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Right, here we go, Tim Southee with the new cherry and Alastair Cook taking guard...

10.25am: Like all New Zealand grounds, the Basin Reserve looks like an Ernest Hemingway dream, very great-outdoorsy, albeit without the redwoods. There's a bit of grass on the pitch and we're hoping for pace, bounce and a bit of movement for the quicks - proper creeckit, in other words. Anyway, here's a few more thoughts from the ether...

"I wake up this morning and hear a new Pope has been elected and there's a white cloud over the Basin Reserve. Does this mean Stephen Fleming has been elected Pope?" Well, Stuart Capel, I'm sure Flem would look good in a white robe...

Lala is already casting aspersions: "Is McCullum's choice to bowl first a measure by him to make the Test last longer?" Actually, I don't know if that comment is pro- or anti-kiwi, to be honest.

And BJ has noticed the return of World Test Day: "Some pretty convenient timing for the 3 Test matches running today. Windies/Zimbabwe just finished for the day about 10 minutes ago, here we are ready to rock and roll in Wellington, and Mohali will start up towards the end of the third session here. Yay Test cricket!" Forget the Pope, this is the real deal, folks.

10.15am: New Zealand haven't had too much luck here at Wellington in recent years, with England having won a Basin Reserve Test more recently than the hosts. They did, however, beat England for the first time here back in 1978. Two chaps who don't have to go so far back for happy memories are James Anderson and Stuart Broad, for whom it all came together in Wellington five years ago. They (probably) won't be rekindling their bromance today but England will hope that Broad, in particular, can get his dander up again.

10.10am: So, we have our proposition. England's two opening barnacles, Cook and Compton, against the hooping ball, with Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner all battling to bowl with the wind off the Cook Strait. Where's your modest, double-dip recession wager going?

"Good morning, Alan," how does Paul Barron. "I'm tuning in from Budapest and really looking forward to NZ doing well again. When I say 'again', I really mean for the second time in ages."

Ben, meanwhile, looked in the mirror this morning and was struck by teenage self-doubt: "Do you really give us Kiwis a chance? We played our Test last week, I think England will roll this over in 4 days, subject to weather."

10am: New Zealand have won the toss and will bowl, looks like there's some fluffy white cloud cover and a familiar Basin Reserve breeze to help the seamers, though Brendon McCullum admits it's a risk, with the pitch looking decent to bat on. There are no changes to the New Zealand XI that harrassed England all the way in Dunedin. Alastair Cook's side is also unchanged, with Kevin Pietersen's knee passed fit to flamingo; Cook, too, says he would have bowled.

New Zealand 1 Peter Fulton, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt), 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Tim Southee, 9 Bruce Martin, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Joe Root, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 James Anderson, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Monty Panesar.

9.45am: Hello there and top of the morning to you. Or perhaps that should be bottom of the morning, seeing as we're in the southern hemisphere? I'm sure those England fans preparing for a hard day's night won't be feeling tip top when the dawn chorus does roll round - and that's before they even contemplate another kiwi savaging. Just over a week ago, New Zealand winning this series seemed about as likely as snow in England in March... since then, the drifts have been piling up (no, seriously. I mean, it's supposed to be spring!) After throwing all the punches in Dunedin, however, Brendon McCullum's men might be a little heavy on their feet, suggests George Dobell in his preview. Were England playing the rope-a-dope, or are they just dopes, plain and simple? (No, don't say it - that's Australia.) The Switch Hit boys wondered if England were "complacent, arrogant or naive"? Whatever the case, Andy Flower will hope the first-Test-itis is behind the team and they can shake a more effective leg in Wellington. I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be your caffeinator commentator for the next few hours. Don't be a stranger...

0.1

Southee to Cook, no run, starts with a good-length ball outside off, carries through nicely, no shape to begin with and Cook shoulders arms

0.2

Southee to Cook, no run, pushed across a foot or so wide of the off stump and wide enough to leave again, bit of extra lift on the way through to McCullum

0.3

Southee to Cook, no run, shuffles across and elects to leave again

0.4

Southee to Cook, 1 run, straighter line and this curls back nicely towards middle and off, Cook gets his bat down and nurdles an inside edge wide of mid-on for the first run of the match

0.5

Southee to Compton, no run, sprays this down the leg side, Compton moves across and can't get bat on it

0.6

Southee to Compton, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, defended in front of the stumps

Here's Amjad, who's clearly read the news (aka. Brendon's ruse): "Good Evening from Paris, Alan. I've a fairly important meeting with my boss tomorrow morning, But I will stay up till 'Sir' Cook, second only to Sir Don, keeps batting."l

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

From the other end, it will be Trent Boult, left arm over the wicket... Here's our first sighting of hubris call of the day, from Simon: "My prediction, England 300-3 at close."

1.1

Boult to Cook, no run, good length, in the channel outside off, bit of away swing and left alone

1.2

Boult to Cook, no run, slides this down the leg side and Cook swishes and misses

1.3

Boult to Cook, no run, angled in and turned into the on side from in front of the stumps

1.4

Boult to Cook, 2 runs, back of a length and on the body, crabs across and broom-handles the ball through square for one

1.5

Boult to Cook, 3 runs, straight and on a length, no swing for Boult and Cook is able to help it off his pads through square leg for three, as the man in the deep runs round

1.6

Boult to Compton, no run, full and fired across Compton's bows, who leaves that sort of delivery for fun (no, he really does)

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 6/0
NRD Compton    0* (3b)      TA Boult    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    6* (9b)      TG Southee    1-0-1-0

2.1

Southee to Cook, no run, a touch wide from Southee, who's not forcing Cook to play, though it's a decent length, Cook hanging back and raising his bat as the ball sails through at hip height

2.2

Southee to Cook, no run, pitched up a bit more and pushed across the left-hander, who studiously leaves again

2.3

Southee to Cook, no run, tighter and a hint of movement back in, Cook defends solidly around off

2.4

Southee to Cook, 1 run, on a length and angling across from leg to off stump, doesn't get up that much and Cook jabs one through point from the back foot

2.5

Southee to Compton, no run, full and pitching on middle and off, blocked to midwicket as Compton gets across

2.6

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up again, on the off stump, Compton's bat swings down a little crookedly as he punches to mid-off

Matt has been on the blower with some local knowledge: "Looking out the office window, it's fine with northerlies, so the in-to-the-wind job shouldn't be too bad today. Will be interesting to see if there is some swing for Tim and co, as a club cricketer I can say it's not always that prevalent in Wellington..."

End of over 3 (1 run) England 7/0
NRD Compton    0* (5b)      TG Southee    2-0-2-0
AN Cook    7* (13b)      TA Boult    1-0-5-0

3.1

Boult to Cook, no run, good line from Boult, beats Cook outside off, though if you were an opening batsman, you'd probably say he played inside it

3.2

Boult to Cook, 1 run, full and straight and tapped short into the covers for a single

3.3

Boult to Compton, no run, touch short and pushed across, Compton leaves

3.4

Boult to Compton, no run, length ball pitching on off and leaving the batsman, decent lift off the pitch, Compton offers no stroke

3.5

Boult to Compton, no run, length ball, outside off, nothing doing from the batsman

"Second sighting of hubris," chirps the self-effacing Simon Greig. "England all out for 250 at close. Stranger things have happened. Remember Dunedin!" Dunedin? That was at least four days ago, man. I can barely remember what I had for breakfast!

3.6

Boult to Compton, no run, straighter and fuller and blocked back down the track

End of over 4 (1 run) England 8/0
NRD Compton    0* (9b)      TA Boult    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    8* (15b)      TG Southee    2-0-2-0

4.1

Southee to Cook, no run, outside off, pitched up and hinting at a bit of swing, Cook is happy to leave

4.2

Southee to Cook, no run, straight, pitching full on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

4.3

Southee to Cook, no run, gets forward and pushes a full ball on off stump into the covers

4.4

Southee to Cook, no run, back of a length, left alone outside off

4.5

Southee to Cook, no run, oof, that's a beauty, pitching on leg and jagging past Cook's edge as he prods forward - almost looked as if the ball dematerialised on its way down and passed through the bat, so close it was

4.6

Southee to Cook, no run, goes back and taps to point

End of over 5 (maiden) England 8/0
AN Cook    8* (21b)      TG Southee    3-1-2-0
NRD Compton    0* (9b)      TA Boult    2-0-6-0

5.1

Boult to Compton, no run, good length and in the channel, Compton won't play at those

5.2

Boult to Compton, no run, fired across and Compton leans out watchfully, like a man looking over a steep drop, and leaves

5.3

Boult to Compton, no run, tight stuff from Boult, good zip off the pitch but no stroke again

5.4

Boult to Compton, 1 run, closer to off stump and Compton pokes his head out of his shell to drop one short of cover, they hustle for a single - and then almost get another on the overthrow

5.5

Boult to Cook, 2 runs, drifting on to the pads, length ball and clipped through square leg with a firm push for two

5.6

Boult to Cook, no run, angled in and defended back down the pitch

Here's Alastair, serving up a slice of history for us all to enjoy: "As you mentioned Alan, that first NZ Test win by England back in '78 was captained by the great MG Burgess - himself a famous member of the Grafton United Cricket Club in Auckland. Also interesting was he attended celebrations last weekend as Grafton celebrated it's 150th year. Apparently that's older than all but four of the English County clubs. 150* - well done Grafton!"

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 11/0
AN Cook    10* (23b)      TA Boult    3-0-9-0
NRD Compton    1* (13b)      TG Southee    3-1-2-0

Tight, probing start from the NZ bowlers but they haven't got the hoped-for lavish help from the pitch so far...

6.1

Southee to Compton, no run, gets across and defends outside off

6.2

Southee to Compton, no run, length ball, in the channel and Compton leaves this one

6.3

Southee to Compton, no run, dug in, bit of grunt from Southee and the bouncer soars high and handsome, Compton picks up his cudgel and then drops it just as quickly

Short delay, while a groundsman runs out and busies himself on one of the run-ups, I think

6.4

Southee to Compton, no run, off we go again, full and outside off, left alone

6.5

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up in the corridor of disquietude, Compton perfectly happy to leave

6.6

Southee to Compton, no run, full and inviting but Compton isn't biting - sensible stuff from the England opener

Here's S Holmes: "A bird inside the Indian external affairs ministry has told me that McCullum is going to be banned from India ever again for the 'hurt' he has caused to around 1 billion people by his 'Cook is next to Bradman' comments!! Sacrilege!!"

End of over 7 (maiden) England 11/0
NRD Compton    1* (19b)      TG Southee    4-2-2-0
AN Cook    10* (23b)      TA Boult    3-0-9-0

7.1

Boult to Cook, FOUR, we have our first boundary of the morning, as Boult plants one on Cook's pads and Cook digs it up and whistles it in front of square leg for four

7.2

Boult to Cook, 1 run, stays back and taps on into the covers for a single

7.3

Boult to Compton, 1 run, angled across Compton, gets forward to push a length ball into another gap at cover

7.4

Boult to Cook, 1 run, good length, doesn't go off the straight outside off and Cook steps out and leans on the ball for another single short on the off side

"It's the lavish help from the England batsmen that is being most missed so far," chuckles/grumbles Jeff

7.5

Boult to Compton, no run, pushed across outside off stump and Compton shoulders arms

7.6

Boult to Compton, no run, full and a foot or so wide of the stumps, Compton makes like a tree (and leaves)

End of over 8 (7 runs) England 18/0
NRD Compton    2* (22b)      TA Boult    4-0-16-0
AN Cook    16* (26b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-2-2-0

First bowling change, with Neil Wagner on for Southee and running into the wind. Still three slips and a gully in place

8.1

Wagner to Cook, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, little bit of shape, Cook covers the line

8.2

Wagner to Cook, 1 run, fired towards leg stump, walks across the crease and flicks to long leg

8.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, line and length in the channel outside off, nothing doing from Compton

8.4

Wagner to Compton, 1 run, little bit tighter, on the off stump, pushes forward and picks a gap at cover for one

8.5

Wagner to Cook, no run, gets a stride in and blocks a fullish ball outside off

8.6

Wagner to Cook, no run, shorter and Cook stays back and defends

"It won't swing in Wellington unless conditions are perfect, then it'll go like a banana," nods Jez Brown sagely. "Morning session, sun lifting the moisture out of the earth, no wind = unplayable. It may have just been too dry in Wellington recently to offer that assistance what with water restrictions coming into effect for the first time in living memory."

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 20/0
AN Cook    17* (30b 1x4)      N Wagner    1-0-2-0
NRD Compton    3* (24b)      TA Boult    4-0-16-0

Boult to continue ... already the Cook-Compton flashbacks from the second innings at Dunedin must be creeping into the collective NZ psyche

9.1

Boult to Compton, 2 runs, full of a length and met on the half volley outside off, came off the outside half of the bat but he was in control and the ball runs away through point

9.2

Boult to Compton, no run, defends this one back to the bowler from the crease

9.3

Boult to Compton, FOUR, boundary for Compton now, and signs of aggression, as Boult drops short and the batsman roundhouses it through square leg with barely a flicker

9.4

Boult to Compton, no run, pitched up and Compton gets across to cover his stumps

9.5

Boult to Compton, no run, and beaten, a little nibble! A reminder for Compton that Boult's no chump, the ball zinging across and past the outside edge off a good length ... Compton tightens his celice

9.6

Boult to Compton, no run, full and around the line of off and blocked defensively

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 26/0
NRD Compton    9* (30b 1x4)      TA Boult    5-0-22-0
AN Cook    17* (30b 1x4)      N Wagner    1-0-2-0

10.1

Wagner to Cook, OUT, fullish and chipped in the air ... straight to mid-on! For the second time in two Tests, Cook has thrown his wicket to Wagner! He stares at the pitch in accusatory fashion but it just seemed like he mistimed the shot, maybe the pace was taken off the ball, as Cook was slightly early on it and pushed uppishly to the grateful Fulton, who moved a few steps to his left to take the catch. The New Zealanders are skipping around gleefully - the Don Chef is gone!

AN Cook c Fulton b Wagner 17 (43m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.83

Out ambles to unrufflable Jonathan Trott

10.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, short of a length, fired across from over the wicket, good bounce and carry but wide enough for Trott to leave

10.3

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, length and this jumps a little, as Trott pushes at it, squeezes a thick edge through point for one

10.4

Wagner to Compton, FOUR, short and at the top of Compton's block, again he's quickly back and across to rattle a pull shot to the fence

10.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, goes back to line and length outside off and Compton watches this one through

10.6

Wagner to Compton, FOUR, this time Compton unfurls the cover drive, it was full and wide and not doing anything in the air or off the pitch and was punched elegantly in front of square off the front foot

That wicket was just was McCullum needed - it looked like a crowbar would be needed to get one of the Two Cs out. "McCullum's cunning ploy worked out!!!" cheers Shashi, referencing the pre-match Bradman ploy...

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 35/1
NRD Compton    17* (33b 3x4)      N Wagner    2-0-11-1
IJL Trott    1* (2b)      TA Boult    5-0-22-0

11.1

Boult to Trott, 1 run, round the wicekt, pitched up, a little too straight and worked off the pads through backward square

11.2

Boult to Compton, no run, goes back and blocks a short ball

Here's Chandra, with a message for AN Cook: "1 billion cheers just went up!! Well DON mate."

11.3

Boult to Compton, no run, over the wicket again, left alone outside off

11.4

Boult to Compton, no run, again in the channel outside off stump and Compton leaves

11.5

Boult to Compton, no run, pushed across, on a length, back and across, no stroke

11.6

Boult to Compton, no run, Compton comes forward and defends a length ball on off back down the track

"Disappointing," murmurs Daniel. "I thought after his half-century in the previous match Finn would get another chance at No. 3, but apparently not..."

End of over 12 (1 run) England 36/1
NRD Compton    17* (38b 3x4)      TA Boult    6-0-23-0
IJL Trott    2* (3b)      N Wagner    2-0-11-1

12.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, on the stumps, gets forward and defends

12.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, high action and hitting the deck, good carry through to the keeper as Trott shoulders arms

12.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, length ball in the channel, steps out and again elects to usher the ball through

12.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, tight around the line of off, length delivery and blocked on the front foot towards mid-off

12.5

Wagner to Trott, 1 wide, bumper from Wagner, snorting his nostrils and pawing the ground - but it was too high for the umpire's liking

12.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, length ball this time, on middle and leg and nudged towards midwicket

12.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, very wide, short of a good length but stays low, Trott thinks about throwing the bat at it but wisely changes his mind

"Already you can see the confidence which Compton's century has given him," observes Matthew. "Looks much more relaxed at the crease and is playing the ball more fluidly. Positive signs."

End of over 13 (1 run) England 37/1
IJL Trott    2* (9b)      N Wagner    3-0-12-1
NRD Compton    17* (38b 3x4)      TA Boult    6-0-23-0

Back comes Southee, from the other end

13.1

Southee to Compton, FOUR, and, with Matthew's praise ringing in his ears, Compton picks up another dreamy cover-driven four, waits until it is right under his nose and than pings it through the infield - lovely stroke

13.2

Southee to Compton, 1 run, full-bunger on off stump, Compton jams his bat down and the ball rolls into the off side, nearly hitting a duck that had waddled on to the square

13.3

Southee to Trott, no run, nip-backer from Southee and Trott drops his bottom hand off the bat as he props forward in defence

13.4

Southee to Trott, 2 runs, sliding his line towards leg stump and Trott grabs a couple of slices from the buffet through square

13.5

Southee to Trott, no run, shuffles across and leaves a length ball outside off

Here's John, who has a mole in the England camp: "I know what Daniel means, but I believe Flower thought that Finn was too much of a dashing strokeplayer so he decided on Trott."

13.6

Southee to Trott, no run, gets forward to defend on the front foot outside the line of off

Time for the players to have a drink. Looks a fine morning in Wellington, plenty of blue sky now - the NZ brains trust might need some thinking of that ilk to take full advantage of having won the toss.

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 44/1
IJL Trott    4* (13b)      TG Southee    5-2-9-0
NRD Compton    22* (40b 4x4)      N Wagner    3-0-12-1

Wagner the wicket-taker composes himself, ahem, and continues his opening spell...

14.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, line and length outside off, Compton elects to leave

14.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, smoothly pushed across the bows on a good length, not in the slot and no stroke offered

14.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, a little wider, consistent length, ushered through

14.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, another length ball outside off, another leave-alone from Compton, as he hops back and across

14.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, fuller but a few feet wide of the stumps and that's not going to draw out Compton's poker

14.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, good length, just outside the line of off, steps out and leaves - that's a maiden

End of over 15 (maiden) England 44/1
NRD Compton    22* (46b 4x4)      N Wagner    4-1-12-1
IJL Trott    4* (13b)      TG Southee    5-2-9-0

Here's Richard, who may or may not be from New Zealand: "I agree, Compton's looking fantastic. Keep it up Compton! Looking at least as good as Brian Lara."

15.1

Southee to Trott, no run, Southee pitches this one up wide of off, begins to curve away from Trott, who sniffs and lets it by

15.2

Southee to Trott, no run, goes back and across and defends, the ball hits quite high up the bat but Trott keeps it down towards point

15.3

Southee to Trott, 3 runs, full and looking for that away swing but Trott takes it from under his nose and punches a couple through the covers

15.4

Southee to Compton, no run, beaten, a false stroke from Compton ... *rubs eyes* ... It was a touch short from Southee, little bit of kick from the pitch and zipped past the outside edge as Compton stayed back and dangled his bat in the wind

15.5

Southee to Compton, no run, slanted in towards the top of off and this time solidly defended back down the track

15.6

Southee to Compton, no run, crabs back and across and defends in front of the off stump

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 47/1
NRD Compton    22* (49b 4x4)      TG Southee    6-2-12-0
IJL Trott    7* (16b)      N Wagner    4-1-12-1

Just two slips in for Trott, and a shortish extra-cover

16.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, round the wicket, line and length and leave alone

16.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, little bit shorter, wide of the stumps and Trott again turns his nose up at it

16.3

Wagner to Trott, no run, wide on the crease and angled in towards middle and off this time, clipped towards midwicket where it is cut off

16.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, again Trott goes back and across and nudges the ball into the on side

16.5

Wagner to Trott, no run, bends the back and digs this one in short, Trott tucks his neck into his feathers and ducks

16.6

Wagner to Trott, no run, short again, at the man but Trott ducks - "Instead of aiming at where I was, you should have aimed at where I was going to be!"

End of over 17 (maiden) England 47/1
IJL Trott    7* (22b)      N Wagner    5-2-12-1
NRD Compton    22* (49b 4x4)      TG Southee    6-2-12-0

17.1

Southee to Compton, no run, on the stumps, defended

17.2

Southee to Compton, no run, uncharacteristic flash from Compton, throwing his wrists at a wide-ish ball that hit the seam and wobbled back past the inside edge

17.3

Southee to Compton, no run, in the channel, back of a length and Compton lets this one through

17.4

Southee to Compton, no run, touch short and on middle and off, defended on the back foot

17.5

Southee to Compton, 1 run, leans out and shows a length ball the face of the bat, gets a single into the covers

17.6

Southee to Trott, no run, slung down full and on off stump, nicely on-driven by Trott but it comes off the toe and rolls towards mid-on

End of over 18 (1 run) England 48/1
IJL Trott    7* (23b)      TG Southee    7-2-13-0
NRD Compton    23* (54b 4x4)      N Wagner    5-2-12-1

18.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, over the wicket, good line around off but Compton knows where his stumps are and leaves a length ball

18.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, pushed across a little wider, length again, left again

18.3

Wagner to Compton, 3 runs, there's a grunt from Wagner as he attempts the bouncer again, this barely gets above wait height though and Compton comfortably swipes the ball through midwicket for three more

That's the fifty up for England, who probably won't mind having lost the toss on a morning like this

18.4

Wagner to Trott, no run, round the wicket, worked off the front leg to the man at midwicket

18.5

Wagner to Trott, FOUR, short and wide and Trott rolls his wrists to cut the ball dismissively through point for his first boundary

18.6

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, angled in, full and on the pads, turned behind square on the leg side

"Why is everyone going crazy for Compton? One fifty and one hundred from 11 innings isn't THAT great. Especially considering there's an opener on the other team who averages 171…" Brendan seems to have mistaken a wee bit of praise for a decent start for the anointing of a new Bradman... Oh, wait, that's already happened.

End of over 19 (8 runs) England 56/1
IJL Trott    12* (26b 1x4)      N Wagner    6-2-20-1
NRD Compton    26* (57b 4x4)      TG Southee    7-2-13-0

Southee steams in... and Trott pulls away, complaining that the blinds on the changing room windows aren't perfectly aligned, or something

19.1

Southee to Trott, no run, goes back and defends a short ball into the off side

19.2

Southee to Trott, FOUR, strays down the leg side and Trott needs no encouragement there, flicking him busily off his pads for a four to fine leg

19.3

Southee to Trott, no run, goes across and works a length ball into the on side

19.4

Southee to Trott, no run, pitched up in the channel, Trott plants the front foot but drills the ball to the man at cover

19.5

Southee to Trott, no run, head over the ball, Trott defends a length delivery outside off into the ground

19.6

Southee to Trott, no run, touch shorter, wide of the stumps and steered to point on the back foot

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 60/1
IJL Trott    16* (32b 2x4)      TG Southee    8-2-17-0
NRD Compton    26* (57b 4x4)      N Wagner    6-2-20-1

Right, Plan A hasn't turned up much, so here's spin before lunch on day one, in the form of Bruce Martin. Slip and short leg in

20.1

Martin to Compton, no run, tossed up on off stump, leans out to pat to extra-cover

20.2

Martin to Compton, 1 run, angled towards leg stump, straightening and played off the back foot behind square

20.3

Martin to Trott, no run, Martin approaches the crease with his arms high, like a ballerina, before tossing it up on middle, worked to mid-on

20.4

Martin to Trott, no run, full and drifting down the leg side, Trott tries to sweep but misses out and the ball thumps into the pad and rolls short

20.5

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up and gripping on middle, defended into the on side

20.6

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up, gets out to the pitch and again drives wide of mid-on, who reels it in - just one off Martin's first over

End of over 21 (1 run) England 61/1
IJL Trott    16* (36b 2x4)      BP Martin    1-0-1-0
NRD Compton    27* (59b 4x4)      TG Southee    8-2-17-0

21.1

Southee to Compton, no run, full and angling back in toward off stump, drives and the bat turns in the hands, the ball dribbles to mid-on

21.2

Southee to Compton, no run, gets forward to defend a length ball outside off

Here's John: "@Brendan, I think that many are keen to give Compton some praise after so many were keen to criticise him and have him out of the team after a start that wasn't THAT bad."

21.3

Southee to Compton, no run, good length, outside the line of off, forward defensive in the received, coaching-manual style

21.4

Southee to Compton, no run, fuller, wide of the stumps and straight as a Roman road, Compton leaves it well alone

21.5

Southee to Compton, no run, length ball on off, drifting in with the arm, solid defence into the off side

21.6

Southee to Compton, 2 runs, touch short, wide of the off and punched off the back foot through cover-point, pierces the gap and that'll be a couple more to Compton

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 63/1
NRD Compton    29* (65b 4x4)      TG Southee    9-2-19-0
IJL Trott    16* (36b 2x4)      BP Martin    1-0-1-0

"Every time I see the surname Martin in the commentary my heart is a flutter. But the Phantom this is not." No, Allan Schoenherr, Bruce is no Chris. For a start, he knows which end to hold the bat

22.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up around middle and off, defended pressing forward

22.2

Martin to Trott, no run, full and on the stumps, clipped to the fielder at midwicket

22.3

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up outside off, gives this some air, Trott comes out of this crease and drives to mid-on, who scrambles down to prevent one

22.4

Martin to Trott, no run, full and wide of the stumps, blocked

22.5

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, whipped into the leg side but again can't beat the fielder (fieldsman)

22.6

Martin to Trott, no run, Trott presses forward and smothers a full ball outside off

No turn to speak of but Martin has begun nicely, keeping the ball up to the bat and maintaining a disciplined line

End of over 23 (maiden) England 63/1
IJL Trott    16* (42b 2x4)      BP Martin    2-1-1-0
NRD Compton    29* (65b 4x4)      TG Southee    9-2-19-0

23.1

Southee to Compton, no run, in the corridor but no uncertainty from Compton, who leaves it alone

23.2

Southee to Compton, no run, gets forward and blocks into the off side

23.3

Southee to Compton, no run, tight on the off stump, stays back and defends a short ball, Southee fields

23.4

Southee to Compton, 3 runs, full and tailing in towards off stump, Compton transfer the weight across nicely and glances through midwicket, nothing more than a flick but it was well timed and they pick up three

23.5

Southee to Trott, no run, defends a length ball into the off side

23.6

Southee to Trott, no run, pitched up and played with a straight bat into the covers

"Top order batsmen like Sehwag, Dilshan, Gayle etc seem to try to beat the bowlers into submission, Trott on the other hand seens to want to bore them into submission, I don't know which is worse." Neil, I think there'll be plenty of people out there willing to lend their opinion on this one

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 66/1
IJL Trott    16* (44b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-2-22-0
NRD Compton    32* (69b 4x4)      BP Martin    2-1-1-0

24.1

Martin to Compton, no run, full and straight and punched back down the track

24.2

Martin to Compton, no run, pushed through on off stump, Compton props forward in defence

24.3

Martin to Compton, no run, looped up nice and slow on middle and off, Compton leaves the crease and blocks back to the bowler

24.4

Martin to Compton, no run, full and on the stumps, solid forward defensive

24.5

Martin to Compton, no run, gets a stride in and prods defensively out towards cover

24.6

Martin to Compton, no run, tossed up on off stump, Compton returns to sender

"Trouble sleeping? Turn on telly - Trott and Compton are batting." Patrick thinks we're being served a dose of Goodnight Nurse

End of over 25 (maiden) England 66/1
NRD Compton    32* (75b 4x4)      BP Martin    3-2-1-0
IJL Trott    16* (44b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-2-22-0

Probably a couple more overs before lunch... Boult back into the attack

25.1

Boult to Trott, 3 runs, back of a length and on the stumps, Trott shuffles across and than hops into position to tuck the ball off his hips through backward square leg

25.2

Boult to Compton, 2 runs, angled across and Compton opens the face, steers a couple along the ground through point

25.3

Boult to Compton, no run, short but not quite as wide as Compton first thought and he is a little cramped trying to cut, the ball hitting the splice and bobbling to gully

25.4

Boult to Compton, no run, goes back into leaving mode to a length ball outside off

25.5

Boult to Compton, no run, that's a very confident leave, pitching on middle and flying through a couple of inches outside off as Compton goes back and shoulders arms

25.6

Boult to Compton, no run, on the stumps, tries to turns to leg and the ball comes off the leading edge low on the off side

"As an Englishman I would love to see the batsmen play exciting strokes and get high scores, but if a slow but steady approach is going to build a good foundation and lead to a win, boring is also okay!" Compo and Trotty get the Dave Fern seal of approval

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 71/1
NRD Compton    34* (80b 4x4)      TA Boult    7-0-28-0
IJL Trott    19* (45b 2x4)      BP Martin    3-2-1-0

26.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off, leans on a forward defensive

Silly point comes in...

26.2

Martin to Trott, FOUR, ...and is immediately hopping around evasively as Martin drops short and Trott clatters the ball through point for another boundary

Short leg in place as well

26.3

Martin to Trott, no run, full and outside the line of off, defends on the front foot

26.4

Martin to Trott, no run, again Trott gets forward to defend outside off, smothering the ball at the pitch

26.5

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up and drifting towards leg stump, clipped to midwicket

Now a straight, short extra-cover comes in - McCullum tinkering furiously

26.6

Martin to Trott, no run, full and flighted on the stumps, worked to leg

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 75/1
IJL Trott    23* (51b 3x4)      BP Martin    4-2-5-0
NRD Compton    34* (80b 4x4)      TA Boult    7-0-28-0

Last over before lunch, then. Here's disgruntled of Tamil Nadu Adesh: "@Neil.. A day of Sehwag or Trott? I think thats a pretty straightforward answer!"

27.1

Boult to Compton, no run, back of a length and left alone outside off

27.2

Boult to Compton, no run, pitched up, speared into the channel around off, defended pressing forward

27.3

Boult to Compton, no run, goes back and across and defends from the crease

27.4

Boult to Compton, no run, Boult goes round the wicket, pushes this through a foot outside off, Compton happily leaves

27.5

Boult to Compton, no run, tighter, coming back in with the arm, defended back to the bowler

27.6

Boult to Compton, no run, short of a length and slightly wide, Compton skips back and angles the ball towards point - no danger there and that is lunch. Has anyone seen England's picnic basket?

12.35pm: Well, that's been a very pleasant session of cricket - which is exactly the opposite of what Brendon McCullum would have wanted when he decided to insert England. It doesn't look like being a Brisbane '02 / Edgbaston '05 sort of howler but Alastair Cook, his own personal goof aside, will be quite happy with what he's seen. There's no doubt he's a fan of watching Compton and Trott bat... And on that note, here's Jamie, with a final word before the interval on the subject: "On current form, we're much more likely to *get* a day of Trott than a day of Sehwag..." Low blow? Well, what were you expecting? See you again in 30 minutes...

End of over 28 (maiden) England 75/1
NRD Compton    34* (86b 4x4)      TA Boult    8-1-28-0
IJL Trott    23* (51b 3x4)      BP Martin    4-2-5-0

So, have the NZ bowlers been reduced to huffing and puffing after blowing the house down during England's first dig in Dunedin? Or has the real Slim Shady arrived in the middle now? Off we go again, for a post-prandial perambulation... Neil Wagner bowling to Jonathan Trott

28.1

Wagner to Trott, no run, round the wicket, length ball and carries through a little low, Trott steps out and shoulders arms

Here's David: "It may be a bit dull, but England's strategy of grinding it out may well pay dividends later. The NZ bowlers have only had 3 days rest since sending down 170 overs in Dunedin - you'd have to think that fatigue will set in at some point. McCullum must have a lot of faith in his team's fitness to send England in..."

28.2

Wagner to Trott, 3 runs, full and there's a bit of width for Trott to play with, driving in front of square and the man at cover can't cut it off despite a dive, the ball running to a halt a couple of feet from the rope

28.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, over the wicket to Compton, who drives a full ball from outside off to the man at extra-cover

28.4

Wagner to Compton, FOUR, dug in short of a length and Compton has time to size it up before short-arm jabbing the ball through square leg, plenty of willow behind that and it scuttles to the rope

28.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, goes round the wicket again, angled in and defended back to the bowler, who makes as if to shy at the stumps but Compton remains in his crease, unperturbed

28.6

Wagner to Compton, 2 runs, pitched up full and timed straight back down the ground, Wagner gets down and way just get a flick of fingertip on it, Trott stabs his bat back in anyway but the ball misses the stumps and runs down the ground for another couple

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 84/1
NRD Compton    40* (90b 5x4)      N Wagner    7-2-29-1
IJL Trott    26* (53b 3x4)      TA Boult    8-1-28-0

From the other end, we'll have more left-arm medium, from Trent Boult. "I don't understand why people complain that it is boring," says Andy. "They have done exactly what they should have in the first session of the first day having been put in."

29.1

Boult to Trott, no run, over the wicket, touch short and blocked from the crease

29.2

Boult to Trott, no run, gets across and prods a length ball into the off side

29.3

Boult to Trott, no run, fuller and set up to drive outside off, Trott strokes it crisply but the ball is cut out by extra-cover

29.4

Boult to Trott, no run, gets forward and punches into the covers again

29.5

Boult to Trott, FOUR, slightly overpitched around off, Trott shuffles forward and rattles the ball back past the bowler, not quite a half-volley but well-timed and it skeddadles to the rope at long-off

29.6

Boult to Trott, no run, drags his length down outside off and left alone

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 88/1
IJL Trott    30* (59b 4x4)      TA Boult    9-1-32-0
NRD Compton    40* (90b 5x4)      N Wagner    7-2-29-1

30.1

Wagner to Compton, FOUR, another moment of indiscipline from Compton but he gets away with it, slicing off the back foot high over gully, it travels pretty quickly and would have needed a salmon-leap to snag it ... but chalk that one up to the bowler

30.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, stays back and lets a back-of-a-length ball through

30.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, full and outside off, steered towards point coming forward

30.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, gets forward and drives into the covers

30.5

Wagner to Compton, 2 runs, short and wide and Compton slashes lustily at it, doesn't come off the middle but manages to bundle it through point for a couple

30.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, good length, wide of the off, blocked away in front of square

"Why, oh why, did McCullum decide to bowl?" wails Paul. "Cook & co. will be thinking Christmas has come already. You will never get more perfect batting conditions in Wellington than they will be for the next three days at least! Expect our bowlers to develop chronic fatigue syndrome after bowling another 170 overs over then next two days..."

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 94/1
NRD Compton    46* (96b 6x4)      N Wagner    8-2-35-1
IJL Trott    30* (59b 4x4)      TA Boult    9-1-32-0

31.1

Boult to Trott, FOUR, slips this one down the leg side, Trott glances, just a tickle of the edge of the bat and it skids away to fine leg - runs beginning to flow a little quicker for England now

31.2

Boult to Trott, no run, puts this back on a good line outside off, tapped away defensively

31.3

Boult to Trott, 1 run, back of a length and on middle and leg, Trott crabs across his crease and flicks it behind square

31.4

Boult to Compton, no run, you could stick Nick Compton on a skiff in the middle of a raging storm at sea and he would know where his off stump it - again he leaves a length ball that zips fractionally past the timbers

31.5

Boult to Compton, no run, goes back and defends this time, short on the off side

31.6

Boult to Compton, 3 runs, bit more width and Compton opens the shoulders to ravish the ball behind square, played it late and although it doesn't get four, it brings up the England hundred

End of over 32 (8 runs) England 102/1
NRD Compton    49* (99b 6x4)      TA Boult    10-1-40-0
IJL Trott    35* (62b 5x4)      N Wagner    8-2-35-1

32.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, round the wicket, in the channel outside off and Compton's back into leaving mode

32.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, good length, a few feet wide of the stumps, shoulders arms

32.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, length ball and wide again but Compton, having gone across, didn't give himself enough room to cut and ends up chopping to ball into the ground past his stumps

32.4

Wagner to Compton, 2 runs, full and a little straighter, Compton is able to get on the front foot and drive, picks up a couple into the covers and that's his fifty - Compton's second in Tests

32.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, full length, takes it from outside off towards mid-on

32.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, moves back and across and leaves and length ball outside off

"I agree with Andy, this is far from boring - a decade ago, 100 runs inside the first 32 overs of a Test would have been viewed as a very brisk start." Quite right, Pete. Trouble is, we all have short attention spans these days and need to be feed E-numbers all the tim- I WANT TO PLAY ANGRY BIRDS!!!

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 104/1
NRD Compton    51* (105b 6x4)      N Wagner    9-2-37-1
IJL Trott    35* (62b 5x4)      TA Boult    10-1-40-0

33.1

Boult to Trott, no run, over the wicket, back of a length and defended in front of off stump

33.2

Boult to Trott, 2 leg byes, fires this down the leg side and flicked off the hips, the ball runs fine but won't go all the way

33.3

Boult to Trott, 1 run, on the stumps, touch short and dropped into the on side, the fielder runs in from midwicket but they chance one successfully

33.4

Boult to Compton, FOUR, short and wide and Compton carves this over backward point, the ball was in the air a long time but he knew what he was doing - four more

Here's Matt: "I think it was a smart move by McCullum to bowl first. He knows there is rain forecast for the last two days of this Test match. England batting first means a day and a half of the match taken out at the least and NZ can take on safety role for the draw. The longer England do not have control of this series the more they will get frustrated and on we go to Eden Park for a one off decider with NZ a decent chance of gaining the win and with it the series."

33.5

Boult to Compton, FOUR, short and well-directed, Compton swats at it and the ball flies off the shoulder of the bat for another boundary, this time down to long leg

33.6

Boult to Compton, no run, length ball coming back in towards the stumps from round the wicket, shows it the face in defence

End of over 34 (11 runs) England 115/1
NRD Compton    59* (108b 8x4)      TA Boult    11-1-49-0
IJL Trott    36* (65b 5x4)      N Wagner    9-2-37-1

Bruce Martin back into the attack...

"England have really punished McCullum here," grins Richard Schorfield. "He loves watching Cook bat and sent them in so he could watch the 'best since Bradman' and they're gonna spank NZ while denying him that pleasure. He is right about Cookie though - num num num Cookie-monster likes runs."

34.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up and defended coming forward

34.2

Martin to Trott, no run, flighted, outside the line of off, leans forward and opens the face to steer towards point

34.3

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up a little wide, straightens a touch and Trott lets it through

34.4

Martin to Trott, no run, gets outside off to defend on the front foot

34.5

Martin to Trott, no run, full and floated up outside off, driven into the ground and Martin fields

34.6

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle, Trott watches it under his nose and clips straight back to the bowler - maiden

"Interesting perspective by Matt, but I've never heard of a captain going for the draw at the time of the toss and if I do ever hear of it, I doubt if his name will be Brendon McCullum." John thinks B-Mac is a cove who likes to attack

End of over 35 (maiden) England 115/1
IJL Trott    36* (71b 5x4)      BP Martin    5-3-5-0
NRD Compton    59* (108b 8x4)      TA Boult    11-1-49-0

Wagner switches ends, replacing Boult

35.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, length ball outside the line of off, defended

35.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, full toss, wide of the stumps, Trott has a wild heave and misses entirely

35.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, gets across and defends a length ball

35.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, good line and length, yard outside off and Trott leans forward and frowns at it like a disapproving headmaster

35.5

Wagner to Compton, 2 runs, pitched up and in the slot for Compton to drive through the infield

35.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, angled in from wide of the crease and blocked back down the track from in front of the stumps

Ian: "I see Trott has just got his average over 50. However if Compton keeps playing for another hour or so, he'll pass him easily."

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 117/1
NRD Compton    61* (114b 8x4)      N Wagner    10-2-39-1
IJL Trott    36* (71b 5x4)      BP Martin    5-3-5-0

Short leg in place for Martin still

36.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off, studiously blocked

36.2

Martin to Trott, no run, pushed through in the channel, again Trott leans out to smother the ball

There's warm applause in the crowd from a man dressed as the pope... The only man in the world more self-denying that Jonathan Trott

36.3

Martin to Trott, 2 runs, drops short and Trott goes back and cuts a couple through point

36.4

Martin to Trott, no run, bit of snap, crackle and pop, the ball jumping and hitting the splice as Trott pushes forward

36.5

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up and defended

36.6

Martin to Trott, no run, slides down the leg side, goes back and clips one to backward square leg

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 119/1
IJL Trott    38* (77b 5x4)      BP Martin    6-3-7-0
NRD Compton    61* (114b 8x4)      N Wagner    10-2-39-1

We're going to get a change of ball, after New Zealand petitioned that the current one had gone out of shape... Let's see if this improves their luck

37.1

Wagner to Compton, 1 run, touch full and blocked on the front foot into the off side

37.2

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, back of a length, wide on the crease and banged in, helped on its way down towards long leg

37.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, shortish and wide of the stumps, Compton drops back in his crease and leaves

37.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, in the corridor, again no stroke

37.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, back over the wicket, angled across on a good length, left alone

37.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, defended back down the track from in front of the stumps

"Not sure I agree with your comment that 10 years ago, 100 runs in the first 32 overs was viewed as a brisk start. Even 10 years ago a run rate of at least 3 an over was necessary to keep pace during a Test match. (I've never played Angry Birds). The current run rate over the last 10 overs looks more like it!" I think, Keith, that Pete (not me) probably meant 15 or so years ago - but full marks for pedantry (and you should really try Angry Birds)

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 121/1
NRD Compton    62* (119b 8x4)      N Wagner    11-2-41-1
IJL Trott    39* (78b 5x4)      BP Martin    6-3-7-0

38.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up and defended outside off stump

38.2

Martin to Trott, no run, beats the outside edge this time, just a little bit of grip causing Trott to flirt unsuccessfully

38.3

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up and pushed to mid-on coming forward

38.4

Martin to Trott, no run, turned into the leg side

38.5

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and clipped towards midwicket

38.6

Martin to Trott, no run, full and flighted, defended on the front foot around off

End of over 39 (maiden) England 121/1
IJL Trott    39* (84b 5x4)      BP Martin    7-4-7-0
NRD Compton    62* (119b 8x4)      N Wagner    11-2-41-1

39.1

Wagner to Compton, 1 run, on the stumps, touch short and dropped into the leg side

39.2

Wagner to Trott, no run, banged in short and this leaps high across Trott's bows, as he stays back and watches it past

39.3

Wagner to Trott, 1 run, short again and straight, shovelled off the hips for one down to long leg

39.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, short of a length and at the body, defended on the back foot

39.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, pitches this one up, outside the line of off, Compton pushes forward and steers towards point

39.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, lets a length ball go through outside off - tighter stuff from Wagner and we're heading back into 1990s run rate territory

"@Ian: Keep an eye on the bowlers average too, they could easily overtake the batsmen at this rate!" Milkman delivers

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 123/1
NRD Compton    63* (123b 8x4)      N Wagner    12-2-43-1
IJL Trott    40* (86b 5x4)      BP Martin    7-4-7-0

40.1

Martin to Trott, FOUR, looped up and dipping, outside leg stump and he brings down the bat sharply to bash the ball behind square and away for a boundary

40.2

Martin to Trott, no run, gets behind this one in defence

40.3

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up on middle and off, comes forward and pushes to mid-on

40.4

Martin to Trott, no run, flatter, straightening around off, defends on the front foot

40.5

Martin to Trott, no run, floated up, again drifting towards leg stump, clipped to the man at backward square

40.6

Martin to Trott, no run, shorter length, pushed through a bit quicker, jabbed into the on side from the crease in front of the stumps

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 127/1
IJL Trott    44* (92b 6x4)      BP Martin    8-4-11-0
NRD Compton    63* (123b 8x4)      N Wagner    12-2-43-1

"This series is going to be like England in India, a few months ago," trumpets Nick. "They needed a match to get use to the pitch (when they were destroyed by India spinners), and then, eventually won the series. England are really favorites..."

41.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, pitched up and angled across, precisely driven into the covers off the front foot but can't pick the gap

41.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, touch shorter, again pushed across, left alone this time

41.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, pitched up a little wide of the off stump, drives but it comes of the toe of the bat towards mid-off

41.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, line and length in the corridor, steps out and raises the bat in the air (like he just don't care)

41.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, another length ball outside off, keeping Compton honest, he leaves again

41.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, full of a length and wider this time, trying to pull the batsman out of his crease... You might as well try and convince a dog that he doesn't want to chase that bird in the hedgerow

End of over 42 (maiden) England 127/1
NRD Compton    63* (129b 8x4)      N Wagner    13-3-43-1
IJL Trott    44* (92b 6x4)      BP Martin    8-4-11-0

42.1

Martin to Trott, no run, full and on leg stump, Trott clips it straight to Rutherford under the helmet, who's a little slow to react as the batsman half sets off and then plunges back in time to regain his ground

42.2

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up and played back down the track

42.3

Martin to Trott, no run, gets forward to defended again

42.4

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up, smothered in defence

Catcher at short extra-cover in again

42.5

Martin to Trott, no run, full and straight and defended in front of the stumps

42.6

Martin to Trott, FOUR, gives this time some air, Trott steps out and gets to the pitch, drills the ball almost on the full past mid-on, good connection there and the ball gallops to the fence like a Cheltenham thoroughbred

"Tinkle, tinkle" - that's the sound of the G&Ts being mixed for drinks. Today's action has been a tonic for England, thus far...

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 131/1
IJL Trott    48* (98b 7x4)      BP Martin    9-4-15-0
NRD Compton    63* (129b 8x4)      N Wagner    13-3-43-1

Still no sign of Southee since lunch. Wagner continues...

43.1

Wagner to Compton, no run, full and straight and punched back down the track

"Keith is right, it probably was more like 15 years ago. And Subbuteo Cricket was much better than Angry Birds!" I think Brian Lara Cricket trumps the lot, Pete

43.2

Wagner to Compton, no run, in the corridor, left alone

43.3

Wagner to Compton, no run, sheesh, that's another tight leave, not more than a whisker past the off stump - but Compton's judgement was proved correct again

43.4

Wagner to Compton, no run, left alone outside off

43.5

Wagner to Compton, no run, round the wicket, defended coming across outside off

43.6

Wagner to Compton, no run, fuller, gets across and pushes towards point

End of over 44 (maiden) England 131/1
NRD Compton    63* (135b 8x4)      N Wagner    14-4-43-1
IJL Trott    48* (98b 7x4)      BP Martin    9-4-15-0

44.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up and gets forward to block

44.2

Martin to Trott, no run, bit of bounce, hits high up the bat as Trott leans out to defend

44.3

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up outside the line of off, played towards point

44.4

Martin to Trott, no run, tight line, straightening outside off stump, forward defensive

44.5

Martin to Trott, no run, full and flighted, towards leg stump, worked to the fielder at midwicket

44.6

Martin to Trott, no run, rolls this one out, dipping on off stump, opens the face and steers behind square - that's Martin's fifth maiden, from ten overs bowled

End of over 45 (maiden) England 131/1
IJL Trott    48* (104b 7x4)      BP Martin    10-5-15-0
NRD Compton    63* (135b 8x4)      N Wagner    14-4-43-1

Ah, now we get a bit of Southee action, replacing Wagner

45.1

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up in the channel wide of the stumps, left alone

45.2

Southee to Compton, no run, little bit of something for Southee and this snakes past Compton's inside edge to strike the front pad, the arms go up in appeal but it was probably heading past leg stump

45.3

Southee to Compton, no run, and beaten outside off this time, just holding its line as Compton gropes and fails to get anything on the ball

45.4

Southee to Compton, no run, length delivery and defended outside off stump

45.5

Southee to Compton, 2 runs, back of a good length and turned through midwicket off the back foot, the man in the deep runs in but they get back for two

45.6

Southee to Compton, no run, short, plenty of width and Compton tries to flay the ball away off the back foot but doesn't time it and point tidies up

"This could be another long, slow, batsman friendly Test," says James. "The three previous domestic first innings scores on this block are: 349, 302, 318. All off 50 overs. And two of those scores were chased down..."

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 133/1
NRD Compton    65* (141b 8x4)      TG Southee    11-2-24-0
IJL Trott    48* (104b 7x4)      BP Martin    10-5-15-0

46.1

Martin to Trott, 1 run, touch short from Martin, the batsman goes back and dabs the ball into the midwicket region for one

46.2

Martin to Compton, no run, pushed through a little quicker on middle and leg, Compton gets behind it in defence

46.3

Martin to Compton, no run, fired in on a flat trajectory again and defended in front of the stumps

46.4

Martin to Compton, no run, gives this a bit more air, Compton leans out and blocks into the off side

46.5

Martin to Compton, no run, goes back and defends on the off side

"I would rather see Trott and Compton playing successive maidens then see England 167 all out!!" Shah knows what he likes and won't be told otherwise

46.6

Martin to Compton, no run, big shout, strangled yelps and then a curse of exasperation... Trott edging the ball on to his pad as he played back, bang in front of middle. But a sliver saved him

End of over 47 (1 run) England 134/1
NRD Compton    65* (146b 8x4)      BP Martin    11-5-16-0
IJL Trott    49* (105b 7x4)      TG Southee    11-2-24-0

47.1

Southee to Trott, 1 run, length ball outside off and Trott goes back, closes the face and works one through square leg to bring up his fifty

"And the run rate is down to 1.6 for the last 10 overs. Off to play Angry Birds." Just you wait, Taz, Jonathan Trott will have his own smartphone app before long. It'll just require hours and hours of fiddling with the settings in order to work properly

47.2

Southee to Compton, 1 wide, banged in short and sailing over the batsman's head

47.2

Southee to Compton, no run, gets across to a length ball

47.3

Southee to Compton, no run, pitched up and pushed back towards mid-off

47.4

Southee to Compton, no run, full, almost yorker length, chops down on it and the ball bounces back to the bowler

47.5

Southee to Compton, no run, short and a touch wide, Compton flashes the hands through a cut shot, the ball bouncing into the ground and out to the point fielder

47.6

Southee to Compton, no run, full and angled in, the batsman gets across and plays square on the off side

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 136/1
NRD Compton    65* (151b 8x4)      TG Southee    12-2-26-0
IJL Trott    50* (106b 7x4)      BP Martin    11-5-16-0

The Barmy Army are in full song (if that's the right word) now...

48.1

Martin to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off and played back down the track

48.2

Martin to Trott, 1 run, drifting towards leg stump and worked away for a single

48.3

Martin to Compton, no run, floated up outside the line of off, leans forward to defend

48.4

Martin to Compton, no run, Compton skips out and gets to the pitch, before pushing back to the bowler

48.5

Martin to Compton, no run, low full toss, on the pads ... and clipped to wide mid-on. Missed out there

48.6

Martin to Compton, no run, pushed through and defended on the off side

Here's Ray Searls: "Watching the last two days of the first Test match was both frustrating and boring, and I am already bored of this game... Why can't we be playing on wickets that are a bit more conducive of a result, with a bit in it for the bowlers? The groundsman producing these wickets need to change places with the guys who make our roads, then we would get flat roads in NZ and wickets that produce interesting Test matches with a draw as the least likely result!"

End of over 49 (1 run) England 137/1
NRD Compton    65* (155b 8x4)      BP Martin    12-5-17-0
IJL Trott    51* (108b 7x4)      TG Southee    12-2-26-0

49.1

Southee to Trott, no run, lets a good length ball go through in the channel outside off stump

49.2

Southee to Trott, no run, steps out, raises the hands out of the way and stares at the floor

49.3

Southee to Trott, no run, line and length outside off - declined

49.4

Southee to Trott, no run, pitched up a little more, Trott gets forward and pushes towards mid-off

49.5

Southee to Trott, no run, bit wider, good length and trying to pull Trott out of his comfort zone... easier said than done, though

49.6

Southee to Trott, no run, full and tailing back in towards off stump, Trott gets forward and drives wide of mid-off

"I genuinely don't think the Barmy Army are going to stop chanting," says Mark Long. Certainly no one is going to try and kill their buzz out there

End of over 50 (maiden) England 137/1
IJL Trott    51* (114b 7x4)      TG Southee    13-3-26-0
NRD Compton    65* (155b 8x4)      BP Martin    12-5-17-0
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