New Zealand were 250 for one at stumps with Fulton unbeaten on 124 and Kane Williamson 83 not out after a frustrating day for England’s bowlers.
England skipper Alastair Cook was punished after winning the toss and making New Zealand bat on a drop-in Auckland wicket that was expected to offer his attack more pace and bounce than the lifeless pitches in Dunedin and Wellington.
Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum said it was “judgement day” for his batting line-up after they were put in for the first time this series — and they came through with flying colours.
Eden Park proved another flat track that harboured no demons, allowing them to dominate, with England’s only wicket for the day coming from a rash shot by Hamish Rutherford (37) just before lunch.
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