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

0.1

Martin to Cook, no run, over the wicket straight away, angled across Cook who lets in go...nice carry through to McCullum

0.2

Martin to Cook, no run, well bowled, hint of movement off the seam as this one climbs past Cook's bat as he withdraws inside the line

0.3

Martin to Cook, no run, bat on ball for the first time, defended off the back foot into the off side...Martin back-of-a-length at the moment and finding some nice bounce

0.4

Martin to Cook, no run, pitched up a little fuller, Cook comes into the front foot then lets it go

0.5

Martin to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends solidly down to mid-off

0.6

Martin to Cook, 2 runs, outside off stump, opens the face and runs it between point and gully to get off the mark and England's innings is away...Jeetan Patel has his first action after being recalled

England 2/0   CS Martin 1-0-2-0

2.1

Martin to Cook, no run, on the stumps, pushed into the covers

2.2

Martin to Cook, no run, onto the front foot in solid defence with bat and pad together

2.3

Martin to Cook, no run, fuller and outside off stump, Cook lets it go

2.4

Martin to Cook, no run, defended into the covers

2.5

Martin to Cook, no run, rides the bounce nicely and defends towards backward point

2.6

Martin to Cook, no run, played back to Martin who fields in his follow through, a maiden

England 4/0   CS Martin 2-1-2-0

4.1

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off and carries through at waist height to McCullum

4.2

Martin to Cook, no run, very full outside off stump, Cook goes chasing a wide ball without any footwork and is beaten...not a good shot early on

4.3

Martin to Cook, no run, walks into a punchy drive and plays to mid-on

4.4

Martin to Cook, no run, comes forward and defends down the on side

4.5

Martin to Cook, no run, outside off and a comfortable leave

4.6

Martin to Cook, no run, back over the wicket, full on the stumps and driven back to the bowler

England 4/1   CS Martin 3-2-2-0

6.1

Martin to Cook, no run, round the wicket, Cook pokes at this outside off and nearly gets an edge

6.2

Martin to Cook, no run, punched past the on side of the stumps, mid-on makes a tumbling save to prevent any runs

6.3

Martin to Cook, OUT, gone! this is amazing stuff, Cook gets an inside edge into his stumps as he tries to drive and the third one is gone inside seven overs. Martin mixing up his line from round and over the wicket, Cook responded with an airy drive

AN Cook b Martin 2 (28m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.52

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

6.5

Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned nicely wide of mid-on by Pietersen to open his account, there is a stunned atmosphere around the ground...no one expected this

6.6

Martin to Pietersen, no run, wide outside off and left alone

England 7/3   CS Martin 4-2-5-1

8.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, dropped into the off side, plenty of space for an easy single

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   CS Martin 5-2-6-1

10.1

Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, finally England find the boundary as Martin drops short and Pietersen crunches him over the leg side with a strong pull

10.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, goes fuller again, outside off and left alone

10.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen not being tempted outside off stump as he leaves agin

10.4

Martin to Pietersen, no run, ooh, well bowled, jags back off the seam and passes fairly close to off stump...not a million miles away but it was left on length as well

10.5

Martin to Pietersen, no run, this one holds its line outside off stump, Pietersen thinks about chasing it before pulling out

10.6

Martin to Pietersen, no run, he chases this one, very full and wide from Martin. Pietersen goes after it with a flamboyant drive but doesn't make contact

England 13/3   CS Martin 6-2-10-1

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   CS Martin 7-3-10-1

14.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, attempted bouncer pulled through square leg, there's a man out on the boundary now for that shot

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   CS Martin 8-3-11-1

16.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, beaten outside off stump, great length from Martin which draws Pietersen into a flat-footed drive

16.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, wider and short outside off, left alone

16.3

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, worked from straight through midwicket, deep square-leg keeps it down to a single

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   CS Martin 9-3-16-1

31.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, nips back into Pietersen and takes him high on the pads outside the line of off stump

31.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, comes forward and gets an edge, falls well short of Ross Taylor at second slip...was a fairly meaty edge from Pietersen, but played with soft hands

31.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, squares up Pietersen outside off stump as he jumps across the crease to try and work Martin to leg

31.4

Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven straight, mid-off is very wide, but not out of the middle and it trickles down the ground

31.5

Martin to Pietersen, 3 runs, driven wide of mid-off on his left hand side this time, not quite enough power to reach the boundary

31.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and left alone...the ball is still carrying through nicely from the quicker bowlers

England 68/4   CS Martin 10-3-21-1

33.1

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

33.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, squared up again on off stump as he tries to work to leg by stepping across

33.3

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, nice clipped through square leg as he continues to favour moving across the crease to Martin

33.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, jags back at Collingwood from outside off stump

33.5

Martin to Collingwood, no run, outside off and left alone, probing line from Martin

33.6

Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, gets a thick outside edge through gully, fairly safe but some encouragement for Martin

England 74/4   CS Martin 11-3-26-1

35.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, worked through square leg

35.2

Martin to Collingwood, no run, punched off the back foot into the covers

35.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, again, forced neatly off the back foot into the covers

35.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, huge appeal from Martin and the rest of New Zealand as Collingwood tries to pull from way outside off stump and there's a noise, Martin can't believe Rudi didn't give it. Any noise had to be bat...nothing else near it

35.5

Martin to Collingwood, no run, back in defence, Martin not happy

35.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, sharp bouncer to end the over, Collingwood ducks

England 84/4   CS Martin 12-3-27-1

37.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, defended to the off side

37.2

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, banged in short and pulled very hard through square leg, didn't come off the middle

37.3

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

37.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, slightly closer to off stump but Collingwood can still watch it go through

37.5

Martin to Collingwood, no run, sharp bouncer, Martin can work up some pace when he wants to

37.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, hint of movement back into Collingwood, defended on the front foot

England 92/4   CS Martin 13-3-28-1

39.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, quick single

39.2

Martin to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the off side

39.3

Martin to Collingwood, no run, good leave from Collingwood, on length as much as line as he jags back over the stumps

39.4

Martin to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

39.5

Martin to Collingwood, FOUR, dragged down short, Collingwood latches onto a pull past square leg and there's no one out on the boundary for him

39.6

Martin to Collingwood, no run, outside off to end the over

England 98/4   CS Martin 14-3-33-1

41.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, driven without any real timing down to mid-on

41.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left alone...a responsible innings from Pietersen so far

41.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, closes the face of the bat and squirts the ball out to midwicket

41.4

Martin to Pietersen, no run, defended off the back foot

41.5

Martin to Pietersen, no run, goes across the crease and defends down to mid-off

41.6

Martin to Pietersen, no run, opens the face and runs the ball to point

England 107/4   CS Martin 15-4-33-1

63.1

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, picks the gap at cover with a cover drive, there's a sweeper out

63.2

Martin to Broad, 1 run, pushed off the back foot through mid-off, nicely timed from Broad

63.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, on off stump, defended out to cover

63.4

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, heaved from outside off stump, through square leg...he was trying to hit that much straighter

63.5

Martin to Broad, FOUR, lovely shot from Broad, clipped off his hip through square leg with nice timing...some class in that shot

63.6

Martin to Broad, no run, punched off the back foot to mid-on

England 158/6   CS Martin 16-4-40-1

65.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, appeal for a caught behind as Pietersen drives from outside off towards mid-on, but the noise was ball on pad

65.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, squirts a drive towards mid-on, not timed and he goes and stretches his leg again

65.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, wide outside off and left alone

65.4

Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, on his toes, worked off the body out to deep square-leg...completes a quick two so there doesn't seem a huge issue with any muscle tweak

65.5

Martin to Pietersen, 1 wide, very short bouncer, goes miles over Pietersen's head and it's called wide

65.5

Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven wide of mid-on, not timed and he gets another brace to take him to 98

65.6

Martin to Pietersen, no run, mistimed drive down to mid-on, nowhere near the middle

England 164/6   CS Martin 17-4-45-1

67.1

Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, he gets his hundred, but not in convincing style as he gets a thick outside edge past a flying gully down to third man...that's his 11th Test hundred and his first since the The Oval last August and took 163 balls. Without it England would be in a pickle

67.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the off side

67.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, pushed down to mid-off...how many more can Pietersen get from the tail

67.4

Martin to Pietersen, FOUR, that's a spanking drive through mid-off, one of his best of the innings...top class shot from a man back in form

67.5

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, worked into the off side

67.6

Martin to Broad, 1 run, flicked off the hip out to deep square-leg, he had plenty of time to play that

England 176/6   CS Martin 18-4-55-1

81.1

Martin to Pietersen, no run, slightly short, cuts back in, Pietersen stands upright and defends

81.2

Martin to Pietersen, no run, he shuffles to the off, looks to flick to leg, misses and takes it on the pads

81.3

Martin to Pietersen, no run, on the move to the off again, pushes firmly to mid-on

81.4

Martin to Pietersen, 2 runs, booming inswinger but too full, flicked off his toes to deep midwicket, Broad was called for a sharp second and he really had to scamper but the throw was to the wrong end

81.5

Martin to Pietersen, no run, outside off at 82mph/131kph and left alone

81.6

Martin to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed with soft hands to extra cover and what should have been a tight run turned out to be easy as Vettori was slow off the mark himself.

England 208/6   CS Martin 19-4-58-1

83.1

Martin to Broad, no run, shortish, slanting across the left hander who pokes and misses

83.2

Martin to Broad, no run, pushed into the covers off the back foot

83.3

Martin to Broad, FOUR, driven loosely off the back foot with no footwork, a thick edge flies inches wide of How who dives full length to his left at third slip

83.4

Martin to Broad, no run, he stands tall and plays a better-looking shot to mid-off

83.5

Martin to Broad, no run, lovely ball, Broad stands up and is completely beaten by a ball just short of a length which leaves him off the seam

83.6

Martin to Broad, 1 wide, banged in very short and it's called a wide by Rudi Koertzen ... Broad is a tall man and that was way over his head

83.6

Martin to Broad, no run, wide and confidently driven square from the crease, Bell makes a good stop at point

England 213/7   CS Martin 20-4-63-1

85.1

Martin to Broad, no run, a nothing drive, playing outside the line, and the ball fizzes between bat and pad, through a very large gap

85.2

Martin to Broad, no run, defensively driven to mid-off

85.3

Martin to Broad, no run, back and pushed into the on side

85.4

Martin to Broad, no run, defended into the off side

85.5

Martin to Broad, 1 run, pushed firmly between bowler and wide mid-on, they pondered a second but Sidebottom was not prepared to come back to the danger end

85.6

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, outside off stump, it moves away and Sidebottom holds the bat well inside the line

England 214/7   CS Martin 21-4-64-1

87.1

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, so close ... Sidebottom plays and misses just outside off stump, leaving him off the pitch

87.2

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, swinging away but it started much to wide to cause any alarms and Sidebottom leaves

87.3

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, fuller and this time Sidebottom plays deliberately inside the line

87.4

Martin to Sidebottom, 2 runs, daintily worked square into the leg side

87.5

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, he beats him for the second time in the over, slight seam movement too much for the No. 9 and he knows it, raising his eyebrows as he gropes at air

87.6

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, fuller and straight, Sidebottom shapes to flick to leg but the ball ends up back at Martin's feet

England 228/7   CS Martin 22-4-66-1

89.1

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, Groundhog Day ... outside off, some movement away and Sidebottom beaten

89.2

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, and for a fourth time in eight balls, Sidebottom is left fencing at thin air

89.3

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, a surprise bouncer and Sidebottom ducks rather late

89.4

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, outside off and ...well, almost goes without saying, but he's beaten again

89.5

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, outside off and let's give poor old Sidebottom the benefit and say he pulled his bat out of the way just about in time

89.6

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, that one beat him again ... that's seven times in two overs, but all that matters is that Sidebottom is still there

England 230/7   CS Martin 23-5-66-1

91.1

Martin to Broad, no run, short, the lanky Broad ducks

91.2

Martin to Broad, FOUR, Broad goes back, jumps up and, two-thirds in control, steers the ball through the slips, in the air but safe

91.3

Martin to Broad, no run, booming awayswinger and Broad would have struggled to reach that even if he had wanted to

91.4

Martin to Broad, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single

91.5

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, outside off and Sidebottom genuinely left that one

91.6

Martin to Sidebottom, 4 leg byes, down the leg side, the ball brushes the pad and beats a diving McCullum who gets a fingertip to it but can't prevent the four byes

England 240/7   CS Martin 24-5-71-1

93.1

Martin to Sidebottom, no run, on off stump, defended square towards point

93.2

Martin to Sidebottom, 3 runs, pitched up, Sidebottom skews a drive between gully and backward point...it was the air for a while and Patel makes a good save on the boundary

93.3

Martin to Panesar, no run, outside off, moves away off the seam and Panesar plays well inside the line...still good carry through to McCullum

93.4

Martin to Panesar, no run, draws Panesar half forward on off stump, takes a thick outside edge down in front of hully

93.5

Martin to Panesar, no run, defends with a slightly open face to point

93.6

Martin to Panesar, no run, beaten outside off as this angles in and moves away a fraction

England 247/8   CS Martin 25-5-74-1

95.1

Martin to Panesar, no run, bouncer, easily ducked by Panesar

95.2

Martin to Panesar, no run, outside off and well left with a little flourish

95.3

Martin to Panesar, no run, outside off, moves away from Panesar who leaves again

95.4

Martin to Panesar, no run, tries to leave again and gets a bottom edge back towards the slips but along the ground

95.5

Martin to Panesar, OUT, gone! Martin gets his reward, fires in a full straight ball which Panesar plays all around and loses his middle stump. Was set up by a series of outswingers, well bowled

MS Panesar b Martin 1 (14m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.69

95.6

Martin to Anderson, no run, beaten first ball by a good delivery just outside off stump, a fine over from Martin

England 253/9   CS Martin 26-6-74-2
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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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