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 1-50  | Overs 51-100

6.4

Martin to Bell, 1 run, turned from outside off stump into the huge gap on the leg side, brings ironic cheers from the England fans

England 5/3   IR Bell 1* (1b)

7.1

Southee to Bell, no run, comes half forward and gets an inside edge via his pad and into the leg side...England making this look like a minefield

7.2

Southee to Bell, no run, defended to the leg side, but Bell needs to careful not to play around his front pad

7.3

Southee to Bell, no run, defended back down the pitch to Southee...a No. 5 doesn't expect to be batting with the first half an hour of a Test

7.4

Southee to Bell, no run, nice delivery outside off stump, hint of movement and Bell leaves

7.5

Southee to Bell, no run, on off stump, Bell all in defence as Southee keeps his line accurate

7.6

Southee to Bell, no run, swings away very wide outside off stump

England 7/3   IR Bell 1* (7b)

8.2

Martin to Bell, no run, shapes back into Bell, defends to the leg side

8.3

Martin to Bell, no run, comes forward, defends on the front foot out to point

8.4

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off, Bell makes a late call to leave and more good carry through to McCullum who takes it on the rise

8.5

Martin to Bell, no run, fired down the leg side and McCullum pulls off a good take

8.6

Martin to Bell, no run, defended into the covers, no easy pickings for the batsmen

England 8/3   IR Bell 1* (12b)

9.3

Southee to Bell, no run, good line, just outside off stump and Bell lets it bounce through

9.4

Southee to Bell, no run, too wide outside off stump, but still some encouraging swing

9.5

Southee to Bell, no run, drags it closer to Bell but doesn't bring a shot

9.6

Southee to Bell, no run, full on the stumps, driven on the bounce back to Southee

England 9/3   IR Bell 1* (16b)

11.1

Southee to Bell, 1 run, drifting onto leg stump, clipped down to fine leg

England 14/3   IR Bell 2* (17b)

12.1

Martin to Bell, no run, a blow for Bell on the glove as he gets on that jags back off the seam and takes the bottom hand

12.2

Martin to Bell, no run, brilliant bowling again, outside off and holding the line...Bell with a half-hearted poke and he was back when he should have been forward

12.3

Martin to Bell, no run, this one comes back again at Bell, but it's a comfortable leave this time

12.4

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off and another leave

12.5

Martin to Bell, no run, another loose drive, Martin pitches up outside off stump and Bell gets beaten on the outside edge as he doesn't fully commit to the shot

12.6

Martin to Bell, no run, good bouncer from Martin, Bell sways out of the line and the stranglehold continues

England 14/3   IR Bell 2* (23b)

13.2

Southee to Bell, no run, turned from middle stump to square leg

13.3

Southee to Bell, no run, shapes away outside off stump, left alone

13.4

Southee to Bell, no run, defended into the leg side, Southee continues to be accurate and Bell can't get going

13.5

Southee to Bell, 1 wide, ooh, this one almost goes to first slip as it swings lavishly from outside off stump

13.5

Southee to Bell, no run, half an appeal from behind the batsmen, the ball didn't swing and struck Bell on the pads but looked to heading down the leg side

13.6

Southee to Bell, no run, defended to mid-on

England 16/3   IR Bell 2* (28b)

14.2

Martin to Bell, no run, driven off the back foot from outside off stump, cover point brings off a decent save

14.3

Martin to Bell, no run, outside off and left alone

14.4

Martin to Bell, no run, touch too wide outside off from Martin, Bell leaves again

14.5

Martin to Bell, no run, wide again, but this time it comes back into Bell who lets it go

14.6

Martin to Bell, no run, this time Bell brings out a nice drive, to the left of mid-off who brings off a good one-handed save to stop any runs

England 17/3   IR Bell 2* (33b)

15.3

Elliott to Bell, no run, played into the covers from the crease

15.4

Elliott to Bell, no run, fuller this time, but Bell doesn't really get a big stride in to defend

15.5

Elliott to Bell, no run, gentle shape away outside off

15.6

Elliott to Bell, no run, flicked off the stumps straight to mid-on

England 18/3   IR Bell 2* (37b)

16.4

Martin to Bell, no run, comes half forward and defends down to mid-off

16.5

Martin to Bell, FOUR, elegant cover drive from Bell, a wide full delivery is slotted past mid-off with Bell's typical textbook correctness...his best shot of the day (there's not been much competition)

16.6

Martin to Bell, no run, leaves outside off as Martin goes wider

England 23/3   IR Bell 6* (40b 1x4)

17.3

Elliott to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

17.4

Elliott to Bell, no run, driven off a thick inside edge to square leg

17.5

Elliott to Bell, no run, defended from the crease

17.6

Elliott to Bell, no run, shapes a little outside off and not played at

England 26/3   IR Bell 6* (44b 1x4)

19.1

Elliott to Bell, no run, outside off stump, driven square to point

19.2

Elliott to Bell, no run, left alone this time by Bell

19.3

Elliott to Bell, no run, on off stump, defended into the covers...Elliott's role is to just keep it tight

19.4

Elliott to Bell, 2 runs, over pitched outside off stump, driven nicely wide of mid-off but without the power to reach the boundary...nice shot from Bell, small crumbs in the session for England

19.5

Elliott to Bell, no run, driven to mid-off again where Vettori slides and makes the save

19.6

Elliott to Bell, no run, outside off and left alone as it swings away a touch

England 30/3   IR Bell 8* (50b 1x4)

21.1

Elliott to Bell, no run, driven firmly to mid-off

21.2

Elliott to Bell, no run, back of a length, defended back down the ground

21.3

Elliott to Bell, no run, fired down the leg side and an excellent take from McCullum who is up to the stumps again

21.4

Elliott to Bell, no run, turned off the stumps straight to midwicket

21.5

Elliott to Bell, no run, bat and pad together, defended cautiously down to mid-off

21.6

Elliott to Bell, no run, forced off the back foot into the covers, a very gentle maiden from Elliott but that's his job

England 30/3   IR Bell 8* (56b 1x4)

22.2

Vettori to Bell, 1 run, comes forward, takes an inside edge backward of square on the leg side...look for two but it's not on

England 32/3   IR Bell 9* (57b 1x4)

23.1

Elliott to Bell, OUT, gone! Would you believe it, Ian Bell has contrived to flat-bat a long-hop straight back to Elliott as he tried to work it into the leg side. That's Elliott's first Test wicket as England sink further

IR Bell c & b Elliott 9 (68m 58b 1x4 0x6) SR: 15.51

England 36/4   IR Bell 9 (58b 1x4)
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Photos

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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