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5 players with most wickets in NZ-ENG Tests

S Samaddar
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England v New Zealand: 1st Investec Test - Day Five
Stuart Broad has been particularly successful in Tests against New Zealand

For a long time in their cricketing history England dominated New Zealand and perhaps the reason behind that was that the former was an established cricketing nation, while the latter was just finding its place. However, it soon became a far more competitive fixture over the years and nowadays, it is regarded as one of the most anticipated Test series in the cricket itinerary.

Both countries have similar overhead conditions, weather and pitches, which makes it possible for bowlers from both countries to thrive in each other’s backyard. As one would expect, fast bowlers have been at the forefront in the wicket-taking stakes whenever these two teams clashed and it is not a surprise that all top 5 wicket takers are fast bowlers.

#5 Stuart Broad

The England fast bowler has been one of the pillars of his country’s Test match bowling attack for more than a decade and Stuart Broad has been particularly successful in Tests against New Zealand. In his peak years, Broad could bowl rapidly but his strength remained his seam movement, swing and the ability to extract bounce.

All these skills made him an ideal bowler for the sort of pitches that are usually dished out in both New Zealand and England. At the time of writing, he has been involved in 13 Test matches against New Zealand so far since 2008 and is currently placed at number 5 with a total of 52 wickets. The fast bowler has recorded an excellent average of 28.09 and an equally impressive strike rate of 49.6. 

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