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Our five-for: Day two reviewed

Our five-for: Day two reviewed

New Zealand had the better of an excellent second day at Lord's - one James Anderson will never forget.

Full scorecard & as it happened

Champagne moment

It didn't take James Anderson long into the New Zealand innings to put himself in the history books.

The Lancastrian became the fourth England bowler to reach 300 Test wickets when he found the outside edge of Peter Fulton's bat in the seventh over.

Anderson was straining for the wicket, having removed Hamish Rutherford in the first over of New Zealand's innings, and produced a quite sublime spell of swing bowling from the Pavilion End.

It was fitting that the catch was taken by his great friend Graeme Swann as well.

Man of the day

Not strictly a man. In fact, it's not a man at all.

Without the floodlights we wouldn't have seen Anderson taking his 300th wicket, or Ross Taylor blazing his way to a stunning 50, so dark was it in north London all day.

It's a good job MCC has just secured another five years of planning permission for them, isn't it?

Buzzword (phrase)

Gillespie coldx300Can you turn the heating up? Yes, it was absolutely freezing at the Home of Cricket on day two.

After some unexpected sunshine on day one, it was ubiquitous grey on Friday, and any spectator caught without a thick overcoat (or possibly a liquid induced jacket) was regretting it.

Luckily English cricket spectators are made of stern stuff, and the near capacity crowd stuck it out through a day extended due to a truncated finish yesterday.

Fairy tale

There was a touch of the Goldylocks and the Three Bears about England's seam attack.

While Stuart Broad and Steven Finn were hardly awful, Broad bowled too much outside off stump - particularly when the ball was brand new - and Finn bowled too straight.

Anderson's porridge was perfect though, and he should have finished with four wickets for his efforts; Matt Prior dropping a hard but eminently catchable chance off Kane Williamson.

The day tomorrow

Day three should be the one which defines this first Test.

New Zealand are on top and their defecit of 79 could be wiped out by the skipper Brendon McCullum in an hour if he's in the mood.

But with cloud cover set to again be a feature, early wickets for England should keep the match well balanced going into Sunday.

Graeme Swann found spin at times on Friday as well - and will be a real threat in the fourth innings if he's given a total to bowl at.

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