New Zealand v England, 2nd one-day international, Napier as it happened

England beat New Zealand by eight wickets to level the one-day international series in Napier.

20 February 2013 Last updated at 09:20 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 0850: 

    What a fantastic performance by England. If you couldn't stay up with us through the night, make sure you read Mark Mitchener's match report. You can also stay in touch with further news from New Zealand via Sportsday live. There will be live text commentary and TMS coverage of the third one-day international in Auckland on Saturday but, until then, it's time to say goodbye. Take care.


    Alex Fowler: "Joe Root is an outstanding young batsman. He is creating tough decisions for England's selectors in Test and Champions Trophy teams."

  3. 0845: 

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "We were probably 20 runs under par - 270 was a defendable total but only if we took wickets up front. England's bowlers put us under pressure early on, and James Anderson in particular was outstanding. And they batted brilliantly. I'm really pleased for Ross Taylor, to bounce back and score 100 was a significant stride forward for him. It's a bizarre tour so far - you win one, you lose one, so the way it's going we should end up winning the series in Auckland."

  4. 0843: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "The way we bowled up front and the way we pegged back New Zealand was outstanding. Steven Finn bowled off his shorter run-up and seemed to generate even more pace and he said he was more comfortable with it. We knew if we kept our heads batting, and kept wickets in hand, it would be a relatively easy chase. Joe Root has a lot of talent and if he keeps his feet on the ground he has a great future."

  5. 0839: 

    Just looking back on that Joe Root knock, it was the type of one-day innings Eoin Morgan would have been proud of.

  6. 0837: 

    As for New Zealand, they had no control throughout the England innings. Nathan McCullum and Kane Williamson don't offer enough of a wicket-taking threat in the middle overs. How they miss Daniel Vettori.


    Kev in Wellington, TMS inbox: "I hope Nick in Essex (NZ 41 overs) had a cheeky flutter before he went to bed otherwise I feel he'll have mixed emotions when he wakes up."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought Joe Root played marvellously well, he's got a range of shots that most people don't have. He's only been at Yorkshire two years but he's taken to international cricket like he took to county cricket. He plays without fear, he looks very comfortable and he's here to stay."


    James Ward: "Great win for England. What can you say about Yorkshireman Joe Root? Terrific performance, big international future ahead of him."

    Tom Hodgson: "That's immense. Fielding outstanding and top four finish it off with only Bell short of a half ton. Root faultless."

    Sam James: "Why does KP have to come back in? Let him carry on 'resting'. Joe Root all the way!"

  10. 0830: 

    So that means England level the three-match series at 1-1, with the decider to be held in Auckland on Saturday.

  11. 0829: 

    What a fantastic run-chase that was. Jonathan Trott finished on 65 not out from 73 balls, while Root got 79 not out from 56 to steal the show. If James Anderson hadn't taken five wickets, he would be my man of the match. It was another accomplished performance from the 22-year-old.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He might be quite quiet and reserved but Root is a steely so and so, he's got a lot about him."

  13. 47.4 overs: 

    This is majestic from Joe Root as he hits his second six of the innings, flicking a leg-side half volley into the stands. He then leans on the ball and takes two through the covers. That means England need just one to win. Root obliges by walking down the pitch and punching a single into the off side, meaning ENGLAND WIN BY EIGHT WICKETS.

  14. 47 overs: 
    Eng 261-2 (Target 270)

    There's a proud chuckle in the TMS commentary box and it comes from Geoffrey Boycott as Joe Root gives himself room and carves Tim Southee into the off side for four. He adds a single into the leg side, meaning England need nine from 18 balls.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Root has got an old head on a young body. He came into the Yorkshire side as a young man and he's just gone on from strength to strength."

  16. 46 overs: 
    Eng 256-2 (Target 270)

    Jonathan Trott is enjoying himself now - chipping four over the infield before taking his favourite single down to third man. Joe Root continues to time the ball to perfection, pulling James Franklin for another boundary. He too follows up with a clip into the leg side before Trott steers four down to fine leg. England need just 14 from 24 now.


    Len M: "Joe Root looks like a class act. A brilliant replacement for KP!"

  18. 45 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 242-2

    Joe Root continues to show his limited-overs skills with a scoop for four, but gets away with one next up when he pulls to midwicket and is dropped by Ross Taylor. That is another area where England have been superior today - their fielding was exceptional. That early boundary allows England to milk singles for the rest of the over. England need 28 from 31 now.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "A strike rate of 75 and an average of 50 isn't bad - Trott would be the first name on my team sheet for every game."

  20. 44 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR JONATHAN TROTT- Eng 234-2 (Target 270)

    Say what you like about Jonathan Trott's run-rate, but his one-day average is virtually unparalleled around the world. He reaches another one-day fifty with a single down to third man. Root takes one to square leg and Trott then unfurls a lovely shot through the off side which brings a couple before lofting two over extra cover. England need 36 from 36 now.

  21. 43 overs: 
    FIFTY FOR JOE ROOT- Eng 228-2 (Target 270)

    Joe Root burst on to the England scene with a stoic 73 from 229 balls on his Test debut in India, and he is a more than useful one-day player too. He has showcased a fantastic range of shots to reach yet another ODI fifty off 38 balls. He reaches his half-century with a lovely square cut for four. There is no praise high enough for this young man. England need 42 from 42 now.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Root is playing like he's played 100 one-day internationals. He's playing with complete freedom and he's come out here and had instant success in all forms."

  23. 42 overs: 
    Eng 220-2

    Part-time spinner Kane Williamson comes into the attack and gets the treatment off Joe Root - the Yorkshire youngster smashing a six into cow corner to edge towards his fifty. 11 from the over and England are racing towards victory now. England need 50 from 48 now.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root is the first England player to start his one-day international career with six scores of 30 or more."

  25. 41 overs: 
    Eng 209-2 (Target 270)

    I wonder if Jonathan Trott will ever play a scoop shot? Just like bowlers work on variations, maybe he should work on one or two shots that will bring boundaries in limited-overs cricket? Root is going through the gears now as he hoists Tim Southee for four into cow corner. England now need 61 from 54.


    Nick Dear on Twitter: "Is there maybe a thought in Trott's mind to just get out now and let Morgan/Buttler smash us home in the last 10?"

  27. 40 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 201-2 (Target 270)

    Has Brendon McCullum just 'dropped the match?' New Zealand need wickets to stand any chance of winning and Joe Root top edges into the air but the Kiwi skipper and wicketkeeper shells the chance - much to the frustration of bowler Trent Boult. Root rubs salt into the wounds with an audacious scoop over his head which runs down to fine leg for four. Incredible.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Root has had a remarkable winter, when he was picked I don't think anyone really expected him to play."

  29. 39 overs: 
    Eng 192-2 (Target 270)

    Another reason why Jonathan Trott should not be too concerned is Joe Root, who takes matters into his own hands and smashes four back over Kyle Mills's head. He also clips two into the leg side before retaining the strike with a single to the boundary sweeper. How good can Root be? He has the potential to be an all-time England great. I bet the Aussies are wary of him ahead of his summer's Ashes series. England need 78 from 68 now.

  30. 38 overs: 
    Eng 183-2 (Target 270)

    You can see the pressure Jonathan Trott feels during a powerplay. Twice he picks out boundary sweepers and curses himself - but he needn't worry too much. With just 87 needed from 72 balls, England are well in control. Especially with Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler straining at the leash.

  31. 37 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 177-2 (Target 270)

    As Jeremy Coney points out on TMS, Jonathan Trott has been slightly busier in this match - as if somebody told him he batted too slowly in Hamilton. He turns Kyle Mills for two into midwicket before coming down the pitch and chipping another couple down the ground. It was not the most convincing shot he has ever played, but at least he's trying to change the tempo of his innings. He's on 41 from 51 now. Time for drinks.

  32. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 171-2 (Target 270)

    It's powerplay time - the moment in a match which brings out Jonathan Trott in a cold sweat. The Warwickshire batsman reluctantly decides to try and go for a boundary, succeeding in hitting four past backward point. He then takes a single to get away from the firing line. England now need 99 runs from 84 balls.

  33. 35 overs: 
    Eng 165-2 (Target 270)

    The McLean Park DJ tries some subtle psychology on his country's behalf by belting out 'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey during the change of overs. Brendon McCullum obviously likes the song choice because he does a little jig when it comes on. I bet he's a good dancer - but he'll never be cooler than Chris Gayle. Another five from the over.


    Jeremy in Hong Kong, TMS inbox: "A quick trip to Cricinfo later, Cook (on 9588 runs in all formats) is currently sitting behind Gooch (13190), Stewart (13140), Pietersen (12941), Gower (11401), Strauss (11315), Trescothick (10326), Bell (9999) and Collingwood (9934) in total runs for England in all formats. I'm having a slow day."

  35. 34 overs: 
    Eng 160-2 (Target 270)

    Tim Southee is probably New Zealand's best hope of blowing a hole in the England innings and putting a bit of pressure on the lower order. Jonathan Trott takes a single to third man before Joe Root picks up three with an effortless cover drive. The lad just oozes class. Six from the over.

  36. 33 overs: 
    Eng 154-2 (Target 270)

    If Sir Geoffrey was Prime Minister, would he have a team of Yorkshiremen in his cabinet? Joe Root is certainly a favourite of Boycs these days and he helps Jonathan Trott take four off Nathan McCullum's final over.


    Andy Robertson-Fox in Bangkok, TMS inbox: "I think I'd prefer David Cameron to open the innings for England [8 overs] than for Sir Geoffrey to be Prime Minister."

    Sir Geoffrey as Prime Minister? The mind boggles.

  38. 32 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c&b Southee 78 (Eng 150-2)

    Just when Captain Cook appeared set for three figures he gets a leading edge back to Tim Southee and heads for the dressing room. Is that a chink of light for New Zealand? Perhaps not, because it has brought Joe Root to the crease.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I would have opened with Southee, he'll nick you a wicket or two. Kyle Mills is past his best..."

  40. 31 overs: 
    Eng 145-1 (Target 270)

    Nathan McCullum is always going to struggle to get out players like Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott and he continues to be milked more than a dairy cow - five more easy runs being taken.

  41. 30 overs: 
    Eng 140-1

    James Anderson became England's leading wicket-taker in all formats in the first match, and surely it won't be too long in the future before Alastair Cook takes the runs record. He brings up another fifty partnership with Trott when he middles one through the covers for four. He and Jonathan Trott take singles from the rest of Trent Boult's over.


    Ian Ballinger on Twitter: "At what point should England make Tredwell first choice ODI spinner? People shouldn't be discarded when they're on top form!"

  43. 29 overs: 
    Eng 131-1 (Target 270)

    Like Graeme Swann before him, it looks like Nathan McCullum might be bowling his overs straight through. He's keeping it tight, but not looking like a wicket-taking threat. Perhaps the Kiwis need to bring back Tim Southee or Kyle Mills to try and grab a wicket before England get too far out of sight. Just two runs from the over.

  44. 28 overs: 
    Eng 129-1 (Target 270)

    It's ominous for New Zealand that their bowlers look fairly ineffective against England's top order ahead of the Test series. Jonathan Trott is trying to unsettle Trent Boult by moving about his crease, but the England batsman is pinned back when a bouncer whistles past his ears. There's nothing like a bit of chin music to keep the batsman honest.

  45. 27 overs: 
    Eng 124-1

    It's down to Alastair Cook to ensure the England run-rate doesn't drop too much, and the England skipper eases a lovely four through the off side as 11 come from Nathan McCullum's over.

  46. 26 overs: 
    Eng 113-1

    Kane Williamson is a part-time bowler, but he has helped Nathan McCullum get a grip on the England run-rate. His canny off-breaks are difficult to get away and when Trott does sweep towards the boundary good fielding stops a certain four. Seven from the over.

  47. 25 overs: 

    Alastair Cook looks determined to take England to victory today and he moves to his 16th ODI half-century with a single into the covers. His 50 came up in 67 balls - another top knock from the classy opener.

  48. 24 overs: 
    Eng 103-1

    Brendon McCullum might have taken the world-class genes, but Nathan McCullum is a pretty effective cricketer too. He has helped stall England's progress, conceding just three runs from another economical over.

  49. 23 overs: 
    Eng 100-1

    Alastair Cook moves to within two runs of his half-century as England take another five runs from the over. I imagine this pattern will continue until the 35th over unless a wicket is lost. It won't be thrill-a-minute stuff but it will put England in a strong position.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook looks like he's just tightened up since that wicket of Bell, the tempo is just a little bit different."

  51. 22 overs: 
    Eng 95-1 (Target 270)

    When Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott get together at the crease, there is always that sense of calm that everything is under control. I don't think the spectators will be coming under fire from too many sixes though - both players happy to work the ball into gaps and take the singles.

  52. 21 overs: 
    Eng 90-1

    Jonathan Trott is off the mark with a reverse sweep which also takes out Brendon McCullum. Another good over by Nathan McCullum brings just one run.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good over, that. It was tidy and increased the pressure on the batsmen to the extent that it looked like they were straining at the leash."

  54. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Rutherford b Williamson 44 (Eng 89-1)

    New Zealand finally make a breakthrough when Ian Bell tries to fetch the ball from outside off stump and skies a catch, which is well taken by Hamish Rutherford on the boundary. That brings Jonathan Trott to the crease.

  55. 19 overs: 
    Eng 87-0 (Target 270)

    Some events in life are rare - like East Stirling winning a football match, my dad getting a round in and Alastair Cook hitting a six. Well we've just witnessed the latter, with Alastair Cook slog-sweeping Nathan McCullum for a maximum. He and Bell add a single each to complete another good over.

  56. 18 overs: 
    Eng 79-0 (Target 270)

    The lights are starting to take full effect in Napier now. I wonder if the dew will have an effect on proceedings tonight? Cook and Bell take a single each to keep the scoreboard ticking.


    Chris Gordon: "Come on, England. In Maui with the Canadian outlaws explaining the joys of cricket over Mai Tais."

  58. 17 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 77-0 (Target 270)

    Ian Bell scores just one run from the over and the players head for some liquid refreshment - around about the same time kettles across England are being switched on for that all-important first brew of the day.

  59. 16.2 overs: 

    That was a complete waste of a referral by New Zealand - the ball clearly pitching outside the line of off stump. That was more of a tactical review than a hopeful one.

  60. 16.2 overs: 

    New Zealand are desperate now and call for a review after Ian Bell misses a sweep and is hit on the pads by Nathan McCullum. It looks like it hit him outside off stump to me.

  61. 16 overs: 
    Eng 76-0 (Target 270)

    It shows how well England bowled that the pitch looks flat now New Zealand have the ball in hand. The Black Caps are just waiting for a mistake now as part-time spinner Kane Williamson comes on to bowl - conceding four singles from his first over.

  62. 15 overs: 
    Eng 72-0 (Target 270)

    Nathan McCullum is brought into the attack but taking the pace off the ball brings no change of luck for the Black Caps, with Bell and Cook taking a single apiece before Bell cuts four past point. England are in cruise control.

  63. 14 overs: 
    Eng 66-0 (Target 270)

    New Zealand are lacking in inspiration now, with England milking the ball around the field - taking another four runs from the over.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "New Zealand need to change this. I think Nathan McCullum needs to come on, as Cook is feeling very comfortable with the pace of Franklin, who's not causing him any difficulties."

  65. 13 overs: 
    Eng 62-0 (Target 270)

    That's a very good shout Simon [see email below]. Luke Wright is one of England's most destructive T20 players so he would certainly be an asset in the one-day team. He's also a handy bowler and fielder too. There's a new innovation being used on the television in this series called WASP, which works out (I'm not sure how) the percentage chance of the team batting second winning. England are 84% certain of levelling the series according to that! I'm sure that would drop if Alastair Cook got out, which he almost does when he top edges a pull and is lucky to see his skied shot land into safety.


    From Simon Shepherd, TMS inbox: "Why not use Luke Wright as an all-rounder and use him down the order a la Brendan McCullum for the batting powerplay?"

  67. 12 overs: 
    Eng 54-0

    Cook square-drives Southee for four, moving to 24 with a single. Bell guides a gentle single past the square leg umpire, who's getting plenty of exercise with a left-hand/right-hand combo at the crease. The Warwickshire right-hander has 29 from 42 balls, having taken rather more of the strike than Cook, who has only faced 29.


    Benji Taylor: "Why do batsmen have coloured pads, but white gloves? You'd think the umpire would like to see the ball hitting the glove too."

  69. 11 overs: 
    Eng 48-0 (Target 270)

    David Cameron is copping some stick for his batting technique. There's nothing wrong with the form of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, who are coasting along serenely. They take another three runs off James Franklin.


    Si Lomas: "Our PM plays with lower hands than Nasser Hussain judging by that picture, many a person will gladly aim at breaking his fingers."

  71. 10 overs: 
    Eng 45-0

    Tim Southee, who has replaced Trent Boult in the bowling attack, is a very good player and somebody Chris Woakes should be looking to emulate over time. Ian Bell is desperate to work him for runs but plays and misses a couple of times before lofting four over deep midwicket and whipping another boundary off his pads. A good start to the over is ruined by two poor deliveries.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a good start by England, both batsmen have been hitting boundaries. And I think Anderson bowled very tidily at the start of the innings, then mopped things up later on, I felt he was too good for New Zealand's lower order."

  73. 9 overs: 
    Eng 37-0 (Target 270)

    Left-arm seamer James Franklin replaces Kyle Mills and bowls a decent first over - the only run coming when he was punched into the overs for a single by Ian Bell.


    Josh Withers: "I think the big pressure is on Root for a good series, Buttler has that extra power but Root is most vulnerable when KP is back."

  75. 8 overs: 
    Eng 36-0 (Target 270)

    There's a delay in proceedings while the New Zealander's change the ball, but it's England who enjoy the new nut as Ian Bell lofts four over extra cover off Trent Boult. The batsman follows that up by opening the face and guiding another four to the boundary. This is turning into the perfect start for England.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special
    David Cameron

    On pictures of UK Prime Minister David Cameron playing cricket in Mumbai: "I'd give him plenty of points for effort, but he should stick to his main job. Head's all right, but his left elbow has collapsed. Left knee needs to bend a bit more, maybe I need to give him some cricket lessons. Tell him I'm available from April, after this tour."

  77. 7 overs: 
    Eng 27-0 (Target 270)

    Kyle Mills is already huffing and puffing as he tries to blow Alastair Cook's wickets down. I reckon he should get used to running in without little reward if he is to play in the Test series. Cook and Bell take a single each before the England skipper pulls a four into cow corner from the final delivery of the over.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "At least they've managed to get away without losing wickets. We don't want people coming in, getting 20 and getting out."

  79. 6 overs: 
    Eng 21-0 (Target 270)

    If Kyle Mills looks like Andy Murray, I reckon Trent Boult has a touch of the Jay from the Inbetweeners about him. I bet he doesn't tell as many tall stories though. Ian Bell and Alastair Cook are laying solid foundations for England - happy to play the ball into gaps and they take four runs from the over.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "A bit of news from Cricket Australia: the Aussies have already named their team for the first Test against India, which starts in Chennai on Friday. Barring any late injuries, seamer Moises Henriques will make his debut and become Australia's 432nd Test player. Shane Watson looks likely to bat at number four, and Glenn Maxwell will be 12th man."

  81. 5 overs: 
    Eng 17-0 (Target 270)

    Andy Murray lookalike Kyle Mills continues to bustle in, with Ian Bell pulling a single to deep backward-square. Mills drops short again and Cook nails it out of the middle - only to be denied a certain four by the sprawling Kane Williamson.


    Former Middlesex and England seamer Mike Selvey, now of the Guardian: "I shall be interested to see which end Nathan McCullum bowls. Think Swann was at the wrong end, so was hit down a stiff breeze."

  83. 4 overs: 
    Eng 16-0 (Target 270)

    The sun is beginning to set on another glorious day in Napier as Trent Boult runs into bowl. Ian Bell is shuffling about at the crease and wears one on the inside of his leg after the bowler gets one to nip back. Boult, who is fairly quick, sends down a bouncer but it has too much height on it and is called a wide. Bell is off the mark when he drives the ball straight past the bowler and picks up three runs.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Why don't they bowl round the wicket and cramp him for room? If you've done your homework, you know where Alastair likes to hit the ball."

  85. 3 overs: 
    Eng 12-0 (Target 270)

    It's rare that Alastair Cook suffers two failures in a row these days, and he is already closing on double figures after cutting another four past point off Kyle Mills. The England skipper repeats the trick from the final ball of the over. Lovely stuff.

  86. 2 overs: 
    Eng 4-0 (Target 270)

    Ian Bell was in lovely touch in that first match in Hamilton and he is being given high praise from Geoffrey Boycott - who says the Warwickshire batsman is the most naturally gifted England batsman since David Gower. He plays out a maiden over to Trent Boult, happy to take an early look at the left-arm seamer.

  87. 1 over: 
    Eng 4-0 (Target 270)

    Alastair Cook is key to England's hopes - if he bats through, I'm sure the tourists will win the game. Any nerves the skipper may have after his failure in the first match will have been eased with a cut for four down to the point boundary. England up and running.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's quite simple - sensible batting, and you'll win the match. For Alastair Cook, who didn't get runs in Hamilton, he needs to get his feet moving."


    Simon Lomas in Stockport, TMS inbox: "The first 10 overs of powerplay have become almost a non-event since the change in regulations. How about sending in Swann as an opener to try and take advantage of them and get England off to a flyer? He's done it with Notts with moderate success in Pro40 and it will take pressure off Morgan and Buttler lower down then."


    RushedTweet: "Come on England. Please don't make me try and explain a second consecutive away series ODI loss to NZ to my Kiwi mates."

  91. 0513: 

    Right then, are we ready? Can England chase down 270 without getting into too many difficulties? I reckon a big knock from either of the top three should suffice...


    Steve Tong: "Still awake, sleep is overrated. England can definitely get this but they look beat already, hope I am wrong."

    Andy Turner: "269 all out - England got out of jail there."

    Tim Peach, BBC Radio producer in New Zealand

    "You can also hear from Ross Taylor on TMS during the interval with his thoughts on the Samoan T20 cricket team. And someone on NZ Radio the other day was saying that he should be dropped after a poor T20 series..."

  94. 0445: 

    England will be more than happy with that, considering New Zealand were 243-5 in the 45th over with Brendon McCullum running riot. Do you think they can chase that score on this pitch? Let me know. I'm off for a break now, but stay tuned to Test Match Special for an interval feature on Papua New Guinea. I'll be back shortly...

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's five wickets for James Anderson. He's a bit like Brendon McCullum for New Zealand, he just goes about his business. I'd say England need to go at five an over, I want to have 150 after 30 overs. You ought to win from there. Run your singles, don't get stuck."

  96. 48.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Boult c Woakes b Anderson 1 (NZ 269 all out)

    James Anderson, who was carted for 1-86 in 10 overs on his last ODI visit to this ground, gets the second five-wicket ODI haul of his career when Trent Boult holes out to the safe hands of Chris Woakes on the long-on boundary. That's 5-34 for Jimmy. Take a bow.

  97. 48.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c Buttler b Anderson 100 (NZ 267-9)

    There's a standing ovation for the popular Ross Taylor as he departs the crease - James Anderson getting his fourth wicket of the day when the batsman edges behind to Jos Buttler.


    From David in Manchester, via text on 81111: "Is this going to be a repeat of NZ v Pakistan in Pallekele at the World Cup?"

    In the game David mentions, New Zealand made 302-7, including 92 from the last four overs, with Ross Taylor smashing 131 not out on his 27th birthday, including 26 from one Shoaib Akhtar over.

  99. 48 overs: 
    100 ROSS TAYLOR- NZ 266-8

    Lovely stuff, Ross Taylor moves to three figures with a classy drive through the covers. He is now 100 not out from 116 balls and I bet he will savour this knock after all that has gone on before this day. Two overs to go to add to that score.

  100. 47.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Southee b Woakes (NZ 261-8)

    Ross Taylor is closing in on three figures and creams four through point before missing a full toss from Chris Woakes. The bowler appeals and is turned down, but that looked out to me. Tim Southee gets a chance to score some late runs but is bowled going for the big shot.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bearing in mind that Brendon McCullum has dropped himself down the order to bat in the powerplay, in Hamilton he walked out to bat in the 34th over, and today in the 36th. Is it by luck or judgement that he's come out at exactly the right time?"

  102. 47 overs: 
    WICKET- N McCullum c Buttler b Anderson 7 (NZ 254-7)

    McCullum is back at the crease, but the good news for England is that it's Nathan and not Brendon! James Anderson is back to try and get rid of his old Lancashire team-mate and a short ball is pulled for six. The Burnley Express gets his revenge when McCullum Sr edges behind to Jos Buttler when chasing a wide one.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "At this stage of the innings, the yorker should be your go-to ball. I don't care about slower balls and all that, you should be able to bowl a yorker. Do you know who I think would bowl well here? Someone like John Emburey, at the death in one-day cricket he used to bowl wicket to wicket with no pace on the ball and spear it into the boots."


    Si Lomas: "Time for Broad to take a sabbatical from international cricket, stop him embarrassing himself... this is dross, brainless bowling."

    James Osmond: "Why is Stuart Broad still in the England team? He averages over 30 with the ball and an economy rate over five for his career?"

  105. 46 overs: 
    WICKET- Franklin c Root b Woakes 1 (NZ 245-6)

    Chris Woakes has been brought back into the attack now Brendon McCullum is back in the pavilion. He bowls a couple of dot balls to the new batsman, James Franklin, before conceding a single down to third man. Ross Taylor can only take a single himself before a slower ball is missed by JF. Can Woakes complete a good over? No and Yes! He bowls a slow, long hop but the batsman, in his eagerness to try and deposit it, skies the ball and is caught by Joe Root.


    From Zavier in Kent, via text on 81111: "At last some entertainment! Now this is worth staying up for! Fasten your seatbelts & enjoy the ride!"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "McCullum has said he's batting down the order to do damage late on, rather than opening. He did it in Hamilton, he's done it here, and who's to say that won't be another matchwinning innings?"

  108. 45 overs: 
    WICKET- B McCullum c Woakes b Broad 74 (NZ 243-5)

    Stuart Broad must be dreading running in to bowl this over - and rightly so as Brendon McCullum hammers another six over long-off. He didn't middle that one though and, if the boundaries hadn't been brought in so much, he would have been caught. The Kiwi skipper is in devastating mood now - carving four into the off side to bring up the 100 partnership from 53 balls. However he holes out to Chris Woakes at long-on next up. His 74 came from 36 balls. A class act.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I said what I really thought about England's bowling to the New Zealand captain, you couldn't publish it or broadcast it on the BBC. But this rule change [with only four men outside the circle in non-powerplay overs] is hopeless, the ICC cricket committee want sacking. Bowlers don't know where to bowl. But Swann bowling his overs consecutively, and going for 62? The only reason you should keep on bowling is if you're bowling well. They should try Root for one or two overs."


    From Ciaran Tragheim, TMS inbox: "England not bowling well at McCullum but you really have to give him enormous credit, when he's in this sort of form is there any better one-day batsman around? He really appears to be in a league of his own with such quick hands and such power. Crazy to think he's an incredible keeper as well... class act!"

  111. 44 overs: 
    NZ 231-4

    Steven Finn has been brought back, to spare Chris Woakes another hammering. The big quick starts by conceding a single to McCullum before Taylor cuts four over backward point and then adds a single. The Kiwi skipper retains the strike with a single from the final ball of the over. Just seven from it. Good stuff, Finny.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been saying New Zealand need 10 runs an over from overs 40-50 to make a competitive total, but they've exceeded that so far."

  113. 43 overs: 

    Stuart Broad begins his latest over with a yorker which brings a leg bye - and a grimace of pain from Ross Taylor after the ball thudded into his foot. A borderline beamer then slips out of Broad's hand and McCullum pulls a single to the boundary. Every run counts now as Taylor tips and runs. McCullum brings up his his 26-ball fifty with six over long-off before getting a top edge over the keeper for four. Broad is rattled now, sending down a leg-side wide. The skipper scores four more with a lovely cut past point before he closes the over with a single to keep the strike. That's 58 runs from the last three overs. Carnage.


    From Simon, TMS inbox: "Hello, just started the day following TMS in Kyrgyzstan (flitting between stuff on the computer), and as a Scot I'm of course rooting for England with the hope that Taylor doesn't last much longer; really looking forward to hearing about PNG cricket at the break - and wondering if the Kyrgyz might get interested?"

  115. 42 overs: 
    NZ 204-4

    Chris Woakes is brought into the attack and the Kiwi batsmen are going to go after the young man here. Taylor begins with a single to the cover sweeper and McCullum adds two before smashing a full toss into the stands for a maximum. Another short one is pulled for four behind square. This is buffet bowling and BM is helping himself - another four coming from a yorker. The over ends with a lofted four over extra cover. 21 runs from the over - I suspect Woakes has just been hit out of the attack.


    From Nick, Essex, via text on 81111: "I'm going to sleep now, I'm looking forward to seeing 'England romp home in Napier with eight-wicket win' as soon as I wake."

  117. 41 overs: 
    NZ 183-4

    Graeme Swann returns to the attack and Ross Taylor hammers him for two fours into the leg side. He adds a single to give Brendon McCullum half an over to add to the nine already scored. The skipper responds by creaming six over extra cover - despite slipping on to the floor midway through his shot. He adds a single into the off side before Taylor finishes the over with one to midwicket.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was good by McCullum, he's able to create width and hit the ball through the off side. He holds the bat with quite an open face, which is why the ball goes in the air when he hooks and pulls."


    Tim Layt: "As an Englishman living in NZ, it's a win-win tour for me. As long as England win, of course!"

  120. 40 overs: 
    NZ 166-4

    Ross Taylor might have batted for the majority of this innings, but he appears happy to knock the ball into gaps and allow Brendon McCullum, who replaced him as skipper, to wreak havoc. It appears sound judgement as the new Kiwi captain drives two through the covers before cracking four through point.


    Tom Stones: "Get McCullum cheaply and this should be in the bag for England."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "There was an Art Deco weekend with display of vintage cars here in Napier in the last few days, and we've had a bit of an old-style one-day international today."

  123. 39 overs: 
    NZ 159-4

    The energy injected into the New Zealand innings is clear to see since Brendon McCullum came to the crease. He continues to go after James Anderson, driving down the ground for another lovely boundary. The Black Caps take nine from the over and the onslaught has officially begun.


    From David Crabb, TMS inbox: "Enjoying BBC text here in Miami Florida,,. 18 hours behind NZ. No serious cricket ever played here I think."

    Actually, Florida has hosted four Twenty20 internationals, all involving New Zealand - against Sri Lanka in 2010 and West Indies in 2012.

  125. 38 overs: 
    NZ 150-4

    I wonder if Steven Finn feels better with his new shorter run-up? I bet it will help his fitness in the Test match arena - especially in hotter climes. Just when it appears he has eradicated his problem of hitting the stumps in his follow-through, the Middlesex paceman knocks off the bails from the final delivery of his over and is driven for four through the covers by Brendon McCullum. That delivery is allowed to stand, but any further breaking of the stumps will result in a 'dead ball' being called.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's that old question, do you want wickets in hand at the end or runs on the board? You've got to be able to post a competitive total."


    Simon@jakarta: "I'll never understand why guys who've been bowling since they were about eight can't bowl a series of yorkers when required. I could!"

  128. 37 overs: 
    NZ 145-4

    It's amazing how often teams lose a wicket in the first over of a powerplay. New batsman Brendon McCullum is instantly on to the attack against James Anderson and has to wear one on the inside of his leg after failing to connect with a short one. The skipper gets off the mark by turning a single down to fine leg. Ross Taylor adds another one run into the leg side, but it's another good over from Anderson.

  129. 36 overs: 
    WICKET- Elliott c sub (JM Bairstow) b Finn 23 (NZ 143-4)

    The batting powerplay is signalled, but not until the stadium DJ has managed to get the full version of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" in. Steven Finn returns to the attack, Taylor moves to 65 with a single, Finn keeps it tight and after a couple more singles, Elliott skies the ball over long leg and sub fielder Jonny Bairstow takes the catch - although it does bring the dangerous Brendon McCullum to the crease...


    Greg Marshall: "No college tomorrow, so I've got the cricket on. As a Scot, I'm rooting for a Kiwi win though. Taylor definitely the key man."


    James Presland: "England need to do something about Taylor, unless the plan is to make him run until his bad leg falls off. Either option is good."

  132. 35 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- NZ 140-3

    Graeme Swann has been fairly economical today and, perhaps wary of the lack of spin and short boundaries, has bowled flatter and quicker than normal. Very rarely has he given the ball air and been attacking against the batsmen. Taylor responds to his review by slog-sweeping four down to backward square leg. Time for some drinks.

  133. 34.2 overs: 

    The umpire is shown to have made the correct decision, with replays highlighting that Ross Taylor got an inside edge on to the ball. That's England's only review gone.

  134. 34.2 overs: 

    Ross Taylor misses a sweep against Graeme Swann and is hit on the pads. Umpire says no but England call for a review.


    From Zavier in Kent, via text on 81111: "Gone are the days of our 'super heroes' like Beefy, zero charisma in cricket these days & zero world-class all-rounders too!"

  136. 34 overs: 
    NZ 134-3

    Good running from Ross Taylor as he pulls Grant Elliott through for three runs down to backward point. Stuart Broad drops in a bouncer to RT and the batsman plays an air shot - he was beaten for pace there. Taylor responds by slog-sweeping Broad for six with a wonderful shot and backs that up with three through the covers. Have the fireworks begun?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "In the interval between innings, we've got a special feature on the first qualifying tournament for next year's World Twenty20, which was won by Papua New Guinea. They've got a great team song, that will keep you awake, and they're coached by Adam Hollioake."

  138. 33 overs: 

    Ross Taylor has grafted hard today and brings up a chanceless half-century with a single to long-on off Graeme Swann. He receives warm applause from a crowd who obviously feels sorry for him after he was stripped of the captaincy. Four in total from the over.


    From Jack, Loughborough Uni, via text on 81111: "Bit harsh from Geoff Boycott I feel - Woakes was fourth in the Div 1 batting averages at 71, and above Patel and Dernbach with the ball. Recognised all-rounder? Yes. 140kph is some sharp medium pace too..."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't understand why New Zealand haven't played more positively, despite having lost three wickets. There's not the effort to hit boundaries we've been used to, which is odd given that there are more men in the circle. Maybe it's squeezed batsmen a bit."

  141. 32 overs: 
    NZ 117-3

    I'm really intrigued how one-day international cricket seems to have regressed back to the late eighties/early nineties when teams waited until the final 10-15 overs before even thinking about clearing the boundary. This would be slow stuff in a Test match for some teams. Stuart Broad is back into the attack and again it's just three singles taken by the batsmen.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't play golf, I wouldn't want to be like Geoff Boycott and keep being beaten by my wife at golf."

  143. 31 overs: 
    NZ 114-3

    Iain O'Brien tells Test Match Special listeners that England are the best fielding side in the world. Great praise indeed. Stuart Broad prompted the compliment when he made a fantastic diving stop on the boundary to deny Grant Elliott four. He got three, however, and the Kiwis add nine from Graeme Swann's most expensive over of the innings.


    From Gareth Hinchley in Tokyo, TMS inbox: "Do you reckon there will ever be a chance of England playing a one-day match in Japan? It would be great to give the lower ranked playing nations a go, don't you think?"

  145. 30 overs: 
    NZ 105-3

    Grant Elliott looks like he knows how to hold a bat - playing a lovely cover drive off Woakes which brings three runs and helps the Black Caps pass three figures. Ross Taylor adds a single too, down to the cover boundary sweeper. It seems that Woakes is liable to drop short quite often, and he does so again - being pulled for a single by Elliott. Taylor finishes the over with one down to third man.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a good partnership between Taylor and Williamson, but there's been some exceptional bowling from England."

  147. 29 overs: 
    NZ 99-3

    There are a few palm trees blowing the breeze above the McLean Park stands. Is it me, or do palm trees make any location seem exotic? Apart from when you see them in somebody's front garden in Bolton, like I used to do on my drive to work. Just two more runs added in Swann's over.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "We didn't have a TV when I was young, as television was in its infancy in the fifties. I had to go to my auntie's to watch Muffin the Mule, which was my favourite programme. At my age, I didn't realise it was a puppet. The television itself was a huge cabinet but the screen was about seven inches wide."

  149. 28 overs: 
    NZ 97-3

    On Test Match Special, Geoffrey Boycott is reminiscing about his favourite television programme as a child - Muffin the Mule. I have never heard of it personally, I was more of a Thundercats and Postman Pat lad. Chris Woakes, who is probably of the Teletubbies generation, seems to have found the right length to bowl for now, with England quite happy to allow the odd single here and there. The Black Caps need to go for it at some point.


    Will Gregg: "Why is Stuart Broad still in this team? He's too expensive for ODIs and doesn't look like taking a wicket, bring back Tremlett."

  151. 27 overs: 
    NZ 93-3

    It appears there are going to be a few sleepy students in lectures tomorrow. I'll be sleepy too when I take my little lad to 'Turbo Tots'. It will all be worth it when England level the series. Graeme Swann continues to whirl away, conceding just two runs from the over.


    Kieran Lucia: "Cricket is the perfect distraction from the Dissertation deadline! Who needs sleep?"


    From Pete, a student at York, via text on 81111: "Wide awake and I'm watching the cricket, And I'm hoping that England will nick it, But with essays to write, I will stay up all night, longing just for another - one more wicket!"

  154. 26 overs: 
    NZ 91-3

    That wicket was crucial for England - it will peg back New Zealand just as they were beginning to think about raising the tempo. It's interesting how Brendon McCullum is holding himself back in the batting order. Surely he can bat for 25 overs?

  155. 25.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Williamson b Woakes 33 (NZ 91-3)

    That pressure to up the run-rate seems to have cost Kane Williamson his wicket as the Kiwi batsman walks out of his crease and tries to drag one outside off stump into the leg side - only to get an inside edge on to his own stumps. A bonus wicket for Chris Woakes brings Grant Elliott to the crease.


    From Brandon in Kent, via text on 81111: "Completely forgot about this! I choose to believe that the dog woke me wanting to sit watching the cricket with me rather than wanting to rush out to bark at a passing fox!"


    Alex Harper: "No lectures tomorrow, clearly whoever schedules them is a cricket fan. Tonight is now sleep deprivation practice for exams."

  158. 25 overs: 
    NZ 89-2

    Kane Williamson must have been reading this text commentary between overs because he is suddenly showing a bit more urgency - lofting a glorious four over extra cover off Graeme Swann's bowling. He and Ross Taylor then milk runs from the rest of the over, five more to be precise.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England don't have a recognised all-rounder so they're giving this lad Woakes a go, I think he's a very good county cricketer but I'm not convinced by him at this level. He's a medium-pace bowler who can bat a bit."

  160. 24 overs: 
    NZ 80-2

    Ross Taylor has pulled up while running a single a couple of times today. It's either a sore hamstring or cramp, but that didn't seem to do Martin Guptill any harm the other night. Chris Woakes is back into the attack and is chopped for a single by Taylor before Kane Williamson takes matters into his own hands and walks across his stumps before flicking a half volley for four through the leg side. The batsman adds a single by chopping down to third man. Taylor then helps himself to two to test that dodgy leg out.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Kane Williamson played the ball around the park in Hamilton, but he isn't finding it so easy today. And Ross Taylor is struggling, he looks tense and he's got no form. They call it pressure, but a better name for it is tension."

  162. 23 overs: 
    NZ 72-2

    It's a compliment when I compare Kane Williamson to Jonathan Trott in the manner he builds a one-day innings. He really digs in, but he also needs to be aware of run-rates and the match situation. He is on 19 from 36 balls and, although he has helped New Zealand recover from the loss of their openers, he now needs to raise it a little.

  163. 22 overs: 
    NZ 67-2

    I see Matt from Kent (see text below) has reopened the wicketkeeping debate. I reckon Jos Buttler, if he continues to be a devastating hitter in the middle order, is in England's long-term plans for the one-day sides. Matt Prior probably deserves another shot at it but it might ensure a longer Test career if he sticks to the five-day format. Stuart Broad continues and concedes just three runs from another tight over.


    From Dougal McLachlan in Australia, TMS inbox: "Ross Taylor is the key wicket here for England. He averages over 70 in ODIs at his home ground, McLean Park - the short square boundaries are made for his slog sweep!"

  165. 21 overs: 
    NZ 64-2

    Over on Test Match Special, Jeremy Coney says New Zealand need to begin to apply some extra pressure on the England bowlers and fielders. It's all a bit sedate at the moment - just five runs coming from Graeme Swann's over.


    From Matt, Kent, via text on 81111: "He hasn't done anything wrong YET; but why is Buttler, a man who doesn't even keep for his county and has a first-class average in the 30s, playing for England when Prior with a Test and first-class average in the 40s, and widely seen as one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen playing, is currently NOT playing in our ODI team? Crazy?"

  167. 20 overs: 
    NZ 59-2

    Stuart Broad is beginning to reassert some control, conceding just two singles. Just six boundaries have been scored in the first 20 overs - which is a great credit to the England bowlers.


    It seems we can always rely on you students to tweet in during 'overnight' games...

    Tom Hill: "Exciting game of cricket in prospect, students don't need sleep anyway."

    James Presland: "Was about to get some sleep when I saw the cricket was on... Oh bother! I guess lectures were made for sleeping."

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Who was the evil fellow in the James Bond films? Blofeld? I've been looking a bit like him as forgot my glasses for the first game, put them on up in the box today and the right-hand lens disappeared."

  170. 19 overs: 
    NZ 57-2

    Graeme Swann has been summoned by the skipper - the off-spinner always capable of breaking a partnership. I can't think of too many bowlers in the modern game who are so prolific at coming into the bowling attack and taking a wicket. Dale Steyn is another. Swann starts well, conceding three singles. Will he allow the batsmen to milk him? Or will he offer up a few tempters?

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "They must keep the grassy banks here. Take those away, and the ground would lose all its character."

  172. 18 overs: 
    NZ 54-2

    I agree with Aggers, I think England are on top here - although they can't allow Williamson and Taylor to get themselves in or that may well change quite quickly. The Kiwi fifty is brought up when Alastair Cook misfields and allows the ball to run through his legs. We'll let him off for that one considering the two good catches he has taken so far. Five from the over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's England who have had the better of the first 17 overs, I think, but Woakes will be disappointed to have let those two long-hops go."


    From Richard Overton, who says he is in the perfect time zone (Kuala Lumpur) for England playing overseas, WI excluded, TMS inbox: "Woakes starts out with a Broad-esque '5-ball' over. What is it with these 'professionals' who can't concentrate for six deliveries? Broad is the master of bowling one bad bowl, which I could hit for four, almost every over. And that's when he's bowling well. Must drive the captain bonkers. But obviously not the selectors as they pick him again and again..."

  175. 17 overs: 

    Ross Taylor is quick to punish any bad balls today - hammering two fours either side of the wicket when Chris Woakes drops short. Both deliveries were long hops, which RT can put away in his sleep. Time for some drinks.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's been much more intensity from England in this match. The bowlers are on song, they're accurate, they're attacking the batsmen, and England are on top."

  177. 16 overs: 
    NZ 41-2

    Stuart Broad is not looking himself so far, bowling a wide outside off stump to begin his second over. Perhaps he is haunted by memories of conceding 75 runs from his 10 overs on his last ODI visit to this ground? Ross Taylor is starting to look busy at the crease, working the ball into the leg side and scampering through for two runs. He adds a single to make it four from the over.


    Ed Otty: "TMS commentary to take me through the night. It's not insomnia if it involves cricket."

  179. 15 overs: 
    NZ 37-2

    It's important that Woakes and Broad don't undo the good work done by Anderson and Finn here. England are fielding well, with Eoin Morgan saving a certain four from the bat of Kane Williamson with a diving stop at backward point. The young batsman takes a single to the cover sweeper and Ross Taylor finishes the over with one into the off side.


    Robert Marks: "To hell with the dissertation. This is one student who is watching the cricket for the night. Gettin' Jimmy!"

  181. 14 overs: 
    NZ 35-2

    Stuart Broad is also into the attack and Ross Taylor greets his introduction with a back-foot punch for four through the off side. Already, the England all-rounder looks down on pace as Taylor takes two down the ground before finishing the over with another couple down to backward point.


    The Independent's Stephen Brenkley: "NZ good for Cook's fielding. Took two gully stunners at Hamilton 5 yrs ago, has just taken superb effort at short extra. Must be the light."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Woakes bowls the length he bowled in Hamilton, we could see a couple of balls disappear into Hawkes Bay."

  184. 13 overs: 
    NZ 27-2

    Chris Woakes is given a bowl and England really need him to continue the pressure built up by Anderson and Finn. He starts well with four dot balls - helped by some tidy fielding. Ross Taylor manages a single through the covers before Woakes drops short and is pulled for four by Kane Williamson.


    Kenny MacKenzie: "It really instils trust in the starting XI when being unchanged after a loss. Jimmy is bowling like a demon. Accuracy is king."

  186. 12 overs: 
    NZ 22-2

    With Steven Finn quickly becoming James Anderson's established new-ball partner, it means Stuart Broad needs to keep bowling well to fend off people like Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions ahead of the Ashes series. I have a feeling Tremlett could be a key man against Australia once again, if he can recover sufficiently from his injuries. What do you think? Steven Finn concedes one from another tight over.


    James Berger-North: "Galle looks picturesque on TV, like the idea of watching on the fort. Any ground with a grass bank has a certain appeal too."

  188. 11 overs: 
    NZ 21-2

    The extra pace of Steven Finn is the perfect foil for the guile of James Anderson. Both opening bowlers have asserted control over the Kiwi batsmen. Another maiden over by Jimmy as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor try and rebuild. This is Test match pace at the moment.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Finn's bowling off a short run-up today, which was talked about during the T20 series. He normally pushes off two to three metres outside the circle, but he's about six metres shorter. He just thinks it should give him some more control and stop him knocking the bails off, which he hasn't done yet."


    Chippi: "Can't sleep, might as well watch the cricket."

  191. 10 overs: 
    NZ 21-2

    Ross Taylor is the new man to the crease and, as I suggested earlier [0058], England now have a great chance to try and blow a hole in New Zealand's strong middle order. Another wicket now and they are well and truly on top. Steven Finn realises that and bowls a bouncer at Taylor, which is called a wide. There's nothing better than seeing a true fast bowler testing out the opposition's star batsman with a bumper early on.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've enjoyed watching England's opening bowlers in action with two new balls on a hard surface. This is a fresh pitch, it's not been used this year, it's the pitch that would normally be used for the Test matches, but there isn't a Test here this summer."

  193. 9 overs: 
    WICKET- Rutherford c Cook b Anderson 11 (NZ 19-2)

    This is a great start by England, with both openers back in the hut. It looks like their pre-match plans for Hamish Rutherford have worked a treat as the young opener pushes at a James Anderson slower ball and lifts the ball into the hands of Alastair Cook at short cover. Clever bowling and clever captaincy.


    Stevo: "The brave decision to stay up has been well rewarded with an immediate wicket from Jimmy after some good early pressure."

  195. 8 overs: 
    NZ 18-1

    Steven Finn is certainly coming in off a shorter run-up but does not seem to have lost any control or pace - maybe a more economical action can also preserve his body and help avoid injuries. Let's hope so. Hamish Rutherford tries to get New Zealand's innings moving by slashing hard at one outside off stump and the ball runs away for four.

  196. 7 overs: 
    NZ 12-1

    Just what England needed - a wicket-maiden from their premier bowler. Kane Williamson is the new man to the crease, alongside Hamish Rutherford.

  197. 6.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Watling c Cook b Anderson 7 (NZ 12-1)

    BJ Watling has not looked comfortable against James Anderson and, for the second time in the series, he is dismissed by the Lancashire paceman. He was bowled in Hamilton and here, in Napier, he edges a seaming delivery to Alastair Cook at first slip.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I saw [New Zealand fast bowler] Tim Southee at breakfast this morning, and I told him I think he looks a bit slimmer than he was a few years ago. Brendon McCullum, the captain, said 'his puppy fat's gone, Geoffrey'."

  199. 6 overs: 
    NZ 12-0

    Steven Finn is bowling well and, touch wood (!), there is no sign of him clipping the stumps in his delivery stride. Maybe that remedial work to his action is beginning to reap rewards. He is still managing to get the ball through at a decent lick too - Hamish Rutherford playing and missing at a couple. Just one from the over.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Watching such a lot of one-day cricket around the world, to help the spinners I'd shove the boundaries as far back as they used to be, considering the size of the bats they have now."

  201. 5 overs: 
    NZ 11-0

    Napier is certainly one of the better looking grounds in world cricket. What is your favourite and why? I've not been, but I always like the look of the Adelaide Oval - although that may change judging by the redevelopment work being carried out. James Anderson continues to keep it tight before Hamish Rutherford flicks four off his hips down to the short, square boundary.

  202. 4 overs: 
    NZ 7-0

    Every run is likely to count today - especially considering the last match between these two sides on this ground was tied - so England are grateful for a maiden Steven Finn over. The big paceman is thankful to Jonathan Trott for a good stop at square leg to deny BJ Watling runs.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have slipped down a place in the one-day rankings, and they'll slip down even more if they keep bowling short at Brendon McCullum, as he'll keep pulling and hooking you."

  204. 3 overs: 
    NZ 7-0

    If he carries on at the same rate of progression, Joe Root is going to be a national treasure at the end of this Ashes year. His batting is what catches the eye, but he's also a very good fielder. He saves England two runs with an athletic stop on the third man boundary after BJ Watling edged James Anderson. The opener adds a single, but this is a solid start by England.


    Si Lomas: "Long straight boundaries, short square ones, want to see some proper village slogging across the line targeting short boundary."

    Kenny MacKenzie: "I've yet to be contacted about the ticket to NZ that I was asking for on Saturday night. Any offers this time?"

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Andrew Strauss would love to carry this pitch around with him. Last time England were here, he scored that big hundred which saved his Test career, and England came back to win the series after losing the first Test."

  207. 2 overs: 
    NZ 4-0

    It's a beautiful sight in Napier, with the sun beating down on to the small, compact ground which has some lovely grassy banks. At the end of the first over, the PA system played a bit of Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing'. Smooth. Steven Finn starts well, conceding just one run from his first over. Already he is looking to bowl fairly full.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "We used to be behind the bowler's arm, but we're now in a great position to watch rugby, although you can see the sea. But it's a pity there aren't more people who have taken half a day off to come and watch. If this was a one-dayer in England, it would be full. It's a great batting track, if you can't make runs here, you'll struggle to make runs."

  209. 1 over: 
    NZ 3-0

    The reassuring sight of James Anderson will open the bowling for England and both openers are off the mark with a single. The Burnley Express is into his groove quickly and he squares BJ Watling up with a couple of nice, full outswingers - the final one bringing a single down to third man.

  210. 0059: 

    The players are out in the middle on a beautifully sunny afternoon in Napier. We're almost set...

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Batsmen are getting a lot better at hitting yorkers. Only bowlers like Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka are able to nail it every time."

  212. 0058: 

    Both captains expect plenty of runs today, which means England need to get stuck into New Zealand's strong middle order of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum as early as possible. If they can get rid of inexperienced openers Hamish Rutherford and BJ Watling early, they have got a chance.

  213. 0056: 

    New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Tim Southee, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult

    England: Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Rod Tucker (AUS)

    TV umpire: S Ravi (IND)

    Match Referees: Gary Baxter (NZL) Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "With a ground like this, that's why Essex always field first if they win the toss at Chelmsford. The square boundaries are only 60 metres here at most, but to hit a straight boundary, it's about 90 metres."

  215. 0054: 

    At least England have a clear plan in place in ODI cricket now. They will bat fairly sensibly for the first 35 overs and then hope to cash in later in the innings through Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. They just have to make sure they get the balance right - they were at least 20 runs short in Hamilton on Sunday.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've seen some exciting games here - two ties, such as England's last ODI here when Luke Wright bowled the last over. On these rugby grounds, it's difficult to know what's a good total to defend. You almost think 'Adelaide Oval' here - it's long and thin."

  217. 0051: 

    What do you make of the two teams today? Are England one batsman short? I think New Zealand have a stronger bowling attack with Tim Southee back in the team while debutant batsman Hamish Rutherford is somebody who has impressed in the T20 format.

  218. 0048: 
    Live now

    Just to let you know that Test Match Special has started on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. You can also listen to Aggers and the boys online. Have your Boycott bingo cards at the ready...

  219. 0046: 

    It looks like we can expect plenty of run this evening. Are you planning on staying up to watch? Tweet me throughout the match, using #bbccricket, send a text to 81111 or pop across an email to (putting 'For Marc Higginson' in the subject line). I look forward to hearing from you.

  220. 0042: 

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, speaking at the toss: "We would have bowled first for the same reasons as Alastair but we will try and put a big score on the board and then bowl and field well. We have to make sure we increase our performance because we know England will come out and play better than the other night."

  221. 0039: 

    England have named an unchanged team, with New Zealand making three changes to their team. Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee and Trent Boult replace Martin Guptill, Andrew Ellis and Mitchell McClenaghan.

  222. 0037: 

    England captain Alastair Cook, speaking at the toss: "It's a good wicket here and, with the new rules and regulations, it makes the short boundary difficult to defend. Hopefully we can restrict New Zealand and then knock the runs off. You can achieve a lot with wickets in hand with these new regulations."

  223. 0034: 

    England win the toss and will field first.

  224. 0032: 

    Good morning everyone. I hope you are ready to fight the temptation to sleep and watch England try and claw their way back into this series. Perhaps the one good thing to come out of Sunday's defeat was that James Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in all formats. "It gives me a huge amount of pride," the Burnley Express later told BBC Radio 5 live. "When I started playing for England I never dreamed of getting anywhere near this number of wickets."

  225. 0030: 

    It was not an evening to remember for England's cricketers in Hamilton on Sunday. They missed a number of opportunities to win the first one-day international and must now beat New Zealand in Napier today to avoid a series defeat. It was a bit of a cracker the last time these two teams met at McLean Park - England scoring 340-6 and the Kiwis replying with 340-7. Let's hope for some more fireworks...

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Live Scores - N Zealand v England


  • England beat New Zealand by 8 wickets
  • N Zealand: 269 (48.5 overs)
  • England: 270-2 (47.4 overs)
  • Venue: Napier

England Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 2 270
Cook c and b Southee 78
Bell c Rutherford b Williamson 44
Trott not out 65
Root not out 79
Extras 3w 1lb 4

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