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

Martin to Strauss, no run, angled away from over the wicket to the left-hander, leaves that alone

0.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, on the pads and flicked away, fine stop from Jamie How at square leg, diving to his right and keeping them quiet, that was heading away to the fence

0.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, short of a length and shoulders arms

0.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, short of a length, outside off, leaves that alone

0.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone, no need to play that

0.6

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, tapped watchfully to cover and they take off, Strauss is away

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 1* (6b)

1.1

Mills to Strauss, 1 no ball, short of a length, he's over-stepped that time, Strauss cuts but can't get the timing, bounces towards the slips

1.1

Mills to Strauss, no run, short of a length, outside off, shoulders arms

1.2

Mills to Strauss, 2 runs, tucked away effortlessly behind square, Martin mops up at fine leg

1.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, that's dropped short, no control from Strauss as he fends at one that's angling away, falls short of Redmond at second slip

1.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, short of a length, pushed to mid-on, good length from Mills

1.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, angling away from the left-hander, plays inside the line there

1.6

Mills to Strauss, no run

England 4/0   AJ Strauss 3* (13b)

4.1

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads again, the wind may have something to do with this, turned away behind square for a single

4.5

Martin to Strauss, 3 runs, too full and Strauss just needs to shuffle across and push through midwicket for a couple, not much movement in the air, quite a bit off the pitch

England 22/0   AJ Strauss 7* (15b)

5.1

Mills to Strauss, no run, short of a length, angles away from the left-hander, left alone

5.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, driven fluently to extra cover, good bit of fielding by Vettori there

5.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, shoulders arms to a full ball

5.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, and again, maybe a bit too wide here, Strauss not having anything to do with that

5.5

Mills to Strauss, FOUR, short that time, bit of width and Strauss throws his bat, in the air and Jeetan Patel puts in a fine effort, diving full length to his right, but it just eludes his grasp and runs away for four

5.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, lets that one go

England 26/0   AJ Strauss 11* (21b 1x4)

6.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, no need to play that one outside off

England 29/0   AJ Strauss 11* (22b 1x4)

7.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, let's that go outside off

7.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, too wide of off again, no need to touch that

7.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, on the back foot and tapped back down the ground

7.6

O'Brien to Strauss, 1 run, chipped towards extra-cover, efficient shot that

England 33/0   AJ Strauss 12* (26b 1x4)

8.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, short of a length, pushed back to the bowler, they think of a single but decide against it

8.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, punched to the off side, that's a better line, making him play now

8.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, round the wicket, angling in, strikes him on the pads and they go up in appeal but that was sliding down, the keeper was well down leg by the end of it, a bit too high too

8.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, not having anything to do with that, too wide outside off and not angling in

8.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, 88.6mph,/i>, speedy and peachy, pitches outside off and holds its line, Strauss is beaten there, he can try and make people think he played inside the line but he was clearly done in

8.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, tapped to the leg side

England 33/0   AJ Strauss 12* (32b 1x4)

10.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, patted to backward point

10.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, full and outside off, holding its line, drives but is beaten, good control from Martin

10.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, and again, full again, Strauss drives and can't take into account the line, could have easily kissed the edge

10.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, sliding down the leg side, can't reach that

10.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, full and outside off, pushed to mid-on

10.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, 89mph, tapped back to the bowler, another maiden, they're hitting the right areas now, or that's what they will say in the post-match press conference (without anyone understanding what they mean)

England 33/1   AJ Strauss 12* (38b 1x4)

12.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, full length delivery on the off stump, Strauss shapes to drive it but gets an inside edge onto his pads

12.2

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, short delivery on the leg stump, Strauss turns it away to fine leg for a single

England 34/1   AJ Strauss 13* (40b 1x4)

13.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, angling away from over the wicket away from the left-hander, lets that go

13.2

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, smooth drive wide of mid-off but a good stop keeps them quiet

13.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, pushed back off the back foot, still wondering how O'Brien got that ball to move so much against Cook

13.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, lets that go

13.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-off, straight to the fielder

13.6

O'Brien to Strauss, FOUR, too far down leg, turned away fine for four, help-yourself for Strauss

England 42/1   AJ Strauss 17* (46b 2x4)

15.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, full on the off stump line, Strauss presents a dead bat to it

15.2

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, short on the leg stump, Strauss defends it to square leg on the backfoot

15.3

O'Brien to Strauss, 2 runs, short on the leg stump, Strauss pulls it away to deep backward square leg for a couple

15.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, full on the off stump, Strauss drives it to Vettori at mid off

15.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, on a good length on the middle stump, defends on the backfoot

15.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run

England 44/1   AJ Strauss 19* (52b 2x4)

16.5

Vettori to Strauss, no run, on the middle stump, Strauss defends it to short lrg

16.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Strauss comes onto the frontfoot and smothers the spin

England 45/1   AJ Strauss 19* (54b 2x4)

17.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, short outside the off stump, left alone by Strauss

17.6

O'Brien to Strauss, 1 run, fuller in length outside the off stump, Strauss drives it to mid on for a single

England 47/1   AJ Strauss 20* (56b 2x4)

18.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, outside the off stump, Strauss defends on the backfoot

18.2

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, on the middle stump, Strauss turns it away to fine leg for a single

18.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, bit of flight there, turning into the left-hander, poking the bat in front of pad and angling towards the leg side

England 49/1   AJ Strauss 21* (59b 2x4)

20.1

Vettori to Strauss, 2 runs, punched off the back foot and they take off, 50 up for England

20.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, drifting down the leg side, tries to turn it to fine leg but can't make contact, they go up for a catch down the leg side but the umpire is not too impressed, replays suggest no edge

20.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, patted towards the off side, flatter from Vettori

20.4

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, changes the pace here, 60mph, Strauss goes back and turns it towards the leg side

England 52/1   AJ Strauss 24* (63b 2x4)

21.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, full and driven to mid-off

21.2

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, worked to square leg

21.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, punched off the back foot to mid-off

21.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, 82.2mph, short of a length, driven off the back foot

21.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, cramps him for room, punched off the back foot towards mid-on, too close to cut that

21.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, short of a length, lets that go, another maiden there

England 52/1   AJ Strauss 24* (69b 2x4)

22.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, 87.6mph, short of a length, good bounce to the keeper, but doesn't make the batsman play

22.4

Martin to Strauss, FOUR, too full, too straight and driven sweetly to midwicket for a four, fine timing there and none of the fielders had a chance

22.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-on, too full again

22.6

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, and this time too straight again, tucked away neatly behind square

England 58/1   AJ Strauss 29* (73b 3x4)

23.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, too far outside off from round the wicket, lets it go

23.2

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, and another, shouldering arms is the order of the day

23.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run

23.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, defended down the track, off the back foot

23.5

O'Brien to Strauss, 1 run, driven hard but not that well timed, down the ground, past the bowler but they manage only one, seems to have got a thick edge there

England 59/1   AJ Strauss 30* (78b 3x4)

24.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, round the wicket, not coming in, though, lets it go

24.2

Martin to Strauss, 1 leg bye, too straight this time, it's either been too wide or too straight, tucked away to the leg side

England 60/1   AJ Strauss 30* (80b 3x4)

25.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, dropped, superb start to the spell, slower one this time, Strauss goes back and pokes tentatively, the edge deflects off the keeper's pads but Taylor, at first slip, grasses that. Surely the deflection messed things up for him. Big chance that

25.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, defended to the off side

25.3

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, down the track and tries to loft, can't get hold if it, thick inside edge bobs towards the leg side, he's getting edgy here

25.5

Vettori to Strauss, no run, waiting on the back foot and punching watchfully

25.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, goes back again, fine changes of pace and length here, defends down the ground

England 62/1   AJ Strauss 31* (85b 3x4)

26.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, pushed back down the ground, efficiently done

26.4

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, full and straight, turned away to midwicket

England 69/1   AJ Strauss 32* (87b 3x4)

27.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, some bounce for him here, turns from off to middle, turn too, deflects off the pads

27.2

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, a rank long-hop nearly produces a wicket, Strauss is a bit surprised by it, decides to turn it to leg and gets a leading edge to mid-off, that could have easily popped up to a fielder, a sense of relief on his face

27.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, tentative poke off the front foot, a bit of turn that deflects the ball towards short leg but drops in the gap

England 71/1   AJ Strauss 33* (90b 3x4)

28.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, firm back-foot defence, stands up tall and blocks

28.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, short of a length, it's straight but Strauss can afford to let that go

England 72/1   AJ Strauss 33* (92b 3x4)

30.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, 80.9mph, full and pushed to mid-on

30.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, tapped hard on the pitch, bounces towards the bowler, Oram keeping it full here

30.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, walks down the ground here, Hayden-like walk, it's outside off and he can afford to leave it but that's some intent, this Test is going into tranquiliser mode at this rate

30.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, pushed back to the bowler, normalcy is restored, zzzzzz

30.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, short of a length, lets it go

30.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, change of angle, but no change in the result, left alone outside off, surprise surprise

England 76/1   AJ Strauss 33* (98b 3x4)

31.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, full and pushed to the off side

31.3

Vettori to Strauss, 3 runs, down the track, he's trying to make something happen, thinking of lofting over the in-field but controls it past midwicket, not that well struck so they settle for three

England 80/1   AJ Strauss 36* (100b 3x4)

32.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, round the wicket, driven to mid-on, can't find the gap

32.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, huge appeal and that was close, kept a bit low, he tries to pull but can't gauge the low bounce, struck outside the line so Hair was right with his decision

32.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, patted back down the ground off the back foot, this is soon turning into a net session, batsmen tapping, leaving, driving ...

32.4

Oram to Strauss, 1 run, one there, turned away for a quick single

England 81/1   AJ Strauss 37* (104b 3x4)

33.1

Vettori to Strauss, 2 runs, tapped away towards third man, that's a couple

33.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, back-foot defence, tentatively done

33.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, drift gets to him now, arm-ball that, pitched on middle and turned away, comprehensively beaten, that was a lame poke

33.4

Vettori to Strauss, no run, tries to shuffle forward but is kept in the crease, quicker one and he pushes towards leg, short leg is waiting there but drops well short

33.5

Vettori to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked off his pads, through the midwicket gap for a couple

33.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, 55.3mph, front-foot push, down the pitch

England 85/1   AJ Strauss 41* (110b 3x4)

35.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, tossed up, inviting the drive, but Strauss punches it back to the bowler

35.2

Vettori to Strauss, FOUR, ooh hello, Strauss is down the pitch and clubs it - almost off the toe of the bat - through midwicket for four

35.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off. Strauss pats it away

35.4

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, nicely bowled, just tossing it up outside off and Strauss squirts it wide of slip

England 90/1   AJ Strauss 46* (114b 4x4)

36.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, wide of the left-hander's off stump who leaves it alone

36.2

Oram to Strauss, 1 run, poor line, Strauss whips him to fine leg. But straight to the fielder

England 91/1   AJ Strauss 47* (116b 4x4)

37.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, tossed up on the off stump, he defends

37.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, blocked on the front foot

37.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, firmly defended

37.4

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, touch too short. Whipped to leg

England 92/1   AJ Strauss 48* (120b 4x4)

38.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, flicked to leg

38.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, wide of the crease, angling into the left hander who blocks it out

38.3

Oram to Strauss, 1 run, again angling into his pads, flicked off his hip

England 93/1   AJ Strauss 49* (123b 4x4)

39.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, Ignored outside off

39.2

O'Brien to Strauss, FOUR, down the leg side and he swings this around the corner and that's his fifty

39.3

O'Brien to Strauss, 2 runs, pushed out to cover

39.4

O'Brien to Strauss, 4 runs, another neat stroke, punching it through midwicket calmly and that could also be four. Is it? Mills is after it...but they've run four anyway

39.5

O'Brien to Strauss, 1 run, this is poor from O'Brien. The wrong line, and again he just turns it around the corner

England 104/1   AJ Strauss 60* (128b 5x4)

40.1

Oram to Strauss, 4 leg byes, sliding down leg, gentle tickle to fine leg for four, too easy for Strauss

40.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, punched off the back foot, towards mid-on

40.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, outside off, doesn't need to play at that one, shoulders arms, watchfully done

40.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, straighter, good-length ball, stands tall and punches back

40.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, over the wicket now, huge appeal this time, full and strikes him on the pad, Hair not interested, simply because it pitched marginally outside leg, that might have gone on to rattle leg, good probing line that, he's better off over the wicket

40.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, another fine ball, homing in outside off, Strauss pushes but is beaten there, maybe he fooled me a bit and played inside the line

England 108/1   AJ Strauss 60* (134b 5x4)

41.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, round the wicket, leaves it alone

41.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, and another, fine testing line that, let's it go

41.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, 82.4mph, good bounce there, jags back from off to middle, struck on the body

41.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 109/1   AJ Strauss 60* (138b 5x4)

42.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, full and outside off, defended to cover and "Wait" is the call

England 110/1   AJ Strauss 60* (139b 5x4)

43.5

O'Brien to Strauss, OUT, what a sensational catch! Brendon McCullum you beauty, that's the magic that was needed to make a game of this, full and moving away, O'Brien has put it in the corridor, the edge is taken and McCullum takes off, gymnastic dive to his left and pulling off a low, one-handed catch inches from the ground. O'Brien is so stunned that he could as well have opened a dinner invite from Julia Roberts. That was a McCullum special

AJ Strauss c †McCullum b O'Brien 60 (174m 140b 5x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

England 111/2   AJ Strauss 60 (140b 5x4)
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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