Second Test, New Zealand v England | Late wickets take shine off Broad haul

Stuart Broad celebrates another wicket
Stuart Broad celebrates another wicket

Stuart Broad took four for 73 as New Zealand unravelled after tea but England lost Dom Sibley and Joe Denly late on day two of the second Test at Hamilton.

Scorecard

New Zealand 375 Latham 105, Broad 4-73

England 39-2 Burns 24*


Stuart Broad took four for 73 as New Zealand unravelled after tea but England lost Dom Sibley and Joe Denly late on day two of the second Test at Hamilton.

A 124-run stand between BJ Watling (55) and Test debutant Daryl Mitchell (73) - after Tom Latham had fallen for 105 - lifted the Black Caps to 315 for five.

However, Broad's bouncers led to the downfall of both Watling and Mitchell as New Zealand lost their last five wickets for the addition of only 60 runs before England closed on 39 for two at Seddon Park.

Dom Sibley endured a fraught stay at the crease, pinned lbw for four after playing around a straight one from Tim Southee, who had earlier clattered the England opener on the helmet.

Joe Denly then edged behind off former Kent team-mate Matt Henry while Rory Burns was dropped on 10 and 19 as England's top-order threatened to undo the bowlers' fine efforts on a surface that had offered them little.

The short ball was a common theme throughout the day though it seemed England would once again be ground into submission by Watling, the double centurion at Mount Maunganui, where the tourists' innings defeat means they need to win here to square the series.

Perhaps in an effort to boost their chances, Ben Stokes bowled 11 overs despite being visibly discomforted by his left knee on day one.

He showed few signs of the problem bothering him on Saturday although his left leg was heavily strapped before play.

It was initially thought he would be restricted to a fielding brief only as New Zealand resumed on 173 for three, with play starting half an hour earlier after an afternoon thunderstorm the day before.

Latham lasted just nine balls before leaving a straight one, his rare misjudgement allowing Broad to clip the top of off-stump, while Henry Nicholls carelessly hooked Sam Curran to Broad at long leg to depart for 16.

Curran had earlier induced the outside edge of Watling, only for the ball to bounce in front of wicketkeeper Ollie Pope.

Mitchell gradually found his footing alongside the more unflustered Watling, serving notice of his intent with a towering six down the ground off Joe Denly's part-time leg spin.

The second new ball came and went with no reward for England, who stuck diligently to their task, Woakes yielding just six runs in a seven-over spell either side of the lunch interval.

Jofra Archer mixed up a short-ball barrage with a few of his customary knuckle balls as England were able to keep a tight leash on the scoring rate in a session where only 67 runs were added in 26.5 overs.

Mitchell expertly crunched Stokes through the covers before pulling the seamer with some authority to reach a half-century, with Watling reaching the milestone from a painstaking 180 balls.

Just as it seemed the wicketkeeper was settling in for the long haul, Broad made the breakthrough with the last ball before the tea interval.

After the ball was released from more than a foot behind the crease, some extra bounce startled Watling, caught the shoulder of the bat and flew to Burns to complete a gully catch.

Broad's bouncer also accounted for Mitchell on the resumption, the Test debutant pulling down the throat of Archer at fine leg for the youngster's first catch in England whites.

There were a couple of lusty blows from Tim Southee and Mitch Santner, who twice pulled Archer over the deep backward square-leg boundary, the second of which seemed to hit a steward on the head.

Southee edged a lifter behind off Woakes, who took the leg-side catch in the deep as Archer had his revenge on Santner before Neil Wagner chipped a Curran full toss to midwicket to bring New Zealand's innings to a conclusion.

England needed to survive an hour and a half at the end of the day and their position could have been worse had Burns not been dropped by Ross Taylor at first slip before he was given another life by Jeet Raval at midwicket.

Burns was unbeaten on 24 at stumps with England captain Joe Root on six not out.


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Stuart Broad believes England's batsmen should be eyeing a substantial lead against New Zealand after day two of the second Test at Hamilton.

Broad was the pick of England's attack with four wickets for 73 runs on a surface that offered precious little for fast bowlers as the Black Caps were restricted to 375 all out before the tourists closed on 39 for two.

With opener Dom Sibley and Joe Denly back in the pavilion, Broad has called on the remaining batsmen to deliver, endorsing Rory Burns to challenge New Zealand's bowlers.

"If a batsman really applies himself on these pitches and doesn't play loose shots and wants to just score in their area, they can be a real handful," Broad said.

"Someone like Rory Burns is our key batsman because he's someone that has his areas that he scores in and if he can stay in that bubble and not chase balls outside off-stump etc, he's someone who could go and get 200.

"If we bat through the whole of (Sunday) and go past New Zealand, we can apply some pressure on them in the second innings. If we don't go and get 400, we can't.

"We know we've got to go and bat 150 overs here to set up a game on day five. If you're a batsman, you'd want to bat out there, wouldn't you? If you were good at batting, you'd fancy that."

In the last Test at Seddon Park, New Zealand amassed 715 for six declared after restricting Bangladesh to 234 all out before completing an innings win, and Broad admitted England will be following a similar blueprint.

"For us to win this game, we'll need a batter to get 150-plus and someone else to get a hundred and leave ourselves a day to bowl them out on day five," he said.

"I think that's how New Zealand won the last Test they played here - they got 700 and odd for six. Arguably, they're probably 300 under-par."

Broad revealed England have a different mindset because of the flat surfaces in New Zealand, where the touring seamers varied their paces and lengths on Saturday afternoon.

After Tom Latham was dismissed for 105, having added only four to his overnight 101, an attritional 124-run stand between BJ Watling and Test debutant Daryl Mitchell helped New Zealand recover from 191 for five.

However, England's tactics ensured they reaped their rewards shortly before the tea interval and beyond as New Zealand were only to add 60 runs for their final five wickets.

"If you win the toss and bowl in England and concede 370, you'd be distraught," Broad added.

"They make you work hard for the wickets here. On pitches like this you've got to pick your times to attack and New Zealand played really well between lunch and tea. We needed to make something happen after tea.

"We won the toss and bowled not to bowl New Zealand out for 150 - it was a 330-350 - and then bat big once to try to win the game. We thought it would be our best chance to take 20 wickets in five days, by bowling first."

Watling, England's tormentor with an epic double century in Mount Maunganui that helped New Zealand to an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, was out for a painstaking 55 to a Broad bumper.

Mitchell also fell into Broad's short-ball trap, but after contributing 73 in his first Test innings, having replaced the injured Colin De Grandhomme, he said: "It's pretty cool to be be able to contribute.

"If you said at the start of the day, I would have done that I'd have been happy. I'm not complaining."

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