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

England are back on the track already and it's Sidebottom to have the first go at marking out his run-up. Out come the batsmen through the picket gate and receive applause which can fairly be described as rousing

0.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, good start for Sidebottom, the ball swings back in across him, the batsman presses forward on the front foot with a big stride

Three slips, a gully, short leg

0.2

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, some swing again, pressed from the off stump into midwicket

0.2

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, wide outside off and left again

0.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, finds some zing outside off, slanting it across on a good length, the batsman shoulders arms

0.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, the batsman watches it closely once again as Sidebottom flings the ball on a good length outside off through to the keeper

0.5

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed down off the legs with a brush to short midwicket

Sidebottom bowling around the mid-130kphs this over

0.6

Sidebottom to Bell, 1 leg bye, a big shout as the ball pitched on middle and leg but would have swung down leg

Anderson to share the new ball. He will be bowling into the breeze

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0
MD Bell    0* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-3-0
JM How    3* (5b)     

1.1

Anderson to Bell, no run, finds some good shape, planting on a good length and swinging it away from the right hander who presses forward, then leaves

1.2

Anderson to Bell, no run, a good lick, at 134kph, the batsman shoulders arms as the ball moves away and fairly wide down

Three slips and a gully

1.3

Anderson to Bell, no run, finds some more swing, putting it on a good length in line with off and the ball moving away fairly curvily

1.4

Anderson to Bell, no run, straighter one, the ball just outside off this time but carries on through to the keeper

1.5

Anderson to Bell, OUT, cleans him up! Scorcher of a delivery that goes full, pitches in line with middle and swings back out, taking off stump, the batsman playing all around that one

MD Bell b Anderson 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Superb delivery from Anderson, making the most of the swing and Bell walks off. Big applause for Fleming now, who's at the crease early

1.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, swung again and defended on the front foot

Bell was nowhere near the ball there, which he was trying to force to midwicket

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 4/1
SP Fleming    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-1
JM How    3* (5b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-3-0

Anderson given a round of applause

2.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, some good swing back in to the right hander, who forces it to the legs and they run through a comfortable single

Three slips, a gully, point

2.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, some swing away for the left hander who moves into the line and defends on the front foot

2.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, outside off, moved away again on a good length, Fleming once again shoulders arms

2.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, ooh, a half shout - more of an instinctive reaction than anything, they pulled out when they realised Fleming had inside edged the ball down in line with off

2.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, short ball outside off and Fleming's heart was in his mouth as he rocked on to the back foot, cut, and missed as the ball deviated away and into Ambrose's hands

2.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, a ripper to finish, the ball pitching just outside off on a great length and going on through

Plenty of swing out there, a tricky period for these batsmen to negotiate

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 5/1
SP Fleming    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-4-0
JM How    4* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-1

3.1

Anderson to How, no run, fired through outside off, Anderson's compact action sending it down and with some swing away again

3.2

Anderson to How, no run, ripped away down off once more, the batsman leaves it

3.3

Anderson to How, no run, some banana-like swing once again, the batsman leaves it down off

3.4

Anderson to How, no run, How shapes to play as it comes in tighter, and fairly short, he takes the late decision to leave, but it was the right one

3.5

Anderson to How, no run, fired down the channel once again, the ball left once more

3.6

Anderson to How, 1 run, makes him play this time, the ball straighter, a fraction short and he plays it out off the back foot into the covers

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 6/1
JM How    5* (12b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-1
SP Fleming    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-4-0

4.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, nearly prompts him into a forcing shot off the back foot through the covers as the ball slants across the right hander... but the batsman leaves it

4.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, up there on off, squeezed out an inside edge that came back into the pads. Sidebottom is furious he managed to get any bat on it

4.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, outside off, played back down

4.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, makes him play, the batsman coming forward and defends tightly on the front foot, squashing the ball under his bat

4.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, fired outside off, with some swing

4.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, some swing away from the left hander, way down the channel, and he leaves it easily

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 7/1
SP Fleming    0* (10b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-5-0
JM How    6* (14b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-1

5.1

Anderson to How, no run, some good shape again from Anderson, who's bowling some tight lines and using the swing well. The ball pitches just outside off and defeats the outside edge as the batsman plants down forward

5.2

Anderson to How, 1 run, pushes out on the front foot to the covers

5.3

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, stays over the wicket to the left hander, forcing it across him, and he plays it out into the covers

5.4

Anderson to How, no run, shoulders arms on a good length, the ball going through down the channel

5.5

Anderson to How, no run, copy and paste from the last ball moment, the batsman leaving it again

5.6

Anderson to How, OUT, got him! Anderson on the money once more, the batsman coming forward, driving straight in front of him, the ball catches the outside edge hard and goes on to Strauss who takes a straightforward catch at first slip

JM How c Strauss b Anderson 7 (28m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

Auckland's Anderson is on fire, and New Zealand are in early trouble with lunch looming

End of over 6 (2 runs) New Zealand 9/2
     JM Anderson    3-1-3-2
SP Fleming    1* (11b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-5-0

On a serious note, comments will now be made about Anderson playing for Aucklan, bowling him into form etc, but these conditions will help; they're perfect for him

6.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, defended on the front foot

6.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, 2 runs, pushes out on the front foot to the covers and they run through easily

6.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, hits the seam outside off and there's some late swing, Fleming was in no mood to play it either way

6.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, some swing again, the batsman presses forward in line with off and an outside edge skews off, safely down the ground

6.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, some swing again, tight down the channel, the batsman presses forward at it, defensively, playing right inside the line

Fleming, having been drawn into the shot, smiles

6.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, lets that one go through at a good pace, the batsman shouldering arms quietly

So that's lunch on a wicket-filled morning, where England lost their final five batsmen to end with 342, then Anderson responded with two wickets to remove the openers. In between, Ambrose brought up his maiden century in only his second Test. This game continues to take twists and turns so stick with us to find out what happens in the second session shortly.

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 11/2
SP Fleming    3* (17b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-7-0
MS Sinclair    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    3-1-3-2

Gnasher's here, and I've begun singing Undertones' brilliant song Jimmy Jimmy, in tribute to James Anderson who's in to bowl with three slips

Welcome back, all. Will Luke here. Fleming and Sinclair are making their way out to join the England fielders

7.1

Anderson to Sinclair, 2 runs, and he starts with a leg-side stray down the leg side. Well, where else would a leg-side stray go?

Three slips, two gullies, point, mid-off, fine-leg

7.2

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, a good one outside off, swinging away

7.3

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, close! So very close from knocking over his off stump. Just enough movement away from the right hander whose feet were concreted and he poked and prodded to nowhere

7.4

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, lovely bowling again from Anderson, swinging away from Sinclair who tentatively prods this out to the off side

7.5

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, pushed out to point

7.6

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, slightly wider and left alone

End of over 8 (2 runs) New Zealand 13/2
MS Sinclair    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    4-1-5-2
SP Fleming    3* (17b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-7-0

Sidebottom is around the wicket

8.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, wide of the left-hander's off stump who leaves alone

8.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, better, tighter line swinging away from Fleming

8.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, 3 runs, beautiful shot from Fleming, just punching this carefully - waiting for the swing - and squeezing it out through covers

8.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, good line swinging back into Sinclair who leaves alone

"Would that be the James Anderson that was played into form by Auckland only last week? Nice work NZ Cricket!" says Scott.

8.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, well wide of the right hander

8.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, great delivery. On middle-and-off, it bends back with banana swing to Sinclair who clamps down on it

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 16/2
MS Sinclair    2* (9b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-10-0
SP Fleming    6* (20b)      JM Anderson    4-1-5-2

9.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, Anderson's stock delivery to the right hander is flicked at by Fleming but he misses

9.2

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, another leg-side gift by Anderson. Fleming connects this time, nudging to leg

9.3

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, punched out to the off side

9.4

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, left alone outside off

9.5

Anderson to Sinclair, no run, squared up to point

9.6

Anderson to Sinclair, 2 runs, straighter ball which he nudges to leg

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 19/2
MS Sinclair    4* (13b)      JM Anderson    5-1-8-2
SP Fleming    7* (22b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-10-0

10.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, outside off, he comes forward tentatively to push it out to gully

Renata's just emailed to complain about my commentary. I've no problem with that, but it's rather galling when they don't include a proper email address to reply...

10.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, nice and full, swinging away from the left hander who comes forward to jab it out

10.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, very well bowled but very well played by Fleming, trying to work it to leg and squeezing it back past the bowler. He's playing so late here - it's a real lesson in how to play the swinging ball

10.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, ooh Sinclair jabs down on this at the last moment. More big inswing

Matthew Gell: "James Anderson scored a combined 5 runs both innings, took 2 for 95 runs from 38 overs in his Auckland innnings and 95 run loss to Wellington. Where's the evidence of form?"

10.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, well left outside off

10.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, on his legs, he tucks it off his hip but short-leg is alive and alert

End of over 11 (1 run) New Zealand 20/2
MS Sinclair    4* (16b)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-11-0
SP Fleming    8* (25b)      JM Anderson    5-1-8-2

11.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, excellent delivery swinging back into the left hander. Fleming's right behind it on the back foot

11.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, a loose, wild, wide-of-the-off-stump stray

11.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, again too wide to trouble Fleming

11.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, again too wide, again left alone

He must pitch it up

11.5

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, better line and he induces an inside edge from Fleming which flies past Ambrose, to his right! That was mighty close

I say "mighty close" - Ambrose never had a chance

11.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, wild, wide of the off stump

Poor over

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 24/2
SP Fleming    12* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-12-2
MS Sinclair    4* (16b)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-11-0

12.1

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, outside off and left alone

12.2

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, swinging into the right hander who nudges to short leg

12.3

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, a bit too wide to trouble Sinclair

Both these bowlers have been a little wide since lunch

12.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, again too wide, again left alone

12.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, that's a much better line and length. Just short of a good length and on middle-and-off, but Sinclair is firmly behind it

12.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, good end to a middling sort of over as this one bends back into the right hander

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 24/2
MS Sinclair    4* (22b)      RJ Sidebottom    7-1-11-0
SP Fleming    12* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-12-2

13.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, excellent line and this hurries Fleming into a defensive prod off the back foot

13.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, ooh that's not a bad shout. Anderson finds one which holds its line but it raps Fleming too high on the pad

13.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, punched out to cover. No swing this time

13.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, nice and full and well dug out by Fleming, timing it with a great deal of kapow to mid-on

84.8mph there. Or 1492.48 inches per second

13.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run, full, straight and Fleming punches it out off the back foot

13.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, comfortably left alone outside off

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 24/2
SP Fleming    12* (37b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-12-2
MS Sinclair    4* (22b)      RJ Sidebottom    7-1-11-0

Excellent start by Sidebottom and Anderson. Can Broad (2nd Test match) continue their good work? Here he comes

14.1

Broad to Sinclair, 1 run, good start, on the off stump and a good, nagging length. Sinclair pushes it out to the off side

14.2

Broad to Fleming, no run, close! Only inches away there as he finds one to bounce and move back onto Fleming who shouldered arms

14.3

Broad to Fleming, no run, short, wide of the off stump and he cuts this into the ground for a crowd catch to Pietersen in the gully

14.4

Broad to Fleming, no run, excellent line and length (85.2mph) outside the off stump. Nicely bowled

Steve Davis, the umpire not the snooker player, has a look at Broad's follow-through. Oh. Dear....

14.5

Broad to Fleming, 1 run, this hurries Fleming who's back and across, inside-edging it past his stumps down on the leg side

14.6

Broad to Sinclair, FOUR, neatly guided down to third man for four

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 30/2
MS Sinclair    9* (24b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-6-0
SP Fleming    13* (41b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-12-2

15.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, swinging into Fleming who stands tall to drive it back to the bowler

15.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, nice line outside off. Fleming won't be lured though

15.3

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, flicked to midwicket

15.4

Anderson to Sinclair, OUT, goddim! Excellent line just outside off, Sinclair pokes at it and gets a thin edge through to a gleeful to Ambrose

MS Sinclair c †Ambrose b Anderson 9 (40m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.00

Sinclair doesn't like that, but up goes the slow finger of Rudi Koertzen

15.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, well wide of the off stump

15.6

Anderson to Taylor, 2 runs, good grief. Taylor steps across his stumps like a total hero but plays it well in the end, nudging it to leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) New Zealand 33/3
LRPL Taylor    2* (2b)      JM Anderson    8-2-15-3
SP Fleming    14* (44b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-6-0

16.1

Broad to Fleming, no run, excellent leave by Fleming just outside off

The general consensus to that leave was "awwwwwwww" by the clips

16.2

Broad to Fleming, 1 run, ooh another corker which hurries Fleming who nurdles it to leg

16.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, another fine ball on the off stump, just cutting away, and it squares Taylor up who squirts it out to gully

16.4

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, swinging into the right hander who nudges to mid-on. Terrific running

16.5

Broad to Fleming, no run, outside off, edged just short of Pietersen in the gully

16.6

Broad to Fleming, no run, another cracking leave! Fine over from Broad

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 35/3
SP Fleming    15* (48b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    3* (4b)      JM Anderson    8-2-15-3

"Dunno how Rudi picked up that edge," Andrew says. "He is half-deaf. And that's a fact."

17.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, very straight - too straight - and turned to leg

17.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, very well bowled just outside off, and the perfect length too. Squared up to point

17.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, falls over slightly but nudges to leg

Leg gully is in

17.4

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, ooh Anderson's searching for a magic ball here. On middle-and-leg, Taylor clips it neatly for four through midwicket

17.5

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, the wrong line. On his legs and nudged

17.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, nice line outside off. Left alone

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 40/3
SP Fleming    15* (49b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-20-3
LRPL Taylor    8* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-8-0

18.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, on the off stump, a crouched Taylor is behind this and defending

18.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, a touch wider of the off stump, Taylor stands tall and crisply punches it out to the off side

18.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, good grief that's an amazing take by Ambrose! A ripper from Broad which flew past Taylor's nose and Ambrose timed his jump absolutely to perfection

Pitch it up now, Broad

18.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, pitched up and he defends

The umpire's still having problems with Broad's follow through. He is very, very close to the danger area

18.5

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, edged wide of the diving second slip for four!

"Don't remember Harmy getting any bounce like that in Hamilton," mutters Andrew. And he's spot on too

18.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, angled down to gully

End of over 19 (4 runs) New Zealand 44/3
LRPL Taylor    12* (15b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-0
SP Fleming    15* (49b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-20-3

Anderson's finished. Here's Sidebottom

19.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, he starts with a good channel outside off

19.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 leg bye, big shout from the slips as Fleming's rapped on the pads, but nothing from Sidebottom. He's trying to swing this away from Fleming but this is sliding down the leg side

19.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, as Richie would say, a mmmmarvellous delivery there, nice and straight and swinging back into Taylor who's cautious in defence

19.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, swinging back into the right hander once more. Neatly defended

19.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Taylor is into line to this good-length delivery on off stump, and he defends

19.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, and it's defended to end the over

End of over 20 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 45/3
LRPL Taylor    12* (19b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-2-11-0
SP Fleming    15* (51b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-12-0

20.1

Broad to Fleming, no run, good line on Fleming's off stump. Left alone

20.2

Broad to Fleming, no run, cor, ripper ripper. Nice channel outside off

Broad's bowling wider and wider of the off stump to negate his follow-through problems of running onto the danger area

20.3

Broad to Fleming, 1 run, a good one which cuts back into Fleming who is firmly behind it, chopping it out to the off side. He demands Taylor through for a single

20.4

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, easily flicked through midwicket for a single. But hang on - he's coming back for two and will really have to hurry, and he does

20.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, good, fast bouncer. 87.7mph and Taylor evades it, snapping his neck out of the way - really did play that very well

20.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, well wide and left alone

That's it from me. Drinks out in the middle, and something strong for me too. Here's Mr McGlashan

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 48/3
LRPL Taylor    14* (22b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-15-0
SP Fleming    16* (54b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-2-11-0

Hello folks. Another fascinating day in progress. England on top at the moment, but the quicks need to make the most of conditions and keep the pressure on.

21.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, good line on off stump, Fleming steps across and plays down to mid-on

21.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run

21.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, rare loose ball from Sidebottom on leg stump and clipped out to deep square leg

21.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, outside off and left alone to Ambrose

21.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, turned to midwicket from middle and leg

21.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, on leg stump, Taylor tries to work through square leg but misses and it's taken on the pad out to fielder

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 49/3
LRPL Taylor    14* (25b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-2-12-0
SP Fleming    17* (57b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-15-0

22.1

Broad to Fleming, no run, back of a length on off stump and forced back down the pitch

22.2

Broad to Fleming, no run, fuller on off stump and Fleming comes forward, defends with an open face to point

22.3

Broad to Fleming, 1 run, too straight from Broad and worked neatly off the hop down to fine leg. Fleming becomes the first New Zealand batsman to reach 7000 Test runs

22.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, outside off and left alone

22.5

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, floaty half volley from Broad and well put away by Taylor with a strong drive through the covers

22.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, good comeback, drags his length a little shorter and Taylor plays inside the line at the last minute

"Fleming needs at least 7160 to secure an average of 40 when he retires," says Andrew Miller

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 54/3
LRPL Taylor    18* (28b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-20-0
SP Fleming    18* (60b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-2-12-0

23.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, well bowled by Sidebottom, keeping it full on the stumps and Fleming is nearly square up as he defends back down the pitch

23.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, this time it's wide enough for Fleming to let it go...an interesting contest between the former Nottinghamshire team-mates

23.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, half a stride forward and defended forcefully down to backward point

23.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, dropped, and one goes begging for England. It was a tough chance low to Collingwood's left at second slip as Fleming feels outside off stump...it might actually be 50-50 whether it carried, a very tough chance

23.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, meets with the full face and defends

23.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, one of Fleming's favourite shots, whipped from straight off the stumps down to fine leg and he keeps the strike

England have caught very well so far in this series and that would have been a great grab if Collingwood had managed to get his hand underneath it

End of over 24 (1 run) New Zealand 55/3
SP Fleming    19* (66b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-2-13-0
LRPL Taylor    18* (28b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-20-0

24.1

Broad to Fleming, 1 run, wide and encouraging the drive from Fleming, who responds with a flowing shot towards mid-off. Ryan Sidebottom makes a fine save as the ball bobbles on some wicket ends

24.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, still bowling very straight to Taylor who nudges into the leg side

24.3

Broad to Taylor, no run, better line from Broad, outside off stump and left alone from Taylor...still nice carry through to the keeper

24.4

Broad to Taylor, no run, pitched up outside off stump, Taylor comes forward and defends down to the second gully

24.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, so close to wicket No. 4, that's the perfect full length from Broad and draws Taylor into the drive...very near to the edge as Taylor's feet get stuck in concrete

24.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, much tighter to this one, stands tall in the crease and defends

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 56/3
LRPL Taylor    18* (33b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-21-0
SP Fleming    20* (67b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-2-13-0

Interesting bowling change, time for England's fourth seamer Paul Collingwood. He'll be tasked with doing the Jacob Oram role, but that will take some matching. A slip and two gullies in

25.1

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, outside off and a hint of swing into the left hander, left alone

Ambrose comes up to the stumps, Martin Williamson will be pleased

25.2

Collingwood to Fleming, 1 run, pushed through the covers to the deep sweeper

Ambrose moves back for Taylor

25.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, nice shape outside off stump and left alone

25.4

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, on the stumps and Taylor leans forward, pushes to mid-on

25.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, ooh, big shout from Collingwood but Taylor gets an inside edge onto his pad

25.6

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, pushed into the covers and a scampered single. Useful over from Collingwood

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 58/3
LRPL Taylor    19* (37b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-2-0
SP Fleming    21* (69b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-21-0

26.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, outside off and Taylor isn't interested

26.2

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, hint of width and a touch short, Taylor takes advantage as he cuts hard past point...that was very similar to a lot of Tim Ambrose's boundaries

26.3

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, dropped, Taylor goes for another cut and edges to Collingwood at second slip where he doesn't he pick it up and takes a painful blow on his knee...Collingwood never even got into position to catch it and is in some pain

Huge bruise already coming up on Collingwood's leg...the physio is out but it doesn't look great. That may have been a short spell for him with the ball. He's staying on the field for now, Broad didn't rush to see how he was!

26.4

Broad to Fleming, no run, pushed across Fleming outside off and left alone...Broad still trying to add to his one Test wicket

26.5

Broad to Fleming, no run, nicely bowled, forces Fleming to play and he defends cautiously into the leg side

26.6

Broad to Fleming, no run, back of a length on off stump, punched down to mid-off

Broad has found the edge a few times, and has bowled at a decent pace, but no luck

End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 63/3
SP Fleming    21* (72b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-26-0
LRPL Taylor    24* (40b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-2-0

Collingwood continues, blow and all

27.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, on off stump and defended

27.2

Collingwood to Taylor, FOUR, driven neatly and straight and mid-off where Panesar makes a complete hash of a simple save and gives away a boundary...poor stuff

27.3

Collingwood to Taylor, FOUR, runs coming now, driven on the bounce over extra cover as Collingwood over pitches and it beats deep cover

27.4

Collingwood to Taylor, 2 runs, more runs with an elegant drives as Taylor leans through the line of the ball...the sweeper gets round this time

27.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, better from Collingwood, drags his length back a little and finds the outside edge down to gully

27.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, loose from Taylor as he drives and gets the outside edge which lands short of Pietersen at a wide second gully

End of over 28 (10 runs) New Zealand 73/3
LRPL Taylor    34* (46b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-12-0
SP Fleming    21* (72b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-26-0

A useful stand building for New Zealand...change of bowling and Anderson is back

28.1

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, starts with a poor ball, short and outside leg stump which Fleming just helps around the corner and down to fine leg

28.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, corrects his line and goes outside off stump, but too wide and Fleming leaves

28.3

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, dropped into the big gap at cover and an easy single...Fleming using all his experience

28.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, outside off stump and defended to mid-off

28.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, gets a thick outside edge as he drives without quite getting to the pitch, Pietersen goes the fielding at point

28.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, keeps Taylor in defence on off stump

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 78/3
LRPL Taylor    34* (49b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-2-25-3
SP Fleming    26* (75b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-12-0

29.1

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, outside off stump and left alone to Ambrose who is stood up

29.2

Collingwood to Fleming, 1 run, another misfield from England as Fleming opens the face and runs the ball to point where Pietersen lets it through his legs...deep point cleans up

29.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, outside off and left alone, good sharp take low down by Ambrose

29.4

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, drifting onto leg stump and clipped out to deep square leg

29.5

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, pushed across Fleming and another leave

The game has just gone quiet...good news for New Zealand

29.6

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, too wide to tempt Fleming

Not much threat from Collingwood at the moment

End of over 30 (2 runs) New Zealand 80/3
SP Fleming    27* (79b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-14-0
LRPL Taylor    35* (51b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-2-25-3

30.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, outside off and left alone

30.2

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, over pitched outside off and driven handsomely wide of mid-off

30.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, outside off and left alone

30.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, bouncer which flies comfortably over Taylor as he ducks

30.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, outside off again, not making him play

30.6

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, drives hard outside off stump and gets a thick edge high over second slip and down to third man...if you are going to flash, flash hard

End of over 31 (8 runs) New Zealand 88/3
LRPL Taylor    43* (57b 8x4)      JM Anderson    11-2-33-3
SP Fleming    27* (79b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-14-0

31.1

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, hint of swing back into Fleming but a comfortable leave

31.2

Collingwood to Fleming, 2 runs, elegant drive from Fleming, overpitched outside off and helped through the covers out to the sweeper

31.3

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, tight line on off stump, Fleming forward with bat and pad together

Slip and gully in now

31.4

Collingwood to Fleming, 3 runs, easy pickings for Fleming off leg stump as Collingwood strays onto the pads and flicks through midwicket

31.5

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, defended back to Collingwood with a positive forward stride

Runs have come at four an over in recent times...a good rate

31.6

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, driven crisply to mid-off where Panesar fumbles again and gives away a single...England have been sloppy of late

End of over 32 (6 runs) New Zealand 94/3
LRPL Taylor    44* (59b 8x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-20-0
SP Fleming    32* (83b 2x4)      JM Anderson    11-2-33-3

32.1

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, well bowled and well played by Taylor who edges with soft hands between the slips and gully...no third man and another boundary

32.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, defended into the off side...it's been another impressive innings from Taylor after his century in Hamilton

32.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, another good ball, squares Taylor up on off stump as he tries to defends and a leading edge lobs into the covers but short of the fielder

32.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, full face of the bat this time, down to mid-off

32.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, banged in short, Taylor ducks easily

32.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, pitched up outside off and left alone

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 98/3
LRPL Taylor    48* (65b 9x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-37-3
SP Fleming    32* (83b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-20-0

Time for spin, one over before tea from Monty Panesar...this might be is only over for a while. Should be the quicks again after the break. He has a slip and a short leg

33.1

Panesar to Fleming, 1 run, what a shambles first up...Fleming drops the ball into the off side, sets off for a single but Taylor isn't interested. However, Pietersen's throw isn't taken cleanly by Panesar at the stumps and Fleming gets home at the non-striker's end

To be fair to Panesar it was a shocking throw from KP

33.2

Panesar to Taylor, no run, comes forward and defends

33.3

Panesar to Taylor, no run, blocks again on the front foot

33.4

Panesar to Taylor, no run, solidly behind it as tea approaches

33.5

Panesar to Taylor, no run, defended to silly point

33.6

Panesar to Taylor, 1 run, worked into the leg side and brings up New Zealand's hundred with the last ball before tea

So that is tea on the second day. New Zealand have recovered to 100 for 3 with a good stand between Fleming and Taylor. England have been a little sloppy this afternoon, especially the missed run out in that last over. Will they be left to rue that moment. Join us in 15 minutes to find out.

End of over 34 (2 runs) New Zealand 100/3
LRPL Taylor    49* (70b 9x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-2-0
SP Fleming    33* (84b 2x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-37-3

Gree and may I add tings. We're about to kick off the final session of day two here. A few missed chances last session, including that Kermit-and-Miss-Piggy fluffed run-out opportunity, OK, eyes down. Here Sidebottom goes

34.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, fires it across the right hander, straight, and the batsman squeezes over that one, cut in half although not literally

We'll leave that to David Copperfield

Two slips in, note ye

34.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, some swing and pushed up there, won't be happy with the line though, the batsman will, brushing it off the pads in line with leg

34.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, across him once more, he drives down into the pitch towards the covers

34.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, down the leg-side, Taylor helps it on its way with a turn off the legs down to fine leg where Panesar tidies up

And that's his fifty, a well-worked one in 87 minutes

34.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, a loose one from Fleming, outside off, tries to cut it and it goes past him. Similarly loose to when he just came in

34.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, squeezes the bat down on a straight one, worked out defensively forward

End of over 35 (1 run) New Zealand 101/3
SP Fleming    33* (86b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-2-14-0
LRPL Taylor    50* (74b 9x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-2-0

Anderson on now. A fair breeze up. Two slips, a gully, point

35.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, put on the money in line with off, a million-dollar defence results

35.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, pushed out on the front foot to mid-on

35.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, again hits a good length in line with off, the batsman clamps down on a solid forward defence

35.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, strayed on to the legs, pushed out to square

35.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, overpitched and the batsman drives back out sweet and straight, so much so that it crashes into the non-striker's sticks. Anderson had nothing on it, else Fleming would have been a gonner

Anyone see Sangakkara run two of his team-mates out thus in the same match at Adelaide recently in an ODI against India?

35.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, beauty to end the over, down that corridor, prompts an uncertain push forward and just misses the outside edge

End of over 36 (maiden) New Zealand 101/3
LRPL Taylor    50* (80b 9x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-37-3
SP Fleming    33* (86b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-2-14-0

36.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, this one curves out away from the left hander who leaves it harmlessly down the channel

36.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, swung away down the channel once more, Ambrose takes it through

36.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, straighter this time, in line with off, Fleming pushes forward and they charge through, pumping their bats to generate momentum

36.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, across the right hander who shoulders arms as it goes through to the keeper, some lift from the deck, there

36.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, tight line once more, defended forward

36.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, wider this time, an easy enough leave

Miller's eating some quiche, by the way, which reminds me...

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 102/3
LRPL Taylor    50* (83b 9x4)      RJ Sidebottom    12-2-15-0
SP Fleming    34* (89b 2x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-37-3

37.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, fired across the left hander from over the wicket, trying to get the angle to make him play, but it's too flat and he can just leave

37.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, left alone through once again, tighter line, mind

37.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, bombed across him once more, Fleming again judges the leave well

37.4

Anderson to Fleming, OUT, fired across him and this time he does play, trapped in the crease and cuts out to backward point, trying to pull out of the hard shot and pops it over softly. Caught in two minds and caught by Pietersen

SP Fleming c Pietersen b Anderson 34 (163m 93b 2x4 0x6) SR: 36.55

That's exactly what Anderson had been playing for. Fleming goes, New Zealand in some trouble just after tea

Here's Oram now, man on a mission. Two slips, gully, backward point for him

37.5

Anderson to Oram, 2 runs, good line to a right hander, alas alack the day, he steers down leg, Oram half-fends, half-turns it round to fine leg

37.6

Anderson to Oram, no run, shoots down the same kind of line as the first three balls, and he shoulders arms

"And Fleming's average dips down to 39.86," beetles Andrew Miller. "It's going to be a close-run thing."

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 104/4
JDP Oram    2* (2b)      JM Anderson    14-3-39-4
LRPL Taylor    50* (83b 9x4)      RJ Sidebottom    12-2-15-0

38.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, on middle and leg, pushed off the pads in front of leg

38.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, over the wicket, by the way, Oram defends back down the line

The sun breaking through some very dark clouds, incidentallement as the French wouldn't say

38.3

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, they steal out a single

Sidebottom's furious that he got away with the single and like the shire horse he is, shakes his mane and harrumphs

38.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, hurries on to the pads in line with off, defended back on the front foot

38.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, fired across him, the batsman fends back down the line and Sidebottom is down to it, picking it up easily

38.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, stays over the wicket, by the way, to the right hander, who defends back down in front of off

End of over 39 (2 runs) New Zealand 106/4
LRPL Taylor    51* (87b 9x4)      RJ Sidebottom    13-2-17-0
JDP Oram    3* (4b)      JM Anderson    14-3-39-4

39.1

Anderson to Oram, no run, short across him through to the keeper

39.2

Anderson to Oram, no run, defended back down on the front foot in line with middle

39.3

Anderson to Oram, no run, forced across him again, tightly, the ball lifts and is defended quickly back down the track

39.4

Anderson to Oram, no run, short and straight, bouncer, ducked under, the ball carries on through to the keeper

39.5

Anderson to Oram, no run, pushed back down on the front foot

Rule Britannia rings out from the trumpet. Slightly outdated, I'm not sure Britannia rules the world...

39.6

Anderson to Oram, no run, short ball down off, the batsman sways back and lets the ball go past his chest

End of over 40 (maiden) New Zealand 106/4
JDP Oram    3* (10b)      JM Anderson    15-4-39-4
LRPL Taylor    51* (87b 9x4)      RJ Sidebottom    13-2-17-0

40.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, a well-judged leave there, Sidebottom was that close to the off-stump as the ball shot through

40.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, some swing back in to the right hander who pokes back out to the covers

40.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, short ball outside off, shoulders arms very quickly indeed

40.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, nearly strangled down leg

40.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, played on the front foot to the covers

40.6

Sidebottom to Oram, FOUR, up there on middle and leg, and Oram somehow managed to get bat on it to save himself

End of over 41 (5 runs) New Zealand 111/4
JDP Oram    7* (14b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    14-2-22-0
LRPL Taylor    52* (89b 9x4)      JM Anderson    15-4-39-4

41.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, squeezed out a single this time, comfortable one

41.2

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

41.3

Anderson to Oram, no run, short ball, goes back and miscues a hook over through backward square leg, it goes very high off a top edge but lands safe in front of the looming Panesar and Sidebottom

41.4

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, fired right up there and pushed on the front foot

41.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, defended on the front foot

41.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, the ball goes down leg

Someone's knitting in the crowd. Hope it's not a player's wife...did you know about Roy Parks? Check out the story here (the last one)

End of over 42 (2 runs) New Zealand 113/4
LRPL Taylor    53* (92b 9x4)      JM Anderson    16-4-41-4
JDP Oram    8* (17b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    14-2-22-0

You're right, you're right, 'tis rules the waves and not world, thanks for the spot. Apparently you can take the Pom out of the Pommie... Oops.

42.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, down outside off, left alone

Good patch for England, threatening the batsmen here who aren't looking too comfortable

42.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, Oram plays a false stroke inside the line of the ball, his bottom hand coming up, as the ball moved away a touch from him after pitching

42.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, a better-looking shot but straight to the fielder on the off-side

42.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, tight one through down off, the batsman shoulders arms

42.5

Sidebottom to Oram, OUT, swung back in to the left hander and Sidebottom takes his first wicket as Oram prods down the track in line with middle and off, trapping him in line with middle

JDP Oram lbw b Sidebottom 8 (23m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Sidebottom's appeal was loud and long and Oram's on his way. New Zealand sinking a bit here

Here's McCullum now

42.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, shoulders arms and lets it go through across him

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 113/5
BB McCullum    0* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    15-3-22-1
LRPL Taylor    53* (92b 9x4)      JM Anderson    16-4-41-4

43.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, comes back in a touch from outside off, the ball lifts and he defends back down the track

Oram punched his bat after he was given in frustration for not hitting the ball

43.2

Anderson to Taylor, OUT, five for Anderson! Taylor's caught behind as the ball rips through outside off, curls away ever so slightly, and he pushes out at it off the back foot, sending a mere feather through but it's enough to dislodge him

LRPL Taylor c †Ambrose b Anderson 53 (127m 94b 9x4 0x6) SR: 56.38

Auckland may just be in the doghouse as Anderson collects a five-wicket haul. They did need a bowler, though. Anyway, here's Vettori, a complete battler. His immediate aim will be to help them past the follow-on, they need 30 runs.

43.3

Anderson to Vettori, no run, very close to the leg stump, Vettori shapes to help it round off the hip, down off the gloves and rolled close to the stumps

43.4

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, on the legs, Vettori turns it off the hips through deep square

43.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, short ball, the batsman ducks under and Ambrose takes it well

These are Anderson's best figures in Tests, and his fourth five-wicket haul to date

43.6

Anderson to McCullum, 1 wide, bangs it very short indeed outside off and Ambrose has to leap to snatch it one-handed, and high

43.6

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, outside off and slashed very hard indeed to the boundary, with a cracking cut shot. He's got such a good eye, McCullum, always entertaining to watch

End of over 44 (6 runs) New Zealand 119/6
BB McCullum    4* (3b 1x4)      JM Anderson    17-4-47-5
DL Vettori    1* (2b)      RJ Sidebottom    15-3-22-1

44.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, tight over the wicket, Vettori plays back down the track, no fuss nor nonsense

Two slips, gully, point

44.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, fires it up there in line with off, the batsman defends back down the track

44.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, just outside off, squeezed out to short midwicket and they run through the single easily

44.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, he goes again! Short ball outside off, McCullum leaps into a forthright attacking cut off the back foot through the covers

This will give some momentum to New Zealand

44.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, Sidebottom responds well, firing it across him, tight, the batsman jumps and tries to play on the back foot, but is squared up roundly

44.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, 4 leg byes, down the legs, Ambrose's tumble and commando roll can't cut it off

Here's Andrew Miller, whispering: "The Kiwi journalists' phones are ringing off the hook as irate sports editors demand that they kebab Auckland Cricket for their treasonable actions last week." No prizes, then, for guessing tomorrow's story.

End of over 45 (9 runs) New Zealand 128/6
BB McCullum    8* (6b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    16-3-27-1
DL Vettori    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    17-4-47-5

15 runs needed now to avoid the follow-on

45.1

Anderson to Vettori, 3 runs, width outside off, Vettori waits and plays it late through the covers, they run up a comfortable three

45.2

Anderson to McCullum, 1 leg bye, comes down the track with aggressive intent, meets the ball in line with leg and shovels it back down behind him towards fine leg

45.3

Anderson to Vettori, no run, short ball, paddled off the back foot with the front foot coming up, the top edge nearly carries to Broad at the leg gully

Vettori, typically undeterred, rehearses swatting that ball for six

45.4

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, defended on the front foot

45.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, defended back out to mid-on

45.6

Anderson to McCullum, 1 leg bye, shuffled off the legs to midwicket

"So it's Auckland's fault Anderson is better than Harmison?" says Jared. "I don't think so." Now then, it's drinks and New Zealand are somewhat in the soup. You wouldn't think so, however, from the way this pair have been playing since they came together and they are erasing the follow-on threat pretty quickly indeed. After the short break it will be Gnasher McGlashan to take you home.

End of over 46 (6 runs) New Zealand 134/6
BB McCullum    8* (9b 2x4)      JM Anderson    18-4-51-5
DL Vettori    6* (8b)      RJ Sidebottom    16-3-27-1

Thanks Jen. A great hour for England there with three quick wickets, but McCullum and Vettori are very capable of a counter-attack in the Tim Ambrose style. In fact, I reckon they are New Zealand's two best players.

46.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, shout from Sidebottom as this nips back into McCullum but there's a hint of inside edge, it's quite high and he's a long way down the track...apart from that

46.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, stands tall and flicks off the pads out to deep square-leg

46.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, outside off, swings away and carries low down through to Ambrose - who has been very neat today

46.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, lovely back foot square-drive from Vettori as Sidebottom offers a hint of width, the New Zealand captain waited for it and placed wide of point

46.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, lets this one pass as the threat of the follow on recedes

46.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, FOUR, flashing shot, edged off the back foot and it flies between second slip and gully down to third man...runs coming rapidly

That's the follow on sorted

End of over 47 (9 runs) New Zealand 143/6
DL Vettori    14* (12b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    17-3-36-1
BB McCullum    9* (11b 2x4)      JM Anderson    18-4-51-5

47.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, on off stump, McCullum makes his customary positive strides towards the bowler and defends to mid-on

47.2

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, more sweet timing from McCullum as he takes this from straight through square leg and even though Broad is on the boundary he had no chance

47.3

Anderson to McCullum, 2 runs, flicked off the hips this time towards fine leg, Sidebottom makes a sprawling save on the ropes...how quick momentum can shift

Stuart Capel has a point. "Why is everyone getting on the Auckland selectors for choosing Anderson? After a five wicket haul, why aren't people getting on the English selectors for NOT picking him for the First Test?" Probably because he hadn't been bowled into form by Auckland at that point...

47.4

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, the charge continues as this one is flicked in the air over mid-on, the pressure is back on Anderson after almost everything has gone his way up to now

47.5

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

Here's Andrew Miller. "Well I never, there's an old-fashioned London bus driving past the ground. How splendid. And oh look, there's a penguin." He's lost it, he's Blowersified.

47.6

Anderson to Vettori, FOUR, England losing the plot at the moment as Vettori pulls a short ball through midwicket and the over costs 15...a great counter-attack from New Zealand

End of over 48 (15 runs) New Zealand 158/6
DL Vettori    18* (13b 3x4)      JM Anderson    19-4-66-5
BB McCullum    20* (16b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    17-3-36-1

Change of bowling, here's Stuart Broad a he faces a tough challenge here against two flowing batsmen

48.1

Broad to McCullum, no run, outside off stump, McCullum comes right across and defends to the on side

48.2

Broad to McCullum, 1 no ball, nice shape outside off stump as McCullum goes fishing, but Broad has overstepped so any edge wouldn't have counted

48.2

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, brilliant shot, punched off the back foot past the on side of the stumps and it races away down the ground...brings up the fifty stand off 31 balls, thrilling stuff

48.3

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, again McCullum comes right across his stumps and flicks down to fine leg

Here's Jeremy: "McCullum & Vettori are treating Anderson like an Auckland bowler. Anyone recall the one day final Otago vs Auckland...."

48.4

Broad to Vettori, 1 run, on the pads and worked through square leg

Might it be worth a little of Monty?

48.5

Broad to McCullum, OUT, well, they won't need Monty to remove McCullum as he's gone to Broad...a forceful edge low to first slip as he pushes outside off where Andrew Strauss takes a sharp chance, great strike for Broad who hasn't lost his head

BB McCullum c Strauss b Broad 25 (36m 21b 5x4 0x6) SR: 119.04

"Oh well done him," says Andrew. "Broady doubles his career tally." He's always on the ball is Miller

A vital wicket for England as that stand was changing the game again...here's Kyle Mills, he can bat a bit too

48.6

Broad to Mills, no run, too wide and allows Mills to let it pass

This match has been full of thrilling passages of play and that stand was one of the highlights

End of over 49 (7 runs) New Zealand 165/7
KD Mills    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    8-0-33-1
DL Vettori    19* (14b 3x4)      JM Anderson    19-4-66-5

49.1

Anderson to Vettori, 2 runs, on the pads again and turned down to fine leg, Sidebottom makes good ground to stop the boundary

49.2

Anderson to Vettori, FOUR, an effortless pull from Vettori, so much time, and Anderson just letting himself down as he drops too short

49.3

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, chopped into the ground from outside, find the gap at point out to the sweeper

49.4

Anderson to Mills, no run, too wide at the No. 9, an easy leave for Mills...maybe Anderson is tiring

49.5

Anderson to Mills, no run, slightly closer to Mills, almost draws him into a push and the bat is pulled away at the last minute

49.6

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

How Vaughan would love a fourth main seamer in these conditions

End of over 50 (7 runs) New Zealand 172/7
KD Mills    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    20-4-73-5
DL Vettori    26* (17b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-33-1
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