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BJ Watling | Picture: BLACKCAPS Twitter

England ended day four of the first test against New Zealand in trouble, languishing at 55/3 at the Bay Oval on Sunday.

Rory Burns and Dom Sibley added 48 runs for the first wicket before Sibley was dismissed by Mitchell Santner. Sibley departed for 31.

Burns (12) too was sent by to the stands by Santner, reducing England to 53/2 at Mount Maunganui.

Jack Leach came on as night watchmen but was sent back on the final ball fo the day. Leach was dismissed Santner, who picked his third wicket of the inning.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand had resumed play at 394/6 with BJ Watling and Mithcell Santner on 119 and 31, respectively.

The pair added 183 runs from their 78-run stand from day three as Santner scored his maiden Test century.

BJ Watling, on the other hand, smashed a double ton before being removed by Archer on 205.

Watling, following his exploits, became the first kiwi wicket-keeper to hit a double ton in the longest format.

After his dismissal, New Zealand declared their inning at 615/9d.

For England, Sam Curran scalped three wickets while Jack Leach and Ben Stokes bagged two wickets each.

England will resume play on the final day of the first test at 55/3 with Joe Denly unbeaten on 7.






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