NEW ZEALAND has taken control of the first cricket test against England in Dunedin after a stunning second day performance.
After the first day was washed out, New Zealand tore through the visitors’ batting line-up, dismissing them for just 167.
Spin bowler Bruce Martin, on debut, and paceman Neil Wagner took four wickets apiece as the English crumbled on a fairly benign pitch.
In reply, New Zealand reached 131 without loss.
Debutant Hamish Rutherford is unbeaten on 77, while Peter Fulton, in his first test in three years, is on 46.
New Zealand will look to knock off the remaining 37 runs to take a first innings lead, and then pile on the runs to set England a challenging total to save the match.
Rutherford and Fulton’s partnership is the first time New Zealand openers have passed 100 in 11 tests.
Jonathan Trott top-scored for England with 45.