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

1.1

Mills to Vaughan, no run, ooh and immediately he passes Vaughan's outside edge with a decent away swinger, drawing Vaughan into a pokey forward waft

1.2

Mills to Vaughan, 1 run, fuller this time and Vaughan more confidently nudges it out to cover and shouts "yeah" to call Cook through for a single. Very well run. Cover was having a doze.

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   KD Mills 1-0-1-0

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   KD Mills 2-0-3-0

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   KD Mills 3-0-5-0

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   KD Mills 4-0-11-0

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

9.2

Mills to Vaughan, no run, ignored outside off. Absolutely no movement there

9.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, pitches this just outside the off stump. Vaughan's back in his crease and defends like a master

9.4

Mills to Vaughan, no run, ooh beaten with a beauty which cuts away from a meek, feeble forward defensive push by Vaughan

9.5

Mills to Vaughan, no run, beaten once more. Good, nagging length which draws Vaughan into another poke. Vaughan pulled his bat inside the line but...he's fooling no one.

9.6

Mills to Vaughan, no run, firmly behind it this time

England 32/0   KD Mills 5-0-12-0

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   KD Mills 6-0-14-0

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

13.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, too short and a bit too straight. Vaughan stands tall to defend on the back foot

13.4

Mills to Vaughan, no run, firmly whipped to short midwicket. "Wai-ting" is the call from Vaughan, which sounds a bit like a town on the North Island.

13.5

Mills to Vaughan, no run, down the leg side, it flicks his pad and flies through to McCullum

13.6

Mills to Vaughan, no run, ignored outside off, and that's drinks after the first hour of the second Test - a good one for England

England 38/0   KD Mills 7-0-15-0

15.1

Mills to Vaughan, no run, that's a good start from Mills, as Vaughan angles this down into the slips

15.2

Mills to Vaughan, no run, ouch. There go the family jewels. A nasty incutter and Vaughan is momentarily wearing a new pair of earrings

15.3

Mills to Vaughan, no run, plonked to leg with a nudgey nudge

15.4

Mills to Vaughan, no run, nudged off the back foot to cover

15.5

Mills to Vaughan, no run, more evidence of Vaughan's excellent timing here, standing tall and punching it off the back foot into the covers

15.6

Mills to Vaughan, FOUR, shot. Short of a length and Vaughan pulls this majestically in front of square for four. That was a Vaughan pick-up of the highest quality, though a rubbish ball

England 46/0   KD Mills 8-0-19-0

28.1

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

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   KD Mills 9-0-22-0

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   KD Mills 10-0-26-0

32.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, angling into Pietersen's legs, he tries to whip this through midwicket "on the walk" - we haven't seen that shot from him for a long while - but is rapped high on the pad

32.2

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, again he tries to mow it through the leg side but is slightly squared up, the ball squeezing out to cover. He takes a single

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

32.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, driven back past the bowler

32.6

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length, Pietersen defends this to the leg side - just dropping it to leg - and he scampers through for a well-run single. Good stuff from KP

England 90/2   KD Mills 11-0-29-0

34.1

Mills to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen's first bouncer is easily evaded with a duck

34.2

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, on the front foot, Pietersen flops this through midwicket with a front-footed pull. Almost a baseball style slog, but without really timing it

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   KD Mills 12-0-30-0

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

36.2

Mills to Bell, 1 run, this could be out - this is out, is it? A bouncer outside off, Bell goes for the most ridiculous of hooks and top edges it just short of Gillespie who made good ground from fine leg but...it was just short

36.3

Mills to Pietersen, 1 no ball, pushed out to the off side

36.3

Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, thick outside edge down to third man! He tried to whip it through midwicket and got a leading edge

36.4

Mills to Pietersen, no run, turned to the leg side with slightly more conviction this time

36.5

Mills to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

36.6

Mills to Pietersen, FOUR, good shot. Wide of the off stump, and too short, Pietersen smacks it through the covers off the back foot

England 104/3   KD Mills 13-0-40-1

38.1

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen closes the face on this and nudges it to leg

38.1

Mills to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed into the covers, can't beat the field

38.2

Mills to Bell, no run, angling into him, swinging away at the last moment, he defends

38.3

Mills to Bell, no run, elegantly punched off the back foot to point

38.4

Mills to Bell, no run, a fine looking drive to mid-off

38.5

Mills to Bell, no run, a touch of movement off the seam and away from Bell who plays it well - and late - nudging it down off the back foot

38.6

Mills to Bell, no run

England 105/3   KD Mills 14-0-41-1

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   KD Mills 15-1-41-1

56.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, right up there on off, pushed out to mid-on

56.2

Mills to Collingwood, no run, down off, a touch of swing away, the batsman leaves it alone

56.3

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, on the legs, squeezed out to square for a quick single

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   KD Mills 16-1-42-1

58.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, nipped back in off the seam, rises a touch, the batsman defends back into it

58.2

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, played on the front foot

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   KD Mills 17-1-47-1

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   KD Mills 18-1-51-1

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

62.4

Mills to Collingwood, no run, slings it down outside off and beats the outside edge yet again

62.5

Mills to Collingwood, FOUR, width outside off and he doesn't miss out with a cut off the back foot through the covers

62.6

Mills to Collingwood, no run, right up there on off, defended down on the front foot

England 191/5   KD Mills 19-1-58-1

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   KD Mills 20-1-60-1

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

82.6

Mills to Collingwood, no run, outside off and left alone

England 259/5   KD Mills 21-1-61-1

84.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, still giving the ball every chance to swing, this is full outside off and Collingwood watches it shape past through to the keeper

84.2

Mills to Collingwood, no run, touch short and defended into the covers

84.3

Mills to Collingwood, no run, what a cracker from Mills, still doing something out there, and Collingwood is squared-up on off stump as Mills rues another play and miss

84.4

Mills to Collingwood, no run, and again from Mills, not quite so dramatic as Collingwood this time nearly chases a ball outside off stump

84.5

Mills to Collingwood, no run, bat on ball this time as Collingwood defends softly towards backward point

84.6

Mills to Collingwood, no run, outside off and well left alone, an impressive over from Mills

England 263/5   KD Mills 22-2-61-1

86.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, driven without timing up to mid-on

86.2

Mills to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off stump

86.3

Mills to Collingwood, no run, comes forward and meets with a solid forward defensive back to Mills

86.4

Mills to Collingwood, 3 runs, well struck off the back foot through the covers, that's one of Collingwood's signature shots, but it doesn't quite have enough on it for a boundary as cover chases hard

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   KD Mills 23-2-68-1

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

88.5

Mills to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off, will he leave Ambrose the strike?

88.6

Mills to Collingwood, no run, nudged into the leg side, straight at square and there's no single

England 291/5   KD Mills 24-2-77-1

90.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, great start! Angling into Collingwood, it swings away at the last moment and squirts to second slip. Well played by Collingwood with soft hands

90.2

Mills to Collingwood, no run, another good delivery on middle-and-off which bends slightly away from Collingwood who pumps it back to the bowler

90.3

Mills to Collingwood, no run, a bit too straight and he nudges it to leg

90.4

Mills to Collingwood, no run, again too straight, again he nudges it to short midwicket

90.5

Mills to Collingwood, no run, good, tight delivery from Mills at a good pace too. On middle-and-off, Collingwood comes forward to present the straightest of forward defensives

90.6

Mills to Collingwood, no run, in the channel, wide of the off stump and left alone

England 291/5   KD Mills 25-3-77-1

92.1

Mills to Collingwood, no run, too wide. Collingwood's not interested

92.2

Mills to Collingwood, no run, shuffles across to the off side to defend

92.3

Mills to Collingwood, FOUR, four runs for Collingwood who smacks this short, wide ball for four off the back foot. That was ferociously cut

92.4

Mills to Collingwood, no run, straighter this time and a little fuller, but Collingwood can't break the gap on the leg side

92.5

Mills to Collingwood, no run, fine ball on middle - Collingwood's wary that it might shape away from him, so he's well back in his crease and defends cautiously

92.6

Mills to Collingwood, no run, and there's the little away swinger which Collingwood prods at and misses, a pretty poor stroke to be honest. It was wide enough to be left

England 295/5   KD Mills 26-3-81-1

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

94.4

Mills to Broad, no run, good length, nice and full. Broad ignores it

94.5

Mills to Broad, no run, Broad takes a big stride down the pitch before shouldering arms

94.6

Mills to Broad, no run, Broad again leaves this wider one alone to end a wicket maiden for Mills

England 300/6   KD Mills 27-4-81-2

96.1

Mills to Broad, no run, Broad comes forward, blocking this delivery to mid-off

96.2

Mills to Broad, no run, down the leg side, Broad tries to whip it behind the corner but misses

96.3

Mills to Broad, 1 run, and Broad's off the mark with a comfortable tuck to leg

96.4

Mills to Collingwood, no run, short of a length, he's back and defending

96.5

Mills to Collingwood, no run, a much better length, drawing him forward and Collingwood gets a thick inside edge into his pad

96.6

Mills to Collingwood, 1 run, a stray down the leg side. Collingwood retains the strike with a nudge to fine leg

England 304/6   KD Mills 28-4-83-2

98.1

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, good length, Sidebottom remains back in his crease and it bends back into the left hander who defends

98.2

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, ooh that's going to hurt. A brute which rises up into Sidebottom's chest who plays it away to the leg side with his, well, chest

98.3

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, left alone outside off

98.4

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, tries to turn this to leg but doesn't get bat on it

98.5

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, Sidebottom's eyes light up to this fuller ball but he can only nudge it to mid-on

98.6

Mills to Sidebottom, 1 run, probably the best-timed shot of the morning. A gentle push out to the off side

England 307/7   KD Mills 29-4-84-2

100.1

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, cor, he's lined that up nicely. A confident smack to mid-on

100.2

Mills to Sidebottom, 4 leg byes, good cricket from Sidebottom, pouncing on this leg-side waste from the tiring Mills and nudging it down to fine leg

100.3

Mills to Sidebottom, 2 runs, quality shot from England's No.9. A quickish bouncer which pings off the surface and Sidebottom takes his eye off it but pulls it in front of square

100.4

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, yikes, that's zinged through! McCullum takes it above his head

100.5

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, bouncer. Ignored

100.6

Mills to Sidebottom, no run, and it's left alone to end the over

England 318/7   KD Mills 30-4-86-2
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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

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