New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Auckland, 2nd day March 23, 2013

Three thousand-plus runs and no six

Plays of the Day from the second day of the Auckland Test between New Zealand and England
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Milestone of the day
It was not a flowing cover drive, or elegant clip of the pads but when Jonathan Trott sent a leading edge flying past Bruce Martin, and away to the short boundary, to move to 23 it was significant for more than the near miss. It took him to 3211 Test runs, the most by any batsman who has not hit a six, overtaking Vijay Manjrekar. If there was any ground where he could have ended his six wait it was this one, but Trent Boult's inswing was too much for him.

Stall of the day
At no stage did Peter Fulton get the scoreboard racing; for a time on the second morning it almost went into reverse. In the first hour he added five runs to his overnight score, although when he nudged to 131 he did secure himself a minor record as New Zealand's highest scorer against England in a Test at Eden Park.

Catch of the day
England bowled far too leg side against Fulton, but that was eventually the route that dismissed him. However, it was more catching than bowling skill that ended his marathon innings. Fulton glanced the delivery from Steven Finn down the leg side and Matt Prior leapt full-length to his left to pouch the chance with one glove, clinging on as he tumbled to the ground. He knew it was a good catch and sprinted in celebration towards deep square leg

Dead balls of the day
No, it wasn't Finn kicking the stumps, although he did to that and was given a warning. Monty Panesar was preparing to bowl to Brendon McCullum but twice the delivery was aborted because Jonathan Trott, stood at slip, was waving his right arm about. McCullum did not appear to notice, but the umpire, Rod Tucker, was having none of it and twice called dead-ball. The suggestion was that Trott had noticed something in McCullum's stance and was trying to indicate to Panesar where to bowl.

Wicket of the day
It used to be said that for a partnership breaker, Paul Collingwood did not break many partnerships in Test cricket. The same is true of Jonathan Trott. But on this occasion he struck a very important blow, having McCullum caught behind - another smart catch by Prior - to end a threatening stand of 68 with Dean Brownlie. It was his fourth wicket, to go alongside the scalps of Jahurul Islam, Tharanga Paranavitana and Younis Khan.

Review of the day
It was a good day for the DRS. McCullum overturned an incorrect decision by Paul Reiffel to give him caught behind second ball and later the system worked in England's favour. Prior was convinced that BJ Watling had edged down the leg side but Reiffel did not agree. Prior immediately told Alastair Cook he should use a review and Hot Spot showed a clear edge. It continued Prior's good day and gave Finn his five-wicket haul.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY OzWally on | March 23, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    A Test match with DRS! And here I thought NZ was only a few hours ahead of India in time difference, it appears it is really about 15 years.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 23, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    That catch by Prior was a cracker!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Trott also has the highest average of the batsmen in the list. one of the (now retired) players at my club always drummed into the youngsters, 'if you hit the ball in the air, you can get caught. so don't'. I haven't listened...I may have 100+ sixes but have been caught more times than any other dismissal!....keep the faith Trotty!

  • POSTED BY OzWally on | March 23, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    A Test match with DRS! And here I thought NZ was only a few hours ahead of India in time difference, it appears it is really about 15 years.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 23, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    That catch by Prior was a cracker!

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Trott also has the highest average of the batsmen in the list. one of the (now retired) players at my club always drummed into the youngsters, 'if you hit the ball in the air, you can get caught. so don't'. I haven't listened...I may have 100+ sixes but have been caught more times than any other dismissal!....keep the faith Trotty!

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  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Trott also has the highest average of the batsmen in the list. one of the (now retired) players at my club always drummed into the youngsters, 'if you hit the ball in the air, you can get caught. so don't'. I haven't listened...I may have 100+ sixes but have been caught more times than any other dismissal!....keep the faith Trotty!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 23, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    That catch by Prior was a cracker!

  • POSTED BY OzWally on | March 23, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    A Test match with DRS! And here I thought NZ was only a few hours ahead of India in time difference, it appears it is really about 15 years.