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

Three slips, a gully, point, mid-off, mid-on and reasonably attacking field for Chris Martin who's around the wicket to Cook. Here we go...

10.28am Right, here we go. New Zealand are jogging out under cloudyish skies, and here come Cook and Vaughan.

Now seems as good a time as any to wish Jenny well for her forthcoming wedding to Dan who, sadly, is Australian. "I was particularly happy with a stomach tightener garment thing," she tells me, "which has just saved me two intensive weeks at the gym. Yes the diet failed again."

10.20am "Incidentally," Andrew says, "Vaughan received a commemorative cap to mark his 75th Test. And Monty too...for his 25th." That is monstrous. Well done everyone. Oh - Jenny's arrived and is literally overflowing with enthusiasm.

As ever, Ian Botham - sorry, Sir Ian as Sky are so keen to point out every minute of the day - sides with England and thinks it's a good toss to lose. In fairness the pitch does look dry and flat - and quick, too.

"Will England give us five days of cricket to watch, or to sleep through?" David wonders. Who knows, but Bob Willis is off on one again and is so fuming about the state of England's cricket that he's actually smiling. On ya, Bob.

"We'd have had a bowl," says Vaughan. "It's an opportunity for us to come out first and make a big score." Of Harmison and Hoggard he says "it was a gut feeling that a change had to be made. It's exciting times, feels like a new era and it's a great opportunity for them (Broad and Anderson)." Mark Richardson wonders whether Vaughan would like to thank Auckland Cricket for giving Anderson a game during the last Test. Vaughan smiles wryly...

10.00am Here's the toss. Up goes the coin, heads is the wrong call from Michael Vaughan and Daniel Vettori has won and chosen to bowl. "We've got four seamers so hopefully we can attack in that manner," he says. "By bowling first we hope we can put ourselves in the optimum position. Come the second and third day it looks like it'll be a great batting track." It is, this morning though, a good one on which to bowl.

9.50am Jimmy from New Zealand: "This Test just feels weird," he says, some 50 minutes before it's started. "How is it possible that we're favourites going into a Test that isn't against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe?!"

"Go BlAcKcApS!" coughs Hitesh. There's no need for that, surely. "Your inane ramblings will be welcome," says David Gregory. "Nothing can be worse than being forced to watch Greys Anatomy by the other half as punishment for watching the cricket in an hour." Fortunately, I have no idea what that programme is. A good friend of mine, who is a rather famous English actress (or will be soon), rates it...which rather puts me off even considering it. David - stick with us.

And the feedback doth land in spadeth re Anderson replacing Hoggard. "Now, is it not a risk to drop two bowlers with over 500 Test wickets between them?" begins Benjamin Bowles? "Okay, drop one, but both just seems drastic, especially when you hear the early pitch reports......Anderson for Hoggard is not for me! We will see."

This is something of a watershed Test for England. It might one day be referred to as the Wellington watershed, even, owing to the ruthless double axing of Matthew Hoggard (a touch harsh) and Steve Harmison (rather less harsh). Replacing them, Stuart Broad and James Anderson bring youth to the side and coltish athleticism to the outfielding - though it's unlikely either of them will better Matthew Hoggard's gravity-defying salmon-leap in the last Test in Hamilton. All change, then, and despite all the calls from Michael Vaughan and Peter Moores that England can (and apparently will) bounce back, the momentum is with the hosts. On, I might add, a green-and-seaming little number too. visitor stats

9.10am A very good morning and a hearty welcome from windy Wellington. My name's Will Luke and, together with Andrew McGlashan, Jenny Thompson and Andrew Miller, we'll be guiding you through the Test over the next five days. We're about an hour-and-a-half from getting underway - yes, I'm ridiculously early - but will have some news on the toss, teams, weather and probably more inane offerings very shortly. In the meantime, buzz us if you want to get anything off your chest...

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

Goes through comfortably to McCullum

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

It does look to be a dry pitch this one.

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

Over the wicket to Vaughan

0.6

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

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
MP Vaughan    1* (1b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    1* (5b)     

Here's the Hamilton wrecker, Kyle Mills

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

The crowd is "more or less the same as Hamilton," Andrew tells us. "Probably about 5000, thanks to the permanent stands."

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

End of over 2 (1 run) England 3/0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0
MP Vaughan    2* (3b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0

Nigel: "Good to see England have maintained their run rate from Hamilton - and so early on in the game. Hold on to your hats - its going to be another exhilarating batting display!" Oh no. Not this old chestnut. Shall we ignore the run-rates for this Test?

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

Ian Botham would apparently have dropped Strauss for Shah for this game, or perhaps for Hamilton.

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

Around the wicket to Cook

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

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 9/0
AN Cook    2* (10b)      CS Martin    2-0-7-0
MP Vaughan    6* (8b)      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

More encouraging applause from the crowd. I say "encouraging" because it sounds quite subdued, almost reverential - no shouting or any histrionics.

3.6

Mills to Cook, no run, a good ball with which to finish the over, dropping it out to the off side

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 11/0
AN Cook    4* (16b)      KD Mills    2-0-3-0
MP Vaughan    6* (8b)      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

Nasty one, that

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

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 15/0
MP Vaughan    10* (14b 1x4)      CS Martin    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    4* (16b)      KD Mills    2-0-3-0

Over the wicket to Cook

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

A cheery hello to my cousin who's on the road and reading his blackberry. Dangerous, Charles...

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

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 17/0
AN Cook    6* (22b)      KD Mills    3-0-5-0
MP Vaughan    10* (14b 1x4)      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

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 21/0
MP Vaughan    14* (20b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-0-15-0
AN Cook    6* (22b)      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

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 29/0
AN Cook    12* (28b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-0-11-0
MP Vaughan    14* (20b 2x4)      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

A half roar would be a "ro", wouldn't it?

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 31/0
MP Vaughan    15* (25b 2x4)      CS Martin    5-0-17-0
AN Cook    13* (29b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-0-11-0

For the second time (possibly third, in fact) Vettori speaks to the umpires about the ball. They're really not happy with it...

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

Again they speak to the umpire about the ball. Again he tells them to get on with it

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

Mark Gillespie's warming up with some painful looking stretches. He's a big lad...

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

A better, nagging over. Better control, certainly

End of over 10 (1 run) England 32/0
MP Vaughan    15* (30b 2x4)      KD Mills    5-0-12-0
AN Cook    14* (30b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-0-17-0

So then, here's Gillespie and he's around the wicket

10.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump. Cook leaves well alone

10.2

Gillespie to Cook, no run, slightly fuller but again he can ignore this. A touch of indrift into the left hander

10.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, punched out to cover

10.4

Gillespie to Cook, no run, Cook plants his foot down the pitch but leaves it alone. Too wide from Gillespie

10.5

Gillespie to Cook, no run, wonderful ball! That's what Gillespie can do. Angling into Cook, it holds its line and Cook's in no man's land - absolutely no movement of the feet and it passes the outside edge

10.6

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, Cook nudges to leg with a neat poke to mid-on and steals the strike

End of over 11 (1 run) England 33/0
AN Cook    15* (36b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    1-0-1-0
MP Vaughan    15* (30b 2x4)      KD Mills    5-0-12-0

Just two slips in place now. That's a minor victory for England

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...

The ground is littered with England flags from football grounds. And unlikely names, too, such as the might of Torquay

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

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 35/0
AN Cook    17* (42b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-0-14-0
MP Vaughan    15* (30b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    1-0-1-0

12.1

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, swinging into the right hander who punches it back to the bowler

12.2

Gillespie to Vaughan, 1 run, squeezes this out on the front foot to point. A good length delivery from Gillespie - he won't mind Vaughan squeezing him on the front foot

Oh dear. Look what I just wrote.

12.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, Cook ignores this - and why not? It was perfectly wide

12.4

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, tucked to the leg side

12.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, left alone - too wide

12.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, better ball from Gillespie, swinging into the off stump and Vaughan digs it out

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 37/0
MP Vaughan    16* (34b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    2-0-3-0
AN Cook    18* (44b 1x4)      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

New Zealand's bowling has been uninspiring this morning

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

End of over 14 (1 run) England 38/0
MP Vaughan    16* (38b 2x4)      KD Mills    7-0-15-0
AN Cook    19* (46b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    2-0-3-0

I'm quite tempted to begin commentating in the style of a New Zealander. It'll mean typing Tist Crucket and other things, but I think I'll avoid the torrent of abuse it might cause

14.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, an attempted bouncer but it sits up nicely for Cook who paddles it around the corner. No great timing in the stroke

14.2

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, decent length but too wide and only a hint of away swing. Vaughan doesn't touch it

14.3

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, ooh hello - nearly a Vaughan classic, driving down the ground. But a pesky mid-on is in the way

I must point out that New Zealand are looking rather flat here. McCullum is normally as noisy a keeper as you will find, but is McCullum The Mute this morning

14.4

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, fuller this time, swinging away from Vaughan

14.5

Gillespie to Vaughan, no run, short of a length, nudged to leg

14.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, 3 runs, shot. A lovely, firm drive on the up through the covers and the bearded Vettori gives chase - and does well actually. Really well

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 42/0
MP Vaughan    19* (42b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    3-0-7-0
AN Cook    20* (48b 1x4)      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

A cheery hello to Lucy Benjamin, holed up in The Independent's London office and waiting for Gus Fraser's copy.

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

That's it from me. Here's the verily splendid Jennifer. Thanks, Willard. Good morning campers, are we happy?

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 46/0
MP Vaughan    23* (48b 3x4)      KD Mills    8-0-19-0
AN Cook    20* (48b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    3-0-7-0

16.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

16.2

Gillespie to Cook, no run, hey now, draws him forward to press outside off, nippped through well

16.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, decent line and length again, this time at 137kph, Cook shapes to have a dart then draws his bat in behind his pad

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

Clap up the fifty etc

16.5

Gillespie to Cook, no run, bustles in, still round the wicket, Cook reaches out again for a wideish one that comes through on a good length

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

A handy over for England, who have looked much more confident today

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 54/0
AN Cook    28* (54b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    4-0-15-0
MP Vaughan    23* (48b 3x4)      KD Mills    8-0-19-0

17.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, begins outside off, Vaughan watches the ball as it goes past him from a good length

17.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, again Vaughan waits on the back foot as the ball leaps down the channel from a good length once more

17.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, a fuller delivery this time, nearly a yorker, the batsman waits on the front foot now before defending stoutly

17.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, a good length down off now, Vaughan can leave it this time. And does

17.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, outside off, driven to the covers, who picks it up easily

Fleming's having a joke in the slips about something or other

17.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, another well-directed delivery, prompting the front-foot defence and rounding off the maiden

"I'm going to go study, call me when Vaughan gets himself caught off Mills," says Barghav in the United States, mistaking us for his mum.

End of over 18 (maiden) England 54/0
MP Vaughan    23* (54b 3x4)      JDP Oram    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    28* (54b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    4-0-15-0

18.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, left alone this time

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

18.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, left alone this time

18.4

Gillespie to Cook, no run, angled right in at the left hander's front foot, Cook quick to jab the ball back down in defence

McCullum comes out to have a word with Gillespie, now

18.5

Gillespie to Cook, no run, good pace, ripped through just outside off on a good length, the batsman shoulders arms

18.6

Gillespie to Cook, no run, more shouldering, Cook not tempted into one down off, again a good-length delivery

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 58/0
AN Cook    32* (60b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    5-0-19-0
MP Vaughan    23* (54b 3x4)      JDP Oram    1-1-0-0

19.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, Vaughan, patient, moves the bat out of danger and watches a now-harmless delivery go down off

19.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, a good channel again, the batsman shoulders arms

19.3

Oram to Vaughan, 1 no ball, a front-foot no-ball. Free hit coming up... ah, wrong format. The batsman waits on the back foot and steers a shortish one down to gully

19.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, defended on the back foot

19.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, comes forward this time, but defence is still the name of the game

19.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, a hint of swing, the batsman watches and defends without trouble on the front foot

19.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, a hint of width this time, Vaughan latches on to a firm drive to the covers

"Happy 76th birthday Ben Baird," writes in his grandson Phillip. Have we found Cricinfo's oldest reader?

End of over 20 (1 run) England 59/0
MP Vaughan    23* (61b 3x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    32* (60b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    5-0-19-0

20.1

Gillespie to Cook, no run, round the wicket, hurries the ball up to him and there's a half-shout as the ball comes back in from just outside off, but Cook had squeezed the ball on to the pad from his bat

20.2

Gillespie to Cook, no run, oh, played right inside the line of that one, beaten outside the edge off the seam, Cook prodding out a front-foot defence

20.3

Gillespie to Cook, no run, width outside off, drives to the covers once more

Gillespie, his brow creased in concentration or is it pain, plods back to his mark

20.4

Gillespie to Cook, 1 run, strayed on to the legs, Cook flicks off disdainfully in front of square

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

20.6

Gillespie to Vaughan, 3 runs, shortish ball outside off, Vaughan opens the face, and the ball goes through two fielders, Oram and How, neither of whom made an effort to stop it but some good work from Bell in the deep to cut it off just inside the rope. Excellent

End of over 21 (8 runs) England 67/0
MP Vaughan    30* (63b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    6-0-27-0
AN Cook    33* (64b 4x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-1-0

21.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, lets this one go through, no worries

Mate

21.2

Oram to Vaughan, no run, comes forward on the front foot and pushes, defensively more than anything, to the covers

21.3

Oram to Vaughan, no run, good length once again, defended on the front foot once more

21.4

Oram to Vaughan, no run, comes a touch wider, speared up there on off, Vaughan tries to pull it, doesn't really have the room and Bell cuts it off at short midwicket

21.5

Oram to Vaughan, no run, good delivery! Past Vaughan with one which cuts back in a long way off the seam, the batsman playing outside the line and it nearly took the off bail, just too wide. Close

21.6

Oram to Vaughan, no run, oh and beats the outside edge this time! Vaughan will be glad it's the end of the over while he regroups

Good stuff from Oram, finding his rhythm well

End of over 22 (maiden) England 67/0
MP Vaughan    30* (69b 4x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-1-0
AN Cook    33* (64b 4x4)      MR Gillespie    6-0-27-0

Martin back into the attack now

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

Look in the book and it's four, sure, but look on the commentary and it's a lucky edge. Cook's turn to think about regrouping

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)"

From Dennis Marshall in Colorado. "No, Ben Baird isn't the oldest reader of Cricinfo. I turned 76 last year (I recall my carrying Len Hutton's cricket bag for him, up the hill at Scarborough, when I was in my early teens)."

End of over 23 (7 runs) England 74/0
AN Cook    40* (70b 5x4)      CS Martin    6-0-24-0
MP Vaughan    30* (69b 4x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-1-0

Here's Scott Chamberlain. "Must question why NZ change a winning team, leave Patel out on his home pitch and put England in- poor captaincy. Gillespie hasn't played international cricket for weeks."

23.1

Oram to Cook, no run, a large shout as the ball comes in from outside off but was way too high

23.2

Oram to Cook, no run, more bounce again, the ball left alone as it goes down off, the batsman shouldering arms just to make sure

Round the wicket now

23.3

Oram to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot into the covers

23.4

Oram to Cook, no run, left alone outside off this time

23.5

Oram to Cook, no run, more leaving, the ball bouncing encouragingly again

23.6

Oram to Cook, 1 run, overpitched on the toes, drives out to mid-on and they charge through

Ryan, meanwhile, has his bid in for the youngest Cricinfo reader: "Happy 1st birthday for my son Tao today."

End of over 24 (1 run) England 75/0
AN Cook    41* (76b 5x4)      JDP Oram    4-2-2-0
MP Vaughan    30* (69b 4x4)      CS Martin    6-0-24-0

24.1

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

The field adjusts for the right hander, now

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

Two slips, two gullies, point

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

Sir Richard Hadlee's in the crowd today, by the way

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 78/0
MP Vaughan    31* (73b 4x4)      CS Martin    7-0-27-0
AN Cook    43* (78b 5x4)      JDP Oram    4-2-2-0

Much more positivity from England today, then again New Zealand's bowlers haven't been so tight as the first Test

25.1

Oram to Cook, no run, waits outside off and lets the ball go through. Some good judgement there from Cook, the ball was very close to his stumps

25.2

Oram to Cook, no run, on the back foot, played back out defensively

25.3

Oram to Cook, no run, down the channel, regulation ball, regulation leave

25.4

Oram to Cook, no run, angled across him from over the wicket, the batsman shoulders arms

25.5

Oram to Cook, no run, some swing back in to the left hander who looks to squeeze it out from middle

25.6

Oram to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot

Michael Trigg reflects many readers right now: "Not a captaincy issue at all. By all accounts, the team was selected to suit a green pitch, and bowling first was a good option on a pitch that will flatten out for good batting later on. The problem seems to be poor areas from the New Zealand bowlers. How easily opinions change: one week Vettori is brilliant, the next (after only 25 overs) it is all his fault. C'mon, Scott."

End of over 26 (maiden) England 78/0
AN Cook    43* (84b 5x4)      JDP Oram    5-3-2-0
MP Vaughan    31* (73b 4x4)      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

Two slips, a gully, point

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

A good session from England who, sent into bat, find themselves 79 without loss following some good efforts by Vaughan and Cook. The New Zealand bowlers haven't had a shocker by any means, but have been too wayward on occasion and particularly in comparison to their praiseworthy feats of the first Test. It's early days in this match, though, and the bowlers will look to come out with lines that are leaner and meaner after the break. Stay with us.

Scott Chamberlain is back to clarify: "Maybe bowlers not hitting straps, and no slight on Vetters, just looking for consistency in selection and don't feel Gillespie is up to it, Patel may have been a better choice. Perhaps poor choice of words on my part re: poor captaincy, but I never said Vettori was a brilliant captain." Thanks, Scott.

Here's Adam in New Zealand: "Dean Sadd - an avid reader of Cricinfo - is about to hit 84! A great innings." But hang on...

"What about my mother?" begins Chris in Taunton. "She's 85 and (once I've set everything up for her) follows your commentaries whenever possible." Chris' mum is the clubhouse leader.

Tom totally agrees with Scott. "Totally agree with Scott. Surely a decent spinner like Patel on a green wicket is better that an under-done and possibly still injured seam bowler in Gillespie. Ah, for Shane Bond! Curse you, BCCI!"

End of over 27 (1 run) England 79/0
AN Cook    43* (85b 5x4)      CS Martin    8-0-28-0
MP Vaughan    32* (78b 4x4)      JDP Oram    5-3-2-0

Welcome back, all. Will here, and out jog the New Zealanders...closely followed by England's batsmen. Jacob Oram to continue

27.1

Oram to Vaughan, no run, a reasonable start straight after lunch, outside off and left alone by Vaughan. A little too wide of the off stump perhaps

27.2

Oram to Vaughan, OUT, BOWLED HIM! That's an absolute crackerjack from Oram, angling into Vaughan before straightening, beating Vaughan's forward defensive and clipping the top of his off stump. A wonderful delivery - an unplayable legbreak, effectively

MP Vaughan b Oram 32 (121m 80b 4x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

What a ball that was. Not a lot Vaughan could do about that

Now then, now then now then. Now. Then. Oram's around the wicket to Strauss, the left hander

27.3

Oram to Strauss, no run, nudged to leg

27.4

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

27.5

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

27.6

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

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) England 79/1
AJ Strauss    0* (4b)      JDP Oram    6-4-2-1
AN Cook    43* (85b 5x4)      CS Martin    8-0-28-0

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

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 82/1
AJ Strauss    2* (9b)      KD Mills    9-0-22-0
AN Cook    44* (86b 5x4)      JDP Oram    6-4-2-1

"Typical England start," says Ed, a typical Australian. "Solid but unspectacular. 0 for 138 then all out for 270 is a likely outcome."

29.1

Oram to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, Cook's cautious in defence

29.2

Oram to Cook, no run, short of a length on off stump, Cook is back in his crease and nervously defending out to the off side. A fidgety, pokey sort of defensive

29.3

Oram to Cook, no run, very good ball which swings into the off stump. Cook comes forward and prods it out to cover

29.4

Oram to Cook, no run, left alone outside off. No movement this time from Oram

29.5

Oram to Cook, OUT, got him! Oram has two! A good piece of bowling on the off stump, moving away just a little but Cook's defensive poke was hardly convincing - pushing at it away from his body, and a thin edge through to McCullum

AN Cook c †McCullum b Oram 44 (132m 91b 5x4 0x6) SR: 48.35

Maybe Ed had a point. Right. Here's Pietersen, England's new opening batsman...

29.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, well wide of the off stump and left alone

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) England 82/2
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      JDP Oram    7-5-2-2
AJ Strauss    2* (9b)      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

Well, what a day's cricket we have in store. Enjoying it? You should be. Terrific fightback by Oram and New Zealand

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

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 86/2
AJ Strauss    6* (15b 1x4)      KD Mills    10-0-26-0
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      JDP Oram    7-5-2-2

31.1

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed to mid-on - Strauss wasn't expecting Pietersen to call him through, and he really had to get his skates on

31.2

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

31.3

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

31.4

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

31.5

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

31.6

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

End of over 32 (1 run) England 87/2
AJ Strauss    6* (20b 1x4)      JDP Oram    8-5-3-2
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      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

"You know the English batsmen have completely lost it mentally when Jacob Oram is producing 7-5-2-2," bemoans Antony, "figures Waqar or Curtly Ambrose couldn't match in their pomp." Feeble...although Ambrose matched them a few times against England

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

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 90/2
KP Pietersen    3* (6b)      KD Mills    11-0-29-0
AJ Strauss    7* (22b 1x4)      JDP Oram    8-5-3-2

33.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, just outside off and it lifts and seams on Pietersen who is beaten. Oram really has found his groove this afternoon. Jacob Marshall, come on down

33.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, ooh another cracker, a good length and Pietersen is forward and he inside edges this into his pad

33.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, and he's beaten again. A horrible shot from Pietersen who chased it outside off - chasing it on the walk - and he was pretty lucky not to get a thin edge

33.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, wide of the off stump, he shuffles down the pitch and across to the off side, nudging it to leg. He showed all three stumps, there

He is absolutely desperate to feel bat on ball here, Pietersen.

33.5

Oram to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

33.6

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

End of over 34 (1 run) England 91/2
AJ Strauss    7* (24b 1x4)      JDP Oram    9-5-4-2
KP Pietersen    4* (10b)      KD Mills    11-0-29-0

34.1

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

Quack

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

Two slips and a gully

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

End of over 35 (1 run) England 92/2
AJ Strauss    7* (28b 1x4)      KD Mills    12-0-30-0
KP Pietersen    5* (12b)      JDP Oram    9-5-4-2

35.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, a little too wide really. Pietersen can comfortably leave it alone

"Pietersen's first bouncer is easily evaded with a duck " He'd score better if he used a bat, surely.... say Don Kavanagh. Honk.

35.2

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, down the leg side, Pietersen whips this confidently around the corner to fine leg

35.3

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

35.4

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

35.5

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

35.6

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

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 94/2
AJ Strauss    8* (32b 1x4)      JDP Oram    10-5-6-2
KP Pietersen    6* (14b)      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

This is truly village cricket from England

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

This is unmissable cricket

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

End of over 37 (10 runs) England 104/3
KP Pietersen    14* (19b 2x4)      KD Mills    13-0-40-1
IR Bell    1* (1b)      JDP Oram    10-5-6-2

37.1

Oram to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

37.2

Oram to Bell, no run, good, tight delivery on the off stump which he defends solidly

37.3

Oram to Bell, no run, on the off stump, Bell's solidly forward and defends

37.4

Oram to Bell, no run, another poor shot, really. Excellent length and Bell was forward, pushing at it away from his body

37.5

Oram to Bell, no run, dropped by McCullum who parries it into Fleming's arm. Great length again, the ball moving away a touch and Bell wafts his bat at it...McCullum dives to his right but can't cling on

37.5

Oram to Bell, no run, defended to midwicket

37.5

Oram to Bell, no run, driven firmly to mid-off for a single

37.6

Oram to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot back to Oram

37.6

Oram to Bell, no run, punched to mid-on where Vaughan fields

37.6

Oram to Bell, no run, punched to mid-on

End of over 38 (maiden) England 104/3
IR Bell    1* (7b)      JDP Oram    11-6-6-2
KP Pietersen    14* (19b 2x4)      KD Mills    13-0-40-1

38.1

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

"Someone of Hoggy's pace and accuracy would do quite nicely on this pitch," observes Andrew.

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

Oram's series figures at the moment are 36-17-35-4 notes Andrew. That is obscene and almost unbearably unjust

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

End of over 39 (1 run) England 105/3
IR Bell    1* (12b)      KD Mills    14-0-41-1
KP Pietersen    15* (20b 2x4)      JDP Oram    11-6-6-2

39.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, ouch. Pietersen steps across miles, exposing all three stumps, to one which nipped back and brushed his pad

39.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, solidly behind this

Haakon Moerk writes in from Norway. "On a random note, Daniel Vettori is probably the only Test cricketer to share his surname with an Olympic ski jumping gold medallist (Ernst)." We like random notes.

39.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, ;left alone outside off

39.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked through midwicket

39.5

Oram to Bell, no run, well wide of the off stump, it pitches, moves off the seam and Bell decides not to move his feet one iota. He fishes and misses

39.6

Oram to Bell, no run, he comes forward and gets a thick inside edge. Good god.

This is all too much for me. Wonderful fightback from New Zealand, inspired by Oram. Cartwheeling into the commentary box, here's Andrew McGlashan

End of over 40 (1 run) England 106/3
IR Bell    1* (14b)      JDP Oram    12-6-7-2
KP Pietersen    16* (24b 2x4)      KD Mills    14-0-41-1

Thanks Will. My first stint of the series and an interesting time to join. What a difference lunch makes and Jacob Oram has bowled superbly. Mark Gillespie into the attack

40.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, full outside off stump and it swings nicely away from Pietersen who lets it go

40.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, too straight this time, Pietersen whips it off middle out to deep midwicket. Mind you, if he'd missed it there would have been a huge shout

40.3

Gillespie to Bell, no run, what a beauty, Gillespie on a full length and the ball moves late away from Bell, who plays a walking drive to be beaten...not convincing from Bell who is.living a charmed life

40.4

Gillespie to Bell, no run, driven firmly out to cover

40.5

Gillespie to Bell, no run, nagging away outside off stump, Bell shows more restraint this time and lets it go

40.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, drags his length back this time, Bell watches it sail past off stump. A good comeback over from Gillespie and it's time for drinks

End of over 41 (1 run) England 107/3
IR Bell    1* (18b)      MR Gillespie    7-0-28-0
KP Pietersen    17* (26b 2x4)      JDP Oram    12-6-7-2

41.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen walks into a defensive shot and pushes towards mid-on

41.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, full outside off stump, but Pietersen is well across his crease and gets a thick outside edge along the ground to gully...not much hitting the middle

41.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, good length, defended into the covers

41.4

Oram to Pietersen, 1 run, worked from outside off stump through midwicket

41.5

Oram to Bell, no run, outside off stump, hint of movement and left alone

41.6

Oram to Bell, no run, defended from the crease down to mid-on, another tight over from Oram who England can't seem to score off

End of over 42 (1 run) England 108/3
IR Bell    1* (20b)      JDP Oram    13-6-8-2
KP Pietersen    18* (30b 2x4)      MR Gillespie    7-0-28-0

42.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, nearly squares Pietersen up but played safely enough back towards the bowler

42.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, fuller searching for the swing, Pietersen not tempted into a drive and shoulders arms

42.3

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, very full ball, Pietersen doesn't really time his drive to mid-off

42.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, goes for a yorker but loses his line, clipped off the toes out to deep square-leg

42.5

Gillespie to Bell, no run, comes forward and defends to cover

42.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 43 (1 run) England 109/3
IR Bell    1* (22b)      MR Gillespie    8-0-29-0
KP Pietersen    19* (34b 2x4)      JDP Oram    13-6-8-2

43.1

Oram to Pietersen, no run, strides towards the ball then decides to leave

43.2

Oram to Pietersen, no run, defended into the covers

43.3

Oram to Pietersen, no run, nips back off the seam into Pietersen, takes the pad into the off side

43.4

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pads up to this one but it's well outside off so no danger of a Hamilton repeat, although not a positive shot

43.5

Oram to Pietersen, no run, hint of flourish as he whips Mills towards mid-on

43.6

Oram to Pietersen, no run, pushes hard outside off stump towards square cover, doesn't find the gap

Sorry, that over was from Oram...scoring issues

End of over 44 (maiden) England 109/3
KP Pietersen    19* (40b 2x4)      JDP Oram    14-7-8-2
IR Bell    1* (22b)      MR Gillespie    8-0-29-0

44.1

Gillespie to Bell, no run, full and driven on the bounce back to Gillespie

44.2

Gillespie to Bell, no run, driven to mid-on

44.3

Gillespie to Bell, no run, full and driven sweetly to mid-off

44.4

Gillespie to Bell, no run

44.5

Gillespie to Bell, no run, comes forward and defends into the covers

There are issues with our scoring, apologies and stay with us

44.6

Gillespie to Bell, no run, punched back down the pitch but still nothing on offer

End of over 45 (maiden) England 109/3
IR Bell    1* (28b)      MR Gillespie    9-1-29-0
KP Pietersen    19* (40b 2x4)      JDP Oram    14-7-8-2

Chris Martin is back

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

Apologies once again for the scoring mix-up, we are trying to get it fixed and find somebody who knows the difference between Mills and Martin. How hard can it be?

45.6

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

End of over 46 (6 runs) England 115/3
KP Pietersen    20* (43b 2x4)      CS Martin    9-0-34-0
IR Bell    6* (31b 1x4)      MR Gillespie    9-1-29-0

46.1

Gillespie to Bell, no run, back of a length, zips into the thigh pad as Bell tries to work into the leg side

46.2

Gillespie to Bell, no run, long half-volley and driven sweetly towards the right of mid-off but doesn't beat the fielder

46.3

Gillespie to Bell, 1 run, driven off the back foot but there is a man back deeper now at cover and keeps them to a single

46.4

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, bouncer at good pace from Gillespie but very easy for Pietersen to go underneath

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

46.6

Gillespie to Pietersen, 2 runs, brings out the pull again, this time it goes squarer and is cut off on the rope

Just to keep you updated...Pietersen is on 26 and Bell 7

End of over 47 (7 runs) England 122/3
KP Pietersen    26* (46b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    10-1-36-0
IR Bell    7* (34b 1x4)      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

England slip further and what an afternoon New Zealand are having

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

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 126/4
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      CS Martin    10-0-38-1
KP Pietersen    26* (46b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    10-1-36-0

48.1

Gillespie to Pietersen, no run, driven without any timing towards mid-off

48.2

Gillespie to Pietersen, 1 run, driven square on the off side, deep point is out so it's a single

48.3

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, short of a length, outside off stump and shapes back into Collingwood who plays it down into the gully area

48.4

Gillespie to Collingwood, 4 byes, rapid bouncer from Gillespie which beats everyone, dug in very short and Collingwood ducks at the last minute...McCullum can't get a glove on it

48.5

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, takes the outside edge but goes straight to ground and down into the gully

48.6

Gillespie to Collingwood, no run, fuller ball to end the over, well bowled but Collingwood judges it well and leaves

End of over 49 (5 runs) England 131/4
PD Collingwood    0* (6b)      MR Gillespie    11-1-37-0
KP Pietersen    27* (48b 3x4)      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

Nigel Grigg says: "On another random note - did you know that you can tell if a pigeon is right handed if its right wing is on top when it is at rest. Further, if you breed a right handed bird with a left handed bird the off-spring are no good for pigeon racing." Birdinfo we are. Chickinfo maybe. Maybe not - sounds a bit dodge.

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

End of over 50 (1 run, maiden) England 132/4
PD Collingwood    0* (11b)      CS Martin    11-1-38-1
KP Pietersen    27* (49b 3x4)      MR Gillespie    11-1-37-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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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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