Brendon McCullum (left) with BJ Watling © Getty Images (File Photo)
Brendon McCullum (left) with BJ Watling © Getty Images (File Photo)

BJ Watling and Brendon McCullum‘s 100-run stand has again put New Zealand in control on Day Three of the 2nd Test at Headingley. They are 247 for four at the end of 55 overs and with the lead nearing 300, both of them are starting to look for the big shots. McCullum also became just the second player to score 6000 Test runs for New Zealand after Stephen Fleming.

Both Watling and McCullum were circumspect at the start but as their stand grew, they grew in confidence and Brendon McCullum’s slink down to hit Moeen Ali was a signal for England that they had had enough. Watling outscored his skipper to score his 11th Test fifty. McCullum did not stay behind and brought up his 29th Test fifty to again put his team on track.

Stuart Broad had pegged back the Kiwis with two early wickets before Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor put New Zealand back on track with an aggressive 99-run stand. Martin Guptill scored his 14th Test fifty but Ross Taylor fell for 48. Mark Wood was the bowler to dismiss both Guptill and Taylor in a spell to bring England back in the game at Tea. Live Updates: England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Headingley

New Zealand came back to bowl out England for exactly 350 on Day Three. Alastair Cook (75) andAdam Lyth (107), who scored his maiden Test ton put England in control with a 177-run opening stand before Tim Southee with four for 83 along with Trent Boult 2 for 98 ran through the rest of line up barring Broad. Broad hit a enterprising 42 to ensure England stayed in the game.Live Scorecard: England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Headingley

England earlier bowled out New Zealand for 350 on Day Two. Tom Latham (84) and Luke Ronchi (88) missed out on tons as they had taken New Zealand to 297 for eight at end of Day One. The lower order from New Zealand played cameos to take them to 350 as Broad took his 13th five-wicket haul in Tests.