NEW ZEALAND remains in the box seat following the second day of the first test against England at Lord’s.
While England seamer Jimmy Anderson gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, capturing his 300th test wicket when he had Kiwi opener Peter Fulton caught behind, it was the visitors who head into day three with a slight advantage, trailing England’s first innings total of 232 by 79 runs with six wickets in hand.
Kane Williamson remains unbeaten on 44 while captain Brendon McCullum is on 1.
New Zealand’s first innings got off to a poor start, with openers Fulton and Hamish Rutherford both falling to Anderson within 22 deliveries, helping him to become only the fourth Englishman to claim 300 test scalps.
Williamson and Ross Taylor rebuilt the innings, with the latter becoming the first batsman to reach 50 in the test.
He was eventually out for 66.
Williamson has rode his luck somewhat, being dropped by keeper Matt Prior and edging a ball off his hips that England failed to refer to the television match official.
He remains poised with McCullum to chase down their first target, before setting England a daunting second innings chase.
Earlier, England’s last six wickets for 40 runs.
Resuming at 160-4, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow negotiated the first hour of play, until Tim Southee took two wickets in the two balls, including Prior for a golden duck.
Together with Neil Wagner he mopped up the tail, eventually claiming figures of 4-58 in what was a below par score on a slow but consistent pitch.
New Zealand 153 for 4 (Taylor 66, Anderson 3-32) trail England 232 (Bairstow 41, Southee 4-58) by 79