Jamie Overton celebrates taking his first Test wicket

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England face New Zealand at Headingley looking to complete a whitewash in the three-match Test series after a thrilling victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Jonny Bairstow’s swashbuckling innings will live long in the memory and the Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes era is off to a flying start. Here they look to reassert their dominance, but the Black Caps will be keen to bounce back. The tourists have been boosted by captain Kane Williamson’s return from Covid. Stokes, too, plays after an illness scare, while James Anderson misses out through injury, meaning there is a debut for pace bowler Jamie Overton.

“My message is clear and simple,” said Stokes. “Let’s try to progress from what we did at Trent Bridge. It’s hard to put into words how we do that this week, but I said ‘let’s feel like we’re in the entertainment business and not the sports business’. I feel like people want to come and watch the brand of cricket we’re playing. My challenge to the lads this week is to go and do it again.”

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England vs New Zealand

Jack Leach to Daryl Mitchell. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the back foot working, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Pope.

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England vs New Zealand

Jack Leach to Daryl Mitchell. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Pope.

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England vs New Zealand

Jack Leach to Tom Blundell. Stock length ball, middle stump on the back foot glancing, to fine leg for 3 runs, run save by Overton, fielded by Root.

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England vs New Zealand

APPEAL! Jack Leach to Tom Blundell. Stock length ball, off stump down the track working, hit pad to backward point for no runs, fielded by Lees, appeal made for L.B.W.

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England vs New Zealand

Jack Leach to Daryl Mitchell. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Crawley.

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England vs New Zealand

Joe Root to Daryl Mitchell. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to point for 1 run, fielded by Broad.

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England vs New Zealand

Joe Root to Tom Blundell. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Lees.

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England vs New Zealand

Joe Root to Daryl Mitchell. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to short extra cover for 1 run.

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England vs New Zealand

Joe Root to Tom Blundell. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to deep backward point for 3 runs, run save by Lees.

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England vs New Zealand

Jack Leach to Tom Blundell. Stock ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot dropped, to backward point for 1 run, fielded by Broad.

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