New Zealand declare 480 ahead, Fulton hits second ton

New Zealand have set England 481 to win the third Test in Auckland and, with it, the series. New Zealand finally declared on 241 for 6 in their second innings, having plundered runs with ease against a dispirited attack. Tim Southee, finding the edge of Nick Compton’s bat as the batsman felt for one that left him in the second over of the ‘chase’, produced a perfect start to New Zealand’s bid for victory.

Nor is history encouraging for England. They have never chased more than the 332 they made against Australia in Melbourne in 1928-29 to win a Test, and no team has ever made more than the 418 West Indies made against Australia in Antigua in 2002-03. The highest successful chase on this ground is 348, made by West Indies in 1968-69, though since the introduction of drop-in pitches just over a decade ago, no side has managed more than the 166 scored, admittedly for the loss of just one wicket, in 2005. England would need to bat for four-and-a-half sessions to secure a draw. Read more