In what was looking like a weather-affected draw from Day 1 England today skittled out the Black Caps for a paltry 68 runs thus proving to any cynics the ability of test-match cricket to continually amaze and entertain.

Stuart Broad was the prime slayer with 7-44 but the Kiwis only have themselves to blame for capitulating in the face of adversity after setting up a gettable, although still difficult, 238 to win with Southee taking 6-50 to compelete a fine 10 wicket haul for the match.

First blow to the Poms in what is lining up to be a real feast of cricket and rugby over the next few months, and hopefully plenty of banter on these pages ! Let’s be having your comments on this one.

broardy