Close-in catcher Pope in action once more as Conway departs for hard-fought 61

Tom Latham and Devon Conway joined forces to produce New Zealand’s best partnership of the series against England after being made to follow on at Basin Reserve. The openers batted through the afternoon session on day three to help the hosts claw back into the contest after the touring side had taken a massive 226-run first-innings lead.

The southpaws passed fifty, with Latham looking more at ease of the two. New Zealand’s vice-captain was productive square of the wicket and peeled off regular boundaries. Conway needed to bide his time at the start of his innings, with Ollie Robinson and James Anderson troubling him around the off stump channel.

England finally managed to break the 149-run stand via Jack Leach as Conway threw his head back in disgust, having fought hard and given it away. He was pressing forward in defence, but the extra bounce meant the ball lobbed off the inside edge, onto the pad and popped to the on-side where Ollie Pope was waiting with eager hands.