England stumble against New Zealand pacers at lunch on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Neil Wagner celebrates the dismissal of Jonathan Trott © (File Photo)

Leeds: May 25, 2013

New Zealand pacers rattled the England batsmen as the home side went into lunch at 67 for the loss of three wickets on Day Two of the second Test match at Leeds on Saturday.

With first day’s play being abandoned due to rain, umpires went ahead with the toss on the second morning. The coin fell in favour of Alastair Cook who chose to bat.

Nick Compton, whose patience was tested in the first test yet again failed to make a mark after Tim Southee induced an edge from the batsman to be caught at third slip.

Skipper Cook and Jonathan Trott then pulled things back for England by adopting a cautious approach. New Zealand pacers kept up with a nagging length and did not allow the batsman to let loose.

While the two batsmen looked set to build a platform for a crucial partnership, Neil Wagner and Doug Bracewell struck in successive overs to peg back the home side.

Trott tried to drive an away going delivery from Wagner but ended up handing a catch to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum. After Trott’s dismissal, England were jolted with the departure of their skipper Cook who was snapped up at third slip by Dean Brownlie off Bracwell.

With three wickets down at lunch, the first session has surely gone in favour of the Kiwis.

Umpires have planned to complete 98 overs for the day to cover up for the loss on day one.

Brief Scores

England 67 for 3 (Alastair Cook 34, Jonathan Trott 28; Doug Bracewell 1 for 17, Tim Southee 1 for 22) vs New Zealand

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