LEEDS, June 1 (AFP): New Zealand thrashed England�s bowlers for quick runs to leave the hosts facing a record chase to win the second Test at Headingley on Monday�s fourth day.
The Black Caps extended their overnight 338 for six to 454 for eight declared, scoring 116 runs in just 16 overs on Monday before captain Brendon McCullum called a halt. That left England needing 455 to win.
The most any side have made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the West Indies� 418 for seven against Australia at St John�s, Antigua, in 2002/03.
England�s corresponding record is 332 for seven against Australia at Melbourne back in 1928/29.
At lunch, England were 32 without loss.
Both Adam Lyth, who scored a maiden Test hundred in the first innings, and skipper Alastair Cook, who in the first innings became England�s highest run-scorer in Tests, were 15 not out.
When McCullum declared there were still a minimum 171 overs left in the match, leaving England to score at a modest rate of 2.66 runs per over for victory.
New Zealand were unlucky to be 1-0 behind in this two-match series after scoring more than 700 runs and taking 20 wickets in the first Test at Lord�s yet still going down to a 124-run defeat.
New Zealand 1st Innings: 350
England 1st Innings: 350
New Zealand 2nd Innings (overnight: 338-6): T Latham c Buttler b Broad 3, M Guptill c Root b Wood 70, K Williamson c Buttler b Broad 6, R Taylor c Stokes b Wood 48, B McCullum lbw b Wood 55, BJ Watling c Root b Anderson 120, L Ronchi c Buttler b Anderson 31, M Craig not out 58, T Southee c Anderson b Ali 40, M Henry not out 12. Extras: (b4, lb6, w1) 11. Total: (8 wkts dec, 91 overs) 454. Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-23, 3-122, 4-14, 5-262, 6-31, 7-368, 8-435. Bowling: Anderson 23-4-96-2 (1w); Broad 16-1-94-2; Wood 19-2-97-3; Stokes 12-1-61-0; Ali 16-0-73-1; Root 5-0-23-0.
England 2nd Innings: A Lyth not out 15, A. Cook not out 15. Extras: (lb1, w1) 2. Total: (0 wkts, 9 overs) 32. Bowling: Boult 5-0-17-0; Southee 3-1-13-0 (1w); Craig 1-0-1-0.