Kane Williamson’s century of determination, England’s bowlers New Zeland Despite pursuing Wellington, he gave them a fighting chance in the decisive second Test.

At tea on day four at Basin Reserve, not 113 out, which Williamson had expertly measured, the Black Caps had put the Black Caps 197 ahead at five in 423, a big comeback after resending with a 226-point first-strike deficit.

Only three teams in test history have lost a game after practicing the sequel, but Ben Stokes’ chances England Participation in this list was increasing, thanks to a greatly improved shot display against a visibly tired bowling attack.

England posted 193 overs on the field and between them on both innings shortly before lunch on the second day. Stokes was only able to contribute two of those extras on the third evening due to a chronic left knee problem that prevented him from sharing the load.

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It was a day for New Zealand to celebrate Williamson, who had returned to his brightest level with just 10 laps in the previous three hits of the series. The former captain began the day setting a key milestone by pinging Anderson’s fourth delivery from his fingertips to beat Ross Taylor’s 7,683 Test runs and make him the country’s Test-run record.

He was aptly applauded for his efforts, but there was still a lot more to do as he started the 24th day three points behind at 202. At the other end, Henry Nicholls was off to a less secure start, poking Robinson a yard over the short-legged stick and pad, then playing and losing several times as the net narrowed.

It took 35 minutes before it got too close to one, Ollie blasted Robinson into the third slide, and Harry Brook held it on the third try. By that time Britain’s leadership had fallen to just four.

Williamson continued to make steady and steady progress, with Daryl Mitchell assuming the offensive role. He flashed to Anderson early on and recorded 41 of them when fifty partnerships ended.

Leach came close to making a breakthrough once he turned Williamson’s outside edge at 45, but despite a brilliant blocking attempt from Ben Foakes, the third referee eventually decided in the kicker’s favor.

Mitchell beat Williamson by 50, despite being at 34 when he got to the crease, but was soon gone when he finished the retrace from Broad to Root at the moment of the slip.

The afternoon session was nothing short of a prize-free bribe for England with no 98 runs and wicket between Williamson and the assembled Tom Blundell (62no). The best luck came when Blundell stopped Robinson, but Anderson couldn’t hold onto a low toe grip on the square leg.

Williamson got the 26th Test tone from 226 balls and worked to the third man from Broad for the eighth four as England were marked badly. Stokes stayed off the attack and injured himself twice on the field, jerking his leg while stopping a ride and then clumsily rolling his ribs over the ball in the dive.