Joe Root and Ollie Pope hit hundreds as England dominate New Zealand with a paddle on the third day of testing

Joe Root and Ollie Pope hit hundreds as England dominate New Zealand with a paddle on the third day of testing

hHello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the third day of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge.

Batting coach Marcus Trescothick has called on England to show the “hard work and discipline” needed to fight their corner in the second LV Lockdown Test against New Zealand.

After the Black Caps claimed the racket first at Trent Bridge, England spent the first five sessions chasing hides as the tourists achieved a whopping first-round score of 553.

Not only was this the most goals scored by any New Zealand side on these shores, it was also the third-highest score England had given away after serving their opponents.

The hosts lost opener Zack Crowley by just a second during the response, but the worst fears of a top-ranking collapse did not materialize as both Alex Less and Ole Pop were brought down as England reached 90 to one at the end.

Daryl Mitchell, whose impressive 190 is the backbone of the New Zealand innings, pounded both hitters in the first slip and allowed England to build some foundation.

Lees will resume his career as a top 33 player, with Bob looking to build on a peppy 51 player rather than out.

Trescothick was impressed with their initial efforts but cautioned that they only scratched the surface of the task ahead of them.

“It was a great end to the evening, but it’s just the beginning of some hard work,” he said. “I’m fairly happy with where we are but there is so little to do.”

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“We’ve both seen them play well in the county games and have some success here and there in international cricket, but this is a great opportunity for them to get big points. What we know is that it takes a lot of work and discipline.

“There are still good balls being thrown in there, as we saw with Zach being sent off, so we have to be patient and do the right things.”

Bob was flattered for cheating in the majority of his 25 matches on the team, and frequently failed to replicate his dominant displays with Sarri after taking the step forward.

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