An intriguing two-match Test series between struggling England and buoyant New Zealand gets underway at Lord’s tonight (AEST). The maligned England side have slipped to fifth in the ICC Test rankings, while the Brendon McCullum-led Black Caps have climbed to third spot.
But the Kiwis have struggled against the Poms in recent times, winning just two and drawing five of 17 Tests between the countries since their last series victory in 1999 – including seven losses and a draw in eight Tests on English soil.
Throwback Thursday looks at the last Test the nations played at the spiritual home of cricket, which saw England notch an extraordinary 170-run win at Lord’s to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
England made modest totals of 232 and 213, setting New Zealand – who were bowled for 207 in the first innings – just 239 for victory with more than a day and a half to play.
The Black Caps imploded to be dismissed for 68 in 22.3 overs, however, as Stuart Broad (7-44) ripped through the order. BJ Watling (13) and Neil Wagner (17) were the only players to reach double-figures in a stunning day of cricket that saw 14 wickets fall in less than 34 overs.
Check out the Day 4 carnage below:
England wrapped up a 2-0 series win with a punishing 247-run win in the second Test at Headingley.