New Zealand continue to be in the driving seat after the end of the second day of the third and final test match against England at Auckland. Brendon McCullum's side posted a massive first innings total of 443 and also managed two quick wickets as the visitors finished the day on 50/2, with Nick Compton (12) and Ian Bell (6) at the crease.


Earlier in the day, Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson walked in to bat with the overnight score at 250/1. England got the early breakthrough after pacer James Anderson dismissed Willamson for 91, while the latter went on to give a simple catch to the keeper Matt Prior.

The Kiwis failed to get going during the first session of the day after Ross Taylor was sent back by Monty Panesar. The former captain failed to impress as he fell for 19 with New Zealand at 289/3.

Steven Finn was the star for Alastair Cook's side as he ended the innings with the figures of 6-125. The centurion was the first man to fall for the pacer as Fulton edged a ball going down the leg side, giving an easy catch for Prior. New Zealand were 312/4 at lunch.

The Kiwis kept the scoreboard ticking while Finn managed to rattle the hosts' batting order at the same time. Dean Brownlie (36), BJ Watling (21), Tim Southee (44), Bruce Martin (10) and Trent Boult (0) all fell for Finn while New Zealand skipper McCullum (38) became Jonathan Trott's only victim.

Alastair Cook

England were made to bat in the remaining overs of the final session. Cook once again failed to impress in the tour as the skipper fell after scoring just six runs. Boult managed to scalp the opener's wicket, and then followed it with the dismissal of the visitors' key batsman; Trott for 27.

The English side has a huge task on the third day as failure to hold fort could see them being pushed for follow-on.