Anderson at the Double Before New Zealand Fight Back

The 32-year-old Lancashire paceman started this match, his 104th Test, with 399 Test wickets.

Published: 29th May 2015 11:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2015 11:29 PM   |  A+A-

James Anderson

England's James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Marlon Samuels during the last day of their first cricket Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda, Friday, April 17, 2015.


LEEDS: James Anderson became the first England bowler to take 400 Test wickets as he induced a New Zealand top-order slump on the first day of the second Test at Headingley today.

But New Zealand recovered to 123 for three at tea on a rain-marred day after being sent into bat by England captain Alastair Cook.

Tom Latham was 51 not out and Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, 41 not out.

Anderson removed both Martin Guptill, Latham's opening partner, and Kane Williamson for ducks to reduce New Zealand to two for two after the morning session was washed out without a ball being bowled.

The 32-year-old Lancashire paceman started this match, his 104th Test, with 399 Test wickets.

Anderson needed just eight balls Friday to join the '400 club', reaching the landmark with a classic delivery that took Guptill's outside edge and was well caught, above his head, by second slip Ian Bell, who dropped a couple of chances during England's 124-run victory in the first Test at Lord's.

No sooner had Anderson struck then rain forced a 10-minute stoppage.

But when play resumed, Anderson quickly had his 401st Test wicket.

Williamson, who scored a century at Lord's, was back on the ground where he had played for county champions Yorkshire.

But Williamson's second ball Friday saw him edge Anderson to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.

Anderson had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls to leave New Zealand two for two in a match the tourists had to win to square the two-match series at 1-1.

For New Zealand, it was all to reminiscent of their second innings at Lord's where they slumped to two for nought and 12 for three.

England thought they had a third wicket on Friday when opener Latham, then on 18, was given out caught behind off Stuart Broad, only to overturn the decision on review.

Latham and Ross Taylor scored briskly during a third-wicket stand of 66 in 74 balls.

However, their partnership ended when Taylor played no stroke to a Broad delivery that cut back and was lbw for 20.

New Zealand were now 72 for three but an undaunted McCullum drove his first ball, from Broad, high over cover for six.

Meanwhile left-hander Latham completed a 72-ball fifty including eight fours.

He was still on fifty when a Ben Stokes delivery caught the shoulder of his bat. A leaping Joe Root at gully got fingertips to the ball but couldn't hold on.

With McCullum taking the lead, the fourth-wicket duo's stand was so far worth 55 in 60 balls.

England named an unchanged side but New Zealand gave a Test debut to wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi, with first-choice gloveman BJ Watling playing as a batsman only after suffering a knee injury at Lord's.

Ronchi replaced Corey Anderson after the all-rounder was ruled out with a back problem.

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