Blackcaps vs England: First test – day two

Persistent rain has forced an early end to day two of NewZealand's day-night Test against England.

New Zealand are 229-4, 171 runs ahead of the English, who were bowled out for just 58 - their sixth-lowest Test total in history.

Earlier, Kane Williamson snared a special slice of New Zealand cricketing history.

The captain cut James Anderson to third man to bring up his 18th test century, moving ahead of the late Martin Crowe and teammate Ross Taylor on the all-time list for hundreds in the game’s most traditional format.

Williamson's century came from 198 balls, including 11 fours and a six. His innings came to an end shortly after the rain-enforced early tea break, falling LBW to Anderson for 102.

The wet weather soon returned to bring another halt to play with NZ's score at 229/4, Henry Nicholls (49) and BJ Watling (17) the two batsmen at the crease.

New Zealand continue to steadily capitalise on Trent Boult’s remarkable feats with the ball on day one.

The paceman took career-best figures of six for 32 as he tore through the tourists’ batting line-up on Thursday, dismissing England in the first session for an embarrassing total of 58.