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Here we go then, cricket about to start, a day late, chilly this morning, sweaters are on but the sun is out. Tim Southee with the new ball and three slips and a gully...

9.50am So this, of course, is now a four-day match, with the follow-on mark down to 150. And the innings win might be England's best chance with the reduced time frame in this game. I'm intrigued to see how this pitch behaves. It's largely dead grass on it but the best time for the seamers might be first thing. England will be hoping the weather gets brighter as the day goes on.

We were having a look at the New Zealand domestic game yesterday and several exciting matches, Stu's done the maths: "In the Ford Trophy yesterday over the three domestic games there were 2,110 runs scored in 276.3 overs. An average over all games of 7.64 runs per over. 12 x 50's, 3 x 100's, 1 x 150 and 1 x 200! Exciting day even if the Test was rained out."

9.40am To today, England will be batting, so no immediate prospect of seeing Monty Panesar back as England's No. 1 spinner for the first time in four years. It's a 10am start because of the rain yesterday and the weather is cloudy and quite cold so it won't be easy conditions for batting first thing. But Alastair Cook liked the look of the pitch yesterday.

The big news from yesterday was that Graeme Swann's elbow injury has not only ruled him out of this match but the entire series. It's something that couldn't be avoided if he wants to prolong his career. He know faces a battle to be fit for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes this summer.

9.30am NZDT Hello again, Alex Winter back with you for day two at Dunedin where hopefully we're going to get this series underway, day one having been washed out without a ball bowled. The forecast is much fairer for today so we should see some action and it will be New Zealand to bowl first, having won the toss yesterday before bad light and then rain set in.

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Aha, finally the umpires have decided there is no chance of play today. So this series will have to wait until tomorrow to get underway. Thanks for sticking it out today, we were at least able to follow that remarkable innings from Jamie How in the Ford Trophy. Other news from today is that Graeme Swann has been ruled out of the tour and will fly to America to have surgery on his right elbow and begin his recovery to be fit for the Ashes this summer. And before the rain arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl. They will hopefully do so tomorrow, starting at the earlier time of 10am NZDT - weather permitting of course - see you then, bye for now.

4pm NZDT The bizarre nature of cricket never fails to amaze, the umpires are going to check in another 15 minutes. No idea what that is going to achieve. Meanwhile a remarkable afternoon of domestic action continues, it's only in Dunedin where they're not playing today.

3.30pm NZDT Still drizzling in Dunedin so in all likelihood play will be abandoned for the day and we'll be back half an hour earlier tomorrow - and for the rest of the match. But these things have to be done properly, and as such, we have a 4pm inspection - I wonder what that's going to find. I'll be back with the predictable result of that inspection, with a footnote that funny things do happen.

Time for tea at Cricinfo towers. Here's Steve: "I see play has begun in Invercargill, which is only 2.5 hours down the road. Should, therefore, be clearing in Dunedin in about an hour, but maybe too late to get play in today with such a wet outfield. Good to see Jesse Ryder off to a good start in that game." It was a good start, but Ryder is now gone for 66 from 39 balls. You can follow it here.

2.45pm NZDT Tea time at Seddon Park and we have a new record New Zealand domestic List A score, Centrals finishing on 417 for 6, not a bad effort in 50 overs. Justin also claims that "The How/Raval partnership missed the List A record by five runs." Chase that Northerns. Down in Dunedin, it is still raining and the umpires are set to make a decision on the day at tea, which is coming up in 25 minutes. Given the weather, the draw is now odds on 10/11 favourite. I've also got a price on Los Andes v Chacarita Juniors if you like...

In the air...got him! How goes for 222, equaling the second-best List A score. What an innings. And a few of you have pointed out that I missed Canterbury's 410 for 5 against Otago in 2007. It's late here! I'm allowed to miss things!

2pm NZDT Kim inquires: "In terms of How, what is the highest domestic one day score?" Well this is now Jamie How's best score in any form of cricket. The highest individual score in a List A match is Ali Brown's 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002. Second-highest is Graeme Pollock's 222 in 1974 - so How could certainly eclipse that. As far as team scores go, this needs to be checked, but the highest score in a List A match in New Zealand domestic cricket was Centrals 376 for 3 against Otago in 1997. The record List A score is Surrey's 496 for 4 against Gloucestershire in 2007 - they might not quite beat that today!

Central Districts could threaten records if they keep that hitting up. Here's the live scorecard, courtesy of Harrison, many thanks. Meanwhile, Mike Selvey, of the Guardian, tweets: ‏@selvecricket "The good news is it is brighter. The bad news is that it is raining harder." Hmmm...

Jamie How, remember him...Dylan: "How is playing for central districts vs northern districts in a 50 over game he is currently 188 not out of 112 balls in the 32 over". How's finest hour was on England's last tour.

1.15pm NZDT Back on a cricketing front, the good old Zimbabwe domestic game is always providing us with a giggle or two. Reports of the weather lifting in Dunedin.

Phillip Pouwels with knowledge: "Blown call in MLB playoffs last year was between Orioles and Yankees. Mark Tiexeria was called out at first when he was easily safe. As a Baltimore fan I had zero complaints with the system." I bet Phillip. But it was this call that I was thinking of. Tigers-Yankees. Infante called safe when clearly out - which would have ended the inning - went on to extend the Tigers' lead as they won 3-0.

Here's Brendan, presumably not the New Zealand captain: "I'm working down the road from the ground and just went out to grab some lunch. The rain is only light but still steady. It is forecast to clear at some point later on." Weather update from the source. Betting update...England drifted to odds against for a while but have been clipped back into levels-you-devils even money. The draw is tightening with every drop of rain, 6/5 in some places.

12.45pm NZDT A different Chris says: "WBC - In short, no. I'm a Reds fan, and even in Cincinnati there's been almost no talk about Joey Votto's involvement in the WBC. It gets some coverage, but it's hardly considered important." There we are. Although it is interesting that MLB are using it to explore expanding the use of instant replay. Definitely needs to be introduced for calls at the bases. I forget which playoff game last season, possibly Tigers-Athletics, where a horrendous blown call was a big game-changer.

"Alex, the World Baseball Classic is on currently, but the Aussies have just crashed out. They went 0-3 in their 3 games. But the Netherlands is still in." Matt reports of further poor news for Australia! I'm intrigued by the World Classic, does it get a high profile in the States? I saw that Joey Votto, of my Cincinnati Reds, is playing for Canada having deemed his knee fit.

Report of glorious weather in other parts of New Zealand are not helping the mood here!

Well news from the groundstaff at University Oval is that it will take around two hours to mop up the ground from when it stops raining, so it's going to be a while until we have some cricket. In the meantime you can get your debit cards out and put a lump of cash on England to win the Test, they're now even money.

12pm NZDT Chris asks: "Any idea what is wrong with the elbow? As a baseball fan there are often a lot of Tommy John surgeries on pitchers elbows if he were to have that then recovery is typically 12 months." Well we think Swann needs bone fragments removed. Some were left in from the previous surgery with the hope he could get away with the treatment because they were close to the nerve but obviously that's not been the case, so not as serious as Tommy John thankfully. Who's your team Chris?

For Tim Bresnan, six to eight weeks was the time period for rehabilitation. He needed surgery to remove extra bone and scar tissue, which sounds similar to what Swann requires, so he's probably looking at late May to make a comeback, which could be the home series against New Zealand.

Hello Ross: "I once banged my funny-bone. Took about 20 minutes to recover from it. It wasn't funny at all." I would say Ross, it would have been about as funny as a Bill and Ted film...

Bit of news, Graeme Swann, left out of this game due to injury, has been ruled out of the entire series and will fly to America to have surgery on his troublesome right elbow. James Tredwell will replace him in the squad.

Decisive action by the England management. Swann is off to the same specialist that Tim Bresnan visited. A race now for Swann to be fit for the Champions Trophy perhaps in June? Any surgeons in the house? Recovery time from a tweak to the elbow?

Local resident Ryan has a prediction: ""I live right by the University Oval and I can comfortably say there won't be any play for at least 2-3 hours."

"My understanding is that work has been done on the drainage since the WI test." Heartening news thanks Paul. About the ground, it has staged five Tests, first in January 2008, New Zealand have never lost here with two wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan and two draws. Two days were washed out against West Indies in December 2008 and the final day was lost against South Africa this time last year.

"$100 for a 5 day pass? You'd be lucky to get a day ticket for the Ashes at The Oval for that!" Colin and others have rightly pointed out that ticket prices abroad are often a steal compared to the sums British fans are asked to fork out...but it must be said that they pretty much fill the grounds without fail.

Here's an uplifting note from Ben: "The drainage at the ground was criticised five years ago. The outfield was very slow to dry after rain." No wonder the odds on a draw have crashed into 13/8 with some firms...

Ah ticket prices, Troy has been in touch: "Last year a five-day pass to the SA Test in Dunedin was around $35 for a student and $50 for the general public. This year, it's $90/$100. That is disappointing from NZC. Test match attendance in this country is already dwindling based on the dreadful performances the team displays and jacking the prices that high is not going to help. The Baaa Sports Bar is going to appreciate my $100 a lot more I feel." Unfortunately the cost of everything tends to escalate when the Barmy Army are in town, obviously to the detriment of the locals. But surely $90 is worth it to watch Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott bat all day...

Sporting frustrations, Jeremy has offered too much wind for sailing. Hmm...I suppose that would be baffling that it is windy but you can't sail in it. Hammering down now, as the webcam from St Clair beach shows...

Dunedin City Council have some webcams up and running to give us some live pictures. Here's the botanical gardens, looks OK for a Test match there, wicket's a bit green though...

And now it's starting to rain! Money coming in for the draw, price clipped in to 7/4 from 5/2...

So the most frustrating time in all of sport at the moment as we wait for the light to improve. I'm trying to think of something to equal the hair-pulling feeling that bad light brings? Lack of wind stopping a sailing regatta on a glorious sunny day perhaps? I've flicked on the Americas Cup before when that's been the scenario, thankfully I had something else to do that day.

"What do you mean Monty bowled himself back into form in India?! He bowled well in the UAE as well. Monty would get into almost any other test team in the world," good point Nick, Panesar did bowl well in the UAE. Interesting to see how he goes on less-than-helpful conditions like these. Saying that, this is no green seamer...

Just under 10 minutes until the off and the umpires are checking the light, very gloomy. And indeed we're not starting on time because of the light, gives me time to eat this pasty...

So England leaving out Graeme Swann. He's been troubled by an elbow injury for a while but the hope was he would be able to be managed through the rest of his career. Not to be it would seem. He wasn't 100% in the warm up match and hasn't made it today. Possibly precautionary with back-to-back Ashes coming up. It would be interesting to see what England would have done if this was the first morning against the Aussies. Good job Panesar played himself back into form in the India series.

There is grass on this wicket, most of it dead but some live stuff in there too and bowling first is likely to be the best option for the bowlers. But England apparently wanted to bat anyway.

New Zealand Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum*, BJ Watling†, Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
England Alistair Cook*, Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior†, Stuart Broad, Steve Finn, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

Time for the toss, Alistair Cook calls heads, it lands a tail and New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bowl, no surprises there. New Zealand have gone with three seamers and Bruce Martin to make his debut. Alastair Cook thinks it looks a good wicket so just the overhead conditions to deal with. Graeme Swann doesn't play for England, he's out with an elbow injury so Monty Panesar retains his place. And Stuart Broad plays.

Ollie has mentioned New Zealand's trump card - the weather! That's certainly how they managed to run South Africa close last year! Cloudy in Dunedin today, here's the forecast.

Right to the cricket, the toss coming in 10 minutes and a few cautious England fans out there after the warm up defeat to the New Zealand XI in Queenstown. "My fear is that the Black Caps will prove a lot tougher to defeat than people expect and could nick a Test," says Mark. Well New Zealand have come up with some memorable Test victories in recent times, Colombo and Hobart, and are certainly capable. But will they get enough runs to be competitive?

"If we can be disappointed that Francis Barton isn't Francis Bacon, can we also be disappointed that you are not the Alex Winter of Bill and Ted fame?" No you cannot Chris! That was a terrible film and he was a terrible actor. #There's only one Alex Winter...#

As Jamie has pointed out, there is an association football match going on at the moment, so as a little warm up before the cricket I'll forgive you if you fancy popping over to our sister site ESPN FC to follow the second half of Manchester United against Real Madrid (they might have news of Cheltenham Town on there too!)

And the prize for opening comment goes to Francis Barton, who at first glance I thought was the famous British philosopher Francis Bacon - which probably would have been more exciting, seeing as Francis Bacon managed to kill himself with his own experiment freezing meat. Anyway, I'm sure Francis Barton has something equally as groundbreaking to offer as Sir Bacon once did: "Evening/morning Alex! Settling in for what should be an interesting series. Can't see any result but an England win really, though." Not quite living up to your namesake their Francis but prediction appreciated nonetheless! You should be spot on, England would have to make a right old horlicks of things to lose this series.

Hello everyone, Alex Winter signing in for the main event of England's tour of New Zealand with the first of three Tests starting today in Dunedin. England have won both the T20 and ODI series 2-1 and are firm favourites to take this Test series too, a best-priced 2/7 if you fancy getting a gamble on before the action begins in just over an hour's time. New Zealand 10/1 to spring a real surprise. And I think those odds tell you everything you need to know about these two teams. Nevertheless, Andrew McGlashan, our man out in New Zealand for this series, is insisting that England need to take this series seriously and not just as a warm up for the Ashes later this year.

0.1

Southee to Cook, no run, middle and off line, Cook stays in the crease and defends

0.2

Southee to Cook, no run, fuller length, just outside off, Cook comes forward and pushes back up the wicket

0.3

Southee to Cook, no run, slid further outside off and Cook shoulders arms

0.4

Southee to Cook, no run, same delivery, same stroke

0.5

Southee to Cook, no run, little tighter to off stump, asking Cook to come forward and play this back to the bowler

0.6

Southee to Cook, 3 runs, leg stump, tucked away behind square and a chase round for long leg

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    3* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-3-0
NRD Compton    0* (0b)     

Sharing the new ball will be left-armer Trent Boult who will bowl to pretty much the same field...

1.1

Boult to Cook, no run, full of length on off stump, Cook a little hurried defending back up the wicket

1.2

Boult to Cook, no run, full length just outside off, left alone, decent carry through to Watling

1.3

Boult to Cook, 1 run, too straight and tucked off the hip down to long leg who has to come a few yards to his right

Nick Compton for the first time...

1.4

Boult to Compton, no run, good length but far enough outside off to leave, just a hint of swing after it past the bat

1.5

Boult to Compton, no run, much fuller, similar line, left again

1.6

Boult to Compton, no run, further outside off and left alone

End of over 2 (1 run) England 4/0
NRD Compton    0* (3b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    4* (9b)      TG Southee    1-0-3-0

Nothing much to excite the bowlers in opening deliveries, just keep it tight I reckon...

2.1

Southee to Cook, 1 run, that isn't the line, tucked down to long leg from leg stump, they turn down the second

2.2

Southee to Compton, OUT, off stump delivery and plays on! He was late on the stroke and the ball has cannoned off the bottom of the bat into the off stump, early blow for Southee. Didn't quite get far enough forward considering the low bounce from that full length. It took the inside half of the toe of the bat and bounced low into off stump

NRD Compton b Southee 0 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Not exactly what Compton was looking for, under pressure from Joe Root...

2.3

Southee to Trott, no run, far too wide and ignored outside off

2.4

Southee to Trott, no run, length ball outside off and left alone

Replays suggesting a hint of in-duck of the seam helped that dismissal...

2.5

Southee to Trott, no run, left again outside off

2.6

Southee to Trott, no run, left again outside the off stump, didn't exactly follow up the wicket there Southee

End of over 3 (1 run) England 5/1
IJL Trott    0* (4b)      TG Southee    2-0-4-1
AN Cook    5* (10b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0

"Is there no speed radar in Dunedin. Would be good to know if the bowlers are getting there pace up and bending their back early in the match." I think there is Jono, but there's no outrageous pace in this opening attack...

3.1

Boult to Cook, no run, saying that, Boult is a little nippy, that;s 84mph on the off stump and Cook blocks in the crease

3.2

Boult to Cook, no run, similar delivery and defended up the wicket

3.3

Boult to Cook, no run, back and across again in defence

3.4

Boult to Cook, FOUR, slightly back of a length, just outside off and Cook drives off the back foot, gets it in the gap and times it superbly, that races away from extra cover for the opening boundary

3.5

Boult to Cook, no run, forward just outside off stump, this time blocking

3.6

Boult to Cook, no run, a little wider on a full length and left alone

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 9/1
AN Cook    9* (16b 1x4)      TA Boult    2-0-5-0
IJL Trott    0* (4b)      TG Southee    2-0-4-1

Very pleasant sight, sun out now at the green University Oval...

4.1

Southee to Trott, no run, and that's pleasant bowling too, seam movement away from the bat beats Trott who was a little squared up trying to play around the off stump

4.2

Southee to Trott, no run, little too wide this time and left

4.3

Southee to Trott, no run, full and Trott is forward driving back towards the bowler, slightly on the walk

4.4

Southee to Trott, 3 runs, too full this time and Trott is able to drive down the ground, lent on it nicely and gets three as mid off turns back to the boundary

4.5

Southee to Cook, no run, full and a hint of swing into the off stump, Cook dug it out into the covers

4.6

Southee to Cook, no run, stays in the crease to dab this length ball towards gully

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 12/1
AN Cook    9* (18b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-7-1
IJL Trott    3* (8b)      TA Boult    2-0-5-0

5.1

Boult to Trott, no run, back and across, defends up on the off side from around off stump

5.2

Boult to Trott, no run, fuller and this played into the off side on the front foot from a similar line

5.3

Boult to Trott, no run, longer lean out this time outside off, defended into the covers again

5.4

Boult to Trott, no run, bumper, well directed, Trott quickly under it

5.5

Boult to Trott, FOUR, but follows it up with a half-volley outside off and Trott comes forward nicely to drive past backward point, well timed

5.6

Boult to Trott, no run, touch shorter, left alone outside off

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 16/1
IJL Trott    7* (14b 1x4)      TA Boult    3-0-9-0
AN Cook    9* (18b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-7-1

Gareth: "Compton reminds me of Ed Cowan. Both had such a purple patch in domestic cricket that selectors couldn't ignore them, but neither have looked at home in their respective Test sides." Fair comparison Gaz.

6.1

Southee to Cook, no run, off stump, on a length, defended back up the wicket

6.2

Southee to Cook, no run, leg stumpish, Cook nearly gets too far across the stumps, comes off the pads towards square leg

6.3

Southee to Cook, no run, length ball on a decent line just outside off, Cook is forward watching carefully before shouldering arms

6.4

Southee to Cook, no run, middle and off, Cook blocks up the wicket coming half-forward

6.5

Southee to Cook, no run, commits to the front foot this time, driving nicely but straight to mid off

6.6

Southee to Cook, no run, good length sliding across Cook who leaves well

End of over 7 (maiden) England 16/1
AN Cook    9* (24b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-1-7-1
IJL Trott    7* (14b 1x4)      TA Boult    3-0-9-0

7.1

Boult to Trott, no run, the left-handed delivery sliding across Trott this time, who also leaves outside off

7.2

Boult to Trott, no run, left again through to the keeper

7.3

Boult to Trott, 1 run, little straight and worked towards square leg for a single

7.4

Boult to Cook, no run, tight off stump line, blocked back up the wicket from the crease

7.5

Boult to Cook, no run, leg side, Cook flicks at it and misses

7.6

Boult to Cook, no run, full length just outside off and this is blocked into the covers

End of over 8 (1 run) England 17/1
AN Cook    9* (27b 1x4)      TA Boult    4-0-10-0
IJL Trott    8* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-1-7-1

Reasonable opening with the ball here by New Zealand, aided by the wicket of Compton, England very watchful and understandably so...

8.1

Southee to Trott, no run, length outside off, left alone

8.2

Southee to Trott, no run, full, too wide, left alone

8.3

Southee to Trott, no run, again full, and a hint of swing away, left alone once more

8.4

Southee to Trott, no run, full again, tighter to off stump though and driven pleasantly, straight to mid off though

8.5

Southee to Trott, no run, this nips back a touch and takes the inside edge into the body as Trott went across his stumps to defend, good delivery, encouragement for the bowler there, 1.1 degrees of movement to be exact

8.6

Southee to Trott, no run, forward just outside off, blocked into the covers

That was a nice over there from Southee, probably his best...

End of over 9 (maiden) England 17/1
IJL Trott    8* (23b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-2-7-1
AN Cook    9* (27b 1x4)      TA Boult    4-0-10-0

A few of you reflecting on Compton, Andy says: "Before anyone writes Compton off, consider that his average after 9 knocks is better than one MP Vaughan after 9 innings and look how he developed. Compton deserves a fair chance."

9.1

Boult to Cook, no run, little loose that from Cook, a lean outside off and a tentative push, plays and misses the full length ball

9.2

Boult to Cook, no run, flicks this into the leg side and does it carry to midwicket? Oh yes it does, diving to his left Bruce Martin has put it down on the dive, got two hands to it and grassed it, excellent chance missed, it was a comfortable height and should have been taken, Cook lifted it in the air from middle stump

9.3

Boult to Cook, 1 run, push forward and a block into the gap at cover, a quick single

9.4

Boult to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

9.5

Boult to Trott, no run, this swings in a little, Trott works it to midwicket from a length around middle stump

9.6

Boult to Trott, no run, full outside off and left alone

So a big let off for Cook with two errors in a row, the second producing a superb chance but he's got away with it. That, as they say, could be crucial...

End of over 10 (1 run) England 18/1
IJL Trott    8* (26b 1x4)      TA Boult    5-0-11-0
AN Cook    10* (30b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-2-7-1

First change now with Neil Wagner, the second left-armer replacing Southee...

10.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, bit of a loosener outside off, ignored

10.2

Wagner to Cook, OUT, short and wide and Cook slaps it straight to point. A very poor stroke and Cook has gifted away his wicket having received a big let off in the previous over. He didn't get over the stroke, it perhaps got a little big on Cook, who, eager to alleviate the pressure, thrashed it square of the wicket but to point at shoulder height who took an easy catch

AN Cook c Rutherford b Wagner 10 (45m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

10.3

Wagner to Pietersen, OUT, full and straight, swinging in and plumb lbw! Pietersen gets a first-baller. What a delivery from Wager. Pietersen was so late on that, late inswing, Pietersen couldn't get the bat across in time and is trapped bang in front of all three

KP Pietersen lbw b Wagner 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So Wagner on a hat-trick to Ian Bell...

10.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, off stump, Bell forward and plays back to the bowler to survive the hat-trick

10.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off, dabbed into the off side

10.6

Wagner to Bell, 1 run, little to leg-stumpish and clipped down to long leg

Excellent start for Wagner with two huge wickets, just what New Zealand were looking for, England in trouble...

End of over 11 (1 run) England 19/3
IR Bell    1* (3b)      N Wagner    1-0-1-2
IJL Trott    8* (26b 1x4)      TA Boult    5-0-11-0

England, not for the first time, looking to Trott for some stability...

11.1

Boult to Bell, no run, full, just outside off, pressed towards point

11.2

Boult to Bell, no run, full and left alone outside off stump

11.3

Boult to Bell, no run, full, better line this time, Bell presses back up the pitch

Just struggled for a consistent line has Boult...

11.4

Boult to Bell, no run, just outside off, tucked into the covers on the back foot

11.5

Boult to Bell, no run, little bit of shape back into Bell here who leaves outside off from a good length

11.6

Boult to Bell, 1 wide, full and very wide, so wide in fact, it's a wide

11.6

Boult to Bell, no run, full but leg side, flicked at and missed

End of over 12 (1 run) England 20/3
IR Bell    1* (9b)      TA Boult    6-0-12-0
IJL Trott    8* (26b 1x4)      N Wagner    1-0-1-2

This start is precisely the reason why New Zealand could maybe have prepared a green top. You would have thought, England have a better chance of prevailing on a better pitch...

12.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, leg side, flicked at and missed

12.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, full, back outside off now, left alone

12.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, right up there again, too wide though and left

12.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, better line, it nibbles away from Trott who felt for it and got beaten coming forward, well bowled

12.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, a drive at this outside off, thick outside edge, Trott wasn't in control and it went towards gully but didn't carry

12.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, tighter to off stump, driven firmly at, well timed but the bowler intervenes with his right hand

What a first hour for New Zealand, they'll be delighted having chose to bowl first, albeit yesterday...

End of over 13 (maiden) England 20/3
IJL Trott    8* (32b 1x4)      N Wagner    2-1-1-2
IR Bell    1* (9b)      TA Boult    6-0-12-0

Southee returns in place of Boult...

13.1

Southee to Bell, no run, full but too wide of off stump, left alone

13.2

Southee to Bell, FOUR, poor ball, too leg side and clipped down to long leg

13.3

Southee to Bell, no run, back outside the off now, left alone

13.4

Southee to Bell, FOUR, full and enticing Bell to drive, he leans out a long way to do so and times it well, gets four through the covers

13.5

Southee to Bell, no run, length ball, off stump, blocked in the crease into the off side

13.6

Southee to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 14 (8 runs) England 28/3
IR Bell    9* (15b 2x4)      TG Southee    6-2-15-1
IJL Trott    8* (32b 1x4)      N Wagner    2-1-1-2

Tony: "I'm sick of these players coming into Test series unprepared . Why has KP been rested so much? He's hardly played and now he looks completely out of touch. Just play him. Batting at No. 4 is not exactly a justification for resting him from T20 and ODIs. Stick your in form players in. Root should have opened."

14.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, full outside off, left alone

14.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, and again

Unfortunately Tony, the hideously demanding schedule means it's impossible to prepare properly for each series. Everyone needs rest at some stage, especially when they're as volatile as Pietersen...

14.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, just outside off, left alone

14.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, too wide again, no need to play that

14.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, makes him play finally, tucked towards midwicket on the back foot

14.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, much fuller, drive isn't timed back to the bowler from just outside off

End of over 15 (maiden) England 28/3
IJL Trott    8* (38b 1x4)      N Wagner    3-2-1-2
IR Bell    9* (15b 2x4)      TG Southee    6-2-15-1

15.1

Southee to Bell, no run, Bell forward blocking just outside off stump

Getting a bit of stick for my green pitch comment, but the better team will prevail on a better pitch, hence my suggestion that New Zealand should have used a bit of home advantage to try and help them. As it is of course, they're doing well but it is down to England errors...

15.2

Southee to Bell, no run, press forward just outside off, blocked to point

15.3

Southee to Bell, no run, tentative push outside off, gets a length ball down into the gully

15.4

Southee to Bell, no run, full ball, pushed towards mid off

15.5

Southee to Bell, no run, nips back a touch as Bell leaves alone outside off

15.6

Southee to Bell, no run, full outside off, wide enough to leave, another maiden

End of over 16 (maiden) England 28/3
IR Bell    9* (21b 2x4)      TG Southee    7-3-15-1
IJL Trott    8* (38b 1x4)      N Wagner    3-2-1-2

Here's James: "In reply to Tony, England are actually one of the better sides at preparing properly for Test series - look how many games they had in India prior to the Test series (proper first-class games, not 13-a-side affairs). Agree that they could have done with more than one game on this tour though."

16.1

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, wide half-volley put away nicely through the covers

16.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, went for the same stroke, it wasn't right up there to drive this time and Trott plays and misses, poor judgement, well bowled

16.3

Wagner to Trott, 3 runs, too full again now though and Trott nudges it down the ground, mid off slides well and saves four at the rope

16.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, much shorter and Bell stays inside the line and allows it to go through to Watling

16.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, back of a length again, Bell plays inside the line

16.6

Wagner to Bell, no run, full and wide, left alone

Longer first session this morning because we're bowling 98 overs a day now. So it's taken until now to take drinks, where New Zealand will be supping away merrily...

End of over 17 (7 runs) England 35/3
IR Bell    9* (24b 2x4)      N Wagner    4-2-8-2
IJL Trott    15* (41b 2x4)      TG Southee    7-3-15-1

BJ: "It must be nice to actually have tour matches. New Zealand had no such thing in any of their three overseas tours last year." And now it's the 32-year-old debutant, Bruce Martin, another left-armer, coming into the attack...

17.1

Martin to Trott, no run, starts well on middle stump, blocked back up the wicket

17.2

Martin to Trott, no run, similar length, just outside off and left alone

17.3

Martin to Trott, no run, little short, cut into the covers but short extra dives and saves well to his right

17.4

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up, pressed to the same fielder

17.5

Martin to Trott, 1 run, blocked into the covers on the back foot, gets it into the gap at cover point and they take a quick single

Wonder if Bell will run down the wicket first ball...

17.6

Martin to Bell, no run, nope, he stays in his ground and blocks into the covers

Not a bad start that, he's got a nice, classical action...

End of over 18 (1 run) England 36/3
IR Bell    9* (25b 2x4)      BP Martin    1-0-1-0
IJL Trott    16* (46b 2x4)      N Wagner    4-2-8-2

Presumably New Zealand get scared if they play a Test without a "Martin" in their side...

18.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, wide outside off and left alone

18.2

Wagner to Trott, 1 wide, even wider

18.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, left alone again outside the off stump

18.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, full just outside off and Trott misses out, finds point from a half-volley he timed well

18.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, back and across, dropped into the covers

18.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, a touch livelier this delivery, back and across, gets it towards point off high on the bat

18.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, wide and left again

End of over 19 (1 run) England 37/3
IJL Trott    16* (52b 2x4)      N Wagner    5-2-9-2
IR Bell    9* (25b 2x4)      BP Martin    1-0-1-0

It is now a stupendous day, the type of day that just makes you smile when you realise how good a day it is...just the one over of spin because Southee is back...

19.1

Southee to Bell, no run, off stump, blocked into the covers

19.2

Southee to Bell, no run, length outside off, left alone

Perhaps a change of ends for Martin...

19.3

Southee to Bell, no run, fuller, a little bit of swing, left again though

19.4

Southee to Bell, no run, left again outside off stump

19.5

Southee to Bell, 2 runs, fuller and Bell comes forward to push through the covers, a couple as cover point goes towards the rope

19.6

Southee to Bell, FOUR, not a bad ball but Bell has opened the face on it and guided it inbetween gully and third slip, well controlled, probably the reduced pace of Southee gives him time to adjust to play that stroke

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 43/3
IR Bell    15* (31b 3x4)      TG Southee    8-3-21-1
IJL Trott    16* (52b 2x4)      N Wagner    5-2-9-2

No immediate return for Martin...

20.1

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, but he'll come back if many of these deliveries are sent down, a wide half-volley and Trott dispatches it nicely through the covers

20.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, bumper, well directed, ducked

20.3

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, back of a length, Trott shuffles across and tucks into the leg side, wide of midwicket

20.4

Wagner to Bell, no run, full and wide, left alone

20.5

Wagner to Bell, no run, full and left outside off

20.6

Wagner to Bell, FOUR, short and pulled for four, a freebie really and Bell cashed in, got on top of the delivery well

End of over 21 (9 runs) England 52/3
IR Bell    19* (34b 4x4)      N Wagner    6-2-18-2
IJL Trott    21* (55b 3x4)      TG Southee    8-3-21-1

21.1

Southee to Trott, no run, wide and left alone, far too many ball have been left really

21.2

Southee to Trott, no run, left alone once more

England haven't been asked many questions, New Zealand have failed to back up their start...

21.3

Southee to Trott, no run, that is more like it, nibbles away and Trott followed it a little, just about got inside it at the right time

21.4

Southee to Trott, no run, length ball just outside off, dabbed into the covers going across the stumps

21.5

Southee to Trott, no run, full of length, off stump, coming forward Trott blocks into the on side

21.6

Southee to Trott, 1 run, forward and blocked into the covers, they take a quick single

End of over 22 (1 run) England 53/3
IJL Trott    22* (61b 3x4)      TG Southee    9-3-22-1
IR Bell    19* (34b 4x4)      N Wagner    6-2-18-2

Sam: "Guptill, Crowe, Chris, Snedden, Bruce -- inclusion of a Martin is a contractual obligation for any NZ XI." Any advance on the Martins?

22.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, full, leaving the off stump, left

A short extra-cover has gone in...

22.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, but no danger of bringing him in the game with that middle and leg delivery, tucked to mdiwicket

22.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, bumper, seems to take an age to go through to Watling, left alone

22.4

Wagner to Trott, 2 runs, a little straight again, clipped off the hip towards deep backward square, around comes long leg

22.5

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, full and Trott plays the shot of the morning, leaning out to drive with excellent timing through the covers

22.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, back of a length now outside off, Trott lets this go through

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 59/3
IJL Trott    28* (67b 4x4)      N Wagner    7-2-24-2
IR Bell    19* (34b 4x4)      TG Southee    9-3-22-1

"What about Martini - never far from the NZ team apparently." Haha, very good Nathan...

23.1

Southee to Bell, no run, full and left alone outside off

Ross Taylor has still got the hand-warmers out...

23.2

Southee to Bell, no run, angled in, a huge shout for lbw, not out, Bell might have got outside the line, McCullum goes for the review but Bell has clearly nicked it onto his front pad, a big edge so a good call from Paul Reiffel but well bowled Southee nevertheless

23.3

Southee to Bell, no run, back outside off, left alone

23.4

Southee to Bell, FOUR, fine stroke past extra cover, a little too full and Bell drove it away with all of his beauty

23.5

Southee to Bell, no run, wider of the crease, Bell pushed at it a little outside the off stump, got it to cover

23.6

Southee to Bell, 1 run, much better line from Southee, hasn't found it too often, Bell is forward and runs it off the inner half of the bat through square leg

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 64/3
IR Bell    24* (40b 5x4)      TG Southee    10-3-27-1
IJL Trott    28* (67b 4x4)      N Wagner    7-2-24-2

Lots of calls for Martin Donnelly, who averaged 52.91 in his test career 1937-1949, according to KJ. TC adds: TC: "To show that its not limited to the playing team - Trevor Martin (former NZ Test umpire) and Katey Martin (NZ Women's team)." Left-arm around now for Wagner...

24.1

Wagner to Bell, OUT, full and driven and caught at short extra-cover and Bell, who had been playing so nicely, has popped up a catch, falling into the trap and the recovery is stymied by another loose stroke. Innocuous length ball on off stump, Bell is forward to drive and timed it well but in the air and Ruherford held his second catch of the morning, this time on the juggle a little but he grabbed it

IR Bell c Rutherford b Wagner 24 (68m 41b 5x4 0x6) SR: 58.53

The biggest Test of Joe Root's career perhaps...

24.2

Wagner to Root, no run, short first up, Root gets inside the line

24.3

Wagner to Root, no run, blocks now on off stump on the crease

24.4

Wagner to Root, no run, left outside off now

24.5

Wagner to Root, no run, full outside off, left alone

24.6

Wagner to Root, FOUR, very confident this, drives through backward point to a ball of full length a foot outside off, squirted it away off an edge

Tactics paid off for Wagner, very naive from Bell though...

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 68/4
JE Root    4* (5b 1x4)      N Wagner    8-2-28-3
IJL Trott    28* (67b 4x4)      TG Southee    10-3-27-1

25.1

Southee to Trott, no run, forward and blocked into the covers from off stump

25.2

Southee to Trott, no run, forward and dropped square on the off side

25.3

Southee to Trott, no run, little straighter, clipped towards midwicket

25.4

Southee to Trott, 1 run, straight again and clipped to backward square leg, they set off for a quick single and the fumble made it an easy one

25.5

Southee to Root, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

Square leg retreats...

25.6

Southee to Root, no run, full ball, nice and straight, Root plays it back up the wicket

End of over 26 (1 run) England 69/4
JE Root    4* (7b 1x4)      TG Southee    11-3-28-1
IJL Trott    29* (71b 4x4)      N Wagner    8-2-28-3

There's no need for such negativity Matiu: "NZ playing into England's hands here. With only four days to play we had a chance of a draw, but England are rushing though their first innings to make sure they have time to bowl us out twice. We need to stop taking wickets!"

26.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, Wagner back over the wicket, bowls on the stumps on a length, tucks to midwicket

26.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, full outside off Trott drives and is well saved on the bounce by a flying short extra-cover

26.3

Wagner to Trott, 2 runs, too full and this is steered through point as a full toss, not enough to get it to the rope

Back around the wicket now...

26.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, left alone outside stump

26.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, plays at this, driving back to the bowler who saves with his left hand

26.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, back and across, defended into the covers

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 71/4
IJL Trott    31* (77b 4x4)      N Wagner    9-2-30-3
JE Root    4* (7b 1x4)      TG Southee    11-3-28-1

3,000 Test runs now for Trott but John's talking about Ian Bell: John: "'Naive' is not a word anyone should be using to describe such a talented player at this stage of his career." Boult is back into the attack...

27.1

Boult to Root, no run, length outside off and left alone

27.2

Boult to Root, no run, left alone once more outside off stump, was a little tighter to off stump

27.3

Boult to Root, no run, just outside off stump, left alone going across the stumps

27.4

Boult to Root, OUT, edged and taken at third slip and that is a good delivery, banged it back of a length and Root dabbled at it and got a big edge that was well taken. Sliding across the right-hander, Root couldn't get his bat inside the line in time, should have left it

JE Root c Brownlie b Boult 4 (17m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

What a morning for New Zealand, England in huge trouble and need a partnership...Boult is around the wicket...

27.5

Boult to Prior, no run

Back over the wicket...

27.6

Boult to Prior, no run, blocked carefully back up the wicket

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) England 71/5
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      TA Boult    7-1-12-1
IJL Trott    31* (77b 4x4)      N Wagner    9-2-30-3

Another loose stroke, England largely the makers of their own downfall, a lack of discipline against a spirited but far from destructive morning's bowling...

28.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, around the wicket, full and clipped to mid on from around middle and off

28.2

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, poor ball, short and wide and cut for four behind square, guided away well

28.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, leg side, ignored

28.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, shorter, Trott tried to help it around the corner, got an edge into the body

28.5

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, too full and driven well through the covers

28.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, a similar ball but this time Trott can't find the gap

End of over 29 (8 runs) England 79/5
IJL Trott    39* (83b 6x4)      N Wagner    10-2-38-3
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      TA Boult    7-1-12-1

Don't get me wrong, New Zealand have bowled admirably but with none of the movement in the air or off the seam or consistency of line to have taken five wickets without some assistance from poor strokemaking...

29.1

Boult to Prior, no run, back across the stumps, blocked towards point

29.2

Boult to Prior, no run, fuller and Prior is forward in defence

29.3

Boult to Prior, 1 run, back and an inside edge past the stumps into the leg side

29.4

Boult to Trott, no run, decent bumper, ducked safely

29.5

Boult to Trott, no run, left alone to a full ball outside off

29.6

Boult to Trott, no run, line just outside off and blocked up the wicket

End of over 30 (1 run) England 80/5
IJL Trott    39* (86b 6x4)      TA Boult    8-1-13-1
MJ Prior    1* (5b)      N Wagner    10-2-38-3

Couple of overs maybe to lunch and Martin is back into the attack around the wicket...

30.1

Martin to Prior, no run, press forward just outside off towards point

30.2

Martin to Prior, no run, forward and blocked back up the wicket

30.3

Martin to Prior, no run, back and pushing towards the bowler now

30.4

Martin to Prior, no run, little short, Prior is back and punching to short extra cover

30.5

Martin to Prior, no run, forward and blocked into the covers

30.6

Martin to Prior, no run, hurries Prior here, but he keeps it out in the crease in front of middle and off

End of over 31 (maiden) England 80/5
MJ Prior    1* (11b)      BP Martin    2-1-1-0
IJL Trott    39* (86b 6x4)      TA Boult    8-1-13-1

Boult to take us to the break...

31.1

Boult to Trott, no run, wide enough to leave outside off

31.2

Boult to Trott, no run, leg side, flicked at and missed

31.3

Boult to Trott, no run, Trott a little unsure coming forward to block around off stump, he nearly got off the lower half of the bat onto his stumps ala Compton

31.4

Boult to Trott, no run, and now drives off a big inside edge into the back pad from just outside off

31.5

Boult to Trott, 1 run, forward and dropped into the off side, single in front of point

31.6

Boult to Prior, no run, back and across and blocked back up the wicket

And that is lunchtime with New Zealand enjoying a dream morning. It is by no means the wicket or conditions for such a scoreline but England have been incredibly undisciplined with some very poor strokes. By contrast, New Zealand have bowled gamely, put the ball in decent areas, produced some good deliveries and gave themselves every chance, pitching the ball up consistently. Having won the toss they will be delighted. See you in 30 mins...

End of over 32 (1 run) England 81/5
MJ Prior    1* (12b)      TA Boult    9-1-14-1
IJL Trott    40* (91b 6x4)      BP Martin    2-1-1-0

Welcome back everyone. New Zealand have a great chance to take a big advantage in this Test, can England mount a recovery, if they can cobble 250 they will be pleased from here...Bruce Martin to get us back underway...

32.1

Martin to Trott, no run, slides one onto leg stump first ball, Trott struck on the pad as he played forward

32.2

Martin to Trott, no run, back this time pushing to cover

32.3

Martin to Trott, no run, more flight, Trott blocking around off stump on the front foot

32.4

Martin to Trott, no run, played to mid on from a fuller length on the stumps

32.5

Martin to Trott, no run, back and punched to short extra-cover

32.6

Martin to Trott, no run, short and cut but Trott only finds cover point

End of over 33 (maiden) England 81/5
IJL Trott    40* (97b 6x4)      BP Martin    3-2-1-0
MJ Prior    1* (12b)      TA Boult    9-1-14-1

G Scott: "Good to see the NZ seamers in full flight, I wonder if the Barmy Army will bother coming back out of the pub after lunch!" They're always there regardless G! Trent Boult at the other end...

33.1

Boult to Prior, 1 run, little too straight and clipped down to long leg

33.2

Boult to Trott, no run, fuller and pushed into the covers from off stump

33.3

Boult to Trott, FOUR, little too full this time and the first boundary of the afternoon with a sweet drive through extra cover

33.4

Boult to Trott, no run, Trott goes to drive a wider ball and gets an edge but it was always going down and bounced well in front of first slip, he was reaching a long way out for that

33.5

Boult to Trott, no run, better line, blocked into the on side from off stump, good length

33.6

Boult to Trott, no run, full outside off and left alone

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 86/5
IJL Trott    44* (102b 7x4)      TA Boult    10-1-19-1
MJ Prior    2* (13b)      BP Martin    3-2-1-0

Now this is a nugget from Alan: "After yesterday's discussion of Francis Bacon, can anyone tell me if Hamish Rutherford is related to New Zealand's greatest physicist, Ernest Rutherford, from Brightwater in the far north of South Island? Considered the 'father of nuclear physics', Ernest discovered radioactive half life, first proposed the model of a nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons, was the first to split the atom, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for his achievements."

34.1

Martin to Prior, no run, just outside off, Prior tries to stay back and cut, a little too full for the stroke, gets it to point

34.2

Martin to Prior, no run, this turns a little bit, the first that has, and beats Prior's attempted square slash from the crease

34.3

Martin to Prior, no run, forward blocking this time

34.4

Martin to Prior, no run, leg stump, ran back up the wicket

34.5

Martin to Prior, no run, just outside off, Prior forward pressing towards point

34.6

Martin to Prior, no run, nicely flighted up, pushed firmly back down the wicket

That was a nice over, good flight from Vettori Martin...

End of over 35 (maiden) England 86/5
MJ Prior    2* (19b)      BP Martin    4-3-1-0
IJL Trott    44* (102b 7x4)      TA Boult    10-1-19-1

35.1

Boult to Trott, no run, sliding past the off stump, ignored

35.2

Boult to Trott, no run, makes him play this time coming forward on off stump

35.3

Boult to Trott, no run, forward pressing into the covers from just outside off

35.4

Boult to Trott, no run, shuffles across and tries to work into the leg side from a full length, finds mid on

35.5

Boult to Trott, no run, just enough room outside off to leave once more outside off

35.6

Boult to Trott, no run, comes forward on middle and off and keeps it out into the on side

That was a better, more consistent, over from Boult...

End of over 36 (maiden) England 86/5
IJL Trott    44* (108b 7x4)      TA Boult    11-2-19-1
MJ Prior    2* (19b)      BP Martin    4-3-1-0

36.1

Martin to Prior, FOUR, Poor ball, too short and slapped away through the covers

36.2

Martin to Prior, FOUR, and again, this time a little squarer

36.3

Martin to Prior, 1 run, leg side this time and lucky to get away with a nudge to short long leg for a quick single

36.4

Martin to Trott, no run, better ball, tossed up on off stump, clipped to midwicket

36.5

Martin to Trott, no run, on the stumps, blocked forward back up the wicket

36.6

Martin to Trott, no run, stays in the crease this time to play back to the bowler

End of over 37 (9 runs) England 95/5
IJL Trott    44* (111b 7x4)      BP Martin    5-3-10-0
MJ Prior    11* (22b 2x4)      TA Boult    11-2-19-1

Here's Crashman to spoil all the fun: "No relationship between the Rutherfords. Hamish's family came from Scotland and settled in Canterbury around 1850. Many other things are assumed to be connected to Ernest Rutherford but these are wrong including: an asteroid called Rutherfordia (actually named after Rutherford, New York) and the mineral Rutherfordite (named after the county in North Carolina)."

37.1

Boult to Prior, no run, blocked forward on off stump

37.2

Boult to Prior, no run, a long way down leg

37.3

Boult to Prior, no run, back of a length just outside off, cut to cover point, missed out

37.4

Boult to Prior, FOUR, guided through the cordon to third man, waited for the ball outside off and opened the face past gully

37.5

Boult to Prior, FOUR, flourishing drive through extra cover, wasn't a total half-volley but Prior blazed it away with perfect timing, on the counterattack

100 up...

37.6

Boult to Prior, FOUR, goes in the air now through extra cover and four more, remarkable from Prior, offered width this time and he through everything at it, timing it superbly again

Not too much different to any other of Boult's overs really, Prior just layed into him...

End of over 38 (12 runs) England 107/5
MJ Prior    23* (28b 5x4)      TA Boult    12-2-31-1
IJL Trott    44* (111b 7x4)      BP Martin    5-3-10-0

38.1

Martin to Trott, no run, off stump, played down to mid off

38.2

Martin to Trott, no run, pressing forward, blocking to cover

38.3

Martin to Trott, 1 run, drifts to middle and leg, clipped wide of mid on for a single

38.4

Martin to Prior, no run, flight offered and a careful press back up the wicket from just outside off

38.5

Martin to Prior, OUT, back to cut and chips it to point and another poor stroke sees another wicket fall. Prior rocked back to try and play aggressively again from just outside off stump, back of a length, but got it off a top edge straight to the fielder at point who couldn't drop it. A first Test wicket for Martin but a bit of a gift

MJ Prior c Williamson b Martin 23 (41m 30b 5x4 0x6) SR: 76.66

How Stuart Broad would like to rediscover his form with the bat now...

38.6

Martin to Broad, no run, Broad goes hard at the ball first up too, a little aerially towards point, on the floor in the end

End of over 39 (1 run) England 108/6
SCJ Broad    0* (1b)      BP Martin    6-3-11-1
IJL Trott    45* (114b 7x4)      TA Boult    12-2-31-1

England have got their shovels out again...

39.1

Boult to Trott, no run, oh well bowled, slides past the outside edge, great line

39.2

Boult to Trott, no run, played forward on off stump and blocked into the covers

39.3

Boult to Trott, no run, forward more confidently this time in defence into the off side

39.4

Boult to Trott, no run, tried to cut and missed outside off, that was a bit of an effort ball, 89mph

Now around the wicket...

39.5

Boult to Trott, no run, and Trott plays with the angle towards midwicket

39.6

Boult to Trott, no run, bumper, swings down the leg side and Trott ignores it

End of over 40 (maiden) England 108/6
IJL Trott    45* (120b 7x4)      TA Boult    13-3-31-1
SCJ Broad    0* (1b)      BP Martin    6-3-11-1

One more wicket and New Zealand are right into the tail, Steven Finn at No. 9 represents the weakest tail England have sent out for a while...

40.1

Martin to Broad, 1 run, off stump, driven with that huge stride that Broad possesses, gets it wide of mid off for a single

40.2

Martin to Trott, OUT, swept at, straight up in the air and taken at short long leg, a good catch running in by Boult diving forward. Trott was trying to play towards the vacant area at deep square leg but top edged a ball that was probably too full to sweep

IJL Trott c Boult b Martin 45 (171m 121b 7x4 0x6) SR: 37.19

40.3

Martin to Broad, FOUR, back foot drive, fine stroke, punched away past extra cover and timed well

40.4

Martin to Broad, 1 leg bye, Broad shuffles a long way across his stumps there, a brief lbw appeal was given not out, leg byes were called but that was very close to lbw, I reckon that would be out on review, yes it would have been, it was only a half-hearted appeal though

40.5

Martin to Finn, no run, played forward, ran off an inside edge to short long leg

40.6

Martin to Finn, no run, forward this time, struck on the pad, huge cry for lbw, not out again from umpire Rauf, was that sliding down? They decline the review and Hawk Eye had it umpire'a call on the leg stump

End of over 41 (6 runs) England 114/7
ST Finn    0* (2b)      BP Martin    7-3-16-2
SCJ Broad    5* (4b 1x4)      TA Boult    13-3-31-1

What can England possible conjure from here? New Zealand will desperately be hoping that they can finish the job now...

41.1

Boult to Broad, no run, blocked on the back foot into the off side

41.2

Boult to Broad, 1 run, goes back and blocks into the covers for a sharp single

Cause that gives the man with only two double-figure Test scores four balls...

41.3

Boult to Finn, no run, lack of foot movement as this zips past the off stump and carries nicely through to Watling

41.4

Boult to Finn, no run, blocked in the crease towards point

41.5

Boult to Finn, no run, soundly defended around middle and off

41.6

Boult to Finn, no run, ouchie, ducks into a bumper, well bowled, big Finn couldn't get down in time

End of over 42 (1 run) England 115/7
ST Finn    0* (6b)      TA Boult    14-3-32-1
SCJ Broad    6* (6b 1x4)      BP Martin    7-3-16-2

Well if anyone fancies it, you can get nearly 3/1 on England to win this Test now...

42.1

Martin to Broad, FOUR, slog sweep off middle and leg, well struck to the square fence

Probably need some protection out there for Broad...man does go back...

42.2

Martin to Broad, OUT, and Broad promptly pulls directly to the man on the rope that is a shocker. Half-tracker pulled like catching practise to the deep fielder. Could have slogged it anywhere but found the fielder with perfection, a sorry tale for England this

SCJ Broad c Brownlie b Martin 10 (18m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

42.3

Martin to Finn, no run, forward, blocking on off stump

42.4

Martin to Finn, no run, push forward to mid off

42.5

Martin to Finn, no run, push into the off side again from off stump

42.6

Martin to Finn, no run, middle and leg, kept out on the crease

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 119/8
ST Finn    0* (10b)      BP Martin    8-3-20-3
JM Anderson    0* (0b)      TA Boult    14-3-32-1

I think John's worried: "Dismal doesn't begin to describe this. I said after the warmup that I wasn't too worried that England's performance wasn't great but the worry is starting to set in." Dismal is polite...

43.1

Boult to Anderson, no run, bumper outside off, ignored

43.2

Boult to Anderson, no run, decent delivery that has Anderson hopping around leg stump, gets an edge towards gully, short of the fielder though

43.3

Boult to Anderson, no run, left outside off stump

43.4

Boult to Anderson, no run, forward on off stump to block into the covers

43.5

Boult to Anderson, no run, back over the wicket, tucked to short leg who fields well on the bounce

43.6

Boult to Anderson, no run, outside off, Anderson has a little fiddle at it and misses

End of over 44 (maiden) England 119/8
JM Anderson    0* (6b)      TA Boult    15-4-32-1
ST Finn    0* (10b)      BP Martin    8-3-20-3

44.1

Martin to Finn, no run, forward press and blocked on off stump

44.2

Martin to Finn, no run, defended more around middle and leg, again forward

44.3

Martin to Finn, no run, left outside off, a hint of spin away from the bat

44.4

Martin to Finn, no run, forward and blocked around off stump

44.5

Martin to Finn, 1 run, fuller and played down to deep mid off so Finn is off the mark

44.6

Martin to Anderson, no run, played forward just outside off and guided to backward point

End of over 45 (1 run) England 120/8
JM Anderson    0* (7b)      BP Martin    9-3-21-3
ST Finn    1* (15b)      TA Boult    15-4-32-1

Change of bowling as Tim Southee comes back...

45.1

Southee to Finn, 1 run, back of a length, Finn stands tall on off stump and blocks into the covers for a sharp single

45.2

Southee to Anderson, no run, nicely bowled, good length across Anderson who pushes at it and and misses, might have been a cutter that

45.3

Southee to Anderson, 2 runs, forced down the ground from off stump, stood tall and got two towards long off

45.4

Southee to Anderson, no run, off stump, Anderson a little slow coming forward to block back to the bowler

45.5

Southee to Anderson, no run, bumper and ducked

45.6

Southee to Anderson, no run, slash and miss outside off

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 123/8
JM Anderson    2* (12b)      TG Southee    12-3-31-1
ST Finn    2* (16b)      BP Martin    9-3-21-3

Love this Mark: "Earlier query about Hamish Rutherford. He won't be a direct descendant of Baron Ernest Rutherford, whose only descendant was a daughter, Eileen, who took the married name of Fowler. Ernest Rutherford did however have three brothers that lived to adulthood, so it's possible Hamish is descended from one of them. Still digging..."

46.1

Martin to Finn, no run, press forward and block just outside off

46.2

Martin to Finn, 2 runs, middle stump line, whipped through midwicket and they take two

46.3

Martin to Finn, no run, full toss and Finn totally missed it, got struck on the pad outside leg stump

46.4

Martin to Finn, 3 runs, leg stump and flicked away very fine, they come back for three

46.5

Martin to Anderson, 2 runs, another good-looking forcing stroke off the back foot from Anderson, rocking back and punching through extra cover

46.6

Martin to Anderson, no run, tossed up and Anderson drives and can only hit silly point

End of over 47 (7 runs) England 130/8
JM Anderson    4* (14b)      BP Martin    10-3-28-3
ST Finn    7* (20b)      TG Southee    12-3-31-1

New Zealand will just be wanting to finish the innings now, nothing worse than lower-order annoying stands...

47.1

Southee to Finn, no run, back of a length and Finn flashes hard and misses outside off

47.2

Southee to Finn, 1 run, leading edge as Finn aimed on side and got it through cover point

47.3

Southee to Anderson, FOUR, flashed away by Anderson to third man, struck it from the crease and got it off a thick outside edge, not at catachable height, wide of gully

47.4

Southee to Anderson, no run, tighter line and Anderson presses at it and misses

47.5

Southee to Anderson, no run, angled in, strikes the pad as Anderson aimed to play through the leg side

47.6

Southee to Anderson, no run, aimed to leg again, got hit on the body

And that is drinks with England left to their tail to try and cobble something together.

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 135/8
JM Anderson    8* (18b 1x4)      TG Southee    13-3-36-1
ST Finn    8* (22b)      BP Martin    10-3-28-3

We're back and Martin continues...

48.1

Martin to Finn, no run, full ball, driven down to mid off

48.2

Martin to Finn, no run, not quite as full, played back up the wicket

48.3

Martin to Finn, no run, played forward and ran back up the pitch again

48.4

Martin to Finn, no run, leg stump, swung away to short long leg

48.5

Martin to Finn, no run, forward and played back to the bowler

48.6

Martin to Finn, no run, middle stump, Finn adjusts his feet before blocking straight once more

End of over 49 (maiden) England 135/8
ST Finn    8* (28b)      BP Martin    11-4-28-3
JM Anderson    8* (18b 1x4)      TG Southee    13-3-36-1

Southee also continuing...

49.1

Southee to Anderson, 4 byes, wild leg side ball and it evades everybody

49.2

Southee to Anderson, no run, gets his line back and Anderson plays back towards the bowlers off the back foot

49.3

Southee to Anderson, FOUR, flashed off an outside edge down to third man, whistled past gully as Anderson drove a ball just outside off

49.4

Southee to Anderson, no run, well bowled, Anderson pushing awkwardly and missing outside off, perfect length

49.5

Southee to Anderson, no run, much fuller, angled out towards point

49.6

Southee to Anderson, no run, Anderson has another flash outside off and misses

End of over 50 (8 runs) England 143/8
JM Anderson    12* (24b 2x4)      TG Southee    14-3-40-1
ST Finn    8* (28b)      BP Martin    11-4-28-3
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