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Williamson is based on the stand opening century 393 views
New Zealand 303 for 2 Williamson 92 * 47, * Taylor trace England 389 Root 98, Stokes 92, 67 Buttler, Moeen 58, Boult 4-79, Henry 4-93
New Zealand gave them the chance of a substantial advantage after their top order dominated the second day in the Lord. They had the luxury of a position opening century rare as Martin Guptill and Tom Latham added 148, which was then built by Kane Williamson who sleep in a gracious 92 have formed a unbroken partnership of 155 with Ross Taylor.
At the end visitors were within 86 runs of England in 389 which was substantial after being 30 for 4 but there was much to add on the second morning when the last three windows fell by 26 England players worked as cloud cover gave the distance to the Sun of the afternoon his only moments relief coming in quick succession when the New Zealand openers which were given to each life departed in the space of three balls.
It could have been three windows in five balls with Taylor too have a break early when Williamson call for a single sustained it would have left stranded if Stuart Broad had been hit with a film under the arm in its follow up. Apart from that and when was beaten by a delivery Moeen Ali who ripped the fingerprints on the penultimate during part of the day Williamson did not put a foot wrong.
Williamson whose previous test innings was an unbeaten 242 not had batted in the Middle since April 13 after making only two appearances of Sun risers Hyderabad IPL perhaps that was a good thing because its natural rhythm. He also has an insatiable appetite for networks and is unlikely that missed the opportunity for some extensive sessions.
It certainly seemed a man that was in tune with his game leading England bowlers to distraction with his delicate touch to third man who was left strangely without protection and the moment each of its 12 limits wonderfully well. A century he beckoned to the three days as well as the perspective of Brendon McCullum author of a triple two double hundreds and 195 in little more than one year.
Opening partnerships have not been a huge party success in the history of New Zealand but this time Williamson and Taylor had a wonderful to build base. This was just the opening of the fifth century in New Zealand foot on ground English and fifth against any team since 2004 highlighting the challenge encountered in the pursuit of a productive combination. Both openers took advantage of be pardoned: Guptill 25 was caught at first slip debutant Mark Wood who was denied by over reaching portillo and Latham 21 was eliminated at second slip by Ian Bell off Ben Stokes.
Wood gave a nudge to 92 mph in his first feature in test cricket and the ball was to be done at chest height to Buttler. In his third over it produced an excellent delivery which climbed outside off took advantage of Guptill and was well into the hands of Alastair Cook at first slip. The celebrations began but then agony took over as replays showed he was in not behind the fold pop.
Durham teammate of Stokes wood was also striking in its first stage seeking help outside the surface and worrying Latham in particular that should be deleted when the left hander pushed at one go through it but Bell moving to his left at second slip I could not endure.
Guptill showing the shape of the last four months which has included double hundred in the World Cup and for Derbyshire then 150 in the recent friendly match against Worcestershire went to his fifty and 87 balls and Latham with a sweet cover drive from 95 deliveries. The play offside of both hitters was a feature of the stand-out Guptill open tickets with a lovely cover drive while Latham took regularly outside the boundaries through the covers.
New Zealand scoring rate was well above four on one of the afternoon and do not submerge lower that the greater part of the day as England struggled to seize control. Moeen who did not bowl until the 33 more but found some purchase on a dry surface always the advance when Latham was trapped on the back foot by one that skidded off on. Two balls later and Guptill shifts also had ended when the desire to lead brought his fall while playing against broad and was caught superbly down to your left by Gary Ballance on the cover.
Taylor suffered a nervous start received a strong LBW first ball wide appeal and then become stranded by his partner next installment. It was far from be as fluid as Williamson and flirted with being underweight at birth twice one of which against James Anderson brought an opinion but toned down the Loft Moeen straight and then uppercut Stokes to the third man although towards the end of the game as you sprinkled with short ball wide seemed to be struggling with an injury.
England had resumed on 354 for 7 after the final dismissal of JosButtler ball on the first night and the lower order could not push them beyond 400. Moeen made 58 General numbers from England 5 8 added 315 runs for the innings but Trent Boult found two external edges times during an impressive spell.
Moeen had moved to his half century in the first over the day when he took Southee for his ninth boundary but only added other five runs before sparring outside off against Boult and edging through Latham who continued to replace the injured BJ Watling behind the stumps. Boult had his room when large feathered an advantage but not could join Southee Board Honors when Matt Henry stepped in to his room thanks to the reflex catch well in its follow up through remove Anderson.
Anderson who is sitting in 397 test and windows after having seen the ball swing for Southee and Boult ran to prepare to open the bowling in a land that has benefited throughout his career. But it was a ride much more tired of coming to the end of the day.