England v NZ, 1st NatWest ODI, Lord's May 31, 2013

Ronchi reappears over the Tasman sea

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the first ODI from Lord's

Catch of the day
On July 6 2008, Luke Ronchi caught Chris Gayle off Mitchell Johnson in St Kitts. On May 31 2013 Luke Ronchi caught Ian Bell off Tim Southee at Lord's. He is the first international player since Kepler Wessels to play for two Full Member nations having decided to use his place of birth over the Tasman sea as a second chance at the top level. Some wicketkeepers find it hard the first time they stand at Lord's, but Ronchi appeared settled from the start - his experience helping - but that first catch nestling in the gloves will still have been special.

Tangle of the day
On this ground last year Eoin Morgan produced a breathtaking innings against Australia and England could have done with something similar this time around. But he has not had much time to adjust back to English conditions after the IPL - one innings for Middlesex, which was a first-ball duck - and on this occasion he found himself in a mess against a short ball from Mitchell McClenaghan. Having advanced down the pitch he could not pull out of his pull in time and sent a big top edge to Ronchi.

Gamble of the day
Brendon McCullum likes to throw the dice occasionally and while bringing Kane Williamson into the attack was not the most outlandish piece of captaincy you will see it was still smart thinking. The Powerplay was in operation, which is normally a time for specialist bowlers, but having seen England struggle against Nathan McCullum he opted for pace off the ball. It worked a treat, too, when Jos Buttler tried to break the shackles only for his well-struck reverse-sweep to find backward point.

Top-edge of the day
Sometimes a cricketers' day hinges on one moment. For Chris Woakes and Martin Guptill that moment converged when a top edge from Guptill, on 13, flew towards fine leg. It was always touch-and-go over distance, but Tim Bresnan was well inside the boundary rather than on the rope which made it even harder for him the track back to attempt the catch. In the end he palmed it for six and Woakes' day turned into an expensive one. Guptill's day turned into a memorable one.

Review of the day
It was not an easy return to England colours (the new red, that is) for Jade Dernbach and even when he thought he had a wicket he hadn't. Grant Elliott was given lbw when Aleem Dar thought a well-directed back-of-the-hand slower ball had taken him full on the boot. But replays quickly showed an inside edge although Dernbach did, at least, open his account when he had Brendon McCullum caught at deep cover.

Andrew McGlashan is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 3, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    What other countries is it unfair to?

  • on June 1, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    gsingh7 you are kidding right? so we should restrict his right to play for his country of birth? do you also think this of Eoin Morgan ireland and england.

  • on May 31, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    rules are the rules he has served the 4 year stand down in order to play for New Zealand. Therefore he is perfectly entitled to play for NZ and NZ are perfectly entitled to pick him

  • gsingh7 on May 31, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    this is unfair to other countries. he should only play for aus or retire. no way icc should allow him to play 2 nations

  • on June 3, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    What other countries is it unfair to?

  • on June 1, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    gsingh7 you are kidding right? so we should restrict his right to play for his country of birth? do you also think this of Eoin Morgan ireland and england.

  • on May 31, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    rules are the rules he has served the 4 year stand down in order to play for New Zealand. Therefore he is perfectly entitled to play for NZ and NZ are perfectly entitled to pick him

  • gsingh7 on May 31, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    this is unfair to other countries. he should only play for aus or retire. no way icc should allow him to play 2 nations

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  • gsingh7 on May 31, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    this is unfair to other countries. he should only play for aus or retire. no way icc should allow him to play 2 nations

  • on May 31, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    rules are the rules he has served the 4 year stand down in order to play for New Zealand. Therefore he is perfectly entitled to play for NZ and NZ are perfectly entitled to pick him

  • on June 1, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    gsingh7 you are kidding right? so we should restrict his right to play for his country of birth? do you also think this of Eoin Morgan ireland and england.

  • on June 3, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    What other countries is it unfair to?