But with 10 wickets in hand, New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan was eyeing what would be only the fourth series win over England in 36 series -- and the first since 1999. "It would be huge. We love playing England. Series wins have been few and far between for New Zealand Test sides and in terms of history it will be very special," he said praising Latham and Raval for their stubborn start to the innings. "It was really impressive. It was obviously a tough period against two world-class new ball bowlers. "They got examined and tested in different areas but they did a great job to get through." After England declared on 352 for nine, Latham and Raval had some difficult moments in a hostile first-up spell from Anderson and Broad.
Despite the prospect of poor light, both England batsman Jonny Bairstow and New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan are confident of forcing a win on day five.#NZvENG reaction ➡️ https://t.co/zxD737fBE0 pic.twitter.com/wQuhyxxHZsApril 2, 2018
Anderson did everything but claim Latham's wicket as the New Zealand opener flirted outside off stump while Broad struck Raval a painful blow in the ribs. When the New Zealand innings began with a minimum of 137 overs to reach the target, the required run rate was 2.78 per over. When the light ended play early, costing 16 available overs, the run rate was 3.46. England flourished at the start of the day when they resumed on 202 for three, with Joe Root and Dawid Malan moving the score to 262 before Colin de Grandhomme rallied New Zealand. He had Malan caught at mid-wicket by Henry Nicholls for 53 to start a tumble that saw six wickets fall for 90 runs before England declared.
Before Joe Root became captain, he had scored 4,594 runs at 52.8, with 11 hundreds and 27 fities. Since becoming captain he's made 1,264 runs at 54.17, with two hundreds and 12 fifties. Root 53* Malan 48* England 256/3 ? LIVE ? https://t.co/SVtds8nZXT#bbccricket #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/uRFTW3okwr— Test Match Special (@bbctms) April 1, 2018
Root, having shared in a 97-run stand with Malan, was out three balls later for 54 with an edge to wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Neil Wagner. De Grandhomme produced his second-best Test figures of four for 94 as he followed up with the wickets of Ben Stokes (12), Broad (12) and Wood (nine). Bairstow, who was given not out on two when he feathered a ball to the wicketkeeper and New Zealand had no reviews left, was eventually out for 36 - leaving Leach not out 14 when the declaration came. BRIEF SCORE: New Zealand 278 and 42 for 0 (Latham 25*, Raval 17*) need another 340 runs to beat England 307 and 352 for 9 dec (Vince 76, Stoneman 60, Root 54, Malan 53, de Grandhomme 4-94)
"A clarification from the umpires - we won't be starting half-an-hour early tomorrow. Because of worries about dew, we're going to start at 10.30am (23:30 BST) and have 98 overs from there." @henrymoeranBBC ? @5liveSport extra ? https://t.co/SVtds8FAPr#bbccricket #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/2zL6m5tOtD— Test Match Special (@bbctms) April 2, 2018