New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day March 7, 2013

Golden duck for Pietersen

Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Dunedin.
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Relief of the day

Bruce Martin's first significant touch of the ball in Test cricket was not the best. Diving to his left at midwicket he spilled a chance offered by Alastair Cook, on nine, not a batsman who normally misses out on on a reprieve. However, in the next over, Neil Wagner's first, Cook was offered width and instead of sending it to the boundary picked out Hamish Rutherford at point. Nobody enjoyed it more than Martin.

First ball of the day

For a great batsman, Kevin Pietersen is a very jumpy starter. Bowlers around the world know they have a very small window to make the most of it. Wagner, already with his tail up after Cook's wicket, was spot on with his first delivery; full and straight with just a hint of shape to catch Pietersen in front. It was the fifth golden duck of Pietersen's Test career, the previous one was against Pakistan, at Lord's, in 2010 when he edged Mohammad Amir to the wicketkeeper. It also meant he joined Ian Botham at the top of the list of  the number of golden ducks by those considered batsmen for England.

Spitting image of the day

Daniel Vettori, New Zealand's premier slow bowler since 1997, is currently sidelined by injury but in nearly everything except the name there was a replica on show at the University Oval. Martin has operated in Vettori's shadow since being named in a Test squad in 2000 and 13 years later his chance had finally come. His run-up, gather and delivery stride were the signs of someone who has studied Vettori for years. The moment he had waited for arrived early in the afternoon session when Matt Prior cut to point and in the blink of eye Martin then had three. By the end of the innings he had four.

Dim shot of the day

There was competition for this tag from the England batsmen, but Stuart Broad's demise topped the list. Following a strong sweep against Martin that went for a boundary, Brendon McCullum moved Dean Brownlie back towards the rope. Martin served up another delivery that Broad felt he could dispatch but either he hadn't noticed the field change, or inexplicably forgot about it in the few seconds that elapsed because he could not have placed it better for Brownlie to take the catch.

Father-son stat of the day

Hamish Rutherford does not overly enjoy being asked about his father, Ken, and the meaning of following him into Test cricket. However, there was an obvious comparison to make because when Hamish reached 12, which came swiftly off 12 deliveries, he had made more than his old man managed in his first seven innings. Ken bagged a pair in his first Test, against West Indies, so as soon as Hamish clipped his fourth ball sweetly through midwicket he had avoided a repeat of that.

Partnership of the day

Hundred opening stands for New Zealand have been like hens' teeth. On the eve of this Test, McCullum admitted he was at "risk" to bring together a new pair but by the end of the day it looked like a masterstroke. Rutherford and Peter Fulton combined for New Zealand's first 100-run opening stand since Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum put on 124 against Zimbabwe in Napier 12 Tests ago. Their previous against a major nation was facing Pakistan in January 2011.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Akshita29 on March 8, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    That was a real good ball first up for Kp. He did not play a poor shot bt was just playing the ball thinking it would go straight on but the ball came back really sharply .

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    @Micahel Dickson - who on Earth is saying that????

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    The only batsmen in the England team that did NOT play a bad shot was IMO KP. He copped the ball of the day. Trott eventually top scored - but should of gone on, Bell & Prior's dismissals were particularly poor. I think the writer is being a shade hard on Broad, runs from him should be considered a bonus.

  • Pacelover on March 7, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    All the KP bashingis utter nonsense, he actually got a pretty decent ball unlike some of the others. If he is not a great batsmen then it is virtually impossible to be one, people are forgetting his last match against South Africa with his hundred where he carted the best bowling attack in the world around.

  • Jimmyrob83 on March 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen and great batsman should never be uttered together. Ludicrous.

  • ausaff on March 7, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    i think who are saying KP is not test match player havnt seen him bat in india..this guy is a genius and even bradman got zero

  • cric_J on March 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Great by NZ and pretty awful by England

  • gsingh7 on March 7, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    great to see Wagner win the battle of the Saffers against KP. Perfect delivery first up. hope kp make double golden duck . come on wagner

  • duncanmoo on March 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Come on NZ crush them! (South African, but will support any team playing VS England)

  • SurlyCynic on March 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    It was great to see Wagner win the battle of the Saffers against KP. Perfect delivery first up, not sure anyone can comment on whether KP is out of form or not as anyone getting that first ball would struggle.

  • Akshita29 on March 8, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    That was a real good ball first up for Kp. He did not play a poor shot bt was just playing the ball thinking it would go straight on but the ball came back really sharply .

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    @Micahel Dickson - who on Earth is saying that????

  • Meety on March 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    The only batsmen in the England team that did NOT play a bad shot was IMO KP. He copped the ball of the day. Trott eventually top scored - but should of gone on, Bell & Prior's dismissals were particularly poor. I think the writer is being a shade hard on Broad, runs from him should be considered a bonus.

  • Pacelover on March 7, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    All the KP bashingis utter nonsense, he actually got a pretty decent ball unlike some of the others. If he is not a great batsmen then it is virtually impossible to be one, people are forgetting his last match against South Africa with his hundred where he carted the best bowling attack in the world around.

  • Jimmyrob83 on March 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen and great batsman should never be uttered together. Ludicrous.

  • ausaff on March 7, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    i think who are saying KP is not test match player havnt seen him bat in india..this guy is a genius and even bradman got zero

  • cric_J on March 7, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Great by NZ and pretty awful by England

  • gsingh7 on March 7, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    great to see Wagner win the battle of the Saffers against KP. Perfect delivery first up. hope kp make double golden duck . come on wagner

  • duncanmoo on March 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Come on NZ crush them! (South African, but will support any team playing VS England)

  • SurlyCynic on March 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    It was great to see Wagner win the battle of the Saffers against KP. Perfect delivery first up, not sure anyone can comment on whether KP is out of form or not as anyone getting that first ball would struggle.

  • on March 7, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I'm a Kiwi, and for those of you saying KP is not a test match batsman, you have some explaining to do. The man averages just a touch under 50 in tests, and is one of the most exciting batsmen to watch on the world stage. Seriously, he is one of the main reasons I'll be going to the Basin for the second test, as I expect us to lose the series, and possibly badly (I reckon we're still in with a good chance of losing this one, such is the level of expectation our side has set for us over the last few years). I want to see him cart us around, maybe for about 60 or so runs, nothing huge, and then succumb. Just enough to see his talents on show, and I'll have had my money's worth (and I'm hoping the big lad from the Barmy Army will be there to lead with his rendition of the lion sleeps, that would be awesome).

  • loke_cricfan on March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    NZ can win from here only if they put more than 250 runs lead.. England having very good batting unit, there is a rough chance of failing again. Pls NZ show your fighting spirit.... Wish u all the best NZ. Loke/India....

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Absolutely quality ball that got KP, though he played for no swing when there was boomerang swing - good bowling.

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Agree with TFERGI, Peterson is not a test match batsman like Youvraj, he hasn't got the temperament of Test match cricket and never will be. Was rather surprised to see Cook's dismissal. England now has to play to save the test match as Kiwis are going to bat only once. Let's hope England can come back.

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    and please don't take KP lightly. Although he has got out on a golden duck, but a big hundred is around the corner...

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @TFERGI: you made my day dear. Especially this part: "out come the NZ openers, the weak link, before the more stable middle order, yea you guessed it. Opening stand nearly overtaking England's TOTAL...!!! So it wasn't the wicket or conditions then...." lOlzzzzzzzz. But don't worry, England would and should bounce back. [by the way I am from Pak - but a neutral fan of good cricket]

  • jay_vkjay on March 7, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    New Zealand made it up for the Washed out first Day. NZ just trail by 36 in first innings, which looks like a second day Statistics. Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin were brilliant with the ball. But really The inexperienced opening pair of Rutherford-Fulton stole the show. Don't let the grip loosen, and beat England.

  • TFERGI on March 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Shocking performance by Engalnd. The senior players were horrific. Cook must take some of the blame he looked all out to sea. Compton I just don't think is test player material. KP.... Well,here we go again moaning and moaning he plays too much, gets loads of rest and comes back looking worse than a number 11, completely out of touch. Bell, same old looks great for a few shots and gets out pathetically, never there when we really need an innings.. Root welcolm to the real world, a victim of the pressure treated by the top order. We can't expect prior to bail us out all of the time. Completely fed up of Broad can he even be called a number 11 when was the last time he really contributed with the bat when we really needed it?? So out come the NZ openers, the weak link, before the more stable middle order, yea you guessed it. Opening stand nearly overtaking England's TOTAL...!!! So it wasn't the wicket or conditions then....

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  • TFERGI on March 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Shocking performance by Engalnd. The senior players were horrific. Cook must take some of the blame he looked all out to sea. Compton I just don't think is test player material. KP.... Well,here we go again moaning and moaning he plays too much, gets loads of rest and comes back looking worse than a number 11, completely out of touch. Bell, same old looks great for a few shots and gets out pathetically, never there when we really need an innings.. Root welcolm to the real world, a victim of the pressure treated by the top order. We can't expect prior to bail us out all of the time. Completely fed up of Broad can he even be called a number 11 when was the last time he really contributed with the bat when we really needed it?? So out come the NZ openers, the weak link, before the more stable middle order, yea you guessed it. Opening stand nearly overtaking England's TOTAL...!!! So it wasn't the wicket or conditions then....

  • jay_vkjay on March 7, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    New Zealand made it up for the Washed out first Day. NZ just trail by 36 in first innings, which looks like a second day Statistics. Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin were brilliant with the ball. But really The inexperienced opening pair of Rutherford-Fulton stole the show. Don't let the grip loosen, and beat England.

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @TFERGI: you made my day dear. Especially this part: "out come the NZ openers, the weak link, before the more stable middle order, yea you guessed it. Opening stand nearly overtaking England's TOTAL...!!! So it wasn't the wicket or conditions then...." lOlzzzzzzzz. But don't worry, England would and should bounce back. [by the way I am from Pak - but a neutral fan of good cricket]

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    and please don't take KP lightly. Although he has got out on a golden duck, but a big hundred is around the corner...

  • on March 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Agree with TFERGI, Peterson is not a test match batsman like Youvraj, he hasn't got the temperament of Test match cricket and never will be. Was rather surprised to see Cook's dismissal. England now has to play to save the test match as Kiwis are going to bat only once. Let's hope England can come back.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Absolutely quality ball that got KP, though he played for no swing when there was boomerang swing - good bowling.

  • loke_cricfan on March 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    NZ can win from here only if they put more than 250 runs lead.. England having very good batting unit, there is a rough chance of failing again. Pls NZ show your fighting spirit.... Wish u all the best NZ. Loke/India....

  • on March 7, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I'm a Kiwi, and for those of you saying KP is not a test match batsman, you have some explaining to do. The man averages just a touch under 50 in tests, and is one of the most exciting batsmen to watch on the world stage. Seriously, he is one of the main reasons I'll be going to the Basin for the second test, as I expect us to lose the series, and possibly badly (I reckon we're still in with a good chance of losing this one, such is the level of expectation our side has set for us over the last few years). I want to see him cart us around, maybe for about 60 or so runs, nothing huge, and then succumb. Just enough to see his talents on show, and I'll have had my money's worth (and I'm hoping the big lad from the Barmy Army will be there to lead with his rendition of the lion sleeps, that would be awesome).

  • SurlyCynic on March 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    It was great to see Wagner win the battle of the Saffers against KP. Perfect delivery first up, not sure anyone can comment on whether KP is out of form or not as anyone getting that first ball would struggle.

  • duncanmoo on March 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Come on NZ crush them! (South African, but will support any team playing VS England)