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England rattled as Kiwis steady ship and fight back

By Staff Reporter

England could only rue missed chances as New Zealand's batsmen took control on day two of the first Investec Test at Lord's.

The Kiwis are ideally placed to move into a big first-innings lead after a dominant performance from their top four as openers Martin Guptill and Tom Latham and then third-wicket pair Kane Williamson (92no) and Ross Taylor shared stands of 148 and an unbroken 155.

The upshot was a stumps total of 303 for two in reply to 389 all out.

England's bowlers kept their discipline for the most part but failed to find the swing which had helped their opposite numbers reduce the hosts to 30 for four at one stage 24 hours earlier.

They therefore needed to take their opportunities, but passed up three - Guptill (70) edging a no-ball to slip and Latham (59) dropped in the cordon, both in the 20s, while Stuart Broad missed a throw at the stumps in his follow-through which would have run out Taylor on nought.

Moeen Ali admitted cause for regret.

"We're obviously a little bit disappointed," said the off-spinner. "Maybe (we could have bowled) a little bit better. (But) we didn't field very well.

"If we took those chances... it would have been a different game.

"But they played really well. It's a flat pitch when the sun's out, and it's difficult to bowl at good players."

England can only hope therefore that, with the second new ball available after just three more overs, they make the most of it. Moeen added: "It's going to be flat again tomorrow, so the new ball will be key.

"We'll have to pick ourselves up."

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