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

69.4

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, slightly wide of the crease, two slips and gully in place, trying to get the edge, bit of extra pace there, pushed towards midwicket

69.5

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, short of a length, tries to punch off the back foot but only manages a thick under-edge onto the pitch

69.6

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, lets it go outside off, bit of movement after it passes the bat

England 164/6   TR Ambrose 0* (3b)

71.1

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, short of a length, angling into the batsman, but the bounce was taking it over, left alone

71.2

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, 75.9mph, good-length ball coming in, pushed to cover

71.3

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, honing in outside off, tight line from O'Brien, defended to the off side

71.4

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, good accurate bowling this, just outside off again, there's always a chance of that alarming movement into the batsman, pushed back

71.5

O'Brien to Ambrose, 1 run, straighter this time, worked towards square leg, big cheers for the single.

England 165/7   TR Ambrose 1* (8b)

72.1

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven towards mid-on

72.4

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, flighted towards middle, turning away, Ambrose gets forward and pokes away from his body, edgy stuff this

72.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, big stride again, pushed back to the bowler, that was a quicker one

72.6

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, quick arm ball and that's a huge appeal, Ambrose pads that one and looked close, Hair says no and what probably saved him was his big stride forward

England 167/7   TR Ambrose 2* (12b)

74.1

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, outside off, lets that go

74.2

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, round the wicket, quick arm ball this time, he's late on it but manages to tap it towards cover for a quick one

England 176/7   TR Ambrose 3* (14b)

75.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, 73.7mph, similar length, punched back down the ground

75.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, fuller this time, but still no width, this is wonderfully tight bowling, pushed back to the bowler

75.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, 75.8mph, short of a length, starting from outside off and moving back in, close to Ambrose's chest, he pushes watchfully, he's cramping them

England 178/7   TR Ambrose 3* (17b)

76.2

Vettori to Ambrose, OUT, Taylor's shades are working perfectly in this gloom, tossed up full, bit of turn, Ambrose drives and falls into the trap, outside edge goes straight to first slip, five wickets for Vettori and England are teetering on the brink, can they avoid the ignominy of the follow-on?

TR Ambrose c Taylor b Vettori 3 (29m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

England 179/8   TR Ambrose 3 (18b)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
England v New Zealand at Nottingham - Jun 5-8, 2008
England won by an innings and 9 runs
England v New Zealand at Manchester - May 23-26, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
England v New Zealand at Lord's - May 15-19, 2008
Match drawn
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Photos

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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