New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

New Zealand in England Test Series - 3rd Test

England v New Zealand

England won by an innings and 9 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

10.55am Greg Williams disagrees with much of the feedback on the Southee-O'Brien situation: "Don't forget that in the last Test O'Brien performed admirably. It would have been a tough choice between the two but O'Brien was no doubt picked on his recent Test form."

O'Brien did bowl well, and it won't be long until we see if the move has paid off because play is set to start shortly. Incidentally, I'm Brydon Coverdale and I'll be joined throughout the day by Jamie Alter and Jenny Roesler.

Will puts down his coffee and muffin to give us an update: "Jerusalem rings out around the ground to greet, err, New Zealand. There's a reasonable crowd, probably a third full at the moment, but it's due to be packed out."

10.45am Ian Botham has a look at the pitch and decides it's crusty and dry, and no, before you all email in it's a pitch, not a mirror. "Whatever it does it will do quite slowly, and the crusty top means it could turn later in the match," he says.

A concerned Jim H emails in: "Jimmy Anderson has gone over on his ankle playing football prior to the start of play this morning. I thought that Peter Moores was going to put an end to this after previous injuries. Why don't England warm up with cricket practice? Just a thought!"

Also plenty of people filling our inbox with their thoughts on the New Zealand line-up. Several worried New Zealand fans are wondering why O'Brien has been picked ahead of Southee, so here's a sample from Andrew: "Southee is surely the future for NZ cricket, and by all accounts he bowled brilliantly in the latest tour match. Trent Bridge swings, while O'Brien doesn't. Southee and Mills both get good away movement; I think NZ has missed a trick here."

10.30am Daniel Vettori has won the toss and New Zealand will field. "We've had to make a couple of tough changes," Vettori says. "Peter Fulton misses out because McCullum's back is no good, so Gareth Hopkins comes in."

Michael Vaughan says it wasn't a bat toss to lose: "It's a bit damp and a bit soft. We'll have to bat well and no doubt it will move around."

Possibly a good thing for England that they're not bowling first. It appears James Anderson twisted his ankle warming up out on the ground before play. He should be okay, but batting first gives him extra time to make sure it's right.

10.20am And we have some New Zealand team news, Brendon McCullum has a dodgy back apparently and won't keep, but he will bat at No. 3. That means Gareth Hopkins comes in for his Test debut and Peter Fulton misses out. And it'll be Iain O'Brien to take the final fast-bowling spot ahead of Tim Southee.

New Zealand 1 Jamie How, 2 Aaron Redmond, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Daniel Flynn, 6 Gareth Hopkins (wk), 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Iain O'Brien, 11 Chris Martin.

10.10am Will's keeping his eye on things out on the oval: "The ground continues to be swarmed by security men, all looking stern in their black suits. Peter Moores is conducting a late slip-catching session, and one of the suits needs to keep his eyes open. Incidentally, along with the new stand, Trent Bridge has some very contemporary floodlights which look like giant tennis racquets."

While we wait for the toss, Jamie Dowling has taken the Kolpak theme ... "David Smith keeps saying 'We've produced Stuart Broad' as justification. And? Good as he potentially could be he is just one player. Kolpaks who have played little or no international cricket can't offer much to younger English players. Could Leicester or Northants ever field a side with 9, 10 or 11 English qualified players? It's a mess and I'm not sure how best to sort it."

So too has Greavesy: "Kolpaks are a good thing when the likes of Rudolph and Kemp come over to entertain us. But average journeymen South African cricketers are pointless - they add very little to the county game and aren't any better than young English players."

9.40am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the third and final Test from Trent Bridge. After the gloom and gales of Old Trafford, it's a relief to report that the weather in Nottingham is dry and fine, and is set to stay that way for the duration of the game.

England have named their starting XI while New Zealand have yet to do so.

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Andrew Strauss, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Tim Ambrose (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 Monty Panesar, 11 James Anderson

New Zealand Jamie How, Aaron Redmond, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daniel Flynn, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (capt), Kyle Mills, Tim Southee/Iain O'Brien, Chris Martin.

While waiting for the start,, why not send us your feedback ... what do you think about Kolpaks? Is Leicestershire's chairman David Smith right that they help English cricketers develop - his side has as many as six at any one time in the XI - or are they a blight on the national game? Let us know.

And don't forget to vote in our commentators poll. Who are your favourites ... Bob Willis is way ahead at the moment. Not really. Anyway, click here to vote.

Will Luke, our man on the ground, and someone with a reputation for not being able to tell what the weather is now, let alone in a few hours, reports:

"The pessimists around the ground seem to think there are showers forecast for later today, and tomorrow. And Saturday (in fact Saturday's not looking very promising by my amateurish reading of the radar), but we'll be starting on time today. That's the main thing. England are warming up on the outfield which contains almost as many beefy security men as players, and on the Bridgford Road side of the ground is the striking new stand. Trent Bridge looks really rather super."

0.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, Martin starts and gets some swing immediately, the ball angles across Strauss, who dabs the bat and it beats the edge. Also some seam movement, so positive signs for New Zealand

0.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, more movement, swings in from outside leg towards Strauss' pads, he nudges it away to the leg side

0.3

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, dropped into the off side and they take off for a quick single to get England off the mark

0.4

Martin to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, Cook clips it out to deep square leg where there is a fielder, so it's just a single

0.5

Martin to Strauss, FOUR, first boundary of the match, not particularly by Strauss' design though. He tried to clip a straight one through midwicket and the leading edge raced away through point

0.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, down leg side this time, no movement and it's left alone

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0
AJ Strauss    5* (5b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-6-0
AN Cook    1* (1b)     

It'll be Kyle Mills to open up from the Pavilion End, running in past Darrell Hair

1.1

Mills to Cook, no run, fullish ball outside off, Cook squeezes it to point

1.2

Mills to Cook, FOUR, Cook just hangs the bat out at this one, there wasn't much footwork and he opened the face to guide it behind point, and the outfield is pretty quick

1.3

Mills to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone, a bit of late swing there from Mills

Mills is bowling with three slips and a gully, incidentally

1.4

Mills to Cook, no run, good swing, way across Cook and it beats the bat

1.5

Mills to Cook, no run, a little curve into Cook this time, but well outside off so he lets it go

1.6

Mills to Cook, no run, well wide of off agin, left alone and the debutant keeper Hopkins gloves it

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 10/0
AN Cook    5* (7b 1x4)      KD Mills    1-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    5* (5b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-6-0

2.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, more dabbing by Strauss, who vaguely wafts at one swinging away outside off and it beats the bat

2.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, pitched outside leg, seaming in towards Strauss' body and he bunts it back down the pitch

2.3

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads again, Strauss clips it away through midwicket

2.4

Martin to Cook, no run, on line some seam away and Cook prods to midwicket

2.5

Martin to Cook, no run, angled across this time and Cook pushes it away defensively

2.6

Martin to Cook, no run, on the stumps, defended to point

End of over 3 (1 run) England 11/0
AN Cook    5* (10b 1x4)      CS Martin    2-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    6* (8b 1x4)      KD Mills    1-0-4-0

Both bowlers still coming over the wicket

3.1

Mills to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss, who leaves it alone

3.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, some good swing in towards Strauss now, and he leaves it outside off

3.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, brave leave by Strauss, Mills gets really good shape in, it also moves after it pitches and Strauss watches the ball sail marginally wide of off stump

3.4

Mills to Strauss, 1 run, push and run from Strauss, good running as they scamper one to mid on

3.5

Mills to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who leaves one that keeps going away from him

3.6

Mills to Cook, no run, similar line again, Cook leaves once more

End of over 4 (1 run) England 12/0
AN Cook    5* (12b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    7* (12b 1x4)      CS Martin    2-0-7-0

Will chips in: "The first glass-smashing of the day next to the press box, as one of Nottinghamshire's thirsty drinkers drops a tray of nectar. Ironic cheers by the crowd, and a glance behind his shoulder from McCullum at second slip."

4.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves one that swings away and away, Martin's not getting them to come back in like Mills at this stage

4.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, oh, well bowled, another one beats Strauss. Martin pitches it on leg and it seams away beautifully to beat the bat

4.3

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, nudged to deep midwicket, they think about two but decide against it

4.4

Martin to Cook, no run, a stifled shout there from Martin, well bowled again. It pitched outside leg and struck Cook's back pad outside off, so no chance of an lbw.

4.5

Martin to Cook, 1 run, turned away off his pads for a single

4.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves outside off again as Martin swings one late, forcing Hopkins to take the ball in front of first slip

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    8* (16b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-0-9-0
AN Cook    6* (14b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-5-0

5.1

Mills to Cook, OUT, good ball from Mills! Coming over the wicket he gets one to come back in a touch and Cook plays just outside off stump, getting a thick inside edge that rockets back and takes leg stump.

AN Cook b Mills 6 (20m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Mills has looked threatening, getting some swing into the left-handers and justifying Vettori's decision to send England in. Now he'll adjust his line for the right-hander with Vaughan coming in

5.2

Mills to Vaughan, no run, cracking ball first up for Vaughan to have to deal with! Pitches on middle, seams away from the bat and gets good bounce. Vaughan plays straight but it beats him all ends up

5.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, another play and miss from Vaughan, Mills getting good movement away

5.4

Mills to Vaughan, no run, and that's three from three. Vaughan can't get bat on Mills, who's swinging it superbly

5.5

Mills to Vaughan, no run, half a shout this time as Mills bowls a straighter one. Vaughan is a bit cramped up and takes it high on the thigh-pad, it would have missed leg and gone over the top

5.6

Mills to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan gets some bat on one at last, nudging defensively to leg when Mills swings one in a touch

That was a magnificent over from Mills, testing Vaughan's theory that he might have batted anyway had he won the toss

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) England 14/1
MP Vaughan    0* (5b)      KD Mills    3-1-5-1
AJ Strauss    8* (16b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-0-9-0

Martin comes around the wicket now

6.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

6.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, a bit of a nothing ball this time, yorker length but a long way outside off and not swinging at all, left alone by Strauss

6.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, angled in to Strauss, then seams away and the batsman leaves it

6.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, on line this time, Strauss prods defensively towards cover

6.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, good line, angled in and seaming away again but Strauss isn't tempted

6.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, another good one from Martin, on the stumps and nudged away to cover again

End of over 7 (maiden) England 14/1
AJ Strauss    8* (22b 1x4)      CS Martin    4-1-9-0
MP Vaughan    0* (5b)      KD Mills    3-1-5-1

Will pops up once again: "Worth reminding ourselves, while the ball is bending around corners, that the highest score at Trent Bridge this season is 279. The average is much less. Well, a quick game is a good game."

7.1

Mills to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, onto the pads of Vaughan, who turns a leg-bye to square leg

7.2

Mills to Strauss, 1 no ball, angled across Strauss, who leaves it alone

7.2

Mills to Strauss, FOUR, great shot, a fraction too full and outside off, Strauss plays a dead straight-bat, driving back past Mills for four

7.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off again

7.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, good line again, prodded to midwicket

7.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, no swing this time, angled across Strauss and he leaves it

7.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, good line outside off again and left alone

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 20/1
AJ Strauss    12* (28b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-1-10-1
MP Vaughan    0* (6b)      CS Martin    4-1-9-0

Martin back over the wicket to Vaughan

8.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, straight ball, angled in a fraction and Vaughan solid in defence

8.2

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, that's rather a good shot to get off the mark, a bit of width outside off and he chases it to cover-drive confidently

8.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, straight bat defence now as Martin gets it on line

8.4

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, that's an even better cover-drive from Vaughan, a little wide and full and it didn't swing, so Vaughan dispatches it through extra cover with force

8.5

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, brave batting from Vaughan, it was a little short, moving away outside off and Vaughan punches it uppishly past short mid off, in the air as it sails past the fielder

8.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off stump this time

End of over 9 (12 runs) England 32/1
MP Vaughan    12* (12b 3x4)      CS Martin    5-1-21-0
AJ Strauss    12* (28b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-1-10-1

9.1

Mills to Strauss, FOUR, great shot, half-volley outside off and Strauss punches a drive past mid off for a well-timed boundary

9.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, across the left-hander and he shoulders arms

9.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, pushed too far across this time by Mills, no swing and Strauss leaves it

9.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, another one angled across him and left alone

9.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, more of the same, Mills not getting any inswing this over and Strauss is not interested

9.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, on line, Strauss pushes defensively to leg

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 36/1
AJ Strauss    16* (34b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-1-14-1
MP Vaughan    12* (12b 3x4)      CS Martin    5-1-21-0

So an early change here, Martin wasn't looking too threatening so it'll be O'Brien. Can he get some swing? Let's see...

10.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, he starts with a wide one outside off that seams away a fraction, Vaughan leaves it alone

10.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, short, on the body and Vaughan tries to pull but doesn't middle it and finds the man at midwicket

10.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, FOUR, easy pickings for Vaughan, gets one at thigh-height and he clips it comfortably wide of midwicket for four

10.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, solid in defence now as O'Brien gets one on line but without any swing

10.5

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, angled in to Vaughan's off stump and it's prodded back down the pitch

10.6

O'Brien to Vaughan, 4 byes, wow, that was a great delivery, angled in and then nips back sharply, missing Vaughan's off stump by 2.7 centimetres according to Hawk-Eye, as the batsman shoulders arms. It also beats the diving Hopkins

End of over 11 (8 runs) England 44/1
MP Vaughan    16* (18b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    16* (34b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-1-14-1

11.1

Mills to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss and he leaves it alone

11.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, square drive to point, well fielded by the diving Flynn

11.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, Strauss very watchful, leaving outside off

11.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, good ball, on off stump and nipping back a fraction, Strauss defends

11.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, wide of off again, Strauss leaves

11.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, another one passes safely outside off and Hopkins does the work behind the stumps

End of over 12 (maiden) England 44/1
AJ Strauss    16* (40b 3x4)      KD Mills    6-2-14-1
MP Vaughan    16* (18b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-4-0

12.1

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, and O'Brien starts this over well, yorking Vaughan just outside off, the batsman squeezes the ball safely to leg

12.2

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, solid in defence this time to a good length ball

12.3

O'Brien to Vaughan, no run, oh, there's a noise as that one passes Vaughan's bat outside off and O'Brien appeals vociferously, not getting much support from Hopkins though. Steve Bucknor says no

12.4

O'Brien to Vaughan, OUT, and O'Brien does the job alone! Good ball moves in a fraction, Vaughan tries for a straight drive and loses his off stump comprehensively. Not a great shot - it would have raced to the boundary had he connected - but he missed it by a long way

MP Vaughan b O'Brien 16 (32m 22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

So O'Brien justifies the faith from New Zealand's selectors, and now he's bowling to Pietersen

12.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, outside off, Pietersen prods a run to cover

12.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, O'Brien stays over the wicket for the left-hander and Strauss leaves alone outside off

End of over 13 (1 run) England 45/2
AJ Strauss    16* (41b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-5-1
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      KD Mills    6-2-14-1

13.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, Mills tries for a short one to Pietersen, the batsman gets down on it and defends safely to leg

13.2

Mills to Pietersen, no run, on line, defensive push from Pietersen

13.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen didn't know much about that one, on his pads and he tried to clip it through leg but missed, it bobs up off his body and he falls over slightly in the process

13.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, great ball, outside off and seams away a touch, Pietersen dabbles and it beats his edge

13.5

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, a soft little nudge to cover from Pietersen, well played to get a single

13.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, probably the first false shot from Strauss this morning, he drives outside off and gets a thick edge that stays low and bounces in front of gully

End of over 14 (1 run) England 46/2
AJ Strauss    16* (42b 3x4)      KD Mills    7-2-15-1
KP Pietersen    2* (6b)      IE O'Brien    2-0-5-1

Now then, now then, what have we here? The umpires are looking at the ball already, but decide it's still okay to use

14.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, O'Brien tries for a yorker again, Pietersen gets down to defend

14.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, outside off and Pietersen defends with a straight bat

14.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, driven to cover for no run, where Vettori shines the ball vigorously

14.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away through square leg

14.5

O'Brien to Strauss, 2 runs, a confident straight drive again, outside off stump and he just punches it back past the bowler

14.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, outside off and Strauss gets the bat out of the way

Will has his theory on Vettori showing the ball to the umpires: "Yesterday, Vettori said that the ball-changing throughout this series has been as much a tactic as any other; the 2008 Duke ball doesn't swing as much as the 2007, apparently, though it doesn't appear to be doing too badly this morning."

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 49/2
AJ Strauss    18* (44b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-8-1
KP Pietersen    3* (10b)      KD Mills    7-2-15-1

Thanks, Brydon, for taking us through the first hour. Jamie Alter here until lunch - Hello all! Umpires having another look at the ball and now out comes a box of balls. Not sure what the reason is. Things look okay now and we can resume play.

15.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, back of a length outside off stump and KP just shoulders arms

Change of ball indeed.

15.2

Mills to Pietersen, 3 runs, no swing there, a tad too straight and KP clips that past midwicket

So thats England's 50 up on the board

15.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, shorter, but outside leg and Strauss tucks it to midwicket

15.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, fuller, wider, hint of away movement and he leaves it be

15.5

Mills to Strauss, 1 run, wrong line, well outside leg stump and he can easily turn it fine

Two slips, a gully, short midwicket in place

15.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, good length now, moving away, KP inches forward - and he's standing outside his crease - to think about having a touch but holds back the bat in the end

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 53/2
KP Pietersen    6* (13b)      KD Mills    8-2-19-1
AJ Strauss    19* (47b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-8-1

16.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, back of a length and going away outside off, Strauss has a good look-see and then opts to just leave that one for Hopkins

16.2

O'Brien to Strauss, 1 run, slips down the pads and he works that in the air, off the hips, to short fine leg

16.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball, gets KP onto the front foot and pushing into the covers, Vettori swoops in and collects the ball as the batsmen hesitate a touch, he has a throw that misses the stumps and Strauss' dive is safe anyways

there's a silly mid-off in place now

16.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, back of a length and he gets tall to punch it to that fielder there

16.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, flowing shot off the front foot, to the fuller ball, but straight to cover

16.6

O'Brien to Strauss, 2 runs, full again, he just gets bat on it and turns it via the inside-edge to leg

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 57/2
AJ Strauss    22* (52b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-12-1
KP Pietersen    7* (14b)      KD Mills    8-2-19-1

And we have a change, as Vettori opts for Oram. He limbers up and takes the ball. Over the stumps to KP.

17.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, hits a good length but KP comes forward and drives into the covers

17.2

Oram to Strauss, 1 run, good length but too straight and Strauss nudges to midwicket for one

Pietersen's had an iffy series. A score here would do him good before South Africa arrive.

17.3

Oram to Pietersen, 4 leg byes, slips down the pads, he shapes to flick, ball brushes pads and evades a diving Hopkins and runs away fine, so leg byes it is indeed

17.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch straight and he works it towards the fielder

17.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, tidier stuff, getting Strauss watchfully defending forward

17.6

Oram to Strauss, 1 run, again, wrong line, allowing Strauss to play it away to midwicket

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 65/2
AJ Strauss    24* (55b 3x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    9* (17b)      IE O'Brien    4-0-12-1

Not the most efficient of first overs from Oram. Strauss looking good here.

18.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, tidy stuff this, on the dime and Strauss defends watchfully

18.2

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, holds back the length slightly, shaping it away, and he leaves it be

18.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, that's sneaky, Strauss seeing the fuller and wider ball and going for an expansive cover-drive with too much bottom hand and the inside-edge clips towards leg

18.4

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, beaten by a whisker, a loose drive to a straighter one just sneaking through the gap between bat and pad and missing off stump narrowly

18.5

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, thats shorter and crunched off the back foot towards point

18.6

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, thats the angle, shaving away and he withdraws the bat in time

A couple close calls for Strauss. O'Brien's been good this morning.

End of over 19 (maiden) England 65/2
AJ Strauss    24* (61b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    5-1-12-1
KP Pietersen    9* (17b)      JDP Oram    1-0-4-0

19.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, gentle one wide enough outside off for Pietersen to leave be

19.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, closer to off stump and he gets a stride in to defend it back to Oram

19.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, another slower one, well wide, and Pietersen shoulders arms

19.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, replay of the last one, no movement at all, and another leave by Pietersen

19.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, slips in from off and angles down, he walks across his stumps and tries to flick it away, cant make good contact and the bowler half-appeals as the ball runs fine

19.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, gets really forward and dead-bats a harmless ball back to Oram

End of over 20 (maiden) England 65/2
KP Pietersen    9* (23b)      JDP Oram    2-1-4-0
AJ Strauss    24* (61b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    5-1-12-1

20.1

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss, inviting the booming drive, but he opts not to

20.2

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, fuller, and he just defends it back to the man at silly mid-off

20.3

O'Brien to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off and he pushes it towards cover

20.4

O'Brien to Strauss, 1 run, gets some width and cracks it into the gap between cover and point

Some blue skies and clouds overhead. Looks nice for cricket.

20.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, full on the pads, a flowing clip is well intercepted by short midwicket

20.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, hits a length outside off stump and Pietersen shoulders arms

Its all gone a bit quite, really. Time for spin?

End of over 21 (1 run) England 66/2
KP Pietersen    9* (25b)      IE O'Brien    6-1-13-1
AJ Strauss    25* (65b 3x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-4-0

21.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, full and wide, he drives hard but cover dives forward and stops it

21.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, gets across to off and half-heartedly pokes the ball back to Oram

21.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, there's a shot to draw some applause from the crowd, and some fielding! Strauss reaches out and slaps the short and wide delivery in the air towards a leaping How at backward point., wasn't too far away but firmly struck, and well stopped

21.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, back of a length and he defends it back patiently

Oram changes the angle, moving around the stumps

21.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, better line and length, off stump, and Strauss defends it back

21.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, fuller, honing into off stump, Strauss drives uneasily back to Oram

End of over 22 (maiden) England 66/2
AJ Strauss    25* (71b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-4-0
KP Pietersen    9* (25b)      IE O'Brien    6-1-13-1

22 overs into the day and we now have spin, in the form of Dan the man. Gives the ball a tweak and steps up.

22.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, flat outside off stump and poked towards point there

22.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, bit of air, Pietersen strides well forward and defends

22.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, some more air on off stump, he again comes well in and blocks

22.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, flatter one outside off and he gets in to leave it alone now

22.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, quicker one, Pietersen gets back and drives straight to point

Silly point and slip in place

22.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, errs in line, dropping short,he rocks back and cuts out to deep cover

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 68/2
KP Pietersen    11* (31b)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    25* (71b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-4-0

Oram continues around the stumps to the left-hander

23.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, good length but wide enough for Strauss to have a look and leave

23.2

Oram to Strauss, 2 runs, has a step outside his crease and squirts the ball with a thickish outside-edge into the gap at backward point, he's getting a bit adventurous there

23.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, this one's on the stumps and he gets back to defend it down to leg

Oram now goes back over the stumps

23.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, pushes it across with the angle but Strauss leaves it alone

23.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, pitches on leg and shapes away, Strauss pushes at it and the outside-edge runs to How at backward point, safely along the ground

23.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, sees the full one and plants the foot out, driving hard to Vettori at mid-off

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 70/2
AJ Strauss    27* (77b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-2-6-0
KP Pietersen    11* (31b)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

Slip and short leg on

24.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside off, he reaches out and drives hard to extra cover

24.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, flatter and wider and he defends it watchfully

24.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, loops it up nicely, Pietersen gets over it and defends it back

24.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, streaky! Vettori gives it a rip, pitching on off and spinning away, Pietersen ventures out of his crease and shapes to hit it over extra cover, instead the ball clips the edge and spirals over point and down to the sweeper

24.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, tidy bowling, off-stump line, defended back to Vettori

24.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, good stuff this, on middle and off, and Pietersen defends

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 72/2
KP Pietersen    13* (37b)      DL Vettori    2-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    27* (77b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-2-6-0

25.1

Oram to Strauss, no run, good length on middle and off, defended towards midwicket

25.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, a touch wider, he gets back and mistimes the shot to point

25.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, starts walking down his crease but cannot connect well on the flick

25.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, slower ball down leg stump, Strauss flicks and there's noise and deviation, Hopkins dives and collects the ball, he appeals and Oram thinks he has his man but umpire Hair is unmoved .. didn't look like bat

25.5

Oram to Strauss, FOUR, short and crunched uppishly just over a leaping backward point

25.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, better ball to end the over, on the stumps and he defends

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 76/2
AJ Strauss    31* (83b 4x4)      JDP Oram    5-2-10-0
KP Pietersen    13* (37b)      DL Vettori    2-0-4-0

26.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, looped up onto the stumps, he shimmies and drives back to Vettori

26.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, there's a ball! Loop, dip, rotation, spin, fizzing away from the bat as he prods and Hopkins collects ... oohs and aaahs all around

26.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, more flight but he gets well forward and smothers the ball

26.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, straighter ball, he shuffles and defends it towards midwicket

26.5

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, that's too straight and Pietersen tucks it to square leg for one

26.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, fizzes it up, a tad short, spins in and Strauss drives to point

End of over 27 (1 run) England 77/2
AJ Strauss    31* (84b 4x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-5-0
KP Pietersen    14* (42b)      JDP Oram    5-2-10-0

Off goes Oram and on comes Martin as lunch approaches.

27.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, short and wide, stays low as Pietersen flashes and under-edges into the turf

27.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, hint of movement, pitching fuller and this time he straight-drives it back

27.3

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, swings into Pietersen, who plays with the movement and turns it nicely into the gap between square leg and midwicket for a single

27.4

Martin to Strauss, FOUR, nice shot, just getting on top of the half-volley and clipping past mid-on

27.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, a peach too follow up the freebie, adjusting the length and seaming it across Strauss, who's nearly sucked into the shot but manages to hold back in time

27.6

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, there's a straighter one and he drives past midwicket for one

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 83/2
AJ Strauss    36* (87b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-1-27-0
KP Pietersen    15* (45b)      DL Vettori    3-0-5-0

28.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, looped up outside off, Strauss gets forward and defends

28.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, pushed through him, the ball narrowly missing kissing the outer edge

28.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, flatter trajectory, he shuffles and tucks it towards midwicket

28.4

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide, he gets over it and cuts down to the sweeper for one

28.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, slow through the air, dips on Pietersen, who defends forward

Last ball of the session ...

28.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Pietersen defends to round off play

So at lunch on day one at Trent Bridge England are 84 for 2. They lost Cook in the sixth over to Mills and then O'Brien cleaned up a trigger-happy Vaughan shortly afterwards but these two have batted efficiently, if not entirely solidly, to take England to the interval. I'm signing off for now but don't go very far because we will be back in just under 40 minutes for the second session.

By the way, the FP Trophy semi-final draws are being announced on Sky. Its Essex at home v Yorkshire and Durham v Kent/Somerset.

End of over 29 (1 run) England 84/2
KP Pietersen    15* (47b)      DL Vettori    4-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    37* (91b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-1-27-0

13:36 local Hello and welcome back. Had something to eat or drink? The two teams are set, as are the umpires. I'll take you through for a few overs and then it'll be the delightful Jenny Roesler to take over. Lovely weather out there. Mills has the ball. Around the stumps to Strauss.

29.1

Mills to Strauss, no run, wide and going wider of off stump and Strauss watches it go

29.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, leans into another wide one nicely but a diving cover intercepts

29.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, better length, moving it back from outside off, Strauss leaves it

29.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, another leave from Strauss as Mills pitches wide of off stump

29.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, again he doesn't get his line accurate and Strauss leaves it be

29.6

Mills to Strauss, OUT, and there's his demise, after leaving them alone he goes chasing another wide one, and I mean pretty wide, only to flash a thick outside-edge off the end of bat that is gobbled up at head height by Taylor at a wide lone slip

AJ Strauss c Taylor b Mills 37 (122m 97b 5x4 0x6) SR: 38.14

A needless, ugly shot from Strauss. A brain freeze, really. In walks Bell, in need of some runs. O'Brien on.

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) England 84/3
     KD Mills    9-3-19-2
KP Pietersen    15* (47b)      DL Vettori    4-0-6-0

30.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, gets to the pitch of a length ball and drives handsomely to cover

30.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, temps the drive outside off stump but he resists

30.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, attempted yorker doesn't work out too well and so Pietersen clips that away off middle and leg past square leg and down to the sweeper in the deep

Now Bell will face. Two slips waiting.

30.4

O'Brien to Bell, no run, slow ball, the cutter, Bell gets forward and defends to cover

30.5

O'Brien to Bell, no run, that hits a length and moves away gently and Bell shoulders arms

30.6

O'Brien to Bell, OUT, two in two overs, and Bell's struggles continue! O'Brien gets him for a duck, pitching full just outside off stump and moving the ball in to catch him going for a flick across the line, bat late to come down and after New Zealand shout themselves hoarse Bucknor slowly raises the finger, that looked out as Bell missed a straight one

IR Bell lbw b O'Brien 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 31 (1 run) England 85/4
     IE O'Brien    7-1-14-2
KP Pietersen    16* (50b)      KD Mills    9-3-19-2

Collingwood in. Bell completely missing a straight ball. Plumb. New Zealand have come out firing.

31.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, good length on the stumps and he on-drives to the fielder

31.2

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, touch straighter and he works it to midwicket for a sharp single

31.3

Mills to Collingwood, no run, short one to welcome him and he sways out of the ball's line

31.4

Mills to Collingwood, no run, slips down leg, a rooted-to-his-crease Collingwood gets a thick inside-edge onto his pads but Mills still ask the question, Hair is rightfully not even interested

31.5

Mills to Collingwood, no run, change of pace, good length on off and that's patted back

31.6

Mills to Collingwood, OUT, oh well held, Taylor! Mills holds back the length ever so slightly, shapes it away and Collingwood gets another duck to his name, pushing away from the body and looking on as Taylor flings himself to his left to pouch a neat catch at slip

PD Collingwood c Taylor b Mills 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 32 (1 run) England 86/5
     KD Mills    10-3-20-3
KP Pietersen    17* (52b)      IE O'Brien    7-1-14-2

Massive spell this after lunch for New Zealand. England's middle order has been snapped. Ambrose joins Pietersen. Mills and O'Brien on top.

32.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, thats a good-looking front-foot drive along the ground to cover

32.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, on middle and leg and worked to the man at midwicket

32.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, tidy line, inviting the drive outside off but Pietersen leaves it be

32.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, slower one, he waits and pushes it to point

32.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, FOUR, oh ho ho, another feeble push to a wide one well outside off stump but he's played it softly and the ball runs wide of the slips to third man

32.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, top shot, a firmly-struck drive to mid-off, where Vettori dives and parries the ball away to mid-on to give up the single

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 91/5
KP Pietersen    22* (58b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    8-1-19-2
TR Ambrose    0* (0b)      KD Mills    10-3-20-3

There's a short extra cover and deep square leg in place

33.1

Mills to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the pads and he crisply clips that out to deep midwicket

33.2

Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, another gift on the pads and this one's past mid-on, speeding away before the man can react, sweetly struck shot

33.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, good length outside off and he shoulders arms

Will chirps up again from Trent Bridge: "England lost 3 for 2 in 13 balls. Perhaps the mediocre crowd knew something before we did; it's still only half-full. Pietersen hundred, anyone?"

33.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, full on off stump, he goes for a flashy drive but Mills stops it

33.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, short one and he plays a short-arm jab across the line, missing all ends up

33.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, back of a length on off and he plays it back to Mills again

Remember, New Zealand are testing out high-tech bowlers' trousers, specially designed to put shine on the ball, for this Test. Something's working!

End of over 34 (6 runs) England 97/5
KP Pietersen    28* (64b 2x4)      KD Mills    11-3-26-3
TR Ambrose    0* (0b)      IE O'Brien    8-1-19-2

34.1

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, slower ball, slips out the back of O'Brien's hand, Ambrose didn't pick it and he just manages to get bat down on time ... nearly a Cairns v Read incident

34.2

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, back of a length and he defends to cover

34.3

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, beaten, as O'Brien holds back the length and seams the ball away

34.4

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, back of a length outside off and he lets that one pass through

34.5

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, good length now, off and middle, stays low but he defends

34.6

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, on off stump and he defends watchfully again

That's it from me for a while. Here's Jenny! Thanks, Jamie! Hello everyone. I didn't expect to be joining you five down but there you go

End of over 35 (maiden) England 97/5
TR Ambrose    0* (6b)      IE O'Brien    9-2-19-2
KP Pietersen    28* (64b 2x4)      KD Mills    11-3-26-3

35.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, hurried through and the batsman shoulders arms, wisely, as the ball whisks down a tight channel

35.2

Mills to Pietersen, no run, on the front foot, closes the face on the bat out towards short midwicket

Slip and a gully by the way, not the most attacking field, but there is a healthy inner ring

35.3

Mills to Pietersen, no run, once more Pietersen lets it go through with a big leave

A mute Collingwood is sitting on the balcony looking for all the world like a man deep in contemplation. Which he is

35.4

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, you know that Pietersen's not going to play anything but confidently and off he goes, planting down the track and working the ball out to short midwicket

Two slips in for Ambrose

35.5

Mills to Ambrose, (no ball) FOUR, off the mark in confident stylish, um, style, waiting for a short offering outside off and veering wider, he gets right over the ball and throws his arms into a firm cut, the ball going all the way

35.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, left outside off

35.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, oh, too good! Beauty, beating the outside edge, Ambrose had not much idea of what happened. Juicy outswinger from the top drawer

My mum Denise buzzes me frantically: "Did you know that New Zealand are wearing specially designed cricket trousers for today's Test?" I did, Mum, I got to stroke a pair at a kit launch last year and they are very ... (your correspondent searches for a word kind of like "tactile" and Andrew and Martin offer helpful alternatives such as "soft", "fluffy" and "strokeable") ... strokeable will do. Denise adds: "They're manufactured by Canterbury and have shammy leather on the front for the bowlers to shine the ball on. The trouser pocket is extra deep and can be pulled out to wipe a wet ball on as they are made with towelling. The side of the trousers also have a shiny side panel to allow less skid resistance when diving." She could be pitching for a job as Canterbury's PR and speaking of that agency, a lovely representative tells me: "There's nothing in the rules that says such a trouser can't be used. Perfect for Trent Bridge where swing is obviously paramount!" Indeed, England are succumbing to all sorts out there under this swing, not least their own loose shots. But wait, a plan - "Let's declare and get Sidebottom on now and clean them up!" wags Cricinfo's office hero Jonathan Hungin.

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 103/5
TR Ambrose    4* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    12-3-32-3
KP Pietersen    29* (68b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    9-2-19-2

36.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen goes inside out with a shot you can't really describe as convincing, a thick outside edge from a would-be cover drive clunks off just in front of point and is well chased down

36.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, some movement back in towards the batsman this time, but the ball started from wide enough outside off for him to comfortably leave it even though it deviated off the pitch a touch

Two slips by the way

36.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, some inswing now and Pietersen snubs the ball out to mid-on

The 12thers James Marshall is on the pitch

36.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, big effort for the bowler, but rips it outside off, with some movement away

How's off the field, incidentally

A few clouds scattered about, but they're high and troubling nobody

36.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, on the front foot, pushed out to mid-on, not much timing in that shot

36.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, outside off, eased into the covers without too much trouble

Neil Clark emails in: "Never can there have been a more clear-cut case of a result masking the flaws in the England line-up than this. Both Bell and Colly were woefully out of form - unlike a number of their county colleagues (Bopara springs to mind) - but the closed shop matey-ness of the selection must have given New Zealand a real boost. Goodness knows what Colly was working on in his time off."

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 105/5
KP Pietersen    31* (74b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    10-2-21-2
TR Ambrose    4* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    12-3-32-3

37.1

Mills to Ambrose, FOUR, somehow squeezes out the ball to make a gap in front of midwicket with a good piece of timing

37.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, a decent delivery now, hitting the deck just outside off, and plenty of testing movement past the edge

37.3

Mills to Ambrose, no run, clamped right down on it in line with off, choosing to go on the back foot but pushing down quickly

37.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, pushed across him and Ambrose is quick with the cradle which he rocks out on the on side

37.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, quick on to the back foot just outside off, Ambrose pushes back down towards mid-off but quickly runs out of legs

37.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, oh, Ambrose is tempted there, very tempted as Mills curls the ball past him just down off, the ball rising on its way through

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 109/5
TR Ambrose    8* (15b 2x4)      KD Mills    13-3-36-3
KP Pietersen    31* (74b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    10-2-21-2

Exciting passage of play, you can't take your eyes off anything for a second

38.1

O'Brien to Pietersen, (no ball) 3 runs, an overstep and Pietersen walks into one of his typical shots, on the front foot and pushed out between mid-on and midwicket

38.1

O'Brien to Ambrose, no run, overpitches but Ambrose doesn't make him a pay, a drive out to the covers and it's snapped up quickly

38.2

O'Brien to Ambrose, 1 run, a full toss, but one of those ones that zooms in just above the knee and then dips, forcing the stab down in line with off

38.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, on the front foot, drives out to the covers

38.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, in line with off and middle, comes down on the front foot and pushes out towards mid-on

38.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, waits, waits again and then finally stubs the ball out towards the covers with little power

38.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, width outside off, Pietersen's tempted and he chases at it away from the body and an awkward inside edge drops down into the turf

Will Luke pops up: "The crowd are awake. This little (big) collapse has worked wonders, along with copious amounts of alcohol for some, and they're cheering every run...however they come." Quite, England's batsmen just don't seem to be able to time the ball right now, though Ambrose has shown some good efforts so far, early in his innings

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 114/5
KP Pietersen    34* (79b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    11-2-26-2
TR Ambrose    9* (17b 2x4)      KD Mills    13-3-36-3

39.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, defended out on the front foot towards the covers

39.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, on the front foot, a safe'n'sturdy defensive this time

39.3

Mills to Ambrose, 3 runs, some gentle swing away, the ball pitching just outside and a nice shot to essay some decent timing out towards deep cover

39.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, drags it down a touch outside off and there's a hint of width as well, the batsman pushing into the covers

39.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, nipped back in off the seam, and it's pressed out defensively forward

Mills drags himself back to his mark, it's hard work is bowling, but he will keep running in as long as Vettori asks him to - and why not, when New Zealand are going this way

39.6

Mills to Pietersen, no run, defended out on the front foot towards mid-off

Collin Hattle emails: "I agree with Neil Clark, keeping with the same old, contradicts the theory of play well for your club and get picked for your country. Both Bopara and Prior are having an excellent season."

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 117/5
KP Pietersen    34* (82b 2x4)      KD Mills    14-3-39-3
TR Ambrose    12* (20b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    11-2-26-2

40.1

O'Brien to Ambrose, 3 runs, finds the gap with a hard drive out through the covers but the ball holds up on damp grass and Vettori tracks it down just inside the rope

40.2

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, bangs it in and that's hardly convincing, Pietersen stopping on the shot and the ball popping up, albeit not in any danger of travelling to a fielder. Still, New Zealand will be encouraged

40.3

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, on the front foot again, pushed out to mid-on

40.4

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, reaches out away from the body and pulls out of the shot, more deliberately this time

40.5

O'Brien to Pietersen, FOUR, a thick outside edge skews away, not quite where it was intended, but instead through backward point

40.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, no run, comes down the track and gets right over the ball in defence just outside off

Chris Bowden emails in: "I have an answer for Neil Clark: it was archery. I saw Collingwood shotting a few arrows on Sky News. An alternative career perhaps?"

End of over 41 (7 runs) England 124/5
KP Pietersen    38* (87b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    12-2-33-2
TR Ambrose    15* (21b 2x4)      KD Mills    14-3-39-3

A bowling change now, Mills given a rest as on comes Oram

41.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, flings down the channel just outside off, good length and a straightforward leave

Two slips and a gully

41.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, good stuff from Oram, Ambrose flashes at a cut and gets his angle all wrong as the ball keeps coming at him and in the end veers on to McCullum

41.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, sets himself on the front foot, but merely sniffs at the ball as it heads down the channel, the length, he decides, is not worth poking at

41.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, zooms right in just in front of the toes, and it's dug down

41.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, defended right into the ground towards the covers

41.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended hard on the front foot

End of over 42 (maiden) England 124/5
TR Ambrose    15* (27b 2x4)      JDP Oram    6-3-10-0
KP Pietersen    38* (87b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    12-2-33-2

Another change, Vettori brings himself on as Pietersen settles to receive

42.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, pitches on the legs first up, and a drive out to mid-on brings an easy single

42.2

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, outside off, driven out to the covers

42.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed into the ground out to mid-off

42.4

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, played out on the front foot

42.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, more defence, this time out to the covers

42.6

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, outside off, cut out to point and they scramble through

I'm not sure everyone's wearing these hi-tech trousers, by the way - Vettori certainly has Gray Nicholls ones on. We'll try to get confirmation on this

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 128/5
TR Ambrose    17* (31b 2x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-10-0
KP Pietersen    40* (89b 3x4)      JDP Oram    6-3-10-0

Phil Auge has an answer for some of our emailers. "Enough of the Colly bashing, give a man a chance! A couple of innings of poor play and suddenly he's lost it, that is rubbish and you all know it. Form is temporary, it will return. He is a good player and wil come good."

43.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended on the front foot

43.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, lets it go through outside off, the batsman shouldering arms

43.3

Oram to Ambrose, 1 leg bye, pushed on to the legs, and the batsman pushes it back out in front of square

43.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, defended out towards mid-on

43.5

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed out towards mid-on once more

43.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, offers some width outside off, the batsman accepts the cutting opportunity but can only find the fielder

McCullum, by the way, is not keeping - Hopkins takes the gloves - because he has a back problem. And they're the wrong trousers - a contractual difficulty we understand... So that clears that up, Gromit

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 130/5
TR Ambrose    17* (35b 2x4)      JDP Oram    7-3-11-0
KP Pietersen    41* (91b 3x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-10-0

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44.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, wristed out to the covers to rotate the strike

44.2

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, right on the front foot

44.3

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, right on the front foot, pushed out to silly mid-off

44.4

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, placed on middle, Ambrose defends once more, this time out to the leg side

44.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, defended on the front foot out to short cover

44.6

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms

Tight, very tight from Vettori - offering nothing, asking plenty

End of over 45 (1 run) England 131/5
TR Ambrose    17* (40b 2x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-11-0
KP Pietersen    42* (92b 3x4)      JDP Oram    7-3-11-0

45.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot

45.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pushed on the front foot

45.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, again pushed on the front foot

45.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, comes out down the track, looks to drive straight, but checks the shot into a defensive

45.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, well bowled, gets some movement off the pitch away from Pietersen who is drawn, as if on a string, to play inside it on the back foot

45.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, slices through outside off to round off a handy maiden

End of over 46 (maiden) England 131/5
KP Pietersen    42* (98b 3x4)      JDP Oram    8-4-11-0
TR Ambrose    17* (40b 2x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-11-0

46.1

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, outside off, lets the ball go through, watching it all the way

46.2

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, squeezes out through the gully

46.3

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, quicker one, watched on to the bat in line with leg, worked out in front of square

46.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, clamps right down on the defensive

46.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, outside off, some movement away, the batsman shoulders arms

46.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 no ball, an overstep, some width down the channel

46.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, gets down, and sweeps it up and over in front of deep square, where Oram makes a rare fluff but gets back down on it just in time to stop the ball inside the rope

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 135/5
KP Pietersen    44* (102b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-15-0
TR Ambrose    18* (43b 2x4)      JDP Oram    8-4-11-0

47.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, just to say outside off, the batsman plays back out towards mid-off

47.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, an early decision to leave it with a swirl

47.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, the batsman lets it go through once more, plenty of nag and no little zag from Oram

47.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended on the front foot

47.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, peeled off the back foot into the covers

47.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, the tempter outside off, Ambrose was indeed tempted and nearly took the outside edge as he felt for it away from the body

End of over 48 (maiden) England 135/5
TR Ambrose    18* (49b 2x4)      JDP Oram    9-5-11-0
KP Pietersen    44* (102b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-15-0

48.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, pushed down on the front foot

48.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, defended this time

48.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, width away from him, driven out through the covers to bring up the fifty partnership

48.4

Vettori to Pietersen, FOUR, outside off, a touch of movement away, Pietersen gets right down, moves out and with his strong arms he swipes it - very hockey-style - through midwicket to bring up his 11th Test fifty, this one from 106 balls

Unusual shot, usual Pietersen

48.5

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, straight down the ground this time

48.6

Vettori to Ambrose, FOUR, tossed up outside and worked out hard through point

End of over 49 (11 runs) England 146/5
TR Ambrose    22* (50b 3x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-26-0
KP Pietersen    51* (107b 4x4)      JDP Oram    9-5-11-0

49.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, defended hard on the front foot

49.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, worked out on the front foot

49.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, big width outside off, chopped into the turf with a straight bat and on the front foot

49.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, on the front foot, brushed out to short midwicket

49.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, oh and that's curious, Ambrose going to cut on the back foot, chops it down and the ball pops far enough over the stumps not to be in too much trouble, but too far away from Hopkins

49.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, on middle stump, right over the ball and defends on the front foot

End of over 50 (1 run) England 147/5
TR Ambrose    22* (52b 3x4)      JDP Oram    10-5-12-0
KP Pietersen    52* (111b 4x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-26-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
England v New Zealand at Nottingham - Jun 5-8, 2008
England won by an innings and 9 runs
England v New Zealand at Manchester - May 23-26, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
England v New Zealand at Lord's - May 15-19, 2008
Match drawn
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Jun 8, 2008

Like father, like son: Archie Vaughan practices his cover drive, England v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, June 8, 2008

Like father, like son: Archie Vaughan practices his cover drive

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Jun 8, 2008

Michael Vaughan enjoys some time with his children, England v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, June 8, 2008

Michael Vaughan enjoys some time with his children

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