New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Auckland, 4th day March 25, 2013

Fulton makes it to an elite list

Plays of the day from the fourth day of the Auckland Test between New Zealand and England
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Drop of the day
It was going to take something extraordinary for England turn this match around and their last vestige of hope went when Peter Fulton, on 31, flicked Stuart Broad low and hard to short midwicket - a plan England had been bowling to - where James Anderson could not hold on to a tough chance. By and large, England have caught well, and sometimes spectacularly in this series, such as Ian Bell's take a short while later, but this miss appeared to knock them flat.

Warning of the day
With the third ball of his seventh over, Steven Finn clipped the stumps in his delivery stride. He was given his one and only warning by Rod Tucker. However, he had done the same in the first innings. So, seemingly, it was back to allowing one transgression per innings before a dead-ball is called. In the one-day series in India, he had one warning for the series. The Laws have been modified to make it a no-ball from October 1, 2013. For the sake of consistency, that date cannot come soon enough.

Switch flick of the day
Consolidation had been the theme for New Zealand at the start of the day - understandable at 35 for 3 - although there was much more intent than on the third evening. Suddenly, though, all that changed when Fulton cut loose against Monty Panesar. Up to that point, Panesar's four overs had been four maidens and he had the wicket of Dean Brownlie. By the end of his fifth over, Fulton had gone 4, 4, 6 and the dam had burst. Panesar's next five overs cost 52.

Landmark of the day
Glenn Turner, Geoff Howarth, Andrew Jones… Peter Fulton. That exclusive list is the New Zealand batsmen to have scored twin hundreds in a Test. When Fulton crunched Broad straight down the ground for his fifth six, it ended a 22-year year gap since Jones had secured his double against Sri Lanka in Hamilton in 1991. For a batsman who had been out of Test cricket for four years and had an average of 20.93 coming into this series, it verged on remarkable.

Angle of the day
Neil Wagner has been out-shone in this match by his two pace-bowling team-mates, but he has struck a couple of vital blows. Yesterday, it was Matt Prior and in the second innings today, it was Jonathan Trott. On both occasions, he was bowling from around the wicket and drew the batsmen into loose drive. In Trott's case, it was an unusually wayward shot, playing well away from his body and edging to the keeper, but it was the clever use of angle from Wagner that helped create the error.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    My friends used to laugh at me when I said Peter Fulton should be playing for New Zealand. Who's laughing now!?

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Andrew Jones and Ewan Chatfield are some of my favourite Black Caps of all time simply because they were true kiwi fighters who toiled away in the shadow of some of our greats. Jones was Martin Crowe's wingman for a long time and Chatfield starved the opposition for runs while Sir Richard Hadlee ran through batsmen at the other end. They are the true unsung heros of New Zealand cricket.

  • Hulusian on March 25, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Andrew Jones was one of NZ's most consistent batsmen, who sometimes had to play in the shadow of Martin Crowe.

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    I'm pleased you've been IN Auckland, AT Eden Park. At least one ESPN writer knows how to write proper English.

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    I think Brendon wanted a century as well and was annoyed at being called off... either that or he was just enjoying himself lol

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    You missed the moment Brendon McCullum declared the Blackcaps' innings. Waiting for Tim Southee to arrive, only to see Bracewell come in and tell him to walk off! That was hilarious! :)

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    It's Andrew Jones, Cricinfo LOL. This is how in plays at first class level, why has he not done this before

  • Grimmett_C_V on March 25, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    I think you mean Andrew Jones. Alan Jones is an offensive broadcaster.

  • Bishop on March 25, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I think you mean Andrew Jones. I live in Australia, and believe me, Alan Jones is not someone you want to be mistaken for!

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    I just got a chance to watch the aggressive part of fulton innings i.e. 40 onwards. It was 3:30 AM in Pakistan :) but I couldn't stop myself to watch it till end . It has been ages that I watched such a marvelous innings in test. Everything was right about it. Shot selection, timing,footwork and has never seen english captain and bowlers in such helpless situation. I hope he keeps this form in future which can do wonders for New Zealand Cricket.

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