By the end of the fourth day of the second Test, England had reduced New Zealand to 224-7, giving them a chance to win the series spectacularly.
The Kiwis lost five wickets for 110 runs in a tight evening session at Trent Bridge, but they still have a 238-run advantage going into the final day.
New Zealand will have a challenging moment on Tuesday morning as they attempt to bat their way to safety with just three wickets remaining.
Daryl Mitchell is on 32, not out, while Matt Henry is on 8, and England will fancy themselves in an exciting run chase if they can get past the tail.
Thanks to a Joe Root century, England chased down 277 to win the opening Test at Lord’s.
England’s first series win since January 2021 would come with a second consecutive victory against the Test world champions.
While England will be confident, they must learn from New Zealand’s shoddy second innings, including a slew of tame dismissals and unnecessary runouts.
When New Zealand opener Tom Latham left a straight delivery that clattered into his stumps on a memorable day at Trent Bridge, England’s James Anderson achieved 650 Test wickets.
After spin giants, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, the 39-year-old fast bowler is just the third player to accomplish the milestone.
Anderson’s achievement came only months after he said he was “pray[ing]” that his international career was not gone after being dropped for the West Indies trip.
In Monday’s morning session, England was dismissed for 539 runs.
Following their massive first innings total of 553, New Zealand retained just a 14-run advantage thanks to Root’s 176 and Ben Foakes’ sprightly 56.
Root began on 163 and Foakes on 24, but New Zealand were dealt a blow when Kyle Jamison was ruled out of day four as scans on a back ailment he acquired on Sunday were awaited.
In the opening over of the day, Foakes went after Tim Southee, blasting two boundaries and dismissing the befuddled fast bowler for 12 runs.
New Zealand is on edge
With a stunning reverse scoop from Southee that soared high over the slip cordon for his first Test six since February 2021 in India, Root joined the celebration.
In the flash of an eye, Foakes smashed a four to achieve a scorching hundred partnership with Root and then blasted another boundary to earn his 50.
Trent Boult eventually stopped the bleeding when he removed Root, who chipped a wide ball to Southee at the cover.
Root exited, slamming his bat against his pads in exasperation, sparking a five-wicket collapse for 23 runs, with Trent Boult finishing with 5-106.
When Latham oddly left a straight ball from Anderson, England got a blazing start in New Zealand’s second innings.