S.C.J. Broad

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Statistics suggest that England’s victory over New Zealand at Lord’s in 2013 was a one-sided affair, but had it not been for Stuart Broad’s seven-wicket haul in the visitors’ second innings, the result of this tussle might have been very different.

England had suggested they would compile a big score in their first innings at 192 for four, but collapsed to 232 all out. Five wickets for James Anderson and four for Steven Finn saw England claim a slender first innings lead of 25.

England collapsed again though in their second innings, from 171 for 4 to 213 all out, setting New Zealand a more-than feasible 239 to win. Broad had other ideas, though as he and compatriot Anderson claimed nine of the ten wickets on offer.

Broad ended the innings with figures of 7 for 44, single-handedly reducing the Kiwis to 21 for 4 at one stage, before they were bowled out for 68 in only 135 deliveries, sealing victory for England by 170 runs.

The rampant Broad claimed his five-for in only 34 balls, and along with Anderson, had done the job themselves; for the first time in an England Test since the 1936-37 Ashes series, only two bowlers were used in a completed innings.

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