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  | Overs 151-200

Welcome back all. Chris Martin has the new ball and has three slips and a gully waiting. Here he comes around the wicket to the left-handed Cook

0.1

Martin to Cook, no run, Cook fidgets forward and nudges to leg

0.2

Martin to Cook, no run, a brute from Martin, finding one to spit up at Cook who played it awkwardly away from his body, the ball falling short of third slip

Good pace, good line

0.3

Martin to Cook, no run, shorter and a touch wider, Cook leaves this alone

86mph

0.4

Martin to Cook, no run, bit of a waste there, well wide of the off stump and left alone

0.5

Martin to Cook, 2 runs, angling into the left hander, he pushes this off the back foot away from his body - not entirely convincingly - and it flies past gully. Safe enough, but those feet of Cook's aren't yet moving

0.6

Martin to Cook, no run, Cook comes slowly forward onto the front foot and turns this to leg

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0
MP Vaughan    0* (0b)     

Mills to share the new ball

1.1

Mills to Vaughan, no run, wide of the right hander who comes forward before shouldering arms. A hint of swing away from him

1.2

Mills to Vaughan, 1 run, encouraging swing and a fuller delivery this time, but Vaughan's off the mark with a confident stride and a punch into the covers

Sorry, forgot to give you the field: fairly orthodox three slips and a gully. Mills remaining over the wicket to the left hander

1.3

Mills to Cook, no run, on middle stump, he blocks it out

1.4

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook's forward and defending this inswinger

Encouraging swing for Mills, gaining more bend in the air than Martin

To answer a couple of feedbackers asking about Ian Bell's prognosis, we're not too sure yet but will keep you abreast

1.5

Mills to Cook, no run, oh that's a cracker, angling across Cook who came forward to defend but was easily beaten

1.6

Mills to Cook, 1 run, nudged to leg for a quick single

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 4/0
AN Cook    3* (10b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0
MP Vaughan    1* (2b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0

Martin to continue around the wicket to Cook

2.1

Martin to Cook, no run, Cook shoulders arms outside off. Wide enough to be comfortably left alone

2.2

Martin to Cook, no run, good, tight delivery on off stump. Cook is forced to defend and does so solidly

Andrew Strauss is outside the dressing room, desperately trying to look confident and relaxed but failing miserably. He must be feeling sick as a parrot, this being his comeback Test

2.3

Martin to Cook, no run, defended off the back foot

2.4

Martin to Cook, no run, a nasty one, hurrying onto Cook who is rapped high on the thigh

Certainly the quickest bowler on show in this Test Martin, comfortably quicker than Harmison and a little more slippery than Sidebottom

2.5

Martin to Cook, no run, good ball on the off stump, angling into the left hander and at a good pace too

2.6

Martin to Cook, no run, beaten! Another fine ball which holds its line outside off, Cook fishing at it and missing

End of over 3 (maiden) England 4/0
AN Cook    3* (16b)      CS Martin    2-1-2-0
MP Vaughan    1* (2b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0

3.1

Mills to Vaughan, no run, a crunchingly solid defensive from Vaughan to a straight ball on his off stump. No movement there for Mills

3.2

Mills to Vaughan, no run, oh blimey that's a good ball, holding its line on the off stump. Vaughan is late on it and gets a thick inside edge into his pads

3.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

3.4

Mills to Vaughan, FOUR, well bowled but expertly played by Vaughan. Remaining back in his crease, he just angled it past gully and down to the vacant third man - played with soft hands. Top shot

3.5

Mills to Vaughan, 2 runs, too straight this time and Vaughan turns it off his hip for a well run couple

Lord help us all. Bob Willis is reeling off list after list after list. In the end, they all merge into one, like a big trifle with too much custard

3.6

Mills to Vaughan, 2 runs, again he turns this through midwicket for two more

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 12/0
MP Vaughan    9* (8b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-10-0
AN Cook    3* (16b)      CS Martin    2-1-2-0

Over the wicket for the first time to Cook

4.1

Martin to Cook, no run, Cook leaves this comfortably

Back around the wicket to Cook

4.2

Martin to Cook, no run, too wide. Left alone

4.3

Martin to Cook, no run, on his legs, Cook - well back in his crease - jabs it to the leg side but it's more of a defensive push than anything. No chance of a run

4.4

Martin to Cook, no run, another flick off his pads to a poorly directed leg-side delivery, but such is the timing that square leg picks it up in an instant to prevent the single

4.5

Martin to Cook, no run, that's a neat stroke from Cook, walking into a defensive push back to the bowler

4.6

Martin to Cook, no run, flicked to mid-on

End of over 5 (maiden) England 12/0
AN Cook    3* (22b)      CS Martin    3-2-2-0
MP Vaughan    9* (8b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-10-0

5.1

Mills to Vaughan, no run, an absolute corker from Mills! Quick, straight and it just cut back on Vaughan at the last moment, passing the inside edge of his bat

Mighty, mighty close

5.2

Mills to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan's shuffling to the off side and is well behind it this time

5.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, left alone

5.4

Mills to Vaughan, no run, turned to the leg side

5.5

Mills to Vaughan, no run, beaten once more by a fine ball which holds its line

5.6

Mills to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 6 (maiden) England 12/0
MP Vaughan    9* (14b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-1-10-0
AN Cook    3* (22b)      CS Martin    3-2-2-0

6.1

Martin to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

6.2

Martin to Cook, FOUR, wonderful shot! Cook's first real aggressive stroke, but it was nothing more than a straight punch back past the bowler. Superb timing

6.3

Martin to Cook, no run, wide enough to be left alone. No swing for Martin

6.4

Martin to Cook, 1 run, good comeback from Martin here, almost squaring up Cook who squirts it out to the off side. They steal a single

Three slips and a gully (not a fully as I keep trying to type)

6.5

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, short of a length and it really rises on Vaughan who fends it away to leg

6.6

Martin to Cook, no run, blocked out off the back foot

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 18/0
AN Cook    8* (27b 1x4)      CS Martin    4-2-8-0
MP Vaughan    10* (15b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-1-10-0

7.1

Mills to Vaughan, no run, too wide. Left alone

7.2

Mills to Vaughan, no run, ignored outside the off stump

7.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, back and across and blocked

7.4

Mills to Vaughan, no run, good ball just outside the off stump which Vaughan squirts to the off side

7.5

Mills to Vaughan, no run, decent length but wide enough to be left alone

There are a group of Sidebottoms in the crowd and they look rather splendid

7.6

Mills to Vaughan, 2 runs, squirted out to the off side

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 20/0
MP Vaughan    12* (21b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-1-12-0
AN Cook    8* (27b 1x4)      CS Martin    4-2-8-0

That's it from me for now, here's Jenno. Thanks, Willo

8.1

Martin to Cook, no run, fired across the left hander on a good length and he leaves it

8.2

Martin to Cook, no run, stretched wide outside off and pokes forward

There's a man in my line of vision rehearsing those strokes. It's not Gravy, though, we're a few continents away from him

8.3

Martin to Cook, 2 runs, stays over the wicket, a full ball, and Cook squeezes his hands over it into the leg-side

8.4

Martin to Cook, no run, lets it go this time, a rising ball that slinks past him just on the outside and threatens to rear

8.5

Martin to Cook, 1 run, just on to the legs, not enough angle back across the left hander who again puts his wrists over the shot and through to fine leg off the legs

8.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, just lets that one go past him outside off, grabbing the chance to get himself a leave as the ball shoots through on a good length

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 23/0
MP Vaughan    12* (22b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-2-11-0
AN Cook    11* (32b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-1-12-0

9.1

Mills to Cook, no run, hey now, squares up into that one which just goes past the outside edge on a good length

9.2

Mills to Cook, no run, oh, an unconvincing prod this time, again the ball shapes across him

9.3

Mills to Cook, no run, right up there on middle, defended back down off the back foot

9.4

Mills to Cook, no run, on the off stump this time, short ball, defended back down on the back foot once more

9.5

Mills to Cook, no run, shoulders arms as the ball hits a good length and shapes away outside off

9.6

Mills to Cook, no run, outside off, good length again, and shoulders arms on the way through

End of over 10 (maiden) England 23/0
AN Cook    11* (38b 1x4)      KD Mills    5-2-12-0
MP Vaughan    12* (22b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-2-11-0

10.1

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, outside off, played down off the back foot to the gully

10.2

Martin to Cook, 1 run, short on leg, driven back out softly to short midwicket

10.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, played out on the front foot this time

10.4

Martin to Vaughan, 2 runs, short ball outside off, guided down off the back foot through gully now

10.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, nipped off the seam back on to the batsman who defends into the covers off the back foot

10.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, lets this one go past him outside off

"Ever tried to use those voice recognition thingies instead of typing?" asks Matt in New Zealand. No, and with good reason. I used to do similar at Sky and it could be my northern girl voice but words like "Deuce" on the tennis would come out as "Jesus!" and so on. Over at the BBC on news they weren't immune either, Yasser Arafat's death was apparently marked on the Gaza Strip by "a minute's violence."

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 27/0
MP Vaughan    15* (27b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-2-15-0
AN Cook    12* (39b 1x4)      KD Mills    5-2-12-0

11.1

Mills to Cook, FOUR, short ball outside off laced through the covers on the back foot, Cook leaping onto the bit of width offered to him

11.2

Mills to Cook, no run, forced into the covers on the front foot

11.3

Mills to Cook, no run, good line and length, angling the ball across the batsman, tempting him, but he elects to leave in the end

11.4

Mills to Cook, no run, fires it across him once more and he is quick to shoulder arms

11.5

Mills to Cook, 1 run, turned off the legs down to fine leg this time

11.6

Mills to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off on a good length, good decision

"Ah, the joys of being a student," says Simon Smith in the UK, "means that I can be up at this stupid time in the morning." So can some of my colleagues working with full dedication to our readers; hats off. It's now drinks.

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 32/0
MP Vaughan    15* (28b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-2-17-0
AN Cook    17* (44b 2x4)      CS Martin    6-2-15-0

Jeetan Patel into the attack now

12.1

Patel to Cook, no run, a good start, fizzing the ball outside off, the ball bounces up, surprises Cook a touch and he leaves it

12.2

Patel to Cook, no run, right on to the front foot and defends right down, the bowler earning what sounds like an "Oh yes, Dave" which is odd

12.3

Patel to Cook, no run, more bounce outside off, the batsman leaving it alone

12.4

Patel to Cook, no run, pads up to this one a touch defensively

12.5

Patel to Cook, no run, comes down on the front foot and defends strongly

12.6

Patel to Cook, no run, huge shouts from everyone as he fires in on the legs, a touch of inside edge may have saved him there

End of over 13 (maiden) England 32/0
AN Cook    17* (50b 2x4)      JS Patel    1-1-0-0
MP Vaughan    15* (28b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-2-17-0

Another change, it's Oram now

13.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, fired right up there on a good length, defended forward

13.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, on off again, good length once more, defended solidly on the front foot

13.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, outside off this time, Oram just pushes it down the channel and the batsman leaves alone

13.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, shortish ball outside off, Vaughan quickly lifts it as a pull shot but the ball's on to him too quickly and he ends up playing it straight back forward

13.5

Oram to Vaughan, 1 run, clamps down hard on the ball defensively in front of middle but an edge skews down to fine leg

13.6

Oram to Cook, no run, round the wicket to Cook who defends back down the pitch on the front foot

End of over 14 (1 run) England 33/0
AN Cook    17* (51b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-0
MP Vaughan    16* (33b 1x4)      JS Patel    1-1-0-0

Rhys Morgan explains: "Ex team mate of Jeetan Patel's here. Dave is his nickname. Named after a guy on an advert that was on TV here 5-6 years ago. Won't bore you with the details." Oh no, please. Thanks for clearing that up, Willo is a fan of saying there aren't enough Daves in world cricket. So invent them...

14.1

Patel to Vaughan, no run, good bounce, defended back down off the back foot

14.2

Patel to Vaughan, no run, more defence

14.3

Patel to Vaughan, no run, nice drift outside off, the ball pitches outside off and straightens on, Vaughan looked a touch confused

14.4

Patel to Vaughan, no run, the batsman comes right out and stabs the ball away with his foot

14.5

Patel to Vaughan, no run, full ball on leg, turned into short midwicket

14.6

Patel to Vaughan, 1 run, good loop on off, drives out an easy single to mid-on

End of over 15 (1 run) England 34/0
MP Vaughan    17* (39b 1x4)      JS Patel    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    17* (51b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-0

15.1

Oram to Vaughan, 2 runs, swung in on to middle and off and pushed off the pads out to midwicket

15.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, waits for the ball outside off, short, and defended back down forward

15.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, nagging swing down off on a good length, but wide enough for it to be left

15.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, makes him play this time, a fullish delivery comes in just in front of the toes and he defends down in line with off stump

15.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, up there on middle and leg, the batsman bends over in defence

15.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, on the legs, turned out to short midwicket without much fuss

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 36/0
MP Vaughan    19* (45b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-3-0
AN Cook    17* (51b 2x4)      JS Patel    2-1-1-0

16.1

Patel to Cook, no run, right up there on off, asking the question, and the answer is a forward defence

16.2

Patel to Cook, no run, a huge shout for one which was possibly inside-edged, the ball pitching on off, takes the edge and carries on straight

16.3

Patel to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot in line with off this time

16.4

Patel to Cook, FOUR, width outside off, driven away through the covers this time

16.5

Patel to Cook, no run, super delivery, with good flight on off, pushed on the front foot

16.6

Patel to Cook, no run, forces him to defend right on the front foot and that's "Oh yes, Dave!"

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 40/0
AN Cook    21* (57b 3x4)      JS Patel    3-1-5-0
MP Vaughan    19* (45b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-3-0

17.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, over the wicket, right hander to right hander, up there and Vaughan defends on the front foot with a barn door. Figuratively speaking

The New Zealand commentator has just said Vaughan was "born and bred in Yorkshire" which will raise the hackles of any Mancunian reading

17.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot

17.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, defended right over the ball on the front foot

17.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, driven on the front foot to short midwicket

17.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot this time

17.6

Oram to Vaughan, FOUR, some width outside off and Vaughan crashes that through the covers with a typical cover drive of class, generating tremendous bat speed as he goes

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 44/0
MP Vaughan    23* (51b 2x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-7-0
AN Cook    21* (57b 3x4)      JS Patel    3-1-5-0

18.1

Patel to Cook, 1 run, well bowled, but turned off the legs to square with a nudge

18.2

Patel to Vaughan, no run, pushed on the front foot to the covers this time

There's a slip and a bat-pad in by the way

18.3

Patel to Vaughan, no run, extra loop outside off, the batsman strides out and drives to the covers

18.4

Patel to Vaughan, no run, turned back in from outside off and he defends on the front foot

18.5

Patel to Vaughan, no run, turned back in from outside off, defends strongly on the front foot this time

18.6

Patel to Vaughan, no run, just outside off and defended on the front foot

End of over 19 (1 run) England 45/0
MP Vaughan    23* (56b 2x4)      JS Patel    4-1-6-0
AN Cook    22* (58b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-7-0

19.1

Oram to Cook, no run, width outside off and Cook makes a late decision to leave, the ball coming off the bottom of the bat and bouncing just in front of the first of two slips

19.2

Oram to Cook, 2 runs, pushed out to point on the front foot

19.3

Oram to Cook, no run, pushed up there in front of off, defended on the front foot

19.4

Oram to Cook, no run, defended tidily on the front foot again

19.5

Oram to Cook, no run, beats the outside edge this time, the batsman pressing forward

19.6

Oram to Cook, no run, forced across him, defended on the front foot

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 47/0
AN Cook    24* (64b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-9-0
MP Vaughan    23* (56b 2x4)      JS Patel    4-1-6-0

20.1

Patel to Vaughan, no run, drifted outside off, driven out to the covers

20.2

Patel to Vaughan, no run, big loop across the right hander who pushes out to the covers

20.3

Patel to Vaughan, no run, loop again on off, defended on the front foot

20.4

Patel to Vaughan, no run, swivelled outisde off and driven out on the front foot

20.5

Patel to Vaughan, no run, just outside off, the ball comes in just slightly slower, defended on the front foot out to the off-side again

20.6

Patel to Vaughan, no run, shortish ball on off and middle, foisted out to midwicket, the batsman having to put the power on the ball as he moves it on the leg-side, the ball clattering into the shoulder of the fielder short in who has hurt his left fingernail

End of over 21 (maiden) England 47/0
MP Vaughan    23* (62b 2x4)      JS Patel    5-2-6-0
AN Cook    24* (64b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-9-0

Vettori brings himself into the attack as Matthew Bell goes off to get some treatment. "An improbable coincidence," notes Andrew Miller

21.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, round the wicket to push up to the left hander, who pops back towards the bowler with a touch of loop

21.2

Vettori to Cook, no run, outside off, defended on the front foot

21.3

Vettori to Cook, no run, rocks and defends on to the back foot

21.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, loop outside off, the ball turns back in to the batsman who in turn pushes it out off the back foot to the covers

21.5

Vettori to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

21.6

Vettori to Cook, no run, a fine over there, the batsman defends on the back foot

End of over 22 (maiden) England 47/0
AN Cook    24* (70b 3x4)      DL Vettori    1-1-0-0
MP Vaughan    23* (62b 2x4)      JS Patel    5-2-6-0

22.1

Patel to Vaughan, no run, well bowled indeed and it's dropped, the ball carrying just to say to Fleming at first slip who puts it down

22.2

Patel to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot to bat-pad

22.3

Patel to Vaughan, FOUR, good loop on off, driven out through mid-off

22.4

Patel to Vaughan, 2 runs, driven wide of the covers for two

England's fifty has come up for no loss

22.5

Patel to Vaughan, no run, outside off, comes out and defends on the front foot

22.6

Patel to Vaughan, no run, width outside off, driven to the covers

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 53/0
MP Vaughan    29* (68b 3x4)      JS Patel    6-2-12-0
AN Cook    24* (70b 3x4)      DL Vettori    1-1-0-0

The sub fielder is someone called Nick Horsley. Andrew Miller reports: "He's getting a lot of stick from the Barmies at fine leg. "Do your parents know you're here? You're supposed to be at school ... and stuff"

23.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, a very tight defence on the front foot

23.2

Vettori to Cook, no run, outside off, and driven to the covers this time

23.3

Vettori to Cook, no run, outside off, comes back into the batsman who defends on the front foot

23.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, right up there on middle and off, defended on the front foot

23.5

Vettori to Cook, no run, outside off, driven to the covers on the front foot

23.6

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, driven forward on the front foot

"Apparently he's 27," adds Andrew of Nick, "but he must be a very baby-faced 27."

End of over 24 (1 run) England 54/0
AN Cook    25* (76b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-1-0
MP Vaughan    29* (68b 3x4)      JS Patel    6-2-12-0

Ah apparently the Fleming "drop" was more of a half volley

24.1

Patel to Cook, no run, apparently he's 27, but he must be a very baby-faced 27

24.2

Patel to Cook, 1 run, swept round to square this time

24.3

Patel to Vaughan, no run, loop outside off and pushed to the covers on the front foot

24.4

Patel to Vaughan, no run, right up there on the front foot, defended down

24.5

Patel to Vaughan, FOUR, steered well in front of midwicket and that one goes all the way, the ball just overpitched and Vaughan merely flicks it away

24.6

Patel to Vaughan, no run, right up there on off, defended forward

More drinks being taken

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 59/0
MP Vaughan    33* (72b 4x4)      JS Patel    7-2-17-0
AN Cook    26* (78b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-1-0

25.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, pushed up there on a good length and defended forward

25.2

Vettori to Cook, no run, more front-foot defence

25.3

Vettori to Cook, no run, driven out to the covers this time

25.4

Vettori to Cook, 1 no ball, outside off, padded up to this one

25.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, pushed back out to mid-on

25.5

Vettori to Cook, no run, fired through outside off, beating the batsman

25.6

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, width outside off, played down on the front foot

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 61/0
AN Cook    27* (85b 3x4)      DL Vettori    3-1-3-0
MP Vaughan    33* (72b 4x4)      JS Patel    7-2-17-0

26.1

Patel to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

26.2

Patel to Cook, no run, right up there on off, defended down on the front foot

26.3

Patel to Cook, no run, up there on off, pushed out to the covers

26.4

Patel to Cook, no run, keeps him quiet again with the batsman forced into offering a front-foot defence in line with off this time

26.5

Patel to Cook, no run, outside off, pushed into the man at short cover

26.6

Patel to Cook, 1 run, just outside off, driven out to the covers

End of over 27 (1 run) England 62/0
AN Cook    28* (91b 3x4)      JS Patel    8-2-18-0
MP Vaughan    33* (72b 4x4)      DL Vettori    3-1-3-0

27.1

Vettori to Cook, no run, presses his front pad outside off, shielding the ball as it goes through without touching anything but the ground

27.2

Vettori to Cook, no run, outside off, and presses down a good-length ball back into the turf

27.3

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, on the legs, swept out to square leg this time

27.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, pushed into the pads, defended back out on to the pitch

27.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, fired in at the legs, defended on the front foot

27.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot

Gripping cricket this is not at the moment, the batsman dogged and pushing out the occasional single

End of over 28 (1 run) England 63/0
MP Vaughan    33* (75b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-1-4-0
AN Cook    29* (94b 3x4)      JS Patel    8-2-18-0

28.1

Patel to Cook, no run, outside off, the batsman leaves it to go through to the keeper

28.2

Patel to Cook, 2 runs, pushed up there on off, driven out through the covers

28.3

Patel to Cook, no run, comes forward, looking to attack, but ends up defending on the front foot

28.4

Patel to Cook, (no ball) 1 run, on the front foot, pushed out to the covers this time and there's an overstep

28.4

Patel to Vaughan, no run, worked out square defensively

28.5

Patel to Vaughan, no run, defends right behind the line outside off

"What's a Mancunian?" asks Jeff. Someone from Manchester, like Michael Vaughan

28.6

Patel to Vaughan, 1 run, squeezes out a single to the legs this time

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 68/0
MP Vaughan    34* (78b 4x4)      JS Patel    9-2-23-0
AN Cook    32* (98b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-1-4-0

29.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot this time

29.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, comes in from round the wicket on a good length just outside the off stump, the batsman defends down

29.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, more defence on the front foot

29.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, oh, the batsman comes just outside off, rips it back in, sliding on, Vaughan forced back and saved by a hint of inside edge

29.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, does not judge the length this time either, gets back and tries to defend

29.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, forced over on to the legs, the batsman pats back down

End of over 30 (maiden) England 68/0
MP Vaughan    34* (84b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-2-4-0
AN Cook    32* (98b 3x4)      JS Patel    9-2-23-0

30.1

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off, a short ball hardly lifting up off the track

30.2

Martin to Cook, no run, defended back into the track in line with off

30.3

Martin to Cook, no run, more width outside off, the batsman shoulders arms this time

30.4

Martin to Cook, no run, some swing back into the batsman outside off who defends back into the pitch this time

30.5

Martin to Cook, no run, straightens the line, the batsman playing back down the pitch

The Sidebottoms, and a gorilla, are in full and hearty song

30.6

Martin to Cook, no run, driven back towards the bowler on the front foot

End of over 31 (maiden) England 68/0
AN Cook    32* (104b 3x4)      CS Martin    7-3-15-0
MP Vaughan    34* (84b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-2-4-0

31.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, defended on the front foot this time

31.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, outside off and there's the sight of a run as the batsman plays off the back foot into the covers, but the batsmen decide not to risk it

31.3

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, there is a run this time as Vaughan sweeps off the legs

A Barmy Army conga has now broken out, Sidebottoms et al

31.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, outside off, comes forward and defends solidly on the front foot

31.5

Vettori to Cook, no run, pushed back on the front foot towards the bowler

31.6

Vettori to Cook, no run, fires it across the left hander who takes a serious look at it as it goes past the outside edge

End of over 32 (1 run) England 69/0
AN Cook    32* (107b 3x4)      DL Vettori    6-2-5-0
MP Vaughan    35* (87b 4x4)      CS Martin    7-3-15-0

32.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, fired in at middle and off, the batsman pushes out to the covers

32.2

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, turned off the legs in front of square this time

32.3

Martin to Cook, no run, width outside off, speared in at the batsman with a hint of rise, and he plays back into the leg side, defensively as he goes

32.4

Martin to Cook, no run, nips back in off the seam outside off, the batsman defends it back down off the back foot

32.5

Martin to Cook, no run, turned off the legs to square this time

32.6

Martin to Cook, FOUR, width outside off and driven through the covers hard

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 74/0
AN Cook    36* (111b 4x4)      CS Martin    8-3-20-0
MP Vaughan    36* (89b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-2-5-0

33.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, fired in full and defended on the front foot

33.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, width outside off, the batsman lets a full one go through

33.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, right up there on middle, defended on the front foot

33.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, up there again and defended back down once more

McCullum and Vettori come down the wicket to join each other for a tactical chat

33.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, full ball pushed on to the legs and defended down

33.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, outside leg, turned round to the leg gully who tidies up

End of over 34 (maiden) England 74/0
MP Vaughan    36* (95b 4x4)      DL Vettori    7-3-5-0
AN Cook    36* (111b 4x4)      CS Martin    8-3-20-0

34.1

Martin to Cook, 1 run, banged in a touch short, strayed on to the legs, and turned back round behind square

34.2

Martin to Vaughan, 2 runs, speared in on the legs again, Vaughan plays off the pads behind square

34.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, pushed the ball on to the legs, the batsman pushes back out to short midwicket

34.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, ooh, the best delivery for a while, the ball coming just past the outside edge, Vaughan presses forward and is beaten

34.5

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, full ball on the legs, turned out off the pads behind square

34.6

Martin to Cook, no run, the bowler lets that one go wide outside off and the batsman leaves it easily

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 78/0
AN Cook    37* (113b 4x4)      CS Martin    9-3-24-0
MP Vaughan    39* (99b 4x4)      DL Vettori    7-3-5-0

35.1

Vettori to Vaughan, FOUR, on the legs, swept round fine for four

35.2

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, outside the legs again and swept round and down once more

35.3

Vettori to Cook, no run, comes in on off and the batsman presses into the leg side this time

35.4

Vettori to Cook, no run, fired up there and defended on the front foot

35.5

Vettori to Cook, 1 run, on middle and off, Cook brushes the ball away behind square

35.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, full delivery on middle, defended back towards the bowler

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 84/0
MP Vaughan    44* (102b 5x4)      DL Vettori    8-3-11-0
AN Cook    38* (116b 4x4)      CS Martin    9-3-24-0

36.1

Martin to Cook, no run, fired down outside off from round the wicket, McCullum pouches and releases quite quickly to the slips

36.2

Martin to Cook, OUT, short ball outside off, Cook takes the bait and pulls high and Horsley, the sub fielder, runs in ten metres or so to take the catch at square

AN Cook c sub (NKW Horsley) b Martin 38 (143m 118b 4x4 0x6) SR: 32.20

The wicket came from nowhere, Cook giving himself away when he and Vaughan were looking safe on a benign surface but New Zealand won't care

Hoggard comes in as nightwatchman

36.3

Martin to Hoggard, no run, fullish delivery, Hoggard hardly takes a step but manages to get some kind of bottom of the bat on it

36.4

Martin to Hoggard, no run, short ball goes down outside off, the batsman leaves it by shouldering arms

36.5

Martin to Hoggard, 2 runs, on middle and off, clipped off the legs in front of square and they'll take the two

36.6

Martin to Hoggard, no run, defended strongly on the front foot

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 86/1
MJ Hoggard    2* (4b)      CS Martin    10-3-26-1
MP Vaughan    44* (102b 5x4)      DL Vettori    8-3-11-0

37.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, right up there on off, defended back to the bowler strongly on the front foot

37.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, just outside off, the batsman creeps down, opens the face and presses down defensively on the front foot

37.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, right up there in line with middle, defended on the front foot

37.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, width outside off, the batsman plays to point on the back foot

37.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, creeps forward on the front foot

37.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, catches him in line with middle, Vaughan gets a good stride in, the ball went from pad to bat to pad to bat... crucially, it was the pad first but the umpire turned it down in the blur

End of over 38 (maiden) England 86/1
MP Vaughan    44* (108b 5x4)      DL Vettori    9-4-11-0
MJ Hoggard    2* (4b)      CS Martin    10-3-26-1

38.1

Martin to Hoggard, no run, comes in a touch from outside off, some bounce, defended back down on the back foot

38.2

Martin to Hoggard, no run, stays on the back foot and is forced to sway at the last second as the ball carries on through to the keeper

38.3

Martin to Hoggard, OUT, short ball outside off, Hoggard fends straight to first slip and the nightwatchman experiment fails, the batsman stuck on the crease as the leg cutter comes in

MJ Hoggard c Fleming b Martin 2 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

England won't be happy, safe to say, but New Zealand are all a-beam, taking advantage of Cook's recent poor shot to snap up another with a good ball as stumps beckon

It's Strauss now, who's been playing state cricket out in New Zealand this summer/winter* *delete as appropriate

38.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, outside off, Strauss tucks his bat way out of danger and behind the pad as it sails through down the line

Two slips in

38.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, moves into the line of the ball outside off and defends back down, sturdy as oak

You can sense an extra spring in the New Zealand players' collective step

38.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, pushed outside off and the batsman leaves this time

End of over 39 (wicket maiden) England 86/2
AJ Strauss    0* (3b)      CS Martin    11-4-26-2
MP Vaughan    44* (108b 5x4)      DL Vettori    9-4-11-0

39.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, right up there on off, defended on the front foot

39.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, ooh, outside off and Vaughan nearly chopped it back on to his stumps, he would have been dragging on needlessly when he coould have left it

39.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, slower ball, defended on the front foot this time

39.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, on middle and leg, turned over to short midwicket

39.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, right up there in line with middle, saved by the inside edge on to the pad

39.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, on the legs, defended on the front foot this time

A good over from Vettori

End of over 40 (maiden) England 86/2
MP Vaughan    44* (114b 5x4)      DL Vettori    10-5-11-0
AJ Strauss    0* (3b)      CS Martin    11-4-26-2

Last over coming up

40.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, far too wide outside off, Strauss just lets it go

40.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, better ball in line with off, defended back down in front

40.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, makes him play again, the ball coming in in line with off, Strauss defends down on the back foot

40.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, comes back in again off the seam in line with off, Strauss defends down once more

40.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, just outside off this time, the batsman still defends

Last ball to negotiate now

40.6

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, on middle and leg, Strauss off the mark with a push in front of square

So the end of the second day of the first Test where New Zealand have the advantage thanks to some solid batting, in particular with Ross Taylor's hundred, and they have England two down still trailing by just under 400. Thanks very much for joining us today, do come back tomorrow to find out how England's dig goes.

End of over 41 (1 run) England 87/2
AJ Strauss    1* (9b)      CS Martin    12-4-27-2
MP Vaughan    44* (114b 5x4)      DL Vettori    10-5-11-0

10.25am Almost ready to rumble and Ian Bell will bat. On another subject. anyone who glimpses Sky Sports' coverage will note that they endlessly refer to Ian Botham almost fawningly as "Sir Ian". In The Times Giles Smith notes: "I also can't quite rid myself of the haunting thought that the Sky team refer to him as Sir Ian because Sir Ian forces them to, threatening never to have them up to the big house again if they forget." Not a man to cross (Botham, that is, not Smith).

Shoaib's comments have attracted a few terse responses. "it would seem to me that India generates the money by playing other countries; hence the revenue is shared. Presumably there is a great deal of interest when India plays Australia or whoever because of the competition." And "Cricket would exist without the BCCI, but the BCCI ould not exist without cricket. They should be supporting the development of the game, not dictating terms to it." Now for the cricket.

10.10am The pitch looks to be as good - or as dull, take your pick - as it has been on days one and two.

Niraj from India: "IPL will surely be boost not only to the domestic cricket but world cricket as well. It will give the youngsters to get the exposure of international arena and also the guidance of big players. The best thing about IPL is that we will be able to see Ricky Ponting play under Sourav Ganguly. By starting IPL BCCI has showed what money power can do." Quite.

Alan from NZ counters: "I think the IPL is a load of rubbish, the current 50 over one-day games are fine, this fizzy stuff doesn't interest me, I wont be watching."

Shoaib says: "The economy of cricket is a false one. India generates the money and all boards profit handsomely from that. It is only fair that BCCI insist on the other boards they not endorse a competing outfit in ICL. Players cannot have their cake and eat it too. If they choose to play in unofficial leagues, they cannot complain about not being selected for national teams."

Dave mails: "It has to be the BCCI trying to pull as much money out of the game as possible. If they were serious about the development of cricket, they'd a) welcome the extra exposure to young Indian cricketers and b)not be pushing bans on players that play for the ICL. I doubt they could care less about cricket other than as a revenue making exercise."

Jay writes: "I see no reason why a financially strong cricket board cannot impose on other domestic circuits - Entertainment is a business after all".

9.45am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the third day's play in the first Test in Hamilton. The game could take a decisive turn today ... New Zealand need wickets and England runs. The weather is fine and another full day's play is in store.

Your commentators today will be Martin Williamson, Jenny Thompson and Will Luke.

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Before we get going, let us know what you think about the IPL. Are India trying to dictate to everyone how to run their domestic set-ups, or is it a much-needed boost for the game ... and will you be watching? Send us your feedback.

41.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, pushes forward very cautiously ...

Cunning move from Vettori to open with spin and put some pressure on Strauss ... and Matthew Bell's back under the lid. What a trooper.

41.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, pulls inside the line just in time to one that goes on with the arm, McCullum whips the bails off and chirrups

41.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, back and flicked into the leg side

41.4

Vettori to Strauss, no run, wider and a relieved Strauss able to leave

41.5

Vettori to Strauss, no run, Strauss forward, playing for the turn, there is none and the ball whizzes past the outside edge of a hard-handed lunge

41.6

Vettori to Strauss, 2 runs, a thick edge along the ground wide of the slip, it pulls up a yard or so inside the rope

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 89/2
AJ Strauss    3* (15b)      DL Vettori    11-5-13-0
MP Vaughan    44* (114b 5x4)      CS Martin    12-4-27-2

No surprises as Chris Martin, who has taken both wickets so far, opens up from the other end.

42.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, slightly stiff, outside off, no shot needed

A couple of slips and a gully for Vaughan, and a couple of men back for a mistimed hook

42.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, another one wide outside off stump, Vaughan pushes forward and leaves. No need for him to even move but it's good to get the old limbs functioning

42.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, better line, fuller and straighter, and Vaughan forced to play, and to do so a tad hurriedly

42.4

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, pushes forward, a thick edge sends the ball out towards midwicket at a gentle pace and the batsmen stroll a single

Martin comes round the wicket ...

42.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, short, Strauss stands upright and allows the ball to hit him on the shoulder, bat left low

In comes a short midwicket for that loose flick Strauss plays.

42.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, shorter and this time he opts for a duck rather than machoness

End of over 43 (1 run) England 90/2
AJ Strauss    3* (17b)      CS Martin    13-4-28-2
MP Vaughan    45* (118b 5x4)      DL Vettori    11-5-13-0

43.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, a big stride forward and solidly blocked

43.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, straighter and pushed into the on side

"Yes, Danny boy," enthuses McCullum.

43.3

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, again a good stride forward

43.4

Vettori to Vaughan, 2 runs, tossed up, Vaughan forward, a sniff of spin and the ball takes the edge but drops well short of slip and it's a long chase to stop it

43.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, more air and Vaughan forward

"Yes Danny, yes Danny," says McCullum. He's getting excited now.

43.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, pushed off middle and leg up towards mid-on

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 92/2
MP Vaughan    47* (124b 5x4)      DL Vettori    12-5-15-0
AJ Strauss    3* (17b)      CS Martin    13-4-28-2

44.1

Martin to Strauss, 2 runs, half volley outside off stump, driven through the covers but not timed and Strauss knows it, calling "two" as he sets off

"A decent crowd," reports a crippled Andrew Miller ... shin splints apparently. "Probably not as big as the first day, but I dare say more will come in if wickets start to fall."

44.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, wide but a decent length and Strauss leaves

44.3

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, on drive causes Vaughan to do a splits leap, but once more not timed and mid-on makes a slightly laboured dive to stop a ball that was bobbling rather than fizzing across the turf

44.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, sharpish bouncer, Vaughan jerks back and the ball passes where his head would have been

44.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, fuller and he pushes forward and blocks into the cover ... and then practises a one-handed version of the same shot

44.6

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, edged, bit controlled and with an angled bat, and four all the way through a gap in the slips

That's his 35th fifty and 17 of those have been converted into hundreds. That's a great conversation rate, the sixth best in Test history for anyone who has ten or more hundreds.

End of over 45 (7 runs) England 99/2
MP Vaughan    51* (127b 6x4)      CS Martin    14-4-35-2
AJ Strauss    6* (20b)      DL Vettori    12-5-15-0

45.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, wide and full, a pad gets thrust out and the ball passes by

45.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, he started to look as if he was going to sweep, adjusted and pushed into the covers

45.3

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, this time no change of heart, he does sweep down to long leg

45.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, straight, Vaughan well forward

45.5

Vettori to Vaughan, 1 run, wide half volley, punched through the covers to the man in the deep

Leg gully comes in for Strauss ...

45.6

Vettori to Strauss, 1 run, takes a step down the pitch and pushes on the walk to mid-on and is out of the blocks swiftly

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 102/2
AJ Strauss    8* (24b)      DL Vettori    13-5-18-0
MP Vaughan    52* (129b 6x4)      CS Martin    14-4-35-2

last word on the IPL. "I couldn't give a toss about the ICL or the IPL - they're just money-making chirades where the rich get richer, and the poor continue to live in poverty." Dave has spoken!

46.1

Martin to Strauss, no run, fired down the leg side, Strauss swishes and misses, McCullum dives to his right and makes a superb one-handed save inches off the ground

46.2

Martin to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off, Strauss back and makes a show of pulling his bat inside the line very early

46.3

Martin to Strauss, no run, fuller on off stump, a smidgen of swing perhaps, pushed defensively into the covers

46.4

Martin to Strauss, no run, two feet outside off, Strauss forward and allows it to pass

46.5

Martin to Strauss, no run, Martin probing to see if he can tempt Strauss outside off, but for now he keeps his cool and plays no shot

46.6

Martin to Strauss, no run, same line at 85mph/133kph, another leave

Charlie with really the last word. "Why are we getting comments about Sloggerama here? We have a serious game of cricket going on. Surely there are better place for people to post their comments about the IPL. One of the baseball boards perhaps?"

End of over 47 (maiden) England 102/2
AJ Strauss    8* (30b)      CS Martin    15-5-35-2
MP Vaughan    52* (129b 6x4)      DL Vettori    13-5-18-0

47.1

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, flatter, back and pushed down the pitch to Vettori

47.2

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, tossed up, forward, edged into his front pad but it drops stone dead from there

47.3

Vettori to Vaughan, 2 runs, long hop, he goes back and whips that through midwicket, not with the power to get all the way to the rope and Patel dives and flicks the ball back

47.4

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, hard-handed push to extra cover

47.5

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, forward and blocked

47.6

Vettori to Vaughan, no run, gets slightly square on as he plays another defensive poke

Ian Bell has discarded the yards of bandages he had on yesterday and looks fine and dandy. He should be in at No. 6.

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 104/2
MP Vaughan    54* (135b 6x4)      DL Vettori    14-5-20-0
AJ Strauss    8* (30b)      CS Martin    15-5-35-2

48.1

Martin to Strauss, FOUR, short outside off, Strauss pounces and plays a controlled pull through midwicket, he rolls his wrists and keeps it down

48.2

Martin to Strauss, 1 run, same ball and again he pulls but with 10% of the timing and power, still safe though as Patel is two-thirds of the way back at deep midwicket

48.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, angled in, Vaughan upright and into line to defend

48.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, fractionally short outside off stump, he stands tall and pushes square into the covers

48.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, half forward to defend, the ball squirts off a thickish edge along the ground to point

Martin turns, pauses, puffs out his cheeks and then starts his run-up

48.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, good length outside off stump, Vaughan leaves

End of over 49 (5 runs) England 109/2
MP Vaughan    54* (139b 6x4)      CS Martin    16-5-40-2
AJ Strauss    13* (32b 1x4)      DL Vettori    14-5-20-0

49.1

Vettori to Strauss, no run, flatter and faster, good line, defended

49.2

Vettori to Strauss, no run, he goes back and pushes firmly to cover

49.3

Vettori to Strauss, no run, back and defended slightly across the line to mid-on

two slips, leg slip and a forward short leg

49.4

Vettori to Strauss, no run, forward, inside edge into his midriff and the ball loses all pace and drops safely

49.5

Vettori to Strauss, FOUR, too short and too wide, he steps back and cuts hard through the covers

He spotted the length very quickly and pounced.

49.6

Vettori to Strauss, no run, forward, a thick edge scoots along the ground and the wider of the slips tumbles to stop it

End of over 50 (4 runs) England 113/2
AJ Strauss    17* (38b 2x4)      DL Vettori    15-5-24-0
MP Vaughan    54* (139b 6x4)      CS Martin    16-5-40-2
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New Zealand v England at Napier - Mar 22-26, 2008
England won by 121 runs
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England won by 126 runs
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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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