NZ XI v Eng XI, Tour match, Queenstown

Watling chases down uncertain England

Andrew McGlashan in Queenstown

March 2, 2013

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New Zealand XI 349 (Rutherford 90, Anderson 67, Swann 2-53) and 334 for 7 (Watling 89*, Root 2-42) beat England XI 426 (Bell 158, Cook 60, Neesham 4-72) and 256 (Prior 68, Gillespie 4-87) by 3 wickets

BJ Watling guided New Zealand XI's chase with an unbeaten 89, New Zealand XI v England XI tour game, Queenstown, 4th day, March 2, 2013
BJ Watling played two crucial knocks to down the England XI in Queenstown © AFP
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England's bowlers will know plenty about BJ Watling going into the first Test, after the wicketkeeper guided New Zealand XI to an excellent three-wicket victory with eight balls to spare in Queenstown, to leave the visitors in far from perfect form heading into the series.

It was England's first defeat in a first-class warm-up match on tour since they lost by eight wickets against an India Board President's XI in Vadodara in February 2006. The attack, except for Graeme Swann, struggled for consistency on a surface that, while offering a hint of turn, remained true for batting throughout.

At tea, England were favourites with New Zealand XI 167 for 5. Watling and Corey Anderson, who together bludgeoned a 105-run stand in the first innings, produced a repeat performance in the second innings by adding 89 runs in 19 overs. Graham Onions again came in for punishment, as a two-over spell went for 23, on another dispiriting day for him. He claimed forgettable match figures of 1 for 213.

Joe Root was given an extended bowling spell during the evening session, partly because Swann was off the field for a few overs, and also probably with a view to have him filling in for a few overs during the Tests. Root struck twice to keep England in the hunt. Anderson advanced down the pitch to Root and ended up yorking himself. After a 46-run stand for the seventh wicket, Jimmy Neesham picked out Stuart Broad at deep square-leg.

However, Watling, who was dropped in the gully on 47 by Swann, shortly after he came back on the field, provided a calm head as the home side ended up winning with time to spare. Neil Wagner, after being added to New Zealand's squad for the first Test earlier in the day, did not need to be shielded from the strike and played some handsome strokes, including a top-edged hook for six off Broad, and a boundary that leveled the scores, to ease the pressure on Watling in their match-sealing stand of 52

England declared overnight, leaving the New Zealand XI a full day to chase the target. As in the first innings they made a solid start, seeing off the new ball through an opening stand of 56. Hamish Rutherford showed his intent by upper-cutting Broad over point for six, before departing playing a similar shot off Chris Woakes, which was taken by Nick Compton at point. Broad returned for a second spell and pitched the ball a touch fuller, which brought reward when Carl Cachopa was caught on the crease and lost his off stump.

For the next 23 overs either side of lunch, Tom Latham and Neil Broom resisted solidly and kept the score ticking over. Onions was given another extended chance to bowl himself into form, but never suggested he would find his groove.

Swann broke the partnership when he removed Latham while playing the sweep, and there was a touch through to Matt Prior who held on while in the process of appeal for lbw. Broad, who again maintained his pace throughout each spell, removed Broom offering no shot and when Dean Brownlie fenced to second slip the game looked to be England's. Instead, they will travel to Dunedin on Sunday with another reminder of the fighting qualities of New Zealand cricketers.

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Posted by JG2704 on (March 3, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

@landl47 on (March 2, 2013, 22:58 GMT) - Agreed re JB. I always thought he was better as an outfielder even if he is a WK.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 3, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

@Shan156- Re my comms on Jonny doing better than KP was likely to have done. I stand by them. Jonny scored 95 and 54 (ave 74.50) in that game. From my observations , in tests KP rarely , if ever follows up a big score in one test by a similarly big score in another. On his last load of big scores vs India he followed up his 200 in the 1st inns (2011) with 29&63 , his 175 in the 4th test was followed by 2&0 vs Pak , his 151 vs SL was followed by 32&13 vs WI. To me someone like Bell is more likely to go on a run of good or bad form than KP whom will look woeful in one match and exquisite the next and vice versa. Think Eng somehow had Patel down as a better bowler than he actually is. To me they had him down as a 2nd spinner (3rd when Monty was playing) but for me he's nearer to Trott than Monty in terms of quality. I hope Nick performs well but if he doesn't , hopefully he can do it for Somerset in the CC

Posted by Rar0 on (March 3, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

@Min2000: Great comment. I have a lot more faith looking at this NZ team than I have in a long time. Yes England will step up and with Finn and Anderson will be a much tougher task for New Zealand's usually brittle batting line up. A lot is going to depend on NZ's pacemen, whether it be three or four of them. If NZ can keep it to a low scoring affair they are definitely in with a chance of a victory. And to be honest I don't see the chances of a draw being very high.

Posted by Min2000 on (March 3, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Rutherford -- your dad bagged a pair in his first test in the West Indies facing Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner. Anderson and Finn are good bowlers for sure, but whatever happens your debut is going to be a picnic compared to his.

Fulton - you have received a lot of criticism but I hope that you prove everyone (myself included) wrong.

Taylor, Williamson or McCullum - we'll need runs out of you lot if we are to score 400+ in our first innings. Get it done.

Brownlie and Watling - you are exactly what this NZ side needs in the middle order. I have faith in you both.

Southee, Boult, Bracewell and Wagner - that's a pretty decent quartet. Not blindingly quick but all can bowl 140 and if the ball is swinging then we have a real shot.

Team talk over.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (March 3, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

NZ are a good side & beat Aus recently (no big shakes I know but they did) and they will fully test Eng home & away.. Watling looks good.. And Yes Swann shd def bat (and bowl!) before Broad and JB will be back in the side soon I hope... The selectors have out-bored even me and keep picking bell so lets hope he delivers in 2013/2014... I will now be supporting him, but will be pushing for JB if he does not deliver big runs before the ashes... Nice to see the ashes opponents looking cluelessly Shambolic ... Lets Hope Arthur keeps his job for the next 2 yrs!

Posted by Robster1 on (March 3, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

See administrators, proper four day warm up matches are so much more worth it.

Posted by Lermy on (March 3, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

A great game, and this could be the best first class result a NZ team has against England on this tour. It gives them a bit of hope, but with Finn and Anderson playing in the tests, the NZ batting will be under so much more pressure.

If Boult and Southee hit their straps together they could knock England over cheaply. If England score heavily though, I suspect NZ will not be able to match them, and I'd say NZ lucky to score 300 and 250 in any test. However you never know, since the NZ test line-up will be stronger as well.

Should be intriguing to see what happens. England 80% favorites. NZ have a chance. Hopefully they will compete better than they did in SA.

Posted by Chris_P on (March 3, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Take the result for what it was. Practice match where England played around with some options that would never be tried in tests. Good effort by both teams, these type of games are only positive for cricket, & touring teams grab a lot from these. The pitch seemed easy to bat on, something I doubt will occur in the coming test series where the seamers will step up. Overall, this was a very positive result for cricket in general, kudos to both sides.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

Really hoping Watling carries this form through to the tests. I'm glad the selectors are leaving him down the order and not opening as he seems to have more worth in the middle/lower order. Would like to see a big series from him, Williamson and Boult, to show that our youngsters are capable of winning matches. And good luck to Rutherford.

Posted by landl47 on (March 2, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

@JG274 Fair point regarding Bairstow, he has been unlucky. Were it not for his family situation I think he'd have got the spot that Root took. Joe is to be congratulated for seizing his opportunity, but it's tough luck on Bairstow. However, at 23 he's got plenty of time to establish himself. I rather hope someone else becomes W/K after Prior, I love watching Bairstow in the field. Keepers often aren't great fielders and vice versa (Prior is hopeless in the field and Collingwood was all at sea behind the stumps), but Bairstow's fast, athletic, has wonderful hands and is a great judge of a catch. I'd play him in the ODI side just for that- great fielding lifts the whole side.

Posted by Glenn10 on (March 2, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

Bring in Anderson and Finn and things change dramatically. Some of the these comments from England fans are surprisingly amusing. You lot are worried over nothing, this result means little. I do think however, it will give NZ some confidence, and our middle order is going to look as solid as it has for many a year. Taylor, McCullum Brownlie and Watling look as good a lineup as Fleming, Astle, McMillan and Cairns. Its been a long while! Rutherford looked far more at home as his record shows in the longer form of the game and our bowlers with Southee now in there are far more suited to the red ball format. Wagner will probably play in Dunedin, as one of four seamers and I have my doubts about him, but lets hope he performs for a change at Test level. His record thus far is ordinary. Outside 5 or 6 great players, England don't appear to have much more depth than us, which is interesting. I think our Second XI proved that. No doubt England will win the series, but they will be pushed.

Posted by Shan156 on (March 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

JG, Cannot agree more with you re: Boycs, Botham, and Nicholas go OTT about Eng. Esply Nicholas. He talked abt fortress Eng. just after the WI series in 2012 completely forgetting that Ind. and SA had defeated us in 2007 and 2008 respectively. And when SA thrashed us in the next two months in our backyard, he was nowhere to be seen.

Re: Bairstow, cannot agree that he did better than what KP would have done vs SA. He did better than expected surely but KP had just scored a wonderful century in Headingley. Still, it was remarkable for a batsman who was suspect against the short ball, after the Windies bowlers gave him a working over, to come in at a difficult time against the world's best seam attack and perform as well as he did. He should have been in the XI instead of Patel against Ind. on the basis of that performance. However, Eng. resorted to a horses for courses selection and chose Patel. Still, on current form, Root over Bairstow for me. Compton better perform or it is curtains.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 2, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Have to say , I do often like the way GB tells it like he sees it , but I do get a little embarrassed when the likes of Boycs,Vaughan and Nicholas go OTT about England and then all Eng fans seem to be tarred with the same brush. I must admit , i did strongly fancy a comprehensive win in NZ but I think the way some of these people go overboard is an insult to whichever opponents they are talking about Eng playing against

Posted by JG2704 on (March 2, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

@landl47 on (March 2, 2013, 14:09 GMT) - Re Root,Bairstow outing Nick it wasn't a suggestion of what I'd like but more what might happen. Have to feel a little sorry for Jonnny. He came in at a difficult period - basically a man for man for KP - and did better than anyone expected and prob better than KP would have done vs SA and he's then ousted by Patel who did well in the warm ups and (so did JB in the match he played). He then replaces Bell (paternal leave - who was woeful in the 1st test) and gets a bad decision and he's out and Bell is back in. I really hope Nick does the biz but there is a case for making the change if Eng lose and Nick fails as Johnny can also push the game forward with a higher SR with the bat.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 2, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

@Charlie Ellis on (March 2, 2013, 11:53 GMT) - I've thought for a while that Swann was a better batsman than Broad - despite what the stats tell us. Broad had that big ton vs Pakistan and a few 50s since but I think the position where Swann plays , means he comes in with the likes of Finn,Jimmy,Monty whereas Broad often comes in with guys like Prior,Bell etc.

Posted by dabhand on (March 2, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Well done NZ - both for making it a challenging warm up match and then doing the necessary and winning it. Gives credibility to the game and to NZ. Test series may be different but at least NZ have got the guts to make a game of it.

Posted by GasPipe on (March 2, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Good to see a proper match, well done to NZC for organising it (I've been very negative of the administration in this country, but credit where it is due). Good to see some boys standing up and making their mark: Rutherford secured himself a test debut, Wagner is now in the squad, and I think we will see Corey Anderson in the test team in future. And great to see Watling play some crucial knocks, he is a class player in the making. Anyway I have a strong feeling the test XI will read: 1. Fulton 2. Rutherford 3. Williamson 4. Taylor 5. Brownlie 6. McCullum* 7. Watling† 8. Wagner 9. Bracewell 10. Southee 11. Boult. 12th Man: B. Martin.

I do feel sorry for Bruce Martin, who never seems to catch a break. But from what I have heard about Wagner, he earned himself a match and did genuinely trouble some of the English batsmen. Anyway, the openers could be a worry, but we seem to have a solid middle order. I think we can make this a reasonable contest. Make the Poms work for it, boys!

Posted by cloudmess on (March 2, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

landl47 - you might be surprised if they did play Monty. He tends to be good on wickets which do something - not just turning, but seaming too. Any uneveness (not unknown in NZ) makes him difficult to play. But he's less effective on flat pitches. Spinners do better in NZ than people think - Tufnell and Croft formed a successful partnership for England back in 1996/7. It would be an imaginative choice to play Monty - but not one I think the selectors will take.

Posted by Selassie-I on (March 2, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Well played nz xi. Proper match is nice to see. Hopefully this will kick the boys up into gear and realise nz wont be a pushover. Expect more potency with finn and anderson in the attack though. We need to make sure our batti g is top notch for the ashes, its the edge we have over the aussies.

Posted by pom_don on (March 2, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

If cricket was as predictable as Boycott's usual drivel it would be boring in the extreme, set up for a good test now & of course I will be rooting for England as always but this result although only a practice adds a bit of spice.

Posted by scritty on (March 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

In a way I think this is the best thing to happen to England. It gets rid of any complacency and makes selection decisions regarding 3rd seamer much easier. Sadly Onions will be out (feel bad for the bloke....) Broad is still the inconsistent one. England won't drop him I'm sure, but if he fails in these "seamer friendly" conditions more than once, I can see him dropped for at least an extended "hiatus" from the test side at least in favour of Tremlett, Bresnan or some new blood.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 2, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

@Neil Robinson & PACERONE: Spot on! I never understood the point of a 3 or even a measly 2 day game. Excellent of NZ to organise a good solid 4 days. It's turned out to be a great move for NZ (few great performances there that might give the NZ selectors a few headaches); conversely somewhat disappointing by England as several key players failed to capitalise and some 'fringe players' didn't cash in.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (March 2, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Very worrying signs especially for a team that usually likes to treat every warm up match seriously to "get the ball rolling". In the grand scheme of things this result didn't really matter but it's all about how the team respond on Wednesday now. Hopefully this will be a wake up call but the worrying thing is no england player played themselves into form apart from Bell and our Joe who is already in form.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Probably as well as everyone else, congratulations to NZ Cricket for organising a 'proper' game. Very few countries would - nor would they pick a side full of hopefuls who would fight to show they are worthy of selection. An excellent wake up - now for a couple of days naughty boy nets for some of the supposed superstars of English cricket.

Posted by landl47 on (March 2, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Well done to the NZ team, great effort, especially by Watling. Rutherford won't have done his chances any harm either.

Not a bad thing for England, either. An easy win would have had them feeling that this series was in the bag. Now they know they have to fight or be beaten. Nice to see Prior still looking in great touch. KP is KP, he doesn't rise to the small occasion. More worrying is Compton's form, especially as I'd much rather see Root in the middle order because he can play either game. However, JG's suggestion of playing Root as opener and bringing in Bairstow at #6 is tempting, not least because Bairstow's fielding is worth 20 runs before he bats.

As for those suggesting Monty should play- he shouldn't even be in the squad, let alone the side. He should have played the ODIs in India, but he won't turn a ball here and he doesn't do batting and fielding. This series is going to be all about fielding on what seem to be batter's wickets. That alone keeps Monty out.

Posted by blink182alex on (March 2, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Excellent from BJ Watling, i think he is better suited to that number 6 or 7 slot. Same goes for odi's where he struggled opening the batting, the middle order is the place for him. Just means NZ won't be able to find place for Ronchi in the side yet.

NZ won't get trashed like they did in South Africa, remember this time last year South Africa only won 1-0 in 3 tests in NZ. Don't read anything into KP's runs in this match, he never gets runs in warm ups.

Posted by cloudmess on (March 2, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

NZ fans. It was a practise match - don't read too much into it.

Posted by PACERONE on (March 2, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

It was good to see that a real cricket match was played.Not these 2 or 3 day matches that 12 players play and no result is ever attained unless the opposition is very weak.Some of these matches are just to give the touring team practice and the home team is just fodder.This match was good for the home team.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 2, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK Too true. There is a very patronising air to some of the comments about New Zealand. South Africa have earned the right. Australia though failed to win their last series at home against New Zealand. And we struggled to subdue them in New Zealand in 2007. Small, yes. Limited resources, yes. But they need to be taken seriously, especially at home. If England play to form, the series *should* be one-sided, but that doesn't mean that it will be. Still, this is England's first defeat in a tour match for 7 years... hardly the end of the world. Kudos to New Zealand but, as in the T20s and ODIs, they may actually have done England and favour by winning this one.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 2, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

I must confess I had a feeling something like this would happen after Boycott et al. were so sure England were too strong for NZ. Complacency and test cricket just don't go hand-in-hand. Without the likes of Anderson and Finn, I know this practice match doesn't mean the end for England, but there have been too many disappointing performances by key players. Very well played by NZ; this will be an interesting test series with a few surprises.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

I was hoping Onions would pip Broad to the XI on this tour but hard to see that now. Do feel sorry for the guy though; he's only played 1 warm-up game in India in 6 months, so it's no surprise he seemed rusty. I also thought it may be an opportunity to field a 5-man pace attack with Prior up to 6 and Woakes given a go at 7, but the good form of Root and poor outings for Compton, KP and Trott here make that very unlikely. Agree they'll go for the XI specified by JG2704, Panesar not even a consideration in NZ unless Swann gets injured, but I would alter the order and get Swann in at 8 and drop Broad to 9. Swanny is our most dangerous lower-order player and has been so much more consistent with his batting contributions than Broad. He had an excellent start to his Test batting career and still lives off memories of that Lords hundred, but frankly I'd rather Broad was left stranded with Jimmy and Finn for company now than Swann, who's in much better batting form. Roll on the 1st Test!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 2, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

@JG, well said! No way will England play two spinners on New Zealand's lush green turf! The attack wil be Finn, Anderson, Broad and Swann, backed-up by a few overs from Trott (who got a fair amount of bowling in this match) and Root/KP. The selectors will not panic over Compton, nor move Root from the position where he is doing so well, unless forced to if Compton has two bad Tests and England need to win the third to win the series. Cook, Compton, Trott, KP, Bell, Root & Prior. I would be amazed if the selectors go any other way.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 2, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Congrats NZ XI. Worrying signs for England who were playing - bar Finn/Jimmy - a full strength side. I see a few comms calling for Monty.I'm not sure if the pitches are that condusive to spin.If they're not then Monty (while an excellent spinner) is hardly likely to contribute anything elsewhere. always liked the idea of 5 bowlers but it won't happen.

I think the team will be


they'll possibly drop Nick for Root and move Jonny in at 6.Bell has found some form so obviously stays in , but I hope that if hestarts looking ill at the crease again they don't waste loads of losing matches waiting for him to rediscover form - same with any player. I don't want a fast revoving door situation but by the same token I don't want to see a lock in either. I wanted Onions in the side (maybe partly because of him coming back from a career threatening injury) but difficult to argue his case for the next test

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

great batting by the NZ XI.. england only taking 14 wickets in two innings is incredibly impressive. Not the strongest bowling attack but no where near NZ's strongest batting line up and they did brilliantly. I would like to think the test series will be a lot closer then how it appears on paper.

Posted by Baabaa76 on (March 2, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Yes, it was only a warm up game, so no, in the grand scheme, it means less than nothing, in the years time the only one's who will remember the result will be XI Kiwi cricketers! What should be of concern to the English was the complete lack of imagination shown by the entire team in the later part of the day (I got an emergency work call so only saw the last 20 overs). With NZ 6 down and 100 runs still needed, none of the English bowlers stood up and said, right I'm going to get 3 wickets and win this game. Actually the lack of imagination was evident in the field as well. So it was left to Watling to do it for NZ. Broad went past the bat a couple of times, but hen should it was the no 9! If he bowls like that next week he will do ok, nothing more. Woakes was very same same, with the odd wasted short ball and never really looked like getting a wicket. Root was hit with ease, especially by the lefties, and really only showed he is not up to bowling at international level yet.

Posted by trav29 on (March 2, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

i really fail to see how panesar can be even close to being considered one of england's 4 best bowlers for these conditions when apart from matches played in conditions which were extremely conducive to his bowling he hasn't taken more than 4 wickets in a match for close to 5 years. panesar is a horses for courses selection for england as long as swann is fit, nothing more, and this his not his course.

everyone writing off broad when before his heel injury he was our top wicket taker in 4 of the previous 5 series we played. it amazes me how panesar gets elevated to a position his overall performances dont really merit because hes a likeable character, but someone like broad who is a real marmite character has his contributions ignored after a couple of poor games.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

I think if it is a flat wicket and there is not much seam or swing from the pitch, it is best if England play their four best bowlers and for me they are Anderson, Swann, Finn and Panesar. If there is good amount of assistance from the pitch for the fast bowlers then England can think of playing a third seamer (which may be Broad or Onions). I suspect at least 2 of the 3 test pitches will be very flat given the shortcomings of NZ Batsman against seam and swing (as was evident in SA).

Posted by Lermy on (March 2, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

A great game of cricket, interesting to follow throughout. Hopefully the tests will be competitive but with Finn and Anderson coming back for England it is going to be a lot tougher for the NZ batsmen. Just hope there isn't a repeat of the batting against SA, otherwise the only interest will be whether NZ can get to 50!

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (March 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Glad to see NZ finally have a good wicket-keeper/batsman. I've only seen bits and pieces of the short formats in this tour and a little from the tour to SA but Watling looks like he could make the team with his batting alone.

Also from an Australian point of view it's hard to pick who I'd rather see win but due mostly to FFL comments on every single article I read whether it be about Australia or not and the fact that NZ really need this I think I'll be supporting the Kiwi's on this one. Good luck to them.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 2, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Well, that should sort out any complacency, Definitely a wake-up call. Not a disaster, but England will need to do better on Wednesday. It looks a little like the side thought that the match was in the bag and relaxed.

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (March 2, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

After a lot of turmoil in New Zealand cricket hopefully this result (and the performances in the one day and T20 series) will encourage the kiwi public to give the team full support. Yes England are the stronger overall side and NZ got murdered in the S.A tests but their one day performances there and their performances in Sri Lanka and Australia suggest they are not as bad as the rankings suggest. Lets hope for a good competitive series. Good to hear that Broad maintained his pace through the last day. I'm not sure, Lmaotsetung, that the third seamer sport is yet a HUGE problem yet!

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 2, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

england cud easily go 1 down in tests if they go with this lacklusture bowling , bring mony panesar in. he won a series in india on his own he can do it again, he is a champion bowler , the english turbinator. nz will provide tracks that offer zero spin to negate english spinners. expect nz to win easily here.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Good stuff NZ, sure it may not have much bearing on the test series but hopefully it silence some of the patronising tone given in all the updates with headlines like "England make inroads" "Victory push" when in reality it could have gone either way right throughout the 4th innings. Obviously England are favourites but boycott's analysis is premature and arrogant; thinking that by saying "NZ do well for their population" or "they have fighting spirit" is showing politeness and respect seems to be the trend nowadays. Don't count your chickens before they hath. Let's just hope for a cracking contest!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

I have seen no mention of even entertaining the idea of two spinners for England. Would I be right in thinking that this is the end of the NZ summer? Shouldn't the end of the summer povide decent spinning tracks like it does in England? We should also be thinking about bowling sides out in the second innings of a match. We have two world class spinners and no third seamer seems to be nailing down a spot. Come on Cook and Flower, let's see some out-of-the-box thinking.

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 2, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Its a warm up game, thats all - the main game is what counts... Glad that the Kiwis had some good results out of this match but would be surprised if the Dunedin match turned out the same... Lots to ponder for NZ team selection while Eng probably only have one question mark to worry about...

Posted by Shan156 on (March 2, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

NZ XI played very well and deserved the win. England XI were thoroughly outplayed. But, oh dear, an Eng. XI lose one game and out comes the detractors with full force. @@SyedAreYouDumb, Remember, this is a practice match. The main idea is for visiting teams to get used to the conditions. BTW, how is this England's first choice XI when the two main seamers - Anderson and Finn - were not playing? Watling was a sitting duck in the ODIs with these two seamers picking him up at will. Do you really think Eng. would have played as they did come the tests? England got a good work out but what was really disappointing was the fact that none of the 3 pacemen really stamped their authority on the third seamer spot. It is definitely not Onions, probably not Woakes, so it has to be Broad. Compton also disappointed. No problem with Trott and KP even though they didn't score big. With their experience, you could count on them to come good come the tests.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

SyedYesYouAre I can't remember any warm up game that any team has ever played. They are to give bowlers and batsmen experience of the conditions. You don't know much about cricket if you think they influence the tests. They may influence selection. Boycott's comments were spot on and this game has no relevance to them. PS Anderson and Finn will be surprised to hear they are second string.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (March 2, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Eng got outplayed, plain n simple. Take away Ian Bell's knock, Eng could well have been beaten by a bigger margin. 3rd seamer is a HUGE problem now. You would think that out of the 3, at least one of them would have raised his hand and came up with a bucket load of wickets. May well be that Compton is feeling the pressure and hearing Root's footsteps behind him which is not a good sign. Can't wait for the first test to start.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (March 2, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Great result should give nz alot of confidence going into the first test. Anderson and finn will make a massive deference but the rest shouldn't be feared, their batsmen also look a little under done. Corey anderson showed his class and his bowling was quite effective before picking up yet another injury but he and watling have probably ended onions carear and should take some pride in that. Well done nz hopefully the black caps repeat the dose

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (March 2, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Embarrassing by England. Boycott saying how New Zealand will have no chance against England. Well look at this result 2nd string New Zealand beating a basically full strength England. Wow!

Posted by waitara on (March 2, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Congrats to the NZ XI! Good work out for England ahead of the Tests too. Imagine if the NZC gave our guys away on tour chances to play proper cricket ahead of their two Test "series".

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