Black Caps look good to win test series

05:24, Mar 25 2013
Third test: NZ v England
New Zealand's Peter Fulton on day one of the third cricket test against England.
Third test: NZ v England
New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford avoids a ball in the face.
Third test: NZ v England
New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford plays a ball against England.
Third test: NZ v England
Reece Walters, age 14, hands New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum the coin for the toss.
English players celebrate taking Hamish Rutherford's wicket.
English players celebrate taking Hamish Rutherford's wicket.
Peter Fulton
Peter Fulton makes a run past England's James Anderson.
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England's Monty Panesar bowls on day one of the third cricket test.
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Peter Fulton is congratulated by Kane Williamson on scoring a century.
Third test: NZ v England
Ross Taylor slips one towards the boundary during his short innings on day two.
Third test: NZ v England
England celebrate the wicket of Kane Williamson, out for 91.
Third test: NZ v England
Brendon McCullum plays a shot on day two of the third and final test.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee plays a shot against England on day two of the third test.
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England captain Alastair Cook congratulates Steven Finn on the wicket of Tim Southee.
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New Zealand's Trent Boult appeals lbw for England's Jonathan Trott.
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New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum (right) reacts on day two of the third cricket test match.
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England's Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton await an appeal decision.
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Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of Ian Bell.
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Jonny Bairstow walks off after being dismissed LBW by Trent Boult.
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Trent Boult in action on day three.
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Kane Williamson heads back to the dressing room on the third day.
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Dean Brownlie ducks underneath a bouncer.
Peter Fulton
Peter Fulton
Peter Fulton
Peter Fulton brings up his second century of the test.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee takes the wicket of Nick Compton.
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New Zealand celebrate after taking the wicket of Alastair Cook.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee is the centre of attention after taking a catch close in to dismiss england batsman Steven Finn.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee is the centre of attention after taking a catch close in to dismiss england batsman Steven Finn.
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Kane Williamson plays a pull shot on day four.
Peter Fulton
Peter Fulton is congratulated by Kane Williamson after scoring 100.
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Joe Root plays a shot as Brendon McCullum looks on.
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Joe Root plays a pull shot as New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling looks on.
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Ross Taylor and BJ Watling celebrate the wicket of Jonny Bairstow.
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England batsman Matt Prior avoiding a short ball that came close to hitting the wicket.
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New Zealand's Bruce Martin misses a difficult catch off Matt Prior.
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Tim Southee reacts to getting the decision from the umpire for an LBW against Matt Prior. It was then over-ruled by the third umpire.
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New Zealand's Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Ian Bell just before tea.
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New Zealand's Neil Wagner, centre, and his Black Cap teammates celebrate Wagner's wicket of Ian Bell, top left.
Third Test: New Zealand v England
Frustrated Black Caps show their emotions as test victory slips away.

A double strike from the unlikely figure of part-time spinner Kane Williamson has New Zealand as hot favourites to wrap up a memorable test series victory over England in Auckland.

Williamson claimed the big wicket of captain Alastair Cook for 43 before night watchman Steven Finn was also removed by a reflex catch in close by Tim Southee just before stumps.

It left England, the world's No 2 side, reeling at 90-4 in their second innings, chasing a mammoth 481 to win in the third and deciding test.

New Zealand have 90 overs tomorrow amid a fine forecast to claim the final six wickets at Eden Park and nail their first series victory over England in 14 years.

Ian Bell was unbeaten on eight off 89 balls and will be joined by youngster Joe Root tomorrow, with the struggling Jonny Bairstow to follow.

With the second new ball 28 overs away, New Zealand will be hugely confident of finishing the job after Williamson's late heroics which left him with figures of 2-5 off 6.1 overs.

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum declared midway through the afternoon session to leave England 143 overs to score 481. Just four teams have successfully chased over 400 to win a test. The record highest chase is the West Indies' 418-7 to beat Australia in Antigua in 2003.

Southee tasted immediate success when he nicked out Nick Compton with his third delivery of the innings. He should have snared Cook early on, too, but gloveman BJ Watling couldn't quite snaffle a low one-handed dive to his left with the skipper on one.

The ball didn't swing as much, second time around, for New Zealand's pace duo Southee and Trent Boult, and it was soon Neil Wagner and spinner Bruce Martin tasked with breaking the key Cook-Jonathan Trott partnership.

Trott played freely for 37 but Wagner, bowling around the wicket and getting some slight movement away, enticed a false drive and Watling had his second catch.

It looked as if Cook would bat through the day after stonewalling for three hours for 43. But Williamson got one to turn and Cook's edge was well caught by Dean Brownlie at second slip.

New Zealand crowded all their fielders around the batsmen and it worked as Finn drove at Williamson and Southee juggled then claimed an excellent catch at silly mid off.

Earlier, McCullum blazed 67 not out off 53 balls before declaring on 241-6, 45 minutes after lunch on day four.

Opener Peter Fulton was the star of the morning, becoming the fourth New Zealand batsman to score back-to-back centuries in a test match.

The 1.98m Canterbury batsman clubbed England paceman Stuart Broad over the sightscreen at the northern end for six and allowed himself a jubilant fist pump as he reached the milestone off 162 balls. He departed soon afterwards for 110, having been dropped on 31 by James Anderson at short cover.

Only three other New Zealand batsmen have scored back-to-back centuries in a test. Andrew Jones was the most recent, against Sri Lanka in Hamilton in 1991. Geoff Howarth, against England at Auckland in 1978, and Glenn Turner, against Australia at Christchurch in 1974 were the others.

England's bowlers were flat after a sharp start when they reduced New Zealand to 8-3.

Spinner Monty Panesar got the treatment and ended with 2-53 off 9.2 overs while Stuart Broad took 2-54.

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