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

0.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 leg bye, swing first up but he's down the leg side and it takes the pad to fine leg

0.2

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, big shout straight away as this shapes back at Bell, but he's struck above the knee and it's just going over the stumps...good signs for Sidebottom

0.3

Sidebottom to Bell, OUT, gone! this time Bell's plumb as he pads up to a ball which shapes back and hits him bang in front of all three...Bell really out of his depth, a horrible misjudgement, and the early boost England needed

MD Bell lbw b Sidebottom 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

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   RJ Sidebottom 1-0-4-1

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   RJ Sidebottom 2-1-4-1

4.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed into the leg side, as he comes across the crease...that will keep short leg interested

4.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, played with a straight bat down to mid-on

4.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, makes half a stride forward, defended into the covers

4.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, full this time, How defends square on the off side...he doesn't seem entirely confident out there

4.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, good line and length on off stump, pushed back to Sidebottom who shows some aggression towards How with a snarl

4.6

Sidebottom to How, 4 leg byes, down the leg side, Sidebottom not pleased with himself as this takes the pad and flies wide of Ambrose down to fine leg

New Zealand 10/1   RJ Sidebottom 3-2-4-1

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

6.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed across How, no swing that time, and it's let go

6.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, on the stumps, How comes forward and defends getting a thick inside edge into the leg side

New Zealand 16/1   RJ Sidebottom 4-2-7-1

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

8.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed wide across How who leaves

8.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, again pushed too wide across How, Sidebottom just straining a little and losing his line

8.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, closer to the off stump but again he doesn't have to play

New Zealand 24/1   RJ Sidebottom 5-2-10-1

10.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, meanwhile, How on 1 leaves outside off stump

10.2

Sidebottom to How, 2 leg byes, down the leg side from Sidebottom, takes the pad again down the Panesar at fine leg

10.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off and left alone, less swing now for Sidebottom

10.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed across the right hander, left again

10.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, closer to off stump, good judgement from How as he leaves

10.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, makes him play this time, defended to mid-on

New Zealand 44/1   RJ Sidebottom 6-3-10-1

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   RJ Sidebottom 7-4-10-1

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

20.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, defended back down towards Sidebottom, How will continue in his own way

20.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven out to cover

20.5

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, on leg stump, clipped through square leg and it races away to bring up New Zealand's hundred

20.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed across How, defended out to cover

New Zealand 100/1   RJ Sidebottom 8-4-17-1

22.1

Sidebottom to How, 3 runs, shovelled through midwicket with a straight bat, brings up the 100 stand

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

22.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, good ball just outside off stump, well left from Sinclair

22.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, pushed across outside off stump, left alone

22.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, finds the outside edge from a drive, falls short of Collingwood at second slip to end a fine over from Sidebottom

New Zealand 103/2   RJ Sidebottom 9-4-20-2

24.1

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, driven powerfully through the covers, he just hit through the line and it shows how good the pitch is for batting

24.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, closes the bat face on this drive and it goes back to Sidebottom

24.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, defended back to Sidebottom who needlessly throws it over How's head back to Ambrose...just get on with bowling

24.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven down to mid-on

24.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, flicked firmly down to mid-on

24.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, big appeal as How goes for the pull as there's a noise as it goes down the leg side, well taken by Ambrose put it's off the thigh pad

New Zealand 112/2   RJ Sidebottom 10-4-24-2

26.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, cuts sharply into How from round the wicket, finds the gap at square leg to get off strike

26.2

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, on leg stump, takes the pad towards square leg

26.3

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, pushed across Sinclair who watches it goes past his off stump

26.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, wider outside off stump and another leave...the game as just slowed down since Fleming went

26.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, targeting the stumps this time, driven up to mid-on

26.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, goes across Sinclair as he lets it go

New Zealand 115/2   RJ Sidebottom 11-4-25-2

28.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, round the wicket, angling into How and defended down the pitch

28.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, makes a positive stride, pushed to mid-on

28.3

Sidebottom to How, OUT, gone! well, the round the wicket ploy has worked (so what do I know) as Sidebottom gets How to drive at a full delivery outside off stump. An edge flies nicely to Strauss at first slip and suddenly England are back in it

JM How c Strauss b Sidebottom 44 (129m 73b 8x4 0x6) SR: 60.27

28.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, stays round the wicket, outside off and left alone

28.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, another easy leave for Taylor to allow him to settle, have to target the new batsman

28.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, 2 runs, flicked nicely off the stumps down to Panesar at fine leg, who gets a cheer for a clean pick up

New Zealand 118/3   RJ Sidebottom 12-4-27-3

30.1

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, stifled appeal from Sidebottom, Sinclair struck outside off stump as he comes forward

30.2

Sidebottom to Sinclair, OUT, gone! what is going on here, a short ball which Sinclair miscues straight to mid-on where Broad snaffles a low catch...that didn't come out anywhere near the middle, another failure for Sinclair

MS Sinclair c Broad b Sidebottom 7 (37m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.58

30.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, stays round the wicket again, whipped through square leg from straight to get off the mark

30.4

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, wasted from Sidebottom, dragged down short and wide outside off stump

30.5

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, turned into the leg side from straight

30.6

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, jags back at Elliott from round the wicket, bounces over the stumps...another fine over from Sidebottom

New Zealand 120/5   RJ Sidebottom 13-4-28-4

32.1

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, comes forward outside off stump and defends

32.2

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, defended down with soft hands in front of Bell at short leg

32.3

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, outside off stump, Elliott played at that whatever he tries to make us believe by pulling the bat away

32.4

Sidebottom to Elliott, 2 runs, flicked down towards Panesar at fine leg, makes a good sliding save to prevent the boundary and that's Elliott's first Test runs

32.5

Sidebottom to Elliott, 3 runs, runs off the face of the bat wide of gully, it pulls up just short of the third man rope...Cook had a slight bobble on that

32.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, OUT, gone! what a huge wicket for England, round the wicket, jags back at McCullum who plays an expansive cut and drags into his stumps...Sidebottom has another five-wicket haul, one in each Test this series, and his 50th Test wicket

BB McCullum b Sidebottom 9 (15m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

New Zealand 137/6   RJ Sidebottom 14-4-33-5

34.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, outside off, Vettori allows it to pass

34.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, same line, again he leaves it

34.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, this one holds its line but again is wide and left

34.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, better, straighter, and the batsman forced to play

34.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, worked into the on side, he starts for a run and then checks, sending his partner scurrying back, Vaughan fields and sends in a wild throw which evades the keeper and the man backing up, but Bell, the second line of defence, mops up

34.6

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, a yard or so outside off

New Zealand 137/6   RJ Sidebottom 15-5-33-5

36.1

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, forward and solidly played to mid-off

36.2

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, forward and then sneaks the bat behind the pad and allows the ball to pass

36.3

Sidebottom to Elliott, no run, outside off, left, and Ambrose takes that at his feet

36.4

Sidebottom to Elliott, OUT, probing line, Elliott half fences, gets the thinnest of edges and Ambrose does the rest ... Elliott is off without looking at the umpire and Sidebottom has 6 for 33

GD Elliott c †Ambrose b Sidebottom 6 (36m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

36.5

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, outside off and Southee leaves

36.6

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, angled in from round the wicket, swinging as well, Sidebottom appeals ... was it bat-pad or the other way round ... anyhow, not out

New Zealand 138/7   RJ Sidebottom 16-6-33-6

38.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, left alone outside off stump

38.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, same line, Sidebottom coming over the wicket, Vettori not tempted

38.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, flicked off his legs to Anderson at long leg

38.4

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, driven to mid-off, again with a suspicion of a shimmy towards the leg side as he plays it

38.5

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, outside off and Southee leaves

38.6

Sidebottom to Southee, 1 run, loose drive into the leg side, it is wide enough of mid-on to allow him the single to get off the mark

New Zealand 141/7   RJ Sidebottom 17-6-35-6

40.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, placed to the left of mid-on, Vaughan can't prevent the single

40.2

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, short at 85mph/137kph, Southee walks back rather than ducks

40.3

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, short and angled into the batsman from round the wicket, played safely but he was heading to leg

40.4

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, attempted yorker which ends up as a full toss, he misses and it scoots past the leg stump

40.5

Sidebottom to Southee, no run, full, driven hard back at the bowler's feet, he gets down quickly and does enough to prevent runs

40.6

Sidebottom to Southee, FOUR, loose full toss outside off, a gift ball and Southee accepts, driven just behind square on the off side

New Zealand 146/7   RJ Sidebottom 18-6-40-6

42.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, firmly patted to Broad at mid-off, Sidebottom carries on in his follow through and jogs in a large arc back to his mark

42.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, cuts to gully where a grinning Pietersen makes a decent save

42.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, drifting to leg stump, turned off his legs to deep midwicket and Anderson ambles in to field

42.4

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, a step to the off and defended to mid-on

42.5

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, angled across and it holds its line, Patel leaves

42.6

Sidebottom to Patel, 1 run, driven slightly uppishly through the covers, Anderson out in the far beyond fields

New Zealand 154/8   RJ Sidebottom 19-6-42-6

44.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, slightly short, pushed into the covers where Vaughan has allowed the single but leaving a big gap and sending the fielder into the deep

44.2

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, on leg stump, dribbled into the on side, Patel wants a run, Vettori doesn't, Bell scurries from short leg to field

44.3

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, defensive push past Sidebottom, Vaughan round to field from mid-on, he picks up and send in a dire throw

44.4

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, bouncer and Patel ducks

44.5

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, left on length, it passes over the top of the off stump

44.6

Sidebottom to Patel, no run, another leave on length

New Zealand 155/8   RJ Sidebottom 20-6-43-6

46.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, outside off and left alone with the swing

46.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, chopped square through the off side

46.3

Sidebottom to Patel, 1 leg bye, loses his line down the leg side, flicked down to fine leg off the pad

46.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, beaten by one which comes back in the air and off the seam, not a pretty drive from Vettori

46.5

Sidebottom to Vettori, 1 run, guided square through the off side, Bell at deep point keeps them to a single

46.6

Sidebottom to Patel, 2 runs, turned through midwicket, Broad chases hard but can't stop the two...not Sidebottom's best over

New Zealand 163/8   RJ Sidebottom 21-6-47-6

48.1

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, inside edge into the pads, runs into the off side

48.2

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, pushed down the ground, single is refused

48.3

Sidebottom to Vettori, no run, played back up the pitch to Sidebottom

48.4

Sidebottom to Vettori, OUT, gone! Sidebottom finishes the innings with his seventh wicket as Vettori gets a thick outside edge to Cook at fourth slip/fine gully...a career-best 7 for 47 for the left-armer and what a spell it has been

DL Vettori c Cook b Sidebottom 14 (72m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

New Zealand 168/10   RJ Sidebottom 21.4-6-47-7
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Mar 26, 2008

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