New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

New Zealand in England Test Series - 2nd Test

England v New Zealand

England won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

0.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, over the wicket and some bounce straight away, jags back a bit into the batsman, pushed back down the ground

0.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, angling away from the right-hander, bit of bounce again, left alone

0.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, back of a length again, Sidebottom not attempting that full length to extract some swing, on the pads and deflected away close to short leg, no bat there

0.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, that's probing, outside off, starts to angle back and just holds its line, good pace and carry, oohs and aahs all around, left alone by the batsman, good leave or fine ball? Take your pick

0.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, short of a length again, outside off this time, punched back down the ground

0.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, that's a peach, came back into the right-hander, beats the prodding bat and just misses the off stump, lethal angle that, Sidebottom finds his groove

New Zealand 0/0   JM How 0* (6b)

1.5

Anderson to How, FOUR, now that's too easy, on the pads and trying for the swing across the body, all goes to nought as the batsman works that off his hips through the square fence, that's a good way to start the day

1.6

Anderson to How, no run, drifting down the pads again, that was a fine ball to the left-hander but Jimmy, it's the right-handed Jamie here. That would have been a wide in a T20 but it's harmless here.

New Zealand 7/0   JM How 4* (8b 1x4)

2.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, on the front foot, punched towards the leg side

New Zealand 8/0   JM How 4* (9b 1x4)

4.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, moving away from the right-hander, not much swing and that's left alone easily

4.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, closer to the stumps this time, the length may just be a bit too on the shorter side, some winds too, he's around the 85mph mark but needs to be fuller to swing, left alone

4.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, 85.3mph and that's a huge appeal, fuller this time and moves back in, How pushes his front foot dangerously forward and can't make contact, big appeal but Darrell Hair says no, maybe the height was in question but that's a fine ball from Sidebottom.

4.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, slightly outside off this time but moving in, How thinks of leaving it but that moves back in a shade to strikes the bat

4.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, confident punch back to the bowler, he's stuck the right line here but more of the full length and he'll be lethal

4.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, the wind is probably messing with the line here, too far down the leg side, no need to touch that

New Zealand 12/0   JM How 4* (15b 1x4)

5.5

Anderson to How, no run, 84.8mph, that stops a bit after pitching, strange one that, kept the batsman guessing till the end after which he tapped it to the off side

5.6

Anderson to How, no run, starts on middle and is threatening to swing away, tapped back down the ground

New Zealand 17/0   JM How 4* (17b 1x4)

7.1

Anderson to How, FOUR, beautifully driven straight back past Anderson. Too full and dispatched with excellent timing

7.2

Anderson to How, 2 runs, the slips all cry "awwwww" as Anderson hurries the batsman here who clips it to leg

7.3

Anderson to How, no run, slightly wider of the off stump, with a hint of swing back into the right-hander who drives it crisply to mid-off

7.4

Anderson to How, no run, too short, but the man at short midwicket prevents the run

7.5

Anderson to How, 1 run, horrible ball. Wide of the off stump, much too short, and How's eyes light up as he tries to crash this off the back foot ... but can only clunk it to cover

New Zealand 24/0   JM How 11* (22b 2x4)

8.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, a lovely line from Sidebottom bending back into the batsman who is driving back to the bowler

8.2

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, short of a length and that's timed very nicely from How, just coming forward onto the front foot and - with a whip of those wrists - times it very nicely through midwicket

8.3

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, miles wide of the off stump and flayed over the slips, rather fortuitously. How admonishes himself with a swear word or two. Horrible shot, really, never in control

8.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, down the leg side this time

8.5

Sidebottom to How, 1 leg bye, another leg-side stray which he tries to help around the corner, but can't time it

New Zealand 31/0   JM How 17* (27b 3x4)

9.1

Panesar to How, 2 runs, good start. Nicely flighted by Panesar outside off, and he comes forward trying to defend but gets a thick outside edge

9.2

Panesar to How, 2 runs, too full, flicked to leg

9.3

Panesar to How, 1 run, another full toss, swept to deep midwicket

New Zealand 36/0   JM How 22* (30b 3x4)

10.1

Broad to How, 3 runs, warm welcome from How, drives crisply past mid-off, doesn't get the timing all that right but they scamper three, too full that time

10.4

Broad to How, no run, tapped towards cover, he's settled into a right length after that first ball

10.5

Broad to How, 1 run, confident stride and pushes to the off side

New Zealand 43/0   JM How 26* (33b 3x4)

11.1

Panesar to How, no run, a huge shout from Monty - but look who's at the other end. It's Panesar's Lord's nemesis, Simon Taufel. No chance of him giving that, as it was a foot outside off

11.2

Panesar to How, no run, lovely bowling! Beaten on the drive outside off. Big turn

11.3

Panesar to How, no run, swept to leg

11.4

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up on middle, he comes forward to defend

11.5

Panesar to How, 1 run, neatly turned to leg with a flick of the wrists

New Zealand 44/0   JM How 27* (38b 3x4)

12.1

Broad to How, no run, good line and length, firmly blocked off the back foot

12.2

Broad to How, FOUR, four more as How comes forward, angling this past the slips down to third man

12.3

Broad to How, no run, lovely shot back down the ground but Vaughan sprints across from mid-on to field...and throws down the stumps in anger

12.4

Broad to How, 1 run, fine ball, just short of a length and squirted out to point. Safely played, though

New Zealand 53/0   JM How 32* (42b 4x4)

13.1

Panesar to How, FOUR, full and swept away with T20 fury, lofted in front of square and that's nearly six, one bounce four that, what a cracker, just How does he do it?

13.2

Panesar to How, no run, quicker one, straight, punched back down the ground

13.3

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up a bit outside off, turning away, tapped off the front foot towards cover

13.4

Panesar to How, no run, that one went straight on, starting from outside off but the batsman saw that coming and let it go

13.5

Panesar to How, 3 runs, slightly short, cut away past point and they are hurrying between the stumps, Redmond wants the third and they manage it, now then, they mean business here

New Zealand 60/0   JM How 39* (47b 5x4)

14.1

Broad to How, 1 run, short of a length, angling into the batsman, tucked away easily, the line is still too straight here

New Zealand 61/0   JM How 40* (48b 5x4)

15.1

Panesar to How, no run, 51.6mph, on middle and looks for turn, defended back down the ground

15.2

Panesar to How, no run, slightly short and that's a risky attempt to pull, thick edge dribbles away towards midwicket

15.3

Panesar to How, no run, punched back down the ground, he's better off playing straight, I would think

15.4

Panesar to How, no run, worked away from off to the leg side, deftly done that time

15.5

Panesar to How, no run, that's thrown up higher, loopy too, not much turn, tapped back with the full face of the bat

15.6

Panesar to How, no run, 53.4mph, that's teased him, outside off and straightening, punches to the off side but the thick edge goes onto his pads

New Zealand 61/0   JM How 40* (54b 5x4)

16.3

Broad to How, no run, 82.8mph, that was short, there's a man waiting for the top-edge and How goes for the pull, it's gotten big on him and he can't make contact, that's some good bounce

16.4

Broad to How, no run, soft hands that time, short of a length and pushed carefully to mid-on

16.5

Broad to How, no run, that's some good seam movement, 85.6mph, pitches outside off and jags away some distance, there's no way he could have got bat onto that

16.6

Broad to How, 1 run, poor follow-up, on the pads and pushed away effortlessly to square leg

New Zealand 63/0   JM How 41* (58b 5x4)

17.1

Panesar to How, no run, throws that one up, batsman dances down the track and pushes to the off side, a bit of intent here

17.2

Panesar to How, no run, left alone outside off, not much turn there

17.3

Panesar to How, 1 run, pushes to square leg

New Zealand 64/0   JM How 42* (61b 5x4)

18.1

Broad to How, 1 run, glided behind point that time, this is almost getting too easy for England's liking

New Zealand 71/0   JM How 43* (62b 5x4)

19.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, gingerly run-up to start off, short of a length and patted back easily

19.2

Sidebottom to How, 3 runs, full and angling into the middle and leg stump, cracked away wristily, the line has been quite poor from England for most of the morning, not much timing there but they manage three

New Zealand 74/0   JM How 46* (64b 5x4)

20.1

Broad to How, no run, 85.3, he's got that number quite a few times in this spell, or maybe it's just a faulty speed gun, either way short and pushed down the ground

20.2

Broad to How, no run, lack of bounce and How nearly got into trouble there, goes for the pull but can't gauge the bounce, the inside edge could have easily rattled the stumps there

20.3

Broad to How, no run, leaves that one alone, too far outside off

20.4

Broad to How, 2 runs, short and wide, that's slapped tamely over the in-field, not much power in that shot but he gets the gap and hurries for two, Broad is holding his head in anguish but that was a pathetic ball, Stuart. Unless there is some masterplan here.

20.5

Broad to How, no run, elegant looking shot there, pushed hard toward mid-off, just can't get the timing

20.6

Broad to How, no run, tapped on the back foot, that was off the middle of the bat, England need a wicket and soon.

New Zealand 76/0   JM How 48* (70b 5x4)

21.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, punched back off the front foot

21.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, full and wide, he's on one knee and cracking hard but it's straight to mid-off, good looking shot that

21.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, short of a length, moving away a shade, glided towards point

21.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, 81.9mph, pushed to cover but there's a fielder there

21.6

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, worked away to the leg side and that's his fifty. Third Test fifty for How and it's a fine platform as of now. Vettori must be smiling in the dressing-room but there's a long way to go

New Zealand 79/0   JM How 50* (75b 5x4)

22.2

Broad to How, no run, defended off the front foot, more of the legside line and Peter Moores will prepare for a fiery broadside (ouch).

22.3

Broad to How, no run, throws his bat at a wide one, on one knee and he's gone after that, well fielded at point, that almost carried but good attempt there

22.4

Broad to How, no run, short of a length, glided away to point, he's in control now, no worries

22.5

Broad to How, no run, short, that's well directed and lures How into the pull, bit of extra bounce does him in and he misses that one, could have easily been edged to the keeper

22.6

Broad to How, no run, defended watchfully off the front foot to gully

New Zealand 80/0   JM How 50* (80b 5x4)

24.1

Broad to How, no run, risky again, short of a length and outside off, How taps that dangerously off the back foot and gets it towards extra cover, not at all in control of that

24.2

Broad to How, no run, full one, driven hard to mid-off, he's looked fine off the front foot but had the edgy moments off the back

24.3

Broad to How, no run, lets that one go outside off

24.4

Broad to How, 2 runs, edgy, edgy, on middle stump and moving away a shade, How tries to push to the leg side but a leading edge goes between mid-off and extra cover, that's a fine length from Broad

24.5

Broad to How, FOUR, short wide, top edge and slashed hard, Pietersen is waiting three quarters of the way back towards third man but he can't get there, flies to his left for four, that's a poor ball and an airy shot

24.6

Broad to How, no run, another play and a miss, NZ showing some nerves here, full one outside off and he tries to loft that over the in-field, not the kind of shot you expect a few minutes before lunch, beaten

New Zealand 86/1   JM How 56* (86b 6x4)

26.1

Broad to How, no run, left alone outside off

26.2

Broad to How, no run, full and on off, that's probing, driven back down the ground

26.3

Broad to How, no run, short one, extra bounce but that's outside off, left alone again

26.4

Broad to How, no run, 84.9mph, full and outside off, he's mixing them up well here, they will love another one here, pushed back to the bowler

26.5

Broad to How, no run, short this time, one full and one short, it seems, ducks under it

26.6

Broad to How, no run, well outside off, left alone

New Zealand 86/2   JM How 56* (92b 6x4)

27.6

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, on the pads this time, tucked away neatly behind square

New Zealand 90/2   JM How 57* (93b 6x4)

28.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned to the leg side for a quick one, that was pushed through

28.6

Panesar to How, no run, quicker one this time, tapped back to the bowler

New Zealand 92/2   JM How 58* (95b 6x4)

29.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off this time, bit of bounce too, left alone, waiting to see when he's going to go over the wicket

29.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, trying to move it from outside off to off, straightens and allows the batsman to let it go

29.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, shoulders arms again, too far outside off, good carry, though, he's trying to frustrate the batsman, looks like

29.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, too far away from the batsman, short of a length but there's no need to flash at those

29.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, and again, so that's five in a row outside off, consistent one must say

New Zealand 93/2   JM How 58* (100b 6x4)

30.3

Anderson to How, no run, bit of swing into the batsman this time, too far down leg, though, rapped on the pads but that was going down leg, they think of an appeal but realise how laughable that would have been, maybe too high too

30.4

Anderson to How, 2 runs, punched confidently towards cover, in the gap and they hurry for two, these two are screaming between the wickets, Sidebottom takes it a bit too easy at extra cover and is surprised to see them go for two

30.5

Anderson to How, no run, bit of extra bounce there, outside off and steered to gully

30.6

Anderson to How, no run, pushed one that's back of a length to mid-on

New Zealand 96/2   JM How 60* (104b 6x4)

31.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, we're back to the outside-off-batsman-shouldering-arms routine

31.3

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, wide outside off and How has had enough of this shouldering arms business, spanked through the covers and that's raced away, brings up the 100 and How

31.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, short of a length on off and middle, punched off the back foot toward mid-on

31.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, forward defence towards cover, that's short of a length from Ryan

31.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, good ball to finish, back of a length and outside off, making him play, pushed down the ground

New Zealand 101/2   JM How 64* (109b 7x4)

32.3

Anderson to How, OUT, that's a peach, Anderson has produced a most beautiful away-seamer, fantastic seam position, pitches on off, straightens a shade and kisses the edge of the bat, How pokes tentatively but has no answer to that one, Ambrose completes an easy catch and England are on top. That was the best ball of the day so far.

JM How c †Ambrose b Anderson 64 (134m 110b 7x4 0x6) SR: 58.18

New Zealand 102/3   JM How 64 (110b 7x4)
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May 26, 2008

Andrew Strauss reaches his hundred, as Kevin Pietersen joins the celebration, England v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, May 25, 2008

Andrew Strauss reaches his hundred, as Kevin Pietersen joins the celebration

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May 26, 2008

Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell celebrate England's six-wicket victory, England v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, May 25, 2008

Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell celebrate England's six-wicket victory

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