England Made To Wait Before Sealing Huge Victory
England were made to wait by both the rain and some dogged New Zealand resistance before eventually claiming a 2-0 series victory with a 247-run win in the second and final Test at Headingley.
Lunch was taken early after England had removed Brendon McCullum and following a lengthy delay, New Zealand were bowled out for 220 having been set a nominal 468 to win.
Graeme Swann picked up figures of six for 90, Stuart Broad removed the dangerous McCullum with a brilliant caught and bowled before James Anderson pulled equal with Fred Trueman's mark of 307 wickets, winning the game with the wicket of Trent Boult.
Play was initially delayed as the forecast rain arrived but when the teams did get onto the field, England did not waste much time before they struck, Broad diving to his left to latch onto a leading edge from a mis-timed McCullum drive. New Zealand's captain had made just one.
Tim Southee fared better, much better in fact, as he took on the England bowlers by hitting four fours and two sixes, the latter two over midwicket off short balls that he proved himself more than equal to. Unfortunately for him, he proved less adept at defending, and after one prod brought about an edge that was dropped by Jonathan Trott off Graeme Swann, the next one was held by the same fielder off the same bowler.
His 38 in 41 balls was matched in fluency by Doug Bracewell, who made 19 in 29 before he was caught by Ian Bell off Swann as England homed in on victory.
Just as in the first innings, the last-wicket pair frustrated them further, neither Neil Wagner nor Boult scoring a run but using up 37 and 24 balls respectively before Anderson had Boult caught behind by Matthew Prior.
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