New Zealand vs England, first Test: live score and latest updates from day three at Mount Maunganui – The Telegraph, Google News

And welcome to coverage of day three from Mount Maunganui, a glorious bowl across the Tauranga Harbor Bridge encircled by picnic tables, verdant grass banks and has cruise ships on the horizon . England start play in an encouraging position, 209 runs ahead with six New Zealand first-innings wickets left.

The ball is beginning to misbehave, shooting low and leaping so unpredictably that it cost the New Zealand captain and gun batsman his wicket, a scalp that puts England ahead in the game. Citizen Kane could not be criticized for his dismissal but both Jeet Raval and Ross Taylor were architects of their own demise, trying to hit their way into decent nick after struggling in recent innings.

Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Curran and Jack Leach stifled the run rate, Leach lured Raval to his doom and Ben Stokes completed the job with Taylor by giving him the impression that the brake had been released and he succumbed to a ghastly slog.

BJ Watling as at the crease and made a fine hundred at Colombo in the last Test along with Henry Nicholls who scored an unbeaten 145 in the crushing victory over England at Eden Park in March 2018. Colin De Grandhomme is next in and averages just shy of 40 while Mitchell Santner is a tough and resourceful No8. So all is far from lost for New Zealand.

England will have to maintain their discipline but if they do and secure a first-innings lead of more than 100, they should register their first Test victory in the Land of the Long White Cloud for more than 11 years, three series ago.

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