England will aim to clinch the series when the Second Test against New Zealand begins at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Ben Stokes’ spell as England skipper got off to a winning start as the hosts ended a miserable sequence of nine Test matches without a victory.
His predecessor Joe Root produced a match-winning knock on days three and four — his first fourth innings ton — as England chased down the 276 needed to end their winless streak.
They now head to Nottingham aiming to string together back-to-back Test wins for the first time in 16 months.
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How about that new bowling duo they brought in for the Lord’s Test? They look fairly decent. James Anderson took six wickets in total — including figures of four for 66 in the first innings — and Stuart Broad took four wickets across the two innings.
It seems mad that we’re still talking about Anderson fifers 19 years on from his first on Test debut against Zimbabwe, but that alone sums up the 39-year-old’s ability in red ball cricket. Of his 31 five-wicket hauls, seven have come at Trent Bridge and he certainly looks fired up to drive home a point following his omission from the squad which toured West Indies earlier this year.
New Zealand’s openers had a particularly difficult time at Lord’s, with Will Young the first to fall in both innings. He managed a combined two runs and was out caught behind in Anderson’s opening spell on both occasions. Tom Latham’s 14 in the second innings was the highest score posted by a Kiwi opener in the Lord’s Test.
Meanwhile, England are still struggling to nail down a reliable opening pair who you can count on to ease the the pressure on the rest of the batting order. Both Alex Lees and Zak Crawley showed glimpses at the Home of Cricket, but the latter always looks susceptible to wafting at one which should be left well alone. Of the four openers in the First Test, three were out caught in the first innings.
Ben Foakes played a match-winning role with the bat as he and Joe Root put on an unbeaten partnership of 120 to clinch victory at Lord’s, but it was his work with the gloves which also helped temper talk of a Jos Buttler recall.
Foakes took five catches behind the stumps at Lord’s, with his opposite number Tom Blundell taking four.