As it happened – England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day

Welcome to day four 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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12.10am: They know it’s all over

Tom Latham sealed the win © PA Images via Getty Images

New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) and 41 for 2 (Latham 23*) beat England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) and 122 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) by eight wickets

The first ball said it all, really. Trent Boult sent it down with scrambled seam, it found the bat and Tom Blundell’s waiting gloves leaving Olly Stone, England’s last man out visibly exhaling in deflated resignation to his side’s fate. And the Edgbaston clock hadn’t even ticked over to 11am yet.

The man at the other end, James Anderson, was into the changing room and straight back out again, producing a maiden first up. He wasn’t going down without a fight.

Nor was his old mate, Stuart Broad, who struck with the last ball of the following over when he removed Devon Conway, the man who had racked up 306 runs at 76.50 this series in the only two Tests of his career. Broad enticed Conway to one that pitched outside off and found an edge which James Bracey took behind the stumps with the visitors only needing 32 more for victory.

Stone came into the attack in the 10th over and struck with his sixth ball. Having had a wider delivery punished to the fence by Will Young two balls prior, Stone had Young out chopping onto his stumps with just five runs needed.

Stand-in captain Tom Latham sealed the result in the next over with a four clubbed through square leg off Mark Wood followed by another two balls later guided through third man. It was New Zealand’s first Test series win in England since 1999 and consigned England to their first home Test series defeat since 2014.

11.45am: Too good

11.25am: Conway out

Devon Conway is out early © Getty Images

Stuart Broad isn’t going down without a fight, luring Devon Conway to one outside off and the batter snicks to James Bracey behind the stumps. The visitors only need 32 more for victory though.

11.05am: No, it really didn’t last long

10.50am: Who’s in?

Chris Silverwood said he’d keep an open mind on selection changes: “So, if people are getting runs, I’ll be taking notice.” What do you reckon?

10.05am: How long have you got?

Hello there, and the question is, how much longer does this Test have to go? England have only one wicket in hand with Olly Stone not out 15 and James Anderson yet to score. They lead by just 37 runs at 122 for 9. George Dobell paints a picture for us – an accurately bleak one for the home side – and also reports that Chris Silverwood, the head coach, is under no illusions with the recognition that his side were “not good enough” yesterday.

Joe Root nicks one behind to Tom Blundell © Getty Images

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo

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