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England complete dominant first Test win over New Zealand

England complete dominant first Test win over New Zealand
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England require less than a session on day four to complete a dominant victory over New Zealand in the first Test in Mount Maunganui.

England have opened up a series lead over New Zealand with a 267-run victory in the first Test in Mount Maunganui.

Having reduced the home side to 63-5 at stumps on day three, England were on the brink of the win with their opponents still requiring 331 runs.

Any chance of an unlikely run chase effectively ended in the third over, Jack Leach removing Michael Bracewell for 25, and it allowed James Anderson to take over at the other end.

Just as Stuart Broad picked up four quick wickets of the top order, his fellow veteran replicated those efforts by decimating the bottom order, ending with figures of 4-18.

Scott Kuggeleijn and Tim Southee were dismissed in successive balls, before Neil Wagner edged through to Ben Foakes after making nine off 22 deliveries.

To their credit, Daryl Mitchell, who defiantly made 57 not out, and Blair Tickner survived for over 10 overs, until Anderson bowled the tail-ender for eight.

After the match, captain Ben Stokes heaped praise on his team, singling out Anderson and Broad who became the most successful bowling partnership in Test history earlier in the match.

Stokes said: "It was another great performance. We were very clinical with the bat and obviously very clinical with the ball.

"You look at the bowling attack that we've got, with this pink ball especially under lights, we executed everything as well as we wanted to.

"When you got the likes of Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson in your bowling attack, it's always going to be tough for any opposition with the bat in hand."

With one Test remaining, England are guaranteed at least a share of the spoils, but they have now posted 10 wins in 11 Tests under Stokes' leadership.

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