England defeated New Zealand by 247 runs in the second Test match at Leeds to complete a 2-0 series win on Tuesday. Graeme Swann completed a 10-win wicket haul and played a crucial role in dislodging the batsmen.
New Zealand were bowled out for 220 — their highest in this series — after a stiff resistance from the last pair of Neil Wagner and Trent Boult.
It took a fairly long time for the home side to finish off the New Zealand batting thanks to heavy rain. With just 45 minutes of play in the first session and the second session delayed as well, it seemed that the Kiwis might just find an escape route.
England picked two wickets in the rain-interrupted first session to move closer to a win. Unless the weather intervened this was always going to be England’s match. Stuart Broad took England one step ahead by latching on to a sharp return catch to dismiss skipper Brendon McCullum for just one run in the third over of the day.
In less than 10 overs since the day’s play, a light drizzle and dark clouds gave an indication of things to come. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner added a few runs before Southee was dismissed by Graeme Swann for 38 to give the off-spinner a five-wicket haul. Soon, heavy showers resumed and the umpires called an early lunch.
Graeme Swann was adjudged Man-of-the Match for his 10-wicket haul. Joe Root and Tim Southee shared Man-of-the Series award for his good run with the bat. Root struck his maiden Test hundred on his homeground.
With low attendance on the final day, spectators were allowed free entry to the ground.
England 354 & 287 for 5 dec. (Alastair Cook 130, Jonathan Trott 72*; Kane Williamson 3 for 68) beat New Zealand 174 & 220 (Ross Taylor 70, Hamish Rutherford 42; Graeme Swann 6 for 90, Stuart Broad 2 for 26) by 247 runs.
Man of the Match: Graeme Swann
Man of the Series: Joe Root (England) and Tim Southee (New Zealand)