New Zealand will be desparate to make early breakthroughs against England on the final day of the opening Test at Dunedin, after a poor bowling show on the fourth day which saw the tourists reaching 234 for one in their second essay.
A double century stand by Alastair Cook and Nick Compton pulled England off the ropes and into a relatively safe position in the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Batting on a placid University Oval wicket, the pair put on 231 for the first wicket before Cook was out for 116 while Compton posted his maiden Test century to be not out 102.
At stumps, England were 234 for one, 59 runs short of making New Zealand bat again with only one day remaining in the rain-interrupted Test.
After facing 252 deliveries in more than five-and-a-half hours, Cook was dismissed 14 balls before stumps when he edged Trent Boult to wicketkeeper BJ Watling, AFP reported.
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First Published: March 10, 2013, 5:00 am