Night watchman heading for half century?

Compton got out to another very good ball from Wagner bowling left arm over the wicket. It swung in late, Compton’s head went through the line and he was plumb lbw playing all round it. Wagner produced a near-yorker like that to dismiss KP in the first innings.

With half an hour to go till lunch, Trott is scoring at the most un-Trott-like rate of 81.25! They’ve been bowling at his legs too often, hoping for an lbw, but there’s not enough movement on offer and he’s been making hay. Finn, on 36, is in with a chance of making a half century. He knows how hard bowling is out there and he’s making the best of his batting time.

I suppose we should be grateful to England for making such a pig’s ear of their first innings. Otherwise, on this track, we’d have been treated to 600 plays 500 and it would have been totally boring. As it is, we’ve had a tense and intriguing couple of days.

That said, NZ body language is now suggesting that they are resigned to a draw, which would be a moral victory for England.

That’s lunch. 329-2, 36 runs on. 95 runs scored in the 2½ hr session for the loss of Compton who made 117.

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