Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler claimed two excellent catches but England remain on the backfoot in the first test at Lord's. (Getty Images)

England trail by 60 runs and have a lot of work ahead if they are to save the first test against New Zealand following another successful spell for the tourists at Lord's.

Resuming day three on 303-2 with the excellent Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease, the Black Caps added 34 more in the early stages of the morning session before Taylor gloved a Stuart Broad delivery through to Jos Buttler and the Lancashire wicket-keeper dived dramatically to his left to claim a stunning catch.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum then notched a swashbuckling 42 off 38 balls before becoming the first scalp of Mark Wood's test career following a good take from Joe Root at third man.

Wood was denied a debut wicket on Friday after he was deemed to have stepped over the line when bowling to opener Martin Guptill but there was to be no repeat of that ill-discipline this time around.

Evidently encouraged by his first major contribution, the Durham paceman then came agonisingly close to a second breakthrough in quick succession but a review into what looked a very strong lbw shout against Williamson was ruled as umpire's call and he held on.

Bad weather caused a slight delay after an early lunch before the Kiwis moved to 420-5 when Wood bowled to Corey Anderson and Buttler this time swooped low to his right to secure another hugely impressive catch off the gloves.

The unlucky Ben Stokes continued to toil in vain for a wicket of his own as Ian Bell failed to take Williamson at slip, but the talented 24-year-old finally fell for 132 when a faint edge from Moeen Ali carried to Gary Ballance.

Moeen claimed two wickets in just three balls when he trapped Mark Craig lbw for a duck and Tim Southee made 11 before he was guilty of trying to pull a delivery from James Anderson that was caught by Wood at mid-on.

New Zealand, who benefited from a ghastly total of 67 extras, got themselves over the 500 mark when Chris Henry narrowly avoided being snaffled by Bell when driving for four and BJ Watling was handed a reprieve before tea after replays showed his shot had struck the ground before being caught by Root.

The latter did take Mark Craig cleanly at gully off the bowling of Wood for 10, however, and New Zealand were all out for 523 and a lead of 134 when Trent Boult was caught by Anderson.

Looking to muster a strong response to their opponents' latest fine batting display, England lost an early wicket when Adam Lyth, who made seven in his debut test innings, edged through to Southee off Boult for just 12.

Paul Farbrace's side then looked in serious trouble at 25-2 when Ballance, caught by Southee for one earlier in the week, was bowled by a fantastic delivery from the former Essex man for no score.

To their credit, however, under-pressure captain Alastair Cook and Bell showed good resilience to dig in and survive the late finish to leave England heading into day four on 74-2.