Jamie Overton shot an astonishing 97 on his England debut before taking on the ball as the home side staged a series of sweeping sweeps against world Test champions New Zealand at Headingley. New Zealand went 168-5 in the second with a 137-point lead and pacer Matthew Potts led 2-20 when rain cut short the third day of Saturday’s third Test. But with England chasing 299 in one day to win the second Test and lead 2-0 in the three-match series, the Blackcaps have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid the whitewash, with two more days to go in Leeds.
Earlier, Jonny Bairstow had just recovered from his race and series-winning century at Trent Bridge, extending his overnight 130 to 162.
He was joined by Overton on Friday as the hosts struggled 55-6.
But their England record of 241 in the seventh wicket was the cornerstone of a final total of 360 – a first-inning lead of 31.
Black Caps opener Will Young then fell cheaply before a second wicket 97 stabilized the visitors.
Tom Latham forced the all-rounder off his sixth boundary before a single shot took him to a 70-ball 50 in a series from his previous best of a meager 26.
Latham was dropped by Joe Root in a slip at No. 72 and fell to the first ball after tea.
Towering Overton, on injured England great James Anderson, had him chased to 76 points by backup goalkeeper Berstow, with first-choice glove player Ben Fox out Saturday with a stiff back.
Devin Conway turned Root’s first ball after breaking through his pad, only to allow Olippo to make a superb one-handed catch on the short leg.
Conway’s exit sparked a mini-crash, losing just nine games from three wickets as New Zealand’s 152-2 quickly turned 161-5.
Williamson flicked Potts at will from outside the stump, allowing Bairstow to simply catch the ball, and the star batsman tilted his head back in pain after finishing a well-crafted 48 with eight boundaries.
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach made it 5-100 in the first inning before tricking Henry Nicholls for a low return.
Daryl Mitchell, who has hit three hundred in the series, was not out when the rain ended the day, while Tom Brundle was unbeaten in five games.
Overton had 89 games back at the start of Saturday’s game.
England’s new leadership duo Stokes and coach Brendon McCallum have urged freedom after coaching a team that had won just one of 17 Tests prior to this series play.
Stuart Broad embraced the new approach, hitting Bolt 14 on three balls in a rapid-fire 42 in the form of two fours.
And one ball after Broad’s exit, he holed spinner Michael Bracewell to end a 157-ball inning that included 23 fours.
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