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Anderson's six-appeal overpowers New Zealand

Anderson's six-appeal overpowers New Zealand

James Anderson recorded his Test-best figures with both bat and ball here Friday as England took control of their series finale with New Zealand at Trent Bridge.
Anderson claimed all six wickets to fall to leave New Zealand 96 for six, still 69 short of avoiding the follow-on and 268 behind England's first innings 364, when bad light forced an early close on the second day of the third Test.
His figures of six for 42 in 15 overs surpassed his previous Test-best of five for 42 against India at Lord's in July last year.
That England made as many as they did owed much to an eighth-wicket stand of 76 between Stuart Broad and fellow fast bowler Anderson.
Both quicks made their Test-best scores, Broad's 64 his maiden Test fifty, and nightwatchman Anderson, in his 25th Test, contributing 28.
"It probably is the best day I've had," said Anderson, who was near unplayable at times when bowling in overcast conditions tailor-made for his style. "It was ideal, I bowl at my best when the ball is swinging."
Before tea, the 25-year-old Lancashire quick took two wickets for five runs in 11 balls to reduce New Zealand to 14 for two.
He struck again soon afterwards when New Zealand, who'd recovered slightly to 57 for two, found themselves declining to 62 for four after Anderson took two wickets in four balls without conceding a run.
England, who'd resumed Friday in trouble at 273 for seven added 91 more valuable runs as they looked to win the series 2-0.
Then Anderson, in overcast conditions, produced two superb outswingers which saw him take two wickets for five runs in 11 balls, his third delivery clean bowling opener Aaron Redmond for one.
"I've worked quite hard at getting my outswinger right to the left-hander from around the wicket," he said."
An admiring Jamie How added: "He certainly bowled well and deserved his figures. He was putting us under a lot of pressure.
"There are a few guys disappointed with their dismissals, myself included, but the changing room is still positive."
Debutant wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins was 11 not out and New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori unbeaten on three.