END OF OVER:
170 | 1 Run | ENG: 421/6

  • Ian Bell26 (84b)
  • Matt Prior23 (50b)
  • Neil Wagner43-9-141-3
  • Bruce Martin44-13-90-1

But that's it from me, hope you've enjoyed the coverage, thanks very much for joining in and see you later in the series. Before Thursday, tune in for South Africa v Pakistan later today, 8am GMT, and the ongoing Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. India Australia and some World Cup qualifiers coming up next week too. Plenty to get involved with, do enjoy. Until next time, this is Alex Winter signing off...

Analysis from this match comes from David Hopps with today's match report and Andrew McGlashan is in Dundedin to bring us the thoughts from the ground.

We'll never know what might have happened if that first day hadn't been washed out but what we do know if the New Zealand are up for the fight and this series is going to be tighter than many expected. Onward we go to the Basin Reserve, where the consensus is for a much more sporting wicket. That game starts on Thursday New Zealand time, Wednesday night in the UK and we'll have all the coverage as per usual here on ESPNcricinfo.

England got themselves out of trouble with a great fightback. Another ton for Alastair Cook and a maiden century for Nick Compton, finally making his mark on international cricket. They've got out of jail before and have done it again here.

Alastair Cook: "The last two days we showed good fighting spirit. We can take a lot from the way we went about the last two days. But I don't know why we start slow, it is a bit of a concern. We did well to claw it back but in the bigger picture we need to address that issue," he says. "It was great for Compo to get that hundred and Steve Finn, we didn't know he had that in him. Kevin Pietersen is fully fit and the knee is not too much of an issue and he should be fine for Wellington."

Yet despite the surface we had a Test that held the interest because England played some of their poorest cricket for some time on that opening day. A disgraceful batting effort defied the innings that were to follow and handed New Zealand a huge boost and they carried it through the Test. They may have found an opener for the future in Hamish Rutherford, who made an outstanding century on debut. And their bowlers provided such heart and fight and that is a very good sign that they all worked so hard for the team.

Here's Brendon McCullum: "From the moment we stepped on the field to the moment we stepped of it, we showed the heart we want to be known for. We never gave up belief that we could get the job done," he says. "I thought it was a great game for us. The bowlers will get their feet up for three days, it was hard to get the ball out of their hands. Their effort was unquestionable and I'm extremely proud of their efforts."

New Zealand gave it a real go today and their seamers, Southee, Boult and Wagner especially, toiled hard and sent down so many overs of hard graft with absolutely no help at all from the surface. But they were ultimately undone by a wicket that has, in the overall analysis, created a tiring Test match. Even with another day, it was hard to see how this pitch would have changed much.

This is now the final hour drinks come out and is McCullum going to play on? He's picked up a beverage but then wanders over to the batsman and shakes hands on the draw. England survive thanks to this brilliant fightback, 170 overs in the second innings to turn around a huge first innings deficit and we're level heading to Wellington.

169.6
0
Wagner to Bell, no run, nicely bowled, a sharp bumper that hurries Bell
169.5
0
Wagner to Bell, no run, dabbed into the gully
169.4
0
Wagner to Bell, no run, back of a length and blocked
169.3
0
Wagner to Bell, no run, let go outside off
169.2
0
Wagner to Bell, no run, full outside off, left alone
169.1
1
Wagner to Prior, 1 run, bumper, hooked in control down to long leg

So I think this could, and should, be the last over...

END OF OVER:
169 | 1 Run | ENG: 420/6

  • Matt Prior22 (49b)
  • Ian Bell26 (79b)
  • Bruce Martin44-13-90-1
  • Neil Wagner42-9-140-3
168.6
1
Martin to Prior, 1 run, straighter and tucked around the corner for a calm single
168.5
0
Martin to Prior, no run, blocked on a similar line
168.4
0
Martin to Prior, no run, this is a little tighter to off stump, pushed into the covers
168.3
0
Martin to Prior, no run, short outside off, Prior I thought was going to hammer it but just pushes it to point
168.2
0
Martin to Prior, no run, back again, tucked to short leg
168.1
0
Martin to Prior, no run, back and blocked around off stump

Martin comes back, we're not going to bowl more overs than we need to surely? Two more to go before a draw can be declared...

END OF OVER:
168 | 1 Run | ENG: 419/6

  • Matt Prior21 (43b)
  • Ian Bell26 (79b)
  • Neil Wagner42-9-140-3
  • Tim Southee36-8-94-0
167.6
1
Wagner to Prior, 1 run, press forward, ran off an inside edge gets it to long leg
167.5
0
Wagner to Prior, no run, full and wide, a wild swing from Prior, huge caught behind appeal, not out from the umpire but they review they have to really but Prior has swung total fresh air, miles away from it
167.4
0
Wagner to Prior, no run, full outside off and left alone
167.3
0
Wagner to Prior, no run, pushed at outside off, a thick edge towards second slip but Prior kept it down with soft hands
167.2
0
Wagner to Prior, no run, wider and left alone
167.1
0
Wagner to Prior, no run, length outside off and left

Wagner comes back and this is last chance saloon but it is a chance, needs something special though...

END OF OVER:
167 | (maiden) | ENG: 418/6

  • Ian Bell26 (79b)
  • Matt Prior20 (37b)
  • Tim Southee36-8-94-0
  • Trent Boult35-12-49-1
166.6
0
Southee to Bell, no run, forward just outside off, pressed to cover
166.5
0
Southee to Bell, no run, fuller towards off stump, pushed to mid off
166.4
0
Southee to Bell, no run, good length, Bell defends and squirts it out to point
166.3
0
Southee to Bell, no run, forward blocking now

England 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st231NRD ComptonAN Cook
2nd34NRD ComptonST Finn
3rd90IJL TrottST Finn
4th12KP PietersenST Finn
5th19IR BellST Finn
6th4IR BellJE Root
7th31IR BellMJ Prior