NZ vs. England: Kane Williamson scores record ton before rain hits play

Black Caps skipper completes his 18th century - a New Zealand cricketing record

Kane Williamson New Zealand vs. England 1st Test Auckland cricket
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson raises his bat after scoring a century against England
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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson completed a record-breaking century on a rain-hit second day of the first Test against England.

Resuming play on 91 not out, Williamson added the nine runs to score his 18th ton for his country – a New Zealand cricket record. He was then trapped LBW by James Anderson and departed on 102.

Williamson’s was the only wicket on day two in Auckland after rain stopped play. The Black Caps, who started the day on 175-3, extended their tally to 229-4 – an overall lead of 171 runs. Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers with figures of 3-53.

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Downpours disrupted much of the second day’s play with only 23.1 overs bowled, the BBC reports.

Further rain is expected during the final three days of play in Auckland. Following England’s disastrous opening day when they were dismissed for 58 all out, rain may be the best chance of Joe Root’s side getting a result at Eden Park.

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New Zealand vs. England Test series

England’s 16-man Test squad to play New Zealand

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

New Zealand vs. England Test fixtures

England play two Test matches during their tour of New Zealand:

  • 1st Test match: 22-26 March at Eden Park in Auckland (daily play starts at 1am UK time)
  • 2nd Test match: 29 March-April 2 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch (daily play starts at 11pm UK time)

How to watch and listen to the New Zealand vs. England Test matches

Sky Sports will show live coverage from both Test matches between England and New Zealand. Tomorrow’s coverage starts at 1am UK time. BBC’s Test Match Special will provide ball-by-ball action on BBC Radio 5 live.

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