Leeds - New Zealand were eyeing a series-levelling victory against England
after taking five wickets on the fifth morning of the second Test at
Headingley on Tuesday.
England were 102 for five at lunch on the final day after resuming on 44 without loss in their second innings.
They needed a further 353 runs to reach what would be a Test record fourth innings victory total of 455.
realistically, they had a minimum of 66 overs in which to hold out for a
draw after winning the first Test of this two-match series by 124 runs
at Lord's last week.
Trent Boult and Mark Craig took two wickets
each in Monday's first session before part-time spinner Kane Williamson
had Ben Stokes caught behind on the stroke of lunch.
captain Alastair Cook, who in the first innings of this match became
England's leading all-time run scorer in Test cricket, was 40 not out
and Jos Buttler unbeaten on nought.
No side have made more in the
fourth innings to win a Test than the West Indies' 418 for seven against
Australia at St John's, Antigua, in 2002/03.
England, after a rain-marred fourth day, resumed with Adam Lyth 24 not out and fellow left-handed opener Cook 18 not out.
Lyth, who made a maiden Test century on his Yorkshire home ground in
the first innings, fell for his overnight score when he was caught
behind fending at a Boult away-swinger.
Left-arm paceman Boult then bowled Gary Ballance for six with a superb, near yorker-length, inswinger.
Off-spinner Craig then struck twice in three balls to reduce England to 62 for four.
Ian Bell had made just one when he turned Craig straight to leg-slip Williamson.
one of England's senior batsmen, has now managed just 55 runs in eight
Test innings since his 143 against the West Indies in Antgua in April.
Root had promised England would "come out all guns blazing" but he
lasted just two balls before exiting for a duck when he turned Craig off
the face of the bat only for the ball to hit Tom Latham on the chest at
short leg before the fielder clung on to a very sharp chance.
then needed just five balls to take a wicket, left-hander Stokes well
caught by wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi for 29 after edging an intended cut
off a delivery that turned and bounced.