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Fulton to take strike, Rutherford at the other end. Cook directs his fielders to their positions, and Anderson walks to his mark, new ball in hand

david: "Having sat through a wet Test series in NZ last winter and having sat through two rain-affected Tests this winter, all I really hope is that we can get five clear days of ebbing and flowing cricket."

"Can we have that toss again please....I have a horrible feeling my day 5 tickets will now be useless" Happens to men who think ahead of their time, Pete

Matt: "I think this morning is the moment of truth for the likes of Peter Fulton. There will be swing, there will be bounce and there may also be some seam movement. If he moves his feet like in Wellington he'll be gone in the first couple of overs. Rutherford, on the other hand, needs to temper his agression outside off until after lunch otherwise NZ will be struggling early."

BJ gets going early in the morning: "Y'know, if this were the Australian team New Zealand would've rotated out their entire bowling attack having bowled a million overs between them in the first two tests!"

Here's Ross Lawson, looking forward to seeing Root & Bairstow: "Liking the Yorkshire pairing in the middle order. Knowing each other's games will help their own performances."

Mark: "Yes, "hard fought" although the first two Tests have been drowned as contests. England have been drought-breakers, even if not match-winners."

"Hard fought? Are you sure? This series has seemed a bit of a non-event really," scoffs Bendigo Shafter. "Saying that I'm sat here already, glued to cricinfo like Boycs to his crease, waiting for it to start. Sucker, eh?"

10 am England win the toss and will have a bowl

New Zealand are unchanged. No Bracewell then. Jonny Bairstow comes in for the injured Kevin Pietersen for England

Alastair Cook says the pitch could get better as the game progresses, and he would like his bowlers to make first use of it. Brendon McCullum, who calls is a "judgment day" for New Zealand, would have bowled first as well

Pitch report: Even cover of grass on the drop-in surface. Tough conditions early on for the batsmen, says Simon Doull, probably for the first couple of hours, but he also feels the expected pace and bounce should help the batsmen play their shots. He does not think there will be a lot of seam movement, though

New Zealand were shot out for 185 on this ground in the deciding ODI last month.

9.50 am Welcome to our coverage of the third and final Test between New Zealand and England in Auckland. Two hard-fought, rain-affected draws later, this is what it comes down to. Ten minutes to go for the toss, till then David Hopps' preview is what you read. Andrew McGlashan, our man in Auckland, has more on the drop-in pitch to be used for this match.

0.1

Anderson to Fulton, no run, bounce straight away as Anderson loosens himself up, slowish though, and left alone outside off

0.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run, away swing now, good length outside off, allowed to go past

0.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, tight line nice and early from Anderson, straightening not far from off, left alone

0.4

Anderson to Fulton, 2 runs, shifts the line too much towards the pads this time, and is clipped in front of square leg for the first runs of the game

0.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, widish away swinger outside off stump, Fulton won;t go after that

JP: "Pretty worried about the lack of batting depth of NZ - should have had Chris Martin in there. Probably will finish in two days now..."

0.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, still wider from Anderson to end the over, steady outward shape again, Fulton shoulders arms

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
PG Fulton    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
HD Rutherford    0* (0b)     

Broad, and not Finn, to share the new ball

1.1

Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, sharp good length delivery and Rutherford is away first ball with a tuck square on the leg side

Three slips, gully

1.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, that came in, most of the movement happening after it had been left by the batsman as it started widish outside off

1.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, across and behind the line of a back of a length ball to block

1.4

Broad to Fulton, no run, straight, short of a length, outside off, no worries in avoiding that

1.5

Broad to Fulton, no run, comes across and plays out a steady good length delivery to midwicket

1.6

Broad to Fulton, no run, ends with an away swinger that is comfortably left alone

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 3/0
PG Fulton    2* (11b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0
HD Rutherford    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0

K: "Wow I can't remember the last time we fielded the same team in three consecutive tests. Its almost like, ah, stability?"

2.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, swings it into the left-hander with a short leg in place, Rutherford nudges it to that man

2.2

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, similar delivery, Rutherford turns it on the bounce to short leg

2.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, the first one that beats the bat, moves across the left-hander on a length, Rutherford is stuck in the crease

2.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, now this one holds its line on middle stump, Anderson on the money very early in the day, Rutherford comes across and defends

2.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, opens up and works a good length delivery to the leg side, but midwicket is around to field

2.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, good delivery and superb leave, not far from off stump at all, the angle taking it away though, and Rutherford hangs bat high with an air of certainty

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 3/0
HD Rutherford    1* (7b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0
PG Fulton    2* (11b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0

James Hogan: "I don't know why everyone is worried... NZ haven't lost a test this series!"

3.1

Broad to Fulton, no run, Broad would want to be closer to off stump, Fulton calmly letting another one go

3.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, that's more like it, has Fulton lunging forward to defend one that is angled in slightly but then holds its line to beat the outside edge

3.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, Broad tries back of a length, Fulton calmly gets across and defends

3.4

Broad to Fulton, no run, forward to a pitched up delivery outside off and smothers it

3.5

Broad to Fulton, no run, gets front leg across to work this incoming delivery down to to mid on

3.6

Broad to Fulton, no run, pitched up once again, around off stump, Broad getting the length and line largely right this over, Fulton forward in tight defence

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 3/0
PG Fulton    2* (17b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-1-0
HD Rutherford    1* (7b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0

4.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, Anderson goes full on middle and leg, and Rutherford pushes it back solidly to the bowler

4.2

Anderson to Rutherford, FOUR, shot, Rutherford's front foot did not move much, but Anderson had pitched it too full, and Rutherford was able to send it racing past the non-striker with a firm push

4.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, some response from Anderson as he rips it across the left-hander's outside edge from a good length

4.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run

4.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, that was inches from the off stump as Rutherford shouldered arms to a good length delivery

4.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, drives it to extra cover

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 7/0
HD Rutherford    5* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-0
PG Fulton    2* (17b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-1-0

5.1

Broad to Fulton, no run, Fulton getting a fair stride out forward now, defends a length ball to the off side

5.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, back of a length, too far outside off stump and draws an early leave

5.3

Broad to Fulton, 1 run, angles it in now, Fulton, slightly awkwardly, turns it behind square leg

5.4

Broad to Rutherford, 2 runs, on the pads to the left-hander, who tucks it easily past short leg for two

5.5

Broad to Rutherford, no run, across on the back foot to block a short of a length ball

5.6

Broad to Rutherford, no run, short of a length once more from Broad, Rutherford nudges it to short leg

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 10/0
HD Rutherford    7* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-4-0
PG Fulton    3* (20b)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-0

6.1

Anderson to Fulton, no run, pitched up, trying to lure him out, it straightens, but Fulton has nothing to do with it

6.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run, gets across and defends a good length ball around off

6.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, Fulton is smothering the pitched up deliveries with a huge forward stride outside off

6.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, again, stretches forward to push firmly to covers

6.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, first false stroke from Fulton, widish back of a length delivery, and he wafts at it away from the body, beaten

6.6

Anderson to Fulton, 1 run, sharp single taken with a nudge to square leg

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 11/0
PG Fulton    4* (26b)      JM Anderson    4-1-7-0
HD Rutherford    7* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-4-0

7.1

Broad to Fulton, no run, Fulton plonks the front foot across, and has to bring the bat around it, good for him, that would have been a testing lbw shout otherwise

7.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, length ball pushed down the pitch

7.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, not that eager to get far forward this time, plays out a pitched up delivery from the crease

7.4

Broad to Fulton, no run, gets forward this time, overpitched one outside off, but driven straight to short extra

7.5

Broad to Fulton, no run, across and on off stump to block a good length delivery

7.6

Broad to Fulton, FOUR, Broad angles it into the pads and Fulton makes him pay as he picks it in the air with a flourish backward of square leg

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 15/0
PG Fulton    8* (32b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-8-0
HD Rutherford    7* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-7-0

8.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, sharp good length ball on middle, Rutherford behind it to squirt it to point

8.2

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, has it going across the left-hander, and Rutherford leaves early

8.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, that straightened into the left-hander, who gets a thick inside edge onto thigh pad as he tries to block

8.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, that took off from short of a length, not far from the gloves as Rutherford drops his wrists to let it pass

8.5

Anderson to Rutherford, 1 run, not much movement so far, a length ball goes with the angle and is pushed for a single to covers

8.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, goes pushing a bit away from the body at a length delivery

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 16/0
PG Fulton    8* (33b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-8-0
HD Rutherford    8* (21b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-8-0

Finn comes on. Three slips, gully, short leg

9.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, short of a length to start off, Rutherford defends

9.2

Finn to Rutherford, no run, good length, angle taking it away outside off, though not far from the stumps, left alone

9.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, short and at the batsman but moves too far into him to carry down leg

9.4

Finn to Rutherford, 1 leg bye, turned down to fine leg as it swings into thigh pad

9.5

Finn to Fulton, no run

9.6

Finn to Fulton, no run, stays in the crease and brings down a short of a length ball onto the pitch

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 17/0
PG Fulton    8* (35b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0
HD Rutherford    8* (25b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-8-0

Mark: "dour start but just what I wanted to see from the kiwis on the first morning of a test!"

10.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, moving down the leg side from a good length

10.2

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, brave leave, it straightened inches outside off stump, but Rutherford does alright

10.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, length ball defended out to point

10.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, has him driving now, one of the few false strokes this morning, squirts it off a thick outside edge to point

10.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, now and then, they are trying a shortish delivery aimed into the batsman's body, Rutherford moves inside the line awkwardly

10.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, defended down the pitch

End of over 11 (maiden) New Zealand 17/0
HD Rutherford    8* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-8-0
PG Fulton    8* (35b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0

11.1

Finn to Fulton, no run, New Zealand doing alright at the moment, Fulton across and behind the line to defend another length ball

11.2

Finn to Fulton, no run, short of a length now, defended down the pitch from the crease

11.3

Finn to Fulton, no run, straight and shortish outside off, left alone

Dave: "Not exactly setting the world on fire by the Kiwis, but! How much did all those overs suck the life out England bowlers in the last match? Grind Anderson, Broad and Finn into the dirt boys!"

11.4

Finn to Fulton, FOUR, Fulton decides to go after a wide one, and cuts in the air, on one leg, behind point

11.5

Finn to Fulton, no run, across and on off to defend a length ball

11.6

Finn to Fulton, no run, no problems for New Zealand, Fulton easily defending as Finn pitches it up on off

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 21/0
PG Fulton    12* (41b 2x4)      ST Finn    2-1-4-0
HD Rutherford    8* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-8-0

12.1

Anderson to Rutherford, 1 run, pushes a pitched up delivery wide of extra cover for a single

Jack: "why are the english bowlers not pitching it up to invite the drive???"

12.2

Anderson to Fulton, FOUR, Fulton prods once more outside off stump, but the thick edge eludes England, as the ball flies past a scrambling third slip

12.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, Anderson goes full outside off, and this time, Fulton is forward in defence,

12.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, goes wide of the crease to angle it in, Fulton defends it to the leg side

Brent: "maybe this was a good toss for Brendon to lose?"

12.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, playing slightly away from the body, but no harm done as he pats it down the pitch

12.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, motions towards the line of another one outside off, but hangs the bat close to the body in the end

End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 26/0
PG Fulton    16* (46b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-13-0
HD Rutherford    9* (32b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-1-4-0

13.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, touch widish and allowed to past outside off

13.2

Finn to Rutherford, 1 run, awkwardly turns a length ball off the pad, Monty dives at fine leg and somehow manages to save the boundary

13.3

Finn to Fulton, no run, moves across a long way, and misses an attempted flick, appeal for caught behind turned down, brushed back leg on its way to the keeper, could have been worth an lbw shout as well

13.4

Finn to Fulton, no run

13.5

Finn to Fulton, FOUR, moves across even more, takes a length ball from middle and flicks it in the air over square leg

13.6

Finn to Fulton, no run

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 31/0
PG Fulton    20* (50b 4x4)      ST Finn    3-1-9-0
HD Rutherford    10* (34b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-13-0

14.1

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, defended solidly to mid off

14.2

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, opens up and works a length delivery to mid on

Anderson getting an extended spell, wonder how the body's taking it

14.3

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, he's not falling short in effort alright, bangs in a brute into the pitch, and the ball rears up to smack into the helmet grille as Rutherford tries to weave out of harm's way

14.4

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, has him driving with a pitched up delivery now, has to field in his followthrough

14.5

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, worked off the pad to square leg

14.6

Anderson to Rutherford, no run, stays in the crease and firmly blocks a good length delivery going across, and New Zealand have got through the first hour with no damage

Brad: "Will some Kiwi supporters ever be happy?! I know some of the banter is tongue-in-cheek but not being happy with our run rate after the 1st hour of a test......pitiful! Too many of us want instant results, learn some patience!"

Euan: "It seems the NZ openers have more patience than the fans, which is a good thing. Remember NZ were put in, conditions are not exactly ideal for the 5 runs per over mentality."

End of over 15 (maiden) New Zealand 31/0
HD Rutherford    10* (40b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-13-0
PG Fulton    20* (50b 4x4)      ST Finn    3-1-9-0

15.1

Finn to Fulton, no run, sees it short and straight outside off and drops the wrists to allow it to sail past

15.2

Finn to Fulton, 1 run, pushed, in the air for some time, to the left of mid on

15.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, Rutherford goes for a loose drive without much footwork to get beaten

15.4

Finn to Rutherford, no run, and again, tight line across, slight away swing, another drive in the air

15.5

Finn to Rutherford, no run, recovers to let one go past him with the angle

15.6

Finn to Rutherford, no run, length delivery pushed to the bowler

Andy B: "Any session where we dont lose wickets is a good one.. runs will come later.."

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 32/0
HD Rutherford    10* (44b 1x4)      ST Finn    4-1-10-0
PG Fulton    21* (52b 4x4)      JM Anderson    8-3-13-0

Anderson replaced after eight overs. Here's Broad

16.1

Broad to Fulton, 2 runs, lovely length from Broad to start, full and swinging away, Fulton squirts it through cover

16.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, away shape once more, but this time it started far outside off

16.3

Broad to Fulton, 1 run, pitched up into the stumps, and Fulton has been getting that front leg far across, squeezes a push to vacant mid on, midwicket fields

16.4

Broad to Rutherford, no run, not much bite from short of a length as Rutherford almost causally runs it to point

16.5

Broad to Rutherford, no run, false stroke, flashes at a rising delivery outside off, and is beaten

16.6

Broad to Rutherford, no run, defended towards mid on

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 35/0
HD Rutherford    10* (47b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-11-0
PG Fulton    24* (55b 4x4)      ST Finn    4-1-10-0

Simon : "What testing conditions are other people seeing. Looks very flat to me. I could risk the money I'm going to spend on my soon to be fiances engagment ring on this being a draw and she'd never know because I'd get it back and then some."

17.1

Finn to Fulton, no run, length delivery a couple of feet outside off, no need to play at it

17.2

Finn to Fulton, no run, reaches forward and tries to drive down the ground, cannot get hold of it

17.3

Finn to Fulton, no run, has him ducking a bouncer on the stumps, and walks up to have a word with the batsman

17.4

Finn to Fulton, no run, across and behind the line to squeeze the back of a length ball to point

17.5

Finn to Fulton, 1 run, flicked off the stumps, bat coming around pad, behind square leg

Jack: "Do it Simon; let us know how it goes."

17.6

Finn to Rutherford, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Rutherford not really pushing far forward, but there is not much in the surface, and he is able to defend from the crease

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 36/0
HD Rutherford    10* (48b 1x4)      ST Finn    5-1-11-0
PG Fulton    25* (60b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-11-0

Dan: "@Simon, surely she would know because you would use the proceeds to buy her an even bigger ring? Besides, another Rutherford epic and some Wagner wizardry will see the Eden Park 2013 test join other greats in NZ cricket folklore."

18.1

Broad to Fulton, 1 run, Broad going really full, almost yorker length outside off, ball wobbles in, and a thick inside edge results to square leg

18.2

Broad to Rutherford, no run, hops and pushes a shortish one to the bowler

18.3

Broad to Rutherford, FOUR, he'd tried it before, and succeeds this time, flashes at a short ball close to the body, and sends it rocketing over the slips

Chris: "@Simon - she'll know when you take longer to propose after losing the money..."

18.4

Broad to Rutherford, no run, slightly uncomfortable as it rises into the body outside leg, and awkwardly drops it down

18.5

Broad to Rutherford, 3 runs, again not too much of a forward push from Rutherford, but his push is crisp enough to bring him a few runs through covers

18.6

Broad to Fulton, no run

End of over 19 (8 runs) New Zealand 44/0
PG Fulton    26* (62b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-19-0
HD Rutherford    17* (52b 2x4)      ST Finn    5-1-11-0

19.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, stays beside the line and pushes a back of a length ball to point

19.2

Finn to Rutherford, no run, defends a shortish ball without any trouble

19.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, Finn goes sprawling onto the pitch as he stops a push off a pitched up delivery

19.4

Finn to Rutherford, no run, back of a length once more, England have overdone this stuff, defended easily

19.5

Finn to Rutherford, 2 runs, and when he pitches it up, Rutherford sends it through extra cover with a flowing push, no foot movement, all hands

19.6

Finn to Rutherford, 2 runs, worked through midwicket for two

End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 48/0
HD Rutherford    21* (58b 2x4)      ST Finn    6-1-15-0
PG Fulton    26* (62b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-19-0

Steve: "For all those people who wanted Fulton dumped after one failure, watch and see how an opener really does operate, getting the shine off the ball. He is not a dasher but certainly provides something NZ hasn't had for a while, he stays there, Guptill couldn't do that"

Neil: "Dan must be single. Any married man would know you buy the same ring and pocket the extra. Any unexpected bigger ring just leads to questions about where the extra money came from."

A slip has been taken off, two in place now

20.1

Broad to Fulton, FOUR, Broad overpitches, and Fulton eases into a drive through mid on, no stopping that, it's timed way too well

20.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off as Broad finds a tight line

20.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, shout for lbw, Fulton nearly getting into trouble with that front foot planted across, got a bit of bat down, just in time

20.4

Broad to Fulton, no run, goes across and blocks a length ball down the pitch

Brent: "agree with Steve's comment about Fulton BUT he must go on with it this time as a cameo 40 or 50 will NOT win a test match."

20.5

Broad to Fulton, no run, straight good length ball outside off, Fulton shoulders arms

20.6

Broad to Fulton, no run, well played, it was angled in around off and straightened a tad, Fulton opens the face to run it to gully

End of over 21 (4 runs) New Zealand 52/0
PG Fulton    30* (68b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-23-0
HD Rutherford    21* (58b 2x4)      ST Finn    6-1-15-0

Ben: "Guptill could do that just fine. He had been in a poor run of form but he is all class. In any event, space must be found in the team for Guppy, but I've always felt he would do better down at 5 in the tests - if Jesse isn't back for the tour to England, perhaps he should be given a run there to allow this successful opening partnership to continue."

Slip and short leg for Monty

21.1

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, Rutherford takes him on first ball as he slams a fullish one straight back at the bowler

21.2

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, beaten in the flight, he was looking to have a big drive, backed off a bit, but still ended up pushing in the air, fell short of the bowler

21.3

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, defended off the back foot

21.4

Panesar to Rutherford, 1 run, turned past short leg

21.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, tossed up outside off, Fulton stretches out to block

21.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, stready and pitched outssde off, blocked

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 53/0
PG Fulton    30* (70b 5x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0
HD Rutherford    22* (62b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-23-0

James: "Interesting debate around the balckcaps, i like what i am seeing however we nmust remember hundreds save tests BIG hundreds win tests. The batsmen must push on to a big score"

22.1

Broad to Rutherford, no run, back of a length, solid punch off the back foot to mid off

22.2

Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, punched off the back foot again, this time using the slight width to go through point

Andy Zaltzman has squeezed this out of Statsguru: "This is the 23rd time since January 2000 that England have put their opponents in to bat. Of the previous 22 games, they have won 12, drawn 8 and lost only 2. They have won the toss and batted 53 times: won 19, drawn 16, lost 18. From 1970 to 1999, England won the toss and bowled 37 times - they won 6, drew 15, and lost 16."

22.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, defended off the front foot

22.4

Broad to Fulton, SIX, Fulton wants to pull, he gets a steepler of a top edge that sails over the small boundary over the keeper, 53 metres was all that was required

22.5

Broad to Fulton, 1 run

22.6

Broad to Rutherford, 1 run, turned behind point

End of over 23 (9 runs) New Zealand 62/0
HD Rutherford    24* (65b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-32-0
PG Fulton    37* (73b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0

23.1

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, across and outside off to block a length ball

23.2

Panesar to Rutherford, SIX, floated up in Rutherford's range outside off, and he reaches out to swat it over the wide long off rope

23.3

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, that went straight outside off and almost produced the breakthrough, Rutherford can't keep the cut down, but to his good fortune, it fall just in front of Bell at point

23.4

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, straighter one again, Rutherford wise to get across and block this time

23.5

Panesar to Rutherford, SIX, tossed up on the stumps and Rutherford collects six more with a loft over long on

23.6

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, ends with one more skiddy, straight ball outside off, defended

End of over 24 (12 runs) New Zealand 74/0
HD Rutherford    36* (71b 2x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    2-0-13-0
PG Fulton    37* (73b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-1-32-0

Nathan: "I love the current Black Caps's attitude. I will always remember my coach's advice 40 odd years back. "Stay there". If you have patience to stay there runs will come by itself. Settled batsmen lose their wicket when they lose patience and go for rash shots."

Finn back

24.1

Finn to Fulton, FOUR, starts full and down the pads, and Fulton cashes in with a flick fine past the keeper

24.2

Finn to Fulton, no run, that came in from back of a length and rolled away to the off side

24.3

Finn to Fulton, no run, pitched up for the drive, Fulton raises the arms in self-denial

24.4

Finn to Fulton, no run, Finn goes for the blockhole, Fulton digs it out

24.5

Finn to Fulton, no run, fine carry to the keeper as Fulton allows a climbing delivery to go past

24.6

Finn to Fulton, no run, holds its line outside off, yet again back of a length, not bothering the batsman

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 78/0
PG Fulton    41* (79b 6x4 1x6)      ST Finn    7-1-19-0
HD Rutherford    36* (71b 2x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    2-0-13-0

Long on, long off for Monty

25.1

Panesar to Rutherford, no run, reaches out to push a fullish one, thick edge runs to point

25.2

Panesar to Rutherford, 1 run, moves across to nudge it behind square off middle

25.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, worked past short leg, square leg fields

25.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, forward to defend a flattish length ball

25.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Fulton crouches forward to defend

25.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bending forward to smother one more

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 79/0
PG Fulton    41* (83b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    3-0-14-0
HD Rutherford    37* (73b 2x4 2x6)      ST Finn    7-1-19-0

26.1

Finn to Rutherford, no run, plays a length ball from the crease to the off side

26.2

Finn to Rutherford, no run, runs one going across, to point, with an open face

26.3

Finn to Rutherford, no run, loose, very loose, with lunch around the corner, full and wide, Rutherford goes after it, and is beaten

26.4

Finn to Rutherford, OUT, he's thrown it away, what a waste with lunch beckoning, widish delivery, but not short enough, Rutherford slashes, and a delighted Cook is in the way of the thick edge at first slip

HD Rutherford c Cook b Finn 37 (116m 77b 2x4 2x6) SR: 48.05

England have something to take from the session, after putting New Zealand in

26.5

Finn to Williamson, no run, straight length ball outside off, left alone

26.6

Finn to Williamson, no run, solid defence to a length ball rushing into him

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 79/1
KS Williamson    0* (2b)      ST Finn    8-2-19-1
PG Fulton    41* (83b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    3-0-14-0

27.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, forward to defend a skiddy one to short leg

Silly point in

27.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bends forward to smother it down the track

27.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, straight from a good length, defended to short leg

27.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, angled in on middle and leg, blocked

27.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, pitched up around off, Fulton happy to keep them out

27.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bat in front of pad to defend down the track

Rutherford's dismissal giving England something to smile at after they sent New Zealand in and watched them zoom to 79 for 0. There has been little life in the surface

End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 79/1
PG Fulton    41* (89b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    4-1-14-0
KS Williamson    0* (2b)      ST Finn    8-2-19-1

Back after lunch. New Zealand have given England an opening after dominating the first session. Three slips for Anderson

28.1

Anderson to Williamson, no run, starts on a good length right on middle stump first ball and KW is hurried into tight defence

28.2

Anderson to Williamson, 1 run, gets on top of the bounce to a shortish one and punches to cover for one

28.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, gets across and defends a back of a length ball outside off

28.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, pitched up, around off, Fulton bends forward to keep it out

28.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, targetting the stumps once more with a full delivery, which is pushed down to mid on

28.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, testing over from Anderson, pitched up and angled in just around off, thick inside edge to leg as he defends

End of over 29 (1 run) New Zealand 80/1
PG Fulton    41* (93b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-3-14-0
KS Williamson    1* (4b)      MS Panesar    4-1-14-0

Finn from the other end

29.1

Finn to Williamson, no run, pushed out to mid off

29.2

Finn to Williamson, no run, behind the line of a short of a length ball to block

29.3

Finn to Williamson, no run, leg side, but he cannot work it past a tumbling square leg

29.4

Finn to Williamson, no run, bowls it fuller, but there is absolutely nothing in this surface now, KW forward to block

29.5

Finn to Williamson, no run, takes a step forward and runs it to point

29.6

Finn to Williamson, FOUR, width, lots of it, KW wafts and is fortunate that the thick edge travels over gully

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 84/1
KS Williamson    5* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    9-2-23-1
PG Fulton    41* (93b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-3-14-0

30.1

Anderson to Fulton, no run, confidently forward to push a pitched up delivery to extra cover

30.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run, hurried as it comes in quickly with the angle, and awkwardly plays it to midwicket

30.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, defended from the crease to midwicket

30.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, angles it in from wide of the crease, but it starts widish and is left alone

Jim Birchall: "This pitch has 1000 runs in it, NZ should dig in and aim to bat once"

30.5

Anderson to Fulton, 2 runs, Fulton drives a pitched up ball, not off the middle, but squeezes it past point

30.6

Anderson to Fulton, no run, Anderson's frustration shows as he collects a firm push from Fulton and throws it back towards the batsman's pads

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 86/1
PG Fulton    43* (99b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-3-16-0
KS Williamson    5* (10b 1x4)      ST Finn    9-2-23-1

31.1

Finn to Williamson, no run, left alone outside off

31.2

Finn to Williamson, no run, another leave as it holds its line outside off

31.3

Finn to Williamson, no run, back foot punch, all the time to play that, off a straight back of a length ball

31.4

Finn to Williamson, no run, pitched up, on off stump, he is able to defend from the crease to leg

31.5

Finn to Williamson, no run, full one played out to mid on

31.6

Finn to Williamson, no run, across and solidly behind the line to defend a length ball

End of over 32 (maiden) New Zealand 86/1
KS Williamson    5* (16b 1x4)      ST Finn    10-3-23-1
PG Fulton    43* (99b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-3-16-0

New Zealand have a fabulous chance here to push on to a big score. Nothing happening for England.

32.1

Anderson to Fulton, 2 runs, gets a pitched up delivery and drives it through cover, Broad dives over the ball

32.2

Anderson to Fulton, no run

32.3

Anderson to Fulton, no run, gets outside off and defends down the pitch

32.4

Anderson to Fulton, no run, tight line, not far from off, good length, Fulton in two minds, and lets it go in the end

32.5

Anderson to Fulton, no run, very full on the stumps, Fulton's powerful drive finds wide mid on

reuben: "can we bat for 5 days just for fun...? just for practice? Please...?"

32.6

Anderson to Fulton, 1 run, gets bat around front pad to tuck it to fine leg

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 89/1
PG Fulton    46* (105b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-3-19-0
KS Williamson    5* (16b 1x4)      ST Finn    10-3-23-1

Joe McGavin: "Shine taken off, no excuses for middle order! 400+ required for a chance to win. Loving the stability in selection"

33.1

Finn to Fulton, no run, a step across and defends a length ball to mid on

33.2

Finn to Fulton, no run, goes for a full and wide one, mistimes it to short extra

33.3

Finn to Fulton, no run, pushes a length ball on off to the bowler

33.4

Finn to Fulton, FOUR, Fulton has gone to a well-earned fifty, thumping an overpitched delivery past midwicket's dive

33.5

Finn to Fulton, no run, blocked carefully to off

33.6

Finn to Fulton, no run, drops the wrists and avoids the short one outside off

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 93/1
PG Fulton    50* (111b 7x4 1x6)      ST Finn    11-3-27-1
KS Williamson    5* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-19-0

David: "Early days I know and I don't want to take credit away from our batsmen, but I can't help but think these pitches aren't good for test cricket. I don't know if we've asked for lifeless pitches and aimed for a drawn series or not but to have lifeless pitches that do nothing on the first day and don't deteriorate does nothing for test cricket."

34.1

Anderson to Williamson, no run, defended off the front foot

34.2

Anderson to Williamson, no run, length ball again, KW forward to smother it again

34.3

Anderson to Williamson, no run, goes across and pushes a short of a length delivery to leg

34.4

Anderson to Williamson, no run, drives straight to short extra cover

34.5

Anderson to Williamson, no run, bowled full, meets a dead straight bat from KW

34.6

Anderson to Williamson, no run, finds short extra once more with a solid push

End of over 35 (maiden) New Zealand 93/1
KS Williamson    5* (22b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-19-0
PG Fulton    50* (111b 7x4 1x6)      ST Finn    11-3-27-1

Monty is back, slip and short leg

35.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, reaches forward to smother it down the track

35.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, hits a tossed up ball to te bowler

35.3

Panesar to Fulton, FOUR, there is midwicket, but Fulton has flicked this overpitched ball wide of that man

35.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, tossed up ball defended off the front foot

35.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, mishits it to mid on off the toe end

35.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, flattish delivery, defended off the front foot

End of over 36 (4 runs) New Zealand 97/1
PG Fulton    54* (117b 8x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    5-1-18-0
KS Williamson    5* (22b 1x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-19-0

36.1

Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, opens the face late as he comes forward and runs the length ball between slips an gully

36.2

Anderson to Williamson, no run, runs it to point as he defends a length balll

36.3

Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, shot, Anderson pitching it up, the ball doing nothing, and KW sending it racing to the straight boundary with a firm push

36.4

Anderson to Williamson, no run

36.5

Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, between slips and gully once more, it straightens from back of a length, but KW is playing with soft hands

36.6

Anderson to Williamson, no run, right forward to defend a length ball

End of over 37 (12 runs) New Zealand 109/1
KS Williamson    17* (28b 4x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-31-0
PG Fulton    54* (117b 8x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    5-1-18-0

37.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, smothered to short leg off the front foot

37.2

Panesar to Fulton, SIX, onty goes full into the pads and Fulton shovels it over midwicket

37.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, goes outside off block out a length ball

37.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bends forward low to push back to the bowler

37.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bat and pad together as he comes to block

37.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, steady stuff, fullish on off, easjly defends

End of over 38 (6 runs) New Zealand 115/1
PG Fulton    60* (123b 8x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    6-1-24-0
KS Williamson    17* (28b 4x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-31-0

Discussions between Cook, Broad and Anderson

38.1

Anderson to Williamson, FOUR, leg side full toss and it is put away through midwicket

38.2

Anderson to Williamson, no run, punches off the back foot, but point's dive saves runs

38.3

Anderson to Williamson, 2 runs, pulled away, not off the middle, but KW not bothered in any way by the short ball

38.4

Anderson to Williamson, no run, pitched up and right on off stump. KW defends resolutely

38.5

Anderson to Williamson, no run, blocked off the front foot with a big forward stride

38.6

Anderson to Williamson, no run, bat in front of pad to keep out a pitched delivery on middle and leg

End of over 39 (6 runs) New Zealand 121/1
KS Williamson    23* (34b 5x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-37-0
PG Fulton    60* (123b 8x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    6-1-24-0

Discussion between Cook and Monty now, Prior joins in. Two men on the drive at short extra

39.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, lunges forward to push down the pitch

39.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, and he finds one of the two short extra covers with a drive

39.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, confusion, KW halfway up the pitch after Fulton turned one to midwicket and took a coupe of steps, KW dives back in even as throw misses

39.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run

39.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, defended off the front foot

39.6

Panesar to Fulton, 2 runs, outside edge now, but past the lone slip as he Fulton presses forward

End of over 40 (2 runs) New Zealand 123/1
PG Fulton    62* (129b 8x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    7-1-26-0
KS Williamson    23* (34b 5x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-37-0

Still more discussions between Cook and his bowlers, Broad on now

Steve'o: "After years of crucifying our NZ batsmen for giving their wickets away and not knuckling down, finally it happens and we complain about the pitch! How about they are actually playing each ball on its worth for a change. I love the ethos McCullum has instilled in this team!"

40.1

Broad to Williamson, no run, back of a length, straight, off stump, defended, no fuss

40.2

Broad to Williamson, no run, tight line and good length close to off, left alone

40.3

Broad to Williamson, no run, left alone outside off stump

40.4

Broad to Williamson, no run, driven hard down the pitch and Broad goes sprawling to save a few runs

40.5

Broad to Williamson, no run, right forward and defends a pitched up delivery

40.6

Broad to Williamson, no run, not a lot of width but he goes after it, on the bounce to gully

End of over 41 (maiden) New Zealand 123/1
KS Williamson    23* (40b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-32-0
PG Fulton    62* (129b 8x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    7-1-26-0

Tomo: "@Steve'o - A bit ironic considering BMac was always throwing his wicket away when he was opening the batting!"

41.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, angled in to off and middle, defended off the front foot

41.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, tossed up slowly. pushed to one of the two short extra covers

41.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, quicker, flatter outside off, smothered with a forward stride

41.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, more careful defending from Fulton

41.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, blocks it out to short extra cover

41.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, goes for a sweep to one angled in down the pads and misses

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 123/1
PG Fulton    62* (135b 8x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    8-2-26-0
KS Williamson    23* (40b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-32-0

42.1

Broad to Williamson, no run, on the stumps with a fuller length, driven to mid on

42.2

Broad to Williamson, no run, straight outside off, though not far from the stumps, left alone

42.3

Broad to Williamson, FOUR, another straight drive, pitched up, on off and he eases forward to dismiss it down the ground

42.4

Broad to Williamson, no run, left alone outside of

42.5

Broad to Williamson, no run, stifled appeal for caught behind as it clips thigh pad on its way to the keeper

42.6

Broad to Williamson, no run, full on off stump, and KW ends the first hour after lunch solidly with more defence

End of over 43 (4 runs) New Zealand 127/1
KS Williamson    27* (46b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    10-2-36-0
PG Fulton    62* (135b 8x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    8-2-26-0

43.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, tossed up from wide of the crease, defended

43.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, pushed through quiuck and flar, blocked

43.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, defended down the pitch

43.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, pushed off the front foot tp mid on

43.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bat in front of pad as he keeps outs one more to the leg side

43.6

Panesar to Fulton, FOUR, short, and Fulton immediately swivels extravagantly to dispatch a pull in the air to the deep midwicket rope

End of over 44 (4 runs) New Zealand 131/1
PG Fulton    66* (141b 9x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    9-2-30-0
KS Williamson    27* (46b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    10-2-36-0

44.1

Broad to Williamson, no run, going away but starting too far outside off

44.2

Broad to Williamson, 1 leg bye, down the pads and nudged square for one

44.3

Broad to Fulton, 3 runs, slaps a drive past Monty at mid off, fielder chases it almost into the rope before pulling it back in

44.4

Broad to Williamson, no run, lunges forward to defend a fullish one to off

44.5

Broad to Williamson, FOUR, gets on top of the bounce and steers it past gully for four more

44.6

Broad to Williamson, 2 runs, width from back of a length, and a punch off the back foot through point brings two more

End of over 45 (10 runs) New Zealand 141/1
KS Williamson    33* (51b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    11-2-45-0
PG Fulton    69* (142b 9x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    9-2-30-0

45.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, pushed back to the bowler

45.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bends forward low and smothers a flat one down the track

45.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, Fulton forward again to block

45.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, defends ti cover off the front foot

45.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, quick and angled in, turned to midwicket

45.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, fullish one driven to mid on

End of over 46 (maiden) New Zealand 141/1
PG Fulton    69* (148b 9x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    10-3-30-0
KS Williamson    33* (51b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    11-2-45-0

Aaron: "Cook will be feeling like McCullum did in Wellington. Got to question bowling first especially given the bowlers heavy workload in Wellington. What kind of shape will the bowlers be in if they are still bowling tomorrow afternoon"

46.1

Broad to Williamson, no run, holds its line from a length outside off, blocked

46.2

Broad to Williamson, no run, straighth and widish outside off, left alone

46.3

Broad to Williamson, no run, a batsman beaten for once, it straightens after pitching on a length outside off and KW is drawn forward to have a push

46.4

Broad to Williamson, no run, a wiser KW lets the length ball go this time

46.5

Broad to Williamson, no run, on off stump, good length, tightly defended to leg

46.6

Broad to Williamson, no run

End of over 47 (maiden) New Zealand 141/1
KS Williamson    33* (57b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    12-3-45-0
PG Fulton    69* (148b 9x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    10-3-30-0

47.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, punches awkwardly off the back foot to the bowler

47.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, defends to short extra cover

47.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, lunges forward to smother another one down the track

47.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, lets a wide and flat one go outside off

47.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, angled in, wide of the crease , pushed to midwicket

47.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, presses far forward to mother the final delivery

End of over 48 (maiden) New Zealand 141/1
PG Fulton    69* (154b 9x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    11-4-30-0
KS Williamson    33* (57b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    12-3-45-0

48.1

Broad to Williamson, no run, cuts and finds point

Chris: "@Aaron and BMac will be feeling relieved - as he was declaring he'd have bowled first too - thank god he lost the toss"

48.2

Broad to Williamson, no run, leaves a widish one alone outside off

48.3

Broad to Williamson, no run, punched from the crease, to covers,

48.4

Broad to Williamson, no run, not far from off, not close enough as well, KW leaves

48.5

Broad to Williamson, no run, covers the line of off and allows another length ball to go past

48.6

Broad to Williamson, no run, moves outside off stump and defends a pitched up delivery

End of over 49 (maiden) New Zealand 141/1
KS Williamson    33* (63b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    13-4-45-0
PG Fulton    69* (154b 9x4 2x6)      MS Panesar    11-4-30-0

49.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, punches a shortish and flat one to the bowler

49.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, quick and on off stump, he gets bat down in time

49.3

Panesar to Fulton, FOUR, takes a step out and lifts it nonchalantly high in the air over midwicket

49.4

Panesar to Fulton, FOUR, flat, short and Fulton swivels to crash a pull for another boundary

49.5

Panesar to Fulton, SIX, now he swings from outside off stump, and connects, sending it soaring over deep midwicket

Fulton's highest score in Tests

49.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, stretches forward to defend to off

End of over 50 (14 runs) New Zealand 155/1
PG Fulton    83* (160b 11x4 3x6)      MS Panesar    12-4-44-0
KS Williamson    33* (63b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    13-4-45-0
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