New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Auckland, 3rd day March 24, 2013

Broad's batting blues continue

Plays of the day from the third day of the third Test between New Zealand and England in Auckland

Welcome wicket of the day
It had been a long time since Tim Southee was able to celebrate a wicket, with his last one coming from the third over of the series, when he bowled Nick Compton. Since then he had gone past the bat plenty of times without reward. So no wonder he was insistent on a review against Compton, almost before Paul Reiffel began shaking his head. It was the perfect call, the ball had struck the pad before bat, and was heading straight for middle stump. New Zealand were celebrating before confirmation came, and none more so than Southee.

Near-miss of the day
At the height of their problems, with five wickets down, England were struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking over. In a moment of near desperation, Matt Prior pushed the ball towards mid-on and thought there was a single on offer. It was a grave misjudgment. Fortunately for Prior, Doug Bracewell, on the field as a substitute, could not hit direct, and Prior was able to dust himself and carry on.

Boundary of the day
There are few players around who adjust their tempo between formats as well as Joe Root. His innings on the third day was a reprisal of Ahmedabad, where he faced 229 balls on debut, with the dead-bat making a regular appearance. He gained his first boundary off his 19th delivery, then had to wait another 107 deliveries to double that tally, when he tickled Bruce Martin through short fine leg.

Predictable dismissal of the day
Stuart Broad's brief innings could not really have gone more to type - a few edges, a driven boundary, a crunching pull over midwicket for six, then a brainless drive next ball that picked out cover. He has become little more than a hit-and-hope batsman, yet he should be so much better than that. A Test No. 8 has to be able to have a decent defence, which appears to have deserted Broad in the last 12 months. Since his unbeaten 58 in the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in early 2012, his highest score was 37 against South Africa at Lords.

Decision of the day
The follow-on is out of fashion nowadays. Alastair Cook would not have enforced it last week if it hadn't been for the weather forecast in Wellington. This time it was Brendon McCullum's choice, and he decided to bat again, presumably to rest his bowlers, and allow Bruce Martin the last innings on the pitch. It also meant that a unique occurrence remained. The only time New Zealand have enforced the follow-on against England is the 1983-84 Christchurch Test when they rumbled the visitors for double figures twice. At 8 for 3, McCullum may have been feeling a little less sure of his decision.

Review of the day
It was another busy, and good, day for the DRS. However, one occasion where its use was wasted, came when Ross Taylor was given lbw. Broad, as he occasionally does, did not really turn around in his appeal, as he was sure it was out. Initially, too, Taylor looked happy to walk straight off, but eventually asked for a review. He only needed to see it once on the big screen to know he was gone, and had almost reached the boundary by the time he decision was confirmed.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    chris martin of cold play surely?

  • John on March 24, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Personally , I think the headline is more than a bit unjust

    1 - Broad is primarily a bowler so by all means he should not be expected to do what none of our batsmen bar Prior and to a degree Root

    2- We are playing a six specialist batsman (exc Prior) so the headline should be about any of those batsmen as opposed to a bowler

    3 - I thought Broad's inns - while a bit Kamikaze - was a breath of fresh air and harsh as this may sound , Root (despite his vigil) should have been more positive against Martin when Southee and Boult were looking dangerous every time they ran up

    4 - Then you see how timidly those below him went ...

    5 - He then took a couple of early wickets.

    Sure have a go at Broad when he's not doing it with the ball but unless he's given the all rounder's role in a 5 man attack (which he's obviously not cut out for and Eng won't do) then criticise him for his bowling only. He had the all rounder tag dumped on him. We don't criticise Trott for his bowling do we?

  • avinash on March 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Today we have example of rahim Bangladesh skipper words weak teams gets more wrong decisions.Only after review new Zealand got bell and bairistow to UDRS needs to be compulsory and few change need to be done in DRS 1.Increase no of reviews in tests to 3 ans 2 in odis 2.All have umpire calls should be gone in favour what ever the umpires decision so teams don't mull and get disappointed on half decisions and those reviews shouldnt be taken away from the reviews stays with teams in such decisions. 3.Use of best available hot spots in all series and making use of sniko more effectively/ Please icc see consider these once.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    If a batsman had Broad's strokes and Finn's defence, he would be World Class.

    If a batsman has Finn's strokes and Broad's defence he would be Chris Martin.

  • Jackie on March 24, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Prior made NZ pay for their dropped catch when he was on 24. But the credit should have gone to Southee who caught the edge with his outswinger. Southee bowled brilliantly both against Prior and Root who swished and missed quite a few times. Root can't be praised for his slow batting because he was pinned to the crease by very good bowling and just couldn't get a run. But he kept his head and didn't panic. That deserved praise.

  • Nicholas on March 24, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    I said yesterday not to expect any runs from England's 8-11, and lo and behold... I still do think that any runs off the tailenders should be treated as a bonus only, so not a criticism really. Players 8-11 should be judged on their bowling only; England is not exactly blessed with genuine all-rounders, Matt Prior being an exception in that he's one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen around.

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