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

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

0.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, swinging in, an edge into the pad and the ball scoots along the ground to the keeper who gathers at the second attempt, a loud appeal for leg before but nothing doing

0.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off, holds its line and through to Ambrose as How leaves

0.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, a lunge and a thin edge onto his pads, to the right of Bell at short leg

0.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, too wide to tempt despite the chirruping from the close fielders

0.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, wide and full, How reaches for the ball and plays it some way from his front pad, not middled and it bobbles back to the bowler

0.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, swinging into How who overbalances as he shapes to play into the on side, takes it on the pad and Bell fields

New Zealand 0/0   JM How 0* (6b)

2.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed firmly into the covers where Harmison .... yes, Harmison ... fields. What on earth is all that about!

2.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, fired wide across the right hander, started wide and held its line, a one-day wide but Test cricket is much more forgiving

2.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed defensively to Harmison again who looks rather ungainly as he tries to behave like a cover fielder and race in to field. Like a stork on ice ...

2.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, a big stride forward to defend, head right over the ball

2.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, How looking much more certain than he did in the first over, using his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and reduce the effect of the swing

2.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, turned to Bell at short leg who hurls the ball at the stumps in case How was out of his ground - he wasn't and he missed in any case

New Zealand 2/0   JM How 0* (12b)

3.2

Hoggard to How, no run, line and length at 77mph, defended watchfully

3.3

Hoggard to How, no run, outside off, swinging towards the three slips, left alone

3.4

Hoggard to How, 1 run, fullish and pushed into the covers. Panesar is the only man in front of square in the cover area so runs almost gifted there.Vaughan wants him to drive and get the edge

New Zealand 4/0   JM How 1* (15b)

4.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, How again beaten as he looks to flick to leg, takes it on the thigh pad

4.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, that's the one that comes back, left on length but it ripps into the right hander as he leaves it - 86mph

4.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, and the one that holds it's line, again How not going to nibble at something starting that wide

4.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, turned square as he moves forward to defend, the ball squirts off the edge all along the ground to gully

4.5

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, worked to long leg, Hoggard fields

New Zealand 5/0   JM How 2* (20b)

5.1

Hoggard to How, no run, a big stride forward and blocked

5.2

Hoggard to How, no run, again he moves forward almost as Hoggard prepares to bowl and is there in plenty of time to stifle it

5.3

Hoggard to How, 1 run, turned off his pads to Harmison who oddly has been positioned at deep midwicket. Clearly, it's a ploy to get Harmison into as many unHarmisonesque fielding spots as possible

New Zealand 6/0   JM How 3* (23b)

6.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed to mid-off on the walk, solid as the Bank of England. Well, as it used to be before they flogged all the bullion and privatised the security arrangements

6.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, angled across the right hander who moves forward and leaves

6.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, a firm stride and pushed to Harmison in the covers

6.4

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, pushed square fairly gently, Pietersen dives and misses, Harmison has to troll off after the ball

New Zealand 7/0   JM How 4* (27b)

7.1

Hoggard to How, no run, full, Bell well forward to defend on the half volley

7.2

Hoggard to How, 2 runs, worked off the pads to Harmison in the deep, he fires in a throw which hits the stumps. It's referred upstairs but nobody at all interested ...

7.3

Hoggard to How, no run, a peach, the ball cuts back and skims the top of the off stump, perhaps just over it as well, but a brave leave

7.4

Hoggard to How, no run, thick edge into the pads and up to mid-on

7.5

Hoggard to How, FOUR, the first boundary of the day, a bouncer which How hooks with no authority, a thick top edge goes fine enough to beat Sidebottom

7.6

Hoggard to How, no run, down the leg side and Ambrose across quickly to take on the rise

New Zealand 13/0   JM How 10* (33b 1x4)

9.1

Hoggard to How, FOUR, overpitched and driven hard at the feet of Hoggard, he tumbles like a ninepin and the ball races to the rope

9.2

Hoggard to How, no run, pretty much the same line and length, defended this time

9.3

Hoggard to How, 1 run, short and pulled to Harmison at deep midwicket, no power and an ambled single

New Zealand 22/0   JM How 15* (36b 2x4)

10.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, pushed to the right of Harmison at cover and he has to scurry to field

New Zealand 23/0   JM How 16* (37b 2x4)

11.1

Harmison to How, no run, a roar of delight from the fielders as the loosener goes outside off stump ...but it was on the cut strip and that's a good start

11.2

Harmison to How, 1 run, short and pulled to Panesar at deepish square leg

New Zealand 24/0   JM How 17* (39b 2x4)

12.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, fuller outside off stump, How drives straight to mid-off

12.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, the same-old wide line, it's not coming back and so posing few questions to the right handers

12.3

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, too short and How onto it quickly, thumping it through square leg

12.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, How goes forward and leaves

12.5

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, full, How drives, gets a thick edge which zips between slips and gully, quite safe

12.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven half-heartedly to mid-on

New Zealand 36/0   JM How 25* (45b 4x4)

14.1

Hoggard to How, no run, very gentle outside off, no shot and he might have struggled to reach it even if he had wanted to

14.2

Hoggard to How, no run, better line, defended and he fields off his own bowling

14.3

Hoggard to How, 2 runs, pushed to Sidebottom at mid-on who was down before the ball was halfway to him, but not in the right place, and he had to scamper on the ground to even make the half stop

14.4

Hoggard to How, 1 run, pushed to midwicket and Sidebottom has to field

14.6

Hoggard to How, no run, a big stride forward and pushed to cover

New Zealand 48/1   JM How 28* (50b 4x4)

16.1

Hoggard to How, 1 run, flicked off middle and leg to deep midwicket

New Zealand 53/1   JM How 29* (51b 4x4)

17.1

Harmison to How, no run, wide and left alone

17.2

Harmison to How, no run, tighter line, on off stump, How forward to block to mid-off

17.3

Harmison to How, 2 runs, cover drive but not timed well enough to reach the ropes

17.4

Harmison to How, 3 runs, neatly whipped off middle and leg, Sidebottom cuts it off a yard inside the rope out at wide deep midwicket

New Zealand 62/1   JM How 34* (55b 4x4)

18.1

Hoggard to How, no run, beats How's leaden-footed jab from the crease, no appeal from the close men but the off-side fielders are all up for the catch behind. There was a noise but bowler and keeper not at all bothered

18.2

Hoggard to How, 2 runs, driven between extra cover and mid-off, Vaughan chases it down and as he slides to field many Englishmen wince and hold their collective breath. But he's up without alarms

18.3

Hoggard to How, no run, defensive poke to leg

18.4

Hoggard to How, no run, looks to drive but slightly more bounce and it hit the bat high up and plops into the off side

18.5

Hoggard to How, no run, no shot to one two feet outside off

18.6

Hoggard to How, no run, on off stump, blocked

New Zealand 68/1   JM How 36* (61b 4x4)

19.3

Harmison to How, no run, full and wide, How attempts a slashing drive but it flies just short of Cook in the gully

19.4

Harmison to How, 2 runs, checked drive into the pitch, it bounces high to Harmison's right and he can only get a finger to the ball and it beats mid-on and mid-off

19.5

Harmison to How, no run, angled in but it starts too wide and he leaves

19.6

Harmison to How, no run, slightly short outside off at 82mph, no shot and lots of encouragement

New Zealand 71/1   JM How 38* (65b 4x4)

20.6

Hoggard to How, no run, firmish drive to short extra cover

New Zealand 80/1   JM How 38* (66b 4x4)

22.1

Panesar to How, no run, full and pushed into the leg side

22.2

Panesar to How, no run, driven square to backward point

22.3

Panesar to How, no run, full and straight, defended

22.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned into the leg side

New Zealand 85/1   JM How 39* (70b 4x4)

23.1

Harmison to How, no run, good line and length from Harmison, delivered from wide in the crease, How forward to block

23.2

Harmison to How, no run, similar line, How almost exaggeratedly forward and quite early as well

23.3

Harmison to How, no run, much too wide

23.4

Harmison to How, no run, he looks to off drive with a real flourish but doesn't connect as he wants and point fields

23.5

Harmison to How, no run, back to a wide-outside-off line and How watches it pass

23.6

Harmison to How, no run, full and straight, returned with interest but into the stumps at the bowler's end

New Zealand 85/1   JM How 39* (76b 4x4)

24.2

Panesar to How, no run, defended square on

24.3

Panesar to How, no run, forward and defended

24.4

Panesar to How, no run, flat and straight, How hunches over ans he defends

24.5

Panesar to How, no run, that one did bite, it beats How's prod and passes the outside edge

24.6

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up, How drives but right to short extra cover

New Zealand 86/1   JM How 39* (81b 4x4)

26.1

Panesar to How, no run, How resumes his hunched defensive strategy

26.2

Panesar to How, no run, on off stump and again blocked

26.3

Panesar to How, no run, and another one, this time to leg

26.4

Panesar to How, no run, How lurches forward and gets a thick edge, along the ground

26.5

Panesar to How, no run, straight, no spin, How untroubled as he blocks

26.6

Panesar to How, no run, lots of moans and groans as How defends but he was never troubled

New Zealand 86/1   JM How 39* (87b 4x4)

29.1

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, short and pulled square on the leg side ... a long hop

29.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, turned into the leg side, Anderson in quickly from deep midwicket

29.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, full and firmly driven to Pietersen at point

29.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off and How allows it to pass

New Zealand 103/1   JM How 44* (91b 5x4)

31.1

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, Sidebottom again starts with a long hop, pulled in front of square but Anderson able to rush round from deep midwicket to cut it off

31.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, played from the crease to mid-on, Sidebottom trolls through three quarters of the way down the pitch in his follow through

31.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, How again into line, standing tall, and pushing to mid-off

31.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, much quicker - 88mph - How follows and is beaten all ends up. Minimal footwork and he fenced at that

31.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, Sidebottom goes for a Groundhog Day shot but How learns from his mistake and lets this one pass

31.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, forward and plays a loose defensive shot, aiming for the covers but it loops off the pitch to Sidebottom

New Zealand 105/1   JM How 46* (97b 5x4)

33.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, fuller and pushed to mid-off

33.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, wide, he plays but not convincingly

33.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off, How stands as erect as a guardsman and allows it to pass

33.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, into line and defended

33.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, angled across and Ambrose takes

33.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, How looks to drive again but not remotely off the middle of the bat

New Zealand 105/1   JM How 46* (103b 5x4)

34.3

Panesar to How, no run, exaggerated forward push

34.4

Panesar to How, no run, pushed to mid-on

34.5

Panesar to How, no run, pushed firmly into the covers, as always off the front foot

34.6

Panesar to How, 1 run, Panesar drifts to leg, How turns it square and Vaughan ambles round to field

New Zealand 107/1   JM How 47* (107b 5x4)

35.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, upright and defended into the leg side

35.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, drives off the front foot and more than a hint of edge as he ends up playing a flat-batted shot

35.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven from the crease to mid-off

35.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven towards mid-off but extra cover zips in to intercept

35.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off and a well-judged leave

35.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, defended to extra cover to end a maiden over

New Zealand 107/1   JM How 47* (113b 5x4)

37.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, firm drive back to Sidebottom

37.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, back and whipped into the leg side

New Zealand 108/1   JM How 48* (115b 5x4)

38.1

Panesar to How, no run, forward and dead batted into the leg side

38.2

Panesar to How, no run, How again forward, less than certainly

38.3

Panesar to How, no run, a big stride forward to kill the spin

38.4

Panesar to How, no run, flatter and played round his front pad into the on side

38.5

Panesar to How, FOUR, down the leg side, the thinnest of edges brings up his first Test fifty as it races to fine leg

38.6

Panesar to How, no run, pushing out well ahead of his front pad, as he has done all day

New Zealand 112/2   JM How 52* (121b 6x4)

40.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, swept square of Sidebottom who sprints round and saves a certain four with a very fine dive. Excellent commitment there

40.5

Panesar to How, no run, onto the front foot, he comes forward to strike this out to cover

40.6

Panesar to How, no run, solidly defended to end a tidy, if innocuous, over

New Zealand 114/2   JM How 53* (124b 6x4)

42.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, swept to deep square leg. Powerfully struck

New Zealand 115/2   JM How 54* (125b 6x4)

43.1

Hoggard to How, 1 run, his first ball is a leg side stray which he picks off with ease, nudging it off his pads

New Zealand 118/2   JM How 55* (126b 6x4)

44.1

Panesar to How, no run, Tossed up on middle - very loopy, slow pace indeed from Monty and it's firmly defended

44.2

Panesar to How, FOUR, oh that's neat from How, and I think premeditated too. On middle and leg, he swept it delicately for four

44.3

Panesar to How, no run, driven back to Monty - no! Oh dear. That's a bit of a clanger from Monty who let that slip through his paws

44.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, nudged to leg

44.6

Panesar to How, no run, pushed away to the off side

New Zealand 128/2   JM How 60* (131b 7x4)

46.1

Collingwood to How, no run, short, wide and very, very slow. Clattered off the back foot out into the covers

46.2

Collingwood to How, no run, short of a length, punched off the back foot

46.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, short of a length and pulled with good timing, if poor placement, to deep square leg

New Zealand 129/2   JM How 61* (134b 7x4)

47.1

Hoggard to How, no run, short of a length and he defends off the back foot

47.2

Hoggard to How, no run, oh dear, a waste here - down the leg side but Ambrose pulls off a fine stop

47.3

Hoggard to How, 1 run, pulled with rare aggression and even rarer good timing, but he finds the man at deep square leg

New Zealand 130/3   JM How 62* (137b 7x4)

48.1

Collingwood to How, no run, pushed back to the bowler

48.2

Collingwood to How, no run, a drifter on his legs and it's driven, without timing or power, to mid-on

48.3

Collingwood to How, no run, a quicker one (76 whole miles per hour) which hurries How who nudges awkwardly to leg

48.4

Collingwood to How, no run, another awkward yet effective smudge off the back foot

48.5

Collingwood to How, no run, stands tall and turns to leg

48.6

Collingwood to How, no run, the most solid of forward defensives

New Zealand 132/3   JM How 62* (143b 7x4)

50.1

Collingwood to How, no run, turned to mid-on

50.2

Collingwood to How, no run, on middle stump, pushed to the leg side off the back foot

50.3

Collingwood to How, 4 runs, neatly timed to Shah at mid-on who picks up and flings in the most wild, haplessly illdirected throw you can possibly imagine. Poor old Ambrose doesn't have a hope and they pick up four more. What a truly village effort that was from Shah

50.4

Collingwood to How, 3 runs, neatly struck. He came forward and elegantly punched it through cover

New Zealand 145/3   JM How 69* (147b 7x4)

51.1

Harmison to How, no run, an innocuous, 79mph delivery outside the off stump

51.2

Harmison to How, no run, wider of the off stump and slower, too

51.3

Harmison to How, no run, even slower this time - 77.7mph, which is Collingwood's average pace - but a better line, just outside off and defended

51.4

Harmison to How, FOUR, he has laced that for four. What a fierce drive, on the front foot and hammered just in front of point for four

51.5

Harmison to How, no run, better from Harmison - a better line at any rate and it's left alone

51.6

Harmison to How, FOUR, a bouncer down the leg side which How tries to hook, gets glove on it and it flies down for another four

New Zealand 153/3   JM How 77* (153b 9x4)

52.6

Collingwood to How, 1 run, flicked through midwicket

New Zealand 155/3   JM How 78* (154b 9x4)

53.1

Harmison to How, no run, good, straight delivery from Harmison at 81mph which How is forward to, defending

53.2

Harmison to How, no run, driven hard into the ground and the ball hurries onto Pietersen at short extra cover who takes a crowd catch, high to his left

53.3

Harmison to How, FOUR, magnificent shot to an average delivery. A wide half-volley and dispatched with a fair deal of disdain through extra cover. An emphatic follow-through, too

53.4

Harmison to How, no run, another crunching drive but it finds a diving mid-off this time

53.5

Harmison to How, no run, left alone outside off

53.6

Harmison to How, no run, a good ball with which to finish the over, testing How outside his off stump and it's firmly defended

New Zealand 159/3   JM How 82* (160b 10x4)

54.3

Collingwood to How, no run, Taylor's forward and defending this straight delivery back to the bowler

54.4

Collingwood to How, no run, very well bowled, almost a yorker but not quite full enough. Defended with a jab of the bat

54.5

Collingwood to How, FOUR, oh a waste from Collingwood. Much too wide and How square drives in the manner of Steve Waugh for four

54.6

Collingwood to How, no run, elegantly driven to mid-off

New Zealand 164/3   JM How 86* (164b 11x4)

56.1

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up outside the off stump

56.2

Panesar to How, no run, crisply driven to short mid-off

56.3

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up on middle-and-leg, he turns it to short leg

56.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, on his legs, clipped through short leg's legs for a single

56.6

Panesar to How, no run, straighter delivery at last from Monty, and it's blocked out

New Zealand 170/3   JM How 87* (169b 11x4)

57.2

Harmison to How, 2 runs, short and wide of the off stump, he scoops it through midwicket

57.3

Harmison to How, 1 run, turned through midwicket

New Zealand 174/3   JM How 90* (171b 11x4)

58.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned easily off leg stump for a single

New Zealand 175/3   JM How 91* (172b 11x4)

59.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off, angled across How who leaves

59.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, driven square on the off side, there's a gap there, and Harmison at deep cover fields

New Zealand 176/3   JM How 92* (174b 11x4)

60.1

Panesar to How, no run, sweeps from outside off, misses, and a pleading appeal from Panesar

60.2

Panesar to How, no run, much closer as he again sweeps, but too full and it hits him on the toe outside off

60.3

Panesar to How, no run, driven on the half volley to Panesar

60.4

Panesar to How, no run, flatter and faster, How back onto the front foot to block

60.5

Panesar to How, no run, crouching defensive push into the covers

60.6

Panesar to How, OUT, another superb catch, taken low to his left by Collingwood at slip, as Panesar gets one to turn fractionally across How and it takes a thin edge. How stands his ground, frustration not dissent, and then looks to the heavens before slowly heading off

JM How c Collingwood b Panesar 92 (250m 180b 11x4 0x6) SR: 51.11

New Zealand 176/4   JM How 92 (180b 11x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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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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Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

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