LEEDS – Off-spinner Graeme Swann took his haul for the match to 10 wickets as England claimed victory over New Zealand in the second Test on a tense final day at Headingley today.
Needing just four wickets to complete a 2-0 series win, it took the hosts until 3:36 p.m. to finish the job on a rain-interrupted day in Leeds.
Swann became the first England spinner to take 10 wickets in a Test at Headingley since Derek Underwood in 1972, finishing with figures of 10-132 for the match.
After a start delayed by more than an hour, New Zealand resumed on 158-6 and had added just four runs when captain Brendon McCullum was superbly caught and bowled by Stuart Broad off a low full toss, the 6ft 7in paceman getting down by his bootstraps to take a low, two-handed catch.
Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell then put on a brisk 50 in 35 balls, Southee twice hooking Stephen Finn for six and Bracewell also hitting the same bowler for a maximum.The fun finally came to an end when Southee pushed forward to Swann and Jonathan Trott took a low catch to his left at first slip.
That ended the stand at 60 with Southee making 38 in 41 balls, but more importantly it made Swann the first England spinner to take five-for at Leeds since John Emburey in 1985 against Australia.
Ten minutes later the rain came down again and an early lunch was taken.
Play resumed at 3 p.m. with rain in the air and more forecast, with England’s frustration mounting after Bracewell edged Swann and was given out, only to be rightly reprieved on review.
But at 3:10 p.m. Bracewell pushed forward to Swann, the ball flicked off his pad onto a glove and Ian Bell took a brilliant one-handed catch.
Trent Boult looked secure against Swann for almost half an hour but he lasted just three balls against the pace of James Anderson, edging a diving catch to Matt Prior.
At last England had the win and the series whitewash, while Anderson has now matched Fred Trueman’s 307 Test wickets and is joint third in his country’s all-time list.