Stuart Broad blast spurs England

All-rounder ensured first innings parity for England on the third day

Leeds: Stuart Broad starred with both bat and ball before Mark Wood took two wickets to give England the edge in a see-saw second Test against New Zealand at Headingley on Sunday. Broad ensured first innings parity for England on the third day and then reduced New Zealand to 23 for two in their second innings. But in what is now typical New Zealand style, Martin Guptill (70) and Ross Taylor (48) added 99 in 87 balls for the third wicket.

However, both well-set batsmen fell in quick succession to Durham paceman Wood. At tea, New Zealand were 143 for four, a lead of 143, in a match they had to win to level the two-Test series at 1-1 after their 124-run defeat at Lord’s. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was eight not out and BJ Watling two not out. Broad’s 46, his highest Test score since he made 47 against India at Trent Bridge last year, helped England make 350 — the same total as New Zealand posted in their first innings.

He then took two wickets for four runs in 12 balls, with Tom Latham (three) and Kane Williamson (six) both caught behind. Taylor should have been out for six when he edged an intended drive off James Anderson. But, not for the first time this series, England dropped a slip catch, with third slip Gary Ballance failing to hold the chance above his head. Taylor cashed in with several fine shots, including pulling Ben Stokes’s opening long hop for six.

Meanwhile opener Guptill, one of the stars of New Zealand’s run to the World Cup final, drove off-spinner Moeen Ali for six to complete a fine fifty. But the pendulum swung back in England’s favour when Taylor chipped the first ball of Wood’s second spell to Stokes at extra-cover for an all-Durham dismissal.

Wood was again rewarded for pitching the ball up when Guptill’s intended drive flew quickly to Joe Root, who held a sharp catch at third slip to end a 72-ball innings including seven fours and a six. Earlier, England resumed on 253 for five only to see their middle order fall cheaply as Tim Southee took three wickets for six runs in 17 balls. But Broad led a tail-end revival that saw England’s last two wickets add a valuable 83 runs.

The struggling Ian Bell had failed to add to his overnight 12 not out when he was drawn into driving loosely at a Southee outswinger and edged low to Mark Craig at second slip. Things might have been different for England had Broad, then on nine, not been dropped in the deep by Watling. Instead Broad, continued to attack.


New Zealand (1st innings): 350.
England (1st innings): A. Lyth (run out) 107, A. Cook lbw b Craig 75, G. Ballance b Boult 29, I. Bell c Craig b Southee 12, J. Root c Ronchi b Southee 1, B. Stokes c Craig b Boult 6, J. Buttler c Taylor b Southee 10, M. Ali c Guptill b Southee 1, S. Broad b Henry 46, M. Wood c Ronchi b Craig 19, J. Anderson (not out) 10. Extras (b19, lb5, w5, nb5) 34. Total (in 108.2 overs) 350.
FoW: 1-177, 2-215, 3-238, 4-239, 5-247, 6-257, 7-266, 8-267, 9-318.
Bowling: Boult 30-7-98-2, Southee 30-5-83-4, Henry 20.2-4-92-1, Craig 26-12-48-2, Williamson 2-1-5-0.

New Zealand (2nd innings, at tea): T. Latham c Buttler b Broad 3, M. Guptill c Root b Wood 70, K. Williamson c Buttler b Broad 6, R. Taylor c Stokes b Wood 48, B. McCullum (not out) 8, B. Watling (not out) 2. Extras (lb6) 6. Total (for four wkts in 30 overs) 143. , FoW: 1-15, 2-23, 3-122, 4-141.
Bowling: Anderson 8-3-32-0, Broad 7-1-35-2, Wood 6-1-28-2, Stokes 6-0-26-0, Ali 3-0-16-0.

( Source : AFP )
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