Opening batsman Peter Fulton scored a maiden test century at the age of 34, seven years after his debut to guide New Zealand to 250-1 at stumps on Friday on the first day of the third cricket test against England.

Fulton carried his bat throughout a day, which began when England won the toss and bowled, reaching 124 not out at stumps in a 171-un second-wicket partnership with Kane Williamson (83 not out).

Fulton made his test debut in 2006 and played 10 matches, with a highest score of 75 and an average of 20, before losing his place in New Zealand’s revolving door for test openers. He won a recall for this series, four years after his last test.

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