England v New Zealand: Stuart Broad hurries hosts to Lord's win
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|First Test, Lord's (day four):|
|England 232 & 213 beat New Zealand 207 & 68 by 170 runs|
Stuart Broad took seven wickets in 11 overs to rip through New Zealand and inspire England to an astonishing 170-run win in the first Test at Lord's.
Chasing 239 for victory, the Black Caps were bowled out for 68 in 22.3 overs after lunch on the fourth day as Broad finished with Test-best figures of 7-44.
Only two players - Neil Wagner and BJ Watling - made double figures as New Zealand succumbed for the 10th lowest score in a Lord's Test.
Just two hours earlier, the tourists appeared to have given themselves a good chance of victory when they took England's last four second-innings wickets in under an hour to bowl them out for 213.
But any chance of a successful run chase disappeared in a thrilling opening burst from Broad, who took advantage of seamer-friendly conditions to give England a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
They needed only nine balls to break through as Broad found the edge of Peter Fulton's bat and Matt Prior claimed his 200th Test dismissal.
Brimming with intent as he charged in from the Nursery End, Broad uprooted Hamish Rutherford's off stump with a gem of a ball that darted away off the seam, and had Ross Taylor well caught low to his left at first slip by Alastair Cook two balls later.
With five slips in place and Broad threatening with every ball, Kane Williamson - whose 60 off 167 balls had anchored New Zealand's first innings - had an uncharacteristic rush of blood and drove loosely to Finn at short extra-cover.
There was no let-up from England's new-ball pair as James Anderson had Dean Brownlie caught at first slip before Broad trapped Brendon McCullum leg before for eight to reduce New Zealand to 29-6 and complete a breathless morning session in which 10 wickets fell.
The final four wickets went in less than an hour after lunch. Tim Southee pulled Broad to Joe Root at deep square leg, Watling played through the pain of a knee injury to make 13 before he was caught at first slip off Anderson, and Broad bowled the similarly ailing Bruce Martin.
New Zealand's misery was completed when Wagner was comically run out after a mix-up with Trent Boult after the former was dropped at fine-leg.
Earlier, England offered little resistance when resuming on 180-6, aside from Broad's counter-attacking unbeaten 26.
Southee finished with 6-50 - and 10-108 in the match - to cap an England collapse in which their last eight wickets tumbled for 54 runs.
Night-watchman Steven Finn dangled his bat at Southee's fifth ball of the day and nicked to second slip before Ian Bell, who was ill for much of Saturday, pushed away from his body and was caught by Brownlie at second slip.
Graeme Swann edged a loose drive at Southee and Anderson fell to spinner Kane Williamson when a drive cannoned off silly point and looped to cover.
At that point New Zealand held the initiative, but Broad's devastating new-ball burst provided the decisive twist in a thrilling match.
Well done England on a resounding victory. You can only beat what is put in front of you and you have certainly done that. Congrats
Positive start to a tough season though
@5 if it ain't broke don't fix it
@11 some of us have a higher concentration span so can deal with the psychological battle that is test cricket
Really, you are being humorous I assume.
It is about winning, not sharing it around.
How can criticism be made of the management of an attack that has bowled a team out for 68!
It was a delightful display, even if it meant a shortened day's play.
Bring on the Aussies!!!!
Really good test - interesting that the pitch was initially thought to favour the batsmen. How wrong they were. I do love a good bit of swing bowling. Well done Broad & Anderson!!!!
A: We have just beaten the team we were playing!
Trying to compare a performance against one team and saying IF it were another team we might not have won is nonsensical.
Played one, won one, job done - bring on Headingley.
Never forget, these trolls have never had a girlfriend and PC World won't touch their keyboards.
Cook / Compton / Swann - all very average, especially Cook
Trott - good batting and fielding
Root - scored most runs and was MOTM for me
Prior - poor (maybe winning the award caused him to forget he was playing?)
Bell - ill so excused
Broad - poor first two innings, brilliant in the 2nd two (opposite for Bairstow / Finn)
Anderson - best overall bowler
Great performance by Broad and as a Notts fan I just hope he can put in a few cameo's in some county twenty20s
Root - start of a long successful career
Cook - not bad, but poor by his standards
Compton - 2 brainstorms, slight technique adjust
Bairstow - good signs
Trott - Mr 50+ average
Prior - ooops - hopefully got a bad one out of his system
Bell - cough cough - he'll be fine