Ben Smith New Zealand vs England, second Test: Late wickets take shine off visitors’ performance in Hamilton

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Stuart Broad took four for 73 as New Zealand unravelled after tea but England lost Dom Sibley and Joe Denly late on day two of the second Test at Hamilton.

A 124-run stand between BJ Watling (55) and Test debutant Daryl Mitchell (73) – after Tom Latham had fallen for 105 – lifted the Black Caps to 315 for five.

However, Broad’s bouncers led to the downfall of both Watling and Mitchell as New Zealand lost their last five wickets for the addition of only 60 runs before England closed on 39 for two at Seddon Park.

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Dom Sibley endured a fraught stay at the crease, pinned lbw for four after playing around a straight one from Tim Southee, who had earlier clattered the England opener on the helmet.

Joe Denly then edged behind off former Kent team-mate Matt Henry while Rory Burns was dropped on 10 and 19 as England’s top-order threatened to undo the bowlers’ fine efforts on a surface that had offered them little.

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The short ball was a common theme throughout the day though it seemed England would once again be ground into submission by Watling, the double centurion at Mount Maunganui, where the tourists’ innings defeat means they need to win here to square the series.

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