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The batsman needed just 85 balls to reach his century

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Ian Bell  fell almost immediately on the fourth day of the Test - but England managed to turn things around

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England captain Alastair Cook is once again fighting for his future

Cook will resume on Sunday morning on 32 not out and while you admire him for his resilience, you feared for what lay ahead

Alastair Cook will resume at the crease on 32 on Sunday morning

Cook and Bell hold firm as two wickets fall cheaply after New Zealand build a three-figure first-innings lead

Adam Lyth got out cheaply for the second time on his debut

England 389 all out & 74-2, New Zealand 523 all out

Joe Root is not given enough time to build an innings when he comes in at number five

Williamson's introduction at number three gives him the opportunity to build an innings. Bringing Root in at five doesn't give him the same chance

If you truly believe in a player’s batting, you don’t send him in at six

Ali has paid the price for two poor Tests in the West Indies despite starring last summer

Stuart Broad was out for three in England's first innings in the first Test with New Zealand

Broad's latest failure at the crease brought just three runs and sees his stretch without a 50 reach 30 innings

Moeen Ali successfully appeals for the wicket of New Zealand opener Tom Latham

England 389 all out, New Zealand 303-2

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Englands Ben Stokes reacts as he walks back to the pavilion after getting bowled-out for 92 runs

His talent with both bat and ball is simply too great for England to disregard

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After a lengthy and painful exile in the UAE, the national side will finally be back on home soil when they take on Zimbabwe on Friday. Richard Edwards hears about the boost it will give the country – and the fears no other Test-playing sides will follow 

Joe Root reached 80 by tea

England 354-7 vs New Zealand

Ben Stokes

England 113/4 at lunch

Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth, in action in the West Indies, deserves his Test debut

The left-hander propelled Yorkshire to the County Championship last season

Jason Gillespie is a forerunner to replace Peter Moores as England coach

England are set to play their 100th Test against New Zealand

Alastair Cook and Brendan McCullum, his opposite number, before the Test series

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