Brilliant Broad blows Black Caps away
Stuart Broad’s sensational seven-wicket haul hurried England to a 170-run victory over New Zealand on a thrilling fourth day of the first Investec Test at Lord’s.
A nerve-jangling finale appeared likely when the hosts, 180 for six overnight, were dismissed for just 213 in their second innings, with Tim Southee becoming only the second Black Caps bowler to claim 10 wickets in a Lord’s Test.
That left New Zealand requiring 239 for victory, but Broad - a bowler with previous when it comes to producing magical spells - then embarked on a destructive new-ball burst that delighted a captivated crowd.
Gaining movement up and down the Lord’s slope, the 26-year-old prised out five touring batsmen prior to lunch and finished with career-best figures of 7-44 as New Zealand were skittled for a paltry 68 in 22.3 overs. James Anderson was the only other bowler used.
Broad may have suffered setbacks in the recent past, due to injuries and loss of form, but this was a timely reminder of just how effective he can be when getting on a roll.
Having returned 7-72 at this venue against West Indies 12 months ago, he once again set a new personal benchmark – and this one will take some beating.
Things had looked rather less positive for England earlier in the day when they added just 33 to their overnight total.
As had been the case on the previous evening, Southee was the chief destroyer as he wreaked havoc from the Pavilion End.
The seamer had nightwatchman Steven Finn and Ian Bell held in the slips to complete a fourth five-wicket haul in Tests.
Although Broad counter-attacked effectively with some clean striking, Graeme Swann was soon caught behind to give Southee 10 in the match, a feat previously achieved by only one New Zealander. Dion Nash claimed 11-169 in 1994.
Broad was left stranded on 26 as last man Anderson picked out cover off Kane Williamson to fall for a duck. That ensured England's last eight wickets had added just 54.
New Zealand may have been regarded as favourites in some quarters at the beginning of their chase.
However, Broad soon put England in command with a display of rare potency for any bowler.
Peter Fulton followed one that seamed away off a length to be caught behind in Broad’s first over, but the intensity really cranked up in the paceman’s third set of six.
After bowling Hamish Rutherford with a snorter that moved up the slope to pluck out off stump, Broad picked up a huge wicket two balls later as Ross Taylor was well held by Alastair Cook low down at first slip.
Kane Williamson picked out Finn at extra-cover soon after and New Zealand were in disarray when Anderson got in on the act with a skilful dismissal of Dean Brownlie. Having been inconvenienced by a delivery that jagged back sharply, the Australia-born batsman was squared up next ball as he edged to Cook.
By that stage England were rampant and Broad duly rounded off a remarkable morning session by trapping McCullum lbw with another that moved up the hill.
He was not finished there. After having Southee put down in the slips, Broad claimed his sixth wicket next ball as New Zealand’s bowling hero holed out to Joe Root at deep square-leg.
BJ Watling, batting with an injured left knee, became the first batsman to double figures before Anderson had him caught at third slip.
Broad then cleaned up Bruce Martin - another injured Kiwi - and Neil Wagner was run out in farcical fashion after being dropped at fine-leg, handing England victory inside an hour of the afternoon session.
The second and final Test starts at Headingley on Friday.
Live Text Commentary
New Zealand 2nd Innings
2:30pm - WICKET! Wagner run out 17; NZ 68 all out – ENGLAND WIN BY 170 RUNS! Well this is a farcical end to proceedings! Wagner top-edges Anderson to fine-leg, but is dropped. However, there is then a calamitous mix-up between the wickets and Wagner is run out. England – on the back of a stunning show from Broad – have romped home!
2:27pm- WICKET! Martin b Broad 1; NZ 67/9 chasing 239 - Broad now has career-best figures of 7-44 after scattering the stumps again!
2:23pm - The appearance of the injured Martin at number 10 does not say much for Trent Boult’s ability with the bat. Wagner, meanwhile, is now New Zealand’s top-scorer and is throwing the bat in search of more runs.
2:15pm - Wagner is not going down without a fight. The tailender pulls Broad over square-leg for six!
2:10pm - WICKET! Watling c Trott b Anderson 13; NZ 54/8 chasing 239 - England are almost there. Poor old Watling has clearly been hampered by his injured left knee and is put out of his misery as Anderson induces a thick edge to third slip.
2:08pm - New Zealand have at least made it past 50 and there is much to admire in the shot that gets Neil Wagner off the mark, a sweetly timed drive past point.
1:59pm - I stand corrected. Martin has his helmet on and is prepared to bat.
1:57pm - Watling becomes the first New Zealander into double figures in this innings. Remember that Bruce Martin will only bat in an emergency. If England get two more quickly here, I imagine the spinner may well remain in the dressing room.
1:53pm - WICKET! Southee c Root b Broad 7; NZ 41/7 chasing 239 - Broad is denied a sixth scalp as Southee is dropped twice off the same ball. Anderson put down a regulation chance at second slip and Alastair Cook was unable to accept the rebound. Not that it matters! The next ball is pulled high to deep square-leg, where Joe Root makes no mistake!
1:43pm - Southee is lucky to survive when losing sight of a James Anderson bouncer. The ball flew up skywards off his bat only to land safely. Watling gets off the mark with a bizarre cut past gully for four.
1:39pm - Tim Southee, New Zealand’s star man with the ball, gets off the mark with a single before Broad beats BJ Watling with a corker.
1:37pm - Have you got your breath back yet? It is time for the afternoon session to begin and I imagine New Zealand may still be a little shellshocked. There are two balls of Stuart Broad’s sixth over to be bowled.
12:59pm - WICKET! McCullum lbw Broad 8; NZ 29/6 chasing 239 – I can barely believe what I am seeing here. Broad traps McCullum lbw and New Zealand are six down. The only debate surrounded whether the batsman was struck outside the line of off stump. A review confirmed he was not. That will be lunch and you are unlikely to see a more spectacular session of Test cricket in the near future.
12:52pm - WICKET! Brownlie c Cook b Anderson 5; NZ 25/5 chasing 239 - Now Anderson gets in on the act. What a morning this has been! Brownlie finds himself undone by a classic one-two. After being inconvenienced by one that jagged back sharply, he is beaten by outswing next ball and provides captain Cook with another catch.
12:51pm - Brendon McCullum is off the mark with an off-side boundary. New Zealand need something special from their skipper now.
12:46pm - WICKET! Williamson c Finn b Broad 6; NZ 21/4 chasing 239 - Just when you think New Zealand may have weathered the storm, that man Broad snares another! It was a pretty poor shot from Williamson, who drove aerially to extra-cover.
12:36pm - Dean Brownlie is off the mark with an unconvincing four through the slips. After a maiden from Anderson, there are five men in the cordon for Broad’s next over.
12:26pm - WICKET! Taylor c Cook b Broad 0; NZ 16/3 chasing 239 - It’s the Stuart Broad Show! This is a massive breakthrough. Ross Taylor, who made a dashing 66 in New Zealand’s first innings, edges to first slip where Alastair Cook takes an excellent low catch.
12:23pm - WICKET! Rutherford b Broad 9; NZ 16/2 chasing 239 - It is fair to say this is out! Broad beats Rutherford all ends up with a jaffa that sends off stump cartwheeling and sparks loud applause!
12:22pm - Having been beaten by a snorter from James Anderson, Kane Williamson drives elegantly down the ground for three.
12:18pm - Hamish Rutherford finally gets on strike at the start of the fourth over. The left-hander subsequently picks up New Zealand’s first four with a controlled drive past point. A low edge through the slips gives Rutherford another boundary.
12:05pm - WICKET! Fulton c Prior b Broad 1; NZ 1/1 chasing 239 - That will make England feel better. Peter Fulton follows one from Stuart Broad that seamed away a fraction and edges through to Matt Prior.
11:56am - It is crucial England strike early now. If New Zealand are to get home, it will be the third-highest successful run-chase in Tests at this venue.
England 2nd Innings
11:48am - WICKET! Anderson c Southee b Williamson 0; Eng 213 all out - Broad is left stranded as Anderson drives Williamson straight to cover. New Zealand will need 239 to win the first Investec Test.
11:42am - WICKET! Swann c McCullum b Southee 1; Eng 210/9 – Southee strikes again and now has 10 in the match! Swann opened his shoulders to have a thrash outside off, but succeeded only in nicking through to Brendon McCullum. England are 235 ahead as last man James Anderson comes in.
11:38am - New Zealand turn to Kane Williamson (pardon the pun). He found plenty of spin from the Nursery End yesterday evening but his first over this morning passes without incident.
11:30am - Broad, who has been joined by Graeme Swann, is striking the ball sweetly now and aids England’s cause with fours through fine-leg and cover off Boult. The second boundary came courtesy of a magnificent drive.
11:20am - WICKET! Bell c Brownlie b Southee 6; Eng 200/8 – Southee has five and England are eight down! This was not the best shot from Bell, who drove loosely a long way outside off and offered up a simple catch to the reliable Dean Brownlie at third slip.
11:15am - Broad is going to play his shots. A flashing drive off Trent Boult runs down to third man for four and three swipes at fresh air follow before Southee is struck cleanly through the covers for another boundary. Broad subsequently picks up three more through the off side and these are handy runs.
11:05am - There will be no pair for Stuart Broad. He takes a leg-side single off the first ball he faces. England need the Nottinghamshire man to hang around.
11:03am - WICKET! Finn c sub (Guptill) b Southee 6; Eng 183/7 - This is not what England wanted. Ian Bell gets off the mark with a square-driven three, but Steven Finn is caught at second slip two balls later. Tim Southee now has 4-37 and England are 183 for seven, leading by 208.
10:55am - I am pleased to say the weather forecast for today is pretty good. We should avoid any interruptions for rain if the experts are to be believed. There are showers anticipated tomorrow, but the game might be over by then based on what we have seen over the first three days.
10:46am - We have an injury update from the New Zealand camp. BJ Watling has not fractured the left knee he injured when diving to attempt a run-out yesterday. He will not field today, but is available to bat in the Black Caps’ second innings. Bruce Martin, the left-arm spinner, is another player who will not be on the field this morning. His calf injury prevents him from bowling and fielding, and New Zealand have said he will bat only if required.
10:40am - While we wait for play to recommence at the home of cricket, why not take a look at what Joe Root and Tim Southee had to say at the end of day three. Root contributed 71 to a potentially crucial stand of 123 with Jonathan Trott, while Southee led New Zealand’s late fightback with three wickets in quick succession.
10:30am - If Alastair Cook’s men are to extend their lead significantly this morning, much could depend on Ian Bell. The Warwickshire batsman came in at number eight yesterday, after nightwatchman Steven Finn, having been laid low by tonsillitis. He and Finn will resume their partnership in 30 minutes.
10:20am - After a slow start, the first Investec Test between England and New Zealand has developed into an absolute belter. There is still all to play for as we near the start of play on day four. England are 205 ahead on 180 for six, having been pegged back by the tourists on a dramatic third evening at Lord’s.