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

Toss: New Zealand have decided to bat.

Andrew has some team news straight away: "Iain O'Brien for Tim Southee is New Zealand's one change. Southee has been ill the last few days, the decision to drop him is partly that and partly form. England unchanged as confirmed yesterday.

"Ryan Sidebottom is out in the middle loosening up. It's important for the England bowlers to make the new ball count on this surface. However, it might not have been the worst thing for them to lose the toss." You bet, Gnasher.

Paul has such a wonderful observation that it needs to be stated here and now: "I've noticed that this test will involve three sons of test players (Redmond, Broad and Sidebottom). I know that this has been achieved before (Sir Richard & Dayle Hadlee and RW Anderson for NZ v England, 1978) but has any test featured four sons of test players?"

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Read more in Gnasher's preview here. There is a return to Test cricket for Darrell Hair. And don't miss out Ross Taylor's diary.

Weather: Dry and sunny at the moment, chance of a few showers brewing up during the day. He quickly adds an update - "It's not quite as sunny now as when I got here!". All too fickle.

The pitch is supposed to one of the bounciest in the country, nay one of the bounciest in the world. Most of the experts have been talking of batsmen needing to rely on their back-foot play. Steve Harmison has done really well here so expect some good returns for Stuart Broad, a tall bowler who relies on hitting the deck. It's also been a good ground for Monty - something which Vettori would have noted with interest as well.

"Welcome to the madhouse Sid Vee -- you're in for quite the treat these next five days if you are the lucky one to host us all," says John from Calgary. I hope I'm more prepared than Aaron Redmond on this first innings at Lord's.

** Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Old Trafford. It's the other Old Trafford that maybe the focus of most of the attention but we'll pop in across the road to give you some action from the cricket.

This is Sid Vee (aka Siddhartha Vaidyanathan) and I am filling up for my England colleagues, who seem to have gone AWOL. Updating me on events is Andrew McGlashan, who is at his beloved Manchester. Binoy George is on scoring and the formidable Will Luke on bulletin. Winners all.

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

Three slips and a gully, forward short leg too. Darrell Hair says 'play'. What a change from the day he took the bails off at The Oval.

Bit of grass on the surface.

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

"Why is this the last Test in OT for a while?" asks Michael Holding. Ian Botham has a quick answer: "Pass'

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

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0
JM How    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0
AJ Redmond    0* (0b)     

A bit of drizzle around. "Yes, a little...typical Manchester you could say". Gnasher knows his Manchester. Another local, James Anderson, is on now.

1.1

Anderson to Redmond, no run, Fine start, beats the outside edge straight away, pitches on middle and moves away a shade, Redmond has no chance

1.2

Anderson to Redmond, no run, bit more movement here, pitches on off and jags away at a sharp angle, Redmond can't gauge that exaggerated movement

1.3

Anderson to Redmond, 2 runs, on middle and leg this time, trying to bowl the magic ball but Redmond simply has to tuck it away to the on side

1.4

Anderson to Redmond, 1 run, patted off the back foot, lot of jackets and caps in the crowd, chilly it seems

1.5

Anderson to How, FOUR, now that's too easy, on the pads and trying for the swing across the body, all goes to nought as the batsman works that off his hips through the square fence, that's a good way to start the day

1.6

Anderson to How, no run, drifting down the pads again, that was a fine ball to the left-hander but Jimmy, it's the right-handed Jamie here. That would have been a wide in a T20 but it's harmless here.

Anthony from Ukraine sends me a howitzer about the trivia question: "1974/75 Richard and Dayle Hadlee for New Zealand and for Australia; Greg and Ian Chappell grandsons of a test player and Paul Sheahan great grandson of a Test player."

End of over 2 (7 runs) New Zealand 7/0
JM How    4* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-7-0
AJ Redmond    3* (4b)      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

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 8/0
JM How    4* (9b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    2-1-1-0
AJ Redmond    4* (9b)      JM Anderson    1-0-7-0

3.1

Anderson to Redmond, no run, And the plan nearly works, was wondering what all this leg-side bowling was about and the short-leg nearly snaffles a good one, short of a length and on the hips, prodded without control and nearly pops to Bell at short leg, dives to his right but that was just short

3.2

Anderson to Redmond, no run, lets that one go outside off

3.3

Anderson to Redmond, no run, full and moving away, that's interesting, thick edge but that's well short of second slip (three in place, by the way), Anderson might be better off trying to get a catch to the slips than one to short leg

3.4

Anderson to Redmond, no run, some movement again, pitching on off and moving away, careening to the keeper, well left

3.5

Anderson to Redmond, no run, probing outside off, that moved away but I'm waiting for one that nips in, he's let that go, now then, time for the bluff?

3.6

Anderson to Redmond, FOUR, he's bluffed all of us, on the pads and laced away effortlessly in front of square for four, Redmond plays that as if he's been doing that since when he was in the cradle, sweetly done

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 12/0
AJ Redmond    8* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0
JM How    4* (9b 1x4)      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

End of over 5 (maiden) New Zealand 12/0
JM How    4* (15b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-1-0
AJ Redmond    8* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-11-0

5.1

Anderson to Redmond, no run, that's close, on off and moving away a shade, I thought that had rattle of stump but it's actually taken a thick edge to the off side, that pleases Vaughan

5.2

Anderson to Redmond, FOUR, that's a beauty, similar line there and another thick edge, this time flies between third and fourth slip for the third man fence, might not have carried to the fielder, though, peach of a ball

5.3

Anderson to Redmond, no run, on the pads this time and driven to mid-on

5.4

Anderson to Redmond, 1 run, punches off the back foot and takes off, the length was on the shorter side and that's not allowed the ball to do much

5.5

Anderson to How, no run, 84.8mph, that stops a bit after pitching, strange one that, kept the batsman guessing till the end after which he tapped it to the off side

5.6

Anderson to How, no run, starts on middle and is threatening to swing away, tapped back down the ground

End of over 6 (5 runs) New Zealand 17/0
JM How    4* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-16-0
AJ Redmond    13* (19b 2x4)      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

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 17/0
AJ Redmond    13* (25b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    4-3-1-0
JM How    4* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-16-0

7.1

Anderson to How, FOUR, beautifully driven straight back past Anderson. Too full and dispatched with excellent timing

7.2

Anderson to How, 2 runs, the slips all cry "awwwww" as Anderson hurries the batsman here who clips it to leg

7.3

Anderson to How, no run, slightly wider of the off stump, with a hint of swing back into the right-hander who drives it crisply to mid-off

7.4

Anderson to How, no run, too short, but the man at short midwicket prevents the run

7.5

Anderson to How, 1 run, horrible ball. Wide of the off stump, much too short, and How's eyes light up as he tries to crash this off the back foot ... but can only clunk it to cover

7.6

Anderson to Redmond, no run, a bouncer to end the over

End of over 8 (7 runs) New Zealand 24/0
AJ Redmond    13* (26b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-23-0
JM How    11* (22b 2x4)      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

The pitch isn't nearly so quick as we're used to in Manchester. Still a bit early in the season

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

Alan loads both barrels and shoots from the hip. "Just looked at Andersons economy rate in tests. It's nearly four an over. Appalling. Why is he playing?" Bang. Bang!

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

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 31/0
AJ Redmond    13* (27b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-3-7-0
JM How    17* (27b 3x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-23-0

Ah, now then. Monty into the attack. Panesar has 18 wickets at 15.56 in Manchester. Super, marvellous effort, that

9.1

Panesar to How, 2 runs, good start. Nicely flighted by Panesar outside off, and he comes forward trying to defend but gets a thick outside edge

9.2

Panesar to How, 2 runs, too full, flicked to leg

9.3

Panesar to How, 1 run, another full toss, swept to deep midwicket

9.4

Panesar to Redmond, no run, better. Tossed up on middle, defended

9.5

Panesar to Redmond, no run, flighted on middle-and-off and he strokes it to mid-off

9.6

Panesar to Redmond, no run, big turn but wide of the off stump

Oooh, this is fascinating. Here's the venerable Sid to take you through the next few overs

End of over 10 (5 runs) New Zealand 36/0
AJ Redmond    13* (30b 2x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-5-0
JM How    22* (30b 3x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-3-7-0

Stuart Broad is on now. Double change. He's going to be running in from the Brian Statham end. Sir Richard Hadlee as high hopes for this lad. And the old man is sitting upstairs watching his progress.

10.1

Broad to How, 3 runs, warm welcome from How, drives crisply past mid-off, doesn't get the timing all that right but they scamper three, too full that time

10.2

Broad to Redmond, no run, angling in from off to middle, pushed towards midwicket

Mike Hodgkiss: "How can one bowler have an economy rate of 0.25, while the guy at the other end is running at 6.00? I think young Mr Broad needs to replace Mr Anderson." Spoken just in time, Mike.

10.3

Broad to Redmond, 3 runs, teasing outside off, thick edge trickles to the off side

10.4

Broad to How, no run, tapped towards cover, he's settled into a right length after that first ball

10.5

Broad to How, 1 run, confident stride and pushes to the off side

10.6

Broad to Redmond, no run, 85.3mph, short and screaming past the batsman, he has a good answer to it, though, weaving away at the last moment

End of over 11 (7 runs) New Zealand 43/0
AJ Redmond    16* (33b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-7-0
JM How    26* (33b 3x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-5-0

11.1

Panesar to How, no run, a huge shout from Monty - but look who's at the other end. It's Panesar's Lord's nemesis, Simon Taufel. No chance of him giving that, as it was a foot outside off

11.2

Panesar to How, no run, lovely bowling! Beaten on the drive outside off. Big turn

11.3

Panesar to How, no run, swept to leg

11.4

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up on middle, he comes forward to defend

11.5

Panesar to How, 1 run, neatly turned to leg with a flick of the wrists

11.6

Panesar to Redmond, FOUR, oh, shot! Quality biff from Redmond, smacking Panesar over his head for four - straight as a dye. Now then - New Zealand are in business here and the Manchester crowd know it. It's all very quiet in the stands, and even quieter in the middle...

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 48/0
AJ Redmond    20* (34b 3x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-10-0
JM How    27* (38b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-7-0

12.1

Broad to How, no run, good line and length, firmly blocked off the back foot

12.2

Broad to How, FOUR, four more as How comes forward, angling this past the slips down to third man

And there's New Zealand's fifty from just 74 balls. Take that, England. Vaughan looks perplexed and peeved. Angry isn't too far off it

12.3

Broad to How, no run, lovely shot back down the ground but Vaughan sprints across from mid-on to field...and throws down the stumps in anger

12.4

Broad to How, 1 run, fine ball, just short of a length and squirted out to point. Safely played, though

12.5

Broad to Redmond, no run, wide of the off stump, cutting back a touch and Redmond shoulders arms. Broad roars a big appeal but it's not moved back enough, and is too high

12.6

Broad to Redmond, no run, ooh a tentative fish outside off. No movement of the feet

End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 53/0
AJ Redmond    20* (36b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-12-0
JM How    32* (42b 4x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-10-0

M has a hilarious question: "Is this New Zealand's best start since the '80s". Oh for the days of Edgar and Wright.

13.1

Panesar to How, FOUR, full and swept away with T20 fury, lofted in front of square and that's nearly six, one bounce four that, what a cracker, just How does he do it?

13.2

Panesar to How, no run, quicker one, straight, punched back down the ground

13.3

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up a bit outside off, turning away, tapped off the front foot towards cover

13.4

Panesar to How, no run, that one went straight on, starting from outside off but the batsman saw that coming and let it go

13.5

Panesar to How, 3 runs, slightly short, cut away past point and they are hurrying between the stumps, Redmond wants the third and they manage it, now then, they mean business here

13.6

Panesar to Redmond, no run, defended to the on side, just noticed the MRF bat there, in the company of Lara and Tendulkar already, hmm ...

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 60/0
AJ Redmond    20* (37b 3x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-17-0
JM How    39* (47b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-12-0

14.1

Broad to How, 1 run, short of a length, angling into the batsman, tucked away easily, the line is still too straight here

Sorry. Not straight as a dye, but straight a as a die. Apologies

14.2

Broad to Redmond, no run, shoulders arms, there is a bit of purpose about New Zealand here

14.3

Broad to Redmond, no run, that's moved away alarmingly, pitches on a spot outside off and takes off way outside, the batsman just hung his bat out there and that was some big movement

14.4

Broad to Redmond, no run, short of a length, that's the Harmison length they would want Broad to hit, on his toes and patted back down the ground

I was reading about how the NZ batting coach has told the batsman to hold the bat lightly on the handles. So it's easier to negotiate the extra bounce.

14.5

Broad to Redmond, no run, left alone again, it doesn't matter how you hold you bat when you're leaving them

14.6

Broad to Redmond, no run, tapped towards cover and a loud 'wait'

That's a good first hour for New Zealand. Time for a good drink

End of over 15 (1 run) New Zealand 61/0
AJ Redmond    20* (42b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-13-0
JM How    40* (48b 5x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-17-0

Some feedbackers are surprised that Monty isn't bowling from Darrell Hair's end. Valid point, he's known to be severe on batsmen who pad up.

15.1

Panesar to How, no run, 51.6mph, on middle and looks for turn, defended back down the ground

15.2

Panesar to How, no run, slightly short and that's a risky attempt to pull, thick edge dribbles away towards midwicket

15.3

Panesar to How, no run, punched back down the ground, he's better off playing straight, I would think

15.4

Panesar to How, no run, worked away from off to the leg side, deftly done that time

15.5

Panesar to How, no run, that's thrown up higher, loopy too, not much turn, tapped back with the full face of the bat

15.6

Panesar to How, no run, 53.4mph, that's teased him, outside off and straightening, punches to the off side but the thick edge goes onto his pads

Kiwisteve has a fiery response to M: "M Richardson/L Vincent put on 231 for the 1st wicket v India on 16 Oct 2003. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!"

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 61/0
JM How    40* (54b 5x4)      MS Panesar    4-1-17-0
AJ Redmond    20* (42b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-13-0

16.1

Broad to Redmond, no run, short of a length, not much movement, pushed back off the back foot

Imagine the experts who spoke of trampoline bounce. They will be having a big lunch today

16.2

Broad to Redmond, 1 run, driven to extra-cover, off the front foot and they take off

16.3

Broad to How, no run, 82.8mph, that was short, there's a man waiting for the top-edge and How goes for the pull, it's gotten big on him and he can't make contact, that's some good bounce

16.4

Broad to How, no run, soft hands that time, short of a length and pushed carefully to mid-on

16.5

Broad to How, no run, that's some good seam movement, 85.6mph, pitches outside off and jags away some distance, there's no way he could have got bat onto that

16.6

Broad to How, 1 run, poor follow-up, on the pads and pushed away effortlessly to square leg

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 63/0
JM How    41* (58b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-15-0
AJ Redmond    21* (44b 3x4)      MS Panesar    4-1-17-0

17.1

Panesar to How, no run, throws that one up, batsman dances down the track and pushes to the off side, a bit of intent here

17.2

Panesar to How, no run, left alone outside off, not much turn there

Andy Wells: "In the first hour's play Aaron Redmond's test batting average has climbed from 8 to over 18 (although I would hate to jinx him)"

17.3

Panesar to How, 1 run, pushes to square leg

17.4

Panesar to Redmond, 2 runs, and he's nearly jinxed him, tossed up outside off, he tries a slog-sweep but is not in any sort of control, top-edge soars towards over mid-on and Broad's dive can't get to it, that was a horrible shot but he gets away from it

17.5

Panesar to Redmond, no run, defended to the off side

17.6

Panesar to Redmond, FOUR, fine shot that, he's decided to take him on here, down the track and punching hard past short extra cover for four, that's probably the shot of the morning

End of over 18 (7 runs) New Zealand 70/0
AJ Redmond    27* (47b 4x4)      MS Panesar    5-1-24-0
JM How    42* (61b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-15-0

18.1

Broad to How, 1 run, glided behind point that time, this is almost getting too easy for England's liking

18.2

Broad to Redmond, no run, short this time, good carry to the keeper but not much hassle for the batsman, who weaves out of the way

Gnasher pips up: "There are 400 half-priced tickets available at Old Trafford after tea today. Adults are £16.50 or £22.50 and Juniors Under-16 are £4. Tickets can be purchased from the Brian Statham Way ticket booths from 3.45pm"

18.3

Broad to Redmond, no run, another short one, another weave, another one to the keeper

More from Gnasher: "This is New Zealand's first half-century open stand since How and Craig Cumming put on 56 against Sri Lanka at Wellington in December 2006. And it is now the best since Stephen Fleming and Mark Richardson added 163 against England at Trent Bridge in June 2004."

18.4

Broad to Redmond, no run, short again and a bit too wide this time, doesn't need to bother with that

18.5

Broad to Redmond, no run, full and outside off, gives Redmond a chance to get on his front foot and punch confidently

18.6

Broad to Redmond, no run, another controlled tap to the covers, all in control

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 71/0
AJ Redmond    27* (52b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-16-0
JM How    43* (62b 5x4)      MS Panesar    5-1-24-0

Sidebottom is on now. Replacing Panesar. Strange timing, giving that Redmond was just getting edgy against him. Round the wicket and two slips in place.

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

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 74/0
AJ Redmond    27* (56b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-3-10-0
JM How    46* (64b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-16-0

20.1

Broad to How, no run, 85.3, he's got that number quite a few times in this spell, or maybe it's just a faulty speed gun, either way short and pushed down the ground

20.2

Broad to How, no run, lack of bounce and How nearly got into trouble there, goes for the pull but can't gauge the bounce, the inside edge could have easily rattled the stumps there

20.3

Broad to How, no run, leaves that one alone, too far outside off

20.4

Broad to How, 2 runs, short and wide, that's slapped tamely over the in-field, not much power in that shot but he gets the gap and hurries for two, Broad is holding his head in anguish but that was a pathetic ball, Stuart. Unless there is some masterplan here.

20.5

Broad to How, no run, elegant looking shot there, pushed hard toward mid-off, just can't get the timing

20.6

Broad to How, no run, tapped on the back foot, that was off the middle of the bat, England need a wicket and soon.

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 76/0
JM How    48* (70b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-18-0
AJ Redmond    27* (56b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-3-10-0

Sidebottom still round the wicket.

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

Anderson is warming up. Preparing to leak more runs, I assume. Hope he proves me wrong

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

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 79/0
JM How    50* (75b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-3-13-0
AJ Redmond    28* (57b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-18-0

22.1

Broad to Redmond, 1 leg bye, down leg again, what is the purpose of this line? Padded away and even the keeper can't get it fully, deflects it to fine leg

22.2

Broad to How, no run, defended off the front foot, more of the legside line and Peter Moores will prepare for a fiery broadside (ouch).

22.3

Broad to How, no run, throws his bat at a wide one, on one knee and he's gone after that, well fielded at point, that almost carried but good attempt there

22.4

Broad to How, no run, short of a length, glided away to point, he's in control now, no worries

22.5

Broad to How, no run, short, that's well directed and lures How into the pull, bit of extra bounce does him in and he misses that one, could have easily been edged to the keeper

22.6

Broad to How, no run, defended watchfully off the front foot to gully

End of over 23 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 80/0
JM How    50* (80b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-18-0
AJ Redmond    28* (58b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-3-13-0

I can't help think of last summer when India got away with a tight draw at Lord's and went on to win the second Test at Trent Bridge. Maybe too early but I am just wondering.

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

England finally strike but that was some loss of concentration from Redmond

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 80/1
     RJ Sidebottom    8-4-13-1
JM How    50* (80b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-18-0

24.1

Broad to How, no run, risky again, short of a length and outside off, How taps that dangerously off the back foot and gets it towards extra cover, not at all in control of that

24.2

Broad to How, no run, full one, driven hard to mid-off, he's looked fine off the front foot but had the edgy moments off the back

24.3

Broad to How, no run, lets that one go outside off

24.4

Broad to How, 2 runs, edgy, edgy, on middle stump and moving away a shade, How tries to push to the leg side but a leading edge goes between mid-off and extra cover, that's a fine length from Broad

24.5

Broad to How, FOUR, short wide, top edge and slashed hard, Pietersen is waiting three quarters of the way back towards third man but he can't get there, flies to his left for four, that's a poor ball and an airy shot

24.6

Broad to How, no run, another play and a miss, NZ showing some nerves here, full one outside off and he tries to loft that over the in-field, not the kind of shot you expect a few minutes before lunch, beaten

End of over 25 (6 runs) New Zealand 86/1
JM How    56* (86b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-24-0
JAH Marshall    0* (0b)      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

Over the wicket now. That might give him more options.

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

Round the wicket again, now then. Is there a plan? Vaughan gestures something to the bowler.

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

That's a big wicket. England suddenly appear on top of this session.

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 86/2
     RJ Sidebottom    9-5-13-2
JM How    56* (86b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-24-0

Ross Taylor is the new man in.

26.1

Broad to How, no run, left alone outside off

26.2

Broad to How, no run, full and on off, that's probing, driven back down the ground

26.3

Broad to How, no run, short one, extra bounce but that's outside off, left alone again

26.4

Broad to How, no run, 84.9mph, full and outside off, he's mixing them up well here, they will love another one here, pushed back to the bowler

26.5

Broad to How, no run, short this time, one full and one short, it seems, ducks under it

Greg White: "Would have been better off with Fulton at 3. Sigh"

26.6

Broad to How, no run, well outside off, left alone

End of over 27 (maiden) New Zealand 86/2
JM How    56* (92b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-24-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)      RJ Sidebottom    9-5-13-2

Sidebottom again, this time round the wicket

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

Over the wicket now. Is this the moment?

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

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 90/2
JM How    57* (93b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-5-17-2
LRPL Taylor    3* (5b)      SCJ Broad    9-2-24-0

Monty back on now. Three minutes to go for lunch and wouldn't they love another one here? Broad gets some applause for a good spell

28.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned to the leg side for a quick one, that was pushed through

slip, silly point and short leg in

28.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, turn that time, he's bowling from the other end now, pitching on off and moving away, thick edge trickles past slip

28.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, pushed towards midwicket, they're just playing for lunch now (it seems)

28.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, withdraws the bat in the last moment, angles in from outside off

28.5

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, 55.6mph, punched towards midwicket, 'catch it' is the call but that's along the ground in the gap

28.6

Panesar to How, no run, quicker one this time, tapped back to the bowler

So that's lunch on the first day at OT. Jamie How lead a good start but just when things appeared to be going great New Zealand lost two wickets to some poor judgement. Credit to Ryan Sidebottom for using his angles from over and around the wicket to fox the batsmen. Join us in a bit for more. Time for a cuppa.

Hayden has a thought: "Why do they keep on persisting with the Marshall twins?(even through Hamish is gone now) They seem to be the kind of players that NZ kept bothering with in the mid 90's (Pocock, Murray, Hartland, Spearman...any others?). Good to see a solid opening partnership though. Hopefully Taylor will get a few"

Antony Crayk wonders where Michael Papps is. Dominic wants Fulton: "He just needs consistent selection and some quality off-season cricket to build some confidence. That said, Marshall HJH was pretty promising. Too little Test cricket has been a big problem over the last couple of years."

Richard Holman: "Hi, i was just wondering why Darrell Hair was in the England nets the other day? why is that? do all umpires go into team nets before the start of tests?" Yes, Richard. Umpires usually stand at the nets to get some practice. It happens regularly

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 92/2
JM How    58* (95b 6x4)      MS Panesar    6-1-26-0
LRPL Taylor    4* (9b)      RJ Sidebottom    10-5-17-2

round the wicket from Sidebottom again

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

Ragu from Malaysia: "My tuppence in the New Zealand team debate. Let the New Zealands innings start with 40 overs gone, the ball scruubbed to reflect that the score automatically at 50 - 70 and get Oram and Vettori in."

End of over 30 (1 run) New Zealand 93/2
JM How    58* (100b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-5-18-2
LRPL Taylor    5* (10b)      MS Panesar    6-1-26-0

Anderson to start from the other end

30.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, defended to mid-on, short of a length this time

Greg White is back: "Now remember Ross, there's 60 overs left today (not 20)." Yes, he's playing for NZ in a Test and not Bangalore Royal Challengers in the IPL

30.2

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards mid-off

30.3

Anderson to How, no run, bit of swing into the batsman this time, too far down leg, though, rapped on the pads but that was going down leg, they think of an appeal but realise how laughable that would have been, maybe too high too

30.4

Anderson to How, 2 runs, punched confidently towards cover, in the gap and they hurry for two, these two are screaming between the wickets, Sidebottom takes it a bit too easy at extra cover and is surprised to see them go for two

30.5

Anderson to How, no run, bit of extra bounce there, outside off and steered to gully

Hawkeye says that lbw appeal would have hit the top of leg stump. How the ... anyway this technology has never convinced me

30.6

Anderson to How, no run, pushed one that's back of a length to mid-on

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 96/2
JM How    60* (104b 6x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-26-0
LRPL Taylor    6* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    11-5-18-2

still from round the wicket

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

Daniel Morrison: "The Marshall brothers have never done anything decent for NZ cricket. Where's Fleming and Astle when you need them?"

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 101/2
JM How    64* (109b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    12-5-23-2
LRPL Taylor    7* (13b)      JM Anderson    5-0-26-0

Paul Collingwood chats with the umpire about the state of the ball. It's Simon Taufel, by the way, and not Darrell Hair. So the Test will go on.

32.1

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

Kalpesh: "If all decisions were taken based on Hawkeye, James Anderson would be the leading English wicket taker!" Agreed.

32.2

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, fuller length this time, moves away a shade, thick edge to cover

32.3

Anderson to How, OUT, that's a peach, Anderson has produced a most beautiful away-seamer, fantastic seam position, pitches on off, straightens a shade and kisses the edge of the bat, How pokes tentatively but has no answer to that one, Ambrose completes an easy catch and England are on top. That was the best ball of the day so far.

JM How c †Ambrose b Anderson 64 (134m 110b 7x4 0x6) SR: 58.18

No more How related puns. I promise.

McCullum is in and he's got an arm guard. Lesson well learnt. Two slips in place and a fly slip. Deep square leg too.

32.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, 87.2mph, outside off and rising a bit, lets that one go

32.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, bouncer this time, 82.6mph, ducks under that one, a fielder in place for the top edge, remember

32.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, ducks under a bouncer again, doesn't seem to keen to play the pull as yet

End of over 33 (1 run) New Zealand 102/3
BB McCullum    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    6-0-27-1
LRPL Taylor    8* (15b)      RJ Sidebottom    12-5-23-2

Monty is back on.

33.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, full toss to begin with, driven crisply to mid-on

33.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, flighted on off, good loop that time, not much turn, though, turned away towards square and they think of a single but 'No' shouts McCullum

33.3

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, arm-ball this time, Taylor doesn't pick that, tentatively pushes towards square and take a single this time

33.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, tries to lift the ball towards mid-on but only manages a leading edge that pops over the bowlers head, no-man's land that

33.5

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, flicked towards square

33.6

Panesar to McCullum, no run, takes a stride forward and misses one that pitches on leg and turns a shade away, huge appeal and Panesar is almost sure of the verdict, Taufel says no after a little thought, maybe he was too far forward to give that one, was probably missing leg too

End of over 34 (3 runs) New Zealand 105/3
BB McCullum    1* (5b)      MS Panesar    7-1-29-0
LRPL Taylor    10* (19b)      JM Anderson    6-0-27-1

34.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, tries to drive a full one, beats the outside edge, bit nervy out there at the moment

34.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, crisp drive with the full face of the bat, straight to mid-on, confident shot that, he's so good when playing straight

34.3

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, cracker this time, driven wonderfully past mid-off for four, just a punch but it's motoring along

34.4

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, and another, full again and he goes for the drive, this time a cover-drive that he doesn't time as well, but it's in the gap and races away, Broad can't get to it despite the drive, Taylor is not holding back punches

34.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, bouncer and he ducks under it, he has protection on the leg-side fence, Taylor prefers to squat

34.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off, Taylor slowly finding his groove here

Greg White must be relieved

End of over 35 (8 runs) New Zealand 113/3
LRPL Taylor    18* (25b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-35-1
BB McCullum    1* (5b)      MS Panesar    7-1-29-0

35.1

Panesar to McCullum, FOUR, a bit too short, McCullum rocks back and eases that past point for four, he didn't need to strike that too hard but just controlled the steer for four

35.2

Panesar to McCullum, SIX, That was straight out of the IPL, huge hit that, a slog sweep that has just got Panesar bemused, in the slot and pelted away ferociously, all the way over midwicket for six, the birds have been woken up

35.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended to the off side

35.4

Panesar to McCullum, no run, quicker this time, big stride forward and pushing to the bowler

35.5

Panesar to McCullum, OUT, Got 'em, tossed up and he's nailed a big wicket, he has just been hammered for six but he keeps at the flight, McCullum tries to pelt that through the off side but only gets a thick edge. Paul Collingwood takes a sharp catch at first slip. That appeared to have deflected off the keeper's gloves there. Panesar is over the moon.

BB McCullum c Collingwood b Panesar 11 (14m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 110.00

Daniel Flynn is in. New Zealand have lost their way after a fine start.

35.6

Panesar to Flynn, no run, over the wicket to the left-hander, tossed up again but that's defended off the front foot

End of over 36 (10 runs) New Zealand 123/4
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      MS Panesar    8-1-39-1
LRPL Taylor    18* (25b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-35-1

36.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, short of a length and punched off the back foot to mid-on

36.2

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor decides to counter-attack, drills that straight down the ground, past mid-on for a cracking four, nobody was going to stop that

36.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, 89.3mph, good-length ball on off, pushed back to the bowler

36.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, short of a length, forces Taylor to get on his toes and push towards the off side

Michael Atherton credits Michael Vaughan for England's revival - his field settings, his bowling changes and his constant involvement with the proceedings.

36.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, brute of a bouncer, quick one that moves back towards the batsman, Taylor needs to watch the ball till the last minute before he weaves out of the way

36.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, and again, speedy and bouncy, Taylor can only flinch as the ball just misses his helmet, Anderson lets out a groan

End of over 37 (4 runs) New Zealand 127/4
LRPL Taylor    22* (31b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-39-1
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      MS Panesar    8-1-39-1

37.1

Panesar to Flynn, no run, over the wicket, turned towards square leg

37.2

Panesar to Flynn, no run, dreadfully close to the off stump, turns past the bat and sneaks through the gate, just misses the stumps

37.3

Panesar to Flynn, no run, flicked one from middle towards the leg side

37.4

Panesar to Flynn, FOUR, slightly short, rocks back and late cuts that past gully for four, latches onto the poor length

37.5

Panesar to Flynn, no run, sharp turn for Monty, pitches on off and turns quick towards the pads, bobs away from silly point but there was no inside edge in there

37.6

Panesar to Flynn, no run, outside off, tries to cut but the lack bounce does him in, Monty is making things happen here

The umpires are looking at the ball again. Hair and Taufel discussing its shape. The fourth umpire is out there now.

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 131/4
DR Flynn    4* (7b 1x4)      MS Panesar    9-1-43-1
LRPL Taylor    22* (31b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-39-1

They opt for a different ball.

38.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, short again, left outside off

38.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, jags back in alarmingly, from outside off to middle, Taylor shoulders arms but that is dangerous, has no clue about that one coming in, half-hearted appeal but that was too high, fine seam movement, though

38.3

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, turned to the leg side, short of a length that time, he's cranking it up now, gets one at 90mph

three slips, a gully and a short leg for Flynn

38.4

Anderson to Flynn, no run, short of a length and outside off, beats him for pace there, he tries to defend it but is beaten

38.5

Anderson to Flynn, no run, lets that one go

A bit of a drizzle around.

38.6

Anderson to Flynn, no run, leaves that one outside off, good bowling from Anderson here

Gnasher has news: "The clouds are lower now, it certainly doesn't feel too much like summer, and it has started spitting again."

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 132/4
DR Flynn    4* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-40-1
LRPL Taylor    23* (34b 3x4)      MS Panesar    9-1-43-1

39.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle, tentative poke back down the ground, Taylor is itching to whack him out of the ground, it seems

39.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off, punched to the leg side

39.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, more caution from Taylor, the calm before the storm? Taps it back to the bowler

39.4

Panesar to Taylor, FOUR, too short and he's cashed in, on the back foot and slapping hard past backward point for four, a lot of power in that one

39.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tapped to mid-on, carefully done that time, waiting for the loose one

39.6

Panesar to Taylor, no run, front-foot defensive, back to the bowler

End of over 40 (4 runs) New Zealand 136/4
LRPL Taylor    27* (40b 4x4)      MS Panesar    10-1-47-1
DR Flynn    4* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-40-1

40.1

Anderson to Flynn, no run, short of a length, Flynn waits on the back foot and taps it back down the pitch

40.2

Anderson to Flynn, no run, fuller outside off, Flynn doesn't need to play that, he's coming off a dogged innings at Lord's, remember

40.3

Anderson to Flynn, no run, he's missed that and there's blood on the pitch, he tries to pull a short one but that's too quick for him, struck full on on the face and that seems to have gone through the grill, he's taken off his helmet and is spewing blood on the ground

DR Flynn retired hurt 4 (22m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

That's struck the lower lip and his teeth appear damaged. The physio is out there in the middle and has Flynn's tooth in his hand. Anderson has been really quick in this spell and Flynn has paid the price. He's going off. Sensible it appears.

Jacob Oram, for the second time in two innings, replaces an injured man. He walked in when McCullum walked off at Lord's and now this. Another century on the cards? We'll wait and see.

40.4

Anderson to Oram, no run, fine ball first up, 86mph, outside off and a thick edge pops up towards the on side, he was too tentative there

Two slips, gully , short leg and leg gully

40.5

Anderson to Oram, FOUR, not in control but he's managed four, pokes and gets a thick edge towards third man for four

40.6

Anderson to Oram, 4 leg byes, scorcher again, brute of a short one, finally the pitch showing it's bounce here, Oram knew a short one was on the cards but that's clattered him on the helmet and deflected away for four to third man, he had no clue there and it's rattled him, struck flush on the helmet, Anderson is on fire here

End of over 41 (8 runs) New Zealand 144/4
JDP Oram    4* (3b 1x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-44-1
LRPL Taylor    27* (40b 4x4)      MS Panesar    10-1-47-1

Sidebottom returns

41.1

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

round the wicket still

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

Oram on strike, two slips and he's back over the wicket

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'

Gnasher: "The crowd have come to life after that over from hometown hero Jimmy Anderson. The trumpeter is starting to go through his song book and Monty gets a huge cheer whenever he goes near the ball"

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

Richard has a thought: "Has there ever been a six scored off the helmet?? sounds like Jimmy could be the first the way he's bowling!"

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 149/4
JDP Oram    4* (6b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    13-5-28-2
LRPL Taylor    32* (43b 4x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-44-1

Anderson back. Two slips for Taylor and a short leg. Panesar waits for the hook.

42.1

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, Cracker, good-length ball on off, smashed away powerfully off the front foot through extra cover, meeting fire with fire here

News comes in from Gnasher: "Flynn is OK and will bat again is the latest"

42.2

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, turned to square leg

round the wicket to Oram

42.3

Anderson to Oram, no run, surprise, surprise, short one and that's directed at his face, Oram stands up tall and plays that in the most awkward fashion, fending dangerously, strikes his glove this time

42.4

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, another short one and he's in all sorts of trouble here, very well directed again, on the back foot and poking anxiously, the ball takes the glove and pops to the off side, no silly point in place, he takes a single

42.5

Anderson to Taylor, SIX, what a response from Taylor, he's waited for the short one and pulled that over square leg for six, would you believe it, fighting fire with fire, that was a flat six and there was a sweet sound when he connected that

42.6

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, full one this time, outside off, Taylor is beaten there, thick outside edge deflects towards third man for a couple

End of over 43 (14 runs) New Zealand 163/4
LRPL Taylor    45* (47b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-0-58-1
JDP Oram    5* (8b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    13-5-28-2

over the wicket from Sidebottom

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

Richard was asking if a ball had struck the helmet and gone over the ropes. For those who are wondering.

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

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 163/4
JDP Oram    5* (14b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    14-6-28-2
LRPL Taylor    45* (47b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-0-58-1

44.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, speedy one again, good-length ball that tests Taylor, he goes for the drive and is beaten, on the walk almost, risky shot that

44.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, long stride forward and a push to cover, they think of a single but decide against such a risky one

44.3

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, slightly short and a bit wide, he's spanked that with immense power, stands back and lets rip, screams past point for four

44.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, good comeback, hitting the good-length spot appears to be the trick here, Taylor is unsure about the area, plays and misses again

44.5

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, short again and he's made him pay, Taylor is not going to waste those, rocks back and blitzes that through point for four, he's thrown the kitchen sink at that, brings up his fourth Test fifty in style

44.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, full and on the pads, he looks to work it around but is struck on the pads

Ben chimes in: "I once played in a match where a batsman was hit on hte head and it sailed all the way over the rope and was given 6 leg byes. In recounting the story to a few years after the event I was told by an umpire that it should not have been given as a 6, but 4 even though it cleared the rope."

End of over 45 (8 runs) New Zealand 171/4
LRPL Taylor    53* (53b 7x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-0-66-1
JDP Oram    5* (14b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    14-6-28-2

over the wicket to the left-hander

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

End of over 46 (4 runs) New Zealand 175/4
JDP Oram    9* (20b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    15-6-32-2
LRPL Taylor    53* (53b 7x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-0-66-1

Stuart Broad is back on now. He had a good testing spell in the morning session.

46.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, good start, good-length ball that beats Taylor's poke, he is in trouble when it's in the corridor, likes them short, though

46.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, full again, walks across and drives to mid-on

46.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, bouncer and ducked under it without any fuss

46.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, short of length, outside off, good bounce there and he got right behind the line to push it to the off side

46.5

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, similar delivery but this time he stayed adjacent to the line and forced it through point. It did get big on him but he managed to punch it

46.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, well outside off, moving away, left alone

End of over 47 (2 runs) New Zealand 177/4
LRPL Taylor    55* (59b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    10-2-26-0
JDP Oram    9* (20b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    15-6-32-2

47.1

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

Stevie Cook: "My mates just text me saying he is the one who dropped the catch for the Taylors six a minute ago, he said its because he had a pint in one hand and page 3 open balanced on his knee!!" That was about Taylor's pulled six.

Two slips and short leg in

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

End of over 48 (1 run) New Zealand 178/4
JDP Oram    10* (26b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    16-6-33-2
LRPL Taylor    55* (59b 7x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    10-2-26-0

48.1

Broad to Oram, no run, short one again, they may just be over-doing this now, left alone since it's too far outside off

48.2

Broad to Oram, no run, that's better, short and jags back into the left-hander, pitches outside off and moves in, Oram is struck on the glove and it deflects onto his stomach, a bit of pain there

48.3

Broad to Oram, no run, round the wicket, good-length one this time but it takes off after bouncing, Oram tries to flay that but is done in by the bounce

48.4

Broad to Oram, no run, left alone, interestingly Ian Bell is standing at a short backward point position, there is a plan for sure

48.5

Broad to Oram, no run, jags back in again, that strikes the bat handle and nearly goes to Bell in the position I was talking about

48.6

Broad to Oram, no run, backs away and tries to slash that but it was too close to cut and he nearly played it on, could have edge to the keeper as well, some extra bounce there, what a horrendous shot that

End of over 49 (maiden) New Zealand 178/4
JDP Oram    10* (32b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-3-26-0
LRPL Taylor    55* (59b 7x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    16-6-33-2

Monty back. So is the drizzle

49.1

Panesar to Taylor, no run, left outside off, turns away from the right-hander

49.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off, might have been the arm-ball, slightly short that he tries to cut but there's a bottom edge that bounces onto the pitch and goes to first slip

49.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, honing in on middle and off, watchfully pushed to mid-on

49.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, arm-ball this time, strikes the pad and bobs up towards the leg side, there's a big hue and cry but nobody gets there, that has missed the bat completely

49.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, defended to cover

49.6

Panesar to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads and it's flicked away behind square

Welcome back, all. Here's Broad

More rain now. The umpires have a discussion. And they've decided to go off. Michael Vaughan asks for an explanation and the covers are on now. Tea will be taken straight away.

Gnasher: "Now it gets a little heavier"

End of over 50 (2 runs) New Zealand 180/4
LRPL Taylor    57* (65b 7x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    11-1-49-1
JDP Oram    10* (32b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-3-26-0
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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

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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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