England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

1.3

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, short, and smeared square - past the out-stretched fingertips off Ryder at square leg - and all the way. Good, solid strike

England 9/0   P Mustard 6* (5b 1x4)   CS Martin 0.3-0-5-0

3.1

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, Mustard played at that one alright, and played well. Riding the bounce to cut firmly through point. Not a lot of width to work with, but timed superbly

England 13/0   P Mustard 10* (9b 2x4)   CS Martin 1.1-0-9-0

3.3

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, full and floaty, and too wide from Martin. And Mustard clobbered it through point with a sweet square drive

England 17/0   P Mustard 14* (11b 3x4)   CS Martin 1.3-0-13-0

4.3

Mills to Mustard, FOUR, on the pads and tucked very delicately behind square

England 22/0   P Mustard 19* (15b 4x4)   KD Mills 2.3-1-8-0

4.6

Mills to Mustard, FOUR, a full half-volley, and that's Mustard's most attractive shot yet - down on one knee and drilled through the covers

England 26/0   P Mustard 23* (18b 5x4)   KD Mills 3-1-12-0

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.

England 33/0   AN Cook 9* (20b 1x4)   KD Mills 3.2-1-16-0

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

England 41/0   AN Cook 15* (26b 2x4)   KD Mills 4.5-1-24-0

10.4

Oram to Mustard, FOUR, clubbed straight through the line and no-one's going to cut that off. Another slower delivery, instantly picked, and that's the fifty partnership

England 50/0   P Mustard 31* (32b 6x4)   JDP Oram 0.4-0-6-0

11.1

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, another delivery in a good channel, and in a Test match that might conceivably have been a regulation nick to fourth slip. Instead it races away fine

England 56/0   P Mustard 36* (35b 7x4)   CS Martin 5.1-1-24-0

11.2

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, clobbered up and over the covers. Powerful swing through the line. Effective stuff

England 60/0   P Mustard 40* (36b 8x4)   CS Martin 5.2-1-28-0

11.5

Martin to Mustard, FOUR, superb timing - fine leg was up in the circle, but Mustard turned his wrists and the ball rocketed away

England 67/0   P Mustard 46* (39b 9x4)   CS Martin 5.5-1-35-0

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

England 71/0   AN Cook 22* (35b 3x4)   JDP Oram 1.3-0-11-0

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

England 80/0   AN Cook 29* (38b 4x4)   IE O'Brien 0.4-0-5-0

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

England 85/0   AN Cook 34* (41b 5x4)   JDP Oram 2.1-0-19-0

15.2

O'Brien to Mustard, FOUR, he shapes to cut, it is too close to him and he improvises and chips it over where slips would have been had there been any

England 89/0   P Mustard 52* (46b 10x4)   IE O'Brien 1.2-0-10-0

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

England 94/0   AN Cook 38* (47b 6x4)   IE O'Brien 1.4-0-15-0

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

England 121/0   AN Cook 51* (60b 7x4)   IE O'Brien 3.5-0-34-0

22.2

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

England 132/0   AN Cook 59* (72b 8x4)   DL Vettori 3.2-0-15-0

22.6

Vettori to Mustard, FOUR, reverse swept on the half volley, almost sneaked under the bat but almost is not enough, it just has the legs to beat a sliding dive from the sweeper

England 137/0   P Mustard 72* (63b 11x4 1x6)   DL Vettori 4-0-20-0

29.2

Martin to Bell, FOUR, slower - 71mph - but too wide and full, Bell waits and caresses the ball between cover and extra cover

England 166/2   IR Bell 7* (9b 1x4)   CS Martin 7.2-2-41-0

29.4

Martin to Bell, FOUR, another rasping drive through the covers, too full and too wide, and with the third Powerplay being taken there is nobody out there

England 170/2   IR Bell 11* (11b 2x4)   CS Martin 7.4-2-45-0

30.1

Ryder to Pietersen, FOUR, misdirected full toss - Pietersen was dancing at the crease and created that opportunity. Sweetly timed off the pads through midwicket

England 176/2   KP Pietersen 5* (6b 1x4)   JD Ryder 2.1-0-7-2

35.3

Vettori to Bell, FOUR, a shimmy down the wicket and a lovely lofted drive. Well struck and no stopping that

England 204/2   IR Bell 31* (29b 3x4)   DL Vettori 5.3-0-38-0

36.1

Styris to Pietersen, FOUR, down on one knee and a mighty pre-meditated swipe across the line. Slog-swept to perfection

England 210/2   KP Pietersen 20* (24b 2x4)   SB Styris 5.1-0-23-0

36.5

Styris to Pietersen, FOUR, incredible. Hard to explain quite how that sailed flat and fast over deep midwicket, when he was cramped for room and defeated on length. But it flew alright

England 216/2   KP Pietersen 25* (26b 3x4)   SB Styris 5.5-0-29-0

37.3

Vettori to Bell, FOUR, top strike, waited and waited, and cracked behind point. Nothing wrong with the ball at all, but superb batting

England 222/2   IR Bell 37* (35b 4x4)   DL Vettori 6.3-0-45-0

38.3

Oram to Bell, FOUR, short and mown over midwicket - Bell picked that length so quickly and the fielder never had a chance

England 229/2   IR Bell 42* (39b 5x4)   JDP Oram 3.3-0-24-0

41.6

O'Brien to Pietersen, FOUR, O'Brien's inexperience shows ... he again bangs one in and Pietersen is there and waiting, pulling hard and square, deep midwicket has no chance

England 260/3   KP Pietersen 45* (42b 4x4 1x6)   IE O'Brien 6-0-59-1

47.6

Martin to Wright, FOUR, he gives himself room and squirts the ball square on the off side, it goes like a bullet

England 322/5   LJ Wright 14* (6b 1x4 1x6)   CS Martin 9-2-66-0

48.4

Mills to Wright, FOUR, high full toss, Wright seemed to do anything but middle it but it still raced for a one-bounce four past straight long-on

England 329/5   LJ Wright 19* (8b 2x4 1x6)   KD Mills 8.4-1-50-0
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
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 15, 2008
England won by 6 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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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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