New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test, Day 4, Christchurch

Broad took three wickets in a superb opening spell before lunch

Broad took three wickets in a superb opening spell before lunchPAUL CHILDS REUTERS

England remain on track to end their trans-Tasman tour with a Test victory thanks to Stuart Broad's six-wicket haul and fine knocks from James Vince and Mark Stoneman on day three of the second match against New Zealand.

After resuming on 192 for 6, Southee signalled New Zealand's intent by pulling the fourth ball of the morning, from Ben Stokes, over wide long-on for the 64th six of his Test career, drawing him level with AB de Villiers for the most by any active worldwide player.

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Vince looked on track at least to surpass his highest test score of 83 - achieved in the first Test of the Ashes series in Australia - but a lapse in concentration cost him dearly.

Before Stoneman was fabulously caught by keeper BJ Watling after chasing a wide delivery, he and Vince were relatively untroubled, even against the new ball which has practically done all the damage in the final match of the New Zealand summer.

Starting off the day on 290/8, England added 17 runs to their overnight score before debutant Jack Leach was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee for 16.

It was the third time in the series that a new ball pair had taken all 10 wickets in an innings.

It took Broad to 406 Test wickets, passing Curtly Ambrose into 14th in the all-time list, in a match that looks set to be defined by the supreme opening bowlers on each side.

It could have been an even better day for England who, shortly after lunch, had the Black Caps 36-5 with the key wicket of captain Kane Williamson (22), but Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling shared in a 142-run stand for the sixth wicket to frustrate the tourists.

England's Mark Stoneman in action.

Watling top-scored with 85 before he was bowled by Anderson, while Tim Southee scored his fourth test half century before he was bowled by the 35-year-old for 50.

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Leach added six to be out for 16, while Bairstow moved from 97 to 101 before he was the last man dismissed.

Broad found the edge of Ross Taylor's bat too, fending to Alastair Cook at second slip for two, before then trapping first-Test centurion Henry Nicholls lbw for a duck, given out via DRS.

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