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New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Napier, 5th day
David Lloyd: Monty is the real deal
March 26, 2008
The series win in New Zealand gives the emerging England team a good boost
 
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Monty Panesar and Ryan Sidebottom bask in England's series victory © Getty Images
 

Andrew Miller: England wrapped up a 2-1 victory after coming from behind after losing the first Test in Hamilton. They've won a very handsome victory in the final Test in Napier. Alongside me is the former England coach David Lloyd, who has been witnessing a topsy-turvy match that finished with a bit of flourish.

David Lloyd: Well, you think back to England being 4 for 3 after winning the toss and that's it, series over. But they've shown great character to come back with some wonderful performances from their emerging players. That's something that has come out of the interviews after the game, with Peter Moores and Michael Vaughan saying that they are excited at the make-up of the team, and the emerging players have really responded in this series. Moores also spoke about the competitive attitude in the dressing room. What he is referring to is that [Mathew] Hoggard and [Steve] Harmison with all these wickets, 460 wickets [between them], will have to work their way back into the team.

Monty Panesar was outstanding in his 40-odd overs, and he said that he thoroughly enjoyed a long bowl. He has been a bit-part player in the series, as you would expect it to be. He might have just had a holding role in the previous matches. But, when it really mattered, and the batsmen got the runs on the board, classic Test match cricket really - when you get to day four and five, over to the spinner and he is the real deal. I just cannot get enough of Panesar, he has got a beautiful action, he spins the ball and he is a genuine threat all the time.

AM: Well, he finished with a career best six-for, but he took a little bit of tap towards the end thanks to an unlikely source, young Tim Southee.

DL: Well, he was on a mission to lose as many cricket balls as he could - they were flying out of the ground and he hit 9 sixes. He had fun, 19 years of age; he scored a rapid 50 and took five wickets. For New Zealand, they haven't had many pluses, everybody talks about what positives [they have gained]. Southee as an under-19 cricketer, has come into Test match cricket - he will obviously come to England. He will find it better in England as he will have a Duke cricket ball and he might just have a little bit of moisture in the pitches. So, he gave England a run around and one or two of the bowlers suffered. It took Ryan Sidebottom, who just hit the top of the off stump [to finish the match]. Chris Martin, a walking wicket was in there and he duly did that. Sidebottom, with his 24 wickets in the series, has more than doubled any other bowler and again he has been a captain's dream.

AM: It was a fitting end for Sidebottom to wrap-up the match but it's been a promising series all told for England, especially given the way they began it.

DL: Yes, I think they will be really thrilled and from Moores' perspective, you can tell that he is looking to build a team and there is now a backbone of younger players, and as Vaughan said: "energy in the team." But, from Moores' viewpoint, he needs a result along the way. If he had lost here, it would have been an absolute disaster. So the coach will have the vision of trying to build the team, which inevitably will mean younger players. But he needs that little bit of luck and he didn't think that he would get it after Hamilton, one down in the three match series. But the response has been excellent from the players, which gives him breathing space because we know how it is like in England - it's doom and gloom if you lose and it all falls on the coach when he is actually looking a bit wider, he's got a bigger picture. So, the result surely helps Moores.

Vaughan needs some runs, and he said it in the interview. He said: "I am not trusting my game at the minute, and the shot that I got out to - "I was embarrassed to walk off, it was an absolute hack."

AM: Well, at least the rest of the top order seems to be back in the runs. Are England's prospect for the return series in May looking a bit better now?

DL: I would be unbelievably bullish about that; I don't think these New Zealand batsmen can cope. I just don't think they are good enough - it's [their batting] is wafer thin. [Going on to] Stephen Fleming, it's been an emotional Test match for him, bowing out of international cricket. What a wonderful ambassador he has been for New Zealand. without him, I can't see them coping in England. I am not looking at five-day Test matches, I am looking at three and four.

AM: Stuart Broad is another man who has really emerged in the last couple of Tests, and he must be looking forward to getting a decent run in the side now.

DL: He has got the spark of his dad, he has got some attitude in him has Broad. He has got a baby face, and people think he is only about 12 or 13. But you marvel at the way he keeps running in. He bowls a strict line and he is quite happy to move along the crease, close to the umpire, wide of the crease. His pace is improving, he is getting quicker, he has shown that he can bat and he is a wonderful fielder. What a great thing for England that a 21-year-old is performing in the matches and helping them win.

AM: Well, it's been a fun series to watch, particularly the grounds where the matches have been played at. It's been quite a triumph for New Zealand, hasn't it, especially the venues that they have chosen for the series.

DL: Well, it's been memorable for so many people who have come over from the UK, on holidays or working, like we all are. It's a stunning place to visit and the grounds are proper cricket grounds, and the other things that I would say is that the teams have played tough cricket but there has been a tremendous amount of respect from both sides. Which, other teams around the world, you know exactly what I am talking about here, can heed that and look at that. It's one word, respect, but it's a massive word. Respect for your opposition and respect for the officials of the game, and this lot have played in a great spirit.

AM: Well, David Lloyd, thank you very much for all your thoughts throughout the series. You've been listening to Cricinfo Talk from New Zealand.

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