Opener Fulton slams century in both innings
Black Caps opener Peter Fulton celebrated his recall from the cricket scrapheap yesterday by becoming only the fourth New Zealander to score back-to-back centuries in a Test
The at times ungainly opener belted the prime of English bowling to all corners of the ground in a rollicking second innings 110 to give New Zealand a stranglehold on the third and deciding Test in the series.
At stumps yesterday, with one day to play, England were fighting for survival at 90 for four with a target of 481 to win.
Fulton, who toiled hard to resurrect New Zealand’s second innings after they were three down for eight, brought up his boundary-laden 110 in 165 balls. In the first innings, when New Zealand were intent on building a competitive total, he made 136 off 346 balls.
After scoring 55, 1 and 45 early in the first two England Tests, the 34-year-old Fulton has now raised his average to 33.05, from the mediocre 20.93 when he was cast into the wilderness four years ago after 10 Tests.