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

50.1

Broad to Oram, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

50.2

Broad to Oram, no run, short of a length and angling into the left hander who punches it cautiously back to mid-off

Broad's around the wicket, incidentally

50.3

Broad to Oram, no run, wide of the off stump, angling into the left hander

50.4

Broad to Oram, 1 run, ooh, pulled over midwicket and Pietersen jogs around to field. Oh, but he sends in the most hapless of throws - an awful throw and Ambrose chastises him, rightly so

50.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, defended off the back foot

50.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, lovely delivery, swinging away from the right hander who is beaten

End of over 51 (1 run) New Zealand 181/4
LRPL Taylor    57* (67b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    12-3-27-0
JDP Oram    11* (36b 2x4)      MS Panesar    11-1-49-1

Monty now

51.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, tossed up outside off, slow one that, left alone

51.2

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, short of a length, Oram stands back and drives towards mid-on

51.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, flighted that well, defended watchfully off the front foot

51.4

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, on the pads this time, worked away easily, runs the first one hard and they think of two

51.5

Panesar to Oram, no run, quicker one this time, on middle, punched towards mid-on

51.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, fastish one, yorker length in fact, Oram digs it out towards gully

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End of over 52 (2 runs) New Zealand 183/4
JDP Oram    12* (40b 2x4)      MS Panesar    12-1-51-1
LRPL Taylor    58* (69b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    12-3-27-0

over the wicket from Broad

52.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, homing in outside off, very teasing line this, left alone but that was close to off, Broad lets out a smile

52.2

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, jabbed towards cover, he's watching the ball closely here

round the wicket here

52.3

Broad to Oram, 1 run, angling into the left-hander, good-length ball that he stands tall and punches towards mid-on, easy single

over the wicket

52.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, 82.7mph, short one that's well directed, Taylor ducks under that one quickly

52.5

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, on middle this time, Taylor takes a step across the stumps and eases it towards midwicket, fifty partnership comes up

two slips in place

52.6

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, full one and he's hammered that straight back, smooth swing of the bat and that's past the bowler for four more, he's good with the ones that are short and brutal with the full ones, it's the middle length that usually troubles him

End of over 53 (8 runs) New Zealand 191/4
LRPL Taylor    65* (74b 8x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    13-3-35-0
JDP Oram    13* (41b 2x4)      MS Panesar    12-1-51-1

53.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, too far outside off, flat one too, left alone

turned away towards square leg

53.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, For those who are wondering, Flynn is fine and is fit enough to bat

53.3

Panesar to Oram, FOUR, tossed up outside off and that's creamed through cover, he's drilled that through cover for four

53.4

Panesar to Oram, FOUR, and an encore, similar ball and he gets further forward to clatter that through extra-cover, they're trying to get him to drive uppishly but that's all along the ground

extra cover in place now and there's a drizzle again

53.5

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, worked away towards mid-on and the 200 comes up, that was a good ball and he needed to watch the ball till the end

round the wicket to Taylor

53.6

Panesar to Taylor, 2 runs, full and on the pads, turned away with minimum fuss towards deep square leg

It's confirmed now. The first day's play has been called off. So we will get a half-an-hour extension tomorrow.

It's been a stop-start day and we've seen a see-saw battle on the field. New Zealand got a good start, England struck back and Taylor counter-attacked to put the game back on an even keel. Daniel Flynn broke a tooth but is likely to bat again. Oram and Taylor, though, have revived New Zealand after the mini-collapse.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage of the first day. Do join me (Sid Vee) for Day 2 from Old Trafford. Good night and good luck.

Update: started to drizzle again, looking very unlikely we'll get any more play

More bad news. The light has gone bad and the umpires have offered the light. Oram and Taylor need no second invitation and walk off. They've been going well but decide to take the offer. Covers are on too.

Gnasher from Old Trafford: "Drizzling again, not as heavy as last time. Umpires are staying in the middle"

Michael: "One of the biggest problems with players going off for light is that the public don't know what's going on. How about umpires communicate the light meter reading when players go off to the ground announcer and it can be communicated to the crowd or via replay screen. The screen could also keep a live reading of the light meter during play so then the crowd is less surprised when umpires do offer light again."

Gnasher has an update: "Light hasn't improved, the fourth umpire is out in the middle taking regular readings but there is heavy cloud cover all round the ground"

Barry: "Taking Michaels idea one step further, why not have a light meter set up permanently at each ground with a reading displayed on the screens at all times, perhaps an international threshold could be set (or even a ground specific one) that takes all the pressure off the umpires."

Gnasher again: "Still pretty murky around here, people still stood in the middle - including an umpire - but not much happening"

End of over 54 (11 runs) New Zealand 202/4
LRPL Taylor    67* (75b 8x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    13-1-62-1
JDP Oram    22* (46b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    13-3-35-0

Hello and welcome to the second day's play at Old Trafford. This is Sid Vee again (Siddhartha Vaidyanathan) and will take you through what promises to be a full day's play. Binoy George, who is on scoring, has just arrived and Andrew McGlashan (Gnasher) is up and ready at Old Trafford.

"Bright and sunny morning here (and I mean it today!) so play will start on time and the forecast is good," he chimes. "98 overs due today because of the stoppages yesterday."

54.1

Broad to Oram, no run, full and outside off, left alone, it's a bright day alright but still pretty chilly, it seems, from the jackets in the crowd.

As if to prove it, the bails have been blown away

54.2

Broad to Oram, 2 runs, on the pads this time, tucked away for a quick couple, nice ball to get first up

54.3

Broad to Oram, no run, short one this time, testing Oram out early, he was in big trouble against the bouncer yesterday, weaves out of the way here, though

54.4

Broad to Oram, no run, short of a length this time, punched towards mid-off, watchfully done

Chris: "202-4 and New Zealand are on top, 202-5 and England are on top."

short leg in now, is this a bluff?

54.5

Broad to Oram, no run, short again, angling into the batsman but he watches it till the end and backs off

round the wicket this time

54.6

Broad to Oram, no run, another short one, jags back towards the batsman but he weaves out of the way again, a clear plan to test him with the bouncer

End of over 55 (2 runs) New Zealand 204/4
JDP Oram    24* (52b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    14-3-37-0
LRPL Taylor    67* (75b 8x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    13-1-62-1

Some bad news about Daniel Flynn. Apparently he's lost another tooth and isn't keeping too well. Might be touch and go with regard to his batting in the first innings. Sidebottom is on

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

Gnasher: "Flynn has been vomiting during the night and is unlikely to bat this innings"

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

End of over 56 (2 runs) New Zealand 206/4
JDP Oram    24* (58b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    17-6-34-2
LRPL Taylor    67* (76b 8x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    14-3-37-0

56.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, driven to mid-off, full face of the bat to a full one

56.2

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, that's short and enough for Taylor to crack it through point for four, he was brutal on anything short last evening and continues in the same vein, seems to have had a good night's sleep

56.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, short again and he nearly edges that, too flashy that time, rooted to the crease and a wild slash, can't account for the bounce and misses, had he made contact, that might have flown above the slips

56.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, tried to flick but strikes the pad

56.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, 83.5mph, short of a length and he's beaten him, tentative prod and that's gone past the outside edge, Taylor is a bit edgy up front

56.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length and on his body, tapped to the on side, he was on his toes there

End of over 57 (5 runs) New Zealand 211/4
LRPL Taylor    72* (82b 9x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    15-3-42-0
JDP Oram    24* (58b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    17-6-34-2

Sidebottom continues from over the wicket

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

Feendogg has a doubt: "If Flynn can't bat can our 12th man? or do we just have to lose a scoring player?" I'm afraid the 12th man can't bad, Feendogg

End of over 58 (5 runs) New Zealand 216/4
LRPL Taylor    76* (88b 10x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    18-6-39-2
JDP Oram    24* (58b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    15-3-42-0

58.1

Broad to Oram, no run, the short-ball salvo continues, round the wicket angle, gets the ball into the left-hander, and he's ducking and weaving out of the way, this is getting too predictable from Broad

There's that short point in place, just for the one that pops up

58.2

Broad to Oram, 1 run, short of a length, Oram waits for that and glides it past the slips towards third man

58.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, left alone a short, rising ball

58.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, no need to play that, too far outside off

58.5

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, low full toss and he's smashed that straight, latches onto that quick and places it to the right of Sidebottom at mid-off, it's in the air but even Van Der Saar would have struggled to get that

58.6

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, short of a length and cramping him for room, he tries to work it away but a thick edge nearly bobs up to the leg side, falls in no-man's land and they get a couple

End of over 59 (7 runs) New Zealand 223/4
LRPL Taylor    82* (92b 11x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    16-3-49-0
JDP Oram    25* (60b 4x4)      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

Lots of fancy dress in the crowd today. One man is dressed as a boxer (gloves and all) and is drinking his beer with those big gloves. Fancy doing that.

End of over 60 (4 runs) New Zealand 227/4
LRPL Taylor    83* (93b 11x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    19-6-43-2
JDP Oram    28* (65b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    16-3-49-0

60.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, edged but falls short of the slip, plays that with soft hands, full and moving away, Taylor drives but checks his shot in the last moment, doesn't carry

60.2

Broad to Oram, no run, short one this time, on the toes and dropped down, on his toes

60.3

Broad to Oram, no run, 83.1mph, that's dangerous, Oram backs away to cut that through point but the under-edge nearly goes onto rattle the stumps, that was a poor shot, he's backing away because he's expecting the short one, that was perilously close

60.4

Broad to Oram, no run, short again, pitching on middle and angling in, Oram deals with that OK, ducking and weaving, keeping his eyes on the ball

60.5

Broad to Oram, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on and they take off

60.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, short one, outside off, tapped towards gully

End of over 61 (2 runs) New Zealand 229/4
LRPL Taylor    84* (95b 11x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    17-3-51-0
JDP Oram    29* (69b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    19-6-43-2

Monty is on early. A slip and a short leg in place

61.1

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, gentle loosener to start with, easily punched towards mid-on

round the wicket to the right-hander

61.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, slipping down leg side, can't make contact there

61.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, flatter this time, defended of the front foot

61.4

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, turned away towards square leg, Monty keeping it flat here

61.5

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long-on, not much flight here

mid-off and mid-on up for Taylor

61.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up this time, Taylor waits and pushes towards short midwicket

End of over 62 (3 runs) New Zealand 232/4
LRPL Taylor    85* (99b 11x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    14-1-65-1
JDP Oram    31* (71b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    17-3-51-0

62.1

Broad to Oram, 2 runs, that's loose, wide of the stumps and a lazy waft away from the body, goes through to deep point but that was a loose stroke, again he appears to be backing away expecting the short one

62.2

Broad to Oram, no run, standing on the back foot and pushing watchfully to mid-off, again he seems to be expecting the bouncer and reacting accordingly

62.3

Broad to Oram, no run, 84.5mph, good length and outside off, Oram gets his back foot across and his front foot way out of leg stump, almost as if he's in the final overs of a one-dayer, lets that go but he's not in control here

62.4

Broad to Oram, 1 run, clears the front foot again, base-ball style, this is a short one and he goes for the pull, top-edge flies to the keeper but he's dropped that, tough one for Ambrose and he can only jump up and get a glove to it, the edge wasn't obvious but Darrell Hair gives a run and not a bye, so it must go down as a chance

62.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, that's another good one, beats Taylor outside off with a good-length ball that moves away, not much feet movement there

62.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 leg bye, on the pads and tries to work it away, off the pads

End of over 63 (4 runs) New Zealand 236/4
LRPL Taylor    85* (101b 11x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    18-3-54-0
JDP Oram    34* (75b 4x4)      MS Panesar    14-1-65-1

63.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, 52.6mph, bit of bounce for Monty, patted to the on side

63.2

Panesar to Taylor, FOUR, tossed up and Taylor goes for that, tries to loft it over mid-on but can only manage a thick inside edge to midwicket, he gets a four but wasn't in control over that, the 100-run stand comes up

63.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, more bounce there, Taylor goes for the sweep but is struck on the arm, he's not holding punches here

63.4

Panesar to Taylor, 4 byes, pitched outside leg and beats everyone, batsman, keeper, and four byes

63.5

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, full on the pads, punched confidently towards square leg

63.6

Panesar to Oram, FOUR, Oram loses his cool but it's dropped, tossed up on middle and off, Oram down the ground and tries to loft it over mid-on, he isn't to the pitch of it and one hand comes off the handle as he plays that, Anderson tries to come around but he never judged that, was too far away from it and even the dive doesn't help, trickles away for four, that should have been taken

End of over 64 (13 runs) New Zealand 249/4
JDP Oram    38* (76b 5x4)      MS Panesar    15-1-74-1
LRPL Taylor    90* (106b 12x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    18-3-54-0

64.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, short of a length, Taylor drops his hands and lets it go

64.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, full and outside off, shoulders arms

64.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, full one on off, comes down late on it but pushed back to the bowler

64.4

Broad to Taylor, OUT, Direct hit! Bowls it full and slower, he glides it gently towards Cook at backward point and sets off for a risky run, Oram is struggling to make his ground and finds himself just a couple of inches short of the crease, the third umpire takes a look and Oram has to go

JDP Oram run out 38 (107m 76b 5x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Vettori is in. The last recognised batsman (remember Flynn is unlikely to bat in this innings)

64.5

Broad to Vettori, no run, short one to start with, too far down leg, though

64.6

Broad to Vettori, 1 run, OUT, disaster this time, Vettori tucks it towards square leg and they go for two, he's quick enough to get back but doesn't ground his bat, he's not even watching the ball as Monty's throw comes in, he tries to run into the crease but his front foot is in the air as Ambrose takes off the bails, it's just a few inches over but he has to go. What reckless running this. New Zealand are throwing this away.

DL Vettori run out 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Gnasher: "The crowd loved that, Monty getting a huge cheer"

End of over 65 (1 run) New Zealand 250/6
     SCJ Broad    19-3-55-0
LRPL Taylor    90* (110b 12x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    15-1-74-1

65.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, on the pads, tapped to short midwicket. Taylor must be a little shocked by the goings on in the last few minutes.

Have we just seen the turning points in this match?

65.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, down leg side, doesn't make contact

65.3

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

65.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, that's quicker and strikes him on the pads, huge appeal but Taufel says no, that was probably hitting the stumps but might have pitched outside leg stump, can't give those

65.5

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, worked to deep backward square leg

Kyle Mills is the new man in. Four fielders around the bat

65.6

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, front foot punch towards cover

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End of over 66 (2 runs) New Zealand 252/6
KD Mills    1* (1b)      MS Panesar    16-1-76-1
LRPL Taylor    91* (115b 12x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    19-3-55-0

66.1

Broad to Mills, no run, defended off the front foot, that hit the bat but did it strikes the pad first? Big appeal but Hair says no, in fact that did hit the pad first and was very close but it was too close to call at full speed

66.2

Broad to Mills, 1 run, pushed to extra cover off the back foot

66.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, bowls that from wide of the crease, short one, drops it close to his body

66.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, full one this time, not much swing this morning, crunched to mid-on

66.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, slower ball this time, he waits for it and taps it with soft hands

The bails are blown off again. Only one slip in place and he's wide of the keeper

66.6

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, cracked through the covers for four, Taylor is going about his business while all the mayhem takes place at the other end, fluent push for four, he's closing in on a memorable hundred here

Alex from Germany: "I am getting married tommorow ! Its in the morning. Have to be back home by 12:00 to catch the english batting again"

End of over 67 (5 runs) New Zealand 257/6
LRPL Taylor    95* (119b 13x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    20-3-60-0
KD Mills    2* (3b)      MS Panesar    16-1-76-1

67.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, tossed up, pushed to the bowler

67.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, defended off the back foot

67.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, flighted there, some spin too, watchfully pushed to the off

67.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, tapped towards silly point, he's keen to plonk his front foot well forward, Jason Gillespie-esque

67.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, and again, long stride forward and he pushes to the leg side

67.6

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, bit of width this time, Mills is well forward but needs to move his body towards the ball, all a bit awkward but he gets it on the ground

Mathew has a doubt: "How can we find out if there are tickets available on the gate. I have just moved over from NZ, but it appeared to be sold out when I got here?? We dont sell out tests in NZ so not sure if I can just turn up?"

Gnasher has an answer: "At 9am this morning there were 500 tickets available for today, too, but not sure how many of those are left. The best bet is to go onto the Lancashire website at www.lccc.co.uk and have a look. There are still tickets available for Sunday and Monday."

End of over 68 (1 run) New Zealand 258/6
KD Mills    3* (9b)      MS Panesar    17-1-77-1
LRPL Taylor    95* (119b 13x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    20-3-60-0

Sidebottom is back. Strange that Anderson hasn't come on yet. Two slips in place

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

Clem Hardy has a good poser: "When was the last time two runouts were effected in the same over during a test match?"

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

Lots of queries about Daniel Flynn. Apparently he vomitted last night and is not feeling too well. So it's unlikely he will bat today. Not too sure if he will field either.

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

End of over 69 (5 runs) New Zealand 263/6
LRPL Taylor    95* (120b 13x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    20-6-48-2
KD Mills    8* (14b 1x4)      MS Panesar    17-1-77-1

69.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, tapped towards mid-on

69.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, quicker and outside off, pushed to covers

69.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, slower this time, punched towards midwicket

69.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, that's smart, loopy and slow, makes Mills wait for it and gets some bounce, he tries to work it to the leg side but a leading edge pops close to short leg, that was close

69.5

Panesar to Mills, SIX, what a crack! out of nowhere Mills brings out the slog sweep and smashes that way over midwicket for six, that had the wind behind it but there was some sweet timing there

69.6

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, driven confidently to mid-off

End of over 70 (7 runs) New Zealand 270/6
KD Mills    15* (20b 1x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    18-1-84-1
LRPL Taylor    95* (120b 13x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    20-6-48-2

70.1

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

Chris: "We all know that Mills is really good at hanging on in there and if Taylor plays his natural game, then 350 is on the cards. I think this session to lunch is crucial."

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

a strong breeze blowing across

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

Brent calls out to Mathew: "tell matthew I am new in manchester to and keen to see the KIWS number is 07796632677. Lets get some tickets matty"

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

End of over 71 (4 runs) New Zealand 274/6
KD Mills    19* (26b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    21-6-52-2
LRPL Taylor    95* (120b 13x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    18-1-84-1

71.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up from leg and spinning away, defended back down the ground

71.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, on the pads again, tapped to the leg side

71.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, too far down the leg side, can't touch that one

71.4

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, punched off the back foot to mid-on

71.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, big stride forward, pushed to cover, gets to the pitch of the ball there

71.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, 49.6mph, slow and tossed up, Mills thinks of the big shot but checks his shot to push to the off side

End of over 72 (1 run) New Zealand 275/6
KD Mills    19* (28b 2x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    19-1-85-1
LRPL Taylor    96* (124b 13x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    21-6-52-2

over the wicket

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

Peter Lowe: "Assuming ross taylor scores 40 more runs here before getting out he will be the only NZ bastman with an average above 40"

End of over 73 (6 runs) New Zealand 281/6
KD Mills    24* (32b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    22-6-58-2
LRPL Taylor    97* (126b 13x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    19-1-85-1

Anderson is yawning. Surely it's time to bring him on.

73.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, flighted from off to middle, round the wicket, pushed to covers

73.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, that's big turn, pitched on middle and takes off sharp, bounce too, well away from the right-hander

73.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, full and on the pads, swept away but straight to the fielder

73.4

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, throws that up but Mills has lofted that clean, gets to the pitch of the ball and whistles that over mid-off for four

73.5

Panesar to Mills, 1 run, defended watchfully to the off side, quicker that time, flatter too

73.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, over the wicket, worked away to the leg side

End of over 74 (5 runs) New Zealand 286/6
LRPL Taylor    97* (127b 13x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    20-1-90-1
KD Mills    29* (37b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    22-6-58-2

Anderson is on now. No more sleepy yawns. Second new ball is due in six overs, by the way. So he may bowl with both the old and the new.

74.1

Anderson to Mills, no run, starts with a full one down the leg side, can't get to that

74.2

Anderson to Mills, no run, full and straight, crunched down the ground, mid-off cleans up

Flynn is unwell because of the dental surgery. He had another tooth removed last night.

74.3

Anderson to Mills, FOUR, that's classical, full ball on off and he's swung that wonderfully on the up, through cover for four, in the gap and racing away, that's his highest score, super counter-attack

74.4

Anderson to Mills, no run, short one, he ducks under that one confidently

74.5

Anderson to Mills, no run, short again, cramped for room, strikes him on the arm and bobs on the pitch, Mills is keen to pick the ball up and give it to the fielders, he does but nobody appeals

74.6

Anderson to Mills, no run, 80.3mph, short one, honing into the batsman's ribs, on the toes and tapped down the ground

End of over 75 (4 runs) New Zealand 290/6
KD Mills    33* (43b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    13-0-70-1
LRPL Taylor    97* (127b 13x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    20-1-90-1

75.1

Panesar to Taylor, 2 runs, that was asking for another disaster, tucked away to fine leg, Sidebottom picks it up and would you believe it, they go for two, a direct hit would have got him but the throw is slightly wide and allows him to get to 99, that was perilously close

75.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, arm-ball that, coming in from off, Taylor pushes but that's taken the inside edge and gone onto the pads, huge appeal but Taylor indicates he hit that, Taufel says no

75.3

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, worked away to the on side and he's racing through to his 100, big applause and he's enjoying the moment, takes the helmet off and lets out a shriek, standing ovation for Taylor, super knock

75.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

75.5

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, swept away to backwards square leg for another four, he's playing some confident shots here

75.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, another sweep and he's smashed Ian Bell at short leg, he goes down straight away and they go for a run, struck from the middle of the bat and crashes into Bell's back, just below the neck, ouch

The physio is out there. Meanwhile Donald has a theory: "Re Anderson yawning - yawns are often mistaken for simply being a sign of sleepiness. It's much more likely to be a sign of stress - he knew he was going to bowl."

Gnasher: "The blow is at the bottom of Bell's neck, he stayed down for a few moments but has now managed to sit up. The physio is giving him the once over and he is now standing again"

End of over 76 (7 runs) New Zealand 297/6
KD Mills    37* (46b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    21-1-97-1
LRPL Taylor    100* (130b 13x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    13-0-70-1

76.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, full and on middle and leg, punched to midwicket

76.2

Anderson to Mills, no run, defended back to the bowler

76.3

Anderson to Mills, no run, short ball, fended towards the leg side, that was a quick one

76.4

Anderson to Mills, no run, another bouncer, this time on middle stump, gets out of the way

76.5

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, 87.2mph, short of a length on middle, tucked away off his hips towards midwicket

76.6

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, drifting on the pads, turned away past the keeper for four, he's got a thin edge onto that one

End of over 77 (6 runs) New Zealand 303/6
LRPL Taylor    105* (132b 14x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-0-76-1
KD Mills    38* (50b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    21-1-97-1

77.1

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, tossed up on the pads and Mills is cashing in, swept away effortlessly past Vaughan at short fine leg, that was done easily by Mills

77.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, slower one, on middle and a bit of bounce, jabbed back

77.3

Panesar to Mills, no run, soft hands there, that was quicker and pushed back

77.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, defended to the off

77.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, swept to short fine leg

77.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, tapped to cover

Tony chimes in: "Mills only needs 300 more runs in this innings and he'll be the 2nd kiwi batsman with an average over 40"

End of over 78 (4 runs) New Zealand 307/6
KD Mills    42* (56b 7x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    22-1-101-1
LRPL Taylor    105* (132b 14x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-0-76-1

78.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, full and pushed back to mid-on

78.2

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads this time, pushed towards midwicket

Is Mills the best No.9 in history? OK, don't take me seriously.

78.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, punched off the back foot towards cover

Gnasher: "Flynn will bat with a runner...make of that what you will"

78.4

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, too sweet that, short of a length and he's rocked back, got on his toes and biffed that past point for four, tough shot to play but he's done it with class

78.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, pushed to mid-on, sweet sound of bat on ball

78.6

Anderson to Taylor, 1 wide, bouncer that time and it's called wide, too high that, Taylor had no chance of playing that

78.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, 81.6mph, short again, not that high this time, Taylor ducks under it

End of over 79 (7 runs) New Zealand 314/6
LRPL Taylor    111* (138b 15x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-0-83-1
KD Mills    42* (56b 7x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    22-1-101-1

Paul Collingwood is the new bowler. One over to go for the new ball.

79.1

Collingwood to Mills, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot

79.2

Collingwood to Mills, no run, full one, swinging into the batsman, he pushes forward but is struck on the pads, half-hearted appeal but that was going over

79.3

Collingwood to Mills, no run, gentle dibbly-dobblies from Collingwood, Mills might have played this sort of bowling every day in New Zealand, pushed back to the bowler

79.4

Collingwood to Mills, no run, defended to cover

Oh yes, Flynn averages 42 as we speak.

79.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, front foot push towards cover, he's in control here, has dominated this partnership

79.6

Collingwood to Mills, 1 run, short and on the pads, tucked away towards square leg

End of over 80 (1 run) New Zealand 315/6
KD Mills    43* (62b 7x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-0
LRPL Taylor    111* (138b 15x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-0-83-1

80.1

Anderson to Mills, 2 runs, pushed to cover and they scamper two

80.2

Anderson to Mills, no run, full and that was a huge appeal, angling in from outside off, plenty of swing there but it did too much, rapped on the pads and that was missing leg, he got his front foot forward, though

80.3

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, tapped to cover for a quick single

80.4

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, slash and dropped, that was screaming past Collingwood at second slip and he flings himself high at it, can only get his fingertips to it and it races away for four, Taylor chancing his arm here, a few minutes before lunch

80.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, beaten there, perfect seam position, pitched on off and holds its line, prods tentatively and is beaten

80.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, 87.6mph, outside off and swinging away, Taylor thinks of a poke but lets it go

Good fightback from New Zealand. Every time they appear to be losing their way, they've found a pair to revive their hopes. Poor running from Oram and Vettori but Taylor has stood firm to gone to his second Test hundred. Kyle Mills has played a responsible hand and New Zealand have steadied the ship after those two run-outs in three balls.

Join us in a bit for more.

End of over 81 (7 runs) New Zealand 322/6
LRPL Taylor    115* (141b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    16-0-90-1
KD Mills    46* (65b 7x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-0

Sidebottom to start after lunch

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

End of over 82 (3 runs) New Zealand 325/6
KD Mills    47* (69b 7x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    23-6-60-2
LRPL Taylor    116* (143b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    16-0-90-1

82.1

Anderson to Mills, 1 run, 83.6mph, outside off, holds the bat lightly in the hand and pushes to cover

82.2

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, 81.9mph, angling in and moving away, fine ball that, short of a length too, Taylor pushes but can only get a thick edge wide of the slips for a couple

82.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, full and wide, throws his bat at it but misses, he's missed out again and knows that, that was a juicy half-volley waiting to be punished, moves away a shade, though

82.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, straighter this time, plays inside the line of the ball, lets that go

82.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, 85.6mph, good movement there, angles in from over the wicket and cut away off the seam, Taylor lets out a sheepish smile, no way could he have got to that, peach of a delivery

82.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, back of a length and tries to straighten it again but comes in, pushed to covers

Michael: "What has been impressive from NZ is the run rate! They are batting at the rate the Aussies do!"

End of over 83 (3 runs) New Zealand 328/6
LRPL Taylor    118* (148b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    17-0-93-1
KD Mills    48* (70b 7x4 1x6)      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

Some queries about the new ball. Yes, it was taken after 80 overs.

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

End of over 84 (3 runs) New Zealand 331/6
LRPL Taylor    118* (150b 16x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    24-6-62-2
KD Mills    50* (74b 7x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    17-0-93-1

84.1

Anderson to Mills, no run, full and honing in on middle, patted back down the ground

84.2

Anderson to Mills, 5 runs, tip and run, that was dangerous running, Broad picks it up at short midwicket but that's a wide throw and runs away for four overthrows, could have been close had he hit but that was too far away

84.3

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, short and wide, cut away forcefully to third man

84.4

Anderson to Mills, 2 runs, tucked to the leg side

84.5

Anderson to Mills, OUT, got 'em, too close to cut and he's played on, 80mph and he's got his second wicket, Mills tries to get on his toes and cut but that's rattled the stumps, fine innings from Mills but he's disappointed with that shot

KD Mills b Anderson 57 (85m 78b 7x4 1x6) SR: 73.07

By the way. That's the first wicket for a bowler today. The other two were owing to poor running. O'Brien is the new man in.

84.6

Anderson to O'Brien, no run, pushed back down the track

End of over 85 (8 runs) New Zealand 339/7
IE O'Brien    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    18-0-101-2
LRPL Taylor    119* (151b 16x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    24-6-62-2

Will Taylor go after the bowling now?

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

End of over 86 (7 runs) New Zealand 346/7
IE O'Brien    0* (4b)      RJ Sidebottom    25-6-69-2
LRPL Taylor    126* (154b 16x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    18-0-101-2

86.1

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, crunched through the covers, that was full and he's not missed out, they hurry through for a couple, they've run really hard through the innings (stupidly at times too)

86.2

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, that's T20 style, clears his front leg and tries to slog sweep it way over midwicket, under-edge gets to midwicket

86.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, he's going for it now, too far outside off, lets it go

86.4

Anderson to Taylor, 1 wide, too far outside off there, that's a wide, too far off

86.4

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, width offered and he cracks past point for two more, that's superb running from Taylor, he's been a hare throughout

Bilent: "Some people are saying that Jimmys bouncer to young Daniel was harsh and his comments unsympathetic. Im from NZ and a heavy supporter but it was a clever tactic. He might just have erased another 30 or 40 runs from the broad while taking a batsman away from us."

86.5

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, this is proper hell-for-leather stuff, backs away and tries to thwack over the on side, thick inside edge just misses the stumps and deflects to fine leg for four

86.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, short ball, outside off, would you believe it, they think of running a bye to the keeper, not taken in the end

End of over 87 (11 runs) New Zealand 357/7
LRPL Taylor    136* (160b 17x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    19-0-112-2
IE O'Brien    0* (4b)      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

End of over 88 (11 runs) New Zealand 368/7
LRPL Taylor    142* (165b 17x4 3x6)      RJ Sidebottom    26-6-80-2
IE O'Brien    5* (5b)      JM Anderson    19-0-112-2

88.1

Anderson to O'Brien, OUT, Bell takes a catch. He is angry with himself for dropping the previous one and flings the ball down to the ground after taking it. It was a bouncer, O'Brien couldn't get away from it, fended it off with an ungainly pull and it lobbed towards square leg and Bell ran few paces back from his position at short leg

IE O'Brien c Bell b Anderson 5 (18m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Chris Martin the world's best no eleven walks out. So don't think Flynn will come to bat

88.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, bouncer and Taylor ducks

88.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, short of length, pulled to deep square leg and doesn' take the single. Respect to Martin maan!

88.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, another bouncer, no tooth is broken nor a six hit. Taylor swung his bat wildly but couldn't connect

88.5

Anderson to Taylor, SIX, top edged over fine leg. Twenty20 all over here for Taylor. it was another bouncer, he cleared his front foot, pulled it and it flew off the top edge

88.6

Anderson to Taylor, 1 leg bye, short in length but it doesn't bounce and Taylor pulls, misses but will pick up a leg bye.

End of over 89 (7 runs) New Zealand 375/8
LRPL Taylor    148* (170b 17x4 4x6)      JM Anderson    20-0-118-3
CS Martin    0* (0b)      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

End of over 90 (6 runs) New Zealand 381/8
LRPL Taylor    154* (176b 17x4 5x6)      RJ Sidebottom    27-6-86-2
CS Martin    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    20-0-118-3

90.1

Anderson to Martin, no run, banged in short of length, kicks up and Martin sways away.

Three slips, gully, short leg in

90.2

Anderson to Martin, no run, fuller, outside off, martin plays a lovely cover drive. pity, he doesn't connect but everything else right abotu the stroke

90.3

Anderson to Martin, OUT, And it's all over. Taylor stranded on a brutal 154. Anderson cleaned up Martin with a full and fast delivery, the bat was again inside the line and the off stump was pegged back. Another duck in martin's illustrious batting career. The crowd give a standing applause for Taylor. what a knock it has been. Yes, Flynn has not come out to bat and so New Zealand's innings has come to an end

CS Martin b Anderson 0 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

They said they are going to bounce out New Zealand, they took out a tooth all right but Taylor made the attack look toothless in the end. By the end of the innings, he was slashing like a marauding invader. He took the off and middle stump guard, before eventually taking an off stump guard and created his own line. He didn't respect the length either and has given a great opportunity for New Zealand.

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England v New Zealand at Nottingham - Jun 5-8, 2008
England won by an innings and 9 runs
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Andrew Strauss reaches his hundred, as Kevin Pietersen joins the celebration, England v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, May 25, 2008

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

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