England v NZ, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day May 19, 2013

Broad's best secures crushing win


England 232 (Bairstow 41, Southee 4-58) and 213 (Root 71, Trott 56, Southee 6-50) beat New Zealand 207 (Taylor 66, Williamson 60, Anderson 5-47) and 68 (Broad 7-44) by 170 runs
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In a destructive spell of pace bowling, Stuart Broad blew away New Zealand with career-best figures of 7 for 44 as England surged to a 170-run victory at Lord's. A Test that had begun at a cautious pace hurtled to a conclusion less than hour after lunch on the fourth day with New Zealand dismantled for 68.

Broad took the first five of his wickets in 5.4 overs before lunch to crush New Zealand's hopes that would have been reasonably high just an hour earlier after Tim Southee, with just the second ten-wicket haul by a New Zealander at Lord's, had instigated another collapse, England losing their last eight wickets for 54 dating back to Joe Root's dismissal on the third evening. Yet, to show that days of hard work can be undone in the blink of eye, they went to lunch six down having lost their captain, Brendon McCullum, on the stroke of the break to give Broad his eighth five-wicket haul and remove their last hope of making a dent in the target.

History was still weighted against New Zealand at the beginning of their pursuit of 239. Only two sides had chased more to win at Lord's: West Indies against England in 1984 and England against New Zealand in 2004. Still, with the sun peeping through and the day a touch warmer they might have been expected to get closer than they did.

Instead, Broad produced one of the eye-popping bursts that have been dotted through his Test career and which make it all the more exasperating when he appears to divert from the full length that makes him such a threat. The only wicket he took with a short ball was when Southee dimly pulled to deep square-leg. When he bowled Bruce Martin, who was suffering a calf strain that could end his tour, he had his second haul of seven at Lord's following his previous career-best against West Indies last year.

For the first time since 1936, England had just two men bowl unchanged through a completed all-out innings, although Broad and James Anderson did not quite share all ten wickets. The last fell to a chaotic run out after one of the substitute fielders, Adam Dobb, had not quite been able to gather a top-edged hook from Neil Wagner, who then ended up in the middle of the pitch. It was New Zealand's sixth-lowest total against England.

After bringing some solidity back to their batting, this was a reprise of the efforts that haunted New Zealand on the tour of South Africa. Peter Fulton played a big hand in his demise when he fiddled outside off to a delivery he should have left alone, completing a match that made his twin hundreds in Auckland feel a lifetime ago. Hamish Rutherford, though, could do little about the ball he received, which seamed away off middle and extracted the off stump.

Two deliveries later Broad added another, the key wicket of Ross Taylor, whose aggressive approach knocked England off their stride in the first innings, with a ball that seamed away and was edged low to first slip where Alastair Cook took an excellent catch. Like Fulton, Taylor may consider that he did not need to play but the early adrenalin of an innings can be difficult to control.

Broad's next success came in slightly more unconventional fashion for an opening bowler against the top order when Kane Williamson, the epitome of technical correctness and calmness, drove a fierce catch to catch to extra cover, which knocked Steven Finn off his feet.

Anderson compounded New Zealand's problems by producing one of the dismissals of the match. After hooping a delivery viciously back between Dean Brownlie's bat and pad - unplayable was a term not out of place - he then made the next delivery hold its line outside off stump and the batsman edged to first slip. McCullum tried to make a statement by not resisting his shots but was taken on the pad; he used the DRS - he had to - but the impact was just in line with off stump.

The final outcome was tremendously tough on Southee, whose six second-innings wickets had come in the space of 52 balls from late on the third day and placed him alongside Dion Nash on the ten-wickets honours board. In a hint of what was to follow over the next three hours, Finn (who would never have believed he would not be needed with the ball) edged the fifth ball of the day into the slips to begin a procession of 14 batsmen falling for 101.

Southee's five-wicket haul came when Ian Bell, still suffering from tonsillitis, edged loosely to third slip but his personal success will be scant consolation after what followed.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Christopher on May 21, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    jmcilhinney, I agree with your assessment Broad/Anderson. I think of MOM as belonging to the individual who produced the best,sustained performance regardless of the team performance or match outcome - and to me that's Southee. MOM seems to always go the a member of the winning side even though theirs may not have been the most outstanding individual performance.

  • vishal on May 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    and that why i love test cricket !!! here is a stage where u see a bowler having a go at the batsman and batsman instead of hoicking every ball ducks it leaves it and patiently waits for loose ones.... and here is a bowler who up for the challenge bowling full swinging deliveries making him play and producing an edge... nothing is better than the sight of stumps getting uprooted or an edge carrying to keeper or slips fielders..... every 1 has a chance to mark an impression on the game... and showcase each and every move,every shot !!! TEST at its best....

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    It is time ICC should make a decision and put NZ, WI with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in a separate FTP programme that will allow NZ to play more and more Tests and build their team to be competitive. Seems NZ cricket is not going anywhere rather than sitting at the bottom of Top 8 team ranking though I actually see it as 6 team are in the same league and 4 teams are in the similar league where Bangladesh and Zim are catching up fast. Nothing wrong with playing more test with lower ranked, at least they will be competitive and their players will gain confidence against BD and Zim.

  • Tahir on May 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    It will be interesting to see when india visit again the english soils. Broad was compared to Sreesanth by some before whitewash series but he proved with the bat and ball as well. During the tours to UAE and India he was half fit but was also played well in UAE. In India, the doctored pitches denied him.

  • Duncan on May 20, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    So I was hoping others had noticed @Beefy-for-PM the concerning thing is that England got bowled out twice, yes bowler friendly conditions, but nothing over 50 in the first innings? It does look like NZ attack has more to offer than on recent tours.

  • Jason on May 20, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    @JCM, In regards to the use of the SG, Duke or Kookuburra, wouldnt it be fun if you had several boxes of balls that covered all three main types, then after the toss the the Loosing captain randomly drew a box of balls (numbered balls in a sealed bag relating to a box) that would be used for that game.

    It might mix things up a bit and allow bowlers to have a chance of using thier own 'home' ball.

  • John on May 20, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @EnglishCricket on (May 20, 2013, 11:06 GMT), I think that your criticism of the pitches in NZ is unwarranted. The first and second games could well have produced results if not for the weather and the last went close as well. It may well be that the main difference between this game and those in NZ was the Duke ball. As a few others have said, playing Tests everywhere with the Duke might actually be a good thing.

  • Jason on May 20, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    @JMC, I do agree, but I seem to remember after the SL series it was Saker who stated Broad wasnt an Enforcer (I suspect Otis Gibson personally for that idea pre Saker) and everything seemed to work well for that series and to some extent the Pakistan series in the UAE. THen he last a yard or two of pace and started dishing out dross.

    If he can maintain this form then he will be a handful, will be interesting to see what happens at Headingly.

    In regards to Finn, again, I saw his falling over as a potential injury problem (Knee/Back damage especially), and so it need to to be rectified, his hitting the stumps is because hes trying to bowl stump to stump rather than when he was fresh and would bowl just outside off.

    Again not sure its saker, it could be the Middlesex Coach or someone else meddling, dont forget he spent the best part of a year in county cricket, so out side Sakers influence.

  • Nigel on May 20, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Shan156 - I agree with most of what you say especially the sentiment about fighting qualities and losing graciously. But like kiwicricketnut says it was a right mixed bag.

    The ball definitely had it over the bat and that makes a nice change in light of the long line of corporate friendly pitches where a result in 5 days is barely achievable. There seems to be a problem with England and their mental state coming up to major series like the Ashes or India. Too often they look at e.g. NZ and think there will be an easy win when in fact they then struggle. They've done it before and I just hope that this now has got them thinking/seeing straight once again. .

    But.....and it's a big but - despite the bowling efforts once again rescuing us the batting leaves an awful lot to be desired. No matter what the ball was doing on Sat/Sun the batting discipline went out of the window. Trott got a good'un but the shot was dire as was Bell, Prior and Swann's.

    Won't get away with that in the Ashes

  • John on May 20, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Those who are saying that Broad puts in one good performance at a time and then disappears obviously weren't watching in 2011. He was bowling poorly against SL but then came good against India and bowled well all series and that continued into the UAE series against Pakistan, where it was England's batsmen who let the bowlers down. We don't know how much his heel affected him between then and now because he did lose pace for quite a while for no apparent reason. If Broad has recaptured form as he did at the start of that India series then he will be a real handful for Australia, just as he was in Australia during the last Ashes. It would be nice if he could put in some good performances during the Champions Trophy too, but I'd gladly see him get taken for 36 in an over there to bowl well throughout the Ashes.