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New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day
David Lloyd: The younger boys have venom
March 17, 2008
The youth has delivered for England, as they wrapped things up comfortably on the final day of the second Test
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Ryan Sidebottom took 5 for 105 as England levelled the series with a 126-run win in Wellington © Getty Images

Andrew Miller: England have wrapped up victory by 126 runs, their first overseas victory for two years. David Lloyd [is] alongside me - they have broken their duck at last.

David Lloyd: Yes and they are thrilled about it too. It's St Patrick's day and Michael Vaughan said they are going to just celebrate suitably. I thought St Patrick's was Irish, but there you are an excuse I suppose. Very impressive, this new attack that England have, and Michael Vaughan said that he is excited at the prospect of this youngish attack with Stuart Broad outstanding in this game, five wickets for Jimmy Anderson in the first innings and five for Ryan Sidebottom [in the second innings]; so everything telling you that they are working as a unit and they thoroughly deserve the win.

AM: Those three bowlers, they have started to bowl together quite a lot in one-dayers, they've obviously got used to working together and that is quite promising for England, isn't it?

DL: Yes, and we will obviously at some stage talk about the - F factor, the [Andrew] Flintoff factor, to maybe come back into this team and that will strengthen it again. I think the significant thing about this youthful attack is that they are tall, and they've got good pace. It's something that we did not see in Hamilton with the two experienced bowlers, Steve Harmison and Mathew Hoggard, with all those Test match wickets between them, did not have that venom that the younger boys have. It was the gut feeling to play the younger boys and it paid off. Its a good selection move and nobody is telling who drove it, we are talking about three of them who picked the side - James Whitaker, Peter Moores and Vaughan. Who is the one who drove it through? I will tell you - its Vaughan.

AM: Well, it might have been a little bit dicey after that incident with Anderson, he bowled a bit today ... he finished things off, couple of wickets at the end, but he was in bit of pain today, wasn't he?

DL: Well, this is a note for all modern bowlers - I thought Anderson has been outstanding in this game because he twisted his ankle playing football, no fault of his own that; that's the management decision to play football as a warm down. He has gone through the pain barrier, he has taken tablets and he hasn't relied on the physiotherapist to tell him that he can't bowl and come off. I spoke to him this morning, I am pretty close to Anderson as to where we come from. He said - "I was really hurting yesterday, I was in pain, I was rattling with pills but I wasn't coming off, I was going to go though it." I think there is something for all, aspiring quick bowlers in the modern game - you will feel twinges, you will get injured, sometimes you can get through it. And, he said straight away this morning that he will be fit for Napier.

AM: England have at last got a win, but it is only one win. Obviously [going to] Napier [on] a clean slate and it is going to be a pretty flat pitch by all accounts. What do you think are the prospects are out there?

DL: Well listening to couple of interviews and I think it was quite funny that Vaughan was asked about his team, prospects and so on, and he said "wait till we get to Napier." And then it's Daniel Vettori's turn and he comes straight away and says that it's a flat pitch at Napier and you don't have to wait till you get there. They [New Zealand] were slightly critical of this pitch here in Wellington, and I think their best chance of winning because of their limited batting resources, is to play on the flattest pitch as possible that almost nullifies the pace attack. That's how they prospered in Hamilton and didn't prosper here in Wellington, and I am absolutely certain that it will be much flatter and slower pitch in Napier and the spinners will have a big part to play. I would expect the off spinner Jeetan Patel to come into the side for New Zealand and that will be the one change that they will make.

AM: What about Monty Panesar, he was a bit luckless in this game, obviously hundreds of catches went down yesterday and you imagine that he will have a big impact?

DL: Yes, he has had a quite game and this is one that he will be relied upon to bowl lots of overs in Napier. And, it will be not only the pace attack but also the spinners who will come into the equation, and he will bowl lots of overs.

AM: For England we were talking about the lack of confidence before this game, and at last they have got a win, they have got a first-innings hundred, which is nice for Tim Ambrose, but still not quite firing in the batting, but do you think they are confident?

DL: Well they should be building confidence and if you analyze what they are not doing, and it doesn't need me to say, is that they are not scoring centuries. They are going to go to a pitch that has centuries for anybody. Well, I will make a prediction; I am not in Napier, I'm still in Wellington, that there will be four centuries in that game. Somebody like Andrew Strauss, who is searching for form, and England want him in the team. Ian Bell, who looks pretty and looks good, [but] is not getting a century. Kevin Pietersen, who is telling everybody that somebody is going to pay for this slump. They will never have a better opportunity - it's going to be flat, true, almost typical Test match pitch. But beware that's where New Zealand come right back into it, they will play two spinners.

AM: Well, there we go, England are back level in the series. They haven't won overseas since they went to South Africa three winters ago, can they pull ahead in Napier? We will have to wait and see.

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Posted by Daryl on (March 17, 2008, 21:31 GMT)

I am delighted to see Broad get his chance and he has delivered to great effect. Anderson has proven that he can do it at test level. Hoggard and Harmison will need a lot of hard work to get to any kind of level worthy of pulling on an England shirt. Good luck to the lads and lets hope they bring it home in the final test.

Posted by Derek on (March 17, 2008, 13:52 GMT)

Working as a unit yes, young guns.. not so sure. If the likes of Yourself, Gower, Gooch, Botham, and a few others with an under 40 waist took to the field and applied yourselves, the result might be the same. NZ might have scored more boundaries due to tired legs on the elder statesmen but the old heads would know how to bowl, catch and play their shots; this result was achieved merely out of application.

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