NZ vs. England: Kane Williamson scores record ton before rain hits play

NZ vs. England: Kane Williamson scores record ton before rain hits play

Overton first ensured England avoided being bowled out for less than 26, which remains the lowest score in the history of test cricket and which was recorded by New Zealand against England on Eden Park 63 years ago nearly to the day.

Root and Dawid Malan added 38 before Root was dismissed on the last ball of the day. Two short balls to Stoneman were pulled for a four and a six to get him to 55. He hooked a Neil Wagner for six to reach his fifty but then, to the very next ball, attempted to repeat the shot and holed out to fine leg.

Williamson is among the great Test batsmen of the current generation, but according to him, it's team success that drives him more rather than personal battles against peers. Alastair Cook fell in the third over to Trent Boult when the left-arm pacer floated one down the leg side and the left-hander clipped the ball straight to the 'keeper for 2.

But with the weather expected to clear over the remaining two days, he said New Zealand would need to review how they approach the remainder of the Test to get a result.

"They've proved beyond reasonable doubt in Australia that they can't play pace so now they've proved beyond reasonable doubt in New Zealand that they can't play swing either", Willis said.

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He had scored just one century prior to this week's Test at Eden Park - in a 2017 Test loss against South Africa in Wellington.

Broad, who dismissed Tom Latham to get into the 400-wicket club, ended with three for 78 and James Anderson took three for 87.

Black Cap Henry Nicholls has made his second test century.

New Zealand declared midway through the second session, noting the optimum time to bowl in day-night tests is often in the early evening when the floodlights begin to take effect and the pink ball is said to move more.

But it perhaps made sense to give England minimal prospect of sneaking some sanctuary by nosing back in front at any point on the final day, and Tim Southee and Nicholls accepted the invitation to extend the tourists' misery in the field with an eighth-wicket stand of 73. He was tested at times by Craig Overton who bowled a good spell in the middle of the first session. They batted most of first two sessions to bury England under a pile of runs as memories of 0-4 Ashes humbling, where the bowling attack looked toothless and inept, resurfaced.