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NZ ahead despite Finn six-for

Boult had England captain Alastair Cook caught behind for four then trapped Jonathan Trott in front for 27 as England slumped to 44 for two and handed the momentum back to the hosts

Written by Reuters |
March 24, 2013 1:02:50 am

Trent Boult grabbed two wickets as New Zealand reduced England to 50 for two and seized the advantage at the end of the second day of the deciding third Test at Eden Park on Saturday.

Boult had England captain Alastair Cook caught behind for four then trapped Jonathan Trott in front for 27 as England slumped to 44 for two and handed the momentum back to the hosts. Nick Compton was on 12,while Ian Bell was six not out and the visitors will head into the third day 393 runs behind,having dismissed New Zealand for 443 after tea following a feisty knock by Tim Southee.

Pace bowler Southee,who had been criticised for his cavalier approach to batting throughout the series,persisted with his attacking tactic and belted 44 runs in 33 balls to grab the initiative back for his side.

Steven Finn then raced through the tail after Southee was caught by wicketkeeper Matt Prior to finish with six wickets for 125,matching his career best figures against Australia in 2010.

Prior ended the innings with five catches.

New Zealand,however,negated that performance when Cook got a faint edge down the leg side from a Boult delivery and he was caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Trott and Compton,who had combined for a 210-run partnership in the drawn second test at the Basin Reserve,looked in control as they were barely tested by New Zealand’s pace attack.

The introduction of left-arm spinner Bruce Martin,however,created some pressure at the northern end of the ground and Boult was switched to the southern end and got a ball that pitched on middle to seam back and hit Trott in front.

New Zealand’s hopes of posting a score in excess of 500 in the series-deciding third match were stymied earlier in the day. England’s bowlers had seized the momentum in a miserly first session by capturing three wickets,removing Kane Williamson (91),Ross Taylor (19) and Peter Fulton (136),while allowing just 62 runs in 28 overs.

Brief scores: New Zealand 443 (P Fulton 136,K Williamson 91; S Finn 6/125) v England 50/2 (J Trott 27,T Boult 2/26)

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