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Matt Prior leads Auckland Test to a thrilling draw

Melbourne: England cricketer Matt Prior's century had helped his team salvage a draw in the third and the final Test against New Zealand in Auckland.


England finished the fifth day 9-315, with Prior unbeaten on 110 and No.11 Monty Panesar not out on 2.

Prior's ton ensured that England hung on for a draw and avoid a series defeat in the third Test in Auckland.

Ian Bell , who was out in the final over before tea, and Prior, shared England's best partnership of 78 and the longer they were together the more New Zealand regretted two dropped catches in the last over before lunch.

The series ended locked nil-all after the first two Tests were also drawn.

New Zealand has only won three of 32 series against England, with the last time being in England in 1999.