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England Win Second Test Vs New Zealand On Rain-Hit Final Day At Headingley (PICTURES)

28/05/2013 15:38 BST | Updated 28/05/2013 16:01 BST
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LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Graeme Swann of England celebrates after Ian Bell catches out Doug Bracewell of New Zealand during day five of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley on May 28, 2013 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England eventually secured victory by 247 runs in the second Test against New Zealand on a rain-sodden day at Headingley.

After Matt Prior's escapologist act in Auckland two months ago England concluded the Kiwis' Test tour with a 2-0 whitewash following the Lord's win, yet it was nearly a washout.

The start was delayed due to the grim conditions before Stuart Broad got Brendon McCullum caught and bowled and man of the match Graeme Swann dismissed Tim Southee in the morning.

But the rain returned at 12.30pm and play did not resume until three in the afternoon, as Alastair Cook's mood darkened like the Yorkshire weather.

However Swann swiftly took his sixth wicket of the innings - and 10th of the match - when Doug Bracewell was caught by Bell at silly point and James Anderson took Trent Boult for the final wicket to go level with Fred Trueman on 307 Test dismissals.

England's Sunday conservatism - in particular that of the unhurried Jonathan Trott - nearly deprived them of a second Test win with the start of the Ashes 43 days away, however their bowlers were at their ruthless best.

"I think we played better at this game than we did at Lord's," England captain Alastair Cook told Test Match Special.

Cook was defensive of England's disputed tactics regarding the follow-on but acknowledged he and Trott "could have pushed on a little bit more" during the Sunday evening session.