Prior, Broad give England advantage

Prior, Broad give England advantage

Matt Prior produced an exceptional counter-attacking innings, and then Stuart Broad captured two wickets in successive balls as England took control of the second Test against New Zealand by the close of play of the second day on Friday.

England, who were bowled out for 465 just minutes before the tea interval, reduced New Zealand to 66 for three at stumps and put themselves firmly in charge of the match with three days still to play. Kane Williamson was 32 not out, while Dean Brownlie was on eight after England's pace bowlers had given the New Zealand line-up a torrid working over in the final session.

Broad seized on the earlier work by James Anderson and Steven Finn to lure Hamish Rutherford (23) into chasing a full wide delivery that only succeeded in catching an outside edge and the ball flew to Alastair Cook at first slip.

Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor was then clean bowled with a beautiful delivery that seamed slightly away and clipped the top of Taylor's off stump to leave the hosts in dire straits on 48 for three.

Brownlie survived the hat-trick delivery with a push to midwicket for two runs.

Earlier, England wicketkeeper Prior launched a blistering counter-attack to score 82 runs from 99 balls and halt any momentum New Zealand had been gathering.

ENGLAND (I Innings, O/n: 267/2)

Cook c Fulton b Wagner     17
Compton c Taylor b Martin     100
Trott c Watling b Boult     121
Pietersen c Fulton b Martin     73
Bell c Fulton b Martin     11
Root c Watling b Martin     10
Prior c Wagner b Williamson     82
Broad c Watling b Boult     6
Finn c McCullum b Wagner     24
Anderson (not out)     8
Panesar c Taylor b Williamson     0
Extras: (W-7, LB-3, NB-3)     13
Total: (all out, 146.5 overs)     465
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-236, 3-267, 4-302, 5-325, 6-366, 7-374, 8-457, 9-465.
Bowling: Southee 32-9-77-0, Boult 30-4-117-2, Wagner 33-5-122-2, Martin 48-11-130-4, Williamson 3.5-0-16-2


Fulton c Cook b Anderson     1
Rutherford c Cook b Broad     23
Williamson (batting)     32
Taylor b Broad     0
Brownlie (batting)     8
Extras (NB-2)     2
Total (for 3 wkts, 33 overs)     66
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-48, 3-48
Bowling: Anderson 10-3-17-1, Finn 7-1-11-0, Broad 7-0-18-2, Panesar 9-3-20-0.