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England v New Zealand: Matt Henry & Neil Wagner hurry tourists towards victory

England face defeat in the series decider against New Zealand after another insipid batting performance on the third day of the second Test.

Joe Root’s side crumbled to 112-9 under glorious sunshine at Edgbaston, only 37 runs ahead.

England had battled their way back into the contest on an entertaining day, taking the final seven New Zealand wickets for 96 runs to dismiss them for 388.

Faced with a first-innings deficit of 85, the hosts had the opportunity to set a challenging fourth-innings chase, only for their top order to disintegrate.

In the face of some superb New Zealand bowling, England found themselves 30-3 and 76-7, and eventually needed a stand of 44 between Olly Stone and Mark Wood to drag the game into a fourth day.

Still, barring something utterly remarkable on Sunday, England will go down to their first home series defeat in seven years.

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