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

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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

New Zealand 5/1   SP Fleming 4* (1b 1x4)   RJ Sidebottom 0.4-0-4-1

7.5

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, full on off stump, beautifully driven square on the off side...all timing as he just leant on the ball, Fleming at his best

New Zealand 20/1   SP Fleming 14* (24b 2x4)   JM Anderson 3.5-1-8-0

9.1

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, top shot from Fleming, best of the day, as he drives off the back foot through the covers...he's again looking a class apart in New Zealand's top order

New Zealand 28/1   SP Fleming 22* (29b 3x4)   JM Anderson 4.1-1-13-0

9.2

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, and again, this time an cover drive as Anderson over pitches on off stump...Fleming frees his arm through the line, he's off and running

New Zealand 32/1   SP Fleming 26* (30b 4x4)   JM Anderson 4.2-1-17-0

9.3

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, three in a row, driven square through the off side this time...played at the top of the bounce and place perfectly

New Zealand 36/1   SP Fleming 30* (31b 5x4)   JM Anderson 4.3-1-21-0

13.2

Broad to How, FOUR, the pressure is relieved for How, Broad drops short and is pulled through square leg...not what England wanted, but a nice compact shot from How

New Zealand 49/1   JM How 5* (35b 1x4)   SCJ Broad 1.2-0-5-0

13.3

Broad to How, FOUR, and again, same ball, same shot but played even more confidently...a poor couple of deliveries from Broad and New Zealand pass their fifty and it's the fifty stand

New Zealand 53/1   JM How 9* (36b 2x4)   SCJ Broad 1.3-0-9-0

14.2

Anderson to How, FOUR, fortune favours How this time, an inside edge shoots past the stumps as he jabs down on a defensive shot...races down to fine leg

New Zealand 58/1   JM How 14* (40b 3x4)   JM Anderson 5.2-1-31-0

14.5

Anderson to How, FOUR, nice shot, clipped wide of Sidebottom at mid-on and it has the legs to cross the boundary...runs leaking at both ends and now How has some momentum. Anderson can't keep a consistent line and length

New Zealand 64/1   JM How 19* (42b 4x4)   JM Anderson 5.5-1-37-0

14.6

Anderson to How, FOUR, dragged down short this time, poor stuff from Anderson, and How plants him through square with a meaty pull...that is the How from the one-day match at this ground

New Zealand 68/1   JM How 23* (43b 5x4)   JM Anderson 6-1-41-0

15.4

Broad to Fleming, FOUR, he's not holding back, full outside off stump and he sends this screaming in the air past Anderson at cover for another boundary. Fleming wants to go out in style, this is a brilliant calculated assault

New Zealand 74/1   SP Fleming 44* (49b 6x4 1x6)   SCJ Broad 2.4-0-16-0

16.2

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, dropped and it goes from bad to worse from England, Fleming plays away from his body outside off and sends a thick edge to Andrew Strauss's right at first slip. He doesn't seem to pick it up and belatedly sticks out his right hand and can only parry it to third man

New Zealand 79/1   SP Fleming 48* (52b 7x4 1x6)   JM Anderson 6.2-1-46-0

16.3

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, dismissive from Fleming, wide half volley driven on the up through cover and Fleming is half way towards his fairytale finish off, fifty off 53 balls

New Zealand 83/1   SP Fleming 52* (53b 8x4 1x6)   JM Anderson 6.3-1-50-0

16.5

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, opens the face and runs between the slips down to third man, Fleming toying with the bowling and Anderson is being carted

New Zealand 87/1   SP Fleming 56* (55b 9x4 1x6)   JM Anderson 6.5-1-54-0

17.5

Broad to How, FOUR, banged in short, sits up comfortably and pulled powerfully between long leg and deep square-leg

New Zealand 93/1   JM How 30* (49b 6x4)   SCJ Broad 3.5-0-22-0

20.5

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

New Zealand 100/1   JM How 34* (59b 7x4)   RJ Sidebottom 7.5-4-17-1

23.2

Broad to Sinclair, FOUR, leg stump half volley, clipped sweetly through midwicket and that's a poor delivery to the new batsman...Broad isn't loose yet

New Zealand 108/2   MS Sinclair 4* (4b 1x4)   SCJ Broad 4.2-0-27-0

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

New Zealand 112/2   JM How 42* (63b 8x4)   RJ Sidebottom 9.1-4-24-2

31.2

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, flashed outside off stump, flies wide of backward point and down to the boundary

New Zealand 124/5   BB McCullum 5* (3b 1x4)   SCJ Broad 8.2-0-35-1

31.6

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, edged and drops fractionally short and wide of Cook at fourth slip...McCullum living dangerously and this is edge-of-the-seat cricket

New Zealand 132/5   BB McCullum 9* (7b 2x4)   SCJ Broad 9-0-39-1

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   TG Southee 5* (17b 1x4)   RJ Sidebottom 18-6-40-6

41.1

Broad to Vettori, FOUR, very loose drive flashes inches to the right of a diving Pietersen in the gully

New Zealand 150/7   DL Vettori 7* (16b 1x4)   SCJ Broad 13.1-2-45-1

47.6

Broad to Martin, FOUR, he doubles his average with an outside edge through the slips which didn't carry

New Zealand 168/9   CS Martin 4* (1b 1x4)   SCJ Broad 17-3-54-3
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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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