New Zealand v England, 3rd T20, Wellington

Lumb and Hales lead England charge to series

The Report by George Dobell

February 15, 2013

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England 143 for 0 (Hales 80*, Lumb 53*) beat New Zealand 139 for 8 (Guptill 59, Broad 3-15) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alex Hales smashes one on the off side, New Zealand v England, 3rd T20, Wellington, February 15, 2013
Alex Hales overcame a sticky start to lead England to victory with a string of boundaries © Getty Images

It was probably fitting that England sealed victory against New Zealand with an enormous six over midwicket: they had dominated this game throughout and the margin of victory - 10-wickets with 44 deliveries to spare - does not mislead. This was slaughter. The result secured a 2-1 series victory for England.

Michael Lumb and Alex Hales rushed them to victory with the team's highest-ever opening stand in T20, but this was a result that also owed plenty to an excellent performance in the field. England bowled with pace and discipline and fielded with consistent skill to limit New Zealand to total that always looked inadequate on another good T20 surface. It was only the second time that England have won a T20 by 10 wickets; they also beat West Indies by 10-wickets at The Oval in 2011.

Lumb and Hales will take the plaudits and probably rightly so. By the latter stages of their run chase they were treating the bowling with a disdain rarely seen at this level. With victory in sight, Hales thumped Mitchell McClenaghan for 22 in four deliveries - three sixes and a four - driving anything pitched-up over long-on and pulling anything short over midwicket.

It must have seemed a long time for McClenaghan since he started his spell with a maiden. Lumb and Hales' stand was the second highest for any wicket England have achieved in this format, following the partnership of 159 between Hales and Ravi Bopara against West Indies at Trent Bridge in 2012.

In truth, New Zealand had not set a competitive total with the bat. Limited to 139 by an excellent performance in the field from England, they were never able to find any fluency and were always chasing the game.

It was no surprise that England elected to bowl after winning the toss, despite Stuart Broad admitting he was wrong in the previous match. All four previous T20s at this ground had seen the side batting second winning the game and, with dew expected as the game wore on, it was anticipated that gripping the ball could become difficult for bowlers later in the match.

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, admitted that he would have bowled first*, too, though ultimately the match was over before the dew became relevant. New Zealand's bowlers were unable to replicate the tight control of line and length of their counterparts and offered too much width and too many over-pitched, short or wayward deliveries.

That New Zealand were able to set any sort of total was largely due to Martin Guptill. The opener, while far from fluent for most of the innings, batted into the 19th over and contributed 59 runs to give his side some sort of target to defend. But he could not hit a boundary until the eighth over of the innings and did not manage another until the 18th as New Zealand struggled to get going against a purposeful performance from England's bowlers.

Broad and Steven Finn were particularly impressive. Both bowled with pace and found enough assistance in the pitch to allow them to stick to their natural length. Broad bounced back from his mauling in Hamilton with a frugal spell. He was thrashed for 53 in his four overs in the previous game, including 22 in his final over, but here conceded just 15. Each of his three wickets came with sharp, well-directed short deliveries which may bode well for a man seeking to prove his fitness ahead of an ODI and Test series.

But England's spinners also claimed the key wickets. Joe Root, called into the side in place of Samit Patel, provided another demonstration of the calm head that has seen him step-up to international cricket with apparent ease in his encounter with Ross Taylor. Taylor had just slog-swept Root for six over midwicket but the bowler, keeping his head, tossed the next ball up a little slower and little further outside off stump and drew the batsman into the shot once more. This time Taylor was unable to connect so cleanly and top-edged the ball to deep midwicket where Jonny Bairstow, as reliable a catcher as England have, held on safely.

James Tredwell accounted for Brendon McCullum who had won the game for New Zealand in Hamilton with an innings of 74 in 38 balls, but might have been a victim of the larger boundary in Wellington. Certainly the slow-sweep he played would have travelled for six in Hamilton but here it again found its way to the sure hands of Bairstow at deep midwicket.

James Franklin thrashed three boundaries, including two in a row off Jade Dernbach in the last over, to keep New Zealand's head just above water but, with Finn and Broad conceding just 33 between them in their eight overs, England could feel very satisfied with the first half of their evening's work.

If New Zealand were to have any chance of defending such a modest total they had to take their chances. But Hales was dropped on 6 by Taylor - a desperately difficult chance - jumping at slip in an attempt to cling on to a top-edge off Ian Butler, and then again on 11 as Brendon McCullum, running round from behind the stumps to square leg, insisted on trying to claim a top-edge off McClenaghan that might have been best left to a closer fielder.

Lumb should have been run out on 46, too, Nathan McCullum failing to remove the bails despite standing right by the stumps, but by then it was too late anyway. England were all but home.

While Hales' late assault was eye-catching, Lumb had looked assured throughout. It was Lumb who kick-started the England chase by hitting McClenaghan for successive sixes in the fourth over - the first a drive and the second, when the bowler pulled his length back, a pull - and his fluency allowed Hales the chance to find his form. A wild over from Butler, the fifth of the innings, cost New Zealand 23 - and helped Hales pick-up three leg-side boundaries and begin to settle. Neither he or Lumb looked back.

11.15am GMT, February 15. This story was amended to correct Brendon McCullum's remark

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (February 16, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

@Min2000 on (February 16, 2013, 1:14 GMT) I think no one really cared about the 1st and 3rd T20 but plenty of neutrals seemed to care about the 2nd game

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 16, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

@aahahaa on (February 16, 2013, 16:51 GMT), it's not Cook's choice. The selectors pick the squad and then the captain and coach pick the team from that. Hales is not in the ODI squad so Cook couldn't get him into the team even if he wanted to.

Posted by aahahaa on (February 16, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Hales. Cap Cook should find a way to get him into the 1day side and and eventually into the test side. i say the lad is not only taleented but got a dominant presence, like KP does.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 16, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

@Si Baker on (February 16, 2013, 1:51 GMT) Thought I might be the only person who notices this. As I've said before Trott has been rested , KP has been over rested - when does Bell get a rest?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 16, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@Landl/Si Baker - I wonder if KP should not be made to work his way back into the side?Lumb hasn't done so badly and I thought(despite him scoring less / lower SR) that he batted better than Hales yesterday and the final 6 was magnificent timing - just that Hales was playing some crazy shots which were coming off.Also I don't like the "if KP was willing" business. KP (like any other player) should bat where he is told to bat. Re the 11 , I'd still be more inclined to keep Lumb (left/right combo who both play for Notts ) and if you bring KP in , it's for Jonny although Land makes an ace point re his fielding. The one other change I'd definitely make is Tredwell for Woakes. Woakes , I don't think is all that as a shorter formats bowler and re batting depth Swann at 8 , Broad at 9 should be fine. That way we have 2 spinner + 1 option , 2 pacers + one option. Also agree with Si re batting order and have Root as a floater - maybe a little too innovative for our selectors to deal with.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

@landl47: that's the XI I'd pick, too - though I'd swap Buttler for Bairstow at Five & deploy Joe Root as a 'floater' between Three (after losing an early wicket when chasing a relatively small total on the sub-continent, for example) & Seven.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

Bell worries me. After the scorching start he made to his second career as an ODI opener during the summer, he's taken to dawdling around at the start of almost every innings since, regularly eating up 25/30 balls while scoring almost nothing as he fastidiously plays himself in. The salient point re the top three is that their greatest collective strength - i.e. their adhesiveness - also remains their greatest potential weakness. It's all very well sailing serenely along at 120-1 after 30 overs if you're chasing 225-250, but if you're attempting to set a stiff target on a flat deck without utilising the explosive power hitters you have in your middle order, you're probably going to end up 20 or 30 runs shy of par more often than not. That's why I believe, harsh though it might seem, that either Trott or Bell has to be eased out altogether; either that, rotate both on such a regular basis that they very rarely play together, or drop one of them down the order as a 'floater'.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (February 16, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

After the last game i thought those guys plus the inclusion of southee should be our bowling line up but they just dished up pies last night. butler looked like he lost his mind and his composure with it, our fielding is the worst ive ever seen the black caps and our steady as she goes, its not a race approach to our batting was a joke, i don't blame guptil though his patrners left him stranded but i'd rather he went down swinging than just ticking the score board over with singles. At least we won one in a row seems to be our lot these days. Well done england you've got some serious talent at the moment, hope we put up a bit more fight in the odi's to keep it interesting

Posted by Min2000 on (February 16, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

England deserved to win the T20… but hey, no one really cares right?

It's the ODI series where New Zealand probably has the best chance, but they don't seem to have the mix right yet. Of course having players like Ryder, Vettori and Southee available would be a good start.

Rutherford should play the tests but not the shorter forms - he looks like he would benefit from having time to play himself in.

Guptill - you are a legend in the making. McCullum, stop being a poser and just open the batting.

Grant Elliott for the ODI squad yes. Grant Elliott in T20 no.

Colin Munro. I want to give him a chance - but I'm not convinced that he's the man for the job. Williamson should come back for the ODI's

Nathan McCullum - is he an automatic selection? The English will dine out on his apathetic off-spin. What about a more attacking spinner like Hira?

Posted by SameOld on (February 16, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Quit bashing Guppy. He was forced to try to bat through due to the regular loss of wickets. Yes, he would have wanted to middle a few more towards the end of the innings, but the England bowling was very good and he got very little support from his partners. I remember a similar innings by Ryder against SA, for which fans and the usual roster of critical ex-NZ players put him to the sword. I wondered then, and wonder again now, what message do you think he was getting from his captain? "Stay in, let the rest of us hit" is my guess. Guptill deserves a pass-mark, at least. Taylor, Elliot & Munro were the villains here.

For instance, how many times can Rossco fall for that same set-up? I think I've seen it happen four or five times over the last couple of years. He must be one of the only batsmen in the world who, when a spinner sees the ball disappear over midwicket, thinks "Now I've got him right where I want him". Smarten up, Mr Taylor.

Posted by landl47 on (February 16, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

@Trickstar: Fair enough. If KP is willing, have him open with Hales. Wright at 3, Morgan 4, Bairstow 5 (worth 20 in the field alone), Buttler 6, Root 7, Woakes 8, Broad 9, Swann 10, Finn 11. Root doesn't seem to be fazed by the big occasion and his bowling is handy if the 4th seamer isn't doing his job or it's a spinner's wicket. I agree he shouldn't be pushed too hard at this stage; I think this Winter will have done him a world of good and I'd love to see him at #6 in the test team. He showed in India that he can handle spin and as a regular opener pace and the second new ball won't be too much for him. Bairstow's an excellent prospect but I'd have him working on his keeping so he can take over when Prior retires.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 16, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

@Shan156 on (February 15, 2013, 17:11 GMT), I agree. Many were saying that Broad needed to prove himself before being selected again and I'm inclined to agree with that. With no domestic cricket to play at the moment though, it was good luck for England that, unlike most of their recent tours, the Tests are last this time around. Trying Broad out in the T20s before the ODIs has shown that he has, most importantly, got his pace back up again. Playing him in the ODIs before the Tests will give more indication of whether he can sustain it over longer spells. A four-day game before the Test will be the ideal opportunity to round out his preparation. I don;t think that he should be an automatic pick for the Test team but I do think that he should be an automatic pick for every game on this tour until there's a genuine reason to stop picking him. I guess the only concern that all those games might lead to an aggravation of his chronic heel injury.

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 15, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Hales = new Chris Gayle! FACT!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (February 15, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

@yorkshirematt on (February 15, 2013, 12:24 GMT) Hales did struggle in the 2nd over of the day but rode out that with a bit of luck to be fair. Out of interest , where do you think Mervo is from ....

Posted by JG2704 on (February 15, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

@Si Baker on (February 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT) Would like to see both given a try in ODIs. They won't rest Cook as he's captain , they've rested Trott and over rested KP - When does Bell get rested? @Apocalypse_EX on (February 15, 2013, 12:36 GMT) You're right. There are 2 FFLs and their comments go from one extreme to the other. Re Root - I think he has been the find of the last 6 months and I think his overs add an extra string to his bow @Shan156 on (February 15, 2013, 17:16 GMT) It was a very thoughtful and well constructed post. Thought the guy deserved special congratulations

Posted by JG2704 on (February 15, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

@trav29 on (February 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT) Listen re my comms re Broad on the other thread. I was comparing your comms on Swann with those you were responding to on Broad which maybe I could have worded better. It seems the moderators have somehow seen fit to withdraw both our last 2 comms and not publish my response to your last comment. I've already explained about how Swann would have little say about when he bowls and if the captain wants him to bowl he'll bowl and if the captain doesn't want him to bowl he won't. Anyway , as anyone who has been on these threads for the past year will know , I am a huge Broad fan , although I didn't want him to play any part of this NZ tour which would be the same for any player whose form I felt had dipped due to persistent injuries. I just want wht's best for England and if Broad bowls like he did in 2011 then he should be there. The Broad who took the field in the UK summer should not Please publish - nothing whatsoever of offence

Posted by Trickstar on (February 15, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

As for Hales being in the one day side, I think he needs to do more for Notts, the last 2 years he's averaged 31 & 30 which is not enough to get selected for England. Also if he isn't opening I don't think he can be in the side and with Bell & Cook there I can't see it happening. People say get him in the the 5 or 6 position but I don't think he's good enough at rotating the strike or playing spin to be playing there. Let him rack up some runs for Notts and prove he''s more than a T20 player. I personally don't like it when people think players should be picked for 50 over cricket off t20 form, especially when there's not much evidence to suggest they are worthy of a place. Wright on the other hand has shown for Sussex he could play in the top 6 and also bowl a few overs. The last 2 years for Sussex he's averaged 60 & 67 and has become a much better all round batsman. It could be argued he deserves to be playing instead of Bairstow, who's never convinced me for Yorkshire.

Posted by Uppercut07 on (February 15, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

too bad these very same 'dominant' English 'heroes' looked absolutely CLUELESS and LOST in SL during World T20!

Posted by TripleCenturian on (February 15, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

If anyone was in any doubt about Dernbach at this level, today was strong evidence that he is out of his depth. When the other two seamers excelled he once again bowled a complete mixture of dross, full tosses, long hops and then occasionally got one in the right areas. Forget the wickets column as they were all late on when NZ were trying to make up for lost time thanks to Guptill. Dernbach has variety but he has no control. And the batsmen have now seen him enough times to spot his slower balls, out of the back of the hand deliveries and he lacks the ability to bowl something different at the last moment to react to where the batsman has moved to. We must surely have better options.

Posted by Optic on (February 15, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

@cric_gates Oh bless at least you're trying you're hardest.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 15, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@landl47 Even as a big Joe Root and a Yorkshire fan, that wants as many Yorkshire players playing for England as possible, I can't see any reason from watching this lad play T20 for Yorkshire to pick him as opener, or the top 4 for that matter. I know he had a few decent one day games but lets not get carried away here & keep things in perspective. The 50 over format isn't the same as T20 as you know & Root when he's played t20 for Yorkshire can get terribly bogged down and he also doesn't find the boundary enough, you only have to look at his t20 stats for us to see his strike rate isn't big enough, no way should he open with a 113 s/r with a 21 average. Long term my Top 4 would be KP, Hales, Wright & Morgan. For the moment England are using him correctly, keeping him in & around all the squad & picking him occasionally for T20 games.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 15, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@JG2704 on (February 15, 2013, 9:26 GMT), lol. fitting reply to @cric_gates. I think some people out here make it a point to deride Eng. whether we win or lose and even if we are or are not playing their team. Pathetic, really.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 15, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

@jmcilhinney, I like Broad and I am happy for him today. He bowled very well and silenced some of his doubters. However, I still think that he needs to prove his form and fitness in the ODI series and a test warmup match before he is selected in the test XI. Eng. do need Broad but the 2011 version not the 2012 when he seemed to be short of pace/form/fitness.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 15, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

That was as clinical a performance I have seen from England in a long time. Well played boys. Hopefully, you will have a good ODI series and a great test series. That will set us up well for the back-to-back Ashes series this year. Lumb and Hales seem to be an excellent choice for openers for our T20 side. When KP and Swann return, most likely for Bairstow and Tredwell, our T20 side will look really strong and would be a match for any side in the world anywhere.

Posted by mikey76 on (February 15, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

I dont think there is a more destructive top 6-7 in world cricket, especially if you add KP to the ranks. Hales and Buttler look absolutly at home at this level and many an IPL team would love to have them at their disposal. Outside of the sub-continent this T20 outfit looks the best, I would swap Dernbach with Meaker and perhaps bring in Swann to strengthen the bowling which sometimes is leaky but the batting is a powerhouse.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 15, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

SalassieI we must take the use a an alias as a compliment as you say the 1st time i was surprised at the notion of a English home supporter writing the way it was but then i thought it funny and still do, especial when the English - one we all love to read would never write something so pompous

Posted by thekaz on (February 15, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Hales did struggle early on but a sign of a good player to battle through and then get runs. I havent seen a young English lad hit the ball so cleanly, would love to see him in ODI squad at least. With the current rules regarding two white balls I think Cook and Bell is the best Opening pair. I think when they do eventually ease Bell out of the side, or if the regulations are changed again to favour a big hitter early on Hales should be straight in the team, this guy along with Buttler is the future of England Limited overs cricket. Trott CANNOT be dropped, he may bat at his own pace, but ODI's are 50 overs, not having him in India showed his worth to the team.

Posted by landl47 on (February 15, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

In this game I was pleased to see Broad regularly bowling over 140k. All three of his wickets were taken because the NZ batsmen couldn't handle the pace and lift, which is something we haven't seen in a while from Broad. Finn also bowled well; he seems to take a game or two to settle down and get his rhythm, but he looked good today (and the bails at the bowler's end remained intact!).

Dernbach delivered his usual barrage of full tosses and long hops; he isn't good enough for this level. Wright bowled poorly, too short for his medium pace. Root and Tredwell got a key wicket apiece though this wasn't a spinner's track. Bairstow's fielding was brilliant.

Hales needed some luck, but once he got going his striking was magnificent. I want to see him make more runs in the longer formats before he moves up. Lumb had one of his better innings, but he's not a long-term prospect. Open with Root, put in KP, Swann and Woakes, and you have a T20 team to reckon with.

Posted by Selassie-I on (February 15, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

@ Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 15, 2013, 10:28 GMT) - you never conned anyone the first time you posted pretending to be English, and you still don't.

Is this really the last thing that desperate pommie-bashers have in their cupboard? Pretending to be English.. well I guess you're going by the old mantra 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em'.

NZ are a decent short format outfit, as shown by them recently beating SA, the boys should be proud of the win. But at the end of the day, it's only T20 so it's a bit of a lottery still, NZ had some of their better players just coming back from Injury/self imposed absence, looking forward to the ODIs now.

On another note, this is the way all series' shoudl be played, limited overs first, then climaxing with the tests, the sides can size each other up to a degree then and we can get the highest quality of test cricket possible.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (February 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT), true, the bowling was ordinary at best in game 2 and all the batsmen bar Buttler looked all at sea. I guess we didn't get to see much of the batsmen this game but most of the bowling pretty good and the openers really plundered the NZ attack. That said, Hales started out looking much like he did last game and took a few overs to get going and Lumb had a let-off too. I think that last game the bowlers just didn't make any adjustment when they started to get hit, which seems a common problem for England, but they seemed to have learned from that and adjusted this game. As for the batsmen, Hales at least was already out of form and Wright got a good one first up and from there I think that scoreboard pressure did the rest.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

To be honest, the margin does look misleading, "with 44 balls to spare" gives a false idea of how close New Zealand were. T20 matches are rarely memorable, but this was for the sheer one-sideness of the chase. It makes me wonder really just what caused the massive brain-fade in the second game... or maybe when you play too many of these matches it is hard to care every time. I don't know. Joe Root's golden winter continues with a wicket and a good performance in the field. Anyway. Matches start to get a bit more serious now the slap and giggle is out of the way.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 15, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

A ten wicket win, and in 12 overs too. With such a dominant performance from England, no wonder certain characters are missing from today's debate.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

@Ryan Stephen on (February 15, 2013, 13:03 GMT), 1) Who cares? He is qualified for England and he plays for England. Anyone who is qualified is part of that pool. 2) Michael Lumb's father is English and was an opener for Yorkshire. Do you believe that Lumb would be less of a player had he been born and grown up in England? Is that like Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott, who weren't even in international contention before moving to play in England. KP wasn't even a batsman in SA. 3) Front_Foot_Lobotomy is an embarrassment to the average England fan. Trying to emulate RandyUK is not something to be proud of.

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 15, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

cric_gates on (February 15, 2013, 7:00 GMT) What an inane post, who is comparing to West Indies, and remind me how many world cup ODI, T20 world cup have 'strong team' SA won then. The true test would be a world test championship but of course this was vetoed by India (I suspect your team) when they realised there team was waning. A good win is always welcome in any format, but this is an appetising morsel for the test matches.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 15, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

mervo were you been JD been selected for nearly 3 years did you not see the remarks on here about dropping him. keep up with the news

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Steven Finn left the field after dropping a tough chance in the 19th over. I'm hoping that he didn't do any serious damage to a finger or the like. He's taken some stick so far but did well here so it would be a shame if he was prevented from taking that forward into the ODI series, and the Tests for that matter.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 15, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

its just a win in a hit and giggle cricket format. it make no difference if we had won or lost.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

At first I thought that Buttler must have been keeping poorly to have let 4 byes through but then I realised that it was just that NZ were desperate for runs at that stage and running for just about anything and his throws were off target. Having been a keeper myself when I was younger, I can vouch for the fact that it is hard to throw at the stumps in those gloves, so I can't hold that against him. I do wonder whether it might be a good idea to stand a little closer to the stumps in the last over or two to discourage such stolen runs. Interestingly, I was at a BBL game during the first season where the keeper took off his gloves and stood way back for the last over or two. I guess it meant that he was in a position to affect a run out like a normal fielder if the batsmen try to steal a bye.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Front foot lunge: "Their batting talent pool so vast..." Where does Michael Lumb come from again

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

@yorkshirematt on (February 15, 2013, 12:24 GMT), I only saw the last few overs of the game but I was following the commentary and that says that Hales was indeed poor early on, but that doesn't mean that Mervo's comment isn't stupid. Hales got it together after the first few overs and I think that it takes a little longer than that for the ball to become "tired". As for Dernbach, I think that it's fairly safe to say that the majority of England fans would be happy to see him gone anyway. Charlie101 mentions that he took three wickets but two of those were in the last over, one off the last ball. I'm not sure that those wickets made especially more difference to the NZ total than regular dot balls would have and he still went for 9 an over.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Hales did struggle first up, he was dropped twice and very nearly played on, all within the first 3 overs! He should still be in the ODI squad though. As for comments about James Taylor - there are rumours that the powers that be aren't happy with his technique nor his attitude!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Sadly this was another game that was lost before the Toss, Hesson's inability to learn from the same mistakes he keeps making and wont admit that hes wrong yet everyonelse in the world of cricket can see it, Guptil starts too slowly to play in the power play and strugles against the new ball which in turns puts soo much pressure on the next two batsmen coming in to make use of the last 10 or so of the power play and his opening partner who seems to be trying to make shots out of nothing, Guptil should not be opening in any form of the game except maybe ODIs but he needs to play them the way he plays T20's. he should never open again in tests he cannot face the new ball. Hesson is destroying his carrer, McCullums much like he did to the momentum Taylor had finaly started to achieve. if he drops him down the order i think we will see Guppy become one of the best players in the game and Macca back opening playing with freedom again without having fear of geting out.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 15, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Guys like RandyOZ and Front-Foot-Lunge really do spoil the fun in the comments section. I wonder what they gain from their ramblings? -------------------------------------------------------- Any way a crushing victory from England but I wouldn't rush Hales into the ODIs just yet. He needs consistency. If anyone deserves to be added to the squad its James Taylor. I was a bit annoyed when Root was selected instead of Taylor but Root hasn't disappointed so far.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Difficult to form an England ODI when Pitersen will erturn, a cat among the pigeon, very apt!!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (February 15, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

@mervo Your comment is somewhat bemusing. I didn't see the match but Hales 80 from 42 balls does not suggest that he struggled first up.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 15, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Smash. Get Smashed. Smash again.

I'm afraid nothing has changed. This format shows us little about cricket brains or skill, and far too much about who pops up the most edges in between fielders or to the fence.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

nz dont have menacing players........rutherford has timing problem.....mcllum never clicks,taylor out of form,munro franklin hit and miss,elliot surely not t20 types.a final over t20 monster is also missing in the team like oram in the mid 2000s

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 15, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

I do wonder where all those folks are who were telling us before the game how bad Broad is and how he should be dropped. It's still early days but he's looked mostly good this tour so far. His looks to be back to at least close to full pace and, other than game 2, he's been economical been economical and taken wickets. Long may it continue.

While it certainly wasn't an issue in this game, I really do think that England need to learn to be a bit more flexible. If plan A doesn't work, don't wait until the next series to try plan B. Dernbach is a case in point, as was the bowlers' length in game 2.

Hales had had a fairly wretched tour before today and he looked like continuing that early on but, having toughed it out, he seemed to play himself back into good form. It's unfortunate that he won't get a chance to carry that into the ODI series but, as some have said, who would he replace? There are candidates but I don't think any have done enough to warrant dropping. #goodproblems

Posted by canterbury1990 on (February 15, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

It was a good display from England. Its really good to see Stuart Broad doing well after coming back and Steven Finn as well. My ODI team would be: Cook, Bell, Trott, Root, Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn Of course when KP comes back into the side, we would proobably have to choose between Bairstow and Buttler. One way might be to ease Jonathan Trott out, but there's something really reassuring about him at the crease. He might not be the fastest player, but England do will more matches than not when he's there! Unfortunately I cant see a place for Wright or Hales in the ODI team right now, despite their good performance. One things for sure though, there a lot of talent knocking at the door and thats great for England cricket!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 15, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Terrific inning by Hales and Lumb.Well bowled Broaddy and Finny...

Posted by jb633 on (February 15, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, mate on behalf of English fans please stop with your comments about Australia, they are really tedious. Can we not just talk about the match in front of us rather than roping Australia into every single forum. This game/series has had nothing to do with Australia, can we not just leave it at that. On a serious note this was an absolute hiding. I think that Hales and Butler are brilliant T20 players and it is refreshing to see young guys hit the ball so cleanly. There must surely be some thinking about getting him into the ODI setup in the not too distant future. The results of this series really reflect the nature of the T20 game. It really is a lottery and anyone can beat anyone. If we played NZ again tomorrow it could be the same result as Tuesday. I think we will dominate the series from here on in and I hope we can get a 3rd seamer into red hot form before the Ashes series.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@JG2704: totally agree re Hales & Wright, but who would the selectors leave out? Cook & Bell (rightfully) have security of tenure for the foreseeable future, KP & Morgan are pretty much undroppable in the short-to-medium term while, of the tyros, Buttler (especially), Root & Bairstow have all shown enough glimpses of genuine quality to be persisted with. If it were up to me, I'd gently ease Trott out of the reckoning as he seems to possess two batting gears at best, something which can be fatal when we have to either chase big totals or blast away in the final few overs after being put in, but with an ODI average that's been hovering around 50 for the last two or three years, that's simply not going to happen. Although it looks like a cul-de-sac as far as the short-term ambitions of Hales & Wright are concerned, it's not a bad problem for England to have, is it?

Posted by Charlie101 on (February 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

@JG2704 I agree completely Hales needs to be in the ODI team / squad.

Posted by Mervo on (February 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Hales just looked terrible. It was embarassing how bad he was early on when the ball was not tired. He is hopeless. The new SA recruit Dernbatch looked good

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 15, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

As an England fan, and one with a decent amount of common sense (odd among some posters here i know!), I would temper hubris of a one-off win against New Zealand, after our shellacking last game and our insipid performance in the last T20 world cup. Nothing like a bit of chest beating from the Neanderthal crowd, but most intelligent observers of cricket would understand the context of this win.

Posted by Simoc on (February 15, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

I'de have to agree with cric-gates, smart move by NZ to play their C grade team ahead of test matches. Hopefully England didn't also play their C grade. History would suggest NZ are worse in tests. Is that possible? We'll soon know.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 15, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Yet another destructive victory for England, the magnitude of which we all saw in the Ashes of the last five years. England are so dominant, and their batting talent pool so vast. Alex Hales, a superstar born, is twice the player of anyone in the infamous brittle aussie top order. Great performance lads.

Posted by Charlie101 on (February 15, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Dernbach does not really get a mention but he did take 3 wickets and it is wickets which slow the runs !!!

Posted by JG2704 on (February 15, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Good comeback by England. Hales looked very ill at ease in the 2nd over but rode his luck and did the business. Good comeback by Broad too. It's a shame we're not looking at Wright or/and Hales in the ODI series

Posted by kausani on (February 15, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@lukecannon - bang on mate. Guptill put all the pressure on his team mates after an appallingly slow start. Get runs or get out.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 15, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

@cric_gates on (February 15, 2013, 7:00 GMT) Great post and totally relevant to today's game. Some trendy text speak and great punctuation too - Super

Posted by gbqdgj on (February 15, 2013, 9:15 GMT) owe me one newspaper, I spat coffee all over The Times just now when I read your post and laughed!!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 15, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

That's the worst fielding display I've ever seen from NZ usually they're one of the best fielding sides but they dropped both these guys a couple of times starting form the first over and even missed a regulation run out.

Posted by pom_don on (February 15, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

RandyOz......England continue their inevitable slide......LOL!

Posted by Jil01 on (February 15, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Listening to the commentators during the game and they keep praising Guptill...he needed to hit out, the other batsman that came out at least tried that rather than preserving their own wicket!

Posted by SladeR on (February 15, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

fear not England.... normal Black Crap service has resumed.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

England openers going all guns blazing.

Posted by trav29 on (February 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

wonder if all the broad haters will still be wanting him dropped tonight ?

Posted by satishchandar on (February 15, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

There you see the difference. Finn bowls all the deliveries fast and goes at less than 5 per over. Whereas, Dernbach bowls varieties of balls that disappear for over 9 per over. Why do England opt for that weaklink in their team for almost every game?

Posted by cric_gates on (February 15, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

England team might be oldest but they haven't won 50 over world cup.they haven't reached semifinal of world cup since 1992.Infact their performence is declining with every the world cup.I am sure in world cup 2015 they will not reach in quater final too.As compare to west indies, they r two time world champ n currently t 20 champ.New zealand r consistant in world cup.the only team to reach semi final 6 in a comment about zimbabwe.Just a one n only one major tournament eng won 2010 t 20 n i m sure they r going to remember it for 200 year despite trying to win another one. strong team like india,australia pakistan n south africa r smarter.when they see their team hav to play 1 day ot t 20 with england,they smartly send their B or C grade team to move to test their benchstrength.

Posted by lukecannon on (February 15, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

What is Guptill doing? keeping Mccullum and Taylor off strike? Not even scoring at run a ball

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