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Broad brilliance seals first Test

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If England's batsmen disappoint, the bowlers will excel. That was the lesson of the first Test of the English summer as Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson scuttled out New Zealand with a breathtaking display of pace bowling. Broad, with one of the most impressive spells of fast bowling ever seen at Lord's, demonstrated he was back to his best just in time for this summer's Ashes.

England's batsmen had looked rusty in both of their innings. After a brief flurry from Broad with the bat in the morning of the fourth day, they had set New Zealand a total of 239 to chase, a respectable but hardly intimidating total. By the end of the morning session though, New Zealand's hopes were gone. They lost their first six wickets in an hour for just 29 runs, with Broad taking five of them before the Lord's lunch tables were set.

After lunch, England's victory became a formality, with Broad claiming another couple of wickets to achieve his best-ever figures in a Test match innings of 7-44. New Zealand were all out for 68, their last wicket falling in a farcical run-out. England won the match by 170 runs with a day and a half to spare.

Captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to Broad. "He's got all the attributes of being a world-class bowler," Cook said. "When he gets it totally right like he did today he's an absolute nightmare. He bowls in the mid-to-high 80s and swings it away, so it's hard to face."

Picking up the man of the match award, Broad tried to share the glory with Anderson who had grabbed his 300th Test wicket in the first innings. "It's a great way to start the summer," Broad said. "This award should have gone to Jimmy, he was fantastic in this Test. We knew there was enough there for the bowlers. We talked about getting it full enough to give the ball a chance."

England head for the second Test at Headingley looking to build a winning run ahead of the visit of the Australians.

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