England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

0.1

Mills to Cook, 1 wide, outside off stump, far too far outside off stump. Not the most convincing start

0.1

Mills to Cook, no run, much straighter, and that leaps off a good length, into Cook's startled gloves. Lively

0.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, dabbed into the off side, and England are already fishing for run outs! Good grief that would have been close. As it is, the shy missed, and England are off the mark

England 2/0   AN Cook 1* (2b)

1.1

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off, nipping off the seam, through to the keeper

1.2

Martin to Cook, 1 run, tucked down to backward point

England 5/0   AN Cook 2* (4b)

2.1

Mills to Cook, no run, through to the keeper

2.2

Mills to Cook, no run, good carry outside off stump, Taken at chest height by the keeper

2.3

Mills to Cook, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers with a checked defensive drive

2.4

Mills to Cook, no run, loose drive, close to the off stump and sneaking past the inside edge

2.5

Mills to Cook, no run, turned off the toes, picked up at midwicket

2.6

Mills to Cook, no run, lovely delivery, and well left too. That past over the top of the off bail, more encouraging lift from a lively pitch. But New Zealand will want to make England play more frequently

England 9/0   AN Cook 2* (10b)

3.5

Martin to Cook, no run, zips off the pitch and defended into the covers with a late adjustment

3.6

Martin to Cook, no run, big stride, and driven square into the hands of point

England 18/0   AN Cook 2* (12b)

5.1

Martin to Cook, no run, slower ball, and steered to point with a swish of the wrists

5.2

Martin to Cook, no run, dropped! - and that's an absolute clanger. Outside off, a regulation nick, and McCullum puts it down. It almost seemed as though he was celebrating before it arrived

5.3

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off, and taken cleanly this time. Too late though ...

5.4

Martin to Cook, no run, tighter to the stumps, and angling back in. Defended

5.5

Martin to Cook, no run, a foot outside off and nipping off the seam

5.6

Martin to Cook, 3 runs, short, and pulled. It was a relief to have something to hit, but he didn't quite time it - snatched at it a fraction. No matter, it's three more to the total and a long chase for midwicket

England 29/0   AN Cook 5* (18b)

6.1

Mills to Cook, no run, driven, into the covers, but can't beat the field

6.2

Mills to Cook, FOUR, flogged through the covers. That was momentarily intercepted by Taylor at short extra, but there was too much power on that shot.

6.3

Mills to Cook, 1 run, nudged into space on the leg side. Good follow-up

6.6

Mills to Cook, no run, driven into the covers again

England 35/0   AN Cook 10* (22b 1x4)

8.1

Mills to Cook, no run, stands tall to drive, but picked up by the bowler

8.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, clipped off the pads, into space at midwicket

8.4

Mills to Cook, no run, straighter delivery, climbs into the middle of a defensive bat

8.5

Mills to Cook, FOUR, shorter and pulled, not middled but well timed off an under-edge, and fine leg can't cut it off despite a big dive and slide

8.6

Mills to Cook, 1 run, strides into a cover-drive, instant call and easily through for a single

England 42/0   AN Cook 16* (27b 2x4)

9.1

Martin to Cook, no run, fine delivery, angling in but shaping away, Cook prods uncertainly as it goes by

9.2

Martin to Cook, 1 run, back and across, and dabbed to short midwicket for a quick single

9.5

Martin to Cook, no run, slower ball, defended

9.6

Martin to Cook, no run, rippa. Climb, bounce and carry. Just beats the edge and through to the keeper

England 44/0   AN Cook 17* (31b 2x4)

10.3

Oram to Cook, 1 run, steps across and into line for a pull. Nicely timed out to deep midwicket, all along the ground

England 46/0   AN Cook 18* (32b 2x4)

12.1

Oram to Cook, no run, straight and full, jabbed back to the bowler

12.2

Oram to Cook, no run, pretty much the same place, pushed across the line to mid-on

12.3

Oram to Cook, FOUR, slower but too wide, he leans back and cuts behind square past backward point, lovely shot and super placement

12.4

Oram to Cook, 3 runs, overpitched and confidently driven off the front foot between cover and extra cover, it's pulled up just short of the rope

12.6

Oram to Cook, no run, back and pushed into the covers ... a rare dot ball

England 75/0   AN Cook 25* (37b 3x4)

13.4

O'Brien to Cook, FOUR, too short, he leans back and cuts square and third man's despairing dive as he hurtles to his left just misses by a finger's length

13.5

O'Brien to Cook, no run, good response, back and beaten with no real foot movement

13.6

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, turned slightly edgily square on the leg side

England 81/0   AN Cook 30* (40b 4x4)

14.1

Oram to Cook, FOUR, swished sweetly off his legs, one of those effortless strokes that has you purring, timed and square leg only had to retrieve it not to chase it

14.2

Oram to Cook, no run, jabbed from some way away from him, little foot movement again, into the off side

14.3

Oram to Cook, no run, prodded into the leg side

14.4

Oram to Cook, no run, rather jerkily pushed to leg

14.5

Oram to Cook, no run, he walks to the off and the bowler follows him and keeps him cramped and he has to push the ball defensively back

14.6

Oram to Cook, no run, driven to wide mid-on

England 85/0   AN Cook 34* (46b 5x4)

15.4

O'Brien to Cook, FOUR, short and larruped through midwicket for a one bounce four ... onto it in a shot and his form is flooding back

15.5

O'Brien to Cook, no run, caught back in his crease, he jabs down late and keeps out a straight one

15.6

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, driven to mid-on, the fielder's back on the circle and another easy single

England 95/0   AN Cook 39* (49b 6x4)

16.1

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, half driven across the line to mid-on

16.4

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, drops too short, cut hard to the sweeper

16.6

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, flicked into the leg side

England 100/0   AN Cook 42* (52b 6x4)

17.1

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, inside edge into a pad, a loud appeal, Cook sets off, retreats, backward point underarms into the stumps, the ball cannons off and allows the overthrow ...

17.3

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, pulled hard on the bounce to deep midwicket where there is no issue about Ryder's stop

England 105/0   AN Cook 44* (54b 6x4)

18.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, jumpily pushed back to the bowler

18.2

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, fuller and flatter, flicked along the ground to deep midwicket

18.5

Vettori to Cook, no run, turned defensively into the leg side

18.6

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, heaved over the infield to cow corner where it is fielded on the second bounce by one of two men out there

England 108/0   AN Cook 46* (58b 6x4)

19.1

O'Brien to Cook, 1 run, back, waits and flicks to the busy Ryder at deep midwicket

19.5

O'Brien to Cook, FOUR, as textbook as Mustard's slash was improvisational ... stands tall and thumps that through extra cover, the man in the deep slides but can't get near it

19.6

O'Brien to Cook, no run, forward defensive push ... a tame end to an expensive over. Thirteen off it

England 121/0   AN Cook 51* (61b 7x4)

20.2

Vettori to Cook, no run, pushed to short mid-on from outside off stump

20.3

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, Vettori pulls down on it, short and pushed to deep midwicket, all along the ground

20.5

Vettori to Cook, no run, a big step forward and blocked

20.6

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, a grunt of exasperation from behind the stumps as Cook plays a late flick into the leg side

England 125/0   AN Cook 53* (65b 7x4)

21.1

Styris to Cook, no run, 65mph to start, full on off stump, defended to extra cover

21.2

Styris to Cook, no run, cut hard off the front foot to point

21.3

Styris to Cook, no run, short, he steps back to cut but the shot is not timed

21.4

Styris to Cook, 1 run, pulled, a shout of "catch it" but it is fielded by deep midwicket on the bounce

21.6

Styris to Cook, 1 run, steps back and cuts hard to the sweeper

England 128/0   AN Cook 55* (70b 7x4)

22.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, worked to short mid-on

22.2

Vettori to Cook, FOUR, wide and full, Cook lofts him over wide mid-on for a one-bounce four

22.3

Vettori to Cook, no run, tight response, defended to short mid-on with the spin

22.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, quicker ball, slightly hurried defensive push from the crease

22.5

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, worked past midwicket to the man out in the wastelands of deep midwicket

England 133/0   AN Cook 60* (75b 8x4)

23.1

Styris to Cook, no run, cut into the ground and from there to point

23.2

Styris to Cook, 2 runs, hit over midwicket, Ryder, who is working up quite a sweat at deep midwicket, fields well

23.3

Styris to Cook, 1 run, 68.7mph, angled to deep backward point and some slack fielding allowed thoughts of a second ...but the throw was good

23.5

Styris to Cook, no run, driven uppishly a yard short of extra cover

23.6

Styris to Cook, 1 run, slow enough for him to wait and thump to the sweeper

England 142/0   AN Cook 64* (80b 8x4)

24.1

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, wide, slog-swept to wide midwicket

24.6

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, driven hard on the half volley to long-on

England 154/0   AN Cook 66* (82b 8x4)

25.1

Styris to Cook, 1 run, driven to Vettori at mid-off, the underarm throw hits the stumps but the batsman is home by a country mile

25.3

Styris to Cook, no run, defensive push to extra cover who is a few yards shorter than usual

25.4

Styris to Cook, no run, back and pushed off middle stump to point

25.5

Styris to Cook, 1 run, premeditated dab-sweep, edged uppishly but safe

England 157/0   AN Cook 68* (86b 8x4)

26.1

Ryder to Cook, 1 run, wide and full, driven to long-off

26.6

Ryder to Cook, OUT, two in two as Cook plays all round a straight one and has his middle stump pegged back ... a jubilant Ryder is mobbed as well he might be as he's removed both openers in his first over

AN Cook b Ryder 69 (109m 88b 8x4 0x6) SR: 78.40

England 158/2   AN Cook 69 (88b 8x4)
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Christchurch - Feb 23, 2008
New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Napier - Feb 20, 2008
Match tied
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England won by 6 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Feb 12, 2008
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 107 balls remaining) (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Feb 9, 2008
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Feb 20, 2008

Phil Mustard attempts to run out Jamie How, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Napier, February 20, 2008

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Luke Wright is mobbed by his team-mates after sealing England a tie, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Napier, February 20, 2008

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