England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand Test Series - 1st Test

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 189 runs

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126.3

Pietersen to Mills, no run, extra loop on that one from Pietersen, the batsman forward on the front foot and drives back forward

126.4

Pietersen to Mills, no run, right up there on off, defended on the front foot and a Dhoni-esque "Oi" comes from the keeper's lips

126.5

Pietersen to Mills, no run, pushes down leg on a good length

126.6

Pietersen to Mills, no run, big loop again, the ball coming down towards leg and Pietersen's appeal is in vain

New Zealand 425/7   KD Mills 0* (4b)

127.2

Collingwood to Mills, no run, up there on off, defended forward, little room to do much else there

127.3

Collingwood to Mills, no run, defended on the front foot this time, only just to say got the bat in there first

127.4

Collingwood to Mills, no run, defended tightly on the front foot again, Collingwood plugging the line in line with off

127.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, on the money again, and there's a forward defence this time

127.6

Collingwood to Mills, no run, more of the same prompts more of the same, or ditto for short

New Zealand 426/7   KD Mills 0* (9b)

129.2

Collingwood to Mills, no run, full ball dug out off a line with middle and off out to mid-off and in comes the sensible "Waiting!"

129.3

Collingwood to Mills, 1 leg bye, fired on to the legs, Mill plays around the front foot down to fine leg

129.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, a good ball now on middle, good length, and defended on the front foot edgily

129.6

Collingwood to Mills, no run, on middle and leg this time, a big appeal but the umpire's not interested, turning it down immediately

New Zealand 438/7   KD Mills 0* (13b)

131.1

Collingwood to Mills, no run, a short and wide one outside off, Mills went fishing with a back-foot cut and just to say failed to edge it

131.2

Collingwood to Mills, 2 runs, a hint of curve away, the batsman opens the face and guides it down to third man, a good steer

131.3

Collingwood to Mills, no run, right up there on middle and off, defended on the front foot

131.4

Collingwood to Mills, no run, fuller this time, on off, the batsman leans back and looks to push over to mid-on, in the air

131.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, defended on the front foot

131.6

Collingwood to Mills, 1 run, reaches out to a short one and pushes it down behind point

New Zealand 441/7   KD Mills 3* (19b)

132.1

Panesar to Mills, no run, a tame front-foot defence

132.2

Panesar to Mills, no run, fizzed in on off, full delivery again and defended on the front foot

132.3

Panesar to Mills, FOUR, reaches on the leg with an orthodox square sweep, Panesar too flat

132.4

Panesar to Mills, no run, round the wicket, by the way, outside off and defended down

132.5

Panesar to Mills, no run, more of the same, defended on the front foot again

132.6

Panesar to Mills, no run, defends tightly on the front foot once more

New Zealand 445/7   KD Mills 7* (25b 1x4)

133.3

Collingwood to Mills, no run, short ball fired across him, the batsman swaying back and letting the ball go past his chest

133.4

Collingwood to Mills, no run, defended on the front foot again

133.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, just a hint of curve, moved a touch off the seam, defended on the front foot

133.6

Collingwood to Mills, no run, full delivery on middle and off, pushed out to short midwicket

New Zealand 446/7   KD Mills 7* (29b 1x4)

134.2

Harmison to Mills, no run, down the leg side this time, but vaguely on target and Harmison roars the most unlikely of appeals. Sliding down leg

134.3

Harmison to Mills, no run, he's gradually getting quicker - that one was 80mph and at least straight. Blocked out solidly

134.4

Harmison to Mills, no run, a touch of drift into the right hander who clumps it square of the wicket on the front foot. Point dives well to save the single

134.5

Harmison to Mills, FOUR, rotten long-hop pulled over midwicket with ease. Poor ball

134.6

Harmison to Mills, no run, full and floaty, it's driven hard to mid-off

New Zealand 451/7   KD Mills 11* (34b 2x4)

136.1

Harmison to Mills, no run, a touch too short and a little wide of the off stump, wide enough to be left alone. Ambrose takes it by his knees

136.2

Harmison to Mills, FOUR, a poor delivery. Short, wide and it sat up at a comfortable height for him to cut it powerfully behind square

136.3

Harmison to Mills, no run, good comeback. Fuller and in the channel outside off, it's left alone

136.4

Harmison to Mills, FOUR, bosh. He's just flayed this dismissively, treating the bowling with absolutely no respect. Again short and wide, he threw his hands at it and it flew square of the wicket for four more

136.5

Harmison to Mills, no run, ooh he shapes to play before hiding his bat

136.6

Harmison to Mills, no run, a good one with which to finish the over, in the channel and a touch quicker. He fishes and misses

New Zealand 463/8   KD Mills 19* (40b 4x4)

137.3

Collingwood to Mills, no run, swinging into his legs, Mills nudges to the leg side but without intent or power

137.4

Collingwood to Mills, FOUR, oh that's a waste of a delivery. A bouncer which doesn't get up and Mills hooks it around the corner for four. Thoughtless bowling

137.5

Collingwood to Mills, 1 run, down the leg side and nudged for a single

New Zealand 469/8   KD Mills 24* (43b 5x4)

138.1

Sidebottom to Mills, 1 run, on middle-and-leg and it hurries him into a defensive jab

New Zealand 470/8   KD Mills 25* (44b 5x4)
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Photos

Mar 9, 2008

Ian Bell drives off the back foot during his half century but it was too little, too late for England, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

Ian Bell drives off the back foot during his half century

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Mar 9, 2008

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin

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