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England beat New Zealand by 247 wins at Headingley

Updated: Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:11 | Comments

Stuart Broad of England catches out New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum
Stuart Broad of England catches out New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum

England defied the Headingley drizzle on day five to add the finishing touches to a 2-0 series whitewash over New Zealand with a 247-run victory.

New Zealand started a rain-affected final day on 158 for six, leaving England four wickets short of outright success, and eventually subsided for 220 in a belated afternoon session.

James Anderson took the final wicket with his third ball of the day - a 307th Test scalp that takes him level with Fred Trueman and joint third on England's all-time list.

Graeme Swann was also crucial, taking two wickets to finish with six for 90 in the innings and career-best match figures of 10 for 132.

All the talk overnight surrounded the possibility of a rain-affected draw - with knives being sharpened for Alastair Cook's conservative captaincy.

But England's decision to place their faith in the British weather paid off despite losing much of the scheduled play.

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