England in New Zealand Cricket: New Zealand on top in Test


Despite centuries to Joe Root and Rory Burns England expressed disappointment at stumps on day three of the second Test against New Zealand after losing late wickets in Hamilton on Sunday.

"That's how New Zealand won the last test they played here - they got 700-odd for six", he said in reference to their innings victory over Bangladesh at Seddon Park last summer. Stuart Broad was already in mid-celebration before the finger went up after Taylor had played all around a straight delivery and was rapped on the front pad.

Indeed, Broad tipped Burns as the key batsman despite the opener being dropped twice on Saturday night. "That's disappointing to miss out in that way, it could have been a real big one".

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It is not certain who the last batsman to record a Test century for England while sporting a moustache was - some have proffered Jack Russell in 1996 - and Burns admitted his facial fuzz, in honour of Movember, is not likely to last long on his return home.

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It ultimately might not produce many rewards - their bowlers will have to shine for this result to be anything but a draw, especially after rain ended play an hour early - but England have at least warded off some of the doom and gloom surrounding their performances, and assured a competitive ending to the test.

They still need 107 to go through the first innings of New Zealand, and with more rain forecast for the coming days and a flat tone that shows few signs of deterioration, will England have too little time? Daryl Mitchell, shy of his 50 years.

Zak Crawley got off the mark in Tests with a hurried single - diving to make his ground - but that was his only contribution as Wagner angled one across him and Watling took a simple catch.

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"Steve Smith was causing us all sorts of problems". I thought I had enough in the tank but didn't quite.

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"Watling, he knows his game. he can just wear you down and take advantage when you're 30 overs deep".

The hosts, much like England yesterday, picked up the new ball as soon as it was made available to get just an over before Tea but failed to get that another morale-boosting wicket before the break.

Broad said he had a ton of respect for the likes of Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and the injured Trent Boult.

While Southee and Henry had England under pressure the tourists had struggled to exert the same dominance while in the field for almost two full days.

'I was trying to pick my hands up a bit more and to get a bit more flow in that.

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