Live Report – England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day

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All the updates, news and stats from day three of the second Test at Edgbaston

Welcome to day three of our live report of the second Test between England and New Zealand from Edgbaston. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here.

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10.40am: Ebony Rainford-Brent, MBE

England cricketer-turned commentator Ebony Rainford-Brent has become an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to cricket and charity. Rainford-Brent, who is commentating for Sky Sports on this Test, was recognised for her work with the African Caribbean Engagement (ACE) Programme, the organisation founded in January 2020 to engage young people from African and Caribbean heritage in cricket following a decline in the number of Black British professional players. She also spoke powerfully about her own experiences of racism alongside Michael Holding in a programme aired during Sky Sports’ coverage of the first day of the first Test between England and West Indies last summer.

9.55am: Welcome back

Hello again and it’s looking like being another intriguing day in this battle between New Zealand and England. You’d have to say the tourists have the upper hand with seven wickets in hand while they’re only 74 runs adrift of the home side’s first-innings 303. But Dan Lawrence’s part-time spin snared the wicket of Will Young for 82 on the last ball yesterday. Could that be the breakthrough England need? Or can Ross Taylor, on 46 though not looking at his most fluent, press on? Matt Roller was pretty impressed by what he saw from New Zealand yesterday, Devon Conway’s 80 in particular, while George Dobell‘s observations on England can be found here. And there’s sure to be plenty of chat about the soft signal again.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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