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Broad blows New Zealand away

STUART BROAD was an irresistible force as he and James Anderson left New Zealand in tatters at Lord's, and England captain Alastair Cook hailing their exemplary new-ball bowling.

Broad's career-best 7-44 and two wickets from Anderson skittled New Zealand out in under two hours for just 68 as England won by 170 runs to go 1-0 up with one to play in the series.

Cook became the first England captain since 1936 to deploy only two men to bowl a team out – one Australian was absent hurt in Brisbane 77 years ago, and the Kiwis' final wicket was a run-out.

Afterwards, he spoke in glowing but measured terms of a bowling performance which gave the New Zealanders no leeway from the outset and made a mockery of an apparently plausible pursuit of 239 to win.

"That hour Jimmy and Broady bowled there was as good as any bowling I've seen in an opening spell," said Cook.

"Obviously he's (Broad) done it on numerous occasions now. "Anyone who bowls at high-80s (miles per hour) from 6'5" and bangs a good length – and it's swinging – it's going to be very hard."

Irish Independent