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   RJ Sidebottom 1-1-0-0

2.1

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, punched back down the ground, Sidebottom prefers back-of-a-length

2.2

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, full this time, swinging in, that might work better for Sidebottom, pushed tentatively to mid-off

2.3

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, short one this time, doesn't need to touch that, ducks straight down

2.4

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, left alone but that was tricky, comes in a shade and elicits some oohs, good carry to Ambrose

2.5

Sidebottom to Redmond, 1 run, on middle and flicked away easily, maybe there is a plan to get short leg into play

2.6

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

New Zealand 8/0   RJ Sidebottom 2-1-1-0

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   RJ Sidebottom 3-2-1-0

6.1

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, fuller and angling away from the right hander, left alone

6.2

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, edgy that time, full and moving into the batsman, tries to drive through the off but the thick inside edge trickles to mid-on, some good movement for Sidebottom

6.3

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, glided to gully

6.4

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, honing in from outside off into the middle stump, big inside edge that pops up towards slips, drops short but don't think anyone made a serious effort there, sleepy sleepy

6.5

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, leaves a full one alone

6.6

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, short and gets big on the batsman, outside off, though, and he can afford to shoulder arms

New Zealand 17/0   RJ Sidebottom 4-3-1-0

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

8.6

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, much better line on middle-and-off, just bending back into the right hander who defends

New Zealand 31/0   RJ Sidebottom 5-3-7-0

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

19.3

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, suddenly the NZ batting line-up appears to have some solidity about it, punched to short cover then and Redmond lets out a smile, he's enjoying himself there

19.4

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, tries to move it from wide outside off into the batsman, not much swing for Sidebottom and Redmond simply needs to shoulder his arms

19.5

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, and again, this round the wicket tactic may not work too well, I reckon. Makes the bowler get too ambitious.

19.6

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, too wide again and that's as easy as it gets, left alone

New Zealand 74/0   RJ Sidebottom 6-3-10-0

21.1

Sidebottom to Redmond, 1 run, drifting onto middle and leg and helped along.

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   RJ Sidebottom 7-3-13-0

23.1

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, still round the wicket, left alone outside off

23.2

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, starting from outside off and straightening, but it's too far away from the batsman, left alone

23.3

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, and again, is this the reason England have Sidebottom there? Bowling from around the wicket and getting batsmen to leave the ball. Too easy as of now. Maybe I'm missing something

23.4

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, closer to the off stump this time, pushing off the front foot towards cover

23.5

Sidebottom to Redmond, no run, outside off again, this seems more a tactic to frustrate rather than attack

23.6

Sidebottom to Redmond, OUT, Now then. There you go, he's been trying to shape that one away from the right hander and just let that one go straight, poor, poor judgement from Redmond, that's what happens when all you're thinking off his leaving the ball, angles in and rattles the top of off, Sidebottom appeals for lbw but the furniture is disturbed there

AJ Redmond b Sidebottom 28 (99m 64b 4x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

New Zealand 80/1   RJ Sidebottom 8-4-13-1

25.1

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, 81.2mph, bit of exaggerated movement away from the batsman, starts from outside off and moves away, Marshall lets it go

25.2

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, angles in from outside off, starts too far outside, shoulders arms

25.3

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, tapped to the off side, Marshall playing this cautiously, Sidebottom probing

25.4

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, Angling away from the right-hander, good length too, tapped to the off side

25.5

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, angled away again, bit of extra zip off the pitch, left alone

25.6

Sidebottom to Marshall, OUT, Oh yes, he's got his man, angles in from way outside off, coming in and strikes Marshall in line, that's a huge appeal and Simon Taufel takes a bit of time and raises his finger, that was going on to hit middle and leg, he's foxed Marshall with his angles here and exploited the fact that the new batsman never really got his feet moving. Fine bowling.

JAH Marshall lbw b Sidebottom 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

New Zealand 86/2   RJ Sidebottom 9-5-13-2

27.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, probing, probing, outside off and angling in, left alone there but he's working the angles superbly, fine class in geometry this

27.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angles in again, taps back to the bowler

27.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pitching outside off and straightening a bit, Taylor is walking into the shot and that's dangerous, huge appeal from Sidebottom (not much from the slips) but that seemed to be bat striking pad. Daylight between bat and ball

27.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angling away from outside off, pushed down the ground

27.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, 3 runs, thick inside edge that races away past mid-on for three, not in control but off the mark

27.6

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

New Zealand 90/2   RJ Sidebottom 10-5-17-2

29.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, angling into middle and leg, tucked away towards square leg

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   RJ Sidebottom 11-5-18-2

31.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, angling into middle, turned towards square leg for a single, Taylor is slowly getting into the groove here

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   RJ Sidebottom 12-5-23-2

41.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, 2 runs, turned away one that's moving in from off to middle, Panesar cleans up at square leg

41.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 2 runs, pushed to midwicket for a couple, finds the gap easily, too straight this

41.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, angling into leg stump again, poked towards square leg

41.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short of a length and testing him just outside off, pushed to extra cover and a loud 'Wait there'

41.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, straightening after pitching, Oram shoulders arms, probing line his

41.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, teasing again, outside off, keeps it straight, left alone

New Zealand 149/4   RJ Sidebottom 13-5-28-2

43.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, curving away from the left-hander, left alone

43.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, this time it straightens in, Oram lets it go again, good judgement but Sidebottom is varying them well

43.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short one again, Oram is not playing these bouncers well at all, a half-hearted push to that and that could have popped up to extra cover, still no silly point, what's up Vaughney?

43.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, shoulders arms to one outside off

43.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, too wide outside off, doesn't need to play at that one

43.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, defended off the back foot

New Zealand 163/4   RJ Sidebottom 14-6-28-2

45.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, punched to the off side, good-length ball that

45.2

Sidebottom to Oram, FOUR, he's broken the shackles, it's on middle and angling into leg, too full and he's spanked that through midwicket for four, that was too easy for Oram

45.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, patted back to the bowler

45.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short one but not too well directed, Oram doesn't need to do much to get out of the way, waste of a bouncer

45.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, this is better, a short one that he plays awkwardly

45.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short again, tries to pull but doesn't bounce as high as he expected, can't make contact

New Zealand 175/4   RJ Sidebottom 15-6-32-2

47.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, leans forward to on drive to mid-on

47.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, full one that's driven back in the air, just falls short of the bowler, that could have easily popped back

47.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short and too wide outside off, lets that go

47.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short again, but not well directed, left alone again

47.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, and another, short and that gets Oram to flinch, his bat is dangerously close to the ball but he just gets out of the way

47.6

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, short of a length, punched off the back foot

New Zealand 178/4   RJ Sidebottom 16-6-33-2

55.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 leg bye, over the wicket this time, huge appeal to start with, pitched on leg and straightening, strikes the pads as he tries to flick it away, they all go up but Taufel says no, that was possibly just missing leg

55.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, full and outside off, punched confidently to mid-off, sweet sound of bat on ball

55.3

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 no ball, oversteps this time, full and on middle, defended back to the bowler

55.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short of a length and on the pads, tries to flick but can't make contact

55.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, left alone outside off

55.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, that's a peach, short of a length and straightens, Oram pokes but is comprehensively beaten that time, what a beauty

55.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, fuller this one and he pushes towards cover, good follow up that, pushing him back and then drawing him forward

New Zealand 206/4   RJ Sidebottom 17-6-34-2

57.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushed back to the bowler

57.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, full face of the bat again, slightly away from his body, though, pushed to short midwicket

57.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, crisply driven towards mid-off but can't get the timing right

57.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, FOUR, crackling, walks into a full one and pierces the gap between mid-off and extra cover, racing away, the machine is getting oiled here

57.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 wide, too short that, simply squats under it

57.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, they think of a quick single after he pushes to cover, but decide against quite a reckless attempt

57.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, angling away from the right-hander, shoulders arms

New Zealand 216/4   RJ Sidebottom 18-6-39-2

59.1

Sidebottom to Oram, 2 runs, over the wicket again, drifting on the pads and swished away towards fine leg, they're cashing in on the loose ones

59.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, punched confidently towards mid-off

59.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, good-length this time, defended off the front foot towards mid-on

59.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, 82.6mph, that's probing outside off and moving away a shade, pushed to cover but that's a thick leading edge, could have easily popped up in the air

59.5

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, tip and run that time, waits on the back foot, pushes to mid-on and takes off, they're making sure they run really hard here

59.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, takes it from middle to leg, works it away for a single

New Zealand 227/4   RJ Sidebottom 19-6-43-2

68.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, round the wicket, short of a length, defended confidently

68.2

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, poor shot, outside off and that's a slash and a miss, beaten there

68.3

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short of a length, punched back towards mid-off

68.4

Sidebottom to Mills, FOUR, that's edgy, bouncer this time, fends awkwardly and the outside edge flies past the slip cordon for four

68.5

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, on middle stump and an inside edge this time, worked away towards backward square leg

68.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, defended to cover

New Zealand 263/6   RJ Sidebottom 20-6-48-2

70.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, angled across his body, left alone

70.2

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, punched back down the ground

70.3

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, shoulders arms to that one, watches it late, though

70.4

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, over the wicket and taking it away from the right-hander, short of a length and pushed to cover

70.5

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short one this time, Mills tries to flash outside off to get it up and over the cordon but is beaten by the bounce, luckly not to get a top edge

70.6

Sidebottom to Mills, FOUR, pushed to mid-off and what a push, finds the gap and races away, all the way for four, that appeared like an innocuous punch

New Zealand 274/6   RJ Sidebottom 21-6-52-2

72.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, full and outside off, driving crisply to mid-off but straight to the fielder

72.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, another full one, starts on leg and moving away, Taylor covers the line and drives past mid-on, some hesitation but they decide against it, Vaughan tries for the direct hit and they get an overthrow

72.3

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short and honing into the batsman's chest, jumps and defends it back down the ground

72.4

Sidebottom to Mills, FOUR, short again and he's thrown his bat at it, that's angling away from the right-hander, pulled away and the top edge flies over the keeper for four, Mills is motoring here but it's been with the help of some luck

72.5

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, short ball, outside off, pushed to the off side, in control of that

72.6

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, short again with a bit of width, slashed in the air but there's no-one at point, they get a single to deep point

New Zealand 281/6   RJ Sidebottom 22-6-58-2

81.1

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and tapped away easily

81.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, 78.5mph, straightening into the batsman, misses the bat and strikes him on the arm, he's in some pain there

81.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, pushed to cover for a quick one

81.4

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, sliding down leg, moving away more, can't get to it

81.5

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, 82.4mph, short and wide, tries to flay that through the covers, misses that one, he's disappointed there

81.6

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, tucked to the leg side for a quick one

New Zealand 325/6   RJ Sidebottom 23-6-60-2

83.1

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, full one on middle and off, defended watchfully towards mid-on, it's moving around for sure

83.2

Sidebottom to Mills, no run, jags back in, pitches outside off and cuts in, no room to play with, struck high on the pads

83.3

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, tucked towards square leg

83.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 leg bye, more swing, full and moving from middle to leg, tapped to the on side

83.5

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, tries to swerve that from outside off, pushed watchfully to the off side and takes off, memorable moment for Mills, first Test fifty and what an important knock it's been, well played

83.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, 85mph, tapped to cover, off the middle of the bat

New Zealand 331/6   RJ Sidebottom 24-6-62-2

85.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, SIX, He's taken him on, full and ripped way over the bowlers head, over the ropes for a six, that's a scorching shot, he's telegraphed his intentions here, that's his highest Test score

85.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushed tentatively to mid-on, slightly back of a length that

85.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, slower one, 71.1mph, pushed to cover, waited for that and jabbed at it

85.4

Sidebottom to O'Brien, no run, full and outside off, luring him into the drive, pushed hard and the inside edge trickles to mid-on

85.5

Sidebottom to O'Brien, no run, short one, that's really tough for the tailender, 85mph, he thinks of playing it but backs off at the last moment

85.6

Sidebottom to O'Brien, no run, jags back in and strikes him on the pad before deflecting to the keeper, they go up in appeal but Taufel says no

New Zealand 346/7   RJ Sidebottom 25-6-69-2

87.1

Sidebottom to O'Brien, 5 runs, tip and run for a risky single and as it transpires they get give overthrows. It was pushed to covers, Peterson swooped on the ball, threw an underam throw, missed and no one was backing up

87.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Interesting. Taylor is on the off stump guard He did that for Bangalore in the IPL tournament. This one was well outside off and he let it go through. Everyone it appears is on the boundary

87.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, SIX, That's why he is on the off stump guard. He went down on his knee to swing a length delivery on the off stump to deep midwicket. Broad was just inside the ropes, jumped back and ended up palming it over the ropes. If he was at the edge, he would have caught it. David Lloyd drawls, "England has lost it"

87.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, bouncer outside off and Taylor can't reach it

87.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, dropped by Bell at extra cover. It was drilled flat batted to Bell who couldn't hold on to the cherry. It was travelling at some speed

87.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, pushes well outside off, Taylor chases but can't reach

New Zealand 368/7   RJ Sidebottom 26-6-80-2

89.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, again on that off stump guard, swings at a fullish delivery angled across him but misses

89.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, SIX, wow! That's easy. He walked outside off stump, waited for the ball to arrive there before swinging it on a bent knee over deep midwicket. 150 up for Taylor

89.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, slanted across him and another swing and a miss.

89.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, again he is outside off, Sidebottom sprays it even wider outside off, Taylor can't reach it

89.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, yorker length outside off, dug out to covers. Field is in for the last two balls

89.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, well outside off, Taylor tries to flat bat it over the off side field, misses

New Zealand 381/8   RJ Sidebottom 27-6-86-2
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England won by an innings and 9 runs
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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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