Thunder Boult hits England

At stumps at Eden Park in the series-deciding final Test, New Zealand were 35 for three, leading by 274 after dismissing England for 204.

Trent Boult at Eden Park yesterday. PIC/AFP

Opener Peter Fulton was unbeaten on 14 which included three boundaries, with Dean Brownlie on 13. Left-arm pacer Trent Boult produced his best Test figures of 6-68 while Southee finished with 3-44. But in a chaotic final session of play, eight wickets fell for 39 runs as the England tail collapsed and the New Zealand top order followed suit, increasing the chances of a decision in the deadlocked series.

New Zealand decided not to enforce the follow on after ripping out the England tail after tea as they gambled on bowling last on a deteriorating wicket.

But the strategy appeared to backfire as Hamish Rutherford fell on the third ball he faced to start a collapse that reduced the Kiwis to 8-3 before Fulton and Brownlie steered them through to stumps.

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