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Stuart Broad takes two wickets as England enjoy promising opening to third Test

Stuart Broad takes two wickets as England enjoy a promising opening to the third Test against New Zealand by cutting tourist numbers to 65-3 at lunchtime at Headingley

  • New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first on the first morning
  • Stuart Broad struck in the first skip as Tom Latham left for a duck
  • Broad later took the wicket from returning New Zealand captain Kane Williamson

England got off to a promising start in their pursuit of a series of whitewashes against New Zealand as Stuart Broad took two wickets to reduce the tourists to 65-3 over lunch on the first day of the third Test at Headingley.

Broad continued his excellent record in left-handed bowling when he caught Tom Latham for a duck with a ball that moved just enough to take the edge in the first over of the match.

A fleeting and dipping delivery from spinner Jack Leach, introduced to the offense early in the New Zealand innings by captain Ben Stokes, then tricked Will Young and caught the opener lbw for 20.

Stuart Broad got the wicket from opener Tom Latham in the first over of the match at Headingley

Stuart Broad got the wicket from opener Tom Latham in the first over of the match at Headingley

Broad then elicited a lead from returning skipper Kane Williamson, who set off for 31

Broad then elicited a lead from returning skipper Kane Williamson, who set off for 31

Returning captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second Test after contracting Covid-19, attempted a counterattack and reached 31 before handing a Broad delivery to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

New Zealand survived further losses before the lunch break, although they were frightened when Foakes got a fingertip to an inside rim from Henry Nicholls.

Williamson’s side will be disappointed with the morning session, having won the toss and opting to bat first on what seemed like a good pitch.

Spinner Jack Leach caught Will Young lbw for 20 in decent morning session for England

Spinner Jack Leach caught Will Young lbw for 20 in decent morning session for England

But the surface at Headingley consistently kept the bowlers interested as it offered a touch of swing and seam movement.

England handed a debut to fast bowler Jamie Overton, who was shown his cap surrounded by family – including twin brother Craig – ahead of the start of the game.

Overton replaced the injured James Anderson, who is seemingly saved for the rescheduled fifth Test against India next month.

The hosts lead the series of three games, the first under Stokes, 2-0 after triumphing in exciting games at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.

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