England ripped apart by Tim Southee's three wickets

England ripped apart by Tim Southee’s three wickets before lunch as New Zealand seize control of the Lord’s Test after Joe Root fell to Kyle Jamieson’s first ball of the day

  • England were six down at lunch as New Zealand seized control of the first Test
  • Day three was washed out but tourists look determined to mount victory charge
  • Tim Southee took three wickets before lunch in a devastating spell
  • He removed Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence and James Bracey as England collapsed
  • They went from 111 for two at the start to 140 for six after Southee struck
  • Captain Joe Root was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson first ball of the day 

Tim Southee ripped through England’s middle order as New Zealand made a victory charge on the fourth day at Lord’s.

After persistent rain frustratingly washed out all of Friday’s action, the tourists were eager to make up for lost time as they reduced England from 111 for two at the resumption to a precarious 140 for six.

That followed a stunning spell from Southee, who took his haul to four wickets for the match after dismissing Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence and James Bracey in quick succession. 

Tim Southee was on top form as he took three wickets in the morning session to skittle England

One peach of a Southee delivery sent James Bracey’s stumps cartwheeling at Lord’s 

Kyle Jamieson had got the ball rolling by dismissing Joe Root first ball as England collapsed 

It came after Kyle Jamieson set the tone by getting Joe Root with the very first ball of the day.

Thanks to Rory Burns and debutant Ollie Robinson, England limped to 164 for six at lunch but are still 15 short of the follow-on mark.

Regardless, they face the prospect of digging in against New Zealand’s devastating pace attack on day five to salvage a draw.  

With barely a cloud in the sky at Lord’s, a stark contrast to Friday’s conditions, England would reasonably have hoped to bat throughout the day.

But they faltered immediately as the 93-run stand between Burns and Root – which had rescued England from 18 for two on Thursday – was ended with the day’s first ball. 

Root made a quick exit as the delighted Jamieson dismissed him with the day’s first ball

There was a little hesitation at first but replays showed Ross Taylor (middle) taking a clean catch in the slips to dismiss the England captain

Jamieson produced a fantastic delivery, forcing Root to play by angling the ball in to off-stump. It took the outside edge and Ross Taylor appeared at first glance to have taken a clean slip catch.

But initial celebrations were followed by hesitation and doubt over whether Taylor had managed to get his fingers under the ball low down. Replays confirmed his gut feeling and Root was gone for 42.

Pope got going with a couple of streaky boundaries but was fortunate not to edge one. Once settled, he drove and flicked Southee for a couple more convincing fours. 

Southee appeals for the wicket of Ollie Pope lbw – it wasn’t originally given by the umpire but was out on review

Pope had to walk after scoring 22 as the ball tracker showed it hitting middle and leg stump

But when Southee nipped one down the Lord’s slope, an off-balance Pope was stuck just below the knee roll.

Umpire Michael Gough’s initial not out verdict was overturned on review and things soon went from bad to worse.

Lawrence lasted only two balls before driving loosely at a wider Southee delivery and edging to Colin de Grandhomme at third slip.

England duly lost their third wicket for no runs in the space of 21 balls as Southee claimed his third scalp of the morning.

Bowling round the wicket, he found some inward movement to beat Bracey and send his stumps cart-wheeling.

Dan Lawrence played a terrible shot to pick out Colin de Grandhomme at slip off Southee 

Southee celebrates after removing Lawrence without scoring – his third wicket of the innings

Though Burns remains in the middle, England’s position is delicate. With their bowlers well-rested after Friday’s non-event, New Zealand would surely enforce the follow-on if England fell shy of it.

With their lead still substantial, a quick second innings would follow before piling the pressure on England’s shaky batting line-up on Sunday.

James Bracey was then bowled in spectacular fashion for a duck as Southee struck again

New Zealand celebrate the wicket of Bracey, which left England reeling on 140 for six

Opener Rory Burns continued his progress as the wickets tumbled at the other end 

Lord’s looked a picture under blue skies on the fourth day after the third was washed out

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