England tour of New Zealand, 2nd Test: New Zealand v England at Wellington, Mar 13-17, 2008
England won by 126 runs
13,14,15,16,17 March 2008 (5-day match)
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27.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, nudged to leg

27.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, full, straight and Strauss comes forward to tentatively push this out to the off side

27.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, on the off stump - Oram's pace is up, now, buoyed by that wicket - and Strauss blocks it with fervour

27.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, a teaser outside off but Strauss simply will not be teased

England 79/1   AJ Strauss 0* (4b)
28.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, a good length delivery just outside off. Strauss leaves it alone

28.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, too wide of the off stump. Strauss isn't tempted

28.4

Mills to Strauss, 2 runs, nudged through midwicket - neat, confidence boosting shot. Just a tuck

28.5

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

28.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, a better line - in the channel outside off as opposed to miles wide

England 82/1   AJ Strauss 2* (9b)
30.1

Mills to Strauss, no run, Strauss stands tall, defending this right underneath his nose and dropping it down by his toes

30.2

Mills to Strauss, no run, well wide of Strauss this time

30.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, Strauss shuffles back then takes half a step forward, punchily defending this out to the off side. And not altogether convincingly

30.4

Mills to Strauss, FOUR, plenty of conviction in that stroke though. Full, on the off stump and driven quite elegantly back past the bowler for four. The bat did come down in a bit of an arc from first slip though...

30.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, ooh good comeback, finding one to nip back sharply on Strauss who jabs down on it at the last moment

30.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, a waste down the leg side

England 86/2   AJ Strauss 6* (15b 1x4)
31.2

Oram to Strauss, no run, beaten! A lifter outside off which passes by Strauss's outside edge. Another corker from Oram

31.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, floated up outside off and swinging into Strauss...but he won't be tempted. Yet

31.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, firmly behind it on the back foot

31.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, that's an excellent length from Oram, but Strauss nevertheless decides to stay well back in his crease and clamps down on it at the last moment

31.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, beaten again. A fine length, Strauss was again in no-man's land and fished and missed

England 87/2   AJ Strauss 6* (20b 1x4)
32.3

Mills to Strauss, no run, poor ball. Far too wide

32.4

Mills to Strauss, 1 run, very late swing but it's the wrong line from Mills, down the leg side, and Strauss turns his wrist on it

England 89/2   AJ Strauss 7* (22b 1x4)
33.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

33.6

Oram to Strauss, no run, defended to gully on the back foot

England 91/2   AJ Strauss 7* (24b 1x4)
34.3

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

34.4

Mills to Strauss, no run, no, well wide - no need to play at those

34.5

Mills to Strauss, no run, much better from Mills, swinging into Strauss who defends

34.6

Mills to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump again

England 92/2   AJ Strauss 7* (28b 1x4)
35.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, he tries to work this around the corner, Strauss, but is rapped on the pads

35.4

Oram to Strauss, no run, dead! That's plumb! No it's not! I'll stop writing exclamation marks now - a thick inside edge to a wonderful inswinger

35.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, oh, that's Strauss somewhere near his best - cover driving with aplomb (and a bat). No placement though

35.6

Oram to Strauss, 1 run, short, down the leg side and nudged to fine leg

England 94/2   AJ Strauss 8* (32b 1x4)
36.1

Mills to Strauss, OUT, gone! A slower ball and Strauss pushes at it away from his body, the ball looping to point. He was completely done, though it was technically a desperately poor stroke

AJ Strauss c Sinclair b Mills 8 (39m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 24.24

England 94/3   AJ Strauss 8 (33b 1x4)
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