England in New Zealand: Hosts on top in second Test
England lost two wickets late on day 2 to leave New Zealand at the top.
New Zealand submitted 375 thanks to Tom Latham’s 105, debutant Daryl Mitchell’s 73 and 55 from BJ Watling, although 4-73 was taken by Stuart Broad.
Joe Denly and dom Sibley equally made four as England attained 39-2 – monitoring by 336 – in the 18 overs possible prior to the close.
New Zealand lead 1-0 from the series.
A Tim Southee bouncer hit on the helmet sibley before he was trapped lbw playing across the line.
Matt Henry ignored Denly as he triggered a thick outer edge, with wicketkeeper Watling carrying a low catch diving to his right.
Rory Burns, fell on 10 and 19, will resume on 24 and ruler Joe Root six not out.
Play will begin half an hour early to make up.
Root will be hugely disappointed that England were unable to bowl New Zealand out to less.
Though the bowling was tidy and they restricted for the majority of two – year old Kiwis added 86 at the 44 overs – the tourists went periods when they threatened.
As Latham was bowled by Broad leaving the ninth ball of the day, they began. Sam Curran had Henry Nicholls caught at fine leg hooking seven overs after as England got the first wickets they wanted.
However, the natives, who spent 201 overs in the field at the first Test, subsequently proceeded 53 overs – including 36 with another new ball – without taking a wicket before Broad had Watling captured at gully on the stroke of tea courtesy of a lifter.
Broad, who had been granted two warnings had the excellent Mitchell caught at fine leg before Southee gloved an excellent Chris Woakes delivery supporting.
Jofra Archer and Curran finished the innings off as England took the final five wickets for 60 runs.
There were times when it seemed like England needed a spin option to offer variation, with the decision to leave out a frontline spinner to become vindicated since the pitch and terms offered their seam attack little.
1 positive for England was the fitness of Ben Stokes. The all-rounder struggled on day one, but he bowled 11 overs on Saturday.
More to follow.