New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day

New Zealand follow on after Broad's six

The Report by David Hopps

March 16, 2013

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New Zealand 254 (McCullum 69, Watling 60, Broad 6-51) and 77 for 1 (f/o) (Fulton 41*) trail England 465 by 134 runs
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Stuart Broad finished with 6 for 51, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day, March 16, 2013
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Stuart Broad, looking sharp and contented again, ripped out New Zealand's tail to finish with six wickets and secure a first-innings lead of 211 for England. Alastair Cook faced a tricky decision at tea about whether to enforce the follow-on. Understandably, he opted to put New Zealand in again; an unsettled weather forecast, particularly on the final day, must have been a decisive factor.

For his own sanity, it is to be hoped that Cook did not follow-up by studying when England last enforced the follow-on in an overseas Test: Durban in 1999, with Gary Kirsten marking the end of the old millennium by making an unbeaten 275 out of 572 for 7. England tried nine bowlers, including Nasser Hussain, a repentant captain.

In seeking to avoid unsettled weather, Cook instead had to oversee an unsettled England pace attack, which was underpowered second time around, with James Anderson, ankle strapped, grumbling wearily about the footholds and labouring with a sore back.

England's only wicket in 33 overs fell to Monty Panesar, a scintillating catch around the corner by Ian Bell to dismiss Hamish Rutherford, and cheering as well for the new vice-captain, Matt Prior, who held up the game to press for the position. Panesar, for all his economy, will hope to find more turn as the match progresses.

Broad finished with 6 for 51, his third-best figures in his Test career. His pace was around 135kph, but his control was immaculate and there was a zing in everything he did. This was Broad Total, exploring the cavities in New Zealand's line-up and freshening the air with optimism. He was a walking advertisement for the benefits of England's rotation policy and they will be desperate that his mood persists through back-to-back Ashes series.

Brendon McCullum was the key wicket for England, dismissed for 69 from 94 balls as he forced Steven Finn off the back foot and offered a comfortable catch to Jonathan Trott at second slip. In a Test distinguished by fine counter-attacking cricket by two excellent wicketkeeper-batsmen, McCullum played just as pugnaciously as Prior had for England on the second day.

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  • Stuart Broad's 6 for 51 is eighth on the list of best bowling performances by England bowlers in New Zealand since 1970. It is however the best bowling performance by an England bowler in Wellington in the same period.
  • Broad's 6 for 51 is his third-best bowling performance overall and his best in away Tests. In 25 away matches he has picked up 68 wickets at 35.70.
  • The 100-run stand between Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling is the eighth-highest sixth-wicket stand for New Zealand against England. It is also New Zealand's second-highest sixth-wicket stand against England in Wellington.
  • In Tests played in New Zealand since 1970, England have gained a 200-plus lead on five occasions. It is the third such occasion in Wellington. Click here for the list of matches when England have batted first and here for a list of matches when they have bowled first.
  • Watling's 60 is his fifth fifty-plus score in Tests and his third such score in home matches. He now averages 32.66 with one century and four fifties.
  • McCullum's 69 is his eighth half-century against England in 11 Tests. He has also been dismissed twice in the nineties against England (both at Lord's).

Basin Reserve was full for a Test, the first time that had happened in New Zealand for several years. It helps when the capacity is only around 11,000 and there are several thousand England supporters in town to help persuade the locals that there is a game on worth watching.

Packed to the brim, the ground had a more intimate atmosphere than ever. The strong second-day breeze had also lessened, adding to the convivial feel as spectators strolled around. But New Zealand supporters only had to glance at the scoreboard for this sense of well-being to depart. England are well placed to go 1-0 up in the series unless Cyclone Sandra - or perhaps Hurricane Brendon - has a say in things.

New Zealand, 66 for 3 overnight, needed another 200 to avoid the follow-on. They had produced much to admire on the second day, only to find themselves well behind the game by the close. They were even further behind the game at 89 for 5 when Kane Williamson and Dean Brownlie fell in the first half hour.

Broad was given an immediate opportunity after his wickets of Rutherford and Ross Taylor had allowed England to finish the second day on a high. Williamson looked well drilled, at 22 a decent batsman in the making, but fell to a sharp reaction catch in his follow-through by Broad, who clung on around chest high and looked delighted at the realisation that the ball was nestling in his hand.

Three balls later, Brownlie followed. He is a fine back-foot player, but there is a length to bowl to Brownlie, as South Africa can also testify after New Zealand's recent tour, a length when he routinely plays back when he would be better forward. Anderson found it, and found some reverse inswing to defeat his defensive shot. Asad Rauf's lbw decision was marginal because the ball had struck Brownlie just above the roll, and the batsman opted for a review, only for DRS to conclude that the ball would have clipped the top of middle.

It would have been 95 for 6 if Cook had not been such a conservative captain. Evidence of this match suggests that McCullum, his opposite number, would have posted a third slip to Anderson but Cook did not. Watling edged at inviting height, and the ball scooted away to the third man boundary.

McCullum's solution soon became evident. Beaten on the outside edge by Broad, he crashed his next ball for four and then hooked him for six. The pressure built by Panesar at one end was released by Finn at the other. McCullum took advantage and reverse-swept Joe Root to reach his fifty shortly before lunch.

Anderson 's strenuous efforts after lunch went unrewarded. England lost a review for an lbw appeal in the first over after lunch when McCullum was on 58. They chose not to review when Anderson came close again the following over and then had Watling, on 21, dropped low at second slip by Trott. When McCullum fell, New Zealand still needed 77 to avoid the follow-on with four wickets remaining. Tim Southee soon followed, unwisely hooking Finn with two fielders back for the shot.

Watling had been very much the junior partner in a stand of 100 in 31 overs with McCullum. While McCullum bristled against the quicks, Watling's passive resistance against Panesar provided a monotonous undercard. Only when McCullum was dismissed did he grow in ambition, reaching 60 before he edged Broad to the wicketkeeper.

Neil Wagner became Broad's fifth victim, caught at the wicket for nought. New Zealand's last pair were 12 short of the follow-on mark when Broad's bouncer befuddled Trent Boult, whose fend confused Panesar at mid-on even more. Broad, unusually when things go wrong, saw fit to smile and defeated Boult's haymaker with his next delivery to end the innings.

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Posted by AKS286 on (March 18, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

@Posted by GurSinghgur on (March 16, 2013, 0:14 GMT Look Fella you can't judge any player with the performance in one match or even a series. Finn is a good bowler recently he shortened his run up. what I see finn is not as quick as he was in early days. Oz fans are still advocating lyon since he debut is that Lyon is the world's best spinner in the history of cricket. oz fans told me that Lyon is better than warne, murli, macgill, gibbs, swann, ajmal, herath.

Posted by AKS286 on (March 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

@Posted by JG2704 on (March 16, 2013, 21:38 GMT) Look it is a coincidence about broad whenever his performance in under doubt, review he strikes. Consistent performers are better than once in blue moon. and also about fulfilling the potential so many examples are available in which talent not selected but non- performer are permanent in team. N.Hussain the worst player & captain ever but no one asked why he is in the team. M.Taylor in Odis. Lehmann test selection. Maher, Love, Blewett, Elliot, Hodge, Di venuto are far far better than lehmann or we can say similar to M.Waugh.

Posted by GurSinghgur on (March 17, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

Well, 5 Wombats (at 08.35 GMT March 16), your comparison hardly makes your point. England at Kolkata, first innings (where they scored over 520): over 54, they take 11 runs off Z. Khan--all scored by Cook, already past his century; and over 91, another 11 also off Khan, all scored by Trott with 42 so far notched up in this already high-scoring innings. In contrast Finn concedes 12 in an over--to McCullum 34 as it began, batting heroically to save the match for a side still 300+ behind and already 5 wickets down.

As to your general "take a long hard look at the state your own team is in". You no doubt (tho mistakenly) mean India, so I did; and, lo, they've just had two huge wins against Oz, hardly cricketing minnows, even if today far from their past best. And tonight stand 283-0.

Not that I think criticising one team (India) is any answer to criticism of one bowler in quite another. If you want to stick up for Finn, fine--but do it in cricket terms, not with your passport

Posted by JG2704 on (March 16, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT) Forcing the follow on was the only realistic option because we don't know how much time we'd have to bowl NZ out a second time - due to weather. We wouldn't want to set NZ 300 and then find there's no rain interruptions and NZ have a day and a half to chase it down and by the same token we don't want to go for a 400 lead and then only have half a day to bowl NZ out

Posted by JG2704 on (March 16, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

@AKS - Broad has been inconsistent but if he's bowling like he did 2011 vs India , 2012 vs Pak he should remain. Re Tremlett - he's coming back and as it stands no one knows if he'll be as good as before he was injured. Root may well be the future but it's the now that counts and what is Nick 29/30 - not exactly ancient. Also he has had several decent stands with Cook. Why rock the boat? Hopefully Root will fulfil his potential but there's no guarantee - I read an article on sportsmen who never fulfilled their potential and there was an Indian player (maybe called Kamble or similar - you'd know) came around same time as Sachin - started well then faded

Posted by AKS286 on (March 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (March 16, 2013, 17:24 GMT yes fella i know Compton is an opener & Root is also natural opener for Yorks.

Posted by AKS286 on (March 16, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

@Posted by gsingh7 on (March 16, 2013, 13:25 GMT) malinga was retired to test cricket at a very early of his career due to IPL, BBl,SLPL. So, kindly explain us how broad will learn from malinga to bowl in tests and what conditions.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

3 more wickets for Anderson will see him level with a certain 'Derek Leslie Underwood' for number of test wickets... Hope he gets plenty of power drinks into him tonight, and a good strong cup of coffee tomorrow morning.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 16, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

@AKS Nick Compton has been an opener for most of his career. He only went down the order because Somerset already had an established opening pair. He is no experiment... it's his specialist position.

Posted by AKS286 on (March 16, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT) I agree with you. but Root is the future. If he bats along with Cook then there is a chance of scoring big runs, In ODIs Root bats on no. 6 position which is a finisher position & he is definitely not a finisher.@Posted by JG2704 on (March 16, 2013, 13:59 GMT) mate Broad is very much inconsistent. We also don't understand his pace. Another coincidence with broad whenever his position is under review with flop bowling he clicks in the next game. and also ENG back bench of pace bowling is not impressive. Meaker, Onion are out of form. IMO expensive dernbach must be tried in test. J.Taylor is a good option to bat at no.6 and root with cook. where is tremlett?

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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