Alastair Cook slammed his 27th Test century © Getty Images
Alastair Cook slammed his 27th Test century © Getty Images

England will resume their second inning son 429 for six on the fifth and final day of their first Test against New Zealand, at Lord’s on Monday. England have an overall lead of 295 runs in the first of the tw0-Test series. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs New Zealand, 1st Test Day 5

England were powered by centuries from their captain Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes, as well as a from a brilliant knock by Joe Root, that they were able to negate the first-innings lead of New Zealand, which was of 134 runs.  READ: Alastair Cook finds his lost mojo

Cook batted throughout the fourth day, resuming his innings at 32 and remained unbeaten on 153 to notch up his 27th Test century. The England captain, who has received tremendous criticism from all ends in the past couple of seasons. In fact, one of England’s most successful batsman, Cook, has now scored two tons in consecutive Tests.  READ: England vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Lord’s: What lies ahead?

The highlight of the day was also Stokes’ rapid century, which came from just 92 balls. The left-handed Stokes clobbered 15 boundaries and three sixes to help England consolidate their position in the Test.

Brief scores:

England 389 (Joe Root 98, Ben Stokes 92, Jos Buttler 67, Moeen Ali 58; Trent Boult 4 for 79, Matt Henry 4 for 93) and 429 for 6 (Alastair Cook 153*, Ben Stokes 101; Tim Southee 2 for 129, Matt Henry 2 for 106) lead New Zealand 523 (Martin Guptill 70, Tom Latham 59, Kane Williamson 132, Ross Taylor 62, BJ Watling 61*; Stuart Broad 3 for 93, Mark Wood 2 for 93, Moeen Ali 3 for 94) by 295 runs.

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