ENG vs NZ: Mark Wood slows New Zealand charge in 2nd test vs EnglandLeeds, England (AP): England seamer Mark Wood removed Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor just before tea to slow New Zealand's charge on day three of the second test, leaving the tourists on 143-4 as
Leeds, England (AP): England seamer Mark Wood removed Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor just before tea to slow New Zealand's charge on day three of the second test, leaving the tourists on 143-4 as they looked to build a big second-innings lead on Sunday.
Earlier, Stuart Broad smashed 46 off 39 balls before England was dismissed for 350 the same total as New Zealand's first innings after resuming on 253-5.
Broad moved seamlessly from bat to ball to dismiss Tom Latham (3) and Kane Williamson (6) to restrict the Black Caps to 23-2 at Headingley.
Guptill (70) and Taylor (48) repaired some of the damage with a third-wicket stand of 99 that raced along quicker than a run a ball, only to fall late in the session in Wood's second spell.
Captain Brendan McCullum was unbeaten on 8 and B.J. Watling on 2, with the result still in the balance.
Unbeaten in six test series, New Zealand needs to win to square the two-match series following England's victory at Lord's.
It was a welcome return to form with the bat for Broad, who has admitted to having nightmares about an incident last summer when he suffered a broken nose and facial injuries after a ball from India paceman Varun Aaron flew between the peak of his helmet and grille.
This was Broad's top score since that incident and his array of strokes was impressive, producing five fours and a six after being dropped early in his innings by Watling.
Tim Southee was irresistible in the first half-hour of the morning, getting swing and seam movement on a cold morning to entice edges to the slip cordon from Ian Bell (12), Jos Buttler (10) the two overnight batsmen and Moeen Ali (1). Bell didn't add to his overnight score to continue his poor form.
Broad and Wood (19) counter-attacked in a 51-run stand for the ninth wicket that pushed England toward first-innings parity.
In reply, Latham and Williamson edged Broad to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to depart in the space of 12 balls.
Taylor was dropped on 6 by Gary Ballance at third slip off Jimmy Anderson and went on to take the game to England's attack as if it was a limited-overs match. New Zealand's second fifty came off 44 balls and Guptill a star of the recent 50-over World Cup brought his 50 up with a six down the ground.
Wood was brought back into the attack and removed Taylor with his first ball, with Ben Stokes taking the catch to end Taylor's run-a-ball knock. Fifteen balls from Wood later, Guptill edged to Joe Root at third slip to set New Zealand back even further in a nip-and-tuck contest.