Williamson and McCullum earn NZ lead
Kane Williamson moved to his 10th Test hundred - and first against England - as New Zealand took a lead on the third morning at Lord's. His 3rd-wicket stand with Ross Taylor was finished on 189, however Brendon McCullum batted with his trademark goal before getting to be Mark Wood's first Test wicket as the guests came to lunch on 407 for 4.
The ball after Williamson's development, Taylor carried one up for himself with a fifty from 111 balls. It was once in a while familiar, yet constantly gutsy, despite the fact that he did produce a fresh commute to James Anderson's first conveyance with the second new ball. His fifty made it simply the second time New Zealand's main four had all made 50+ in a Test innings; McCullum's release for 42 implied they simply neglected to match the past event in Lahore, in 1965, when the main five all oversaw no less than a half century. New Zealand's aggregate was supported as additional items likewise timed up a half-century.
On a shady morning - when the floodlights were required and downpour brought a somewhat early lunch - the new ball was crucial if England somehow happened to get themselves once again into the match. Anderson was, maybe, a bit short however Stuart Broad, from the Nursery End, created an exceptionally noteworthy spell and it was he who got through when Taylor gloved a short ball down the leg side which was splendidly held, full length to one side, by Jos Buttler.
McCullum entered with a predominant position to expand on and drove his first ball through the spreads. He is an astounding batsman to watch and was soon utilizing his feet to propel at the new-ball bowlers. On one of those events, against Broad, he got himself into a tangle and practically battled a catch into the cordon yet in Broad's next over delivered a deafening back-foot drive.
He took the scores level with consecutive limits off Wood - including an edge through the empty third slip - furthermore kept Ben Stokes into the Grand Stand. He could have immediately quickened the lead away at the same time, demonstrating no slant to rule himself in, sliced a cross-batted hock to third man where Joe Root judged the catch well. Wood's foot was behind the streak this time. He was misplaced the area.
Williamson was not as familiar as he had been on the second day - adding only 20 to his score in the session while New Zealand excoriated 104 keeps running in 23 overs - yet New Zealand's desire must be to bat once in this match. On 106 he edged Anderson barely shy of Alastair Cook at first slip and the ball after McCullum's rejection survived a tight audit for an lbw against Wood.