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Bairstow looks up to the sky after reaching his half century.

53rd over: England 286-3 (Root 86, Bairstow 61) Root gets down onto his haunches and powerfully sweeps another four.

52nd over: England 281-3 (Root 81, Bairstow 61) Southee this time fires one away for four byes. Then light has gone out for New Zealand. England need just 15 more runs for a memorable 3-zilch series win.

51st over: England 275-3 (Root 80, Bairstow 60) Williamson calls for a review for a caught behind as Bairstow attempts a reverse sweep and the ball loops to slip. NOT OUT…the replays show that the ball looped off Bairstow’s fleshy forearm and nowt else. Kane and New Zealand burn off their last review, not that it matters anymore. Bairstow cuts Bracewell away powerfully for four. Of course he does.

50th over: England 269-3 (Root 79, Bairstow 55) Bairstow takes eight off the over. His 50 off 30 balls was England’s second fastest Test fifty on record, IT Botham’s 28 ball effort in Delhi in 1981 still tops the pile. Not for much longer you’d think…

Bairstow brings up his FIFTY off just 30 balls!

Six fours and two sixes. My oh My. England need 29 more runs to win.

Bairstow looks up to the sky after reaching his half century.
Bairstow looks up to the sky after reaching his half century. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

49th over: England 261-3 (Root 79, Bairstow 47) Bairstow slaps Bracewell down the ground for SIX with something verging on sheer contempt.

48th over: England 251-3 (Root 77, Bairstow 40) A Bairstow clip wide of mid-on brings another three and brings Root back on strike. He then reminds us all that he’s out there too with a step across his stumps and a wristy flick to the mid-wicket fence. It was knocking all three out if he missed… but he doesn’t tend to lately. Bairstow guides the last ball through the vacant third area for four more! New Zealand almost utterly helpless in the face of this England run glut.

47th over: England 239-3 (Root 72, Bairstow 33) Bracewell replaces Boult but the result is largely the same, nine runs come from the over. First ball Bairstow sweeps for four before attempting another that top edges over the keeper and brings three more. It all just seems so inevitable, weird eh?

46th over: England 230-3 (Root 71, Bairstow 25) All too easy for England. They need just 66 runs to win now. Root and Bairstow pick up singles and twos at will. Root even tries one of his audacious reverse ramps again but only manages to get a cue end on it. Not this time, Joe.

45th over: England 225-3 (Root 68, Bairstow 23) Boult has been truly blunted. He looks to have no rhythm at all as he sprays one down the leg side that clips Bairstow’s pads and runs away for four. Eight off that over with some good, sprightly running.

44th over: England 217-3 (Root 66, Bairstow 21) Root has basically just stood back, lent on his bat and watched since Bairstow arrived. SIX! Bairstow plops Southee back over his head for a maximum. This could be over very quickly at this rate!

43rd over: England 209-3 (Root 65, Bairstow 15) Bairstow collects seven off Boult’s latest, the bit is firmly between the ginger-one’s gnashers. A square drive on the up for a blistering four. Boult has a response though, beating Bairstow with a full ball that nips away at the last.

Bairstow plays a shot off the bowling of Southee.
Bairstow plays a shot off the bowling of Southee. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters

42nd over: England 202-3 (Root 65, Bairstow 8) Southee sends down a maiden. And breathe. Thank you Tim!

41st over: England 202-3 (Root 65, Bairstow 8) Here’s Jonny! Bairstow joins fellow Yorkshireman Root at the crease and his arrival creates a frisson around the ground. He seems to give Root further impetus too as the set man cuts and punches Boult for two back to fours! A single brings Bairstow on strike and he picks up where he left off – a glide and a flick bring him two fours and it is 17 off Boult’s over!

Wicket! Pope 82 b Southee (England 185-3)

Apologies… I was caught out by the resumption of play Gah!

What have I missed? Well Ollie Pope is OUT, cleaned up by an absolute beauty from Southee, stumps splattered, he had to trudge off for 82 and the 134 run partnership is broken.

Pope is bowled by Southee.
Pope is bowled by Southee. Photograph: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com/REX/Shutterstock

They’ve taken an early lunch at Headingley… but the good news is that there is a clean up operation underway and we should have play this afternoon.

Time to raid the fridge, keep your emails and tweets coming in!

I’ve done some dancing AND doom scrolling in the nappy aisle of late too, Rob.

Haha, I can appreciate. I was sent off to Morrisons in Reigate for emergency supplies as our eighteen month old was unwell and was listening to a portable radio with headphones as that Test came to an end. Cue me punching the air and skipping around the nappy aisle.

— Rob Lawman (@robert_lawman) June 27, 2022

Very nice this. Whilst we wait for the rain to beggar off in Headingley do tune in to Taunton where England’s women are duelling with South Africa – Oh and I see that Bell and Wong have both picked up their first Test wickets already!

Ewan McDonald is on board with the Ceefax love in:

“Hi James, two of my fondest cricketing memories are Laxman’s 281 and Brian Lara’s great series against Australia in 1999. Of course, I didn’t see a ball of any of this and followed it all on Ceefax.”

Do we see Ceefax/Teletext as the OBOs clunkier older sibling? A highly pixellated great Uncle perhaps?

The OBO is always there for you…

@Jimbo_Cricket Well.
2016 T20 World Cup final. Had to listen on radio in car as was dropping daughter off at a party.
I remember confidently telling her and my wife that we should win when the West Indies had to get 19 off the last over 😬😬

— notjarvis (@notjarvis) June 27, 2022

@Jimbo_Cricket TGV across France for the last day of Edgbaston 2005. Mobile Internet in its infancy and I could only get updates when I briefly moved through the “right” network’s patch.

Some odd looks when I started yelling after I found out about the last wicket.

— Sam Kelly (@CarlisleSam1980) June 27, 2022

“Hi Jim.”

Ello David Harris!

“On missed cricket epics, I might have mentioned on CC Live once or twice that on St Stevens’ Day, 21 May last year, I left at lunch when the DI was on 60, as it was the first chance to see an octogenarian parent since lockdown.

What followed was absolute carnage as Stevo flayed Glammy’s bowlers to all corners into the teeth of a howling gale, reaching 190 as part of a ninth-wicket stand of 166. Miguel Cummins, in the Jack Leach role, made an apt 1. I followed it on CC Live from the train, while it seemed like everyone else was watching on the stream.”

Lovely David. And I bet Stevo’s exploits made the memorable day even more special.

These are great:

@Jimbo_Cricket trans Pennine express from manchester for the CWC semi final against aus in 2019. Couple a few seats ahead of me had sky on his phone, slightly ahead of my tms through bbc sport, went to google’s live text and ended up slightly ahead of them. Well chuffed

— matt (@dvtavfc) June 27, 2022

@Jimbo_Cricket There will be heaps of these, but, 2019 CWC final. Gatwick airport. Plane taxiing, bad signal, no headphones. Was told in no uncertain terms by cabin crew to turn off my phone as England sneaked super over. Phew.

— Victor Manley (@VictorManley7) June 27, 2022

@Jimbo_Cricket Headingley 19. Sat on the tarmac at Leeds w/ plane delayed. Woakes had just fallen when had to turn off phones for the 1 hour flight & assumed it would be all over by the time we landed. Then frantically hitting refresh in the passport queue at the other end.

— JoannaWilliamsDurkin (@Durkbot) June 27, 2022


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Gah! Still this thread of furtive OBOing is fun, keep ‘em coming!

“Hi James,”

Hello David Nicholson!

“Picking up on Elliot Brooks’ question, my most memorable experience of not watching cricket was the fourth and final day of the Trent Bridge Ashes Test in 2005. I was at a wedding of some very close friends with the wedding breakfast perfectly timed to coincide with the climax of the game. Not only was I furtively checking for updates on my phone and occasionally nipping out to the loo via a small TV in another bar, but I was also furtively trying to give hand signal updates to my brother who had been employed to play the cello all through the afternoon.”

Haha. This sounds like a Two Ronnies sketch, David. Also got me wondering what you mimed for Geraint Jones’s dismissal? Or Hoggard’s bunted drive for four?!

This sounds so stressful Alex. I bet that jazz sounded particularly good after the result had finally sunk in though? Paaaaaaarp parp PPPPAARP!

@Jimbo_Cricket 2019 Cricket World Cup Final – Edinburgh Jazz Festival. Flicking between watching on my phone with sound off and OBO. Had no idea what had happened in the super over without commentary until OBO updated. England were celebrating but I still wasn’t sure we’d won…

— Alex Mennie 🥃🍸 (@menniedrinks) June 27, 2022

This is exactly what I was getting at John! DANGEROUS!

“Morning James,”

G’morning Max Savochkin.

“Speaking of the best time not watching cricket, mine is definitely last winter when I was working in a German office, sat next to a French woman, following the first Test of the India series on the OBO. It was a godsend because all I wanted to do was discuss how magnificent Root’s start to the year had been, but without the OBO I would have had to content myself with explaining why cricket lasts five days and sometimes ends in a draw to some bemused Europeans. I must admit to getting a slightly odd look when I fist-pumped the Root 200 update!”

Ahh the silent fist pump, Henman-esque, that and the impromptu howl of despair probably the two most common furtive live text checking reactions I reckon?!

@Jimbo_Cricket leaving home for Heathrow in 2005 and fully expecting England to wrap it up, only to find the pub rammed with Australia needing 9 to win. No time to watch, followed online and we won as I passed through the gate. You could hear the cheer a mile off. Great series

— Angus Stuart (@angstBali) June 27, 2022

Old School indeed, Dan.

@Jimbo_Cricket an old school entry for experiences of not watching the cricket: Kabir Ali’s final over rescuing a tie from the jaws of defeat against South Africa in 2005, experienced through the medium of Ceefax. Nothing quite like the interminable wait for the page to update…

— Dan Spicer (@spicer_dan) June 27, 2022

Here’s a lovely discursion from Elliot Brooks on email:

Morning James – keeping up to date with this third Test via the OBO, while being busy with work/life, reminded me of one of my most precious cricket experiences. I was at a horror film festival during the Headingley Heist in 2019 and, during the brief 10-minute gap between films, would check the OBO in utter disbelief at what I was seeing. It’s genuinely the most excitement I’ve had following a cricket match, and for one I wasn’t even watching live.

Question for fellow OBOers; what are your best experiences of not watching the cricket? I think this is a peculiar sport in that, because of the long run time, fans will always have missed some moment of greatness, so a lot of the lived experience of the sport is through desperately sought second-hand reporting.”

So true Elliot, one of the wonderful things about cricket is how it seeps into life, everyday or otherwise. Before I got the chance to write on the OBO, which is a real thrill, I would be that guest at a wedding furtively checking my phone under the table for the latest score or update or sneaking off from a birthday party to fire up the 4G in the gents. Who am I kidding, I still am.

What cricketing moments have OBOers ‘missed’ but not really missed? And where were you/what were you obliged to be doing instead? Fire away!

As the rain pitter-patters at Headingley the Sky crew of Knight, Hussain and Atherton are discussing Zak Crawley’s skittish innings from yesterday. Nasser is inclined to give him the Edgbaston Test as a last chance saloon. Athers isn’t so sure.

Here’s Jonny Liew:

That’s not all, join the effervescent Tanya Aldred as she helms the County Champo live blog:

There’s plenty to keep you busy in the meantime. England’s women are in Taunton to play a Test (yes you heard that right…) against South Africa.

Join m’colleague Dan Gallan on the tools for that one:

Delayed start due to rain

The rain is falling in Leeds. The forecast is for it to clear up around lunchtime so we should still get a result in.

Here we go again…

Another day five of an absorbing Test match with the gates flung open to the masses. It’s easy to be cynical in this day and age and God only knows how long it will last but it does truly feel like the McCullum/Stokes partnership has given a big old shot in the arm for Test cricket in this country.

You can feel it in the stands, in the pubs and the taverns, in the excitable conversations on the train or on the walk to the ground, even in the press box. There’s a buzz. A Baz n Ben Buzz.

It feels fun, exciting and yes – a little bit dangerous. Who knows what the future might hold, frankly just thinking about the next week can be terrifying enough at the moment. So I for one am just going to enjoy the ride, the distraction. Whether it be Root’s reverse ramps, Bairstow’s backs against the wall blitzkrieg-ing or Matt Potts quietly but efficiently announcing himself on the world stage. Test cricket is one of the best things in life.

Gah… it is raining in Headingley. Cricket eh?