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

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

England 13/3   KP Pietersen 8* (7b 1x4)   CS Martin 5.1-2-10-1

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)

England 23/3   IR Bell 6* (39b 1x4)   CS Martin 8.5-3-16-1

25.6

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

England 49/4   KP Pietersen 34* (53b 2x4)   TG Southee 8-3-14-2

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

England 54/4   KP Pietersen 39* (58b 3x4)   DL Vettori 5.3-2-13-0

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

England 58/4   KP Pietersen 43* (59b 4x4)   DL Vettori 5.4-2-17-0

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

England 63/4   PD Collingwood 5* (25b 1x4)   DL Vettori 7-2-22-0

33.6

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

England 74/4   PD Collingwood 9* (31b 2x4)   CS Martin 11-3-26-1

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

England 78/4   KP Pietersen 55* (78b 5x4)   DL Vettori 8.1-2-27-0

34.6

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

England 83/4   PD Collingwood 13* (34b 3x4)   DL Vettori 9-2-32-0

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

England 90/4   KP Pietersen 61* (83b 6x4)   GD Elliott 5.3-1-15-1

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

England 98/4   PD Collingwood 18* (48b 4x4)   CS Martin 13.5-3-33-1

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

England 103/4   PD Collingwood 22* (53b 5x4)   GD Elliott 7.5-2-21-1

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

England 107/4   PD Collingwood 26* (54b 6x4)   GD Elliott 8-2-25-1

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

England 117/4   KP Pietersen 72* (112b 7x4)   TG Southee 12.2-4-21-2

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

England 123/4   KP Pietersen 77* (115b 8x4)   TG Southee 13-4-27-2

54.1

Patel to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely drive using his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and thumped between the bowler and mid-off

England 134/5   KP Pietersen 86* (134b 9x4)   JS Patel 4.1-1-8-1

54.3

Patel to Ambrose, FOUR, wider and slashed through second slip for four ... oh dear!

England 139/5   TR Ambrose 5* (14b 1x4)   JS Patel 4.3-1-13-1

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

England 158/6   SCJ Broad 6* (12b 1x4)   CS Martin 15.5-4-40-1

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

England 170/6   KP Pietersen 102* (163b 10x4)   CS Martin 17.1-4-49-1

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

England 174/6   KP Pietersen 106* (166b 11x4)   CS Martin 17.4-4-53-1

75.4

Vettori to Broad, FOUR, flighted outside off and a well-timed drive from Broad beats a valiant chase from cover into the boundary...another classy shot from Broad

England 189/6   SCJ Broad 18* (55b 2x4)   DL Vettori 16.4-6-43-0

78.2

Patel to Pietersen, FOUR, down the track, drives inside out over extra cover for an impressive boundary to break the recent shackles from the spinners

England 195/6   KP Pietersen 117* (192b 12x4)   JS Patel 16.2-3-34-2

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

England 212/7   SCJ Broad 22* (74b 3x4)   CS Martin 19.3-4-62-1

86.2

Southee to Broad, FOUR, short, Broad hooks, gets a thick top edge and the ball arcs high over the keeper and a one-bounce four

England 218/7   SCJ Broad 27* (84b 4x4)   TG Southee 18.2-8-35-3

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

England 235/7   SCJ Broad 41* (100b 5x4 1x6)   CS Martin 23.2-5-70-1

94.2

Southee to Sidebottom, FOUR, he throws everything at a hint of width outside off, goes up and high over cover for the day's first boundary...he really laced that, positive strike

England 251/8   RJ Sidebottom 13* (33b 1x4)   TG Southee 22.2-8-54-4
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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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