Anderson treble rocks New Zealand

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2008, 21:27 [IST]
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James Anderson's three wickets left New Zealand on the defensive at tea on the first day of the first Test against England at Lord's Thursday.

New Zealand, after rain had washed out the morning session, were 109 for five with Anderson having taken three wickets for 27 runs in 10 overs.

Fellow seamer Stuart Broad followed up with two for 34 in nine after England captain Michael Vaughan had won the toss and decided to field first in overcast conditions favouring seam bowlers.

Anderson, who saw off a threat to his place from Matthew Hoggard in a team unchanged from the one that completed a 2-1 Test series win in New Zealand in March, removed debutant Aaron Redmond for a duck and fellow opener Jamie How for seven.

He then ended a fifth-wicket stand of 28 when he bowled Daniel Flynn, the other debutant in the New Zealand side, round the left-hander's legs for nine shortly before tea.

Wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum was 36 not out at the interval with all-rounder Jacob Oram unbeaten on nought.

Finding a reliable first-wicket partnership has proved a major problem for New Zealand during recent seasons.

Hopes were high that the 28-year-old Redmond, whose father Rodney made a century in the first innings of his only Test against Pakistan in 1973, might fill the void after scores of 146 and 64 against England 'A' last week.

But having survived his first four balls from Anderson, he edged the fifth, which cut away slightly, to Alastair Cook at third slip and New Zealand were two for one.

The 28-year-old Otago player could console himself with the knowledge that New Zealand batting great Glenn Turner had started his illustrious Test career with a duck, against the West Indies at Auckland in 1968/69.

And he would have found some sympathy in he visitors' dressing room at Lord's from Oram and pace bowler Kyle Mills, the other two members of the current side who made ducks in their first Test innings.

Out in the middle, New Zealand soon lost their second wicket.

Anderson, who had had James Marshall caught behind off a no-ball, didn't overstep when How flat-footedly edged through to wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose.

Both Marshall and Ross Taylor went for their shots and they each got away with reckless strokes outside off-stump.

Taylor, who'd nearly run out Marshall after a crazy single, exited when an impatient top-edged pull off Broad was caught by Paul Collingwood, running back from second slip.

Marshall though showed what could be achieved by orthodox batting when he off-drove Broad for four.

But Marshall, playing away from his body, subsequently nicked Broad through to first slip Andrew Strauss to end a 104-minute innings of 24.

Flynn was admirably composed while taking 16 balls to get off the mark, which he achieved when he clipped left-armer Ryan Sidebottom, England's key man in New Zealand with 24 wickets, off his legs for four.

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