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England vs. New Zealand day three: Hosts staring at series defeat

England vs. New Zealand day three: Hosts staring at series defeat
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Sri Lanka were the last touring side to deal England a bloody nose on their own soil.

England's fragile batting line-up was routed by New Zealand on day three of the second Test at Edgbaston, with Joe Root's side facing the grim inevitability of a first home series defeat since 2014.

After conceding a first-innings deficit of 85, a combination of reckless shot selection and relentless bowling from a Black Caps side tuning up perfectly for the World Test Championship final, saw England slump to 76 for seven.

It took tailenders Mark Wood and Olly Stone to take the embarrassment of an innings loss off the table, but after limping to stumps on 122 for nine – still just 37 in front – there will be nowhere to hide on day four.

Sri Lanka were the last touring side to deal England a bloody nose on their own soil but New Zealand are now certain to land a first win here in 22 years.

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Chasing from behind

When New Zealand ticked past England's total of 303 long before the true story of the day revealed itself, it meant England had conceded a first-innings deficit for the fifth game in a row. They lost three in a row on the winter tour of India and held out for a draw after going behind in the series opener at Lord's. It is a worrying trend heading into 10 consecutive Tests against India and Australia.

Bad start for Bracey

James Bracey hangs his head during a tough day.
James Bracey hangs his head during a tough day (Mike Egerton/PA)

Gloucestershire's James Bracey impressed the whole England camp with his attitude and his work in the nets during nearly a year as a reserve player in the bio-secure bubble. But his maiden series as an international cricketer has been relentlessly hard work. Initially called up as cover for the top three, he was asked to keep wicket and bat at number seven. By scoring eight runs in three innings and turning in an untidy showing with the gloves, he will surely need to rebuild his confidence in the county game.

View from the dressing room

T20 door reopens for Woakes

Chris Woakes last played T20 internationals almost six years ago.
Chris Woakes last played T20 internationals almost six years ago (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Chris Woakes has not played for England since being named Test player of the summer in 2020. Conditions were not deemed to be in his favour during the winter tours on the sub-continent and his IPL trip meant he was not considered for the current series. With such a light workload he will be pleased to have earned the call for the forthcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka – a format he has not played internationally since 2015.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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