New Zealand v England: Daryl Mitchell makes 190 on day two at Trent Bridge

New Zealand v England: Daryl Mitchell makes 190 on day two at Trent Bridge

New Zealand v England: Daryl Mitchell makes 190 on day two at Trent Bridge

Second LV = Insurance Test, Trent Bridge (Day Two)
New Zealand 553: Mitchell 190, Blundell 106
England 90-1: Pope 51*, Read 34*
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Daryl Mitchell’s fantastic 190 gave New Zealand full control of the second Test against England on day two at Trent Bridge.

Mitchell’s knock, paired with 106 by Tom Blundell and 49 by debutant Michael Bracewell, brought the tourists all to 553.

It is the third highest total England has ever conceded after adding the opposition, and the largest in 33 years.

Mitchell, who was dropped at three on Friday, also benefited from being dropped at 104 by Matthew Potts.

England lost only to Zak Crawley by four, but recovered to 90-1, with Ollie Pope at 51 and Alex Lees at 34.

Mitchell repaid England’s generosity with two drops of himself on the first slip, one for Lees and Pope.

England start 463 behind on Sunday, looking for a way to somehow maintain their 1-0 series lead.

New Zealand cash in

After their mistakes of the first day – hitting New Zealand and then missing four flyouts – there was always the danger that England would pay on Saturday.

Once Mitchell and Blundell came through a morning salvo with a second new ball only seven overs old, New Zealand took full advantage of the ideal batting conditions.

There were early warning signs that England could lose the plot – Potts’ drop from Mitchell was bad, mistakes crept into the ground and captain Ben Stokes didn’t get to bowling until nearly 90 minutes into the day.

However, the hosts stuck to their task and exhausted various plans in the hopes that they would eventually make their way through the New Zealand at bat. At one point they were awarded three wickets in the space of seven balls.

Even on such a flat field, there was concern that England’s strike power would crumble after their long stint in the field – they have often withered under similar conditions in the recent past.

Had Mitchell held the catches the hosts would be in grave danger, but having nine wickets in hand on the third morning gives them a chance to strike to a much safer position.

Magnificent Mitchell goes big

Mitchell could not have played in this series if Henry Nicholls had not been ruled out of the first Test, but he has seized his opportunity on consecutive Saturdays for centuries.

Blundell missed three figures at Lord’s, but made no mistake this time, becoming the first New Zealand wicketkeeper to make a Test hundred in England.

From 318-4 on the night, with Mitchell resuming at 81 and Blundell 67, they extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 236 – a New Zealand record against all newcomers.

Both were determined to attack spinner Jack Leach. Mitchell brought his tally of six to four with two hits on long-on, where he was also dropped by Potts. Blundell completed his hundred off the same bowler before going wrong half way through.

Mitchell then added 91 with assured Bracewell, the scoreboard rattled after lunch. With field players scattered everywhere, England didn’t have an opening until Bracewell overthrew James Anderson.

Mitchell was out last, chasing a wide of Potts as he approached a double century. He left with his highest first-class score, congratulations from the English players and the acclaim of the Trent Bridge crowd.

England starts a long way back

Aside from the Potts drop, it’s hard to imagine what England could have done differently given the situation they found themselves in at the start of the day.

Left-armer Leach struggled again to respond to New Zealand’s attack, but at least claimed his first home wicket in exactly 1,000 days.

Broad, who played the day after the pub he owns part of was badly damaged by fire, took over the wickets from Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee in the same to make up for two missed catches from his bowling on Friday.

Crawley’s worrisome habit of running behind continued when he robbed Trent Boult, but Lees and Pope mixed handsome shots with moments of fortune in their booth of 84.

Lees was at 12 when Mitchell landed an edge from Southee, allowing the southpaw to drive cleanly in what is his highest test score.

Pope hooked two sixes – one with a top edge – before jabbing Boult at 37 and being dropped in what might have been keeper Blundell’s catch.

In just his third innings in his new number three position, Pope moved to a half-century of 66 balls, his first for England since last September.

‘The pressure is on Crawley’ – what they said

New Zealand batter Daryl Mitchell on Test Match Special: “I don’t really care about the double – it was just nice to get a score that helped us get a score that could win us the test match. It was very rewarding to get the individual performance , but also to help the boys .”

England batting coach Marcus Trescothick on Test Match Special: “We’re hoping for a big score in the first innings. The single time they get the ball into the right area does it a bit. You still have to work hard, despite it feeling a good pitch. You can be challenged if you don’t concentrate.

“We have to come back tomorrow and do what we did tonight.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Zak Crawley: “The pressure is on him. I think he can play – he has a future at the test level, but he needs scores.

“He will know in his own mind that he has to run pretty fast.

“He’ll see the series, but he’s got three innings to go and I think he might need a decent number to his name in those innings.”