England v NZ, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day May 18, 2013

Broad grasps his chance

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third day at Lord's

Decision of the day
It was something of a surprise to see Stuart Broad given the opportunity to bowl from the Pavilion End at the start of the third day. Broad had been disappointing on day two while James Anderson, so impressive the previous evening, has tended to prefer that end. But the decision was immediately vindicated as Broad immediately settled to a far more probing, fuller length and claimed the important wicket of Brendon McCullum, drawn into pushing at one outside off stump, with his second legitimate delivery. It set the tone on a vastly improved England bowling performance which saw New Zealand lose their final seven wickets for just 60 runs, including 6 for 54 in the session. It gave England a first innings lead of 25 which seemed unlikely when New Zealand fourth-wicket pair were together on the second evening and trailing by only 85.

Comedown of the day
It is remarkable how quickly fortunes can change in cricket. The last time Matt Prior played a Test, he walked off having saved the match with a defiant century and, earlier this week, was the recipient of England's player of the year award. He will leave Lord's this week having suffered a pair and having dropped a catch in the first innings that, by his high standards, must be required relatively straightforward. In the second innings he attempted to pull the first short ball send down by Tim Southee but mistimed the shot and presented a simple catch to square leg. It made his decision to turn down an apparently comfortable single in the previous over all the more unfathomable. Prior remains a high-class player, but this has been a miserable game for him.

Ball of the day
James Anderson produced an absolute gem of a delivery to account for Bruce Martin. Set up with two searing inswingers, Anderson then produced one angled in to pitch middle and leg, but seaming away to clip the top of off stump. It was a delivery good enough to account for most batsmen and a fine way for Anderson to claim the 13th five-wicket haul of his Test career and the fourth at Lord's. Only two men have taken more five-wicket hauls at the ground: Sir Ian Botham, who claimed eight in 15 Tests and Fred Trueman, who claimed five in 12 Tests. This is Anderson's 13th Test at Lord's.

Review of the day
New Zealand thought they had dismissed Alastair Cook from the second ball of the England second innings when he was drawn into a drive outside off stump by Trent Boult. The umpire, Aleem Dar, thought differently, so New Zealand utilised the DRS. The third umpire, Marais Erasmus, asked for audio and a blown-up image of Hot Spot but concluded there was not enough evidence to overturn the original decision. Part of the problem was that a white mark appeared on the Hot Spot image of the bat even before any possible contact with the ball, so the worth of the evidence was diluted. The noise from the stump microphone was also inconclusive, but Snicko - a device not available to the third umpire - later showed enough evidence to suggest Cook had edged the ball. He only scored 21 more runs but, had New Zealand struck early in England's second innings it is quite possible that nerves would have spread in the England dressing room. It is also worth noting that, earlier in the day, BJ Watling had walked after edging a catch in New Zealand's first innings before it later transpired that Hot Spot showed no mark. It was more supporting evidence for those who continue to doubt the value of the DRS.

Chance of the day
So secure did Joe Root and Jonathan Trott appear for most of their partnership that, for long periods, it seemed a run-out was the most likely mode of dismissal. Perhaps New Zealand's best chance came when Root had 40. Pushing the ball into the off side, he set off for a sharp single only to see Trott refuse to move. Root, turning in mid-pitch, would have been run out by some distance had McCullum's throw hit the stumps or had BJ Watling, rushing to take the ball from behind the stumps, been able to take the ball and remove the bails cleanly. As it was Root survived and Watling, who jarred his knee as he dived to take the throw, was forced off the pitch. McCullum took the gloves and kept wicket but did so without pads.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rizwan on May 19, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @orangtan, little bit of online research will give you the basics; identifying the point of impact, predicting travel path based on succession of frames, also the the given set of rules to counter the inaccuracy for LBW decisions. For bounce/swing/spin, agreed that post-bounce trajectory prediction may not be quite accurate with this technology, but post-bounce trajectory predictions proven to be quite accurate(unless travel time between bounce on the pitch & impact is very little). Hotspot is only thing available to determine edges, where Snicko isn't much useful/accurate in real time. Oh, looks like I just mentioned few limitations of this technology. Anyway, point is you need to give detailed reasoning why DRS to be scrapped. Because, the error margin is almost ignorable compared to human umpires & overall correct decisions count is on a higher percentage with it. Walting dismissal case you mentioned, with/without DRS we'd be depending on umpire's judgement anyway, so why complain?

  • Andrew on May 19, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @orangtan on (May 19, 2013, 6:29 GMT) - your comment is "rubbish". The reality is - the right decison was made. Dar gave benefit of the doubt -so too did Erasmus. End of story.

  • Nicholas on May 19, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Please, please, please Saker: tell Broad and Finn to pitch the ball up! Jimmy never bowls short; Steyn never bowls short; why oh why are Broad and Finn so obsessed at times despite not bowling overly fast? 1 ball every 12 or 18, fair enough - just to keep the batsmen guessing. If Braod and Finn stick with their short-pitched rubbish they should be dropped from the team.

  • Orang on May 19, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    So the Indians are not so way out in left field after all when it comes to doubting the DRS. Hot spot is complete rubbish; one of the commentators opined that the mere fact that there was no "hot spot' would not have been enough to reverse the on-field umpire's decision in the case of the Watling dismissa---- though it never came to that since the young man 'walked'. So,what is the purpose of 'hot spot' anyway ? And who can believe the ball-tracker, how can it possibly gauge the amount of spin/swing , or lack thereof, imparted to a particular delivery ? The manufacturers are making a killing while the administrators and pontificating commentators don't know enough to point out that the emperor is devoid of any cover, let alone extra-cover.

  • Anthony on May 18, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Good to see NZ players walking. England should do the same, would set an example to youngsters playing in the local leagues. Hot spot is rubbish

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