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Stokes hits Lord's fastest Test century

Ben Stokes was on fire. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook's 27th Test century and the fastest ever at Lord's from Ben Stokes transformed the first Investec Test as England went from a position of peril to one of dominance.

England arrived on day four with backs-to-the-wall defiance apparently the best they could hope for after conceding a 134-run first-innings deficit to New Zealand.

Stokes drove brilliantly down the ground too, and hit 15 fours and three sixes in his 85-ball century - the second of his career, just two days after he fell short with 92 in the first innings here.

Cook and Root launch England fightback

Alastair Cook finished the session on 69. Credit: PA

England captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root put on a hundred in the first session of the fourth day to give the hosts some hope of saving the test.

Things looked bad for England early on when Ian Bell was dismissed in the first over of the day.

Bell's departure brought Cook and Root together, with the two rebuilding England's innings, including the latter surviving a third umpire call on whether a catch had carried to square leg and an LBW appeal in the final over.

Root reached 58 not out, to complement his captain's 69 runs undefeated, leaving England 41 ahead.


England toil to bowl out New Zealand

Mark Wood took three wickets on debut. Credit: PA

New Zealand were bowled out for 523, giving them a lead of 134 against England in the First Test.

Kane Williamson top scored for the tourists with 132, before losing his wicket to Moeen Ali.

Debutant Mark Wood impressed in his first outing, picking up three wickets for 93 runs.

New Zealand put England on the back foot

Stuart Broad dismissed Ross Taylor. Credit: PA

New Zealand ended the morning session with an 18-run led in the first innings at Lord's.

Kane Williamson reached his early on, as England struggled to stop his runs from flowing.

Stuart Broad made the breakthrough, dismissing Ross Taylor, who was caught down the legside.

A brief Brendon McCullum cameo helps the Kiwis pass England's score, before he was Mark Wood's first international victim.


Buttler happy with Strauss vision for England

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has given his backing to Andrew Strauss' vision for the England cricket team.

The Lancashire player believes Strauss has given clarity to the team and set out what is to be achieved.

Jos Buttler is gearing up to face New Zealand. Credit: PA

"The players respected that, and it was great to hear from the man himself what his visions are," said Buttler.

"You read things and you pick up hearsay - but to sit in a room and hear him say why these decisions have been made and what the plan is gives the players clarity."

Langer rules himself of England coach role

Justin Langer will be staying in Australia. Credit: PA

Former Australia and Middlesex batsman Justin Langer says he will not be the next England head coach.

Langer had been a front runner for the role, but he says he wants to spend time with his family rather being away for the year.

I am flattered to be associated with potential international coaching opportunities, but the timing isn't right for my family and I still feel there is much work to be done here in Western Australian and Australian cricket.

Having spent nearly 20 years on the road with the Australian team as a player and then coach, I respect what an enormous commitment it is to be away from your family for almost 12 months of the year.

There is no doubt I have aspirations to coach internationally, but that will depend upon timing and opportunity in the future.

I look forward to continuing my work at the WACA and I am excited by this challenge.

– Justin Langer speaking to Western Australia's official website

Broad sorry over missing event with 'migraine'

Stuart Broad reportedly went out drinking. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.

It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.

I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.

I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.

I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.

– Stuart Broad
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