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England face series defeat

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AUCKLAND — England face a humiliating series defeat after slumping to 90-4 on the fourth day of the third and final cricket Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

BBC Sport

The tourists lost captain Alastair Cook for 43 and night-watchman Steven Finn to poor shots in the closing stages.

England were set a world-record target of 481 to win in 143 overs.

Opener Peter Fulton (110) became only the fourth New Zealander to hit two hundreds in the same Test as the hosts declared on 241-6 at Eden Park.

England’s reply got off to a terrible start when Nick Compton was caught behind off Tim Southee, but they were handed a reprieve when wicketkeeper BJ Watling dropped Cook off a difficult low chance.

England appeared to have steadied the ship, but then Jonathan Trott swiped at a wide delivery from Neil Wagner and edged to Watling for 37.

New Zealand struck their biggest blow when Cook attempted an attacking drive off part-time spinner Kane Williamson and only succeeded in sending a thick edge to slip and was caught for 43.

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