LONDON — Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor mastered a lifeless England attack to lift New Zealand to 303 for two at the close on the second day of the first Test at Lord’s yesterday.
Replying to England’s 389, the pair shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 155 to give the touring side the ascendancy in the match.
Williamson was 92 not out at the close with Taylor on 47 and New Zealand will look to build a big lead today to put pressure on the hosts in their second innings.
Tom Latham and Martin Guptill also made fluent half-centuries in a solid opening partnership of 148 before the former, on 59, was trapped lbw by spinner Moeen Ali.
Three balls later Guptill drove Stuart Broad loosely to cover where Gary Ballance took a fine sprawling catch to dismiss the elegant right-hander for 70.
That was England’s last success of the day, as the compact Williamson went about his work. He pushed the ball around cleverly and efficiently dispatched loose balls to the boundary, reaching his 50 off 78 deliveries.
Taylor started watchfully but he played a couple of signature sweetly-timed drives in the final session to signal his return to form after a poor run.
England captain Alastair Cook rotated his bowlers but none of the seamers extracted any movement and the hosts were sloppy in the field, Ian Bell spilling a catch in the slips and Broad failing to run out Taylor.
“We are not far from the new ball so hopefully we can bowl a bit better,” Moeen told Sky Sports. “I was happy with the way I bowled [yesterday]. I have been working on my action. I was forcing it in the West Indies.
“Every time I bowled wider there was more spin. Hopefully, I can bowl it a bit fuller [today].”
New Zealand took three wickets in the first hour to wrap up the England innings after the hosts resumed on 354 for seven.
Moeen reached his 50 before edging left-arm seamer Trent Boult to stand-in wicketkeeper Latham for 58. Broad’s miserable batting form continued when he nicked Boult through to Latham for three and James Anderson, on 11, was caught and bowled by Matt Henry.
Boult completed figures of four for 79 and Henry took four for 93 on his debut.
England 1st innings (Overnight: 354-7)
A. Lyth c Watling b Southee7
A. Cook c Watling b Henry16
G. Ballance c Southee b Boult1
I. Bell b Henry1
J. Root c Latham b Henry98
B. Stokes b Craig92
J. Buttler lbw b Boult67
M. Ali c Latham b Boult58
S. Broad c Latham b Boult3
M. Wood not out8
J. Anderson candamp;b Henry11
Extras: (b-16 lb-6 nb-3 w-2)27
TOTAL: (all out, 100.5 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-17 A. Lyth,2-25 G. Ballance,3-25 A. Cook,4-30 I. Bell,5-191 B. Stokes,6-251 J. Root,7-354 J. Buttler,8-363 M. Ali,9-368 S. Broad,10-389 J. Anderson
Bowling: T. Boult 29-6-79-4, T. Southee 24-1-104-1(nb-3 w-1), M. Henry 24.5-3-93-4(w-1), M. Craig 18-2-77-1, C. Anderson 5-1-14-0
New Zealand 1st innings
M. Guptill c Ballance b Broad70
T. Latham lbw b Ali59
K. Williamson not out92
R. Taylor not out47
Extras: (b-14 lb-20 nb-1)35
TOTAL: (for 2 wickets, 77 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-148 T. Latham,2-148 M. Guptill
Still to bat: B. McCullum, C. Anderson, B. Watling, M. Craig, T. Southee, M. Henry, T. Boult
Bowling: J. Anderson 16-4-46-0, S. Broad 16-2-42-1,
M. Wood 13-0-60-0(nb-1), B. Stokes 13-2-63-0, M. Ali 17-3-52-1, J. Root 2-0-6-0