England v New Zealand: BJ Watling century gives NZ control

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport at Headingley
BJ Watling
BJ Watling has made two centuries and two fifties in his past five Test innings
Second Test, day three, Headingley
New Zealand 350 & 338-6: Watling 100*, Guptill 70, McCullum 55
England 350: Broad 46; Southee 4-83
New Zealand lead by 338 runs

England face a huge task to win the second Test after an unbeaten BJ Watling hundred left New Zealand in a strong position at Headingley.

Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum also made half-centuries as the Black Caps closed day three on 338-6, a lead of 338.

That represented a fightback from 23-2, aided by England dropping three catches.

England were earlier taken to 350 all out by a rapid 46 from Stuart Broad, as the first-innings scores ended level.

Broad's strokeplay set the tone for an entertaining day which yielded 435 runs in 96 overs.

Ex-England batsman Geoffrey Boycott on Test Match Special
"New Zealand won the day hands down. England are behind the eight ball - and the six ball and the four ball. The total they are going to have to get will be tough."

Although he took the hosts to parity, Watling, McCullum, and a rapid stand of 99 between Guptill and Ross Taylor means England must complete their highest Test run chase to win.external-link

England, who lead 1-0 in the two-match series, will rue mistakes in the field as their pace bowlers put in a performance much improved on the first innings, but were still unable to halt the free scoring of the tourists.

After Broad found seam movement to have both Tom Latham and Kane Williamson caught behind, Taylor was given a life on six by Gary Ballance at third slip off James Anderson.

Later, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a rising Watling edge from the off-spin of Moeen Ali and mid-off Mark Wood failed to get a hand on a McCullum drive at Joe Root.

"We've played ourselves into a hole, but there's still a lot of time left in this game," England bowling coach Ottis Gibson told BBC's Test Match Special.

Highest fourth-innings chases at Headingley
404-3: Australia beat England, 1949
315-4: England beat Australia, 2001
219-7: England beat Pakistan, 1982
186-5: England beat South Africa, 1929
180-7: Pakistan beat Australia, 2010

New Zealand made the most of their good fortune in conditions that were largely good for batting, in contrast to the clouds that greeted England early in the morning.

Taylor and Guptill rattled along at almost seven runs per over, punishing any width and taking the singles offered by England's deep-set field.

When they fell to Wood in quick succession - Taylor driving loosely to extra cover and Guptill edging to third slip - New Zealand found themselves 141-4 and England had an opening.

It was closed by a fifth-wicket partnership of 121, with the usually aggressive McCullum watchful in support of the more expansive Watling.

Barring a frenetic start, McCullum only occasionally sparkled with a handful of drives and one six over long-on from Moeen.

Watling, on the other hand, scored heavily behind square on the off side and swept another maximum from the ineffective Moeen.

How's stat?!
This is only the eighth Test in history in which both sides made the same first-innings total, and only the second in England

After McCullum was lbw to Wood and Luke Ronchi made 31 from 23 balls, Watling completed his fifth Test century in the penultimate over of the day with a hook off Anderson.

His efforts cemented a New Zealand rise to prominence that began with three new-ball wickets late on day two and was continued by more high-class swing bowling from Tim Southee on the third day.

He struck three times in 17 balls, enticing a loose waft from Ian Bell and prodding defensive strokes from Buttler and Moeen in a total England collapse of six wickets for 29 runs.

Broad, who had managed only 23 runs from his previous six Test innings, countered, taking advantage of an excess of short bowling with pull shots and flashes through the off side.

He was supported by Wood and Anderson as England's last two wickets added 83.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad's rapid 46 was his highest score in the past nine Tests
Tom Latham
Tom Latham, who made 84 in New Zealand's first innings, managed three in the second
Gary Ballance
Gary Ballance spills Ross Taylor, a catch which would have reduced New Zealand to 38-3
Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill's scores this series read 70, 0, 0, 70
BJ Watling and Brendon McCullum
BJ Watling outscored captain Brendon McCullum in a fifth-wicket stand of 121 in 32 overs