Anderson haul puts England on top

A FIVE-wicket haul by seamer James Anderson has put England firmly in charge in the second Test against New ZealandAnderson, recalled alongside Stuart Broad, in place of senior pacemen Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard in the aftermath of the dismal 189-runs first Test defeat, finished on five for 73.

A FIVE-wicket haul by seamer James Anderson has put England firmly in charge in the second Test against New Zealand

Anderson, recalled alongside Stuart Broad, in place of senior pacemen Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard in the aftermath of the dismal 189-runs first Test defeat, finished on five for 73.

England's new-look attack dismissed New Zealand for a lowly 198 in reply to their first innings total of 342 to establish a 144-runs first innings advantage at the Basin Reserve.

By the close of a second day which had included a maiden Test century for Tim Ambrose, England had extended that lead to 148 runs by reaching four without loss after surviving a testing five overs before the close.

The tourists had resumed on 291 for five with all eyes on Ambrose to see whether he could get the three runs required to end a run of 66 successive overseas Tests without a century from an England wicketkeeper.

He reached the landmark in streaky circumstances off the 19th ball of the day when he fended a Jacob Oram short ball off the shoulder of the bat down to the third man boundary for four.

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