New Zealand v England: second Test, day four – live!

Over-by-over updates from Seddon Park, HamiltonDay three: Root ends poor run with ton as England rallyEmail Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 8.41pm GMTReminder: we’ll be starting half an hour earlier this morning, to help compensate for time we’ve lost. 6.27pm GMTWe’re all friends here and friends need to be honest with each other, so let’s be honest about this: it’s a long, long time since England played a series as dull as this series has been. And no, this isn’t something I think because England are poised to lose it – like all normal people, I take enormous pleasure in watching the team I support suffer – but is something I think because the pitches have been as dull as these pitches have been.Of course you want conditions to be different around the world, of course you don’t want every pitch to be green; of course you enjoy slow periods, of course you don’t want matches done in fewer than four days. But you should want every track, however flat, to offer something to the bowlers – whether pace, bounce or turn – and you should want every track, however flat, to have some character. Continue reading…