Blackcaps vs England: First test, day three

The Blackcaps lead England by 171 runs at Eden Park in Auckland.
The Blackcaps lead England by 171 runs at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo credit: Photosport

Rain has killed off the third day of New Zealand's day-night Test match against England with only 17 balls bowled.

The umpires eventually called stumps at after the dinner break.

The Blackcaps started the day of the pink ball test on 229-4, 171 runs ahead of the English, but only 17 balls were bowled before the covers were brought back out. 

Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling are currently out at the crease on 52 and 18 respectively.

New Zealand were on 223-4 when play was stopped. 

Day two was marred by rain - there were only 23.1 overs bowled yesterday. Play was brought to a halt at 5pm, and the umpires called it a day at 9pm.  

Earlier on day two, Kane Williamson made New Zealand cricket history when he scored his 18th test century - eclipsing the late Martin Crowe.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.