Alastair Cook and Nick Compton made some compensation for England's poor first innings by grinding out a 231 runs first wicket partnership to consume deep into New Zealand's lead of 293 runs on the fourth day of the first test on Saturday.
England skipper Cook was removed just before stumps for 116 runs, leaving Nick Compton to resume on the fifth and final day of the match on unbeaten 102 along with night watchman Steven Finn on without score.
England finished the day four on 234 for 1, short of just 59 runs of New Zealand first innings lead after apply themselves far more attentively than in their first innings, when they were all out for 167 runs. Cook and Compton's passed the 223 runs put on by Graeme Fowler and Chris Tavare in 1984 as the highest England opening partnership in a test against New Zealand.
Alastair Cook finished his 24th test hundred with a propel around the corner off Bruce Martin for his 13th boundary, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd. The 29-year old Nick Compton made his first test century two balls later with a push into the leg side for a single and emitted a roar of delight as he cantered down the wicket.