Williamson posts 18th century in 1st test against England

Williamson posts 18th century in 1st test against England

Williamson posts 18th century in 1st test against England

Play at Eden Park is set to resume today at 1.30pm, weather permitting with Metservice predicting occasional showers throughout the day for Auckland.

Just 17 balls were possible before the rain got too heavy, forcing the players from the field for the third time in 24 hours.

Brief scores: England 58 (Craig Overton 33*; Trent Boult 6-32, Tim Southee 4-25) trail New Zealand 229/4 (Kane Williamson 102; James Anderson 3-53) by 171 runs.

Starting off the day on 175/3, Williamson and Henry Nicholls added 31 runs to their 52-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his record-breaking century. It never stopped long enough for the game to resume and play was called off four hours later.

England endured one of its most potentially embarrassing days in its test cricket history on Thursday when it was dismissed for 58 in barely 90 minutes on the first day of the first cricket test against New Zealand.

"As a swing bowler it's hard to take because it's hard to swing a ball that isn't round". Stuart Broad then came on at the other end, as rain started to fall, and bowled a maide.

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Williamson completes his hundred in 196 balls, a typical late guide to gully off James Anderson.

In a two-Test series, to sustain the drama to the end, we need the first Test to end in a nail-biting draw, which seems rather a tall order at the moment. BJ Watling was unbeaten on 18. They are now leading by 171 runs with six first-innings wickets in hand.

England were using an old ball in the only play under lights so far, on Thursday evening, but were unsafe enough to suggest the Black Caps could prosper in such a situation.

The England bowlers couldn't hit the full length which made Boult and Southee so effective and the New Zealand batsman used their feet well, were less crease-bound.

During his lifetime, Crowe held many New Zealand batting records, but one by one they have been snatched away, although the memories remain.

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