England pressed for victory in the rain-shortened first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s today by capturing three second-innings wickets before lunch on the final day. New Zealand were 3-113 at the interval, an overall lead of 71, with opener Jamie How on 66 after the Kiwis had resumed on 0-40.
England struck 22 minutes into the session when Aaron Redmond, who had defended stubbornly for 86 minutes, edged James Anderson to Andrew Strauss at first slip for 17.
Seventeen balls later James Marshall was dismissed for a duck, lbw playing around a full delivery from Ryan Sidebottom.
Ross Taylor, who scored a frenetic 19 from 20 balls in the first innings, again started streakily and How enjoyed a huge slice of luck on 46 with the score on 75 when Strauss dropped a simple head-high catch off Stuart Broad.
How brought up his second Test fifty with a slash over the slips off Broad and Taylor played two fine boundary shots off Anderson’s next over, one through extra-cover and another off his legs.
Michael Vaughan finally brought Monty Panesar into the attack after 94 minutes from the Nursery End.
How swept four and three off successive balls before Panesar responded by dismissing Taylor lbw for 20 with the score on 99, hitting the batsman on the pad with a full delivery.
Brendon McCullum, who rescued New Zealand in the first innings with 97 from as many balls, lofted Panesar for four to get off the mark. The Kiwi wicketkeeper was on 10 at the break.