NZ vs ENG 2nd Test: Records broken and interesting statistics

Root, Malan score fifties as England's lead swells past 300

Sodhi, who feared he may have finished with a broken finger, said it was a hard period to bat through.

His dauntless partner for 107 minutes, Neil Wagner, was the last man out for 7.

If New Zealand draw or win the Test it will see them triumph in a series against England for only the fourth time in 36 attempts.

"There was a bit of drama at the end their but Waggy (Wagner) was really good there". If Wood can keep his troublesome ankles going then he can provide the flawless foil for Anderson and Broad in the lead up to the 2019 Ashes series.

Root was gutted to have come so close to winning the match, and said: "Threw everything at NZ, very proud as a group and how we went about it, fair play to NZ. It's frustrating. This was a good fifth day wicket; there was not much deterioration and there was no movement with the second new ball", he said before acknowledging that the four dropped catches in the innings were critical on such a benign surface. Sodhi's no mug with the bat, as eight first-class half centuries and now three in tests would attest.

He showed a doggedness though which frustrated England.

One of the reasons for New Zealand's success in home Tests this season has been the ability of their bowlers, particularly the strike force of Trent Boult and Tim Southee, to take wickets on the grassy home tracks.

Play was abandoned an hour later.

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"I believe we can make big strides quite quickly and I think this game will give that to the guys".

Coming down to chase in, New Zealand's Tom Latham and Jeet Raval were batting on 25 and 17 respectively before bad light ended play early.

With Latham out, New Zealand's lower order was exposed and England apparently had plenty of time to push for the win.

Colin de Grandhomme then scored 45 runs with 27 overs remaining.

With the next ball, Broad gave Williamson a sighter outside the off stump but the New Zealand skipper made a decision to have a crack and the ball was edged to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.

So it was down to Sodhi and Wagner. Mark Stoneman and James Vince were under pressure before the New Zealand series given a lack of runs during the Ashes and neither has convinced despite occasional flashes of what they can do. The solitary bright spot of the tour was a limited-overs series win in Australia.

"To come in and to bowl like he did, even though he didn't probably get the rewards he deserved".

"Thought this was a great advert for Test cricket".

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