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Plays of the Day for the second day of the second Test between New Zealand and England in Wellington
March 15, 2013
Comedown of the day
"As a batsman you have never scored enough," said Jonathan Trott on the first evening as he sat unbeaten on 121, clearly hungry to make many more on what had been a gentle first-day surface. That was as far as his score went. Facing his first ball of the day, from Trent Boult, he pushed half forward and edged a delivery he could probably have left.
Drop of the day
Tim Southee was very diplomatic when asked about the workload on the quick bowlers in the last few days. "You have to enjoy it," was his reply, and he kept a straight face. Quite how much he kept enjoying it on the second day as he continued to beat the edge without reward remains to be seen. There was a chance for him to take his second wicket of the series when Kevin Pietersen top edged a pull and it screamed through to BJ Watling - not the tallest wicketkeeper around - who flung himself off his feet but could not take the catch. By the end of the innings Southee had 1 for 216 as his returns for a Test and a half.
Rewind moment of the day
Ian Bell's 2012-13 Test season began with a moment he would rather forget when he charged down the pitch first ball against Pragyan Ojha in Ahmedabad and lofted a simple catch to mid-off. Much criticism followed, most of it justified. The situation in Wellington was much different - England were solidly placed and aiming to increase the tempo - but his mode of dismissal was very similar. Coming down at Bruce Martin, he aimed to clear mid-off but lacked conviction in the stroke which ended up picking out Peter Fulton.
Shot of the day
England, while not exactly losing their way, were not making the most of their overnight position, when Stuart Broad was dismissed at 374 for 7. Yet, in the blink of an eye, the momentum was back with them through another fine innings by Matt Prior. About half an hour before tea he appeared to flick a switch - 'time to get on with it' - and thumped Neil Wagner straight down the ground for a six into the strike screen. It was not a half-volley, Prior just drove straight through the line in a fashion any top-order batsman in the game would be proud of.
Late surge of the day
In the space of two deliveries, England's day went for decent to dominant. Stuart Broad made his first significant impact in Test cricket since the West Indies Test at Lord's last May (his wickets at Headingley against South Africa came too late) when he drew Hamish Rutherford into a wild drive that flew to first slip and then produced a peach of a delivery, full and fast, which took Ross Taylor's off stump first ball. There was to be no second hat-trick of the tour - he claimed one against the New Zealand XI in the T20 warm-ups - but he had given England a firm grip on the match.
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