England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand Test Series - 3rd Test

New Zealand v England

England won by 121 runs

Overs 0-50

0.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, FOUR, lovely start for Fleming, on leg stump and flicked effortlessly through the leg side, was in the air but huge gaps with an attacking field

0.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, outside off and swinging away, too wide and left alone

0.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, too wide outside off again, but a good start for Sidebottom who again shows his importance to this England attack

New Zealand 5/1   SP Fleming 4* (3b 1x4)

2.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, outside off, Fleming watches it go through

2.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, swings away outside off stump but it started too wide...Sidebottom doesn't want to get carried away here

2.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, closer to off stump, but Fleming judges it well and pulls his bat high

2.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, nicely bowled, full and tighter to off stump, Fleming makes a late call to leave as he watches the swing

2.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, this one doesn't swing, carries on towards the stumps and takes the pad before dropping to the ground

2.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, outside off again, plenty of sighters for Fleming in that over

New Zealand 5/1   SP Fleming 4* (9b 1x4)

5.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, well bowled, Fleming is square up as he tries to defend and gets a leading edge towards point but he falls well short

5.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, on off stump, defended back to Anderson who has adjusted well to the left hander

5.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, goes for the pull but it's not as short as Fleming thought and he takes it in the midriff

5.4

Anderson to Fleming, 2 runs, forced nicely off the back foot through the covers, Broad keeps them to two

5.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run, pushed across Fleming who can let it go

5.6

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, worked off leg stump out to Ian Bell at deep square leg

New Zealand 13/1   SP Fleming 7* (15b 1x4)

6.1

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

6.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, 2 runs, lovely shot from Fleming, stands tall and punches wide off mid-off with elegant timing

6.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, a rare wild drive from Fleming, full outside off stump and he went chasing it without making contact...not footwork on that occasion

6.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, good ball on off stump, defended square on the off side where Anderson is unable to field cleanly at point

New Zealand 16/1   SP Fleming 10* (19b 1x4)

7.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, whipped from straight down to mid-on, good job he got bat on that

7.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, short ball which brings an extravagant pull from Fleming, an ugly shot he had to fetch from outside off stump and he doesn't connect

7.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, a much more correct leave this time as it rises past off stump

7.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, turned to square leg where it's well fielded by Bell

7.5

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, full on off stump, beautifully driven square on the off side...all timing as he just leant on the ball, Fleming at his best

7.6

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, tucked into midwicket so Fleming keeps the bowling

New Zealand 21/1   SP Fleming 15* (25b 2x4)

8.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, down the leg side, Fleming misses out as he tries to flick

8.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, an airy drive from Fleming to a full delivery on off stump, lands just in front of Pietersen at gully...nicely bowled by Sidebottom

8.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, 3 runs, worked off the stumps wide of mid-on, typical Fleming and Michael Vaughan does the chasing

New Zealand 24/1   SP Fleming 18* (28b 2x4)

9.1

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, top shot from Fleming, best of the day, as he drives off the back foot through the covers...he's again looking a class apart in New Zealand's top order

9.2

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, and again, this time an cover drive as Anderson over pitches on off stump...Fleming frees his arm through the line, he's off and running

9.3

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, three in a row, driven square through the off side this time...played at the top of the bounce and place perfectly

9.4

Anderson to Fleming, SIX, short, wide and he's gone again...this time all the way over deep point, that was a long hop from Anderson and Fleming went up and over

9.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run, goes round the wicket, a dot ball for Anderson as Fleming drives to cover

9.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, outside off and left alone, but that will probably be the end of Anderson's spell

New Zealand 42/1   SP Fleming 36* (34b 5x4 1x6)

11.1

Broad to Fleming, no run, starts well, on off stump and comes back at Fleming who defends slightly awkwardly to mid-off

11.2

Broad to Fleming, no run, outside off and left alone, 83mph from Broad

11.3

Broad to Fleming, 1 run, turned wide of Panesar at mid-on, he chases hard and keeps them to a single

New Zealand 45/1   SP Fleming 37* (37b 5x4 1x6)

12.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, good line outside off, Fleming watches it closely and leaves

12.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, driven sweetly square on the off side, Ian Bell pulls off a fine save at point

12.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, defended to a wide mid-off, England have reinforced the cover/backward point area for Fleming

12.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, strangled shout as Fleming is taken on the pad but it's going well down leg and Ambrose makes a tumbling save to his right

12.5

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, defended to Broad who is at the wide mid-off position

12.6

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, nice shape away outside off, a tidy maiden to keep Fleming under control

New Zealand 45/1   SP Fleming 37* (43b 5x4 1x6)

13.6

Broad to Fleming, no run, nips back at Fleming, defended down into the pitch

New Zealand 54/1   SP Fleming 37* (44b 5x4 1x6)

14.4

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, inside edge into the pads runs out towards point and a good call from How to rotate the strike

New Zealand 60/1   SP Fleming 38* (45b 5x4 1x6)

15.1

Broad to Fleming, 2 runs, tucked neatly through midwicket and Fleming goes into the forties

15.2

Broad to Fleming, no run, well bowled, just outside stump and comes back at Fleming...he leaves and is close to a similar dismissal to Wellington, that was inches from off stump

15.3

Broad to Fleming, no run, outside off, a very confident looking Fleming drives on the up to cover

15.4

Broad to Fleming, FOUR, he's not holding back, full outside off stump and he sends this screaming in the air past Anderson at cover for another boundary. Fleming wants to go out in style, this is a brilliant calculated assault

15.5

Broad to Fleming, no run, wider outside off and left alone

15.6

Broad to Fleming, no run, too wide to tempt Fleming this time

New Zealand 74/1   SP Fleming 44* (51b 6x4 1x6)

16.2

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, dropped and it goes from bad to worse from England, Fleming plays away from his body outside off and sends a thick edge to Andrew Strauss's right at first slip. He doesn't seem to pick it up and belatedly sticks out his right hand and can only parry it to third man

16.3

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, dismissive from Fleming, wide half volley driven on the up through cover and Fleming is half way towards his fairytale finish off, fifty off 53 balls

16.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, defended back to Anderson

16.5

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, opens the face and runs between the slips down to third man, Fleming toying with the bowling and Anderson is being carted

16.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, sprayed wide of the off stump again, left alone

New Zealand 87/1   SP Fleming 56* (56b 9x4 1x6)

18.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, on middle, defended to short midwicket

18.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, goes across the crease, defends into the off side

18.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, defended down in front of short leg

18.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, outside off, defended back down the pitch

18.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, on off stump, no spin for Panesar and pushed into the off side

18.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, played back down the pitch, some control from Panesar with a maiden

New Zealand 93/1   SP Fleming 56* (62b 9x4 1x6)

20.1

Sidebottom to Fleming, 2 runs, he continues in his positive vein, whipped off the pads through square leg with ease

20.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, short and wide, hammered through the covers but it came off the bottom of the bat

New Zealand 96/1   SP Fleming 59* (64b 9x4 1x6)

21.1

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, wide outside off stump, tempting for Fleming but left alone

21.2

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, fired very wide of the stumps, must have been close to being called

21.3

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, straighter and driven back down the pitch

21.4

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, opens the face and runs it down to gully, he had so much time for that shot

21.5

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, hint of gentle swing into Fleming, a confident drive up to mid-off

21.6

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, pushed into the covers...a maiden from Collingwood, and that's his job

New Zealand 100/1   SP Fleming 59* (70b 9x4 1x6)

22.2

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, punched crisply up to mid-on

22.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, OUT, gone! the breakthrough for England and Sidebottom does it again, outside off stump and Fleming plays a loose push which flies quickly to second slip where Collingwood holds on.

SP Fleming c Collingwood b Sidebottom 59 (98m 72b 9x4 1x6) SR: 81.94

New Zealand 103/2   SP Fleming 59 (72b 9x4 1x6)
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Mar 26, 2008

England's fans celebrate the series win, New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Napier, March 26, 2008

England's fans celebrate the series win

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Mar 26, 2008

Michael Vaughan meets his children after the end of a long tour, New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Napier, March 26, 2008

Michael Vaughan meets his children after the end of a long tour

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