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Plays of the day from the fourth day of the first Test between England and New Zealand
George Dobell at Lord's
May 19, 2013
Milestone of the day
It may be an achievement overshadowed by the events that followed it, but Tim Southee bowled wonderfully well to become the second New Zealander to claim a ten-wicket haul in a Test at Lord's. He sealed the haul with the wicket of Graeme Swann, wafting outside off stump, but it was the wicket of Ian Bell, drawn into driving outside off stump and edging one that nipped away, that was more typical. That wicket also made Southee the fifth New Zealander to appear on the bowling honours board at Lord's for a five-wicket haul, following Sir Richard Hadlee (who appears three times), Dion Nash, Daniel Vettori and Chris Cairns. Nash is the only other New Zealander to complete a ten-wicket match.
Catch of the day
It was a fairly regulation chance but Matt Prior, after a disappointing game by his standards, finally had something to celebrate when he accepted an edge from Peter Fulton. It was the 200th dismissal of Prior's Test career - 13 stumpings added to his 187 catches - and made him the 14th wicketkeeper to reach the landmark. He is the fourth England keeper, following Alan Knott (269 dismissals), Alec Stewart (241) and Godfrey Evans (219) ahead of him.
Wicket of the day
The word 'unplayable' tends to be overused in cricket. Dean Brownlie could console himself as most unfortunate, however, that he received a perfect delivery from James Anderson that bounced and left him off the pitch to take the edge of his bat. To compound Brownlie's difficulties, the previous delivery had swung in on him prodigiously. With Anderson masking the ball so well before delivery and moving it so sharply in both directions, he really does represent a tough proposition.
Injury worry of the day
Bruce Martin being unable to take the field raises obvious concerns about his availability for the Test at Leeds starting on Friday. Martin, who sustained a calf injury on day three, is the only specialist spinner in the squad. As a result, it is probable that Daniel Vettori, arriving in the UK as part of New Zealand's limited-overs squad, will be called up to join the squad. While BJ Watling is also an injury doubt for Leeds, New Zealand are well covered for keeping options within the current Test squad, with both Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham options.
Defining moment of the day
It was probably fitting that the New Zealand second innings was finished off in chaotic style. Neil Wagner pulled Anderson to long leg only to see the sub fielder, Adam Dobb, misjudge the catch. But Jonny Bairstow delivered a powerful throw back to Anderson who found Wagner and Trent Boult dithering in the middle of the wicket and comfortably completed the run out. It was the first time since 1936, when Bill Voce and Gubby Allen bowled out Australia for 58, that two England bowlers had bowled the whole way through an innings to dismiss a side on their own.
Sighting of the day
There was a familiar face on the England dressing room balcony after lunch. Kevin Pietersen, currently recovering from a knee injury, arrived at the ground to see the conclusion of the game.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: George Dobell
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