An unbeaten century to Tom Latham and support from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to a solid position after a rocky start to the second Test in Hamilton on Friday. From being 39 for two, New Zealand reached the end of the second session on day one at 173 for three after Latham and Taylor both received let-offs which proved costly for England.
Latham brought up his 11th Test century driving Joe Root to the boundary in the last over before the interval to end the session on 101. He had been dropped on 62 when an edge flew through the hands of Ben Stokes at second slip and went through to the boundary. Taylor, eventually dismissed for 52, had his anxious moment on 25 when he was rapped on the pads by Stuart Broad and given out. After conferring with Latham, Taylor appeared to believe there was a ball direction issue and sought a review. TV umpire Bruce Oxenford, however, overturned the decision because unbeknown to the batsman there was a faint edge, which was picked up by the snickometer.