Pace trumps batsmen at Eden Park

England

It was a wicket filled day at Eden Park on day two of the third Test between New Zealand and England, with the hosts all out for 443 and England reaching stumps on 50 for the loss of two key wickets.

It was a wicket filled day at Eden Park on day two of the third Test between New Zealand and England, with the hosts all out for 443 and England reaching stumps on 50 for the loss of two key wickets.

The Black Caps lost nine wickets for 183 runs on the day, with centurion Peter Fulton adding just 12 to his overnight score, before Trent Boult did the damage late in the day for the Kiwis, striking twice.

Paceman Steve Finn was the star bowler for England on the day, adding five wickets to the one he took the day before to finish the innings on six for 125. James Anderson took two, as pace dominated the day.

The Black Caps started the day on 250 for one, with Fulton on 124 and Kane Williamson on 83, looking for a big total to take the game away from the visitors. But Anderson had other ideas, and prevented Williamson from reaching his ton, caught behind for 91.

Former skipper Ross Taylor departed soon after, with spinner Monty Panesar representing the slow bowlers in the wicket column, catching Taylor off his own bowling for just four runs.

Fulton's vigil finally came to an end after 346 deliveries, when Finn got his first scalp of the day. He got the edge and Matt Prior made no mistake with the catch behind the stumps, leaving the hosts on 297 for four.

The middle order tried to battle against the pace, and most got starts, with Brendon McCullum and Dean Brownlie both moving into the 30s, but none could make a last contribution as Finn performed with class.

Only Tim Southee, looking to make himself an all-rounder, made sure the tail wagged as he added a valuable 44 off just 33 balls. He struck two sixes and four boundaries before being caught behind by Prior, who took five catches, off Finn.

Once Boult's wicket was taken to end the knock, England had 25 overs to see out after tea. Skipper Alastair Cook's mini-slump continued as he was out for four, striking one boundary before catching an outside edge to BJ Watling.

This left Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton to battle on, but the former couldn't see out the day and was trapped in front by Boult in the 16th over, having recorded 27. Compton then stuck to his task alongside Ian Bell until stumps.

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