Broad strikes as New Zealand lose four before lunch

Not after his fired up attack snared four wickets in the first hour, including opener Jeet Raval and captain Kane Williamson with the first two balls of the day.

England had started full of high hopes and half centuries from Joe Root and Dawid Malan, however, both batsmen were out soon after scoring their 50s and with that England's' momentum in the batting slowed.

Latham and wicketkeeper BJ Watling halted England's charge with a 44-run partnership before Watling was removed by Mark Wood for 19.

The increasingly adventurous stand of 95 between two cricketers who have known one another more than half their lives offset eight wickets shared by Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

Broad and James Anderson then routed the New Zealand top order to have the Black Caps in serious trouble before De Grandhomme joined Watling to steady their innings.

England need a win to deny New Zealand their first series victory against them since 1999.

But while both batsman finally prospered on a docile pitch at Hagley Oval, they likely also gave up the chance to fully capitalize on flawless batting conditions.

England's Jonny Bairstow, who backed up his first innings century with a bright 36 from 54 balls, said the tourists were confident they could take the 10 wickets to get the job done on Tuesday. "They started bowling bumpers around the wicket and I found them quite hard to pick up so there were tough periods there but once we go through that I think it was a pretty true wicket".

Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were handed the new ball alongside James Anderson in England's warm-up games on the New Zealand tour and although a decision was yet to be made Broad was not anxious.

With lost time being made up, there is a potential 98 overs to be bowled on the final day of England's marathon tour.

New Zealand was 162-6 when Sodhi went to the crease before tea when opener Tom Latham, who had batted nearly five hours, was dismissed for 83.

De Grandhomme and Sodhi put on 57 for the seventh wicket, and then Sodhi and Wagner saw New Zealand through to stumps.

Vince has also been out of form in this series with scores of 25, 18 and 18 in his three previous innings but looked far more fluent Sunday on a pitch at Hagley Oval which was no longer aiding the fast bowlers, though leg-spinner Ish Sodhi turned a couple out of footmarks late in the second session.

England, who have not tasted success in their last 12 away Tests, hold a healthy 231-run lead with seven second innings wickets in hand. It's come out nicely, good to get the whites on and see the ball move around a bit, good way to hose down the summer.

  • Julie Sanders