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

7.1

O'Brien to Cook, no run, short of a length, punched back to the bowler

7.2

O'Brien to Cook, 3 runs, short and he pulls that away but Jamie How is slow to react at square leg, that looked like a tough chance but he stopped a four for sure, deflects towards the boundary but he fields that

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   IE O'Brien 1-0-4-0

9.1

O'Brien to Cook, no run, defended cautiously towards cover

9.2

O'Brien to Cook, no run, pushed to cover, confidently done

9.3

O'Brien to Cook, OUT, what a ball! He's nipped one out, pitching on off and jagging back in alarmingly, that's almost like a legbreak that Warne would have been proud of, his bat is facing the covers and the ball strikes into the pads, huge appeal and Taufel gives that after a bit of consideration, that probably did too much but such balls usually stun umpires into giving it, it was simply too good

AN Cook lbw b O'Brien 19 (40m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.07

9.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, full and outside off, lets that go

9.5

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, on middle and flicked towards midwicket

9.6

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, punched to cover

England 33/1   IE O'Brien 2-1-4-1

11.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, shouldering arms to one outside off, he does so politely, the genteel Vaughney

11.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot, towards covers, soft hands

11.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, few play the cover-drive more elegantly, he lets out a classical one but can't get the placement

11.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, on the front foot, lets it go

11.5

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, good-length ball, on the back foot and pushing to mid-on

11.6

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

England 33/1   IE O'Brien 3-2-4-1

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   IE O'Brien 4-2-8-1

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   IE O'Brien 5-2-10-1

17.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, good length outside the off stump, Vaughan comes forward and defends it

17.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Vaughan puashes it to cover

17.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Vaughan lets it go to the keeper

17.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, 1 run, on the off stump, Vaughan pushes it to square leg for a single

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   IE O'Brien 6-2-12-1

19.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, pushed to backward sorry

19.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, confident cover-drive to the fielder

19.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, good-length ball here, defensive prod to towards gully

19.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, drives and the fielder does well at extra cover, diving stop

19.5

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, short of a length this time, rising on the batsman as he drops it close on the off side, standing tall there

19.6

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, similar length, this time on middle, worked away towards mid-on

England 49/1   IE O'Brien 7-3-12-1

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   IE O'Brien 8-4-12-1

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

23.6

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, jabbed to the off side, they think of one but a loud 'No' can be heard

England 59/1   IE O'Brien 9-4-13-1

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

39.6

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, pushed out to cover

England 104/1   IE O'Brien 10-4-24-1

41.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, tapped to covers, solidly done

41.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, 1 run, short of a length, rooted to the crease and tries to punch through covers but that is a thick under-edge that nearly pops back to the bowler, oh so close, they scamper through

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   IE O'Brien 11-4-25-1

43.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, good-length and straight, on middle, pushed back to the bowler

43.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, 82.2mph, driven crisply down the ground, good fielding off his own bowling

43.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, fine looking shot but straight to the fielder, punched hard but can't find the gap

43.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, 1 run, quick single to cover, taps and takes of straight away, take that you Metro Trams .. 4-3 and Vaughan is on a famous comeback

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

43.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, FOUR, on the pads, too far down, helped along for a four to fine leg, help yourself stuff, too easy for England's "premier" batsman

England 115/2   IE O'Brien 12-4-30-2

45.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, edged again, drops short of second slip, O'Brien is right on the money here, outside off and has Vaughan searching for that, takes the edge but he's played it with soft hands

45.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, full and on off, slower this time, pushed to short extra cover

45.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, on the front foot, middled that one, straight to mid-on, single attempted but immediately sent back

45.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, FOUR, another edge but he manages a four, short of a length, moving away off the seam, poked but that's gone past the slips for four, no third man and that's racing

45.5

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, solid front foot push to short extra cover

45.6

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, 81.3mph, what a jaffa, short of a length, outside off, moves away just a shade and Vaughan has no clue, hangs his bat and sees it beat the edge, super control this

England 120/2   IE O'Brien 13-4-34-2

47.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, drives outside off but goes through to the keeper

47.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, pushed to the on side

47.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, solid push towards cover

47.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, on and outside off, tapped towards cover, defensively done

47.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, firm front-foot push to mid-on, straight to the fielder

47.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, 3 runs, that's on off and middle but KP handles that well, shuffles across and turns it towards midwicket, not that well timed but he's disturbed the line there, trying to make things happen

England 124/2   IE O'Brien 14-4-37-2

49.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, 81.6mph, outside off, punched solidly towards cover

49.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, similar ball, big stride forward and pushes back to the bowler

49.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, outside off, tapped towards the covers, bit of extra bounce here

49.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, too wide outside off, left alone, too far away that

49.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, full and driven powerfully through covers, good fielding at mid-off, keeps them from the single

49.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, too wide outside off, shoulders arms and end another maiden

England 125/2   IE O'Brien 15-5-37-2

59.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, angling into Pietersen who is cautiously behind it

59.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

59.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a big stride forward to block this good, straight ball

59.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, whipped to leg

59.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, nice looking drive from Pietersen, though without power, straight to cover

59.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, a huge shout from O'Brien! Pietersen's wrapped on the pads here but it's just outside the line, I think. My word, it moved back massively on Pietersen...but it's just outside the line

England 153/4   IE O'Brien 16-6-37-2

61.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, 2 runs, full one but he's not got his timing yet, driven hard but a thick edge only takes the ball to deep point

61.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, tapped back down the ground, he's standing tall and watching it closely

61.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, that's bizarre, seems out but hardly anyone seems interested, outside off and probing, jags back in and Pietersen , an edge deflects onto the pads and lobs up to the keeper, O'Brien lets out an appeal but nobody is interested, Taufel says no, that was a clear edge, interestingly KP lifted his bat to indicate he had hit it (as batsmen usually do during lbw appeals)

61.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, defended towards cover

61.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, pushed down the ground to mid-on

61.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, defended to the on side

England 156/4   IE O'Brien 17-6-39-2

63.1

O'Brien to Bell, no run, outside off, patted to cover

63.2

O'Brien to Bell, no run, back foot punch back to the bowler

63.3

O'Brien to Bell, no run, driven sweetly to cover

63.4

O'Brien to Bell, no run, short of a length, tapped to short extra cover

63.5

O'Brien to Bell, no run, that's perilously close, jagging back in alarmingly and striking him on the front pad, that was going on to hit but Taufel says no, struck outside the line of off, good decision, that looked close

63.6

O'Brien to Bell, no run, defended to cover

England 158/4   IE O'Brien 18-7-39-2

65.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, starting outside off, moving in, Pietersen shuffles across as if to make allowance for the big movement, misses the ball and struck on the pad, but that hit him outside the line

65.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, another shuffle, driven to mid-on

65.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, big stride across the crease, pushed down the ground, he's also batting out of the crease, by the way

65.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, patted back to the bowler

65.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, punched hard to the ground, one-handed stop from O'Brien

65.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, shuffled and plays to mid-on

England 159/4   IE O'Brien 19-8-39-2

67.1

O'Brien to Bell, no run, outside off, defended to cover

67.2

O'Brien to Bell, no run, well outside off, goes for a drive, the ball moves away, and misses it... a half-hearted shot, really

67.3

O'Brien to Bell, no run, on the stumps this one, defends to short midwicket

67.4

O'Brien to Bell, 1 run, well outside off, and guided to sweeper for a single

67.5

O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, this one moves in a bit, and hits Collingwood on the pad, a stifled appeal because it was going high

67.6

O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, a touch outside off stump, but fuller. Collingwood pushes forward, and defends this one right under his head

England 161/5   IE O'Brien 20-8-40-2

69.1

O'Brien to Bell, no run, just short of length outside off, Bell stands tall and defends to mid-off

69.2

O'Brien to Bell, no run, similar ball, a touch slower, and bell gets an edge on to his pad

69.3

O'Brien to Bell, OUT, same length, another half-hearted shot from Bell, and edges it to Taylor who juggles once and hangs on to it while falling down himself

IR Bell c Taylor b O'Brien 8 (47m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.58

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   IE O'Brien 21-9-40-3

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.

71.6

O'Brien to Broad, no run, short of a length to the left-hander, jabbed towards short midwicket, not much timing here

England 165/7   IE O'Brien 22-9-41-3

73.1

O'Brien to Broad, no run, over the wicket, full and pushed back down the ground

73.2

O'Brien to Broad, no run, solid forward defensive, O'Brien is keeping it really tight here

73.3

O'Brien to Broad, no run, round the wicket, lets that go outside off

73.4

O'Brien to Broad, FOUR, round the wicket again, drifting down leg, tucked neatly towards fine leg for four, help yourself stuff that, rare error in line from the bowler

73.5

O'Brien to Broad, no run, shoulders arms to that one

73.6

O'Brien to Broad, FOUR, good-length ball, bit too much width, crisply square driven for four, on the front foot and punching hard, he's showing some positive intent here (something which couldn't be said of the earlier batsmen)

England 175/7   IE O'Brien 23-9-49-3
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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