept four off Swann. Broad demonstrates improvement in his next over, inducing an edge past the slips from Taylor and a play-and-miss. However, New Zealand’s former skipper then thumps a half-volley to the cover rope. He has 63 of New Zealand’s 96.

4:55pm - Broad drops short again and Williamson cashes in with another elegant cut. Graeme Swann, who missed the reverse series in March through injury, is introduced in place of Anderson. There is some early turn for the spinner as well, albeit well outside the right-hander’s off stump.

4:45pm - Anderson has responded well. An inswinger almost has Taylor playing on and the next delivery beats him outside off.

4:41pm - FIFTY! Taylor (49b 10x4 0x6) - Now Williamson gets in on the act, punishing a poor ball from Broad with a delightful stroke through cover-point. Taylor takes two in the next over to bring up a 49-ball fifty. His innings has been in sharp contrast to the efforts of every other batsman in this match.

4:36pm - Broad responds well by beating Taylor with one that seamed away, but is then driven through the covers again. With his partner racing along, Kane Williamson is able to maintain a defensive approach at the other end. Ian Bell is unwell, so Billy Root is back on as 12th man.

4:28pm - Taylor prospers on the cut once again, beating the fielder at gully to collect another four off Broad. A glorious drive past cover follows. The former Black Caps captain rode his luck early in his innings, but looks to be in excellent form now and has 44 from as many balls.

4:20pm - We have more of the same from Ross Taylor after tea. His seventh four – a slashing cut past gully off Stuart Broad - brings up the first fifty partnership of the match.

Afternoon Session

Highlights of the afternoon session on day two at Lord's

3:56pm - TEA – NZ 54/2; Williamson 11; Taylor 32 - Williamson survives an lbw appeal from Anderson, who beats the number three outside off with his next ball. Taylor is struck on the shoulder by a Finn bouncer but continues to attack and a back cut for four takes New Zealand past 50. England will be keen to break through quickly after tea as Taylor looks dangerous.

3:46pm - That didn’t quite go to plan. Both Taylor and Williamson pick up off-side boundaries following Anderson’s change of ends. The former, keen to attack whenever possible, then plays aerially over backward point to claim four more off Finn, who has failed to offer the same control as his fellow seamers thus far. New Zealand are now 49 for two.

3:37pm - Anderson will get a go from the Nursery End prior to tea.

3:33pm - Broad loses his line to concede successive fours through fine-leg, the first boundary coming via Taylor's pad and the second via bat.

3:21pm - Anderson’s work is done – for the time being at least. Steven Finn, playing on his home ground, takes over from the Pavilion End and troubles Taylor with a well-directed slower ball that took the glove and ran away to the fine-leg fence. Williamson is subsequently beaten on the inside and outside edge by successive Broad deliveries.

3:10pm - Taylor is not going to die wondering. He cuts for four and then plays and misses attempting a wild swipe at an even shorter ball from Anderson. The former Black Caps captain is beaten by the next two deliveries, the second sparking an appeal for caught behind that is turned down.

James Anderson

3:05pm - New Zealand are really under pressure now. Williamson, who has now been joined by Ross Taylor, drives Broad through the covers for four but is then fortunate to see an edge drop short of first slip when the bowler drags his length back.

2:59pm - WICKET! Fulton c Swann b Anderson 2; NZ 7/2 - There it is! Anderson finds the perfect length once again and his good friend Graeme Swann is on hand to swallow a low chance at second slip! Well done Jimmy!

2:51pm - Anderson is right on the money and beats Fulton with consecutive deliveries. There is a real sense of anticipation as the Lancashire seamer strives to join Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman in England’s 300 club.

2:43pm - Stuart Broad shares the new ball and opens up with a threatening maiden to Peter Fulton. Anderson thinks he may have his 300th scalp as Matt Prior takes a catch down the leg side, but the ball hit Kane Williamson’s thigh pad rather than his bat. The ball is nibbling around nicely for England at present and we have a good contest between bat and ball.

2:32pm - WICKET! Rutherford c Cook b Anderson 4; NZ 5/1 - He’s got one already! After being cracked through the covers by Hamish Rutherford for four, Anderson responds with a beauty that the left-hander could only edge to first slip. That is just what England needed!

2:26pm - England need to respond strongly with the ball now. As I’m sure you know already, James Anderson – the leader of the attack – is only two wickets away from joining the 300 club in Test cricket. Can he give Alastair Cook’s side a lift by reaching the landmark before tea?

England Innings

2:18pm - WICKET! Bairstow c & b Southee 41; Eng 232 all out - It’s Burnley Lara time as Anderson opens his shoulders to collect three through the covers. There will be no more fun, however, as Southee takes a sharp return chance following another clean strike from Bairstow. That was an excellent catch and Southee finishes with 4-58. Each of England’s six got in but failed to convert, although you would have to say Bairstow is blameless having been forced to attack alongside the tail.

2:15pm - The Lord’s crowd cheer as Anderson clips Boult to deep midwicket for three. There is no point in Bairstow blocking now and he knows it; a disdainful thump past mid-off adds four more to England’s total.

Jonny Bairstow

2:10pm - James Anderson’s innings begins with three successive swipes at fresh air outside off stump. Facing an 8-1 off-side field, the number 11 then gets off the mark with a low edge through the slips.

2:05pm - WICKET! Finn lbw Southee 4; Eng 221/9 - Another appeal for leg-before from the immaculate Boult is answered in the negative. Southee achieves the desired result, however, when striking Finn dead in front at the start of the next over.

2pm - Boult goes up for lbw against Bairstow, but that looked to be doing a little too much. Southee then produces the delivery of the day and I’m afraid to say it is wasted on Finn. The tailender finds himself comfortably beaten by a length ball that shaped away late.

1:51pm - Jonny Bairstow picks up the first boundary of the afternoon session when carving Southee over the slips for four. He now has 33 to his name.

1:43pm - Finn plays out five dot-balls before keeping the strike with a single to fine-leg. Trent Boult will resume from the Pavilion End.

1:39pm - During the interval, 60 pupils from Cassiobury Junior School were given the chance to participate in a cricket demonstration on the Lord’s outfield. Cassiobury is Steven Finn’s old school and one of 4,500 involved in the Chance to Shine initiative. Anyway, here we go again with Finn ready to face Tim Southee.

Morning Session

Highlights of the morning session on day two at Lord's

1:01pm - LUNCH - Eng 209/8; Bairstow 29, Finn 2 - That will be lunch and it has been quite the session for New Zealand. Southee did the initial damage with two wickets in as many balls, before Wagner struck in successive overs to provide further delight for the Black Caps. England will hope Bairstow can hang around after lunch.

12:53pm - Left-arm spinner Bruce Martin is given a go prior to lunch, but Bairstow and Finn are able to resist.

12:45pm - There is a hushed atmosphere around Lord’s at present following that stunning flurry of wickets. New Zealand will be keen to wrap up this innings as soon as possible now. Bairstow, who has looked increasingly assured as the session has worn on, is the obvious key man for England.

12:35pm - WICKET! Swann c Watling b Wagner 4; Eng 201/8 - Swann cannot hang around! Wagner puts another ball in the channel outside off and induces a thin edge through to wicketkeeper Watling. It was something of an indeterminate stroke by the batsman, who seemed unsure whether to commit to an attacking shot. The next ball from Wagner swings back sharply and almost cleans up Steven Finn.

Matt Prior & Tim Southee

12:29pm - Graeme Swann gets off the mark with a square-driven four before a single from Bairstow takes England to 200. These two need to hang around now.

12:23pm - WICKET! Broad lbw Wagner 0; Eng 195/7 - It is fair to say things are going badly wrong for England here. Broad is pinned in front by a full, swinging delivery and three wickets have fallen in the space of six balls!

12:16pm - WICKET! Prior lbw Southee 0; Eng 192/6 - In comes Matt Prior, England’s Cricketer of the Year. And out he goes first ball, trapped lbw by an inswinger from Southee! A review failed to save the wicketkeeper-batsman.

12:14pm - WICKET! Root c Watling b Southee 40; Eng 192/5 - The pattern of this game continues as New Zealand strike just as a partnership is threatening to develop. Southee sends down an innocuous delivery and can hardly believe his luck as Root is caught down the leg side.

12:10pm - We have a run-fest after the drinks break! Well, in relative terms at least. Bairstow takes two to square-leg off Wagner and then offers further evidence of his talent on the drive with a handsome four down the ground.

12:01pm - Southee returns and there is a scare for Root as he drives aerially past the fielder at short cover. The ball seemed to stop in the surface, which completely deceived the batsman as he failed to get to the pitch of the ball. There has not been too much else to set the pulse racing in the first hour of play this morning, which ends with England 186 for four. Root has 40 and Bairstow 13.

11:53am - After being punched through the covers for three by the assured Root, Wagner sends down a beauty that shapes in to narrowly miss Bairstow’s bat and the stumps. There is similar swing for Boult in the next over and wicketkeeper BJ Watling does well to collect a loose delivery down the leg side.

Jonny Bairstow & Joe Root

11:44am - Neil Wagner replaces Southee and immediately finds appreciable inswing from the Nursery End. A maiden from him is followed by another from Boult, the 34th of the innings. It has gone rather gloomy in NW8 and the floodlights are on.

11:34am - That’s much better from Bairstow. He punishes a half-volley from Boult by driving down the ground for his first boundary. England are 176 for four.

11:28am - Perhaps frustrated by the slow scoring rate, Bairstow aims a booming drive at Southee but connects only with fresh air. The rest of the over passes by without incident.

11:24am - Boult has carried on where he left off yesterday. In three overs, he has conceded a solitary run, which came courtesy of a thick inside edge from Bairstow.

11:13am - Trent Boult, the pick of New Zealand’s seamers yesterday, opens up from the Pavilion End. He starts with a maiden, but Root then diverts Southee past wide mid-on for three and Jonny Bairstow gets off the mark for the day with a single to deep backward square-leg.

11:03am - It looked as though we were about to kick off with another maiden to go with the 30 bowled yesterday. However, Joe Root then clipped Tim Southee's sixth delivery through midwicket in confident fashion to pick up his fourth four. The new ball was predictably taken at the first opportunity.

Pre-Play News

10:55am - The action will recommence in just five minutes; while you're waiting, read what England's batting coach Graham Gooch has had to say:

“It’s a five-day match. It would be wrong to look too much into the first day – it’s what happens at the end of the game that counts," Gooch reasoned.

“We’ve got two good young players at the crease, Matt Prior to come and our tail has some decent players as well. We need to get every run we can to post a competitive score.

Graham Gooch spoke to us this morning

“You’ve got to go out there and battle and scrap a little bit. The batsmen had to work for every run.”

10:35am - Both Root and Bairstow know what it takes to score runs against the Black Caps, having struck 179 and 68 for England Lions in last week’s tour match. Root’s hundred took him to 646 runs from four first-class innings this summer.

10:25am - Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are the men in occupation for England. The Yorkshire batsmen have 25 and three to their respective names and are likely to face a new ball from the outset this morning. A shower cut proceedings short yesterday just as the fresh cherry became due.

10:15am - Hello and welcome to's live coverage of the first Investec Test between England and New Zealand. Day one at Lord's can politely be described as 'one for the purists'. Just 160 runs were scored in the 80 overs possible prior to evening rain. However, England lost only four wickets and still have a substantial first-innings score in their sights. We will endeavour to keep you updated on how they get on.

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