Spoons, snorters and showmanship
Plays of the day from the third day at Trent Bridge
A be-brimmed Michael Vaughan checks out the ball with Umpire Darrell Hair
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Wide-brim sunhat wearer of the day
There were plenty of Shreks, Green Giants and lifeguards parading
unselfconsciously around Trent Bridge today, but one of the few
sunhats was found on Michael Vaughan's head. In fact, curiously, even
with all the rain and gloomy conditions to have blighted this series,
Vaughan has worn a hat throughout while his team-mates don the
standard England caps. It was easy, therefore, to spot him lurking at
the unlikely position of deep backward point towards the end of play,
his fielding orders falling on deaf ears.
Bowling change of the day
Ten overs into a day which was delayed by gloom, the spotlight was
well and truly on James Anderson. With six wickets to his name, there
was the enticing prospect that he might become only the third bowler
in history to take all ten in an innings. Unfortunately, his radar was
for the most part lacking, as was Ryan Sidebottom's at the other end.
Into the attack strode Stuart Broad and, with his third ball, sent one
a little wider of the off stump to lure Kyle Mills into slapping him
straight to Kevin Pietersen at backward point. Two balls later, Broad
found one to move off the seam to Iain O'Brien, knocking over his off
stump - a delivery that would have accounted for far more accomplished
batsmen - to complete a superb double-wicket maiden and, soon after,
New Zealand were dismissed for 123 and forced to follow on.
Tough chance of the day
Broad's first ball in New Zealand's second innings was wide yet
spooned by How off a thick outside edge. Paul Collingwood leapt
spectacularly high at second slip, somehow getting a hand on it, but
not enough of a hand. It was reminiscent of his gravity-defying leap
at backward point to pluck a scorching Matthew Hayden drive, during
the one-day series prior to the 2005 Ashes. Collingwood had another
half-chance at second slip towards the end of New Zealand's first
innings when Gareth Hopkins edged Anderson just short.
Snorter of the day
While Anderson and Sidebottom both struggled with their
lines, Broad rarely strayed from a probing off-stump line, and
a length which had batsman unsure whether to lunge forward or creep
backwards. He saved his best for Brendon McCullum, though, the ball rearing up
off a length and leaving the batsman's fishy waft outside the off
stump. All of England begged Darrell Hair to raise his finger but the
Australian refused to oblige. In fact, Hair has been very much a
not-outer since his return to top-flight umpiring in the second Test
at Old Trafford, and has again officiated with
Showmanship of the day
At 33 for 2, out strode Ross Taylor to join McCullum - New
Zealand's two star batsmen. After stepping over the boundary rope, he
marched to the crease by shadowing a lofted drive, playing a savage
pull and flashing several apparently wide balls through the covers.
New Zealand were in dire straits, still trailing England by 208, but
Taylor is no shrinking violet, even before reaching the crease. It was
a brief but entertaining insight into the mind of New Zealand's young
dazzler who soon departed for an undazzling 14.
Lucky misjudgement of the day
New Zealand had slipped to 58 for 3. Only McCullum stood in England's
way, but a near-fatal misjudgement almost cost him his wicket on 20.
Facing Anderson and expecting an outswinger, the bowler produced a big
indipper to which McCullum shouldered arms. The slips barely bothered
appealing, racing forward in anticipatory expectation of Steve Bucknor
raising his finger. Famously slow to lift his right arm, the players
and crowd waited and waited, while McCullum shuffled nervously with
his bat under his arm. But Bucknor remained unmoved, and New Zealand
continued to defy England's attack.
Will Luke is a staff writer at Cricinfo