English speedster Stuart Broad became only the 2nd English bowler to reach 400 Test wickets. However, his record was overshadowed by a brilliant bowling performance by New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee as they were skittled out for 58 within 21 overs. It was his teammate James Anderson who achieved the feat first. He is the only English bowler to bag 500 or more Test wickets.
Broad achieved the feat when he had Tom Latham caught at mid-wicket at the beginning of the final session on Day 1 at the Eden Park in Auckland. Broad was dismissed for a duck along with Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali. It was Boult and Southee who ripped through the English batting order.
England was earlier skittled out for 58 in the 1st innings. It was Boult who bagged 6/32 while Southee chipped in with four wickets. The 31-year-old bowler made his Test debut for England way back in 2007. Since then Broad has become an integral part of the team with his exceptional bowling.
In his career so far Broad has bagged 15 five-wicket hauls and a couple of 10 wickets match hauls. His best performance came in the 2015 Ashes series where he ended with magical figures of 8/15 in his home ground at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
While most of the wickets were the credit of the two bowlers Boult and Southee, the credit for the wicket of Stuart Broad goes to Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson. It was a full-length delivery outside the off stump. Broad went for an expansive drive and could only manage an outside edge. It was flying over the slip cordon, but Williamson had other ideas.
He gave a valiant effort by putting up his hand, and the ball stuck in his grasp. It was a stunning catch. Following the dismissal, England was reduced to 27/9. In the end, it was a good knock of 33 runs from Craig Overton which helped the visitors get past the half-century mark.
In reply, New Zealand began quite strongly and ended the day’s play on 175/3. Skipper Williamson was batting on 91 when stumps were taken while Henry Nicholls was the other unbeaten batsman.
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