Sunday, 19 May 2013, 11:34pm
Broad heroics steer England to win
Broad put Tim Southee's 10-wicket match haul for the Kiwis entirely in the shade on an astounding fourth day at Lord's with career-best figures of seven for 44 which fast-tracked England to victory and a 1-0 lead in this two-match series with more than four sessions to spare.
New Zealand must have thought Southee (six for 50) had given them a chance of following up three draws on home soil two months ago against England, after their hosts had lost their last four wickets for 33 in the morning and eight for 54 since they began to hit trouble on Saturday night. But Broad took centre stage as the tourists crumbled.
Broad's sensational day began with some valuable late-order batting, helping England to 213 all out - and then by lunch he had near single-handedly reduced the tourists to 29 for six in pursuit of what had at first seemed a perfectly feasible, if taxing, 239 to win.
Broad hit four fours in a run-a-ball 26 not out, and then dramatically seized the moment with the ball on another cloudy morning to see off openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford and the dangerous Ross Taylor in under three overs.
Fulton appeared a little compliant, edging behind on the back foot. But Broad then uprooted Rutherford's off-stump with a very good delivery which went up the slope off the pitch, and had Taylor edging low to slip for a second-ball duck.
Broad had to wait another two overs for the wicket of Kane Williamson, caught at extra-cover. James Anderson, who two days ago became only the fourth Englishman to take 300 Test wickets, got in on the act with a perfect one-two to Dean Brownlie - following up an inswinger with one that went the other way up the slope for another edge to slip.
Broad completed his five-wicket haul with the last ball of the morning when Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum was pinned in front lbw. After lunch, he soon had Southee - caught at deep square-leg and Anderson had B J Watling edging low into the cordon. Bruce Martin missed a mow at Broad and lost his middle-stump, before New Zealand's innings ended in a tragicomic run-out for Wagner.
Steven Finn was first to go when England at the start of the day, pushing outside off-stump and edging Southee low into the safe hands of substitute fielder Martin Guptill at second slip in the first over of the day.
Ian Bell, down at eight after spending time off the field with flu over the past two days, also poked a catch into the slips off Southee - to Brownlie at third this time. Graeme Swann then wafted an edge behind off Southee, and Anderson was last out when he drove Williamson's part-time off-spin straight to cover.
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Stuart Broad produced a devastating spell of bowling as England won the first Test at Lord's