At stumps England were 234-1, 59 runs behind New Zealand with only one day left to play. Cook was out for 116 after scoring his 24th century before stumps were called and Compton remained unbeaten at stumps on 102 – his opening century. This English-partnership has successfully surpassed the 30-year-old record of 223 against the Kiwis held by Graham Fowler and Chris Tavare, and secured the tourists’ position.
Earlier, New Zealand began day four with some aggressive play in an effort to take some good lead before declaring after adding 58 runs in less than an hour. New Zealand were in the dominant position when they declared on Saturday at 460-9 in reply to England’s 167. But through the efforts of Cook and Compton, the visitors have shown tough resistance against the defeat in their opening test game.
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