The England cricket team managed to get past the score of 300 batting first on the second day of the second test match against New Zealand which is being played at Headingley.
At the end of the second day’s play, the score of England was 337 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The two not out batsmen at the wicket were Matt Prior and Graeme Swann who were batting on 38 and 21 respectively.
The wicket was pretty flat and the sun was shining. So, the conditions were ideal for batting and Alastair Cook had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss.
The start was poor for England. Nick Compton was dismissed early which brought Jonathan Trott at the crease.
Cook and Trott looked quite comfortable against the pace attack of New Zealand and they added 56 runs for the second wicket to give the innings some stability.
England seemed to be going into the lunch break in a comfortable position, but, that wasn’t the case to be. Just before the lunch break, both Trott and Cook got out on back to back deliveries which brought New Zealand right back into the game.
Trott tried to drive Wagner lazily and edged it to McCullum behind the wickets, while, Cook tried to flirt with a delivery going across him and edged it into the hands of Dean Brownlie who was at third slip.
Ian Bell and the local boy Joe Root put up a solid 79-runs partnership for the 4th wicket to put the innings back on track.
Brendon McCullum brought the part time off spinner Kane Williamson into the attack in search of a wicket and the young man delivered for his captain. He dismissed Ian Bell at the score of 30.
However, Joe Root continued to flourish at the other end and he got a solid partner in the form of Jonny Bairstow. Both these Yorkshire men put up a 100-runs stand for the 5th wicket which took England close to 300. Root completed his first test hundred during that partnership.
Trent Boult dismissed Root, Bairstow and Broad in quick succession with the second new ball and all of a sudden, the score became 286 for the loss of 7 wickets.
It seemed that England might be all out before the end of the day’s play, but, that didn’t happen. Prior and Swann negotiated the rest of the overs safely.