New Zealand fight back after home side won first two sessions.
The first Test match between England and New Zealand is perfectly poised at the end of the third day after the visitors fought back well in the final session grabbing valuable wickets.
Either side could still push for the win over the final two days, with England finishing at 180-6, a full 205 runs ahead of the Black Caps to put themselves back in the hunt.
The sudden spurt by the visitors with the ball undid much of the good work by Jonathan Trot and Joe Root, who combined to put on 123 runs for the third wicket, in what was easily the best partnership of the match from either side.
Root showed why is talked about as a future leader of the Test side with an impressive 71 before he was bowled by Tim Southee.
Trott also scored a half-century before he was dismissed by Kane Williamson for 56.
Southee continued his excellent Test match when he snared the wickets of Jonny Bairstow for five and Matt Prior for a duck, making it a pair for him for the game.
With a pitch that is starting to show signs it will take spin on the last two days, England will rely heavily on Ian Bell, who is zero not out at the close of play, but has been battling illness for much of the day.
He is partnered by Steve Finn (6no) as England resumes its innings eying a final target for New Zealand around 275 to give themselves a chance.
Southee was the pick of the bowlers to finish day three with 3-34 to give him a total of seven wickets for the match.
England v New Zealand
Played at Lords
Toss won by England
England 1st Innings 232 (T Southee 4-58, N Wagner 3-70)
New Zealand 1st Innings (overnight: 153-4)
P. Fulton c Swann b Anderson 2
H. Rutherford c Cook b Anderson 4
K. Williamson c Prior b Anderson 60
R. Taylor lbw b Anderson 66
D. Brownlie lbw b Finn 23
B. McCullum c Prior b Broad 2
BJ Watling c Prior b Finn 17
T. Southee c Root b Finn 12
B. Martin b Anderson 0
N. Wagner not out 6
T. Boult c Anderson b Finn 0
Extras (b4, lb8, nb3) 15
Total (all out, 69 overs, 336 mins) 207
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Rutherford), 2-7 (Fulton), 3-100 (Taylor), 4-147 (Brownlie), 5-155 (McCullum), 6-177 (Williamson), 7-194 (Southee), 8-195 (Martin), 9-207 (Watling), 10-207 (Boult)
Bowling: Anderson 24-11-47-5; Broad 21-4-64-1 (2nb); Finn 15-3-63-4 (1nb); Swann 8-0-19-0; Trott 1-0-2-0
England 2nd Innings
A. Cook c Brownlie b Boult 21
N. Compton b Wagner 15
J. Trott b Williamson 56
J. Root b Southee 71
J. Bairstow b Southee 5
M. Prior c sub (Guptill) b Southee 0
S. Finn not out 6
I. Bell not out 0
Extras (b3, w1, nb2) 6
Total (6 wkts, 59 overs, 279 mins) 180
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Cook), 2-36 (Compton), 3-159 (Root), 4-167 (Bairstow), 5-171 (Prior), 6-171 (Trott)
Bowling: Boult 12-3-42-1; Southee 14-3-34-3; Wagner 13-2-44-1 (1nb, 1w); Martin 13-2-40-0 (1nb); Williamson 7-1-17-1
Match position: England lead by 205 runs with four second innings wickets standing.