James Anderson sweeps of NZ as England win First Test by 267 runs

England halts NZ series in second innings on126 runs to win the first Test Match by 267 runs in Mount Maunganui, Anderson took 4 wickets haul on the final day of match after yesterday’s Broad’s threatening bowling left Kiwi’s for 63-5 while chasing 394.

New Zealand started its final day’s session from 63-5 while chasing 394 runs after Stuart Broad took 4-Tests under the captaincy of Ben Stokes. Anderson dismissed Scott Kuggeleijn (2) and New Zealand’s captain Tim Southee (0), Michael Bracewell (25), N Wagner (9).

New Zealand tried their hard to keep the game going and to reduce the win margin difference as Daryl Mitchell and N Wagner stayed on the crease for 8 overs before Anderson took the wicket of N Wagner and then bowled the last player Blair Tickner (8) and placed England in the lead of 1-0 in the series. The Second Test is in Wellington from Friday.

England’s team is enjoying its victory in New Zealand after 2008. In the last matches, England has drawn five matches and got defeated in 2 innings in New Zealand. This win was also crucial for England in a way that they broke 5 match losing streak with loosing 3 matches with Australia in Day Night Tests and got defeated by India and New Zealand by 1 match each, their last victory was with West Indies at home in 2017.

England win under Ben Stokes and McCullum

This duo has begun with clean sweep to New Zealand at home in June by 3-0 and then defeated India in the rearranged fifth Test at Edgbaston and then 2-1 win over South Africa.

Then England went for Pakistan series and becomes the first Team to win 3-0 in Pakistan in away series. The win in Bay Oval also shows the guts of New England with smashing batting and Stokes declared his team innings on 325-9 from 58.2 overs in the first innings so as to out New Zealand batsmen as much as they can under the lights and stopped the hosts to 37-3. The main sensation of the England’s bowling side remains Stuart Broad with his magical bowling, which he is doing from few years like in Ashes 8-15 at Trent Bridge in 2015.

The biggest target New Zealand has chased in Test match still remains the same of 324 that they chased against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1994. Stuart Broad’s first wicket in second innings made wickets in Test bowling partnership as they passes Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath record of 1001 wickets in games played together.

Ben Stokes said,” It was another great performance very clinical with the bat and very clinical with the ball. When you look at the bowling attack we have got with the pink ball under the lights, we executed everything we wanted. To have Jimmy and Broady in your bowling attack, it is always going to be tough for the opposition.

“The most pleasing thing was that whenever New Zealand threw at us with the ball we managed to react to that. It was entertaining cricket. Even though we came away with the result, is what we want to do. Some days it is not going to work but thankfully everything we tried to do paid off.

“I am pretty blessed to be in charge of this bowling group at the moment. The idea was to take 10 wickets and that is what we are trying to do taking a scoreboard away in any situation. As long as we are taking 10 wickets, it doesn’t really matter as how many runs we go for. We have an ethos with the bat but also  with the ball.

Player of the match Harry Brook (89 of 81 balls and 54 of 41 balls) said that, “ With the bat, I think it helped that New Zealand went to bumpers early as I felt I could get in earlier. I stuck to my strengths and just kept on trying to whack it. We just want to put the bowler under as much pressure as we can. This is some of the most fun I have had. Every time I go out to bat I am excited to do what I want. You feel like you can play however you want.”

New Zealand Captain Tim Southee said,” “It is disappointing but credit to England, strategically they played it pretty well. We were on the receiving end of a couple of night periods that obviously weren’t ideal.

“The style they play is going to present opportunities and we saw that in the first innings. We got nine wickets in the end and in the second innings we got all 10 – but it’s about stopping the bleeding in between.

“Also, credit to the way they bowled under lights last night – Broady was pretty impressive – but if we’d have got through last night, we knew there wasn’t any demons.

“We’ve got a couple of days now to look forward to a different challenge, back to red-ball cricket. The guys are looking forward to getting back there.”

England bowler Chris Woakes to BT Sport,” “England have won the parts of the game they needed to. They manufactured things a little bit to make sure they were bowling at the right times under the lights but they still showed that Bazball effect of scoring quickly to make sure they had that opportunity. Credit to them, they have had a great Test match.”

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