x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Stuart Broad's double puts England in charge against New Zealand

The fast bowler strikes twice to put hosts on back foot after England make 465 in first innings of second Test.

Stuart Broad, left, celebrates taking the wicket of Hamish Rutherford.
Stuart Broad, left, celebrates taking the wicket of Hamish Rutherford.

Stuart Broad suddenly accelerated England's progress with two wickets in two balls on a day when their rewards were otherwise hard-earned at the Basin Reserve.

Contrasting half-centuries from Kevin Pietersen (73) and Matt Prior (82) ensured the tourists cashed in on day two of the second Test against New Zealand after Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton's hundreds on Thursday.

It nonetheless seemed England's bowlers would need plenty of stamina, as well as skill, on a benign pitch as the Kiwis responded to 465 all out with impressive resolve against the new ball. Broad, in fact, was already into the sixth over of his spell before he saw off Hamish Rutherford and then bowled Ross Taylor as the hosts scrambled to 66 for three at stumps.

Cloud replaced sunshine almost as soon as England's innings was done at teatime, but there were no immediate gains for either James Anderson or Steven Finn. Anderson did have his 293rd Test wicket, in his fourth over, when Peter Fulton fenced a catch to first slip.

But Rutherford, a revelation with his century on debut in last week's Dunedin stalemate, and number three Kane Williamson then dug in for more than an hour. England continued to bowl well, but were met with accomplished defence until Rutherford succumbed - also edging to Alastair Cook at slip, in a near mirror-image replay of his opening partner's departure.

In awkward light, Broad then produced the perfect delivery to a new batsman, full-length swing bursting through Taylor's static attempt to protect his stumps.

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