England inch their way to victory

May 28, 2013, 08:40 IST | AFP

Graeme Swann caused New Zealand yet more trouble as England eyed victory, and a 2-0 series win, in the second and final Test at Headingley yesterday

New Zealand were 68 for three at tea on the fourth day, still needing a further 400 runs to reach their huge victory target of 468.

The most any side has ever made in the fourth innings to win a Test is West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia in Antigua in 2002-03.

Graeme Swann

And the corresponding record for New Zealand is the 325 for four they posted against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1993-94.

In the first innings New Zealand collapsed to 174 all out — although this was an improvement on the 68 they managed in the second innings of their 170-run first Test loss at Lord’s. Stuart Broad, removed struggling opener Peter Fulton for five after the tall batsman could only fend a rising delivery to Ian Bell in the gully. 

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