England have continued their remarkable recent run under new coach Brendon McCullum by claiming an impressive 267-run victory over New Zealand in the first Test in Mount Maunganui.
It was yet another clinical team performance from England, who received valuable contributions from almost every member of their side to wrap up the win early on the fourth day of the Bay Oval contest.
Evergreen duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad created history on Saturday when they overtook Australia greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to become the teammates with the most wickets in Test history, and the dynamic bowling duo were at it again to wrap up the Test triumph for England in style.
Anderson collected two wickets in as many balls to send Scott Kuggeleijn and Tim Southee packing early in the session, while the veteran finished the job when he returned to the attack to dismiss Blair Tickner and end the match.
It was the first time England have won a Test on New Zealand soil for almost 15 years, with their most recent triumph coming when a seven-wicket haul in the first innings from Ryan Sidebottom led Michael Vaughan’s side to victory at McLean Park in Napier in March 2008.
It means England have now won 10 of their most recent 11 Test matches, with their only blemish since McCullum took over as coach early last year coming at the hands of South Africa at Lord’s.
It’s an outstanding recent run of form and it has helped England move up to third place on the MRF Tyres Men’s Test Team Rankings behind only ICC World Test Championship leaders Australia and India.
While the series in New Zealand is not part of the current World Test Championship, it will provide England with plenty of confidence ahead of the second match and this year’s Ashes series at home against Australia.
England will look to clinch the series against New Zealand when the second Test commences in Wellington on February 25.