England v New Zealand, 2nd NatWest ODI, Ageas Bowl June 2, 2013

Bresnan's 'bouncer' keeps England chins up

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second ODI at the Ageas Bowl

Slower ball of the day
Tim Bresnan is waiting for a special delivery at home (his wife is pregnant) and he produced a special delivery himself at the Ageas Bowl. England's pace bowlers have all worked on the slower-ball bouncer as part of their armoury for one-day cricket - it has been successful, at times, in Twenty20 for them - but Bresnan's attempt did not go to plan. The ball to Ross Taylor slipped out and bounced almost at Bresnan's feet, then looped towards Taylor who swished at fresh air. There were smiles all-round (and it wasn't even called a wide) and Bresnan might have wished he could have bowled it again when his next delivery was cut for four.

Drop of the day
The number 13 certainly isn't unlucky for Martin Guptill. Twice in three days he has been dropped on that score and gone onto make a hundred. The chance that Jonathan Trott spilled at midwicket off Chris Woakes was far simpler than the top edge that flew to Bresnan at Lord's. It came off the splice of Guptill's bat but Trott did not seem to pick it up and looked somewhat startled when it burst through his hands. The net result was a cost of 176 runs.

Landmark of the day
Guptill tore up the record books during his 189: highest score by a New Zealand batsman in one-day cricket, the joint-highest score conceded by England an ODI and back-to-back hundreds. A quirk about that last achievement is that the only other New Zealand batsman to score one-day hundreds in England, Mark Greatbatch, also scored them in the space of 72 hours - at The Oval and Headingley in 1990.

Pantomime of the day
After his earlier drop, Trott almost pulled off a brilliant piece of fielding on the deep midwicket boundary when Brendon McCullum smote James Anderson for what looked like a certain six. Trott managed to cling onto the catch, but knew he was stumbling back over the rope so chucked the ball up (as is often seen in Twenty20) with the hope of catching it again inside the boundary. The only problem for him was that he then had no idea where the ball had gone until. "Behind you!" The Crowd cried, and a few seconds later, Trott noticed the ball trickling towards the rope. He tried to flick it back, but after much deliberation by the third umpire it was given as four. Trott and Alastair Cook did not seem amused.

Ovation of the day
Never mind all the dazzling strokeplay from New Zealand, the biggest cheer of the day may just have been left for Trott when he lofted James Franklin straight down the ground for a six - just the third of his ODI career. Perhaps the crowd had been reading some of the coverage Trott has had over the last week, because they also loudly applauded his single to get off the mark. - with just a hint more sarcasm.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Richard on June 3, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Patchmaster give Ronchi time I believe he will be a great asset for nz although I do believe Rutherford will also come into the squad eventually to open with perhaps moving Ronchi down to no.7. Still love to see a Southee, Milne,McClenaghan/Boultfuture NZ squads) ODI bowling attack in the not too distant future plus a fit happy Ryder batting in the middle order.(no more Franklin/Ellis/Martin/Arnel has-beens in future NZ squads)

  • Daniel on June 3, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @Patchmaster - Ronchi is the ODI wicketkeeper - McCullum can't regularly keep becuase of his injuries so if you replace Ronchi you would also need to replace McCullum for Watling or Van Wyk - give Ronchi time - he will come good.

  • Arul on June 3, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    13 wasnit that unlucky for Martin, he ended up with ton in both innings and remained not out. Just unlucky for ENG.

  • Rakesh on June 3, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @ sifter132 - The author did not say it originated in T20. He said as often seen. Big difference.

  • Ramesh on June 3, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    It baffles the mind to see Dernbach turn up repeatedly for England. He is the weakest link in the English attack. Apart for lack of skills, his temperament is also suspect.

  • Ed on June 2, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Rutherford should open for Kiwi's, instead of Ronchi. I doubt we'll ever see Dernbach bowl for England again, he looked extremely pedestrian and every Kiwi batsman took him apart.

  • David on June 2, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    (as is often seen in Twenty20)...more T20 myths. Ramp shots, slower ball bouncers, throwing the ball back in after a boundary catch - none of these originated in T20 yet this format gets almost ALL the credit for innovation these days...I don't like it!!! Dougie Marillier was doing ramp shots in 2000, Wasim Akram bowled a slower ball bouncer and he barely played T20, Steve Waugh and Simon O'Donnell were masters of the back of the hand slower ball, Craig McDermott used a split finger slower ball. There isn't much new under the sun...

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    all round performence from kiwis...but the opening pair is the problem..need to drop ronchi.....call back rutherforddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

  • suresh kumar on June 2, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    LEGAL slow bouncer of the century.

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