England in New Zealand ODI Series - 1st ODI

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

1.20pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the first ODI between New Zealand and England from Seddon Park in Hamilton. Avi Singh with you on scoring and commentary duties throughout the match today.

First comment of the day honours go to the ever-reliable and interesting Mark Kidger: "Despite the rather patronising "New Zealand are ranked #8 in ODIs, so this is their best format" most England fans are expecting a tough contest. No ODI series win in NZ since 1991/92 is a lot of baggage. A seres win would be a good result, although anything less than 3-0 would be a rankings disaster for England."

1.30pm Brendon McCullum has won the toss and New Zealand will bowl first. Trent Boult and Colin Munro are not in the New Zealand XI. For England, Joe Root will bat at 4 and Chris Woakes also gets a chance.

Craig McMillan believes the pitch is looking in excellent condition - a firm surface but may be a touch slow with a thin layer of grass on top. He also thinks runs will be the order of the day with the short boundaries.

1.40pm For all the statistics and relevant information, check out the match preview from our very own loveable rogue, Alan Gardner.

The teams line-up as follows:

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 6 Grant Elliott, 7 James Franklin, 8 Andrew Ellis, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

1.50pm You can also have a look at what Kyle Mills and Brendon McCullum had to say ahead of the game, as well as the thoughts of Iain O'Brien on Stuart Broad and Ross Taylor. Iain also notes that Cook, Bell, Trott, Anderson and Swann all come into England's side for the ODIs.

And apologies in advance if your comments are not published - they are all read, but with both scoring and commentary in my hands juggling the third task will be a tad difficult. I will nevertheless do my best!

Nick: "Rather think England would trade a rankings disaster in for a world title, even if it is the Champions Trophy. They'd be happy to slip to 8th themselves if it meant winning one."

Billy: "Big things from one G.Elliott today.. Looked in super nick against the mighty Saffas, so back at home against the Poms he will be cherry ripe for a big score !"

cricket simpleton: "though they are ranked # 8 , this seems the by far strongest NZ middle order, in the recent times. it will just be a cake walk of chase if any 2 of the black caps' middle order fires today. its really an evenly matched game !"

Dan: "NZ spoiled SA's ODI ranking, now let's do the same to England's. With so many of the England team coming into this game cold, we should be able to dominate. Plus, the way the results have been going, this game is our turn."

Nathan: "Cricket is a game of skill. But day night matches especially in Twenty20 games much is left to chance. Have we sacrificed a skills and a contest to TV revenue."

Gareth: "I think the Kiwis are suffering the same 'Allrounder Syndrome' which is plaguing the West Indies. I think it's a T20 mindset where they like players who can offer a bit more than the one skill, but in ODIs I think the Windies proved why the theory is flawed."

Righto, the players are out there. Cook and Bell opening up with the England skipper taking first guard, Kyle Mills has the ball in hand for New Zealand...

0.1

Mills to Cook, no run, and Cook begins with a leave to a ball angling across him outside off stump

0.2

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook is stuck in the crease before tentatively coming forward to defend a good length ball on middle and leg back down the pitch

0.3

Mills to Cook, no run, oh, that's unusual from Cook, a gentle away-swinger too far outside off to reach and Cook wafts erroneously but lays no bat on it

0.4

Mills to Cook, no run, this is in a similar area outside off without the movement and Cook is quick to shoulder arms

0.5

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook shuffles across and defends a full ball angling into middle and leg

0.6

Mills to Cook, no run, Mills begins with a maiden as he forces Cook onto the back foot to defend a good length ball on off stump down to mid-off

Jose: "How can England Dern Bach on Dernbach? Was under the impression, from the recent past, that he will always be in the playing XI, come what may!"

Mike is puzzled: "I don't quite understand NZ's lineup here. We're bowling first with what looks like 3 bowlers (McLenaghan, Mills,and McCullum who doesn't look like he threatens anyone with his spin) and making the rest of the overs up with Franklin, Elliot, Williamson, and Ellis?"

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)     

1.1

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, McClenaghan opens up from the other end with a full and wide delivery outside off which Bell is correct in leaving well alone

1.2

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, this is shortish outside off and Bell punches away from the body but finds point

1.3

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, better delivery as McClenaghan gets this to move back in close to off stump and makes Bell think before deciding to leave

1.4

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, Bell is pushed back and defends a short ball on off down into the ground, mid wicket races in to prevent a single

1.5

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, another good length delivery, this time located around middle stump, and Bell defends with the middle of the bat

1.6

McClenaghan to Bell, FOUR, first runs of the match and series as Bell cracks a full delivery outside off through cover point, once it beats the infield it's usually four in Hamilton

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 4/0
IR Bell    4* (6b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    0* (6b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-0

2.1

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook falls over as he awkwardly squeezes an inswinger from middle and leg out to mid on

2.2

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook goes back to a good length ball outside off and impatiently throws the hands at it, doesn't hit it well and it goes aerially to point on the bounce

2.3

Mills to Cook, FOUR, much better stroke as Cook opens his account by leaning on a half-volley outside off and caressing it past the cover fielder

2.4

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook doesn't get forward to a fullish ball on off and jams it out into the off side

2.5

Mills to Cook, no run, loud appeal for lbw from Mills as he gets one to sharply nip back into Cook and strike him on the pads on leg stump, but it hits him far too high up and New Zealand wisely preserve their DRS review

2.6

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook firmly punches a good length ball off the back foot down to mid-off

Bala: "@Jose. England woke up to Woakes. So, had to Dern Bach on Dernbach!"

Arjun: "Is there DRS? Bumble just tweeted there is and i dont see it on your score card..." Yes there is Arjun

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 8/0
AN Cook    4* (12b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-1-4-0
IR Bell    4* (6b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    1-0-4-0

3.1

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, Bell has nothing to do with a good length ball angling across him outside off

Seems as though that Mills lbw appeal also pitched outside leg

3.2

McClenaghan to Bell, 2 runs, the bowler strays on the pads and Bell comfortably clips him through backward square where Watling gives chase to keep the scoring to a couple

3.3

McClenaghan to Bell, 1 run, Bell repeats the stroke to a similar delivery but this time Watling denies Bell the chance to get back on strike

3.4

McClenaghan to Cook, OUT, and Ck has been cleaned out! Tentative footwork proves his undoing as he doesn't get forward enough to a full ball on off and the ball squeezes under his attempted forward defensive as New Zealand strike early

AN Cook b McClenaghan 4 (15m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

3.5

McClenaghan to Trott, FOUR, Trott is the new man in and begins with a typically unfussy clip through midwicket to an overpitched delivery on the pads, timing is superb and he begins with a strike rate of 400

3.6

McClenaghan to Trott, no run, which goes down to 200 ashe gets forward to defend a good length ball on off with an open face into the covers

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 15/1
IJL Trott    4* (2b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-11-1
IR Bell    7* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-1-4-0

4.1

Mills to Bell, no run, Bell gets forward and drives attractively but picks out cover

4.2

Mills to Bell, no run, Bell gets forward before decisively shouldering arms to a prodigious away swinger which starts well outside off

4.3

Mills to Bell, 1 run, Bell stays back in the crease and chop-cuts a good length ball past a diving gully down to third man

4.4

Mills to Trott, 1 run, Trott gets on the front foot and pushes into the off side for an easy single

4.5

Mills to Bell, 1 run, Elliott dives well at mid-off to cut off a front-foot punch from Bell to a full delivery on off

4.6

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott securely defends on off to point

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 18/1
IJL Trott    5* (4b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-1-7-0
IR Bell    9* (13b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    2-0-11-1

5.1

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, unfortunate for Bell as he drives into the stumps, no hand on it which is fortunate for Trott who was out of his crease

5.2

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, good length ball on middle and off nips back into Bell and catches him on the thigh guard, rolls to off

5.3

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, Bell inside-edges another good length in-cutter, rolls to slip whilst there is a muted appeal

5.4

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, this time Bell comes forward to counter the movement but is quickly forced back by a short ball and fends it awkwardly down into the off side

5.5

McClenaghan to Bell, 1 run, drives straight between the stumps and the non-striker to collect an easy run

5.6

McClenaghan to Trott, no run, well bowled yorker on off which Trott digs out expertly

End of over 6 (1 run) England 19/1
IJL Trott    5* (5b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-12-1
IR Bell    10* (18b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-1-7-0

6.1

Mills to Bell, FOUR, Bell again walks down the ground, this time with more success as he lofts a full ball on middle over mid-on, didn't hit it perfectly but didn't need to

6.2

Mills to Bell, no run, hops back and respectfully defends a good length ball on off

6.3

Mills to Bell, no run, another shortish ball moving back in a touch and Bell pats it down with soft hands to the side of the pitch

6.4

Mills to Bell, no run, Bell stays in the crease and defends an accurate delivery honing in towards off stump

6.5

Mills to Bell, 1 run, Bell comes down once more and tucks a ball nipping back into him through wide midwicket

6.6

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott defends with the inside half of the bat back to Mills

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 24/1
IJL Trott    5* (6b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-1-12-0
IR Bell    15* (23b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    3-0-12-1

7.1

McClenaghan to Bell, FOUR, strays on the pads and Bell clips it away aerially over backward square in typically attractive fashion

7.2

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

7.3

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, defends on the back foot into the covers

7.4

McClenaghan to Bell, FOUR, bangs in the short bouncer bu Bell is alert and pulls with superb rolling of the wrists and the ball rushes away to the backward square boundary

7.5

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, played into the covers

7.6

McClenaghan to Bell, no run, solid defence down to mid-off to end a productive over for England

Mike Holmans (who is a contributor to our Different Strokes blog): "Not your commentary, but Botham's. He's just referred to them using "artificial water". How can water be artificial?" Mr Botham's commentary confounds most of us, Mike...

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 32/1
IR Bell    23* (29b 4x4)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-20-1
IJL Trott    5* (6b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-1-12-0

8.1

Mills to Trott, no run, well bowled and disguised slower ball from Mills, which nips back in sharply and sneaks through a gap between bat and pad but goes over the top of middle

8.2

Mills to Trott, no run, gets forward and defends with bat tightly aligned with pad this time

8.3

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott shimmies down the track but is quick to revert to defence to a ball on off pitched just short of a good length

8.4

Mills to Trott, no run, uncharacteristically loose from Trott there, backs away outside leg and charges down the track and misses a flail to a ball on off which goes over the top of the stumps

8.5

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott comes forward but is quick to shoulder arms to an accurate good length ball just outside off

8.6

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott opens the face to a good length ball of off and dabs it straight to gully

BinayakJ suggests a different batting line-up for England: ""England 1, 2, & 3 are basically watchful batters rather than a powerful striker of the ball. This line-up might not work during the first powerplay in ODI cricket. The need somebody like Hales, Pieterson, or other striker in that line-up.""

End of over 9 (maiden) England 32/1
IJL Trott    5* (12b 1x4)      KD Mills    5-2-12-0
IR Bell    23* (29b 4x4)      MJ McClenaghan    4-0-20-1

9.1

Ellis to Bell, no run, first ball is defended down to mid-on

9.2

Ellis to Bell, no run, defends a gentle 126kph delivery into the covers

9.3

Ellis to Bell, no run, Ellis sees Bell coming down and bangs a bouncer in short, Bell tries to reach it with a pull but can't make contact

9.4

Ellis to Bell, no run, played cautiously into the covers

9.5

Ellis to Bell, 1 run, run-out opportunity goes begging for New Zealand, Bell worked it down the track and set off, Taylor slides in from short midwicket but can't collect cleanly, would have had plenty of time to hit the stumps from 3 metres away had he collected

9.6

Ellis to Trott, no run, Trott defends back to the bowler as the first Powerplay yields only 33 for England

End of over 10 (1 run) England 33/1
IJL Trott    5* (13b 1x4)      AM Ellis    1-0-1-0
IR Bell    24* (34b 4x4)      KD Mills    5-2-12-0

10.1

Mills to Bell, no run, Mills makes Bell retreat into defence with a good length ball on the stumps

10.2

Mills to Bell, no run, Bell again comes down with purpose but Mills makes him sit back and defend under his eyes with a well-directed short ball

10.3

Mills to Bell, 1 run, short on off and Bell mistimes the pull but gets it past midwicket out to the sweeper

10.4

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott cuts off the back foot but finds gully

10.5

Mills to Trott, no run, Trott defends back to Mills, who has been exemplary so far

10.6

Mills to Trott, 1 run, Trott works a ball on middle and leg through midwicket to keep the strike

Hussain Syed: "In my books, Mills is the best ODI fast bowler in the world at the moment. Not only does he take the odd wicket, he keeps it really really tight."

Hitesh: "With the invent of two new balls in ODI..You would like to have watchful batters instead of bashers..Also Bell is transforming into a complete ODI batsment by combining both aggression with patience."

Droll humour from Tim: "England off to a flyer...by 1980s standards"

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 35/1
IJL Trott    6* (16b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-2-14-0
IR Bell    25* (37b 4x4)      AM Ellis    1-0-1-0

11.1

Ellis to Trott, no run, Trott defends once more as a good length ball on the stumps limits his options

11.2

Ellis to Trott, 2 runs, clipped off the pads through backward square as Ellis strays

11.3

Ellis to Trott, no run, winds up for a scything cut but ends up chopping it with the bottom of the bat out to point

11.4

Ellis to Trott, no run, full outside off and Trott mistimes with the inside half down towards mid-off

11.5

Ellis to Trott, no run, Trott gets comfortably underneath a bouncer on middle by Ellis

Trott standing deep in his crease

11.6

Ellis to Trott, no run, goes back and mistimes the back-foot punch to a close-in fielder on the off side

Dev: "For me the English line up looks pretty much settled ... the only change I would like to see is Morgan (at No 4) ahead of Root"

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 37/1
IJL Trott    8* (22b 1x4)      AM Ellis    2-0-3-0
IR Bell    25* (37b 4x4)      KD Mills    6-2-14-0

12.1

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, worked through wide mid-on

12.2

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, Trott reaches to a ball well outside off and plays a sweep-cum-slog out to the sweeper

12.3

NL McCullum to Bell, no run, Bell goes for the cheeky reverse sweep and is hit on the back leg but outside the line of off as the McCullum brothers appeal

12.4

NL McCullum to Bell, no run, goes back and works a ball which turns in appreciably down

12.5

NL McCullum to Bell, 2 runs, DROPPED, Bell top-edges a slog-sweep out into the deep and Watling running in from the boundary dives full length in front of him and gets both hands to it but it spills out of his reach

12.6

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, Bell gets forward outside off and pats it square

Robbin Bhagwan: "78.67, 74.55 and 74.89 are the strike rates of Cook, Bell and Trott in ODIs. not that bad from first 3 batters.... BinayakJ it is an ODI, T20 series is already over."

End of over 13 (5 runs) England 42/1
IR Bell    29* (42b 4x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-5-0
IJL Trott    9* (23b 1x4)      AM Ellis    2-0-3-0

13.1

Ellis to Bell, SIX, short ball on off sits up and Bell rocks back to pull backward of square, McClenaghan leaps on the boundary but can't get a hand to it, one of the volunteers behind the boundary is unsighted and manages to dive low to his left to snaffle it!

13.2

Ellis to Bell, 1 wide, slips a full ball down leg and swings further down, McCullum does well to collect

First extra of the innings

13.2

Ellis to Bell, no run, defends on the back foot back to the bowler

13.3

Ellis to Bell, no run

13.4

Ellis to Bell, no run, gets forward and defends solidly down to mid-on

13.5

Ellis to Bell, no run

13.6

Ellis to Bell, no run, slower ball on off and Bell plays it under his eyes

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 49/1
IR Bell    35* (48b 4x4 1x6)      AM Ellis    3-0-10-0
IJL Trott    9* (23b 1x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-5-0

14.1

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, Trott clips it to the left of mid-on and saunters off for a single before hurriedly sending Bell back as Guptill races across and swoops on the ball before flicking it in, they go upstairs but Bell's dive gets him back in

14.2

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, Trott clips this wider this time of mid-on and the bowler can only get a hand to it as he rushes across

14.3

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, full on middle and Bell drives to long-on

14.4

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, full on off, Trott gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep backward square leg

14.5

NL McCullum to Bell, no run, defended back down the track with soft hands

14.6

NL McCullum to Bell, no run, no turn as he pushes this through outside off, worked back down the wicket where the bowler and non-striker collide whilst in the processes of retrieval and return

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 52/1
IR Bell    36* (51b 4x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-8-0
IJL Trott    11* (26b 1x4)      AM Ellis    3-0-10-0

15.1

Ellis to Trott, no run, goes back and defends into the covers, Trott looking scratchy after that first-up boundary

15.2

Ellis to Trott, 1 run, not in full control of the uppish cut as Trott charges down the wicket, bounces short of third man

15.3

Ellis to Bell, no run, Bell drives on the up but finds mid-off

15.4

Ellis to Bell, no run, considerable seam movement back into Bell who is hit on the back leg trying to carve it through the off side

15.5

Ellis to Bell, 1 run, wristily flips a good length ball on off through midwicket

15.6

Ellis to Trott, no run, harmless short ball well outside off which Trott barely has to lean over to avoid

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 54/1
IJL Trott    12* (29b 1x4)      AM Ellis    4-0-12-0
IR Bell    37* (54b 4x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-8-0

16.1

NL McCullum to Bell, no run

16.2

NL McCullum to Bell, no run

16.3

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, worked wide of the non-striker down to mid-on

16.4

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, sweeps in controlled fashion out to deep backward square

16.5

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, comes down and squeezes it into the covers

16.6

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, Trott punches a flat delivery down to long-on as drinks are taken

Sedate beginning from England and New Zealand would be satisfied with the restricting of the run-flow so far, but would be seeking wickets in the next few overs.

Hitesh: "Ball Boy/spectator is showing New Zealand how to catch the ball..Watling would have been embarrassed looking at it.."

Sofa Tan: "Well, those disappointed with NZ's continued lack of consistency, for your own sake, let's hope NZ can do better than a whitewash, such as West Indies ODI series recenty against Australia. Then you can proudly say we're much better than the West Indies."

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 58/1
IJL Trott    14* (31b 1x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-0
IR Bell    39* (58b 4x4 1x6)      AM Ellis    4-0-12-0

17.1

Ellis to Trott, 1 run, Trott tucks a slower ball on middle through square leg

17.2

Ellis to Bell, 1 run, now it is Bell's turn to work through backward square

17.3

Ellis to Trott, 1 run, ugly stroke from Trott, charges down and top-edges a cut over the slips down to third man

17.4

Ellis to Bell, no run, Bell comes down and is struck in the nether regions by a delivery which nips back in sharply, Bell is quickly down on his haunches but is ready to resume in fairly quick time

17.5

Ellis to Bell, 1 run, inside edges the attempted on drive over the head of the close-in midwicket fielder

17.6

Ellis to Trott, 1 run, rolls the fingers but also puts it down leg side and Trott works out to deep backward square leg

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 63/1
IJL Trott    17* (34b 1x4)      AM Ellis    5-0-17-0
IR Bell    41* (61b 4x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-0

18.1

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, Trott mistimes a drive back to the bowler

18.2

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, full outside off and drifts away a touch as Trott clips to short mid-on

18.3

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, moves across and gloves the attempted sweep, balloons up over the keeper but falls well short of fine leg

18.4

NL McCullum to Bell, no run, comes down but is forced to defend

18.5

NL McCullum to Bell, no run, attempts what I think is a switch-hit, changes the stance but bottom-edges the ball on middle into his pads

18.6

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, worked out into the deep on the leg side

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 65/1
IR Bell    42* (64b 4x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    4-0-14-0
IJL Trott    18* (37b 1x4)      AM Ellis    5-0-17-0

19.1

Ellis to Bell, FOUR, horrible short ball down leg and Bell helps it on its way with a swivel pull

19.2

Ellis to Bell, no run, Bell chips down and clips it straight to mid-wicket

19.3

Ellis to Bell, SIX, Bell brings up fifty with a delectable loft over the long-off boundary after walking down the track and playing an exquisite check drive

19.4

Ellis to Bell, no run, waits in the crease and defends

19.5

Ellis to Bell, no run, moves back in sharply once more and Bell is struck on the thigh pad again as the protective equipment gets a workout

19.6

Ellis to Bell, 2 runs, eases a back-foot punch past cover and Guptill chases like a hare to keep it to a brace

Alex: "Many predictions the new fielding rules would make ODIs too much of a batsman's game. NZ showing otherwise by simply bowling in the right areas. Need to get Bell soon though or he will take the game away. Not sure who our wicket-taking bowlers are."

End of over 20 (12 runs) England 77/1
IR Bell    54* (70b 5x4 2x6)      AM Ellis    6-0-29-0
IJL Trott    18* (37b 1x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-14-0

20.1

NL McCullum to Trott, no run

20.2

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, worked to short mid-on

20.3

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, Trott is beaten outside off trying to cut against the turn, the struggle continues for England's No 3

20.4

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, and is fortunate to survive again, another top-edged sweep which just evades the fine leg fielder running back

20.5

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, waits in the crease and clips through backward square leg

20.6

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, Trott again finds the perennial menace of Guptill at short mid-on in the way of his work to leg

alaithiran finds a literary reference amongst the participants in today's game: "Reading the words 'Ellis to Bell' repeatedly reminds me that Ellis Bell was the pen-name under which Emily Bronte published Wuthering Heights. Her sisters Anne and Charlotte Bronte originally published their novels under the names Acton and Currer Bell. Men's novels were more readily published and promoted than women's in those days. Sounds like the treatment of women's and men's cricket today..."

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 79/1
IJL Trott    19* (42b 1x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-16-0
IR Bell    55* (71b 5x4 2x6)      AM Ellis    6-0-29-0

21.1

Franklin to Bell, 1 run, first ball from left-arm over is on Bell's pads and quietly tucked to fine leg

21.2

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, rinse and repeat as Franklin dishes up a gentle freebie to Trott on the pads

21.3

Franklin to Bell, 1 run, drives to mid-off on the edge of the circle and successfully takes him on

21.4

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, Franklin again puts this ball on leg and Trott, no matter how out of touch, won't miss out on the opportunity to flick such deliveries out to deep backward square

21.5

Franklin to Bell, 1 run, controlled pull goes out to Watling who is patrolling the midwicket boundary

21.6

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, Trott defends firmly past the bowler and is alert to the opportunity to retain strike

End of over 22 (6 runs) England 85/1
IJL Trott    22* (45b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-6-0
IR Bell    58* (74b 5x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    5-0-16-0

22.1

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, Trott uncomfortably squeezes a ball on off to the close-in fielder on the leg side

22.2

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, worked aerially but to the right of Guptill at short mid-wicket

22.3

NL McCullum to Bell, 1 run, Bell chips down and eases it to long-on

22.4

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, risky from Trott as he gets down to sweep a ball on middle, bottom-edged to fine leg

22.5

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, plays straight this time and works it past the bowler to long-on

22.6

NL McCullum to Bell, FOUR, superb stroke from Bell who comes down the track and slams it straight down the ground well wide of mid-off

End of over 23 (7 runs) England 92/1
IR Bell    63* (76b 6x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    6-0-23-0
IJL Trott    24* (49b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-6-0

Amir: "Ian Bell keeps on getting hit in that region, if he wants to continue to produce kids, he better stop advancing like that..." He would certainly want to avoid the fate that has befallen Queensland's Chris Lynn...

23.1

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, Trott beats the diving short mid-on with his clip

23.2

Franklin to Bell, no run, slower ball which pops on Bell at only 105kph and almost lobs back to the bowler as Bell bails out of an attempted extravagant wristy whip to leg

23.3

Franklin to Bell, 1 run, hits this out to deep backward square

23.4

Franklin to Trott, no run, Trott tries to manufacture a scoring opportunity but can't beat cover after backing away and slapping a short ball on off

23.5

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, slower ball on leg and worked away behind square

23.6

Franklin to Bell, OUT, despite Trott looking likely to depart, it is Bell who departs to end the partnership as he charges at surprise wicket-taker Franklin and top edges a carve through to the New Zealand captain behind the stumps

IR Bell c †BB McCullum b Franklin 64 (95m 79b 6x4 2x6) SR: 81.01

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 95/2
     JEC Franklin    2-0-9-1
IJL Trott    26* (52b 1x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-23-0

24.1

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run

Yorkshire's precocious talent Joe Root is the new batsman

24.2

NL McCullum to Root, FOUR, and gets underway with a thick-edged cut past the keeper which races down to third man

24.3

NL McCullum to Root, no run, moves across and works it nicely but finds mid-on

24.4

NL McCullum to Root, no run, comes down and squeezes it to leg

24.5

NL McCullum to Root, no run, hangs back in the crease and jams it into the leg side

24.6

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, tossed up outside off which allows Root to rock back and firmly punch through the covers

John: "England maybe paying the price for playing a top 3 of naturally steady scorers who all haven't played for a while. Probably time for Trott in particular to up the tempo or get out trying because I can imagine Morgan and Buttler starting to wonder how many 6s they'll need to hit to get up to a competitive total."

Dev: "I think Trott has an amazing strategy today .... Just put the NZ bowlers to sleep"

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 101/2
JE Root    5* (5b 1x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-29-0
IJL Trott    27* (53b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    2-0-9-1

25.1

Franklin to Root, 1 run, once more strays on the pads and is milked down to fine leg

25.2

Franklin to Trott, no run, Trott aggressively charges at Franklin and flat-bats him with good timing but yet again finds mid-on

25.3

Franklin to Trott, no run, digs this in short and Trott leaves with the periscope not fully withdrawn

25.4

Franklin to Trott, 4 leg byes, Trott is clunked on the head by an accurate bouncer which surprised him, but the ball runs away for four leg-byes, much to the annoyance of our assistant editor George Binoy, who has written about scrapping this rule in our "Rules I'd Change' series

25.5

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, Trott walks across and looks ungainly in flicking to the right of midwicket

25.6

Franklin to Root, no run, Root walks down but defends to cover

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 107/2
JE Root    6* (7b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    3-0-11-1
IJL Trott    28* (57b 1x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-29-0

26.1

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, worked down to fine leg

26.2

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, Root is quick to go back and tuck the ball through square

26.3

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, Trott pulls a short ball and drags it to deep backward square

26.4

NL McCullum to Root, no run, nicely flighted on middle and leg and Root can do little but work it without timing to midwicket

26.5

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, gets down and sweeps powerfully out to deep square

Chris shows the love for Trott: "Just woken up in the middle of the night. Been having trouble sleeping lately. Many thanks to Jonathan Trott for helping me back to sleep ..."

Hitesh: "Joe Root seems to have that extra time to play the ball which all world class batsmen had..Cant remember any debut batsman playing so comfortably like he did in India"

26.6

NL McCullum to Trott, no run, Trott remains in a tangle as he pats it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 111/2
IJL Trott    30* (60b 1x4)      NL McCullum    8-0-33-0
JE Root    8* (10b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    3-0-11-1

27.1

Franklin to Root, no run

27.2

Franklin to Root, 1 run, goes back and works a good length ball fine

27.3

Franklin to Trott, FOUR, Trott finally gets one away, short and wide and Trott reaches out before tapping it through the covers and out to the rope

27.4

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, clipped without intent to keep it down and just out of the reach of Ross Taylor at square leg

27.5

Franklin to Root, no run, Root waits in the crease and plays a good length delivery down behind square on the off side

27.6

Franklin to Root, no run, Franklin continues an impressive spell by forcing Root to stay in the crease and defend

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 117/2
JE Root    9* (14b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    4-0-17-1
IJL Trott    35* (62b 2x4)      NL McCullum    8-0-33-0

You can view George's column on removing leg-byes for being hit on the helmet while evading here

Kane Williamson is on

28.1

Williamson to Trott, 1 run

28.2

Williamson to Root, 1 run, full toss and worked to long-on

28.3

Williamson to Trott, 1 run, on the pads from around the wicket and tucked fine

28.4

Williamson to Root, no run

28.5

Williamson to Root, 1 run, worked to long-on

28.6

Williamson to Trott, no run, Trott picks out his nemesis Guptill at short mid-wicket to end a tidy first over from Kane

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 121/2
IJL Trott    37* (65b 2x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-4-0
JE Root    11* (17b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    4-0-17-1

29.1

Franklin to Root, 1 run, Root has been proactive so far in his brief stay and again collects a single into the leg side

29.2

Franklin to Trott, 1 run, Trott waits and flicks out to deep midwicket

29.3

Franklin to Root, 1 run, short on middle and Root swivel-pulls it down to deep fine leg

Jesse Ryder (@DijaRyder) tweets: "I see Trott is practising for the Tests"

29.4

Franklin to Trott, FOUR, short and wide and Trott is again able to take advantage and cracks it through cover point to the fence

29.5

Franklin to Trott, FOUR, compounds the error with a shortish ball down leg which Trott clips fine past the keeper as England improve their run-rate

29.6

Franklin to Trott, no run, played to mid-on

End of over 30 (11 runs) England 132/2
IJL Trott    46* (69b 4x4)      JEC Franklin    5-0-28-1
JE Root    13* (19b 1x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-4-0

30.1

Williamson to Root, FOUR, sublime stroke from Root, drives Williamson out to the cover boundary with the bowler coming around the wicket, bisects the deep fieldsmen perfectly

30.2

Williamson to Root, 1 run

30.3

Williamson to Trott, no run, Trott is forward and defends with soft hands, the keeper mops up

30.4

Williamson to Trott, 1 run, worked fine off the pads

30.5

Williamson to Root, 1 run, Root again shows the dexterity of his wrists by digging a full ball on middle out to mid-off

30.6

Williamson to Trott, 1 run

Amir believes Trott is sending a message to the fraternity: "Jonathan Trott is just showing his love to Azhar Ali and Misbah from yesterday. They will show the same again come the morning..."

"Jonathan Trott": "@Jesse Ryder... I see I am playing in this game and will be playing in the Tests. What about you?"

End of over 31 (8 runs) England 140/2
IJL Trott    48* (72b 4x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-12-0
JE Root    19* (22b 2x4)      JEC Franklin    5-0-28-1

31.1

Elliott to Trott, 1 run

31.2

Elliott to Root, no run, slower ball on middle which Root defends stoutly in a manner which his county president, a certain Geoffrey Boycott, would be proud of

31.3

Elliott to Root, no run, Root is again solid in defence

31.4

Elliott to Root, 1 wide, wided as a slower-ball bouncer is dragged down so much it goes above head height outside off

31.4

Elliott to Root, no run, punched down to mid-off

31.5

Elliott to Root, 1 run, full outside off and eased to the cover sweeper

31.6

Elliott to Trott, FOUR, Trott gets down on one knee to a slower ball and sweeps it behind backward square to reach a battling fifty

End of over 32 (7 runs) England 147/2
IJL Trott    53* (74b 5x4)      GD Elliott    1-0-7-0
JE Root    20* (26b 2x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-12-0

32.1

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, goes back and uses soft hands to dab into the covers

32.2

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, fired flat and full on the stumps and Trott eases it to long-on

32.3

NL McCullum to Root, no run, Root misses out as this is fired down leg and Root picks out fine leg with the tuck

32.4

NL McCullum to Root, no run, goes back to pull but the ball doesn't come on and mistimes the shot horrible to midwicket

32.5

NL McCullum to Root, no run, gets forward and eases the ball to cover

32.6

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, reaches out to a ball outside off and slog sweeps on the bounce to deep backward square

New Zealand's left-arm speedster returns

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 150/2
JE Root    22* (31b 2x4)      NL McCullum    9-0-36-0
IJL Trott    54* (75b 5x4)      GD Elliott    1-0-7-0

33.1

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run, carved out to deep cover point

33.2

McClenaghan to Trott, 1 run, short on middle and leg, Trott gets inside the line and helps it down to fine leg

33.3

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run, goes back and works it to the right of midwicket

33.4

McClenaghan to Trott, 2 runs, Trott backs away and finds the gap in the cover region with a carve aimed at a ball heading towards the stumps

33.5

McClenaghan to Trott, 1 run, followed up with a risk-free single tucked into the leg side

33.6

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run, full on off and squeezed past cover

Chris: "Jesse Ryder "@Jonathan Trott.....I see i am earning $260k in IPL...what about you??""

Dan: "@Jonathon Trott, careful man, don't wake the beast. The NZ test squad hasn't been named yet, if you upset Jesse too much he might end his exile and make himself available. He'll come destroy your attack like he has all others this year - remember your last tour here?"

End of over 34 (7 runs) England 157/2
JE Root    25* (34b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    5-0-27-1
IJL Trott    58* (78b 5x4)      NL McCullum    9-0-36-0

34.1

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run

34.2

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, hits the sweep aerially but out on the bounce to deep backward square

34.3

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, reverse paddles a ball on off just behind square

34.4

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, singles flowing now as Trott sweeps along the carpet out to the busy leg side sweepers

34.5

NL McCullum to Root, 1 run, worked fine off the pads

34.6

NL McCullum to Trott, 1 run, punched down to long-on, Nathan McCullum bowls out his 10 overs for just 42

Batting Powerplay is taken

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 163/2
IJL Trott    61* (81b 5x4)      NL McCullum    10-0-42-0
JE Root    28* (37b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    5-0-27-1

35.1

McClenaghan to Trott, 1 run, starts with a single to the right of mid-on

35.2

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run, short on off and Root rides the bounce before dabbing in controlled fashion down to third man

35.3

McClenaghan to Trott, no run, bangs in a good short bouncer which Trott evades easily enough

35.4

McClenaghan to Trott, no run, wildly charges down the track and stretches to mistime the good length ball back to the bowler

35.5

McClenaghan to Trott, 1 run, short ball from left-arm over after changing sides and Trott mistimes the pull out to deep backward square

35.6

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run, opens the face to a good length ball angled across and guides it third man

Kyle Mills comes back on

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 167/2
JE Root    30* (39b 2x4)      MJ McClenaghan    6-0-31-1
IJL Trott    63* (85b 5x4)      NL McCullum    10-0-42-0

36.1

Mills to Root, no run, waits in the crease and defends to leg

36.2

Mills to Root, 2 runs, Root charges down the track and top-edges a straight heave over the heads of both mid-off and mid-on and scampers back for a couple

36.3

Mills to Root, no run, superb slower ball from Mills, nips back in as Root tries to evade, clips what appears to be the glove and goes through to McCullum, appeal and Root is given caught behind, Root reviews and Hot Spot seems to show it clipping the back arm and not the glove, decision overturned. The third umpire agonised for a while before coming to what appears to be the correct decision based on the doubt

36.4

Mills to Root, 1 run, worked off the pads down to fine leg

36.5

Mills to Trott, 1 run, goes back and cuts down to third man

36.6

Mills to Root, 1 run, Root waits and dabs to third man as a quiet Powerplay continues

England have progressed very well as we reach drinks courtesy of an attacking Bell and a more sedate Trott, followed by a perky effort from Joe Root which was almost cut short but reprieved by the DRS. They will be aiming for 260+ from here

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 172/2
JE Root    34* (44b 2x4)      KD Mills    7-2-19-0
IJL Trott    64* (86b 5x4)      MJ McClenaghan    6-0-31-1

37.1

McClenaghan to Root, no run, another strike to the helmet of an England batsman, this time via arm as Root misses the pull with his bat before being struck

37.2

McClenaghan to Root, FOUR, innovative from Root who walks across and scoops a slower ball over the keeper's head with nonchalance

37.3

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run, played down to third man

37.4

McClenaghan to Trott, no run, rocks back and slams a flat-batted heave to mid-on

37.5

McClenaghan to Trott, no run, Trott nearly chops on as he backs away and ends up slashing it on the bounce to the keeper

37.6

McClenaghan to Trott, FOUR, very innovative and pressure-relieving from Trott, walks across his stumps and flicking a ball on middle over the head of fine leg

John's view on the Root DRS reversal: "The slo-mo replay was more help than Hotspot in the Root decision. It clearly showed the ball missing the glove and hitting the sleeve. But who'd be an umpire? That sure looked out at full speed."

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 181/2
IJL Trott    68* (89b 6x4)      MJ McClenaghan    7-0-40-1
JE Root    39* (47b 3x4)      KD Mills    7-2-19-0

38.1

Mills to Root, no run, Root charges and misses with a swing to the heavens

38.2

Mills to Root, no run, gives himself some room to cut but Mills shortens the length and gets the ball bouncing over the top of Root's flailing

38.3

Mills to Root, 2 runs, slower ball on middle is nicely clipped away behind square as fine leg runs around to collect

38.4

Mills to Root, 1 run, Mills follows Root as he backs away and pulls to deep midwicket

38.5

Mills to Trott, OUT, Trott finally chops on as he backs away and tries to smack it straight, but instead the ball makes a mess of the stumps

IJL Trott b Mills 68 (139m 90b 6x4 0x6) SR: 75.55

Eoin Morgan is in, exactly who England would have wanted

38.6

Mills to Morgan, no run, and he is content to shoulder arms to his opening ball which is angled across the left-hander outside off

Ellis returns

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 184/3
EJG Morgan    0* (1b)      KD Mills    8-2-22-1
JE Root    42* (51b 3x4)      MJ McClenaghan    7-0-40-1

39.1

Ellis to Root, 1 run, Root bizarrely tries to play a switch-hit scoop and instead the ball hits his glove and rolls to the off side

39.2

Ellis to Morgan, no run, oof beaten outside off as he tries to push into the covers, that swung considerably away and kept going past the bat

39.3

Ellis to Morgan, 1 run, goes back and slaps a cut through the covers to open his account

39.4

Ellis to Root, FOUR, slow short ball which says 'hit-me' to Root who obliges with a well-controlled pull which screams to the backward square rope

39.5

Ellis to Root, no run, beaten as he comes down and gives room to carve inside out over cover

39.6

Ellis to Root, no run, goes back and mistimes a pull straight to square leg

James: "I know DRS has had a shocking couple of weeks but that was perfect use as the front-angle showed the ball was never within an inch of the gloves. Good review and good work from the third ump. I know making the right decisions shouldnt be rewarded but given the last couple of weeks it's worth praising them for getting the process right."

Many asking about TV coverage of this match in India. Unfortunately, it is not being shown there. Not much we can do about that

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 190/3
JE Root    47* (55b 4x4)      AM Ellis    7-0-35-0
EJG Morgan    1* (3b)      KD Mills    8-2-22-1

40.1

Mills to Morgan, OUT, Guptill takes a brilliant catch at backward point diving low to his left after Morgan had mullered a cut to a short ball off Mills, but he gets the placement wrong and pays the price

EJG Morgan c Guptill b Mills 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Big blow for England as one of their hitters departs, but they do have another one coming to the crease in the form of Jos Buttler

40.2

Mills to Buttler, no run, waits in the crease and defends on off

40.3

Mills to Buttler, no run, goes back and powerfully wrists it down to mid-on

40.4

Mills to Buttler, no run, feels for a good ball outside off moving away a touch and half-edges, half-guides it to the right of Taylor, who dives well at slip to save runs

40.5

Mills to Buttler, 2 runs, gets off the duck with a push through backward point and McClenaghan dives well on the rope at third man to save a couple

40.6

Mills to Buttler, 1 run, goes back and punches to the cover sweeper

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 193/4
JC Buttler    3* (5b)      KD Mills    9-2-25-2
JE Root    47* (55b 4x4)      AM Ellis    7-0-35-0

41.1

Ellis to Buttler, 1 run, slower ball on middle and leg deceives Buttler, whose work to leg balloons up into the off side but safely clear of lurking fielders

41.2

Ellis to Root, 1 wide, slips this down leg and is punished for the indiscretion

41.2

Ellis to Root, 2 runs, wristily worked off the back foot behind square leg and he finds the gap nicely

41.3

Ellis to Root, 1 run, Root reaches an excellent half-century with a leg-glance off the pads down to fine leg, revived the innings after a slower period at the beginning

41.4

Ellis to Buttler, 1 run

41.5

Ellis to Root, 1 run, Root comes down and drags a short ball outside off over the infield but can't get it past the midwicket sweeper

41.6

Ellis to Buttler, SIX, first signs of brutality from Buttler continuing on from where he left off on this very ground on Tuesday, full outside off and slammed high and long over the straight boundary

End of over 42 (13 runs) England 206/4
JC Buttler    11* (8b 1x6)      AM Ellis    8-0-48-0
JE Root    51* (58b 4x4)      KD Mills    9-2-25-2

42.1

Mills to Root, 1 run, full toss which is slapped to deep square leg, height is deemed fine, it was on the way down because Mills rolled the fingers on it

42.2

Mills to Buttler, 1 run, good length ball outside off, late cuts to third man

42.3

Mills to Root, 1 run, slower ball which sits up but Root can only pull it to deep midwicket

42.4

Mills to Buttler, 1 run, squeezed into the covers

Root shuffled all the way across and shaped to scoop but Mills chose not to release the ball. Root and Mills exchange pleasantries

42.5

Mills to Root, 1 run, full on the stumps, backs away and dabs into the covers

42.6

Mills to Buttler, 2 runs, worked off the pads into the deep where the fielder fumbles to allow them a couple, Mills ends a brilliant 10-over performance

Richard Edlin: "42 overs ... NZ has a slip and our 5th bowler (made up of several part timers) still has two overs to bowl. McCullum then bowls out his opening bowler. Does he know that it's a limited overs game?"

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 213/4
JC Buttler    15* (11b 1x6)      KD Mills    10-2-32-2
JE Root    54* (61b 4x4)      AM Ellis    8-0-48-0

43.1

McClenaghan to Root, 1 run

43.2

McClenaghan to Buttler, SIX, short ball outside off and Buttler does his best Fred Flintstone impersonation with a ferocious club which sails over the cow corner boundary and almost out the ground, 92m long

43.3

McClenaghan to Buttler, OUT, oh Buttler goes to a lame full toss of all deliveries, could have done anything with it but ends up toeing it to cover

JC Buttler c Elliott b McClenaghan 21 (18m 13b 0x4 2x6) SR: 161.53

Jose wants DRS to be reviewed itself: "Everyone loses form for a while! So is the case with Mr DRS! Like India does with Sehwag, drop him (DRS) for a while, it will bounce back with a vengeance!"

43.4

McClenaghan to Woakes, no run

43.5

McClenaghan to Woakes, no run, nibbles at a pacy good length ball outside off and is beaten

43.6

McClenaghan to Woakes, no run, Woakes walks down and plays to point

Franklin on at the death

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 220/5
CR Woakes    0* (3b)      MJ McClenaghan    8-0-47-2
JE Root    55* (62b 4x4)      KD Mills    10-2-32-2

44.1

Franklin to Root, 1 run, tucked fine off the pads

44.2

Franklin to Woakes, no run, pushed to cover

44.3

Franklin to Woakes, 1 run, Woakes off the mark with a half-controlled clip through forward of square on the leg side

44.4

Franklin to Root, OUT, Root's well-paced innings ends as he charges at Franklin and misses the smear to see his castle shattered

JE Root b Franklin 56 (92m 64b 4x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Akshay Dandekar: "@Jose - After it bounces back, will DRS continue to struggle outside subcontinent conditions?"

John: "Hard to tell from the replays that I saw but that Buttler dismissal looked fairly close to being above waist height. Surely if they scrutinise front-foot no-balls for millimetres then they should do the same with that."

Hitesh: "Like Out of form batsmen go to First class cricket to find form..DRS should be tested in First class cricket to find its form.."

44.5

Franklin to Broad, no run, Broad drives his first ball firmly but picks out cover

44.6

Franklin to Broad, no run, another nice drive, this time off the back foot, but cover is again in the way

Ellis returns with 2 overs left

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 222/6
SCJ Broad    0* (2b)      JEC Franklin    6-0-30-2
CR Woakes    1* (5b)      MJ McClenaghan    8-0-47-2

45.1

Ellis to Woakes, 1 run

45.2

Ellis to Broad, 1 run, Broad rocks back and hits on the bounce to the long-off fielder, they think of two but can't get it

45.3

Ellis to Woakes, no run, mistimes the drive to cover, Woakes struggling to push on England's total here

45.4

Ellis to Woakes, FOUR, must have hear me because he proceeds to loft this full ball outside off over mid-off for a one-bounce boundary

45.5

Ellis to Woakes, no run, opens the face and squeezes an offcutter to point

45.6

Ellis to Woakes, no run, short ball outside off and Woakes' pull only connects with thin air

End of over 46 (6 runs) England 228/6
CR Woakes    6* (10b 1x4)      AM Ellis    9-0-54-0
SCJ Broad    1* (3b)      JEC Franklin    6-0-30-2

46.1

McClenaghan to Broad, OUT, skies a short ball way outside off miles high before gravity eventually takes effect, the ball settling in McCullum's gloves as Broad is forced to walk off to the rather mournful theme music from the popular British television soap Coronation Street

SCJ Broad c †BB McCullum b McClenaghan 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

46.2

McClenaghan to Woakes, 1 run, tucked off the pads behind square

Swann to face up

46.3

McClenaghan to Swann, no run, short ball outside off angling in and Swann shapes to defend before keeping bat close to body

46.4

McClenaghan to Swann, no run, goes for an across the line hack and makes no contact

46.5

McClenaghan to Swann, 1 wide, slower ball bouncer outside off, Swann shapes to ramp it but withdraws as he can't reach it due to the height factor as the ball is duly wided

46.5

McClenaghan to Swann, FOUR, gives himself some room to a full ball fired into the blockhole and slaps it over mid-off's head

46.6

McClenaghan to Swann, no run, menacing bouncer is angling towards the batsman and Swann hurriedly sways out of the way

End of over 47 (6 runs) England 234/7
GP Swann    4* (4b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    9-0-53-3
CR Woakes    7* (11b 1x4)      AM Ellis    9-0-54-0

47.1

Ellis to Woakes, 1 run

47.2

Ellis to Swann, 1 run, Swann waits before heaving a slower short ball out to deep midwicket

47.3

Ellis to Woakes, 1 run, another pull shot is unfurled as the midwicket boundary rider earns his keep

47.4

Ellis to Swann, 1 run, short ball on middle and Swann backs away to slap it on the bounce to long-off

Samay Unadkat: "When Trott retires, I think Varun Chopra will be the next rock for England. Looks like a very solid player. He had a good season for Warwickshire last year and he is performing extremely well with the England Lions"

47.5

Ellis to Woakes, (no ball) FOUR, Ellis gets the length wrong and sends down a full bunger which Woakes remarkably pulls with quick adjustment down to deep backward square

47.5

Ellis to Woakes, FOUR, Woakes gets lucky with a top-edge over the keepers' head after Ellis had rolled the fingers on one well outside off

47.6

Ellis to Woakes, OUT, astounding catch from the New Zealand skipper, short ball coming into the batsman, Woakes edges and McCullum initally appears wrong-footed but recovers remarkably to snaffle a one-handed take as the ball settles in his right palm

CR Woakes c †BB McCullum b Ellis 17 (22m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 106.25

sathish: "@Hitesh Hot Spot implementation is costly and not possible to fit into the domestic season at least in the near future. BTW i'm wondering how four comments from Hitesh today.." Good comments are what matter...

Al Warming: "Support of DRS can be an interesting study in sociology & rationality. The high %age of Eng/Aus people who passionately support DRS and high %age of Indians who passionately oppose it - suggests that while the fans are honest to their beliefs, their beliefs are really derivative of their boards stand on DRS. And its safe to assume that the boards' votes are primarily political and not rational. So we have people presenting (mostly) scientifically valid arguments to support their (irrational) beliefs derived from a pretty political dynamic of the boardroom. Simply fascinating."

MAK (not Pataudi!): "@Richard Edlin: I hope your got your answer now. Attacking captaincy from McCullum my friend!"

End of over 48 (13 runs) England 247/8
     AM Ellis    10-0-67-1
GP Swann    6* (6b 1x4)      MJ McClenaghan    9-0-53-3

48.1

McClenaghan to Swann, 1 run, slapped down to long-on

48.2

McClenaghan to Finn, no run, Finn backs well away outside leg and swishes at a full ball outside off without making contact

48.3

McClenaghan to Finn, OUT, four wickets for McClenaghan and two catches for Guptill as Finn makes the day's first duck with a top edged pull which is caught three-quarters of the way to the boundary

ST Finn c Guptill b McClenaghan 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.4

McClenaghan to Swann, 1 run, smeared in very ugly fashion (some of you would say Twenty20 style) down to long-on

48.5

McClenaghan to Anderson, 1 wide, slower ball is misdirected down leg and will have to be rebowled

McClenaghan seems to have injured himself and won't be completing his over. We will endeavour to find out why. Williamson to finish the over

48.5

Williamson to Anderson, no run, digs out a full ball outside off

48.6

Williamson to Anderson, no run, beaten outside off and Anderson goes for an ambitious inside-out heave but makes no contact

End of over 49 (3 runs) England 250/9
JM Anderson    0* (2b)      KS Williamson    2.2-0-12-0
GP Swann    8* (8b 1x4)      AM Ellis    10-0-67-1

49.1

Franklin to Swann, FOUR, Swann issuing a reminder about his handy capabilities as a lower-order batsman by backing away and slashing it over cover to the fence

49.2

Franklin to Swann, FOUR, fired down leg and Swann manages to lay bat on it and flick it over fine leg up in the circle

49.3

Franklin to Swann, OUT, Ross Taylor finally holds a catch and takes it safely, Swann skied the slog out towards deep midwicket and Taylor raced in and cupped it in front of him as he slid in, England bowled out for 258

GP Swann c Taylor b Franklin 16 (18m 11b 3x4 0x6) SR: 145.45

New Zealand on top at the halfway mark as England, after building a solid base courtesy of fifties for Bell, Trott and Root, never kicked on and lost wickets with regularity to end up 20 or so short of where they would have wanted to be. But 258 is still a very defendable total and New Zealand's approach will be worth watching when we return at 6.10pm local time. Andrew 'Gnasher' McGlashan's half-way report will be up shortly as well.

Phil: "In this case could Williamson legally bowl the last over too?" No he could not

Rajitha: "Vaas' contribution to the Kiwi seamers during their SL tour had done tremendous impact. The immergence of McClenaghan and the re-born Franklin paying dividence to the Kiwis."

James: "Most of the issues regarding DRS are with the third umpire, not the technology. The ICC should set up a DRS bootcamp for the umpires and they can run through the scenarios. The Kallis decision showed that they simply don't understand the process."

John: "@Al Warming: I'd be interested to hear what the scientifically valid argument is for saying that technology doesn't give more accurate results than the human eye. About as valid as the argument against evolution, I reckon."

nasser: "@Al Warming: I think you're thinking of anthropology, not sociology!"

Andrew: "Watching McCullum keep and take that catch, it is a real shame for NZ that he isn't our full time 'keeper. Far and away the best 'keeper in the country."

Anurag: "The match is fascinatingly poised and all that, but I really don't like this NZ jersey. I thought it was just for the T20s, but no!" You're not the only one...

Series Results
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 23, 2013
England won by 5 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
New Zealand v England at Napier - Feb 20, 2013
England won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Feb 17, 2013
New Zealand won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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Feb 17, 2013

James Anderson now has the most international wickets by an England bowler, New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton, February 17, 2013

James Anderson now has the most international wickets by an England bowler

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Martin Guptill celebrates the winning runs, New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton, February 17, 2013

Martin Guptill celebrates the winning runs

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