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

0.1

Martin to Cook, no run, full and a touch of swing away from the left hander. Cook prods forward and pokes it back to the bowler

0.2

Martin to Cook, no run, very slightly wider of the off stump. A good line and length, swinging wider still of Cook who leaves it alone

0.3

Martin to Cook, no run, good pace and good carry from Martin. Cook ignores it and McCullum takes it at waist height

0.4

Martin to Cook, no run, a little too wide, though a touch more swing away from the left hander. More encouraging carry for, well, all concerned really

0.5

Martin to Cook, 1 run, Cook's off the mark with a confident punch to mid-off and they scamper through for a single. It receives hearty applause from a growing crowd

England 1/0   AN Cook 1* (5b)

1.3

Mills to Cook, no run, too wide to trouble Cook who leaves it alone

1.4

Mills to Cook, no run, that's a better line and length to the left hander who's cramped for room. Cook, though, plays it solidly off the back foot

1.5

Mills to Cook, no run, deliberately played down on the front foot, short of the third slip

1.6

Mills to Cook, no run, a bit of a wasted delivery really, outside off and left alone

England 3/0   AN Cook 1* (9b)

2.6

Martin to Cook, 1 run, full and straight, Cook punches this to mid-off and demands Vaughan to run. Excellent running. The urgency of these two is plain to see this morning

England 9/0   AN Cook 2* (10b)

3.1

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

3.2

Mills to Cook, no run, Cook is well back in his crease here, nudging it with pleasing timing but straight to square leg

3.3

Mills to Cook, no run, a little fuller and it hurries Cook who defends on the back foot

3.4

Mills to Cook, no run, left alone outside off. A hint (and no more than that) of swing into the left hander who shoulders arms

3.5

Mills to Cook, 2 runs, neat shot, this. A forcing tuck off his legs through midwicket

3.6

Mills to Cook, no run, a good ball with which to finish the over, dropping it out to the off side

England 11/0   AN Cook 4* (16b)

5.1

Mills to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

5.2

Mills to Cook, no run, very slightly shorter and Cook cautiously nudges to leg

5.3

Mills to Cook, 2 runs, a block to leg by Cook. Nothing more than a prod but poor running only gives them two

5.4

Mills to Cook, no run, beaten by a corker! Wonderful ball which cuts away from Cook at the very last moment

5.5

Mills to Cook, no run, a bit too wide this time, but a touch quicker - 79mph

5.6

Mills to Cook, no run, punched back to the bowler on the front foot

England 17/0   AN Cook 6* (22b)

7.1

Mills to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

7.2

Mills to Cook, FOUR, lovely timing from Cook here, coming forward onto the front foot and gracefully driving through the covers. Really neat stroke

7.3

Mills to Cook, 2 runs, a poor ball - too straight - and Cook again times this neatly through midwicket, though lacking the power to take it for four

7.4

Mills to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

7.5

Mills to Cook, 2 leg byes, down the leg side, Cook nudges it to fine leg

7.6

Mills to Cook, no run, too wide and left alone

England 29/0   AN Cook 12* (28b 1x4)

8.3

Martin to Cook, 1 run, nudged to leg and that brings up Cook's 2000th Test run - the youngest (23 years and 79 days) to do so for England, beating David Gower

England 31/0   AN Cook 13* (29b 1x4)

9.1

Mills to Cook, 1 run, cor that's a lovely drive from Cook, languidly driving through the covers - almost like Gower - but it's well fielded

England 32/0   AN Cook 14* (30b 1x4)

10.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump. Cook leaves well alone

10.2

Gillespie to Cook, no run, slightly fuller but again he can ignore this. A touch of indrift into the left hander

10.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, punched out to cover

10.4

Gillespie to Cook, no run, Cook plants his foot down the pitch but leaves it alone. Too wide from Gillespie

10.5

Gillespie to Cook, no run, wonderful ball! That's what Gillespie can do. Angling into Cook, it holds its line and Cook's in no man's land - absolutely no movement of the feet and it passes the outside edge

10.6

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, Cook nudges to leg with a neat poke to mid-on and steals the strike

England 33/0   AN Cook 15* (36b 1x4)

11.1

Mills to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

11.2

Mills to Cook, 2 runs, poor ball down the leg side. Cook purposefully nudges this to leg, using the pace of the delivery and whipping it through the gap. Super running, that

11.3

Mills to Cook, no run, firmly behind it, he stands tall to defend

11.4

Mills to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump and absolutely no movement for Mills...

11.5

Mills to Cook, no run, "no" is the roar from Cook who defends this good length delivery off the back foot

11.6

Mills to Cook, no run, wide enough to be ignored and Cook won't be lured into driving

England 35/0   AN Cook 17* (42b 1x4)

12.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, Cook ignores this - and why not? It was perfectly wide

12.4

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, tucked to the leg side

England 37/0   AN Cook 18* (44b 1x4)

13.1

Mills to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump. This is a poor line I'm afraid...or is it deliberate? I'm not so convinced

13.2

Mills to Cook, 1 run, better length and a tighter line which hurries Cook. Sort of, anyway, as he nudges it to leg

England 38/0   AN Cook 19* (46b 1x4)

14.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, an attempted bouncer but it sits up nicely for Cook who paddles it around the corner. No great timing in the stroke

14.2

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, decent length but too wide and only a hint of away swing. Vaughan doesn't touch it

England 39/0   AN Cook 20* (48b 1x4)

16.1

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

16.2

Gillespie to Cook, no run, hey now, draws him forward to press outside off, nippped through well

16.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, decent line and length again, this time at 137kph, Cook shapes to have a dart then draws his bat in behind his pad

16.4

Gillespie to Cook, FOUR, a fuller delivery this time, with some width outside off and Cook reaches out to drive square of the wicket in front of point

16.5

Gillespie to Cook, no run, bustles in, still round the wicket, Cook reaches out again for a wideish one that comes through on a good length

16.6

Gillespie to Cook, FOUR, a full delivery once more, and some width, Cook repeats the shot of earlier with a flowing square drive in front of point

England 54/0   AN Cook 28* (54b 3x4)

18.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, left alone this time

18.2

Gillespie to Cook, FOUR, short ball, straight, sits up only a touch, but Cook is on to it very quickly indeed, watching the ball right up to the point of rolling his wrists right over it and sending it hard and fast behind square

18.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, left alone this time

18.4

Gillespie to Cook, no run, angled right in at the left hander's front foot, Cook quick to jab the ball back down in defence

18.5

Gillespie to Cook, no run, good pace, ripped through just outside off on a good length, the batsman shoulders arms

18.6

Gillespie to Cook, no run, more shouldering, Cook not tempted into one down off, again a good-length delivery

England 58/0   AN Cook 32* (60b 4x4)

20.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, round the wicket, hurries the ball up to him and there's a half-shout as the ball comes back in from just outside off, but Cook had squeezed the ball on to the pad from his bat

20.2

Gillespie to Cook, no run, oh, played right inside the line of that one, beaten outside the edge off the seam, Cook prodding out a front-foot defence

20.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, width outside off, drives to the covers once more

20.4

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, strayed on to the legs, Cook flicks off disdainfully in front of square

England 60/0   AN Cook 33* (64b 4x4)

22.1

Martin to Cook, no run, edged! And... oh, just short of Taylor at second slip as Cook stabs forward to defend. A healthy nick if that's not oxymoronic. Superb start to his return

22.2

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off, pushed out defensively to the covers

22.3

Martin to Cook, FOUR, another nick, got away with that one, and it flies annoyingly between the slips and the gullies

22.4

Martin to Cook, 2 runs, another of his favoured square drives, Cook latching on to some width from Martin

22.5

Martin to Cook, no run, Martin zings in to bowl again, takes his customary jump where he seems to hang in the air Matrix-style, and then releases down the channel, the batsman just leaves

22.6

Martin to Cook, 1 run, a defensive prod and they charge through giving some free promotion to the "Yeahyeahyeah(s)"

England 74/0   AN Cook 40* (70b 5x4)

23.1

Oram to Cook, no run, a large shout as the ball comes in from outside off but was way too high

23.2

Oram to Cook, no run, more bounce again, the ball left alone as it goes down off, the batsman shouldering arms just to make sure

23.3

Oram to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot into the covers

23.4

Oram to Cook, no run, left alone outside off this time

23.5

Oram to Cook, no run, more leaving, the ball bouncing encouragingly again

23.6

Oram to Cook, 1 run, overpitched on the toes, drives out to mid-on and they charge through

England 75/0   AN Cook 41* (76b 5x4)

24.1

Martin to Cook, 1 run, on the legs, turned down to fine leg

24.4

Martin to Cook, 1 run, turned off the legs to square

England 78/0   AN Cook 43* (78b 5x4)

25.1

Oram to Cook, no run, waits outside off and lets the ball go through. Some good judgement there from Cook, the ball was very close to his stumps

25.2

Oram to Cook, no run, on the back foot, played back out defensively

25.3

Oram to Cook, no run, down the channel, regulation ball, regulation leave

25.4

Oram to Cook, no run, angled across him from over the wicket, the batsman shoulders arms

25.5

Oram to Cook, no run, some swing back in to the left hander who looks to squeeze it out from middle

25.6

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

England 78/0   AN Cook 43* (84b 5x4)

26.6

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off, pushed square to point and that's lunch

England 79/0   AN Cook 43* (85b 5x4)

28.1

Mills to Cook, 1 run, on his legs, Cook nudges it behind the corner

England 80/1   AN Cook 44* (86b 5x4)

29.1

Oram to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, Cook's cautious in defence

29.2

Oram to Cook, no run, short of a length on off stump, Cook is back in his crease and nervously defending out to the off side. A fidgety, pokey sort of defensive

29.3

Oram to Cook, no run, very good ball which swings into the off stump. Cook comes forward and prods it out to cover

29.4

Oram to Cook, no run, left alone outside off. No movement this time from Oram

29.5

Oram to Cook, OUT, got him! Oram has two! A good piece of bowling on the off stump, moving away just a little but Cook's defensive poke was hardly convincing - pushing at it away from his body, and a thin edge through to McCullum

AN Cook c †McCullum b Oram 44 (132m 91b 5x4 0x6) SR: 48.35

England 82/2   AN Cook 44 (91b 5x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Photos

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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