ENG vs NZ: Stuart Broad shreds New Zealand’s top order as England close in to win 1st pink-ball Test

England seamer Stuart Broad bowls four of New Zealand's top six under the lights as hosts end day three of pink-ball Test on 63-5 having been set 394 to win

Stuart Broad
  • Cricket Winner | February 18, 2023 | 9:14 pm

Stuart Broad’s dismissal of Conway, castled through the gate attempting a lavish drive, took him and Anderson to 1,002 wickets in the 133 Tests they have played together, above the haul of 1,001 managed by Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne for Australia across 104 games.

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Stuart Broad’s subsequent removals of Williamson and Latham were brilliant – the 36-year-old nipping a delicious delivery back through the gate to bowl the right-handed Williamson and then doing likewise to poleaxe the left-handed Latham, shortly after having Latham dropped by Zak Crawley at slip during one of his trademark game-altering spells.

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Stuart Broad’s magic puts England on brink of its first Test victory

The seamer then smashed the stumps of first-innings centurion Blundell after Ollie Robinson had nicked off Henry Nicholls (7). A shell-shocked home side ended on 63-5 – Michael Bracewell (25no) and Daryl Mitchell (13no) extending the game into at least a fourth day – but England are closing in on a 10th victory in 11 Tests since Ben Stokes became captain and former Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum head coach as well as a first in New Zealand since 2008, the tour on which Anderson and Broad were first paired.

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Broad began the day with the bat in his hand, having come out as England’s ‘nighthawk’ on the second evening once Crawley was caught behind off home debutant Blair Tickner (3-55). Stuart Broad made himself and James Anderson the record wicket-taking partnership in Test history as he shredded New Zealand during a stunning spell to put England on course for victory in the pink-ball game at Mount Maunganui.