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Broad brings NZ down to earth

A six-wicket haul by England paceman Stuart Broad left New Zealand fighting for survival as they were forced to follow on in the second Test at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

A six-wicket haul by England paceman Stuart Broad left New Zealand fighting for survival as they were forced to follow on in the second Test at Wellington’s Basin Reserve. At stumps,with two days remaining,New Zealand were 77/1 in their second innings,requiring a further 134 runs to make England bat again as they struggle to keep the series all square. After the early loss of Hamish Rutherford,Peter Fulton (41 not out) and Kane Williamson (16 not out) negotiated the rest of the final session. Earlier,Broad destroyed New Zealand’s first innings with 6/51,his seventh five-wicket haul in 54 Tests,as New Zealand collapsed to 254 all out in reply to England’s first innings 465.

The home side started the third day precariously poised at 66/3 and after overnight batsmen Kane Williamson (42) and Dean Brownlie (18) departed Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling put on 100 for the sixth wicket. As the last recognised batsmen,New Zealand needed the pair to remain in the middle as long as possible but both foundered in the 60s,opening up the tail. The only other sign of resistance for the Black Caps came from Bruce Martin who finished unbeaten on 21 after producing figures of 4/130 in England’s first innings. McCullum was able to keep Broad out but was undone by Steven Finn,edging the ball to the slips where Jonathan Trott made no mistake after earlier dropping Watling.

New Zealand fell apart after McCullum’s departure for 69,losing their last five wickets for just 65 runs,ending up 12 runs short of avoiding the follow-on.

Brief scores: NZ 1st innings 254 (Brendon McCullum 69,BJ Watling 60; Stuart Broad 6/51),2nd Innings 77/1 (P Fulton 41 not out); England 1st Innings 465