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Stoneman and Vince put England in driving seat against New Zealand

media James Vince's 76 helped England into a strong position against New Zealand in the second Test in Christchurch. Reuters/Paul Childs

James Vince and Mark Stoneman put on 123 for the second wicket as England ended day three of the second Test against New Zealand on 202 for 3 in their second innings. England, who have not tasted success in their last 12 away Tests, lead the hosts by 231 runs.

"A good couple of sessions on Monday and we've got a chance of forcing a win," said England's batting coach Graham Thorpe.

Vince and Stoneman came together at 24 for one after the loss of Alastair Cook for 14. Stoneman made 60 before Tim Southee dismissed him and Vince fell late in the day for 76.

"Both would have loved to have got 100s and gone on. But they will get a good pat from us in the dressing room," Thorpe added.

BJ Watling, who made 85 in New Zealand's rearguard action to lift their first innings total to 278 said the first session on Monday would dictate the outcome of the Test.

"We're probably fractionally behind. Obviously Vince and Stoneman had a really good partnership," he said. "Monday morning will be a massive session in the game. If we can take four or five wickets in that session we can put them under some pressure. But obviously if they come through it then they're in control of the game."

 

 

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