England in strong position against New Zealand on the third day

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New Zealand vs England - England's James Vince in action
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 England 307 (Bairstow 101) & 202-3

New Zealand  278 (Watling 85, Grandhomme 72)
Second Test, Christchurch, day three

England lead by 231

England came back against New Zealand, at Christchurch,  in April, with a century second wicket partnership between James Vince and Mark Stoneman. Vince hit 76, and Stoneman a career-best 60, helping England to lead by 231 on the 3rd day.

Alastair Cook again missed out, however , Vince and Stoneman steadied the innings and both batted as if their future England careers depended on it. At the close, England were 202- 3 with Root and Malan at the crease.

This is now developing into a great match and it would be an invaluable overseas win for England if they press home their advantage from here. They have not won a overseas test match for awhile now and with India coming to England in the summer, it would be a enormous confidence boost for the Test squad, after their disappointing winter down under.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan will be looking to score quickly tomorrow and allow the bowlers a good target to bowl at the Black Caps to secure victory.

Earlier, the England bowlers had restricted New Zealand to 278, with Stuart Broad 6-54 and James Anderson 4-76 taking the wickets.

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