Nick Compton made a second successive century for England.
England are in control of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington after they closed day one on 267-2, with Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott both hitting centuries.
Brendon McCullum's decision to ask the tourists to bat first at the Basin Reserve backfired, despite Neil Wagner removing Alastair Cook for just 17 in the morning session.
Compton and Trott then dominated for the rest of the day, with the former making a second successive Test century - reaching exactly 100 before being removed by Bruce Martin after adding 210 for the second wicket with Trott.
Number three Trott ended the day unbeaten on 121, while Kevin Pietersen batted cautiously to be 18 not out at the close.
Having rescued a draw in Dunedin after a poor start, England are 1.95 to push on and win in Wellington, with the draw 1.90, while the tourists are 1.40 to win the three-match series.
However, Trott played a cautious note after helping England into a commanding position, saying: "It is important to have a good first session tomorrow and set up the game.
"You don't want to undo today’s work by being lazy and taking things for granted by looking too far ahead to the declaration and that sort of stuff.
"That will take care of itself if we look after the first hour tomorrow. That will be our first mission."
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