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Five-for: Day three reviewed Published: 18 May 2013

Five-for: Day three reviewed

Lords.org picks the five things which mattered most as New Zealand and England continued to contest a gripping Investec Test match at the Home of Cricket.

Full scorecard & as it happened

Champagne moment

Long live the part-time spinner. Brendon McCullum only turned to Kane Williamson as a last resort when Jonathan Trott and Joe Root threatened to take the game away from New Zealand, but he bowled with sufficient threat to get an extended spell as the hosts collapsed to Tim Southee at the other end.

Williamson then produced a perfect off break to dismiss Trott. Flighted above the eye-line, it dipped then spun sharply up the hill, through the batsman's gate and clattered into middle stump via a slight inside edge. Poetry.

Missed opportunity

Joe Root will be kicking himself tonight.

The Yorkshire batsman played with such authority for his 71 that it was hard to remember he's a largely inexperienced youngster playing in his first ever match at the Home of Cricket and first Test in England.

His reaction on being dismissed by Southee when 29 away from a place on the Honours Boards said it all, and the way England imploded afterwards, with four quick wickets going down in the last hour, will have only added to his misery.

Photo of the day

Watling dive x450BJ Watling won't want to see this picture again, but it's a stunner from our photographer at the Ground, Matt Bright.

Watling failed to execute the run out of Joe Root - at a time when it seemed the only way New Zealand would manage to break his partnership with Jonathan Trott - and was forced to go off injured shortly afterwards, Brendon McCullum donning the wicket-keeper's gloves in his place.

Sickbed

England's chances of taking their lead beyond 250 lie largely with Ian Bell on day four, but the Warwickshire batsman will need a good night's rest after spending the morning away from the Ground with what was termed 'severe' flu.

He joined his teammates once New Zealand had been bowled out, but didn't make it to the crease until England were six down near the close.

The day tomorrow

There's an chance that the match might be over in four days tomorrow, a rare occurrence at Lord's in recent years.

New Zealand may well have to score the highest total of the match to win it, but will be on a high tonight after their strong finish.

Graeme Swann's fingers will be twitching after watching Kane Williamson bowl, and James Anderson was magnificent in the first innings, so England remain marginal favourites. But it's all to play for on Sunday.


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