New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2nd Test: England v New Zealand at Manchester, May 23-26, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
23,24,25,26 May 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

New Zealand are out there now. Vettori has a smile on his face, something he wouldn't have imagined after that horror of a run-out earlier in the day. Chris Martin to take the new ball. Clean shaven head. And would you believe it, a giant jellybean has been thrown into the ground. Jeetan Patel is not able to get it. Surely this is going to make Martin see red (like Zaheer did last year) and get after them. Here we go.

0.1

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

three slips in place

0.2

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

Mike Shaw: "This armchair captain would have sent Flynn out to bat then declare without him facing a ball just to play some mind games."

0.3

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

0.4

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

It's blustery out there. Taylor is folding his arms and keeping himself warm

0.5

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

0.6

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

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0

    • AJ Strauss 1 (6b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • CS Martin 1-0-1-0

Kyle Mills now. With all the confidence of his fifty.

1.1

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

1.1

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

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1.2

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

1.3

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

1.4

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

1.5

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

1.6

Mills to Strauss, no run

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 4/0

    • AJ Strauss 3 (13b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-3-0
    • CS Martin 1-0-1-0
2.1

Martin to Cook, no run, full and moving away form off to outside, not too much carry for Martin, the keeper takes it close to his ankles. Is this the same pitch where Flynn lost his tooth?

2.2

Martin to Cook, no run, short of a length and some good bounce there, pushed off his hips to the on side

2.3

Martin to Cook, no run, 85.1mph, takes that away from the let-hander but too wide there

Gnasher has an update: "Flynn was all ready to bat but then started to feel ill again around lunchtime. Concussion had originally been ruled out, but as a precaution he has been sent to see a neurosurgeon for some extra tests."

2.4

Martin to Cook, no run, fuller this time, Cook pushes forward and drives back to the bowler

2.5

Martin to Cook, no run, starts on leg and moves away a shade, Cook tries to flick but the leading edge goes towards cover, he was foxed there

2.6

Martin to Cook, 1 run, similar ball, this time straighter, Cook adjusts his shot at the last moment and takes off for a quick run to mid-off

End of over 3 (1 run) England 5/0

    • AN Cook 1 (6b)
    • AJ Strauss 3 (13b)
    • CS Martin 2-0-2-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-3-0
3.1

Mills to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, he throws his bat at it and gets a top-edge over slips for four, that's raced away

3.2

Mills to Cook, no run, leaves that outside off. Strong breeze blowing across the ground, by the way.

For those who came late, Flynn was struck on the face by Anderson last afternoon. The rest, as they say, is dentistry.

3.3

Mills to Cook, no run, too far outside off, leaves that alone

3.4

Mills to Cook, FOUR, cut away hard off the back foot, too much width and he's waiting there, past point, through the fast outfield for four

3.5

Mills to Cook, no run, full and outside off, again the ball dies on it's way to the keeper, RIP ball

Rob Simmers: "Can't believe Flynn didn't bat. As long as he could stand upright he would still bat better than Martin. Although my Gran bats better than Martin."

3.6

Mills to Cook, no run, pushed off the back foot to mid-on

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 13/0

    • AN Cook 9 (12b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 3 (13b)
    • KD Mills 2-0-11-0
    • CS Martin 2-0-2-0
4.1

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

round the wicket this time

4.2

Martin to Cook, no run, probing on middle and leg, pushed back down the ground

4.3

Martin to Cook, FOUR, fine ball, gets the edge but concedes four, short of a length and that's squirted past slip for four, thick edge and he was squared up there

4.4

Martin to Cook, 1 bye, too far down the leg side, away from the left-hander, McCullum dives full length but can't get his hands around it

4.5

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

4.6

Martin to Cook, no run, defended to the on side

End of over 5 (9 runs) England 22/0

    • AN Cook 13 (16b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 7 (15b)
    • CS Martin 3-0-10-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-11-0
5.1

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

5.2

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

5.3

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

5.4

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

5.5

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

5.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, lets that one go

Dylan has a bizarre bit of information: "did you know the modern day flip-flop was invented in nz, where we called them jandals, which is short for Japanese sandal....just thought you should know"

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 26/0

    • AJ Strauss 11 (21b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 13 (16b 3x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-15-0
    • CS Martin 3-0-10-0
6.1

Martin to Cook, 2 runs, played off his hips towards midwicket, the line needs rectifying here

6.2

Martin to Cook, no run, pushed back to the bowler, fuller that time, Cook offers the marker's name

6.3

Martin to Cook, no run, short of a length, he's bowling from round the wicket but no major angle in, left alone

6.4

Martin to Cook, no run, full and outside off, let's it go

6.5

Martin to Cook, 1 run, patted watchfully to the off side, more good fielding, they've done well so far, some good running and athletic fielding

6.6

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

By the way Dmitri Mascarenhas's Rajasthan Royals have just pulled off a thriller against the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Sorry for this but it's all getting a bit too quiet at OT.

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 29/0

    • AJ Strauss 11 (22b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 16 (21b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 4-0-13-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-15-0

O'Brien is on now

7.1

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

7.2

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

7.3

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

7.4

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

7.5

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

7.6

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

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 33/0

    • AJ Strauss 12 (26b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 19 (23b 3x4)
    • IE O'Brien 1-0-4-0
    • CS Martin 4-0-13-0
8.1

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

8.2

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

8.3

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

8.4

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

8.5

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

8.6

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

End of over 9 (maiden) England 33/0

    • AJ Strauss 12 (32b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 19 (23b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 5-1-13-0
    • IE O'Brien 1-0-4-0
9.1

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

9.2

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

Michael: "Vettori into the wind?....NZ's best chance of wickets on this pitch is with the left arm orthodox, not with the succession of medium pace wannabes"

9.3

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

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

Michael Vaughan is in.

9.4

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

9.5

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

9.6

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

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) England 33/1

    • MP Vaughan 0 (3b)
    • AJ Strauss 12 (32b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 2-1-4-1
    • CS Martin 5-1-13-0
10.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, patted to backward point

10.2

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

10.3

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

10.4

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

10.5

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

10.6

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

End of over 11 (maiden) England 33/1

    • AJ Strauss 12 (38b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 0 (3b)
    • CS Martin 6-2-13-0
    • IE O'Brien 2-1-4-1
11.1

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

11.2

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

11.3

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

11.4

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

Two slips in place

11.5

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

11.6

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

End of over 12 (maiden) England 33/1

    • MP Vaughan 0 (9b)
    • AJ Strauss 12 (38b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 3-2-4-1
    • CS Martin 6-2-13-0
12.1

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

12.2

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

12.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Vaughan defends on the frontfoot back onto the pitch

12.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, late swing in by Martin as Vaughan comes onto the frontfoot and smothers the swing

12.5

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, what a beauty, on the front foot and laced away through the covers, that's classical, eases it to the fence

12.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, lets that one go, too far outside off

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 38/1

    • MP Vaughan 4 (13b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 13 (40b 1x4)
    • CS Martin 7-2-18-0
    • IE O'Brien 3-2-4-1
13.1

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

13.2

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

13.3

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

13.4

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

13.5

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

13.6

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

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 42/1

    • AJ Strauss 17 (46b 2x4)
    • MP Vaughan 4 (13b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 4-2-8-1
    • CS Martin 7-2-18-0

Vettori is on. Slip, silly point and short leg

14.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, quicker one to start, inside edge onto the foot and bobs close to the silly point, could have easily ballooned up

14.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, pushed to cover

14.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, on the back foot, pushed back

14.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, flatter, front-foot defence from Vaughan

14.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, tossed that one up, he gets a full-length stride and pushes to silly point

14.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, caressed to the covers and he's eager for some tea, walks off in a hurry

So it's been an even battle so far. Good discipline from New Zealand and a jaffa from O'Brien that got the wicket. Strauss has looked confident and Vaughan is settling in. Join us in a bit for the post-tea session.

End of over 15 (maiden) England 42/1

    • MP Vaughan 4 (19b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 17 (46b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-1-0-0
    • IE O'Brien 4-2-8-1
15.1

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

15.2

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

15.3

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

15.4

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

15.5

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

15.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 44/1

    • AJ Strauss 19 (52b 2x4)
    • MP Vaughan 4 (19b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 5-2-10-1
    • DL Vettori 1-1-0-0
16.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, beauty outside the off stump, as Vaughan feels for the ball and misses it

16.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, on the off stump, Vaughan gets a forward stride and defends it, gets a bottom edge back to the keeper

16.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Vaughan drives it to cover on the frontfoot

16.4

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, short outside the off stump, Vaughan cuts it to deep backward point for a single

Vettori comnes over the wicket now

16.5

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

16.6

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

End of over 17 (1 run) England 45/1

    • AJ Strauss 19 (54b 2x4)
    • MP Vaughan 5 (23b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-1-1-0
    • IE O'Brien 5-2-10-1
17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

17.4

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

17.5

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

17.6

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

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 47/1

    • AJ Strauss 20 (56b 2x4)
    • MP Vaughan 6 (27b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 6-2-12-1
    • DL Vettori 2-1-1-0
18.1

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

18.2

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

18.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Vaughan comes forward and defends

18.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, driven to the off side

18.5

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, front-foot defence and they take off

18.6

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

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 49/1

    • AJ Strauss 21 (59b 2x4)
    • MP Vaughan 7 (30b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-1-3-0
    • IE O'Brien 6-2-12-1
19.1

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

19.2

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

19.3

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

19.4

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

19.5

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

19.6

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

End of over 20 (maiden) England 49/1

    • MP Vaughan 7 (36b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 21 (59b 2x4)
    • IE O'Brien 7-3-12-1
    • DL Vettori 3-1-3-0
20.1

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

20.2

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

20.3

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

20.4

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

20.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, defended off the front foot

20.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, driven towards mid-on

End of over 21 (3 runs) England 52/1

    • MP Vaughan 7 (38b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 24 (63b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-1-6-0
    • IE O'Brien 7-3-12-1
21.1

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

21.2

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

21.3

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

21.4

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

21.5

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

loses his run-up there

21.6

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

End of over 22 (maiden) England 52/1

    • AJ Strauss 24 (69b 2x4)
    • MP Vaughan 7 (38b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 8-4-12-1
    • DL Vettori 4-1-6-0

Martin returns

22.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, three slips in place, over the wicket and trying to catch the edge, bit too wide and that's left alone

22.2

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, tapped towards the off side and takes off, hurry through for a single, Jeetan gets a direct hit but they've made it

round the wicket this time

22.3

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

22.4

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

22.5

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

22.6

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

Mukesh Patel has a staty doubt: "In the current Eng Vs. NZ test series no batsman has a test average of 50 or better. When was the last time this happened in a test series? (Exclude Zimbabwe Vs. Bangladesh series)". I don't know the answer but replies are most welcome.

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 58/1

    • AJ Strauss 29 (73b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 8 (40b 1x4)
    • CS Martin 8-2-24-0
    • IE O'Brien 8-4-12-1
23.1

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

23.2

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

23.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run

23.4

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

23.5

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

23.6

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

End of over 24 (1 run) England 59/1

    • MP Vaughan 8 (41b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 30 (78b 3x4)
    • IE O'Brien 9-4-13-1
    • CS Martin 8-2-24-0
24.1

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

24.2

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

24.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, 86.1mph, that's the in-between length, bit wide but the length was good, needs to be just a wee bit closer to the batsman

24.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, pushed firmly to the off side, straight to the fielder

24.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, no need to play that, more shouldering of arms

24.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, punched to cover but can't beat the field

End of over 25 (1 run, maiden) England 60/1

    • MP Vaughan 8 (45b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 30 (80b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 9-3-24-0
    • IE O'Brien 9-4-13-1

Vettori is back now. A slip and a short leg.

25.1

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

25.2

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

25.3

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

25.4

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, pushed to point, waits for it till the last moment

25.5

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

25.6

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

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 62/1

    • AJ Strauss 31 (85b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 9 (46b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 5-1-8-0
    • CS Martin 9-3-24-0
26.1

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, on the pads and he's done that sweetly, crisply crunched through midwicket, everything in place there, too easy for Vaughan

26.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, short of a length, leaves that alone, the line needs to be addressed here, too wide outside off or too straight

26.3

Martin to Vaughan, (no ball) 1 run, struck sweetly on the back foot, he's over-stepped there, Vaughan is really timing them well, mis-field at point and they hurry through

Jack Rudd: "I believe Nasser Hussain's first series as captain (against New Zealand, funnily enough) had no batsmen with a listed average of 50 or more. Mind you, Alex Tudor could be said to have done so - his sole scores in that series were 33* and 99*, so his average was infinite."

26.3

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

26.4

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

26.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, neat drive off the front foot, straight to cover

26.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, lets it go to the keeper

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 69/1

    • MP Vaughan 14 (51b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 32 (87b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 10-3-31-0
    • DL Vettori 5-1-8-0
27.1

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

27.2

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

27.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, bit of drift now, turn too, Vaughan pushes forward

27.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, tapped off the back foot

27.5

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, turned to square leg, that was full on straight, ideal for Vaughan

27.6

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

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 71/1

    • AJ Strauss 33 (90b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 15 (54b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-1-10-0
    • CS Martin 10-3-31-0

Jacob Oram is on to bowl now.

28.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, what a start, nearly has him first up, starts from outside off and jags back, Vaughan lets it go but that could have easily knocked it back, he probably left it on height but that was close

28.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, short of a length, patted towards the off side

28.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, crisp push to short extra cover, not that well timed, good stop by the fielder

28.4

Oram to Vaughan, 1 run, 76.9mph, straighter this time, worked away off his hips for a quick one

28.5

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

28.6

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

End of over 29 (1 run) England 72/1

    • AJ Strauss 33 (92b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 16 (58b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-1-0
    • DL Vettori 6-1-10-0
29.1

Vettori to Vaughan, 2 runs, on the back foot, tapped gently towards point

29.2

Vettori to Vaughan, 2 runs, full and on middle, tossed up quite a bit, driven towards square leg for a couple

29.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, another slow one, front foot push down the ground

29.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, 55.9mph, on middle and turning away, pushed to cover, on the front foot

29.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, driven to mid-on

29.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, 55mph, Vaughan thinks of coming forward but realises there's enough time for him to rock back and punch, straight to the fielder at cover

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 76/1

    • MP Vaughan 20 (64b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 33 (92b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 7-1-14-0
    • JDP Oram 1-0-1-0
30.1

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

30.2

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

30.3

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

30.4

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

30.5

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

round the wicket

30.6

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

End of over 31 (maiden) England 76/1

    • AJ Strauss 33 (98b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 20 (64b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 2-1-1-0
    • DL Vettori 7-1-14-0
31.1

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, full toss after drinks, driven to mid-on

31.2

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

31.3

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

31.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, arm-ball this time, he takes a big stride and pats down the ground

31.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, works it towards point, lot of newspapers open in the crowd, lot of eyes are closing, I'm sure

31.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, driven to mid-on, oh yes, straight to the fielder

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 80/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (68b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 36 (100b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 8-1-18-0
    • JDP Oram 2-1-1-0
32.1

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

32.2

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

32.3

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

32.4

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

32.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, 79.6mph, beaten there, well outside off and it's good length, moves a shade away, Vaughan pushes but is beaten

32.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off, now is that a miraculous result or what?

End of over 33 (1 run) England 81/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (70b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 37 (104b 3x4)
    • JDP Oram 3-1-2-0
    • DL Vettori 8-1-18-0

If England score at this rate it will take them another 120 overs to get the lead. By which time we will all be corpses floating in the Atlantic.

33.1

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

33.2

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

33.3

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

33.4

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

33.5

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

33.6

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

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 85/1

    • AJ Strauss 41 (110b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 21 (70b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 9-1-22-0
    • JDP Oram 3-1-2-0
34.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, outside off, doesn't need to play at that, keeping it tight here, appears to be the clear plan

34.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, tapped with soft hands towards point

34.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, 78.2mph, straight and good length, defended solidly

34.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, almost, gets a bit of bounce outside off, Vaughan goes for the cut but is beaten there, Oram getting some good bounce here

34.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, left alone

34.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, pats to the off side, another maiden

End of over 35 (maiden) England 85/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (76b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 41 (110b 3x4)
    • JDP Oram 4-2-2-0
    • DL Vettori 9-1-22-0

Hello all. Will here. Here's Vettori

35.1

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

35.2

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

35.3

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

Around the wicket this time

35.4

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

35.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, elegantly punched, without any power, to mid-off

35.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, a touch of drift there but Vaughan whips it to leg for a big, fat, zero

End of over 36 (5 runs) England 90/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (78b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 46 (114b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 10-1-27-0
    • JDP Oram 4-2-2-0

I hope you're all still awake. We're struggling somewhat here...right. Here's Oram, slightly bow-legged, trundling in rather like my Dad used to

36.1

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

36.2

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

36.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, well bowled Mr Oram, a little nibbler which wobbles off the seam and beats Vaughan's push outside off

36.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, bottlestops and fishing rods! That was mighty close. A fine delivery cutting back into Vaughan who left it on length alone, and it was mere inches from dislodging his off bail. Good judgement? Well, why not...but marginal

36.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan's tentatively forward here, defending

36.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, wide, left alone

End of over 37 (1 run) England 91/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (82b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 47 (116b 4x4)
    • JDP Oram 5-2-3-0
    • DL Vettori 10-1-27-0

I've nothing else to tell you, really. Though if this excitement is too much to handle, you could always check out our coverage of West Indies and Australia.

37.1

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

37.2

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

37.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, firmly defended

37.4

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

Come hither and look: it's West Indies and Australia's scorecard.

37.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan is forward to this well flighted delivery, forwardly defending

37.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, more forward-defensibility from Vaughan

End of over 38 (1 run) England 92/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (84b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 48 (120b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 11-1-28-0
    • JDP Oram 5-2-3-0

Around the wicket

38.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, flicked to leg

38.2

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

38.3

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

Over the wicket this time

38.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, Wide of the off stump, left alone

38.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot out to cover

38.6

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

End of over 39 (1 run) England 93/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (87b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 49 (123b 4x4)
    • JDP Oram 6-2-4-0
    • DL Vettori 11-1-28-0

Iain O'Brien into the attack and around the wicket

39.1

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

39.2

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

39.3

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

39.4

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

39.5

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

39.6

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

Here's Sid, fresh from a relieving cigarette break. All yours, Siddo

End of over 40 (11 runs) England 104/1

    • MP Vaughan 21 (88b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 60 (128b 5x4)
    • IE O'Brien 10-4-24-1
    • JDP Oram 6-2-4-0

Sid Vee is back and I promise to make this game interesting, even if it means making up information (kidding)

40.1

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

40.2

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

40.3

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

40.4

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

40.5

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

Gnasher: "The Saturday afternoon crowd is very lively out here, more than can be said for the cricket although that recent flurry from Strauss has woken everyone up a little." I'm wide awake after that little break

40.6

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

End of over 41 (4 runs, maiden) England 108/1

    • AJ Strauss 60 (134b 5x4)
    • MP Vaughan 21 (88b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 7-3-4-0
    • IE O'Brien 10-4-24-1
41.1

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

41.2

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

41.3

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

41.4

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

41.5

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

41.6

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

End of over 42 (1 run) England 109/1

    • AJ Strauss 60 (138b 5x4)
    • MP Vaughan 22 (90b 2x4)
    • IE O'Brien 11-4-25-1
    • JDP Oram 7-3-4-0
42.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, mean and accurate, shoulders arms outside off

42.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, and one more, outside off and leaves it unharmed

42.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, punched off the back foot to cover

42.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, driven crisply towards mid-on. Vaughan has scored 1 in the last 40 minutes. Rock solid, I say

42.5

Oram to Vaughan, 1 run, that's the trick, pushed to cover and doubles his last 40 minutes score

David Lloyd: "Two runs and four metro trams have gone by. The trams are winning 4-2 at the moment."

42.6

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

Bob O'Hara: "Now this is embarrassing. I've just checked the WI-Aus scorecard, and Chanders is scoring at a faster rate than both of the England batsmen."

End of over 43 (1 run) England 110/1

    • AJ Strauss 60 (139b 5x4)
    • MP Vaughan 23 (95b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 8-3-5-0
    • IE O'Brien 11-4-25-1
43.1

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

43.2

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

43.3

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

43.4

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

43.5

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

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

KP is in. OB to bowl to him. BM behind the stumps and DV adjusting the field. SV on comms.

43.6

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

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 115/2

    • KP Pietersen 4 (1b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 24 (99b 2x4)
    • IE O'Brien 12-4-30-2
    • JDP Oram 8-3-5-0

Vettori is on now.

44.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, 55.6mph, flighted on off and turning away, let alone watchfully

44.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, big turn that time, throws it up outside off and sees it rip off the pitch, McCullum is taken aback by that, so is Vaughan

44.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, quicker, gets the bounce, Vaughan tries to cut but is done in by the bounce, beaten, now this is fine bowling

44.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, slower this time, thrown up, pushed to cover off the front foot

44.5

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, 55.6mph, flatter, Vaughan pushes and gets the single

44.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, 56.7mph, quicker and flatter, Pietersen goes back and needs to come down quickly on it, back to the bowler

End of over 45 (1 run) England 116/2

    • KP Pietersen 4 (2b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 25 (104b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 12-1-29-0
    • IE O'Brien 12-4-30-2
45.1

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

45.2

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

45.3

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

45.4

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

45.5

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

45.6

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

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 120/2

    • MP Vaughan 29 (110b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4 (2b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 13-4-34-2
    • DL Vettori 12-1-29-0
46.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, front foot push down the ground, flat ball that

46.2

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, too short, rocks back and cracks to cover, there's protection there and he has to settle for one

46.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, poked towards silly point, in control of that

46.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, 51.3mph, defended off the front foot, towards the on side

46.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, back foot push towards short midwicket, too flat this from Vettori

46.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, that's thrown up, outside off and bouncing extra, angled towards gully

End of over 47 (1 run) England 121/2

    • MP Vaughan 29 (114b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (4b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 13-1-30-0
    • IE O'Brien 13-4-34-2
47.1

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

47.2

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

47.3

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

47.4

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

47.5

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

47.6

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

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 124/2

    • KP Pietersen 8 (10b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 29 (114b 3x4)
    • IE O'Brien 14-4-37-2
    • DL Vettori 13-1-30-0
48.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, expansive sweep from Pietersen and that's a huge shout, hits him in front of middle and KP can't get bat onto it, that looked very adjacent, going on to hit middle, Hair says no and Vettori can't believe it

48.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, pushed carefully to the off side

Replays confirm that KP is lucky to still be there

48.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, delivered from wide of the crease, pushed back

48.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, extra bounce catches Vaughan napping, he goes back and tries to push but it takes off, tentative push lobs back down the ground

48.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, quicker, Vaughan is hurried there, he needs to adjust his shot and push it back

48.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, tapped to the off side, cautiously done at the end of a fine over

End of over 49 (1 run, maiden) England 125/2

    • MP Vaughan 29 (119b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 8 (11b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 14-2-30-0
    • IE O'Brien 14-4-37-2
49.1

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

49.2

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

Two slips in place

49.3

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

49.4

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

49.5

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

49.6

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

End of over 50 (maiden) England 125/2

    • KP Pietersen 8 (17b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 29 (119b 3x4)
    • IE O'Brien 15-5-37-2
    • DL Vettori 14-2-30-0
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