England v New Zealand: Anderson takes 300th wicket but Kiwis on top
England v New Zealand: James Anderson takes three wickets - including his 300th - to limit New Zealand to 153-4 on day two
James Anderson collected three wickets – including his 300th in Test cricket – but it wasn’t enough as New Zealand remained on the front foot on day two of the first Test at Lord’s.
The 30-year-old right-arm pace bowler joined an illustrious England club which includes Bob Willis, Sir Ian Botham and Fred Trueman.
Aside from Anderson’s heroics, it was New Zealand who impressed, dismissing England for 232 all out before the Kiwis posted a total of 153-4 in response.
The hosts slowly built on their lead in the morning session, with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root at the crease before latter’s shot down to fine leg was caught by BJ Watling off a Tim Southee delivery.
Matt Prior, who was named ECB cricketer of the year earlier this week, came in but the wicketkeeper was soon on his way back to the pavilion, ousted by Southee for a duck.
It left the New Zealand bowler with a hat-trick ball but Stuart Broad momentarily survived before Neil Wagner dismissed the England bowler for 0.
England were struggling on 195-7, and Swann’s shot from a Wagner delivery was caught behind by Watlin, meaning the hosts had lost four wickets for nine runs.
The tourists tightened their grip on the first Test as England added 12 more runs after lunch before Steve Finn fell LBW for four.
And England’s first innings were brought to an abrupt halt when Southee produced a brilliant catch to take Bairstow’s mistimed shot.
However, fast bowler Anderson got the hosts off to the perfect reply as he ousted Hamish Rutherford for just four runs, with Alastair Cook taking a sharp catch.
Moments later, the Nottinghamshire man took his second wicket – and 300th in Test cricket – to leave Peter Fulton (2) reeling and the tourists struggling on 7-2.
The Kiwis did respond, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor steadying the ship and seeing the tourists through to 54-2 at Tea.
However, it was England’s man-of-the-moment Anderson who finally ended Taylor’s spell as the batsman was caught on the front of the pad LBW.
And Steven Finn took the late wicket of Dean Brownlie as bad light stopped play on day two with the tourists on 153-4.