Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton hit centuries to lift England to 267-2 on day one of the second cricket Test after being sent in to bat by New Zealand.
Trott was unbeaten on 121 at stumps with Kevin Pietersen on 18 at Wellington’s Basin Reserve. Trott earlier shared a 210-run second-wicket stand with Compton, who made 100 to bring up back-to-back centuries after scoring 117 to help the touring team draw the series opener in Dunedin.
England captain Alastair Cook was the only other wicket to fall on the opening day after losing the toss, caught off Neil Wagner’s bowling when on 17. Wagner finished with 1-70 from his 22 overs, while spinner Bruce Martin took 1-58.
Cook’s dismissal brought Trott to the crease and the right-hander batted the rest of the day, bringing up his ninth century in elite Tests in the final session with a pull shot to the boundary. Opening batsman Compton also reached three figures with a four, though he got out soon after when he edged a Martin delivery to Ross Taylor at first slip.
Both teams are unchanged from the rain-affected series opener, which ended in a draw as England fought back after being dismissed for 167 in its first innings.
New Zealand, which has lost eight of its past 12 elite five-day matches, last won a Test series against England 14 years ago. The third and final Test starts March 22.