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Vince, Stoneman and the story of their mixed results

Vince, Stoneman and the story of their mixed results

England's second-wicket pair, both in need of significant contributions after uncertain starts to their Test careers, joined forces after another failure from Alastair Cook in a stand of 123, which helped the tourists to 202 for three and a lead of 231.

Anderson and Broad, however, were less effective after lunch as the ball softened and de Grandhomme and Watling were able to fight back.

Pacer Tim Southee posted his first Test half-century since 2014.

England will have confidence they can run through the New Zealand order a second time later in the Test given the lack of application from the top order.

Earlier in the day, the hosts were bowled out for 278 in the morning session to give England a slim first-innings lead of 29.

New Zealand won the test by an innings and 49 runs and leads the two-test series 1-0.

Starting off the day on 192/6, New Zealand added 34 runs to their overnight score before wicketkeeper BJ Watling was clean bowled by James Anderson for 85, which came off 220 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six.

He then caught captain Kane Williamson for 22 off Anderson and left New Zealand five wickets down with 36 runs on the board and in desperate straits.

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Broad dismissed Tom Latham (0), Ross Taylor (2) and first test century-maker Henry Nicholls (0) and had 3-33 at tea while Anderson removed Jeet Raval (5), then Wiliamson and had 2-31.

Jack Leach was the other batsman dismissed, having scored 16.

Despite his team's precarious position, De Grandhomme was initially characteristically aggressive as he combined with Watling for a crucial 142-run partnership.

"England's tactics got De Grandhomme and Watling in - at one point, De Grandhomme had only been in for two minutes and we had four men out on the leg side", said former England spinner Graeme Swann on Test Match Special.

"We talked as a group about wanting to attack the knee roll and get the brand new ball a touch fuller because we know it flattens out".

England bowler Stuart Broad, who took 4-38, on Test Match Special: "It's the best I've felt for a while".

All-rounder Ben Stokes also returned to the bowling crease after a back injury, sending down three overs before stumps and giving England more cause for satisfaction.