England on brink of victory in 3rd Test

England was on the brink of a 2-0 series win on Saturday after dismissing New Zealand for 123 and reducing them to 177-5 after forcing the follow on.

updated: June 15, 2008 18:01 IST
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England was on the brink of a 2-0 series win on Saturday after dismissing New Zealand for 123 and reducing the tourists to 177-5 after forcing the follow on.

New Zealand trailed England by 64 runs at stumps on the third day of the third Test at Trent Bridge.

The Kiwis advanced from 42-2 at tea to a score bigger than its first innings total of 123 largely due to Brendon McCullum, whose 71 was the highest of his team this match.

McCullum reached his 10th Test 50 with a boundary off Ryan Sidebottom, who had nearly caught and bowled him when he was on 33.

He was bowled by James Anderson, who had earlier finished New Zealand's first innings with a Test-best haul of 7-43.

England paceman Stuart Broad also took two wickets in each of the day's innings.

"Hopefully we'll wake up tomorrow and it will swing like it did today," Broad said. "Five wickets to go, we've got to look to not bat again but ... if they get 180 ahead, we'll back ourselves to get there."

Daniel Flynn, who had shared a fourth wicket partnership of 94 with McCullum, scored a Test-best 49. He edged a Sidebottom delivery to England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose shortly before stumps.

Flynn needed dental surgery after losing two front teeth after being hit in the face by a bouncer from Anderson in the previous Test in Manchester.

At stumps, Gareth Hopkins was unbeaten on 7 and Jacob Oram not out 8.

"We've long odds but in saying that, you've always got to have faith," said McCullum, who was unable to keep wicket this match because of back problems. "If we can manufacture somewhere around 150-180 lead ... then who knows what could happen."

New Zealand was all out in its first innings before tea _ 42 runs short of the follow on target after starting the third day at 96-6. The first session was washed out.

Back in again, New Zealand lost opener Aaron Redmond for two when he was caught behind in Broad's third wicket of the day, leaving New Zealand on 21-1.

Broad also thought he had McCullum caught behind while he was on 12, but umpire Darrell Hair disagreed.

Sidebottom then ousted How for 19 when he clipped the ball to Alastair Cook at third slip and New Zealand was 33-2. How had been dropped on 12 by Paul Collingwood at second slip.

Ross Taylor made 14 runs before he was out leg before wicket from Broad, who finished the day with second innings figures of 2-46.

In New Zealand's first innings, Daniel Vettori (7) only added four runs to his overnight score before he became Sidebottom's first wicket of the match, when he was caught at first slip by Andrew Strauss.

Anderson had his first chance to claim his seventh wicket in his second over of the day, but Collingwood was just short of catching a shot from Hopkins at second slip.

Mills was caught at backward point by Kevin Pietersen for 1 on Broad's third delivery of the day. On his fifth, Broad bowled the offstump of Iain O'Brien for a duck before Anderson had Hopkins (15) lbw to end the innings.

England was all out for 364 in its first innings, spearheaded by Pietersen's 115 on the opening day and Broad's Test-best 64 on Friday.

England, which has lost its last two Test matches at Trent Bridge _ to Sri Lanka and India _ won at Old Trafford on May 26. The first Test at Lord's was a rain-affected draw.