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

50.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, a pull shot is well hit through midwicket as Gillespie continues to bang the ball in, it was all along the ground but a worthwhile tactic from New Zealand

50.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, on middle and off, tucked around the corner and fine leg runs around, Pietersen is quick to call two and the throw from Martin nearly catches him short...a direct hit and he was gone

50.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, OUT, GONE! what a huge wicket for New Zealand and their dream session continues. Full ball from Gillespie, Pietersen plays all around it and the ball crashes into middle stump. Pietersen looks at the pitch but that had nothing to do with it

KP Pietersen b Gillespie 31 (95m 52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 59.61

England's slide gathers pace, Pietersen's poor run continues and New Zealand are all smiles. They have bowled very well, but again some of England's stroke play has been poor, to say the least. Now it's Tim Ambrose's turn

Very attacking field, three slips and two gullies

50.4

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

It was great bowling by Gillespie to KP...a series of short balls followed by a full delivery

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

"Hoggard and Patel have been joking their way to the middle at every drinks break," says Andrew Miller. "Being dumped for no good reason is a great ice-breaker between rival 12th men."

End of over 51 (4 runs) England 136/5
TR Ambrose    0* (3b)      MR Gillespie    12-1-41-1
PD Collingwood    0* (11b)      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

England looking shell-shocked...not for the first time on this tour

51.6

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

End of over 52 (4 runs) England 140/5
PD Collingwood    4* (17b 1x4)      CS Martin    12-1-42-1
TR Ambrose    0* (3b)      MR Gillespie    12-1-41-1

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

So that flurry from Ambrose ends the session on a mini-high for England, but it's been all New Zealand in that session as they claim five wickets.

James Nelson, a desperate England fan, emails. "Could you let the selectors know that my Persian cat is available? He'd provide the 'new look' England side with a bigger tail and he seems to catch most things that come his way."

Join us in 15 minutes for the evening session on day one.

Hello, it's Jennifer again. Honestly, I leave you for a session and bang go five wickets. Full credit to New Zealand and particularly Oram who started the rot, they've picked themselves up from the first session and carried on as they did last Test. Oram's wickets have been fully deserved, too, having created pressure from the off and was looking like taking wickets from the moment he came on this morning. So then, you just can't look away for the final session. England to collapse further?

Here's Matt Buckels before the resumption: "Just for the record, Joan Schmitt played 7 tests for Australia in the 40s and 50s, and Martin Schmitt won the gold medal in the 2006 winter Olympics in the men's team event on the large hill." So there. Speaking of the women's game, New Zealand women are 2-1 up against Australia. Head to Lincoln, if you can, for the final matches.

OK, so the third session is about to get underway and Martin will have the ball which Vettori is bowling about to get warm.

End of over 53 (16 runs) England 156/5
TR Ambrose    12* (9b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    13-1-53-1
PD Collingwood    4* (17b 1x4)      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

Here's a wry Andrew Miller: "Well, I definitely think it's time to drop another couple of bowlers after that debacle. How about Broad and Anderson? They've contributed nothing all day"

End of over 54 (8 runs) England 164/5
PD Collingwood    5* (19b 1x4)      CS Martin    13-1-50-1
TR Ambrose    19* (13b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    13-1-53-1

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

Plenty of fielders round on the off-side

54.6

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

End of over 55 (maiden) England 164/5
TR Ambrose    19* (19b 4x4)      KD Mills    15-1-41-1
PD Collingwood    5* (19b 1x4)      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

End of over 56 (1 run) England 165/5
TR Ambrose    19* (20b 4x4)      CS Martin    14-1-51-1
PD Collingwood    6* (24b 1x4)      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

End of over 57 (1 run) England 166/5
TR Ambrose    19* (23b 4x4)      KD Mills    16-1-42-1
PD Collingwood    7* (27b 1x4)      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

End of over 58 (7 runs) England 173/5
TR Ambrose    25* (27b 4x4 1x6)      CS Martin    15-1-58-1
PD Collingwood    8* (29b 1x4)      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

Two slips, two gullies

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

End of over 59 (5 runs) England 178/5
TR Ambrose    29* (31b 5x4 1x6)      KD Mills    17-1-47-1
PD Collingwood    9* (31b 1x4)      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

End of over 60 (2 runs) England 180/5
PD Collingwood    11* (37b 1x4)      CS Martin    16-1-60-1
TR Ambrose    29* (31b 5x4 1x6)      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

End of over 61 (4 runs) England 184/5
TR Ambrose    33* (37b 6x4 1x6)      KD Mills    18-1-51-1
PD Collingwood    11* (37b 1x4)      CS Martin    16-1-60-1

Oram back into the attack now.

61.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, nipped back in from outside off, left alone

61.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot, trapped it right under the bat

61.3

Oram to Collingwood, no run, outside off, pushed through down the channel, shouldered arms

61.4

Oram to Collingwood, no run, nipped up off the seam, the batsman leaves it alone on the back foot

61.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, comes outside off, played back down off the back foot

61.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, right up there in line with off, defended back down

Another maiden for Oram

End of over 62 (maiden) England 184/5
PD Collingwood    11* (43b 1x4)      JDP Oram    15-8-8-2
TR Ambrose    33* (37b 6x4 1x6)      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

The Barmy Army start up, and with their trumpeter

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

End of over 63 (7 runs) England 191/5
PD Collingwood    15* (46b 2x4)      KD Mills    19-1-58-1
TR Ambrose    36* (40b 6x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    15-8-8-2

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

End of over 64 (2 runs) England 193/5
TR Ambrose    38* (46b 6x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    16-8-10-2
PD Collingwood    15* (46b 2x4)      KD Mills    19-1-58-1

Vettori back into the attack now

64.1

Vettori to Collingwood, FOUR, starts round the wicket with a gimme, the batsman pulls it from in line with off through midwicket

64.2

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front foot in line with off

64.3

Vettori to Collingwood, 3 runs, on the legs, turned out through midwicket

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

End of over 65 (7 runs) England 200/5
TR Ambrose    38* (49b 6x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-7-0
PD Collingwood    22* (49b 3x4)      JDP Oram    16-8-10-2

65.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, comes down the track, lets the ball go through as he advances down

65.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, rushes up and hurts him in a nasty place as he shapes to swivel a pull round

65.3

Oram to Collingwood, no run, outside off, defended down off the back foot

65.4

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

65.5

Oram to Collingwood, 1 no ball, an overstep, up there and tries to defend on the front foot, and the shout is negated anyway by the no-ball

65.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, outside off, lets it go through to the keeper

65.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, moves into the line and defends back down

End of over 66 (1 run) England 201/5
PD Collingwood    22* (56b 3x4)      JDP Oram    17-8-11-2
TR Ambrose    38* (49b 6x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-7-0

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

66.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, comes down the track and drives out in front of midwicket

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

End of over 67 (3 runs) England 204/5
TR Ambrose    40* (54b 6x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-0
PD Collingwood    23* (57b 3x4)      JDP Oram    17-8-11-2

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

"Who we are," sing the Barmy Army

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

And that's drinks which means it's time for Andrew McGlashan to jump into the hot seat. And take over the commentary.

End of over 68 (4 runs) England 208/5
TR Ambrose    44* (60b 7x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    18-8-15-2
PD Collingwood    23* (57b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-0

Hello one and all. What a fascinating day we are having, swinging one way then the other. This is a good stand between Collingwood and Ambrose, but they must kick on

68.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, patted down the ground to long-on, an in-out field for Vettori

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

68.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, again finds the gap past short midwicket down to long on

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

End of over 69 (4 runs) England 212/5
TR Ambrose    46* (64b 7x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-14-0
PD Collingwood    25* (59b 3x4)      JDP Oram    18-8-15-2

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

End of over 70 (6 runs) England 218/5
TR Ambrose    52* (70b 8x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    19-8-21-2
PD Collingwood    25* (59b 3x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-14-0

70.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, chopped off the back foot through the covers

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

Vettori trying to get to the new ball

70.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, driven to mid-off

70.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, floated outside off stump, a punchy drive straight to mid-off

70.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, comes forward, head over the ball and defended into the off side

End of over 71 (2 runs) England 220/5
PD Collingwood    26* (63b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-0
TR Ambrose    53* (72b 8x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    19-8-21-2

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

End of over 72 (maiden) England 220/5
TR Ambrose    53* (78b 8x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    20-9-21-2
PD Collingwood    26* (63b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-0

72.1

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, smoothers the gentle spin

72.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, worked round the corner towards short fine-leg

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

72.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, defended back towards Vettori

Seven overs until the new ball is available

End of over 73 (6 runs) England 226/5
PD Collingwood    27* (66b 3x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-22-0
TR Ambrose    58* (81b 9x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    20-9-21-2

Mark Gillespie comes back for a burst, he might find some reverse swing

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

End of over 74 (4 runs) England 230/5
TR Ambrose    62* (87b 10x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    14-1-57-1
PD Collingwood    27* (66b 3x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-22-0

74.1

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, uses his feet and Vettori fires it flatter at leg stump, nudged through square leg

74.2

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

74.3

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, touch more flight, Collingwood comes carefully forward

74.4

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, nice footwork from Collingwood, skips down to meet the ball and punched down to long on

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

End of over 75 (3 runs) England 233/5
TR Ambrose    63* (90b 10x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    6-0-25-0
PD Collingwood    29* (69b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    14-1-57-1

75.1

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, a containing line from Gillespie, outside off stump, and Collingwood happy to let it go

75.2

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, defended down to mid-on

75.3

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, punched down to mid-off, played on the up

75.4

Gillespie to Collingwood, 1 run, close, nearly the breakthrough for New Zealand as Collingwood drives upishly into the covers and it doesn't quite carry to short extra-cover

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

End of over 76 (1 run) England 234/5
TR Ambrose    63* (92b 10x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    15-1-58-1
PD Collingwood    30* (73b 3x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-25-0

76.1

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, leans forward, bat and pad together...just a slip in now

76.2

Vettori to Collingwood, 1 run, uses his feet again, almost chips a catch back to Vettori but it goes wide and down to long on

Short leg back in for Ambrose

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

End of over 77 (5 runs) England 239/5
TR Ambrose    67* (96b 11x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    7-0-30-0
PD Collingwood    31* (75b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    15-1-58-1

77.1

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, almost gets a leading edge as he tries to turn into the leg side, hint of movement and the ball reaches cover

77.2

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, much more solid this time, defended firmly to cover as he comes across to off stump

77.3

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, punched into the covers

77.4

Gillespie to Collingwood, 2 runs, meat and drink for Collingwood on leg stump, flicked through square leg and with enough placement for two

77.5

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, still something there for the bowlers as Gillespie gets one to nip back off the seam and strike Collingwood above the pads...painful blow, but Collingwood is a tough northerner

77.6

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, huge shot from Gillespie, full delivery which nips back and strikes the pad but umpire Steve Davies rules it's fractionally outside the line of off stump...tight call, some days that would have been out

End of over 78 (2 runs) England 241/5
PD Collingwood    33* (81b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    16-1-60-1
TR Ambrose    67* (96b 11x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    7-0-30-0

Gully in for Ambrose

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

78.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, comes forward and defends

78.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, nice loop, nudged back to the bowler and that will probably be Vettori's work done for the day with the new ball one over away

End of over 79 (1 run) England 242/5
PD Collingwood    33* (83b 3x4)      DL Vettori    8-0-31-0
TR Ambrose    68* (100b 11x4 1x6)      MR Gillespie    16-1-60-1

79.1

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

Chris Martin is loosening up

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

79.3

Gillespie to Collingwood, 5 no balls, a wild bouncer from Gillespie, the second time he has done that today, and it flies over McCullum who couldn't get a glove on it...a no-ball to boot

Certainly bounce in this pitch

79.3

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, fuller and outside off stump, Collingwood leans forward and watches it swing past

79.4

Gillespie to Collingwood, FOUR, juicy half-volley and put away in textbook fashion by Collingwood as he leans into a cover drive which races across the outfield

79.5

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, sways out of the line as this one bounces wide outside off

79.6

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, and again from Gillespie, not his best over of the day as Collingwood lets it go

So, 80 overs gone and Vettori doesn't waste time taking the new ball. Kyle Mills gets first crack

End of over 80 (10 runs) England 252/5
PD Collingwood    37* (88b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    17-1-70-1
TR Ambrose    69* (102b 11x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    8-0-31-0

80.1

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

This is the danger time for England and these two batsmen will have to adjust their sights again

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

Collingwood did well to abort that third run and get back in time...a throw at the bowler's end would have had him in trouble

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

End of over 81 (2 runs) England 254/5
TR Ambrose    71* (108b 11x4 1x6)      KD Mills    20-1-60-1
PD Collingwood    37* (88b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    17-1-70-1

Here's Chris Martin

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

End of over 82 (4 runs) England 258/5
PD Collingwood    41* (94b 5x4)      CS Martin    17-1-64-1
TR Ambrose    71* (108b 11x4 1x6)      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

It's been 50-50 with the new ball so between bat and ball, some cracking deliveries but also runs on offer

End of over 83 (1 run) England 259/5
PD Collingwood    41* (95b 5x4)      KD Mills    21-1-61-1
TR Ambrose    72* (113b 11x4 1x6)      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

End of over 84 (4 runs) England 263/5
TR Ambrose    76* (119b 12x4 1x6)      CS Martin    18-1-68-1
PD Collingwood    41* (95b 5x4)      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

End of over 85 (maiden) England 263/5
PD Collingwood    41* (101b 5x4)      KD Mills    22-2-61-1
TR Ambrose    76* (119b 12x4 1x6)      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

End of over 86 (8 runs) England 271/5
TR Ambrose    84* (125b 14x4 1x6)      CS Martin    19-1-76-1
PD Collingwood    41* (101b 5x4)      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

Collingwood and Ambrose will be firmly focussed on stumps now

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

End of over 87 (7 runs) England 278/5
TR Ambrose    88* (127b 15x4 1x6)      KD Mills    23-2-68-1
PD Collingwood    44* (105b 5x4)      CS Martin    19-1-76-1

With runs flowing Jacob Oram comes back for a late short spell

87.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, punched straight at cover as Oram starts with a gentle loosener outside off stump

87.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, dragged in short, Collingwood goes for a pull but is early on the shot and gets a toe-end on the ball which bobbles to mid-on

87.3

Oram to Collingwood, no run, down the leg side, the New Zealand bowlers have strayed a little recently

87.4

Oram to Collingwood, FOUR, short and wide, Collingwood hammers another boundary off the back foot through the covers to get closer to his half century

Collingwood has been the quiet half of this stand, but it's another priceless innings

Just the one slip in now

87.5

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

"Boring, boring Oram" cry the Barmy Army...maybe slightly harsh

87.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, turned off the stumps to square leg...two overs to go and we will fit them in before 6pm local time (5amGMT)

End of over 88 (4 runs) England 282/5
PD Collingwood    48* (111b 6x4)      JDP Oram    21-9-25-2
TR Ambrose    88* (127b 15x4 1x6)      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

In 229 balls in Hamilton England would have struggled to reach 50

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

Tim Ambrose, 97 not out, has the strike for the final over of the day

End of over 89 (9 runs) England 291/5
PD Collingwood    48* (113b 6x4)      KD Mills    24-2-77-1
TR Ambrose    97* (131b 15x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    21-9-25-2

Oram will the final over of a great day's play...here we go

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

Three balls to go...three runs for Ambrose's ton

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

Last ball of the day

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

A brilliant final session for England, 135 runs, and a compelling day of action. The opening exchanges were England's after Vettori put them in, but five wickets in the middle part of the day put New Zealand in control. Then came the counter-attack from Ambrose and Collingwood. Thrilling, controlled and positive batting - qualities singularly lacking by England in Hamilton - and they end the day with their noses in front. However, many people said the same last week after the first day of the first Test so there is plenty of work still to do. When the sun comes this pitch is a belter, however there is always something on offer for the seamers. Oram was the pick of the attack - and says England are on top in his post-play interview - while Mills was also on the money.

So we have a great second day in prospect and myself - that's Andrew McGlashan - Jenny Thompson and Will Luke will be back from 10.00am (9pm GMT) for all the action. Please join us, but for now it's goodbye.

End of over 90 (maiden) England 291/5
TR Ambrose    97* (137b 15x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    22-10-25-2
PD Collingwood    48* (113b 6x4)      KD Mills    24-2-77-1

Here come the players. Collingwood to face the first ball of the day - he prods the pitch and does a bit of gardening. Two slips wait for Mills

Matt writes: "Hoping you can shed some light on Martin Crowe's recent surge in obscure commentary outbursts ala "whackady doo!" and "Heavens to betsy, it's half a dozen". Do you think commentators these days are struggling to adapt to the new environment of fast paced 'youth' oriented shorter versions of the game? ;)" I can't shed any light whatsoever, but 'whackady doo' is simply splendid.

10.25am Five minutes to go then. Strap yourselves in, charge your glasses and we'll be nearly ready to get underway.

I see Monty Panesar graces the front cover of this year's Playfair annual. Always interesting to see who has been given the kiss of death. Expect a dreadful year from him, then.

"Does a bank vault in Auckland, NZ count as exotic?" asks Michael Lee. Yes it does, and you get extra points if you're robbing it with a stripy bag. Alan's got a link for you all - the NZ Met Office. Good call, thanks Alan.

"I'm reading from Staines. Does that count as exotic?" John pleads. No. Emphatically, exquisitely no. It's almost as bad as Slough ("come, friendly bombs...") where I used to work.

10.00am So 30 minutes to go. Ambrose must be feeling as sick as a parrot (where does that expression come from?). "I reckon," Mike reckons, "Vettori will flick the ball to Gillespie this morning and he will pick up the remaining five wickets within 30 minutes." You heard it here first.

Emma's stuck in northern France and says: "Presently spending my Test build-up in trying to get the squeal out of my Long Wave radio. No luck so far. Although compared to the French people singing the titanic theme down the hall, I'd take the squeal any day..." Yes, so would we. Anyone reading from anywhere exotic?

Satheesh wonders when the last time an England keeper scored a hundred on foreign soil. Remarkably, it was Alec Stewart 11 years ago - in New Zealand of all places. The full list is here. Let's not big-up Mr Ambrose just yet, even if he does share his surname with the legend that is Curtly.

Keith wonders what the weather's like, which is a damn good point. The verdict from Andrew Miller is that it's cloudy but "not too terminal. There is the chance of a short shower, apparently, but fingers crossed".

9.30am A very good morning and welcome to the second day from Wellington. Will here to guide you through this morning like a cheery taxi driver negotiating the fog, offering you the occasional piece of insight amid a torrent of inane wibblings. And it's all for free. Give us a buzz if you have anything remotely interesting and we'll have news from the ground shortly.

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

Dave Fern: "You asked about the phrase "sick as a parrot". It apparently comes from 17th/18th century Europe - parrots were bought from tropical clmates to chilly Europe, and consequently often got sick."

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

Nervy start for Collingwood

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

End of over 91 (maiden) England 291/5
PD Collingwood    48* (119b 6x4)      KD Mills    25-3-77-1
TR Ambrose    97* (137b 15x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    22-10-25-2

Jacob Oram pulls off his sweater to bowl from the other end with Ambrose three away from his maiden hundred. It was Oram who bowled that wonderful last over in the dying light yesterday evening - could have had Ambrose's wicket four or five times. Here we go.

91.1

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

A roared no sends Collingwood back

91.2

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

England players out on the balcony

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

You can almost smell the nerves. So to speak

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

"It's hard to claim that height's an issue where Ambrose is concerned," Andrew wryly comments.

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

End of over 92 (maiden) England 291/5
TR Ambrose    97* (143b 15x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    23-11-25-2
PD Collingwood    48* (119b 6x4)      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

And there's his fifty, from 122 balls. A juicily cut four

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

End of over 93 (4 runs) England 295/5
PD Collingwood    52* (125b 7x4)      KD Mills    26-3-81-1
TR Ambrose    97* (143b 15x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    23-11-25-2

Oram to Ambrose...

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

And there it is, Ambrose raises his arms and celebrates his maiden hundred in only his second Test. He becomes the first England keeper to score a hundred on foreign soil since Alec Stewart 11 years ago - which was also in New Zealand.

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

"He needs to get off strike now," says Ambrose

93.3

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

England's 300 is up

93.4

Oram to Collingwood, no run, gets into a bit of a tangle, trying to cut this off the back foot but the ball bobbles up. He kicks it away to point - something the New Zealanders hate England doing

93.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot firmly

93.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, punched off the back foot

End of over 94 (5 runs) England 300/5
PD Collingwood    52* (128b 7x4)      JDP Oram    24-11-30-2
TR Ambrose    102* (146b 16x4 2x6)      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

England's bowlers won't be too alarmed to see the amount of movement

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

Stuart Broad lopes to the crease (second Test match for him).

Good effort from Ambrose. A really fine innings which dug England out of a cavernous hole yesterday. The ball is beginning to talk - and how - so if England can just edge another 50 or 60 runs, they'll be delighted.

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

End of over 95 (wicket maiden) England 300/6
SCJ Broad    0* (3b)      KD Mills    27-4-81-2
PD Collingwood    52* (128b 7x4)      JDP Oram    24-11-30-2

A very good morning to you all if you've just logged on. The ball's moving around all over the place and we're in for a cracking day

95.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, this shapes back into Collingwood. Oram yelps a confident appeal but the umpire dismisses it with a shake of the head and a "what are you on about?" grin of the face

95.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, well wide of off. Left alone

95.3

Oram to Collingwood, 2 runs, neatly tucked through midwicket, and they pick up two. Excellent running. Jesus screams someone into the stump mic...probably Oram. Absolutely fuming that they picked up two

Gillespie was a little slow, to say the least, in the outfield...more of a No.8 All Black in build is our Mark

95.4

Oram to Collingwood, no run, blocked out on the back foot

95.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, firmly behind it and he defends, standing tall

95.6

Oram to Collingwood, no run, a waste wide of the off stump. McCullum takes it at face height in front of first slip

End of over 96 (2 runs) England 302/6
PD Collingwood    54* (134b 7x4)      JDP Oram    25-11-32-2
SCJ Broad    0* (3b)      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

End of over 97 (2 runs) England 304/6
PD Collingwood    55* (137b 7x4)      KD Mills    28-4-83-2
SCJ Broad    1* (6b)      JDP Oram    25-11-32-2

97.1

Oram to Collingwood, no run, more big movement for Oram, finding one to nip back sharply on Collingwood - a fast offbreak, really - who cuts and misses

97.2

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, a tentative push to leg from Collingwood

How long before Collingwood "goes big" and begins to chase runs? Perhaps they'll play it safe up to 350 then throw the bat

97.3

Oram to Broad, OUT, bowled him around his legs! Broad looks quizzical, but the ball brushed his thigh pad and plonked onto his leg stump. Rather unlucky but good, straight bowling from Oram

SCJ Broad b Oram 1 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

"That's how Vaughan got out at Trent Bridge last summer," Mr Miller notes. "England need to look into the angles of their thigh pads."

Nick Wooley. "I used to go to primary school with Gillespie. He was a few years ahead of me. Used to be the a finely tuned athletic machine." Talking of such mechanics, here's Sidebottom

97.4

Oram to Sidebottom, no run, on the off stump, shaping away from Sidebottom who defends out to the off side

97.5

Oram to Sidebottom, no run, punched out to the off side

97.6

Oram to Sidebottom, 1 run, Sidebottom clamps down on this and nudges it out to mid-off

End of over 98 (2 runs) England 306/7
RJ Sidebottom    1* (3b)      JDP Oram    26-11-34-3
PD Collingwood    56* (139b 7x4)      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

Miller's off one one about the thigh pads. "In fact," he wags, "I'd go so far as to suggest they need to launch an enquiry".

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

Terrific length by New Zealand's bowlers this morning. It's only fractionally short of a good length, but has so far prevented England getting onto the front foot and creaming boundaries

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

End of over 99 (1 run) England 307/7
RJ Sidebottom    2* (9b)      KD Mills    29-4-84-2
PD Collingwood    56* (139b 7x4)      JDP Oram    26-11-34-3

The groundsmen are obviously expecting England to fold imminently: they're sitting on their rollers, arms crossed, waiting. Right - here's Oram

99.1

Oram to Sidebottom, 1 run, Sidebottom defends off the back foot to Vettori at short extra. Excellent running; dozy fielding

99.2

Oram to Collingwood, no run, prods forward out to the off side

99.3

Oram to Collingwood, 1 run, fuller this time, nudged to leg

Oram's going around the wicket

99.4

Oram to Sidebottom, 1 run, turned around the corner. Oram vents his anger with a choice expletive

99.5

Oram to Collingwood, no run, blocked off the back foot

99.6

Oram to Collingwood, 2 runs, pushed out through the covers

End of over 100 (5 runs) England 312/7
PD Collingwood    59* (143b 7x4)      JDP Oram    27-11-39-3
RJ Sidebottom    4* (11b)      KD Mills    29-4-84-2
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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