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England set New Zealand 303 target to win third Test

Sam Billings bats during the third Test. Credit: PA

England kept swinging, for their third successive total of more than 300, but were bowled out with almost five overs unused against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl.

Half-centuries from Joe Root (54), Eoin Morgan (68) - the captain's third on the trot - and Ben Stokes (71) gave England substance with 302 all out.

But after they lost their last five wickets for 14 runs, it was hard to avoid the suspicion that spurning such a significant slice of overs resources would cost them - with a 2-1 Royal London Series lead the reward here to the winning team.

New Zealand must reach 303 for victory.


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