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Last Updated: Friday, 14 March 2008, 05:04 GMT
Anderson puts England in control
Second Test, Wellington, day two (close):
England 342 & 4-0 v New Zealand 198

By Paresh Soni

James Anderson
Anderson bowled magnificently to leave the Kiwis reeling
James Anderson claimed 5-73 with fine swing bowling as England took charge of the second Test against New Zealand.

Tim Ambrose made a maiden Test ton and Paul Collingwood 65 before the tourists were out for 342 on the second morning.

Anderson struck three times early on and returned to remove Ross Taylor (53) and Stephen Fleming (34), who added 71.

Daniel Vettori clubbed an unbeaten 50 but Collingwood (3-23) finished the Kiwis off for 198 and England were 148 ahead when they reached stumps on 4-0.

It was a thoroughly satisfying day for the tourists, although their advantage would have been even greater had their outfielding - particularly from Monty Panesar - been better.

With England resuming on 291-5, the early exchanges were all about Ambrose, who resumed as he had finished day one, groping uncertainly for deliveries outside off-stump from Jacob Oram.

After Collingwood had cut Kyle Mills to reach his half-century, the wicketkeeper edged Oram wide of the slips to make it to three figures in only his second Test.

Ambrose was not so lucky moments later when he edged another delivery from Mills into the hands of Taylor.

Stuart Broad was then bowled around his legs by Oram before Collingwood was lbw to a full swinging delivery from Mark Gillespie, who saw Ryan Sidebottom sky a pull and Panesar fend a catch to the keeper down the leg-side off successive deliveries to end with 4-79.

The movement through the air which had helped New Zealand was used by Anderson to devastating effect in an outstanding spell either side of lunch.

Matthew Bell was bowled playing around one which curved back in, Jamie How edged to first slip and Mathew Sinclair nicked behind.

Daniel Vettori
Skipper Vettori swung his bat to good effect to boost his side's total

Fleming, who had been so fluent in Hamilton, opted for dogged defiance as he became the first New Zealander to pass 7,000 runs in Test cricket.

He was almost caught on 18 at second slip by Collingwood off Sidebottom and would have been run out but for a poor throw from Kevin Pietersen to bowler Panesar.

Anderson had him snapped up at point after tea to end his partnership with Taylor, who took the attack to England, though not always in a controlled manner.

The young right-hander, who made a century in the opening Test, was missed by Collingwood at second slip on 23 when he cut Broad hard.

But when Taylor got it right the ball disappeared in a flash, particularly through the covers, and he reached 50 in 74 balls.

However, after Fleming fell the door opened for England, with Sidebottom winning an lbw verdict against Oram with late swing and Taylor edging a beauty from Anderson to Ambrose.

Brendon McCullum (25) went on the offensive, getting after Anderson in one over which cost 15, and then smacking Broad down the ground to take his partnership with Vettori to 50 from only 31 balls.

A good low catch from Andrew Strauss at first slip off Broad sent McCullum packing, but Vettori continued swatting away.

The skipper pulled and drove with happy abandon and reached 50 off 42 balls by carving Broad over third man for six.

He ran out of partners, however, as Mills drove lazily to extra-cover off Collingwood, who then clean bowled Gillespie and Martin to secure his best Test bowling figures and a handy lead for his team.

Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook took no chances in the five overs left, knowing their team was in a great position to ram home that advantage.

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