England gain advantage in first Test against New Zealand

DAVID GRAY / AFP

England's cricketers are in control of the first Test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui.

Joe Root's men ended day two with a lead of 209 runs after being dismissed for 353 in the first innings.

Ben Stokes top-scored with 91 and Jos Buttler added 43 to the score-board, while Tim Southee (4-88) was the pick of New Zealand's bowlers.

In reply, the hosts were 144 for 4 at stumps with Henry Nicholls (26) and BJ Watling (6) at the crease.

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