CHRISTCHURCH: Captain Tom Latham and Devon Conway put New Zealand in command at Hagley Oval after the hosts scored 349 for just the loss of one wicket at the end of first day’s play.
The skipper brought up his 12th Test century (unbeaten 186) halfway through the day dominated by the hosts, hitting a staggering 28 boundaries around the wicket in his 278-ball stay at the crease.
Putting on 148 for the first wicket with Will Young (54), Latham was accompanied by Devon Conway, who was bitterly one short of reaching three figures himself (99*) when time was called.
Conway will be on strike for the first ball, as the hosts look to post an ominous first innings total.
Remarkably, batting first was not New Zealand’s doing, with Mominul Haque choosing to field at the toss.
New Zealand made the most of the opportunity, capitalising on some poor discipline with the ball and in the field, almost travelling at four runs an over during the morning.
The opening pair made 92 runs in the 25-over morning session, with Latham bringing up his half-century in just 65 balls.