Rain and Latham century dampens England opening day 2nd Test against New Zealand
An unbeaten century by New Zealand opener Tom Latham (101*) and then rain, dented England’s chances of going into day two with any advantage, as they try to level the Test series against the Kiwis.
New Zealand 173 - 3 (54.3overs) – (Tom Latham 101*, Ross Taylor 53)
England - Still to bat
Close - New Zealand are 173 for 3
Having put New Zealand in to bat, on what looked like a green top that would assist their bowlers, England failed to take advantage after having the kiwis 39-2 at one stage – the situation was helped by the breakdown of Ben Stokes and an injury to Jos Buttler.
New Zealand closed the day on 173 for 3 after rain stopped play - Play will start half an hour early at 21:30 GMT on Friday to make up for the lost time, with 35.3 overs lost to rain.
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope(wk)
Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad
Start Time: 22:00
Toss: England won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Paul Wilson, Bruce Oxenford, Wayne Knights, Javagal Srinath
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