Michael Bracewell caught and bowled by Stuart Broad

After Joe Root scored a breezy unbeaten 153 to allow Ben Stokes to declare on 458/3, England bowlers pushed New Zealand into a corner in the second Test at the Bay Oval in Wellington. James Anderson and Jack Leach picked three wickets apiece n the first two sessions and Stuart Broad entered the wickets column in the dying throes of the day as New Zealand embarked on a downward spiral. Rain arrived yet again to take away the final hour’s play, leaving New Zealand at 138 for 7 with a deficit of 297 runs.

Tim Southee walked out at the fall of the seventh wicket and swung for the fences to hit an entertaining 23* off 18, that included one four and two sixes. Him and Blundell added 35 runs before persistent showers ended play early once again.

Brief Scores: England 435/8 decl. (Harry Brook 186, Joe Root 153*; Matt Henry 4-100, Michael Bracewell 2-54) lead New Zealand 138/7 (Tom Latham 35; Jack Leach 3-45, James Anderson 3-37) by 297 runs