Rain continues to plague NZ-England Test

Todd Astle of New Zealand celebrates the final wicket of James Anderson of England to win the match. New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day  night test match. Eden Park Auckland New Zealand. Day 5 Monday 26 March 2018

Todd Astle of New Zealand celebrates the final wicket of James Anderson of England to win the match. New Zealand Blackcaps v England. 1st day night test match. Eden Park Auckland New Zealand. Day 5 Monday 26 March 2018

Showing their support for the visitors. Neil Wagner was nine not out.

The umpires eventually called stumps at after the dinner break. England's captain Joe Root hits a shot during the fourth day of the first cricket test match.

England, looking to improve after their recent 4-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, got off to a poor start on the opening day of the Auckland Test as they struggled against seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee.

Like Crowe, Williamson was tipped for greatness at an early age and was backed to potentially become New Zealand's leading run scorer while still a teenager, including by Crowe.

It did not look promising when ex-captain Alastair Cook failed for the second time in the match, strangled down the legside off Boult for just two. New Zealand had just crossed 260 at that stage and taken their lead past 200.

But he still believes the Kiwis have enough time to win. He was then trapped LBW by James Anderson and departed on 102.

Among the theories for why they batted on longer than, in pure run terms, they needed to: they wanted to try and ensure they only need to bat once in the test; or they were trying to calculate how many overs would be used of the new ball before the lights would kick in, in the final session. The entire England side go up but rest their hands on their heads.

TEA BREAK! A solid innings from NZ's Henry Nicholls as he secures his second Test hundred for the Black Caps. But England were in immediate trouble as they faced a target of 369 to avoid an innings defeat.

Root, who received on-field treatment, was bounced again on the next delivery and caught off the glove by BJ Watling to leave England in desperate trouble at 132 for three, needing another 237 runs to make New Zealand bat again. An excellent knock from Nicholls.

It's fair to say that if Root and co. were listening, they'll have wanted to switch off pretty quickly, because Willis had very few kind words for anyone other than Broad, who took his 400th Test wicket to put a very thin silver lining on the clouds gathering around the camp.

NZ lead by 260 runs with four wickets remaining in the innings. The wicketkeeper, however, was fortunate that the throw from Chris Woakes was wide. Colin de Grandhomme is warming up here at Eden Park.

His 39-ball innings had quickened things up somewhat, but the arrival of Todd Astle slow them back down somewhat.

Finally able to enjoy a period of uninterrupted play, Henry Nicholls advanced from his overnight score of 52 to reach his highest test score of 145 not out as England's bowlers made scoring hard for the home side on Sunday.

With a total of 25 overs possible in the last two days, both sides will be looking for more action on Sunday, when day four of the Test kicks off.

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