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

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

England 15/0   MP Vaughan 10* (9b 1x4)   CS Martin 2.1-0-11-0

6.6

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

England 21/0   MP Vaughan 14* (20b 2x4)   CS Martin 4-0-15-0

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

England 25/0   AN Cook 10* (24b 1x4)   KD Mills 3.2-0-9-0

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   MP Vaughan 23* (48b 3x4)   KD Mills 8-0-19-0

16.4

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

England 50/0   AN Cook 24* (52b 2x4)   MR Gillespie 3.4-0-11-0

16.6

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

England 54/0   AN Cook 28* (54b 3x4)   MR Gillespie 4-0-15-0

18.2

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

England 58/0   AN Cook 32* (56b 4x4)   MR Gillespie 4.2-0-19-0

20.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, FOUR, overpitches, and the line's not to be written home about either, on the legs, Vaughan tucks it well off the legs through midwicket

England 64/0   MP Vaughan 27* (62b 4x4)   MR Gillespie 5.5-0-24-0

22.3

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

England 71/0   AN Cook 37* (67b 5x4)   CS Martin 5.3-0-21-0

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...

England 86/2   AJ Strauss 6* (13b 1x4)   KD Mills 9.4-0-26-0

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

England 100/3   KP Pietersen 10* (16b 1x4)   KD Mills 12.3-0-36-1

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   KP Pietersen 14* (19b 2x4)   KD Mills 13-0-40-1

45.4

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

England 114/3   IR Bell 5* (30b 1x4)   CS Martin 8.4-0-33-0

46.5

Gillespie to Pietersen, FOUR, that's the Pietersen of old, another short ball which is pull dismissively wide of mid-on...that's his most authoritative shot in a long time

England 120/3   KP Pietersen 24* (45b 3x4)   MR Gillespie 9.5-1-34-0

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

England 126/3   IR Bell 11* (35b 2x4)   CS Martin 9.1-0-38-0

51.2

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

England 140/5   PD Collingwood 4* (13b 1x4)   CS Martin 11.2-1-42-1

52.2

Gillespie to Ambrose, FOUR, very full outside off stump, Ambrose opens the face a fraction and drives square past point

England 144/5   TR Ambrose 4* (5b 1x4)   MR Gillespie 12.2-1-45-1

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

England 148/5   TR Ambrose 8* (7b 2x4)   MR Gillespie 12.4-1-49-1

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

England 156/5   TR Ambrose 12* (9b 3x4)   MR Gillespie 13-1-53-1

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

England 161/5   TR Ambrose 16* (12b 4x4)   CS Martin 12.4-1-47-1

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   TR Ambrose 29* (31b 5x4 1x6)   KD Mills 17-1-47-1

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

England 184/5   TR Ambrose 33* (34b 6x4 1x6)   KD Mills 17.3-1-51-1

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

England 191/5   PD Collingwood 15* (45b 2x4)   KD Mills 18.5-1-58-1

64.1

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

England 197/5   PD Collingwood 19* (47b 3x4)   DL Vettori 0.1-0-4-0

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

England 208/5   TR Ambrose 44* (56b 7x4 1x6)   JDP Oram 17.2-8-15-2

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

England 216/5   TR Ambrose 50* (68b 8x4 1x6)   JDP Oram 18.4-8-19-2

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

England 225/5   TR Ambrose 57* (80b 9x4 1x6)   DL Vettori 4.4-0-21-0

73.5

Gillespie to Ambrose, FOUR, top shot, half volley on leg stump and effortlessly picked off through midwicket with great timing and placement

England 230/5   TR Ambrose 62* (86b 10x4 1x6)   MR Gillespie 13.5-1-57-1

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

England 239/5   TR Ambrose 67* (93b 11x4 1x6)   DL Vettori 6.3-0-30-0

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

England 252/5   PD Collingwood 37* (86b 4x4)   MR Gillespie 16.4-1-70-1

81.5

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

England 258/5   PD Collingwood 41* (93b 5x4)   CS Martin 16.5-1-64-1

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

England 263/5   TR Ambrose 76* (114b 12x4 1x6)   CS Martin 17.1-1-68-1

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

England 267/5   TR Ambrose 80* (121b 13x4 1x6)   CS Martin 18.2-1-72-1

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

England 271/5   TR Ambrose 84* (124b 14x4 1x6)   CS Martin 18.5-1-76-1

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   TR Ambrose 88* (127b 15x4 1x6)   KD Mills 23-2-68-1

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

England 282/5   PD Collingwood 48* (109b 6x4)   JDP Oram 20.4-9-25-2

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

England 295/5   PD Collingwood 52* (122b 7x4)   KD Mills 25.3-3-81-1

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

England 299/5   TR Ambrose 101* (144b 16x4 2x6)   JDP Oram 23.1-11-29-2

101.5

Oram to Collingwood, FOUR, a four! That's woken up the crowd. Short of a length, Collingwood rocks onto the back foot and pulls it over midwicket

England 324/7   PD Collingwood 64* (146b 8x4)   JDP Oram 27.5-11-45-3

102.1

Gillespie to Sidebottom, FOUR, pulled for four! That's a heck of a stroke from the No.9. It was only fractionally short of a length, it just sat up nicely for Sidebottom who pulls it through the leg side

England 328/7   RJ Sidebottom 11* (20b 1x4)   MR Gillespie 17.1-1-74-1
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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

Stuart Broad bowls with the RA Vance Stand in the backdrop

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James Anderson took seven in the match, New Zealand v England, 2nd Test, 5th day, Wellington, March 17, 2008

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