MOUNT MAUNGANUI, NEW ZEALAND (AP) – Stuart Broad and Bazball rolled over New Zealand on the third day of the first day-night cricket test yesterday, leaving England five wickets from its 10th win in 11 test matches.
Rapid half centuries by Joe Root, Harry Brook and Ben Foakes allowed England to speed along at more than five runs per over to 374 in its second innings, an overall lead of 393.
At times it was impossible to look without missing an important piece of the action, so densely packed were the highlights. The fearlessness which has become the heart of England’s approach was always on show.
When batting, England shows no deference to the time of day, the state of the match or the efforts of the bowling team. The object always was to dominate.
When England bowled, as Broad again demonstrated under the floodlights which caused the ball to swing, there was an effort to make every ball a wicket ball. He brought the ball back at pace and late to both the left- and right-handers.
New Zealand simply couldn’t stand the force of the Bazball doctrine.
It had done well on the second day with the help of Blundell’s century to come within 19 runs of England’s first innings of 325-9 declared, the declaration having come midway through the last session on the first day.