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New Zealand v England 2nd Test



Michael Vaughan (left), Stuart Broad and James Anderson
Broad (centre) and Anderson took 10 wickets between them
England captain Michael Vaughan claimed the decision to drop Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison was vindicated by his side's victory in the second Test.

Replacements James Anderson and Stuart Broad impressed in the 126-run win over New Zealand in Wellington.

"We made two tough decisions at the start and those were proved to be right," Vaughan explained.

"It was exciting being out there with a young set of bowlers who have a decent amount of pace and created chances."

Anderson, 25, and Broad, 21, claimed 10 wickets between them as England levelled the three-match series on the final morning.

Lancashire seamer Anderson took five in the first innings, while Nottinghamshire's Broad took two wickets in one over after lunch on day four.

In the previous match, Hoggard and Harmison took just one wicket apiece as England slumped to a 189-run defeat in Hamilton.

"Jimmy Anderson in the first innings was outstanding and I thought Stuart Broad's spell on Sunday afternoon was very impressive for a 21-year-old," said Vaughan.

"That's not to say Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison aren't going to try and push to get back into the team.

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"But the two lads who came in did very well and offered us a bit of pace which was a little bit lacking in Hamilton."

Apart from a poor fielding display that saw five catches dropped and a straightforward stumping chance missed by Tim Ambrose, England's performance was in stark contrast to that in the opener.

Having been put in to bat on day one they slumped to 136-5 before Ambrose scored his maiden Test century and put on 164 with Paul Collingwood for the sixth wicket.

England then bowled the hosts out for 198.

"It was a poor display in Hamilton but this week I can't speak highly enough of all the players and all the backroom team - the way we responded to that defeat has been magnificent," said Vaughan.

"We lost the toss - we probably would have bowled on the first day - but the defining moment was the partnership between Paul Collingwood and Tim Ambrose.

"With a 140-odd lead on that pitch it is always a fair advantage to have and thankfully we took home the advantage.

"Winning is a habit and hopefully it will continue in Napier next week because it's a happier dressing room than it was in Hamilton."

Ambrose, in his series debut, batted with freedom for his 149-ball 102 and, despite dropping a difficult chance and missing the stumping in New Zealand's second innings, generally he kept wicket well.

Tim Ambrose
Ambrose's revived England on day one with a superb innings

"(The partnership with Collingwood) was a crucial moment of the game and we won that stage, which gave the bowlers something to work with," he said.

"They did a fantastic job, bowled brilliantly on that pitch and got us over the line."

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is looking forward to getting to Napier and playing on a wicket that could potentially play into his side's hands.

Ross Taylor, with 53 in the first innings and 55 in the second, was the only batsman in New Zealand's top five to post a half-century and Vettori is looking for more from the top order.

"I'm sure the wicket in Napier will be a good, flat wicket - more similar to Hamilton than here I would have thought - and that will hopefully suit us more," he said.

"We're probably not getting the run production we'd like from our top order - our lower order is saving us a bit - and they need to come to the party and score big runs for us in future.

"England have regrouped and come back fighting, as we knew they would, and have found a couple of bowlers with good enthusiasm and skill.

"But there are still good levels of confidence in this team and if those guys who didn't quite perform this time around step up in Napier we'll be in with a great shout."



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