England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand Test Series - 2nd Test

New Zealand v England

England won by 126 runs

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

50.4

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, meets his first ball with a strong forward defensive

50.5

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, outside off, Ambrose is nearly drawn into a push and the bowler will claim he was beaten

50.6

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, outside and left alone to end another successful over

England 136/5   TR Ambrose 0* (3b)

52.1

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, top delivery, back of a length and zips away from Ambrose off the pitch

52.2

Gillespie to Ambrose, FOUR, very full outside off stump, Ambrose opens the face a fraction and drives square past point

52.3

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, straighter this time and Ambrose defends back towards the bowler

52.4

Gillespie to Ambrose, FOUR, lovely shot, positive response from Ambrose, it was a half volley asking to be driven which Ambrose did perfectly through the covers...New Zealand won't mind leaking a few runs

52.5

Gillespie to Ambrose, 4 leg byes, dug in short, Ambrose ducks and gets in all sorts of a tangle...the ball strikes the helmet and flies over the keeper and slips for four leg-byes. Gillespie's slippery pace again proving tricky

52.6

Gillespie to Ambrose, FOUR, it's all happening this over, touch short and wide outside off and Ambrose cuts hard through backward point and that's tea

England 156/5   TR Ambrose 12* (9b 3x4)

53.2

Martin to Ambrose, no run, on the front foot, and defended forward

53.3

Martin to Ambrose, no run, nipped back in off the seam, the batsman waited on the back foot and defended back down into the short cover region

53.4

Martin to Ambrose, FOUR, a short ball and with some width outside, Ambrose climbs on to the back foot and crashes a cut through the gully region

53.5

Martin to Ambrose, 3 runs, slower ball, driven out through the covers and they pick up three in the chase

England 164/5   TR Ambrose 19* (13b 4x4)

54.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, stands on the back foot and lets the ball go past him, squaring into the ball and drawing his bat into the line, just in time

54.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, fired down the channel, a touch wide, the ball swings away and the batsman shouldered arms

54.3

Mills to Ambrose, no run, right up there on off, some swing away once more, defended on the front foot

54.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, right through him, the batsman pressing forward and the ball goes past the outside edge and just to say curls past off stump

54.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, some swing away, the batsman defends back into the cover ring

54.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, up there once again, and defended on the front foot

England 164/5   TR Ambrose 19* (19b 4x4)

55.6

Martin to Ambrose, no run, harsh bouncer, angles at him, raps him on the gloves, the batsman rearing back from it

England 165/5   TR Ambrose 19* (20b 4x4)

56.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, swing away down the channel, the batsman is tempted into it, pushes at it as it just veers wide of the front-foot push

56.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, nips back in a touch from outside off, the batsman stands tall and defends back down

56.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, waits in line behind the ball outside off, defends back down

England 166/5   TR Ambrose 19* (23b 4x4)

57.3

Martin to Ambrose, SIX, short ball, hooked behind square and it goes flat all the way

57.4

Martin to Ambrose, no run, on the legs, turned out to square

57.5

Martin to Ambrose, no run, short ball outside off, cuts at it off the back foot, but played under it

57.6

Martin to Ambrose, no run, short ball again down off, cuts again off the back foot, missed it once again

England 173/5   TR Ambrose 25* (27b 4x4 1x6)

58.3

Mills to Ambrose, no run, on the legs, turned out to square

58.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, outside off, played back down into the track on to the turf

58.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, defended back down the line

58.6

Mills to Ambrose, FOUR, swing away from outside off, the batsman plays in the gap between the slips and the gullies

England 178/5   TR Ambrose 29* (31b 5x4 1x6)

60.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, some swing away, played into the gully region

60.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, pushed on to the legs and turned into short midwicket

60.3

Mills to Ambrose, FOUR, dragged down a touch outside off, and with some width, got the treatment with a hard cut through backward point

60.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, on the legs, turned out to square, but they decide to "Wait!"

60.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, up there on off, the batsman steps forward and pushes into the covers

60.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, defended on the back foot, pushed into the covers

England 184/5   TR Ambrose 33* (37b 6x4 1x6)

62.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, some swing away down the channel, pushed down behind point off the back foot

62.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, defended down off the back foot

62.3

Mills to Ambrose, 3 runs, some width outside off, driven through the covers on the up and that's the fifty partnership up

England 187/5   TR Ambrose 36* (40b 6x4 1x6)

63.1

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

63.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, driven to the covers on the front foot

63.3

Oram to Ambrose, 2 runs, some width outside off, played down off the back foot through the covers, a neat punch

63.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, jumps into the line and defends down

63.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, width outside off, cut down to point

63.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, left alone through to the keeper

England 193/5   TR Ambrose 38* (46b 6x4 1x6)

64.4

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, width outside off, the ball swung away and the batsman shouldered arms

64.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, comes out and defends on the front foot

64.6

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, on the legs, pushed to short leg

England 200/5   TR Ambrose 38* (49b 6x4 1x6)

66.1

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, on middle, defended forward on the front foot

66.2

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, defended forward

66.3

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, on the legs, turned out to square

66.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, pushed back on the back foot to play forward

66.6

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, a quick single to steal the strike

England 204/5   TR Ambrose 40* (54b 6x4 1x6)

67.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended on the front foot in line with off stump

67.2

Oram to Ambrose, FOUR, swung in outside off, and that's a super drive to bring up the first boundary off Oram's bowling today

67.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, forced off the back foot to point

67.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, swung up there in line with off, squeezed into the short midwicket region

67.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, moved away, shapes to defend on the back foot, squares up to it and the ball goes through

67.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, good shape again from the bowler, the batsman defends on the front foot

England 208/5   TR Ambrose 44* (60b 7x4 1x6)

68.2

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, angling into middle, defended towards short leg

68.3

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, plays a drive and gets a thick edge along the ground past short leg

68.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, slightly quicker ball, Ambrose onto the back foot and drives to cover...nearly done for pace

68.6

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, outside off and driven through square cover

England 212/5   TR Ambrose 46* (64b 7x4 1x6)

69.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended from the crease into the off side

69.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, on off stump, Ambrose comes forward

69.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, tries to drive this one, but without much power and it dribbles back to Oram who continues his metronomic line

69.4

Oram to Ambrose, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Ambrose frees his arm and goes hard and high over the slips...perfectly safe and that brings up his second Test fifty off 68 balls, a cracking little innings

69.5

Oram to Ambrose, 2 runs, drives through the leg side this time, not quite timed and midwicket hauls it in and keeps him to two

69.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, forces off the back foot, done by a lack of pace and nudged into the leg side

England 218/5   TR Ambrose 52* (70b 8x4 1x6)

70.2

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

70.3

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, waits for this and picks the gap at cover out to the sweeper

England 220/5   TR Ambrose 53* (72b 8x4 1x6)

71.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, pushed down to mid-off

71.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, on middle, Ambrose defends down the on side with an open-chested push

71.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended back down the pitch to Oram

71.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, nudged to midwicket as Oram still proves hard to score off

71.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, driven square on the off side

71.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, defended to mid-off, another tight over from Oram as New Zealand play a waiting game

England 220/5   TR Ambrose 53* (78b 8x4 1x6)

72.3

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, driven firmly up to mid-off who is saving the single

72.4

Vettori to Ambrose, FOUR, dropped a fraction short outside off stump, latches onto it so quickly and cuts it away backward of point

72.5

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, punched wide of mid-off, time for a quick single...more sharp running

England 226/5   TR Ambrose 58* (81b 9x4 1x6)

73.1

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, wide outside off to start with, Ambrose decides against having a dart

73.2

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, fuller on the stumps, squirted into the leg side off a thick inside edge

73.3

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, nearly has a fiddle at this one outside off stump, probing line from Gillespie

73.4

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, defended from the crease into the leg side

73.5

Gillespie to Ambrose, FOUR, top shot, half volley on leg stump and effortlessly picked off through midwicket with great timing and placement

73.6

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, corrects his line and is back outside off, hint of (conventional) swing and left alone

England 230/5   TR Ambrose 62* (87b 10x4 1x6)

74.2

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, dropped into the covers, good use of the wrists, and a well-taken quick single

74.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, on middle stump, Ambrose leans forward with solid defence

74.6

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, and again from both parties, steady stuff from Vettori and the England batsmen

England 233/5   TR Ambrose 63* (90b 10x4 1x6)

75.5

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, tucked off the pads, but straight at square leg

75.6

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, defended into the covers

England 234/5   TR Ambrose 63* (92b 10x4 1x6)

76.3

Vettori to Ambrose, FOUR, outside off stump and cuts very hard off the back foot, well wide of Fleming at slip and races down to third...a fine century stand is raised

76.4

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, flicked out to midwicket

76.5

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, cut away again, but this time picks out backward point

76.6

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, driven firmly into the covers, parried by Sinclair but nothing given away

England 239/5   TR Ambrose 67* (96b 11x4 1x6)

78.1

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, defended down the pitch

78.2

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, opens his front leg and drives a full ball into the covers

78.3

Vettori to Ambrose, no run, well bowled, Vettori holds this one back a touch, really tossed up, and it grips off the surface and beats Ambrose's loose dab

78.4

Vettori to Ambrose, 1 run, turned to midwicket, fumbled and a single given away

England 242/5   TR Ambrose 68* (100b 11x4 1x6)

79.1

Gillespie to Ambrose, no run, very short and wide, Ambrose has a dash but doesn't make contact

79.2

Gillespie to Ambrose, 1 run, comes back into Ambrose in the air, played well with soft hands to turn it round the corner and down to fine leg

England 243/5   TR Ambrose 69* (102b 11x4 1x6)

80.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, swing outside off stump, Ambrose watches it go past

80.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, touch short and Ambrose forces it into the covers

80.3

Mills to Ambrose, 2 runs, full swinging half volley, Ambrose leans into a square drive...not quite enough power to reach the rope and there's nearly a mix-up as Collingwood thinks there's a third before Ambrose sends him back

80.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, flicked firmly to midwicket

80.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, outside off, in the channel, and left alone

80.6

Mills to Ambrose, no run, defended into the covers to the end the first over with the second new ball

England 254/5   TR Ambrose 71* (108b 11x4 1x6)

82.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, extra bounce outside off stump with the hard new ball, Ambrose plays it well to make sure the ball drops in front of gully

82.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, beauty from Mills, pitches on middle and off, swings away from Ambrose who does well not to chase and edge it

82.3

Mills to Ambrose, no run, short and wide, cracked away with an almighty cut shot and Jamie How pulls off a brilliant save in the gully...Superman would have been proud of that effort

82.4

Mills to Ambrose, no run, defended to the on side from middle stump

82.5

Mills to Ambrose, 1 run, full delivery, searching for the swing and allows Ambrose to drive...another fumble in covers by Sinclair allows a single

England 259/5   TR Ambrose 72* (113b 11x4 1x6)

83.1

Martin to Ambrose, FOUR, long half volley and another sumptuous cover drive from Ambrose as the ball rockets between cover and mid-off for his 12th four

83.2

Martin to Ambrose, no run, driven off the back foot

83.3

Martin to Ambrose, no run, brings out the bouncer and Ambrose responds with a hook without making contact, that was close to the gloves

83.4

Martin to Ambrose, no run, gets back outside off stump and left alone

83.5

Martin to Ambrose, no run, bouncer which is short and wide outside off, Ambrose ducks but hardly has to bother

83.6

Martin to Ambrose, no run, defended into the leg side, mid-on potters in to field

England 263/5   TR Ambrose 76* (119b 12x4 1x6)

85.1

Martin to Ambrose, no run, a bouncer which flies over Ambrose's back as he picks the length early and has plenty of time to duck

85.2

Martin to Ambrose, FOUR, another top drive from Ambrose, real quality in a straight drive as he plays through the line and finds the big spaces down the ground...this has been a gem of an innings

85.3

Martin to Ambrose, no run, drags the length back and Ambrose lets it go

85.4

Martin to Ambrose, no run, on middle and defended to mid-on

85.5

Martin to Ambrose, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, a rare really poor ball, and that's easy pickings for Ambrose with his favourite cut shot...runs coming at a brisk pace

85.6

Martin to Ambrose, no run, fires this one down the leg side and Ambrose can't catch up with it

England 271/5   TR Ambrose 84* (125b 14x4 1x6)

86.5

Mills to Ambrose, no run, drifts down the leg side

86.6

Mills to Ambrose, FOUR, short and wide, carved away through backward point, cut away with power and precision to take Ambrose to 88

England 278/5   TR Ambrose 88* (127b 15x4 1x6)

88.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, driven firmly up to mid-off, three figures getting close for Ambrose but so is the close of play

88.2

Mills to Ambrose, SIX, what a time for six...dropped short by Mills and helped over fine leg with a sweetly timed swivel-pull to take Ambrose into the 90s, this will be a tight race, and also the 150 stand is up off 229 balls

88.3

Mills to Ambrose, no run, good reply from Mills, full on middle stump and Ambrose has to defend watchfully against the swing

88.4

Mills to Ambrose, 3 runs, another short ball, Ambrose sees it early and pulls through midwicket...not quite timed and it draws up inches short of the rope, but there's three more

England 291/5   TR Ambrose 97* (131b 15x4 2x6)

89.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, outside off, tempting from Oram but Ambrose resists and lets it pass

89.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, good ball, slightly nervous push from Ambrose at a good length delivery on off stump. Just beats then edge.

89.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, jags back off the seam, chopped down by Ambrose and bounces close to stumps but away to safety

89.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, another nervous-90s prod outside off stump to keep McCullum and the slips on their toes

89.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, it was on offer that time, short and wide but Ambrose misses his cut shot and his mighty close to an edge. Fleming can hardly believe it at slip...what pressure

89.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, great ball to finish, back of a length seaming away from Ambrose who is left playing at thin air for the fourth time in the over. A great finish from Oram, but Ambrose survives to come back tomorrow in search of those magical three figures

England 291/5   TR Ambrose 97* (137b 15x4 2x6)

91.1

Oram to Ambrose, no run, on middle stump and a bit too short, Ambrose steps back and nudges to leg

91.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, better line and length, just outside off. Ambrose is cautiously forward, defending it very solidly

91.3

Oram to Ambrose, no run, beaten again! Prodigious movement and bounce off the pitch, away from Ambrose's wafty punch off the back foot. Loose shot - but huge movement from Oram

91.4

Oram to Ambrose, no run, and this holds its line. Terrific bowling. Just short of a length - Oram's stock length - and it passes by Ambrose's injudicious poke

91.5

Oram to Ambrose, no run, a big appeal as Ambrose is only half forward to one which cuts back onto him. He's rapped high on the pads but it's going well over the top

91.6

Oram to Ambrose, no run, he gets bat on ball this time, nudging to short midwicket but it's the second maiden of the morning and Ambrose is still three short of his hundred

England 291/5   TR Ambrose 97* (143b 15x4 2x6)

93.1

Oram to Ambrose, FOUR, edged! Wide of the second slip and it races down to third man for four! Good grief, what a nervy last 10 runs it has been

93.2

Oram to Ambrose, no run, yet again he tries to whack this off the back foot but misses, beaten by the bounce and movement off the seam

93.3

Oram to Ambrose, 1 run, squirted down to third man and he's off strike at last

England 300/5   TR Ambrose 102* (146b 16x4 2x6)

94.1

Mills to Ambrose, no run, ooh he plays and misses again outside the off stump. He really is having a mare coping with the swinging ball - and it's worth pointing out just how much it is swinging. Plenty of bounce off the deck, too

94.2

Mills to Ambrose, no run, Ambrose is well back in his crease, nervously poking this out to the off side

94.3

Mills to Ambrose, OUT, gone this time! A fine ball just outside off, Ambrose prods at it and the ball squirts off a thick outside edge to second slip's left. Good catch by Taylor

TR Ambrose c Taylor b Mills 102 (176m 149b 16x4 2x6) SR: 68.45

England 300/6   TR Ambrose 102 (149b 16x4 2x6)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Mar 17, 2008

Stuart Broad bowls with the RA Vance Stand in the backdrop, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day, March 17, 2008

Stuart Broad bowls with the RA Vance Stand in the backdrop

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Mar 17, 2008

James Anderson took seven in the match, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Wellington, March 17, 2008

James Anderson took seven in the match

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