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Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs England 1st Test 2021

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All the updates, news and stats from day four of the first Test at Lord’s

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

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10.30am: Let’s try that again…

After the bedraggled shemozzle of day three, the weather in north London has sorted itself out and the weekend at Lord’s is set fair – which is the minimum requirement, frankly, if either side are going to be able to push for a win in this Test. Losing a full day does rather put the squeeze on things, but possibilities remain. New Zealand are sitting on a handy lead, and could easily hustle England out for 270 by tea; equally, Joe Root will have designs on still being there himself at that stage, with the prospect of batting into day five and them leaving the tourists with a Tricky Third Innings with which to concern themselves. Every chance we’ll get the Blairite “third way”, of course, and everyone will end up unhappy. But we live in hope.

Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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