CENTURIES to Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott have helped England set the pace on the first day of the second cricket test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve.
Captain Brendon McCullum chose to bowl on a flat pitch and his decision backfired as England made 267-2 by the close of play, with Compton scoring 100 and Trott 121 not out.
Together they combined for a stand of 210, after Neil Wagner removed captain Alastair Cook early.
Trott’s century was the ninth of his international career while Compton scored his second of the tour.
Spinner Bruce Martin was the only other wicket-taker when Compton was caught by Ross Taylor at slip soon after reaching three figures.
The catch was Taylor’s 69th, leaving him one behind Nathan Astle for the third-most catches by a Kiwi.
Kevin Pietersen remains at the crease with Trott on 18, having survived a late LBW appeal.