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Blackcaps vs England: First test, day three

25 March 2018

New Zealand had declared their first innings on 427 for 8, setting England a target of 369 to avoid an innings defeat.

The Black Caps have pinched the early English scalp of Alastair Cook as they look to wrap up their day-night Test at Eden Park.

"Your pride is dented, but you can't feel sorry for yourself for too long". Just when runs were coming easy, the latter threw his wicket away in the 106th over of the innings as he fell to Stuart Broad.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scored 102 runs at guided his team to take over a lead of 171 runs at the end of the second day.

"It's obviously been a pretty frustrating couple of days", New Zealand quick Tim Southee said, emerging from the dressing room after the umpires gave up all hope of resuming play on Saturday more than five hours after the rain set in.

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Day two was marred by rain - there were only 23.1 overs bowled yesterday.

With fine weather forecast for the remainder of the Test, Thorpe has dismissed the idea of a first innings post-mortem examination and put the emphasis on England looking forward to save the Test.

But whatever trouble England find themselves in, at least they haven't been caught stuffing yellow bits of tape down their pants in an attempt to hide the evidence from the headteacher. Nicholls got to his second Test ton just before the break when he took on Moeen Ali in the 127th over.

And they had a last over clanger tonight with captain Joe Root, struck on his right hand by the previous ball, glancing a catch down the leg side off Trent Boult for 51.

Williamson then dominated New Zealand's reply, showcasing all of the talents that have driven him into the record books at a faster rate than former captain Martin Crowe and current team mate Ross Taylor, who are locked on 17 centuries.

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"We've got to try and work very hard to make sure it doesn't happen again".

After England's collapse to be all out for 58, Anderson said there was no post mortem, rather the focus switched to limiting the damage in the field.

"The mind is the most important thing".

His 39-ball innings had quickened things up somewhat, but the arrival of Todd Astle slow them back down somewhat.

"If we get a bit of luck tomorrow and we're disciplined, we can see out this day".

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Blackcaps vs England: First test, day three