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BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Ben Stokes has taken to the captaincy like a duck to water

BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Ben Stokes has taken over the captain’s armband like a duck to water… and well done to Yorkshire for clearing the last day!

  • England need 113 runs with eight wickets in hand to take another win
  • Set 296 to win, England rushed again to reach 183-2 on day four
  • Ollie Pope didn’t matter 81 and Joe Root an undefeated 55 as England came in

England need 113 runs with eight wickets in hand to complete another brilliant last day win against New Zealand in the third Test at Headingley.

Set 296 to win, England didn’t hold back as they reached 183-2 on day four.

Here, sports postDAVID LLOYD picks his talking points from the fourth day action in Leeds.

Ollie Pope and Joe Root of England leave the field after play ends for Day 4

Ollie Pope and Joe Root of England leave the field after play ends for Day 4

In these days of trails and academies there should still be room for a late bloomer and New Zealand certainly has one in Daryl Mitchell.

He is 31 and has only played 87 first-class matches, but he is very organised, technically correct and really took his chance in this series. Mitchell used to be known more as a whiteball player. Not anymore…

Easy as a Sunday morning and I went straight from my stay in Yorkshire to the famous Ugly Mugs cafe off the ground for a full English drink before playing.

There was a hint of Mediterranean about the place on a Sunday with tables set up outside but the liter of construction tea was very British. My plate was full to the brim and all for £8. Can’t go wrong.

Ben Stokes has found Jack Leach! He now seems like a big part of the team rather than an afterthought and spare part.

He has played a key role in England’s attack in this Test and the Stokes captaincy will give him confidence that he can go on to become an integral part of this squad. Not many spinners have taken 10 wickets in a Test at Headingley…

What a revelation Stokes has been as England captain. Before that he had little to no management experience, but he went to work like a duck in water. Ben has an air of authority about him and he has given it an old-fashioned feel by fielding half way through.

Every great captain is always ahead of the game and Stokes has been ahead of it all along..

Ben Stokes has taken on the role of captain of England like a duck to water in this series

Ben Stokes has taken on the role of captain of England like a duck to water in this series

What happened to bowlers marking their run-up for the game? They seem to have a minion these days to do it for them in the form of the bowling coach who shows up with a tape and a bucket of whitewash.

It’s like being in a private school and having a gay man. I wonder if they also warm the toilet seat for them in the locker room?

Nottinghamshire clearly set a trend by offering free entry for the last day of the second test. Monday it happens again in Headingley, so well played Yorkshire! It’s great to do. The people of Yorkshire love bargains and I think they will be queuing to get in at 6am on Monday. And it can also be an exciting final…

Both Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope played and missed with thumping drives against Trent Boult before scoring. Neither, for me, held their left side long enough and it’s clearly a problem for both. They lost the left side of their bodies too early causing the bat to come down at the wrong angle.

They need to keep their form for as long as possible – Pope did better on Sunday but Crawley repeated the mistake against Michael Bracewell and it cost him his wicket.

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