Bairstow hundred takes England to 303 | Cricket Bats | England

Innings break England 307 (Bairstow 101, Wood 52, Southee 6-62, Boult 4-87) v New Zealand
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290 for 8 to complete a satisfactory fightback in the first innings of the second Test.

Bairstow, who had resumed on 97 not out, clipped a single off Trent Boult in the fifth over of the morning to cruise through to his hundred from 164 balls – his second on this ground this winter, following his series-winning onslaught in the fifth ODI earlier this month.

He was aided in his efforts by the debutant Jack Leach, who eventually fell for 16 in the next over from Tim Southee, a fine delivery that pitched on middle and leg and held its line through to the keeper.

That was Southee’s sixth wicket of the innings, and Boult ensured that New Zealand’s opening partnership once again shared the first-innings spoils when Bairstow holed out to third man for 101.


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