Veteran England seamer Stuart Broad sent Lord’s into a frenzy on Saturday with a blistering new-ball spell at the Home of Cricket.
A blistering new-ball spell from veteran seamer Stuart Broad has set up a dramatic conclusion to the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s.
England claimed three wickets in three consecutive deliveries on Saturday to turn the series opener on its head and keep the hosts in contention for an unlikely victory in London.
The Black Caps were in a dominant position overnight, leading by 227 runs with six wickets in hand and two settled batters at the crease.
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After the start of day three was delayed due to rain, New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell brought up his second Test century with a classy drive through the covers.
But momentum quickly shifted in England’s favour after the second new ball was taken — Broad removed Mitchell in the 84th over with a beauty that nipped away from the right-hander and kissed the outside edge, ending his 195-run fifth-wicket partnership with gloveman Tom Blundell.
As Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme waltzed out into the middle, Broad riled up the spectators by throwing his arms in the air.
And the strategy seemingly worked, with the 35-year-old’s following delivery striking de Grandhomme on the front pad.
But as Broad appealed for LBW, England’s Ollie Pope threw down the stumps at the striker’s end from the slip cordon, finding de Grandhomme short of his ground after lazily walking down the pitch.
And the carnage was far from over — Broad’s next delivery crashed into Kyle Jamieson’s off stump, sending the Lord’s crowd into a frenzy.
After waiting 366 deliveries for a breakthrough, England had mustered three wickets in three balls.
Sussex cricketer Fynn Hudson-Prentice tweeted: “What is going on here?”
Australian bowler Megan Schutt posted: “This is madness.”
Soon after, England stalwart James Anderson trapped Blundell plumb in front four runs short of his third Test century — a desperate review couldn’t save the New Zealand wicketkeeper.
Debutant leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, who had earlier replaced Jack Leach as a concussion substitute, wrapped up the innings by removing the dangerous Tim Southee for his maiden Test wicket.
New Zealand had lost their last six wickets for 34 runs, setting England a challenging target of 277 for victory — England’s largest successful run chase at Lord’s in Test cricket is 282, achieved in 2004.
The hosts are 1/31 at lunch on day three, with Black Caps all-rounder Jamieson dismissing England opener Alex Lees for 20 moments before the break.