England’s legendary pacer James Anderson has been living a fairy tale life as he is currently the highest wicket taker in terms of fast bowlers in the history of the longest format. Anderson took his first wicket in the ongoing Test match as he cleaned up Neil Wagner with a peach of a delivery.
The visitors New Zealand had taken a lead courtesy of some brilliant batting from Devon Conway and Ross Taylor, who contributed with their individual 80+ scores. However, both of them got out in the 80s and missed out on their hundreds. Just when their tail had started wagging, England bowlers started cleaning up the tail and Anderson led the way with the wicket of Wagner. Facing just his third ball, Wagner was dismissed by Anderson on a jaffa, which beat him on his inside edge, deflected off his pads and went on to hit the top of off stump.
Currently, New Zealand’s innings has ended as they’ve been bowled out for 388, taking a mammoth lead of 85 runs over England. Stuart Broad has taken four wickets and has managed to keep England alive in the game.
Hosts England are up against New Zealand in the ongoing second Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The first Test at Lord’s ended in a draw after England decided not to go after the target. Ahead of the second Test, England’s Ollie Robinson was suspended post his debut for offensive tweets when he was 18. As a result, England were forced to make a change and they brought Olly Stone to replace Ollie Robinson.
New Zealand, on the other hand, were eying the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, thus, resting their premier pacers was inevitable. The visitors made as many as six changes – Will Young, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult replaced Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Colin De Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee. While Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner and BJ Watling were injured, other three were rested to keep an eye on the WTC Final against India.
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Oh Jimmy Jimmy! 🐐
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