James Anderson places seal on England’s crushing 267-run victory over New Zealand

England 325 for 9 dec (Brook 89, Duckett 84, Wagner 4-82) and 374 (Root 57, Brook 54, Foakes 51, Tickner 3-55) beat New Zealand 306 (Blundell 138, Conway 77, Robinson 4-54) and 126 (Mitchell 57*, Anderson 4-18, Broad 4-49) by 267 runs

James Anderson offered the fourth-day mop-up after Stuart Broad’s third-evening blitz, as England put the seal on a crushing 267-run victory within the first Test at Mount Maunganui. Though Daryl Mitchell saved some face for New Zealand with a preventing half-century, victory was sealed with quarter-hour remaining of the primary session.

Anderson’s surging burst of 4 for 18 in 7.3 overs dovetailed with Broad’s in a single day 4 for 21, to supply a becoming denouement to a match of many milestones for the veteran seam pairing – 15 years and now 1009 wickets after their partnership was launched on this very nation on England’s 2008 tour.

Those first two matches collectively, at Wellington and Napier in 2008, additionally occurred to be England’s final two victories in New Zealand. But after this newest show of poise and dominance, Ben Stokes’ males can head again to the Basin Reserve subsequent week with their sights set on one other sequence victory, having now received 10 of their 11 Tests because the begin of his tenure final June, and claimed ten wickets in each one in all their 21 fielding stints in that interval.

Despite Broad’s heroics on the third night, Stokes opted to show to the spin of Jack Leach for the day’s first over, and it took simply three balls of his second for Leach to make the primary dent in New Zealand’s remaining resistance. Faced with a touch of flip into the physique from over the wicket, the left-handed Michael Bracewell flicked limply off his pads for Harry Brook to pocket the best of probabilities at brief midwicket.

Nine balls later, the match was pretty much as good as over, due to an Anderson double-whammy. First in his sights was the debutant Scott Kuggeleijn, a nuggetty presence within the first innings, however a deer within the headlights second outing, as Anderson pinned him on the knee-roll with an inch-perfect nipbacker to say his 250th wicket in abroad Tests.

One ball later, Tim Southee was gone as properly – caught on the crease as Anderson dragged his size again, and opening the face on affect to supply catching apply to Joe Root at first slip. That dismissal could have offered Anderson with an extra measure of satisfaction, for it took his common in abroad Tests beneath 30, an extra debunking of the long-disproved notion that he loses his affect when faraway from English circumstances.

Mitchell, New Zealand’s kind participant from final summer time’s tour of England, did his finest to shore up his facet, and the second of his two straight sixes off Leach a minimum of guided them previous the ignominy of a double-figure complete – a destiny that befell England of their final pink-ball Test on this nation, at Auckland in 2017-18.

By then, nonetheless, Anderson had claimed his third and New Zealand’s ninth wicket. Neil Wagner hung round with some willpower for 22 balls, together with a flamboyant slap for 4, however when Anderson pitched it up shortly after he may solely snick a excessive edge into the cordon, the place Ben Foakes leapt to his left to seize. That wicket additionally meant that, after 178 Tests and for the primary time since his debut sequence towards Zimbabwe, 20 lengthy years in the past, Anderson’s general common had dropped beneath 26.

Broad duly returned with a five-for up for grabs, however neither Mitchell nor Blair Tickner, recent from his tail-end heroics within the first innings, was able to go down with no struggle. Mitchell duly launched Broad by way of midwicket to achieve his fifty from 94 balls, whereas on the different finish, the debutant Tickner hung round for 8 from 29, including one other tenth-wicket stand of 35 to the 59 he had contributed with Tom Blundell within the first innings. Anderson, nonetheless, returned for one more burst within the second hour, and fired a match-winning inswinger by way of his defences.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket

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