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

The New Zealand team head onto the park, followed by the England openers to a huge cheer from the visiting supporters. It will be Chris Martin to start off with three slips and a gully for Alastair Cook...here we go

10.25am Just a few minutes away from the start now...stay tuned for all the action.

10.20am The pitch report confirms it's flat out there, although Ian Botham says there might be some uneven bounce later in the game. Time for the batsmen to cash in. On that note Andrew Miller reports: "A [England] team source, apparently, has said that the gameplan for this innings will be 'to smack it' "

10.10am Martin Crowe, working for TV out in New Zealand, brings great insight when asked about Grant Elliott. "I've not seen him, so I don't know," he says. Move on. Next. At least he's honest.

10.05am Meanwhile, after his toss duties Michael Vaughan has presented a commemorative bat to Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the Times cricket writer, who is covering his last Test for the paper in Napier. CMJ is one of the best-known figures from the cricket media and will continue to use his great knowledge of the game with his radio work and feature writing.

10.00am The toss has just taken place and England have won and decided to bat...Michael Vaughan barely had to think about that and says they are aiming to make the most of it on what looks a flat pitch. "Hopefully this surface will give us the chance to go on and make some big scores," says Vaughan.

Daniel Vettori tries to put a positive spin on the toss but concedes "it's usually full of runs here." Then he talks about the debutants and says he hopes the "fresh legs" will help his team.

9.55am There is quite a debate going on as to whether Grant Elliott has one 't' or two at the end of his name. For now, we are sticking with two but if there are any family members out there who can help please get in touch.

9.45am Unsurprisingly England haven't brought out their football to the warm-ups after James Anderson's slip during the last Test. Andrew Miller has made it to the ground, early as always, and reports the England players are catching with baseball mits...shame they can't use them in the match. However, apparently New Zealand have had a kick-about, which is risky considering they are already hit by injuries.

9.30am Hello everyone, wherever in the world you are, and welcome to our coverage of the third Test between New Zealand and England in Napier. The series is locked at 1-1 so it's all to play for. I'm Andrew McGlashan and later I'll be joined by Martin Williamson to bring you all the action from the next five days.

We are about an hour away from the start, but some early news coming from the ground is that England have named an unchanged team which means Paul Collingwood and James Anderson have pulled up OK from their thigh and ankle niggles respectively. So, pending at last-minute changes before the toss, these are the two teams:

New Zealand Jamie How, Matthew Bell, Stephen Fleming, Mathew Sinclair, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daniel Vettori (capt), Tim Southee, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin

England Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (capt), Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Tim Ambrose (wk), Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, James Anderson

Grant Elliott, the South African-born allrounder, and Tim Southee, the swing bowler, are handed Test debuts for New Zealand. At the other end of the spectrum it's the final match of Stephen Fleming's career and he has been a fine servant for New Zealand cricket.

A number of England's top order are under pressure - notably Andrew Strauss - so it will be fascinating to see how they play on what is expected to be a pitch full of runs. The weather looks great out in Napier, a fine sunny morning, so stay with us for all the news as it comes through. If you want to drop us a line, please do.

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

Near silence around the ground at the moment

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

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0
MP Vaughan    0* (0b)     

Here comes the first debutant, Tim Southee, with the new ball. What a moment for him...

1.1

Southee to Vaughan, no run, starts well, back of a length and straight...Vaughan turns it into the leg side

1.2

Southee to Vaughan, no run, outside off stump, gentle pace off the surface and Vaughan defends with an open face to gully

1.3

Southee to Vaughan, 2 runs, now Vaughan is off the mark, too, with a neat clip off his pads down to fine leg

1.4

Southee to Vaughan, no run, pitched up outside off stump, a touch wide but some nice shape and carry as Vaughan shoulders arms

1.5

Southee to Vaughan, no run, beauty, cracking ball on off stump which draws Vaughan half forward with a tentative poke and gets beaten on the outside edge...83mph

1.6

Southee to Vaughan, no run, this one takes the bottom edge as Vaughan tries to leave again and rolls into the slips...a promising start from Southee

"He's making it talk," says Andrew Miller

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 4/0
MP Vaughan    2* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    2* (6b)      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

The New Zealand team are wearing black armbands in memory of Merv Wallace, the former New Zealand player

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

End of over 3 (maiden) England 4/0
AN Cook    2* (12b)      CS Martin    2-1-2-0
MP Vaughan    2* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-2-0

3.1

Southee to Vaughan, no run, loses his line and drifts down the leg side

3.2

Southee to Vaughan, no run, goes outside off, hint of swing, and Vaughan watches it go through

3.3

Southee to Vaughan, no run, more swing outside off allows Vaughan another sighter...just needs to get closer to off stump

3.4

Southee to Vaughan, no run, too wide to bring a shot, New Zealand have to make the most of this new ball

3.5

Southee to Vaughan, OUT, gone! Southee has his first Test wicket and Vaughan has gone early...trapped on the crease as he expects the ball to swing out again, it doesn't and is struck plumb in front of middle. Well bowled, and a great start for New Zealand

MP Vaughan lbw b Southee 2 (15m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

Andrew Strauss, under pressure, is the new man

3.6

Southee to Strauss, no run, full ball and nice shape back into Strauss who drives up to mid-off as Southee takes the applause for a fine over

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) England 4/1
AJ Strauss    0* (1b)      TG Southee    2-1-2-1
AN Cook    2* (12b)      CS Martin    2-1-2-0

So New Zealand have an early wicket and now Martin goes around the wicket

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

A tight start from New Zealand with the new ball, no early boundaries for England

End of over 5 (maiden) England 4/1
AN Cook    2* (18b)      CS Martin    3-2-2-0
AJ Strauss    0* (1b)      TG Southee    2-1-2-1

5.1

Southee to Strauss, no run, sprays this one very wide of Strauss's off stump

Southee has a nice compact run-up and a relaxed action

5.2

Southee to Strauss, no run, another appeal from Southee, nips back into Strauss and takes the pad, but there's a hefty inside edge involved too...keeping Strauss on his toes

5.3

Southee to Strauss, no run, pushed across the left hander, this one doesn't swing

5.4

Southee to Strauss, no run, he's giving it every chance to swing by sticking to a full length outside off, Strauss watches it closely and leaves

5.5

Southee to Strauss, OUT, gone! well, well what a start for Southee...a wide ball to Strauss which tempts an expansive and loose drive, Jamie How pulls off a fine catch in the gully and all of a sudden England are in some trouble

AJ Strauss c How b Southee 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A superb opening burst from Southee, making the batsmen think and being rewarded. That was far too wide to be driving so early in an innings from Strauss and the out-of-form Kevin Pietersen is in

5.6

Southee to Pietersen, no run, full on the stumps, defends to mid-on

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) England 4/2
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      TG Southee    3-2-2-2
AN Cook    2* (18b)      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

"Southee only got his wickets at 6.64 in the Under-19 World Cup. This is clearly a step down for him," says Andrew Miller

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

So much for a batting paradise, England are in a big hole here

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

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 7/3
KP Pietersen    2* (3b)      CS Martin    4-2-5-1
IR Bell    1* (1b)      TG Southee    3-2-2-2

The England balcony doesn't look a happy place

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

Eight overs and no boundaries

End of over 8 (maiden) England 7/3
IR Bell    1* (7b)      TG Southee    4-3-2-2
KP Pietersen    2* (3b)      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

End of over 9 (1 run) England 8/3
IR Bell    1* (12b)      CS Martin    5-2-6-1
KP Pietersen    3* (4b)      TG Southee    4-3-2-2

9.1

Southee to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left alone, this is Pietersen's last chance to make a mark on a barren winter

9.2

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, turned into the leg side, a well-judged run between mid-on and midwicket

9.3

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

Three slips and a gully...not over attacking from Daniel Vettori

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

End of over 10 (1 run) England 9/3
IR Bell    1* (16b)      TG Southee    5-3-3-2
KP Pietersen    4* (6b)      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

That's double figures for England

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

It's been all New Zealand this morning

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 13/3
KP Pietersen    8* (12b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-2-10-1
IR Bell    1* (16b)      TG Southee    5-3-3-2

11.1

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

11.2

Southee to Pietersen, no run, beaten by a beauty from Southee, on off stump and swings away from Pietersen's outside edge as he plays one of his walking defensive shots. Was completely squared up by that one

11.3

Southee to Pietersen, no run, makes contact on this occasion, defends to cover

11.4

Southee to Pietersen, no run, left outside off stump, this has been a tremendous spell on Test debut

11.5

Southee to Pietersen, no run, full and swings away outside off stump, Pietersen not interested

11.6

Southee to Pietersen, no run, banged in, Pietersen thinks about a hook but lets it fly over his shoulder

End of over 12 (1 run) England 14/3
KP Pietersen    8* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    6-3-4-2
IR Bell    2* (17b)      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

"Southee's a set and a break up (6-3 4-2)," declares the ubiquitous press-box wag

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

This is another prime example of New Zealand going against all the pre-match predictions of them being distance second favourites

End of over 13 (maiden) England 14/3
IR Bell    2* (23b)      CS Martin    7-3-10-1
KP Pietersen    8* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    6-3-4-2

13.1

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, worked off the stumps to the right of mid-on

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

Replays show it was clipping leg, but Southee didn't appeal

13.6

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

That's drinks on the first morning and what an hour it has been for New Zealand. England in a real mire and have only struck one boundary

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 16/3
IR Bell    2* (28b)      TG Southee    7-3-6-2
KP Pietersen    9* (18b 1x4)      CS Martin    7-3-10-1

Down to two slips and a gully now

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

End of over 15 (1 run) England 17/3
IR Bell    2* (33b)      CS Martin    8-3-11-1
KP Pietersen    10* (19b 1x4)      TG Southee    7-3-6-2

Grant Elliott, New Zealand's other debutant, replaces Southee...medium pacer by all accounts, with two slips and a gully. Looks like he has a very short run up

15.1

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, starts on off stump, Pietersen defends to cover

15.2

Elliott to Pietersen, 1 run, turned wide of mid-on, easy single for Pietersen...Elliott seems very gentle pace

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

A tidy start from Elliott

End of over 16 (1 run) England 18/3
IR Bell    2* (37b)      GD Elliott    1-0-1-0
KP Pietersen    11* (21b 1x4)      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

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 23/3
IR Bell    6* (40b 1x4)      CS Martin    9-3-16-1
KP Pietersen    12* (24b 1x4)      GD Elliott    1-0-1-0

17.1

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, gentle pace outside off stump, hint of swing and left alone

McCullum comes up to the stumps

17.2

Elliott to Pietersen, 3 runs, driven sweetly through the covers, positive shot from Pietersen on the up...Vettori chases hard then flicks the ball back over Jeetan Patel's head, no extra runs given away

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 26/3
IR Bell    6* (44b 1x4)      GD Elliott    2-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    15* (26b 1x4)      CS Martin    9-3-16-1

New Zealand only have three seamers so it's time for some spin with Daniel Vettori. Deep point out.

18.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, round the wicket, Pietersen onto the front foot and defends

18.2

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

18.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, defended out to short leg, nice pace from Vettori

Not sure why deep point is out

18.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, uses his feet and whips through midwicket, neat footwork from Pietersen but Vettori won't mind the challenge

18.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, floated on off stump, defended on the front foot

18.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, turned along the ground to short leg

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 28/3
KP Pietersen    17* (32b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
IR Bell    6* (44b 1x4)      GD Elliott    2-0-4-0

McCullum still up to the stumps

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

McCullum goes back now

19.6

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

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 30/3
IR Bell    8* (50b 1x4)      GD Elliott    3-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    17* (32b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

20.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, uses his feet but can't get to the pitch and ends up padding the ball away

Mid-on is half way back

20.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, defended from the crease, short leg fields

20.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, turned to Matthew Bell under the helmet

20.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, bat and pad together, defended into the off side

20.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, turned from leg stump where Bell does the fielding again

20.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, nicely flighted on off stump, Pietersen watchfully plays to the off side

End of over 21 (maiden) England 30/3
KP Pietersen    17* (38b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-2-0
IR Bell    8* (50b 1x4)      GD Elliott    3-0-6-0

21.1

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

A delay as someone is moving behind the bowler

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

End of over 22 (maiden) England 30/3
IR Bell    8* (56b 1x4)      GD Elliott    4-1-6-0
KP Pietersen    17* (38b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-1-2-0

22.1

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, swept from outside off stump, all along the ground out to deep square-leg

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

22.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, swept again, middle and leg line this time, goes finer of deep square-leg but Elliott brings off a fine save on the boundary

22.4

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, flatter and quicker outside off, left alone

22.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, well bowled, beats Pietersen's forward poke and takes the back leg through to slip...some slow turn there for Vettori

22.6

Vettori to Pietersen, 2 runs, another lap-sweep out to deep square leg

End of over 23 (6 runs) England 36/3
KP Pietersen    22* (43b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-1-8-0
IR Bell    9* (57b 1x4)      GD Elliott    4-1-6-0

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

A pretty awful shot from Bell, not really sure what he was trying to do. England's man-for-a-crisis is in, Paul Collingwood

23.2

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, defended on off stump into the covers

23.3

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, very gentle shape outside off stump, Collingwood leaves and the ball goes through at ankle height

23.4

Elliott to Collingwood, 1 run, on the pads and worked through square leg

23.5

Elliott to Pietersen, 3 runs, lovely shot, turned past mid-on and it's pure timing in that shot...doesn't reach the fence but that's Pietersen's touch

23.6

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, watches the swing and drives to mid-off

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 40/4
PD Collingwood    1* (4b)      GD Elliott    5-1-10-1
KP Pietersen    25* (44b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-1-8-0

24.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, handsome drive to mid-off

24.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, turned to short leg, nice changes of pace from Vettori

24.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked down the ground to mid-on who is deep

24.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, comes forward and defends

24.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, takes an inside down in front of short leg

24.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, on middle stump, Collingwood covers up and defends to the off side

End of over 25 (1 run) England 41/4
PD Collingwood    1* (7b)      DL Vettori    4-1-9-0
KP Pietersen    26* (47b 1x4)      GD Elliott    5-1-10-1

Grant Elliott takes a wicket and is taken off...Southee is back on for his second spell

25.1

Southee to Pietersen, 2 runs, turned out through square leg, placed well enough for a brace

25.2

Southee to Pietersen, no run, swings away wide outside off stump, Pietersen not interested

25.3

Southee to Pietersen, no run, defended out to midwicket

25.4

Southee to Pietersen, no run, strays too wide outside off stump again

25.5

Southee to Pietersen, 2 runs, taken from straight down to fine leg and he manages to collect another two

25.6

Southee to Pietersen, FOUR, full and swinging outside off stump, met with a powerful cover drive from Pietersen...impressive shot

End of over 26 (8 runs) England 49/4
KP Pietersen    34* (53b 2x4)      TG Southee    8-3-14-2
PD Collingwood    1* (7b)      DL Vettori    4-1-9-0

10 minutes until lunch

26.1

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, takes the inside edge into the leg side

26.2

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, pops up into the leg side, wide of short leg but keeps everyone interested

26.3

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, on off stump, carefully defended

Vettori not afraid to vary his pace and flight

26.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, very full, dug out back to Vettori

26.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, defended down to mid-off

26.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, arm ball from Vettori, Collingwood nearly gets into a tangle as he tries to cut...ends up jabbing down in time and finding backward point

End of over 27 (maiden) England 49/4
PD Collingwood    1* (13b)      DL Vettori    5-2-9-0
KP Pietersen    34* (53b 2x4)      TG Southee    8-3-14-2

27.1

Southee to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump, an expressive leave from Pietersen

27.2

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, short and powerfully pulled through square leg, there's a man in the deep but it brings up England's 50 to polite applause

Three slips for Collingwood

27.3

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

27.4

Southee to Collingwood, no run, closer to off stump, left on length as well as line

27.5

Southee to Collingwood, no run, on off stump, Collingwood comes forward with bat and pad together

27.6

Southee to Collingwood, no run, good over from Southee as Collingwood defends from off stump back to the bowler

End of over 28 (1 run) England 50/4
PD Collingwood    1* (17b)      TG Southee    9-3-15-2
KP Pietersen    35* (55b 2x4)      DL Vettori    5-2-9-0

Probably two more overs before lunch

28.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, turned into the leg side

28.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, pushed out to midwicket...Pietersen playing for lunch now

28.3

Vettori to Pietersen, FOUR, swept from outside off stump, goes very fine past the keeper and deep square-leg can't get around

28.4

Vettori to Pietersen, FOUR, maybe he isn't playing for lunch...slog-sweeps over midwicket for another boundary, tempted by Vettori's flight

28.5

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, defended into the off side

28.6

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, opens the face and played to point

End of over 29 (8 runs) England 58/4
KP Pietersen    43* (61b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-2-17-0
PD Collingwood    1* (17b)      TG Southee    9-3-15-2

29.1

Southee to Collingwood, no run, full swinging delivery outside off, drives down to mid-off

29.2

Southee to Collingwood, no run, outside off and Collingwood leave well alone

29.3

Southee to Collingwood, no run, fuller outside off stump, not bringing a drive

29.4

Southee to Collingwood, no run, on the stumps, defends down to mid-off

Two balls until lunch...great session for New Zealand

29.5

Southee to Collingwood, no run, full and swinging outside off stump, left alone

29.6

Southee to Collingwood, no run, another leave to end the session, and he won't forget his first morning in Test cricket

Lunch What a start New Zealand have made after losing the toss, reducing England to 4 for 3 and 36 for 4. Tim Southee has been outstanding, Chris Martin solid and the others have supported well. Kevin Pietersen is fighting a lone hand so far and needs much more after lunch if England are to claw their way out of another hole. Join us in 35 minutes for all the action.

End of over 30 (maiden) England 58/4
PD Collingwood    1* (23b)      TG Southee    10-4-15-2
KP Pietersen    43* (61b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-2-17-0

Welcome back to the afternoon session, it's still Andrew here while Martin winds his way in. Daniel Vettori will take up the attack

30.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, pushed into the off side, think of a single but decide against it

30.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, comes forward and defends down the pitch

30.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, big stride forward and defended into the covers

30.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, swept off the stumps out to deep square-leg

30.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, bat and pad together, defended down the pitch

30.6

Vettori to Collingwood, FOUR, positive strike from Collingwood, a couple of steps down the track and lofted straight back down the ground...two bounces across the rope

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 63/4
PD Collingwood    5* (25b 1x4)      DL Vettori    7-2-22-0
KP Pietersen    44* (65b 4x4)      TG Southee    10-4-15-2

Chris Martin takes the ball

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

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 68/4
PD Collingwood    5* (26b 1x4)      CS Martin    10-3-21-1
KP Pietersen    49* (70b 4x4)      DL Vettori    7-2-22-0

Pietersen one away from his fifty

32.1

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, defends into the leg side

32.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, pushed a little hard into the leg side, doesn't find the gap at midwicket

32.3

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, much slower from Vettori, 49mph, and beats Pietersen on the outside edge with a hint of turn

32.4

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, worked through square and Pietersen reaches his fifty

32.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, pushed out to midwicket

32.6

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, finds midwicket again as he plays off the back foot

End of over 33 (1 run) England 69/4
PD Collingwood    5* (28b 1x4)      DL Vettori    8-2-23-0
KP Pietersen    50* (74b 4x4)      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

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 74/4
PD Collingwood    9* (31b 2x4)      CS Martin    11-3-26-1
KP Pietersen    51* (77b 4x4)      DL Vettori    8-2-23-0

34.1

Vettori to Pietersen, FOUR, more aggression against Vettori as Pietersen takes two steps down the pitch and drives beautifully through mid-off...all along the ground

34.2

Vettori to Pietersen, no run, down the leg side, Pietersen misses out

34.3

Vettori to Pietersen, 1 run, worked into the gap wide of midwicket, good rotation of the strike

34.4

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, comes forward, solid defence back down the pitch

34.5

Vettori to Collingwood, no run, defended

34.6

Vettori to Collingwood, FOUR, lovely shot over extra cover, excellent placement

End of over 35 (9 runs) England 83/4
PD Collingwood    13* (34b 3x4)      DL Vettori    9-2-32-0
KP Pietersen    56* (80b 5x4)      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

There appears to be a power issue out in Napier so our pictures are a little limited at the moment

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

End of over 36 (1 run) England 84/4
PD Collingwood    13* (39b 3x4)      CS Martin    12-3-27-1
KP Pietersen    57* (81b 5x4)      DL Vettori    9-2-32-0

Grant Elliott back into the attack to replace Vettori

36.1

Elliott to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, goes to flick into the leg side, takes the pad towards square leg

36.2

Elliott to Collingwood, 1 run, on the pads and clipped nicely through square leg to bring up the fifty stand

36.3

Elliott to Pietersen, FOUR, trying to work the ball through midwicket Pietersen gets and outside edge as it swings a touch and the ball shoots along the ground between the keeper and first slip

36.4

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, loses his line down the leg side, good take from McCullum

36.5

Elliott to Pietersen, no run

36.6

Elliott to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked out to deep square-leg

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 91/4
KP Pietersen    62* (86b 6x4)      GD Elliott    6-1-16-1
PD Collingwood    14* (40b 3x4)      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

The game is moving into a holding stage for New Zealand with this stand forming

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

End of over 38 (1 run) England 92/4
PD Collingwood    14* (44b 3x4)      CS Martin    13-3-28-1
KP Pietersen    63* (88b 6x4)      GD Elliott    6-1-16-1

38.1

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, angling in towards the leg stump, takes the pad and bobbles down the leg side

38.2

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

38.3

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, hint of movement away, Pietersen performs an extravagant leave

38.4

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, driven towards mid-off, waiting and playing with the swing

38.5

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, pushed softly back towards Elliott

38.6

Elliott to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, on leg stump again and worked through square leg out to the man in the deep

Thanks to all those eagle-eyed viewers who have noticed a couple of glitches of late...there was a power failure in Napier but all should be sorted now

End of over 39 (1 run, maiden) England 93/4
KP Pietersen    63* (94b 6x4)      GD Elliott    7-2-16-1
PD Collingwood    14* (44b 3x4)      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

Something from Andrew Miller: "A long way to go yet, but Pietersen is on course to feature prominently in this list" Always full of interesting stuff is Miller. I remember the Slater innings at No. 2, he should have been run out on not many. But I'm over it now.

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 98/4
PD Collingwood    18* (49b 4x4)      CS Martin    14-3-33-1
KP Pietersen    64* (95b 6x4)      GD Elliott    7-2-16-1

40.1

Elliott to Pietersen, 1 run, tucked through square leg

40.2

Elliott to Collingwood, no run

40.3

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, turned to midwicket

40.4

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the covers

40.5

Elliott to Collingwood, FOUR, lovely drive through the covers, he waited for the ball to swing and played through the line picking the gap at extra cover

40.6

Elliott to Collingwood, FOUR, this time past the other side of mid-off as he drives straight down the ground, another top shot as Elliott over pitches

End of over 41 (9 runs) England 107/4
PD Collingwood    26* (54b 6x4)      GD Elliott    8-2-25-1
KP Pietersen    65* (96b 6x4)      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

Southee loosening up again

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

End of over 42 (maiden) England 107/4
KP Pietersen    65* (102b 6x4)      CS Martin    15-4-33-1
PD Collingwood    26* (54b 6x4)      GD Elliott    8-2-25-1

42.1

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, bouncer, rises gently over Collingwood's head

Elliott slips in his follow through

Down to one slip now

42.2

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the covers, this is now a truer reflection of the surface...good for batting

42.3

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, turned to midwicket, can't beat the man

42.4

Elliott to Collingwood, 1 run, typical Collingwood shot, nudged off the hip out to deep square leg

42.5

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, stump to stump from Elliott, turned to mid-on

42.6

Elliott to Pietersen, no run, defended to mid-off

Martin has arrived wearing shorts...it's forecast to snow in London tomorrow. He's like that our Martin!

End of over 43 (1 run) England 108/4
KP Pietersen    65* (104b 6x4)      GD Elliott    9-2-26-1
PD Collingwood    27* (58b 6x4)      CS Martin    15-4-33-1

Tim Southee back into the attack

43.1

Southee to Collingwood, no run, outside off, goes straight through to McCullum

43.2

Southee to Collingwood, no run, wide and swinging away, needs to bring that closer to off stump

Will be interesting to see how Southee backs up in these later spells

43.3

Southee to Collingwood, no run, tighter to off stump, left alone

43.4

Southee to Collingwood, no run, defended from the crease into midwicket

43.5

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, worked off the stumps through square leg

43.6

Southee to Pietersen, no run, driven down to mid-off, not really timed, a tidy comeback from Southee

End of over 44 (1 run) England 109/4
KP Pietersen    65* (105b 6x4)      TG Southee    11-4-16-2
PD Collingwood    28* (63b 6x4)      GD Elliott    9-2-26-1

44.1

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, driven crisply on the up to extra cover...Collingwood looking a little freer now

44.2

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, too wide outside off, swings away further

44.3

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, opens the face slightly and places this into the covers where Patel does the fielding

44.4

Elliott to Collingwood, no run, defended back down the pitch, Elliott needs to stick to that tight line

44.5

Elliott to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, on the pads, McCullum chases to backward square leg

44.6

Elliott to Pietersen, 1 run, this time takes Pietersen's pad towards square leg

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 111/4
KP Pietersen    66* (106b 6x4)      GD Elliott    10-2-27-1
PD Collingwood    28* (68b 6x4)      TG Southee    11-4-16-2

45.1

Southee to Pietersen, no run, gets behind the line

45.2

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, punched down the ground, not timed a mid-on gets across in time

45.3

Southee to Collingwood, no run, defends on the back foot, Southee keeping Collingwood on his toes

45.4

Southee to Collingwood, no run, stays in his crease, stands tall and forces back down the on side of the pitch...New Zealand having to work hard for their next wicket, but that was what was expected of today's play

45.5

Southee to Collingwood, no run, defended back to the bowler

45.6

Southee to Collingwood, no run, strangled shout from McCullum, inside edge into the pads and the ball bobbles into the off side

And that's drinks

End of over 46 (1 run) England 112/4
PD Collingwood    28* (72b 6x4)      TG Southee    12-4-17-2
KP Pietersen    67* (108b 6x4)      GD Elliott    10-2-27-1

Time for our first look at Jeetan Patel today. He bowled very well in Hamilton before missing out in the last Test. Scouts out on the boundary

46.1

Patel to Pietersen, no run, patted into the off side

46.2

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, worked through square leg with the spin

Matthew Bell getting padded up for short leg

46.3

Patel to Collingwood, no run, beaten on the outside edge as he tries to drive, nice flight from Patel

46.4

Patel to Collingwood, no run, stays on his crease, defended to the off side

46.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, goes for the cut and misses, touch quicker from Patel

46.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, defended back down the pitch

And now, for the first time in this Test, it's over to Martin Williamson

End of over 47 (1 run) England 113/4
PD Collingwood    28* (76b 6x4)      JS Patel    1-0-1-0
KP Pietersen    68* (110b 6x4)      TG Southee    12-4-17-2

Thanks Gnasher, much appreciated.

47.1

Southee to Pietersen, no run, straight and true, Pietersen forward to defend

47.2

Southee to Pietersen, FOUR, outside off, a rather ugly but effective drive straight down the ground, he reached for it slightly and hit the ball hard into the pitch, but the timing was good enough

47.3

Southee to Pietersen, no run, wider and this time he opts to leave

47.4

Southee to Pietersen, 1 run, short, onto it quickly and a controlled hook to deep square leg

47.5

Southee to Collingwood, 1 run, fractionally short, flicked off his hips

47.6

Southee to Pietersen, FOUR, super shot, wide and a little short, a flowing drive through the covers, played on the rise from some way wide of the feet but excellent timing

End of over 48 (10 runs) England 123/4
KP Pietersen    77* (115b 8x4)      TG Southee    13-4-27-2
PD Collingwood    29* (77b 6x4)      JS Patel    1-0-1-0

48.1

Patel to Collingwood, no run, turned to forward short leg

48.2

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, he waits and drives languidly down to long-on

48.3

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, same again, Pietersen waits and pushes the ball to long-on and they amble a single

48.4

Patel to Collingwood, no run, floated up, well forward to defend

Patel round the wicket.

48.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, forward and defended watchfully

48.6

Patel to Collingwood, OUT, wide, Collingwood leans back and cuts straight to backward point. A really appalling shot, no two ways about it, given both the ball, which wasn't short enough, and the situation. He hurries off as well he might

PD Collingwood c Elliott b Patel 30 (96m 82b 6x4 0x6) SR: 36.58

That's four wickets out of the five which the Cricinfo brains trust reckon England have given away. The pitch is not misbehaving but the batsmen are.

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 125/5
     JS Patel    2-0-3-1
KP Pietersen    78* (116b 8x4)      TG Southee    13-4-27-2

49.1

Southee to Pietersen, no run, fuller and defended into the off side

49.2

Southee to Pietersen, no run, a firmer defensive push back to the bowler

49.3

Southee to Pietersen, no run, upright drive to extra cover

Pietersen alone has looked really confident and ready to take the bowling on.

49.4

Southee to Pietersen, no run, half driven on the rise, very upright, and extra cover fields

49.5

Southee to Pietersen, no run, a stride and an exaggerated leave, he then leans on his bat in an almost overly relaxed way

49.6

Southee to Pietersen, no run, mistimed on drive to mid-on, all a bit ugly but that KP ... good, bad and sometimes very ugly

End of over 50 (maiden) England 125/5
KP Pietersen    78* (122b 8x4)      TG Southee    14-5-27-2
TR Ambrose    0* (0b)      JS Patel    2-0-3-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Napier - Mar 22-26, 2008
England won by 121 runs
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Mar 13-17, 2008
England won by 126 runs
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Mar 5-9, 2008
New Zealand won by 189 runs
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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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