Opener Fulton slams century in both innings

Mar 26, 2013, 07:52 IST | AFP

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.

Peter Fulton celebrates his ton yesterday. Pic/AFP

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.

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