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

0.6

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, too straight, whipped off his hip and Vaughan's off the mark

England 2/0   CS Martin 1-0-2-0

2.1

Martin to Vaughan, 2 runs, a pleasingly elegant drive through the off side and Vaughan's running between the wickets is also sharp this morning

2.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, better and quicker ball just outside the off stump (85mph). Vaughan's on the back foot and defending

2.3

Martin to Vaughan, 2 runs, a stray down the leg side - again, good pace but Vaughan tucks it off his hip behind square

2.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, a little wide of the off stump and easily left alone outside off

2.5

Martin to Vaughan, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and easily nudged around the corner

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   CS Martin 2-0-7-0

4.1

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, England's first boundary as Vaughan reaches for this wideish delivery, looking to drive this through the covers before opening the face to run it past gully for four. In full control of that

4.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, oh lovely shot for no run. A neat punch off the back foot

4.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, that's a cracker - the first of the morning. A real brute which cuts back markedly on Vaughan who came forward, the ball bisecting bat and pad and bouncing prodigiously on him too

4.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, nudged to the leg side

4.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, Martin tests Vaughan with a quickish bouncer, though it's too short and ignored

4.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length, Vaughan turns this to leg off the back foot

England 15/0   CS Martin 3-0-11-0

6.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, ignored outside off

6.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, on middle stump, firmly prodded to midwicket

6.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

6.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, excellent line and length. Punched back to the bowler

6.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, well, too wide really. A waste, and Vaughan isn't tempted

6.6

Martin to Vaughan, FOUR, ah, shot! Down on one knee, Vaughan square-drives this for four. Wonderful timing

England 21/0   CS Martin 4-0-15-0

8.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, just short of a length, it cuts back into the right hander and Vaughan stands tall to defend

8.2

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, clumpily driven to Vettori - oh ho! A splendid, comical mishap for us all to laugh at and enjoy, as the ball hits the footmarks and they get a run

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

8.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, left alone outside off

8.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, elegantly driven square of the wicket to point. A fine looking shot again from Vaughan though

8.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, down the leg side. Someone in the slips or possibly Martin himself half-roars an unlikely appeal

England 31/0   CS Martin 5-0-17-0

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   CS Martin 6-0-24-0

24.1

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

24.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, nips back in off the seam, Vaughan waits on the back foot and caresses the ball forward to the covers, without much power, just dabbing it there and Vettori makes a hash of it allowing the single

24.3

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, outside off, pushed to the covers

24.4

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

24.5

Martin to Vaughan, no run, swung up to him in line with middle and leg and would have gone on

24.6

Martin to Vaughan, no run, goes wide down leg, keeping McCullum on his toes, he dives out to sto[ it

England 78/0   CS Martin 7-0-27-0

26.1

Martin to Vaughan, no run, nipped back in off the seam at 134kph, good wheels etc, defended quickly on the front foot

26.2

Martin to Vaughan, no run, forces him on to the back foot to defend back down, crab-like, nearly Chanderpaul in a mirror, but not quite

26.3

Martin to Vaughan, no run, slowerish ball at 131 kph, Vaughan takes a big stride forward, and the ball takes a big edge... but safe

26.4

Martin to Vaughan, no run, short ball outside off and Vaughan will be annoyed by failing to get hold of the cut, chopping it back down into the ground off the back foot

26.5

Martin to Vaughan, 1 run, cheeky/excellent * (*depending on where you are) single from Vaughan who dabs the ball forward and they stride through

26.6

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

England 79/0   CS Martin 8-0-28-0

45.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen (honest, it is) drives off the back foot into the covers

45.2

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, drives off a thick inside edge wide of mid-on and there are ironic cheers for the single

45.3

Martin to Bell, no run, a sweet looking drive but can't find the gap at cover

45.4

Martin to Bell, FOUR, top shot, worth the wait for that as Bell leans into a cover drive and bisects the field

45.5

Martin to Bell, 1 run, tucked neatly off the hip down to long leg

45.6

Martin to Pietersen, no run, inside edge into the pads as he tries to drive, Pietersen's timing still not there

England 115/3   CS Martin 9-0-34-0

47.1

Martin to Bell, FOUR, elegant straight drive from Bell, a beautiful shot right out of the textbook as the runs start to flow again for England

47.2

Martin to Bell, no run, Martin drags his length back, Bell waits and defends into the covers

47.3

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off, nips back off the seam and Bell leaves it on the bounce

47.4

Martin to Bell, OUT, gone! top stuff from Martin who follows the inswinger with one which holds its line outside off stump. Bell meets it with a limp push which takes the outside edge, McCullum dives one-handed to his right and this time takes it safely

IR Bell c †McCullum b Martin 11 (52m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 28.94

47.5

Martin to Collingwood, no run, aggressive start from Martin to Collingwood...short ball which rises awkwardly and hits Collingwood on the shoulder, not played very confidently but New Zealand are right on top

47.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone and taken on the rise by McCullum

England 126/4   CS Martin 10-0-38-1

49.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 bye, another very short bouncer, loops over Pietersen's shoulder - he barely needs to duck - and McCullum parries it away with one glove

49.2

Martin to Collingwood, no run, defended into on side

49.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, a testing line outside off stump, Collingwood watches it go through

49.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, forces him to play this time, comes half forward with bat and pad together

49.5

Martin to Collingwood, no run, slightly larger stride from Collingwood on this occasion, defended into the covers

49.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, too wide from Martin to end the over, still good carry through to McCullum

England 132/4   CS Martin 11-1-38-1

51.1

Martin to Collingwood, no run, banged in short, Collingwood ducks

51.2

Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, short, really a long hop, and pulled through square leg to momentarily break the shackles

51.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, pitches up again and Collingwood lunges forward, defends to cover

51.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, defended again into the off side, the square-ish mid-off does the fielding

51.5

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

51.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, turned to midwicket from middle and off

England 140/5   CS Martin 12-1-42-1

53.1

Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, over the wicket predictably enough, fires in on off, and tucked off middle to midwicket

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

53.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, right up there on the money, defended back down

England 164/5   CS Martin 13-1-50-1

55.1

Martin to Collingwood, no run, right up there and defended on the front foot

55.2

Martin to Collingwood, no run, up there on middle, defended on the front foot

55.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, stands on the back foot, sways back and lets it go through at chest height

55.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, swinging in on off, the yorker's dug out back down the pitch

55.5

Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, short ball outside off, cut into the covers off the back foot

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   CS Martin 14-1-51-1

57.1

Martin to Collingwood, no run, short ball down off, the batsman stands on the back foot and works it out to the covers

57.2

Martin to Collingwood, 1 run, defended on the back foot

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   CS Martin 15-1-58-1

59.1

Martin to Collingwood, no run, some swing back in, he defends on the front foot and the inside edge goes back down, but safely

59.2

Martin to Collingwood, no run, defended back down the line

59.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, more defence

59.4

Martin to Collingwood, 2 runs, overpitched, driven out on the front through to extra cover

59.5

Martin to Collingwood, no run, nips back in off the seam, defended on the front foot

59.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, comes back in and defended down off the back foot

England 180/5   CS Martin 16-1-60-1

81.1

Martin to Collingwood, no run, big swing back into Collingwood, but it started wide enough that he can leave it

81.2

Martin to Collingwood, no run, good line from Martin, outside off stump, good judgement from Collingwood to shoulder arms

81.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, very full ball this time, odd delivery, almost floated up and Collingwood plays a half-hearted prod...McCullum makes a sharp take

81.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, defended on the back foot back down the pitch

81.5

Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, opens the face and drives impressively backward of point as Collingwood adds another boundary

81.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, strides forward into the ball and defends to mid-off

England 258/5   CS Martin 17-1-64-1

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   CS Martin 18-1-68-1

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   CS Martin 19-1-76-1

105.1

Martin to Sidebottom, 1 run, nudged to leg, they scamper through. Monty wasn't quite awake but nevertheless they steal a single

105.2

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

105.3

Martin to Panesar, 3 runs, flicked with lazy elegance and a touch of class through midwicket. "Yup" is the nonchalant call from Monty, as though it was his bread-and-butter if not his toast-and-marmite

105.4

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, beaten outside off

105.5

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, prods and misses outside off. Again

105.6

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, again he pokes and misses to a fine ball outside off

England 339/8   CS Martin 20-1-80-1
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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