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Swann, Cook put England in charge

New Zealand, who was bowled out for 174, stares down the barrel after not being asked to follow-on

Swann, Cook put England in charge - Cricket News
Graeme Swann took 4 for 42 in nine overs as New Zealand were bowled out for 174.
England took charge of the second and final Test against New Zealand at Headingley through a four-wicket burst from Graeme Swann that was backed up well by a solid batting performance. At stumps on the third day, after the first day was washed out, England were 116 for 1 in their second innings, and had a lead of 296 after New Zealand were bowled out for only 174 in their first dig.

Alastair Cook, who chose not to enforce the follow-on, was 88 not out and Jonathan Trott had 11 to his name.

Earlier, Steven Finn picked up three New Zealand wickets before Swann followed up with 4 for 42.

The efforts of Finn and Swann, who is on the comeback trail after recovering from an elbow injury, ensured that New Zealand were bowled out for 174 at the stroke of tea, in response to England’s first-innings 354, powered by Joe Root’s maiden Test hundred.

New Zealand's first-innings score was not as bad as their second-innings 68 in England's 170-run win in the first of this two-match series but it left them in the lurch.

New Zealand made a reasonable start with the bat, reaching 55 without loss. But then Peter Fulton was caught and bowled by Finn. Then an impeccable over to Hamish Rutherford ensued, in which Finn beat the bat three times in a row outside off-stump. Rutherford drove loosely off Finn to Ian Bell at gully to be dismissed for 27.

Ross Taylor fell for six after playing on and 72 for 3 became 79 for 4, when Swann bowled Dean Brownlie for two, with a sharp off-break.

Martin Guptill managed just one before he fell. Two balls later, Kane Williamson (13) was lbw to Swann. New Zealand were 122 for nine before a last-wicket stand of 52 between Neil Wagner (27) and Trent Boult boosted the total.

Cook backed up his decision to bat again with a 63-ball fifty including nine fours. But, at the other end, Nick Compton, continued to struggle and contributed just seven in a first-wicket partnership of 72.

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