Anderson and Root shine for England

James Anderson continued his fine form with five wickets in England's win

James Anderson continued his fine form with five wickets in England's win

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Five wickets from their new record-breaker James Anderson and Joe Root's career-best unbeaten 79 helped England ease to victory over New Zealand in the second one-day international in Napier to level up the series at 1-1.

There was just one anxious passage of play for the tourists when Ross Taylor (100) and Brendon McCullum (74) were transforming a previously ponderous home innings with a century stand in only 53 balls. But Anderson, who had taken two new-ball wickets to augment his all-time England tally of 529 in international cricket, returned to finish with five for 34 as New Zealand lost their last six for 26 runs.

A resulting 269 all out, after Alastair Cook had put them in, appeared vulnerable at this venue associated with high ODI totals. So it proved as Cook (78), Root and Jonathan Trott (65no) all passed 50 to get the job done with eight wickets and more than two overs to spare.

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