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

69.2

Hoggard to McCullum, no run, and already, remarkably, he's down the pitch - almost in one-day mode - but leaves it alone

69.3

Hoggard to McCullum, no run, firmly punched out to cover

69.4

Hoggard to McCullum, 1 run, clever batting. He shuffles to the off side before shovelling it to leg for a quick single

New Zealand 192/5   BB McCullum 1* (3b)

70.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, tossed up outside off

70.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot

70.3

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, driven out past point and they scamper a single. Good running

70.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, neatly defended on the front foot

70.6

Panesar to McCullum, no run, McCullum opens the face and runs it out behind square. Good hands

New Zealand 194/5   BB McCullum 2* (8b)

72.1

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, too straight, it's flicked behind square and a fairly lackadaisical Sidebottom at fine leg lets them through for two

72.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, clumped with a free-flowing swish of the blade but straight to mid-off

72.3

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, smudged through midwicket for two

72.4

Panesar to McCullum, FOUR, that's four and the first sign of aggression from McCullum. An ugly, Twenty20-esque slog from outside off, sweeping it through midwicket

72.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, ooh and he induces a thick outside edge there. Quicker ball from Monty

72.6

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, turned to leg for a single and he steals the strike

New Zealand 209/5   BB McCullum 11* (14b 1x4)

73.1

Hoggard to McCullum, 1 run, punched out to cover and Jonty Harmison dives impressively, using all his height, to save two. Super piece of diving, that

New Zealand 210/5   BB McCullum 12* (15b 1x4)

74.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, a little too straight, spearing into his legs but nevertheless it's defended

74.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, on middle and defended

74.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, a very full length; it's dug out to cover

74.4

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, edged and through Collingwood at slip! A fine ball, squaring McCullum up and it took a thick outside edge which Collingwood couldn't quite stoop down to reach. It was a very difficult chance, mind

74.5

Panesar to McCullum, no run, full, flat, fast and blocked

74.6

Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot

New Zealand 216/5   BB McCullum 14* (21b 1x4)

75.4

Hoggard to McCullum, no run, he comes forward, watchfully, and defends this straight delivery

75.5

Hoggard to McCullum, no run, pushed out to the off side

75.6

Hoggard to McCullum, FOUR, cut very firmly indeed for four. Too short and wide from Hoggard and emphatically smashed by McCullum

New Zealand 221/5   BB McCullum 18* (24b 2x4)

77.5

Harmison to McCullum, no run

77.6

Harmison to McCullum, no run, punched out to cover

New Zealand 223/5   BB McCullum 18* (26b 2x4)

79.1

Harmison to McCullum, no run, whacked to mid-off. Bizarre looking tennis-style swat

79.2

Harmison to McCullum, FOUR, oh that's a fine stroke from McCullum, flicking this through midwicket and timing it superbly. He's batting right out of his crease, really upsetting Harmison's length - which isn't the hardest thing to do in the first place

79.3

Harmison to McCullum, no run, wide enough to be left alone

79.4

Harmison to McCullum, 1 run, down the leg side - wild and woolly

New Zealand 228/5   BB McCullum 23* (30b 3x4)

80.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, tossed up on the middle stump and it's defended

80.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, he shapes to smack this over the top before realising there are only 9.5 overs left of the day's play. And defends

80.4

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, prodded out to cover

New Zealand 231/5   BB McCullum 24* (33b 3x4)

81.1

Harmison to McCullum, 1 run, full and straight, McCullum defends

New Zealand 232/5   BB McCullum 25* (34b 3x4)

82.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, quicker ball - almost a seamer's action from Monty there - which he defends

82.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, angled out to the off side

82.4

Panesar to McCullum, 3 runs, punched out through the off side

82.6

Panesar to McCullum, SIX, shot, McCullum. He is a tough nut and a fine batsman. He's sweeping Panesar with power over midwicket for six

New Zealand 246/5   BB McCullum 34* (38b 3x4 1x6)

84.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, blimey, that's a wild one down the leg side. Excellent take from Ambrose diving to his left

84.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, on the middle stump, nudged off his hip

84.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, he has hammered that! What a shot. Only a fraction short and McCullum rocked back and pulled it in front of square for four. Absolutely laced it

84.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, this hurries McCullum who defends

84.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, swinging into the right hander who gets a thick inside edge onto his pad

84.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 no ball, ooh that's well bowled again, hurrying him into a defensive prod. But he's no-balled by at least a foot

84.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, full, straight and nudged to short leg

New Zealand 251/5   BB McCullum 38* (45b 4x4 1x6)

86.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, full and straight, defended

86.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, left alone outside off

86.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, again angled across the right hander who ignores it

86.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, 2 runs, pushed out to cover and another wild throw from the fielder nearly hands more overthrows to New Zealand

86.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, excellent, quick delivery which swings into the right hander who blocks it out. But only just

86.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum takes a step down the pitch, shuffling outside the off stump and tries to swing this over midwicket but it's much too full (not to mention late in the day) to be attempting such madness. He gets a thick inside edge down to fine leg

New Zealand 262/5   BB McCullum 41* (51b 4x4 1x6)

87.1

Hoggard to McCullum, SIX, unconfined madness from McCullum, though a dreadful ball from Hoggard. It was short, wide and he flayed it over third man

87.2

Hoggard to McCullum, FOUR, shot! Cracked over the covers for four and there's his fifty. Hoggard's not looking happy at all; he looks flustered and fazed

87.3

Hoggard to McCullum, 1 leg bye, cheekily nudged to leg

New Zealand 273/5   BB McCullum 51* (54b 5x4 2x6)

88.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, OUT, got him! A very wide ball angled across him from Sidebottom, McCullum tried to flay this through the covers but could only toe-end it through to Ambrose who took a simple low catch

BB McCullum c †Ambrose b Sidebottom 51 (76m 55b 5x4 2x6) SR: 92.72

New Zealand 277/6   BB McCullum 51 (55b 5x4 2x6)
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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

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin

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