New Zealand Flattened by Englands Top Class Bowlers

Jonathon MurphyCorrespondent IJune 8, 2008

England have remarkably defeated New Zealand by an astonishing innings and nine runs.

After tremendous efforts by swing bowler James Anderson and rookie paceman Stuart Broad, New Zealand succumbed to a heavy loss. Following England's secure first innings total of 364, Vaughan's bowlers had a crack at New Zealand. This included a lifetime best from James Anderson with 7 wickets at the cost of 48 runs and two late wickets from Stuart Broad.

New Zealand only managed a poor 123 in their first innings, so they had to follow on.

In their second innings New Zealand didn't do much better. By the end of the third day, they were 177-5.

On the fourth day Sidebottom bowled amazingly and took another four wickets to add to his other two. Also, Anderson bowled another great ball to remove New Zealand tail ender Chris Martin and seal the victory.

England bowled so well they didn't even need a second innings.

After the victory New Zealand Captain Daniel Vettori said, "We were thoroughly outplayed".

England played very well in this test and with it won the series, a very good victory. However, I think they need more of a challenge and their next test against South Africa should provide that.

If they win against South Africa and Sri Lanka topple India, England will move up to second in the ICC test rankings behind Australia.