New Zealand v England, 3rd ODI international, Auckland, as it happened

Steven Finn's three wickets set England on their way to a series-clinching victory in the final ODI against New Zealand.

1 March 2013 Last updated at 14:33 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 0825: 

    Well, that's about it for England's white-ball cricket for three months or so - attention now turns to the three Tests in Dunedin, Wellington (at the splendid Basin Reserve) and back at this ground in Auckland.

    The first Test (theoretically) starts on Wednesday, 6 March - but the time difference means that for UK fans, it begins at 2130 GMT on Tuesday, 5 March - Test Match Special will be on air from 2100. Thanks if you've been getting up for all these early mornings with us - we hope you'll be joining us for the Tests. Enjoy the rest of the packed sporting weekend on the BBC, including the Six Nations and all today's football...


    More from Alastair Cook: "Very pleased, in those last two games the character we showed in must-win games can only be good and we can take a lot from it, the bowlers set the tone and 180 on that wicket should never be enough.

    "Joe Root has played in three different styles, he was like the experienced old head at the end there today, he can take a lot from that and there will be selection headaches come the summer. Finn's pace, he's up around 90mph with nagging accuracy and Jimmy's world class, it's quite easy to captain when you've got that. They're very dangerous these New Zealanders and if we're off our game they can punish us, there's no complacency ahead of the Test series, you know how Andy Flower works, he'll be desperately keen to get us going again."

  3. 0817: 

    Captain Cook gets the one-day series trophy - it seems the New Zealand way is to get the captains to make mini-speeches, addressing their team-mates and the opposition, rather than being interviewed.


    England captain Alastair Cook: "A great hard-fought series, three tough battles, we look forward to continuing that in the Test series. We've had great support as usual, we're the luckiest international side with the amount of support we get wherever we go, and we truly appreciate it. I couldn't ask anything more from our guys, we can take this forward into the Champions Trophy."


    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "We should learn a lot from this. England showed us what it's like to step up in big moments, it hurts but congratulations to them."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England should be disappointed if they don't win the Test series 3-0, and in some case with a day to spare. New Zealand looked very ordinary against Steyn and Morkel."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you leave Jonny Bairstow out of cricket all together, he will go backwards - you have to make sure he's playing cricket. I'm not sure yet on Woakes - carry on with him if you believe he has something, but I need to see more of him, I'm not yet convinced one way or the other. For two of these matches, he's been bowling when Finn and Anderson have put them in total control - when the opposition don't lose wickets and get away, can he handle it? But if Compton doesn't get runs in the only warm-up match, will he be looking over his shoulder? England know Joe Root is eventually going to be the next Yorkshire and England opener, with the history and tradition of many of us, and that's going to free up a space for Bairstow."


    Steven Finn: "We were a bit rusty in the first match but playing these last two games we felt really good, we set the tone and the batsmen have been great. It's great be bowling at the other end to Jimmy [Anderson], he's one of the best if not the best fast bowlers in the world. Our job is to take wickets in the first 10 overs to put pressure on and we've done that.

    "Considering we've just come back from India, there is bounce in the wickets here and I'm really enjoying it. We said holding your length is imperative. [On shortening his run-up] I tried it in the last game, it feels good, it's a lot easier running half the distance and it doesn't seem to have affected my pace which is the most important thing."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England played superbly in Napier and were even better today. They were miles better in New Zealand than everything they did, and the two bowlers were outstanding - Steven Finn's high action, pace and bounce has unsettled the New Zealanders, some of whom were found lacking in technique which bodes well for the Test match. I only think Jimmy Anderson bowled one bad ball today, and it was an uphill struggle for New Zealand. We're in a very strong position for the World Cup in two years' time as we've still got Pietersen to come in, while young Jonny Bairstow's also very talented. I'm not sure Bresnan's elbow's right, but I think we've got enough in the batting to make competition for places, and that's what you want as selectors."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "When it rains in the future, I don't think they'll get this game out of the archives and show it again."


    Mally Graveson: "Very professional performance. Joe Root looks the business."

  12. 0804: 

    Aggers and Boycs are beginning their review of the day which will be available on the TMS podcast page a little later.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I saw this New Zealand side play South Africa, they won the one-day series. South Africa rested a number of players such as Steyn and Morkel. But England have said 'this is our best side' and kept it together for continuity."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think New Zealand knew the game was up, unless there was some miracle late on, they were always going to struggle after being bowled out for 185."

  15. 0800: 


  16. 38 overs: 
    Eng 189-5

    As Lennon and McCartney wrote, it's been a hard day's night - an appropriate choice of music by the stadium DJ. Root's on strike on 27, he'll have to hit a four to pass 30, and he pulls the third ball of the over through mid-wicket. The umpire signals four, and it's all over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England might have won this half-an-hour ago, really, they lost three or four wickets when the batsmen were set."

  18. 37 overs: 
    Eng 185-5

    Eight to win, Franklin replaces Ellis and Root drives the first ball of the over past extra cover for four. I've just wondered whether this will be the last time we see England in this ODI/T20 kit, given that they seem to like to introduce a new kit each year, normally in time for the start of the home summer internationals. Root pushes the ball into the covers and is nearly run out, has to put in the dive at the bowler's end, and Woakes clips a two off his legs to level the scores.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The DJ's had enough, he's now playing music between each ball, trying to keep people in the ground."

  20. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 178-5

    It's batting powerplay o'clock - and time for the last rites to be applied to this innings, the match, and indeed the ODI series. Mills replaces Southee, just a Root single from the over.


    Michael Short: "Can someone please put an end to rubbish pop music over the public address?"

    Jamie Lillywhite, BBC Sport

    "Fabulous start from Sachin on day two of the first Test against Australia in Chennai. Coming in with India in trouble on 12-2 in reply to 380, he strikes three of his first four balls for four. Class is permanent etc."

  23. 35 overs: 
    Eng 177-5 (TARGET 186)

    Here's a worrying thought - if England don't win it this over, they'll be obliged to take the batting powerplay... although to be fair, McCullum has set powerplay fields for most of the innings anyway. Root helps himself to a two, then pulls a single to long leg. Woakes is off the mark with a single, Root nicks the strike, he has 22 and England need nine more.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is like golf. When you've got two putts to win from close to the hole, take them. When you've got plenty of overs left, just get the job done."

  25. 34 overs: 
    Eng 172-5

    Somehow, England are making heavy weather of this - the batsmen crossed on the catch so new batsman Chris Woakes is the non-striker as Root stands tall to pull Southee for a single. With a slip in, Woakes guides his first ball straight to gully. Southee finishes with 3-49 from his 10 overs.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "There'll be a panic if one of these gets out. You wouldn't put your house on Broad, Swann, Anderson and Finn."

  27. 33.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Watling b Southee 3 (Eng 171-5)

    Buttler has a cheeky grin on his face, and his red-ink hopes are dashed as he top-edges and Watling runs forward well to take the catch.


    Ned Walker: "Best thing about still being on way home at ridiculous o'clock is the cricket and (hopefully) an England win, bring on the Tests!"

  29. 33 overs: 
    Eng 171-4 (TARGET 186)

    Jos Buttler has the chance of a red-inker here, coming to the crease with 18 needed. The Somerset man is off the mark, pulling Ellis for three through mid-wicket, and some fans are up on their feet to dance in the stands.

    Jamie Lillywhite, BBC Sport

    "The impressive Australia paceman James Pattinson has struck in successive overs, Virender Sehwag the latest wicket to fall, and India are 12-2 in the sixth over in the second session on day two of the first Test in Chennai. The cavalier opener averages only 29 in 17 Tests since January 2011. Someone called Tendulkar has walked out at number four."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Mills managed to stop there like a horse in dressage. It really was a fine catch."

  32. 32.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Mills b Ellis 39 (Eng 168-4)

    Ellis to continue, Root guides a single to get the red-hot Morgan on strike - that six took him to 39 from his first 22 balls. The Dubliner pulls towards short fine leg, this will be six or out... and it's out as Kyle Mills somewhat redeems himself for that fielding ricket earlier.


    Nick Dear: "Joe Root is having a very slow innings by his illustrious standards, how long before someone suggests dropping him?"

  34. 32 overs: 
    Eng 167-3

    Southee begins his ninth over, the first after drinks, Root pushes a single. There are two short covers, a gully and a backward point for Morgan, but there's nothing the Black Caps can do when Southee tries a slower ball and Morgan comes down the track to whack it back past the bowler for four. A single takes him to 33. Root moves to 15 with a single - the rate Morgan's going, he may struggle to reach that 30 mark - and Southee boosts the total with a wide well outside off stump. Morgan launches the last ball high into the night sky, and is dropped... by a fan five rows back in the stand at long-on. Six of the best.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Quite a few people have gone home in the stand away to our right, it's really thinned out."


    Matt Richardson: "Up early with the kids & I don't mind?! Must mean it's cricket time! Come on England."

  37. 31 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 153-3 (TARGET 186)

    Morgan moves to 28 with a single, Root manages one off the last ball to move to 14, England need 33 from 19 overs and it's time for drinks.

    So, are we all agreed... Steven Finn for man of the match? Any dissenters?

    Jamie Lillywhite, BBC Sport

    "India have lost their first wicket in reply to Australia's 380 on day two of the first Test in Chennai. James Pattinson is generating some impressive pace, nudging 150 km/h, and he bowls Murali Vijay for 10 to leave the home side on 11-1."

  39. 30 overs: 
    Eng 151-3

    Southee returns for his eighth over after that single McCullum over, and puts the brakes on temporarily with a maiden over to Root.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "With all those men inside the circle, after a while you just think 'I'm going to hit it over them'."

  41. 29 overs: 
    Eng 151-3

    Root comes across his stumps to guide Ellis off his legs for a single, and while the match seems to be moving towards the foregone conclusion Geoffrey mentioned earlier, some of the Eden Park crowd are having a bit of a battle with the stewards, trying to keep their beach ball from being confiscated and "popped". Morgan hoists Ellis wide of long-on for a first-bounce four to push England past 150.


    Rachel T: "Very noble of Trott and Cook to get out as England wakes up, giving us the chance to witness the Root/Morgan/Buttler show."

  43. 28 overs: 
    Eng 144-3

    Southee's off, Nathan McCullum's back, and Morgan takes advantage of the short straight boundaries to belt him over his head for six. Next ball, Morgan drills it wide of mid-on and the lumbering Kyle Mills dives but manages to let the ball go straight through him for four. "A bit like Angus Fraser in the last few years of his career," notes Aggers on TMS. "I hope he's listening". A single lifts Morgan to 22 from 14 balls, while Root nicks the strike with a single - he has 11 from 21.


    FernandoTorres9: "An easy stroll in the park for England, now it should be even easier with England's in-form batsman Joe Root!"

  45. 27 overs: 
    Eng 132-3 (TARGET 186)

    The field's still up, but New Zealand switch their seamers around as Ellis replaces the luckless (and wicketless) Mills, but his first ball is down the leg side - "a bad ball with any field," notes Iain O'Brien on TMS - and Root nudges it for a single. Morgan pulls a lifting delivery for a single, Root guides a single to mid-wicket. These two are pretty quick between the wickets, another single means Morgan has 11, Root has 10 and England need 54 from 23 overs (or 138 balls if you prefer).

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Southee's another one who could cut his run-up down. I wouldn't be surprised that if in three or four years, he's not coming off half that run."

  47. 26 overs: 
    Eng 128-3

    Morgan is probably playing his last England innings for several months considering he's been dropped from the Test squad. He'll have plenty of IPL to keep him busy before the first ODI at home to New Zealand, at Lord's on 31 May. Morgan guides Southee for four through the covers, then swipes another boundary over short third man. "If you're going to go, go hard," is the saying, and he just took a big swing at that one but connected. New Zealand were 67-5 at this stage.


    Alfonso: "Never fear... Joe Root is still here."

  49. 25 overs: 
    Eng 120-3

    Root, another inveterate gum-chewer by the look of it, whips Mills between two of the cover fielders for four. Having reached the halfway stage of their innings, England need 66 from 25 overs. By comparison, though it won't rain, the Duckworth-Lewis par score at this stage is 80, which is an indication of how ahead of the game England are.

    Bryan Waddle, BBC Test Match Special

    "Many people think Hamish Rutherford might be named in the Test team to face England tomorrow, but I don't think he will. I see Watling is keeping wicket without pads, but with shin guards under his trousers."

    Iain O'Brien adds: "Sarah Taylor, the England women's keeper, does the same."

  51. 24 overs: 
    Eng 116-3 (TARGET 186)

    Eoin Morgan is the new batsman, so England still have a left-hand/right-hand combination at the crease. His first ball is edged... agonisingly wide of the solitary slip, when a second slip may have left Southee on a hat-trick. Instead, Morgan has a single, Root cuts through the off side and with everyone up and no cover sweeper, they have time to scuttle back for two. He adds a single off the last ball.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "New Zealand now need two more. And Morgan's not had a great series, I even think his fielding wasn't quite right today."

  53. 23.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c Watling b Southee 46 (Eng 112-3)

    Well well well, Southee comes up trumps with the first ball of his next over, feathering another edge to the delighted Watling. Is this a wobble?

  54. 23 overs: 
    Eng 112-2

    Cook is batting patiently today, waiting for the right ball and opening the face to guide a single through the covers and putting a halt to any more Nelson song titles. I'm warming to this DJ too, the next end-of-over tune should be a motif for New Zealand on this tour - "Don't Stop Believin'."

  55. 22 overs: 
    Eng 111-2

    Joe Root is England's new batsman, having earned that unique stat of passing 30 in each of his first six ODIs, he should have the chance to do that again today if he stays in, with England needing 77 more to win at little more than two-and-a-half an over. New Zealand attack, as they have to, with a slip in and only two men outside the circle. Root is off the mark with a single. Cook guides the last ball off his legs for two and it's barely reached the fielder before the stadium DJ decides that what Eden Park really, really needs is... "Daydream Believer". Considering the score, anything by Nelson would have been more appropriate. Hoping for a second wicket, NZ will hope More Than Ever that Lightning Strikes Twice.

  56. 21.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Trott c Watling b Southee 38 (Eng 109-2)

    Southee returns, and he makes an immediate breakthrough as he nicks one behind to Watling. He looks at the toe of his bat as he walks off but unlike Ross Taylor earlier today, doesn't call for a review.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure why Brendon McCullum put in a dive in the field there, when it wasn't needed, and he's not keeping wicket because of that abdominal strain. It's noticeable that Jonathan Trott doesn't just run his runs hard, he runs his partner's runs just as hard."

  58. 21 overs: 
    Eng 109-1 (TARGET 186)

    In the manner of a man shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum shuffles his bowling attack, turning back to Kyle Mills after those three overs of Franklin. Trott and Cook keep plugging away with singles, this stand is now worth 67.


    Patrick Conway: "Ah to be awake at 6am on a Saturday morning to witness an England stroll, looking forward to the Tests now!"

  60. 20 overs: 
    Eng 106-1

    Trott and Cook add a couple of singles to push England past 100, before Trott rocks back and threads McCullum for four through the covers.

  61. 19 overs: 
    Eng 99-1

    The unshaven Franklin mops his brow as Cook and Trott add a single apiece. The England skipper gets a sneaky drink between overs from 12th man Jonny Bairstow, who's been valiantly carrying the drinks in this ODI series and faces more of the same during the Test series when he will double up as reserve wicketkeeper and spare batsman.

    Jamie Lillywhite, BBC Sport

    Australia are all out for 380 against India in Chennai, a score Matthew Hayden once made on his own against Zimbabwe, and they are taking lunch on day two. Skipper Michael Clarke was the eighth man out, hitting 12 fours and a six in his 130, while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the final wicket to finish with 7-103, and he now has 70 wickets in only 13 Tests.


    Nicholas Clarke: "Kid refuses to sleep past 5.15, at least a nice England series win should compensate."

  64. 18 overs: 
    Eng 97-1

    Trott and Cook plunder some ones and twos against Nathan McCullum, while Geoff Boycott - as a proud Yorkshireman, naturally he's a Manchester United fan - laments the imminent departure of chief executive David Gill from the "other" Old Trafford.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I was quite surprised to read that this ground will host three of Auckland's Super 12 rugby matches between now and the Test here [22-26 March]. That's why they have drop-in pitches."


    Dane Brightmore: "Stuck at work on a night shift and the only thing keeping me going is BBC's live coverage of Eng v NZ. Up the Poms."

  67. 17 overs: 
    Eng 93-1 (TARGET 186)

    Aggers was impressed with the stadium DJ earlier, his latest choice is Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer", but New Zealand are living on the edge here, hanging on by their fingernails. Cook slices Franklin for a four through the vacant slip cordon, a single takes him to 38, Trott dabs a single to third man and he has 28, while England are exactly halfway to their target.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I liked the look of the lad who got injured, Mitchell McClenaghan, but the others don't hit the deck or hurry you, you've got to make the batsmen move around. Kyle Mills is a lovely lad but on flat pitches like this he's military medium. In my brother's team, we'd be talking about hitting him into the orchards."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Even if England were chasing 300, this would have been a decent start."

  70. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 87-1

    Nathan McCullum wheels away for his fourth over, Cook sweeps a single, Trott rotates the strike and Cook back-cuts for his fourth four. A single takes him to 33, and Ian Bell will be kicking himself that he's back in the pavilion when there are some fairly cheap runs on offer here. Drinkies.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ideas and plans are only any good if people bowl to them - there's no point in Franklin bowling round the wicket if he's going to bowl it on leg stump like that."

  72. 15 overs: 
    Eng 80-1 (TARGET 186)

    The Williamson experiment is ended after one over, and left-arm seamer James Franklin comes on. After a single from Cook, the crowd is getting a little restless as Franklin switches to bowling round the wicket, and Trott doesn't need much excuse to take time to re-mark his guard. But nothing's going right for New Zealand here as he fires one down the leg side and Trott helps it on its way for four.


    From Rachel Ballantyne, via text on 81111: "Young Billy (11 weeks old) is clearly a big cricket fan, as he's been awake since 2.45 for your coverage...!"

    Well done on bringing the cricketing indoctrination to the younger generation at such an early age, Rachel...

  74. 14 overs: 
    Eng 75-1

    McCullum can't stem the flow of runs either - four singles mean Cook has 26 and Trott, has 22. Elton John's "Rocket Man" blares over the stadium PA and I'd say England can pack their bags tonight, pre-flight, as I think it's going to be a long, long time before New Zealand's "Beige Brigade" fans will have anything to cheer about on this tour, the way this series is going.


    Johnny Butler: "Required run rate about three an over- tailor made for Trott!"

  76. 13 overs: 
    Eng 71-1

    From front-line spin to part-time spin as Kane Williamson enters the attack with his part-time off-tweakers. Trott reverse-sweeps his first ball for four, then cuts him for three and England are rattling along nicely, "This might finish before it gets dark," warns Aggers on TMS, while Geoff Boycott describes the result as "a foregone conclusion".

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Every time Stuart Broad plays for England, a cheque still goes to Grace Road because of Leicestershire's part in his development. But losing their best players means the chances of Leicestershire getting out of the second division are increasingly remote."

  78. 12 overs: 
    Eng 62-1

    McCullum comes round the wicket to the left-handed Cook, but still the singles continue to flow.

  79. 11 overs: 
    Eng 58-1

    Trott steers Ellis for his first boundary through the covers, he and Cook add some ones and twos, and England are looking increasingly comfortable.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Steven Finn has cut his run-up but he's not noticeably down on pace and he's not hitting the stumps, so it's looking good for him."

  81. 10 overs: 
    Eng 50-1 (TARGET 186)

    New Zealand turn to spin in the persona of Nathan McCullum, Trott waits patiently before sweeping the last ball for one to bring up England's fifty.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm smiling as I've just had a very nice burger. I'm not normally one for a burger, but the curry was being transported to the other side of the ground, so it was a burger or nothing."


    Si Lomas: "England to win here in 30 overs, this bowling is so innocuous... ominous for Tests too, Cook will fill his boots!"

  84. 9 overs: 
    Eng 49-1

    Ellis keeps it tight against Trott, just a single from the over.


    Davie Moore: "Still in a club, retreating from the generic noise to discover we are on to a series win!"

  86. 8 overs: 
    Eng 48-1

    Southee bowls round the wicket to Cook, the England captain digs one out of the blockhole, but waits for the bad ball to hit and carves a four past backward point.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "On a pitch like this, with the short straight boundaries, the New Zealanders are going to have to use the short ball with careful deliberation. Hopefully they'll be backed up with some more accurate bowling, while their fielding has not been great for the last few games."

  88. 7 overs: 
    Eng 44-1 (TARGET 186)

    Jonathan Trott strides to the middle - as ever, he's a text commentator's dream, taking so long to take guard in his idiosyncratic manner that it allows one to "catch up" with the details of the preceding wicket. Trott is off the mark with a single to leg, Cook moves to 16 with a single.


    Neil Elrick: "Are they sending out a statement of intent for the Tests? Beat NZ before the matches even start?"

  90. 6.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Rutherford b Ellis 24 (Eng 42-1)

    With early wickets an absolute must, Mills has already been removed from the attack and replaced by fellow right-arm seamer Andrew Ellis. Bell steers his first ball for two, then tries to hoist another big hit over mid-wicket, gets a top edge and holes out on the square leg fence. as Hamish Rutherford, looking directly into the sun, and wearing his peril-sensitive sunglasses, takes a good catch. But is that a no-ball? It's close... but out.


    Jonathan Chase: "Oh no, McCullum's not keeping. We might get caught if we sky one now!"

  92. 6 overs: 
    Eng 40-0

    England are racing along here, Bell ends the perfect 15-15-15-15 sequence by punching a four back past bowler Southee, he doesn't have to run for that one. There was an outside chance it could have been caught and bowled, Southee would have had to have dived to his right, it would have been catch of the season if he'd taken it... Another pull shot brings him two, a single takes him to 22 and England can think about making an early dinner reservation down on the Auckland waterfront if they keep going like this.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have only one spinner in their side, while India have three. Have they made the same mistake England did at the start of their Test tour?"

    Iain O'Brien: "I think that tells you more about the state of Australia's spin bowling stocks."

  94. 5 overs: 
    Eng 33-0 (TARGET 186)

    Plenty of names being bandied around by Iain O'Brien on TMS for NZ's possible Test squad - Luke Ronchi (the former Aussie keeper who's now requalified to play for his native NZ), Mark Gillespie, Doug Bracewell... it will be interesting to see who lines up for the Black Caps in Dunedin when the first Test begins on Wednesday 6 March. Kyle Mills is a bit ragged here early on, Cook helps himself to fours both side of the wicket, a wide and another two mean it's 11 from the over. Curiously, both batsmen have faced 15 balls and scored 15 runs.


    Will Turner: "Girlfriend couldn't sleep and woke me up, just as well the cricket's on!"

  96. 4 overs: 
    Eng 22-0

    Single from Cook, then Bell is up on his toes to pugnaciously pull Southee for four through square leg, he has 15 from his first 11 balls and already New Zealand's body language is lookign a bit forlorn.


    Big Leg: "My sister's gonna be gutted when she realises I picked watching the cricket over waking up at 9:30 to get her Beyonce tickets."

    They even sent me an email urging me to buy tickets for her Manchester shows, though I'm not sure I'm what they would call 'target audience' - possible proof that email marketing isn't as clever as it thinks it is?

  98. 3 overs: 
    Eng 17-0

    Bell drives at Mills, gets a thick inside edge through square leg for four when he was aiming a straightish drive up through the 'V'. Undeterred, the Warwickshire man lifts a six over mid-wicket. England not hanging around here, how New Zealand must wish for an opening bowler like Steven Finn.

  99. 2 overs: 
    Eng 7-0

    Tim Southee takes the second over, starting with a couple of wides to Cook, either side of him, while the England skipper adds a two to his score.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "It looks like we'll see some team changes for New Zealand for the Tests. Who will replace Martin Guptill [who looks likely to miss out because of injury]? Peter Fulton and Aaron Redmond may be in contention."

  101. 1 over: 
    Eng 3-0 (TARGET 186)

    Cook is off the mark with a characteristic Ali-Cook-clip-off-his-legs for a single, while this is interesting - BJ Watling is keeping wicket for New Zealand as Brendon McCullum has a slight side strain, but is still out on the field. Fear not, Watling is a "proper" keeper, he's kept in three of his 10 Tests, nine of his previous 21 ODIs and two of his three T20 international appearances. Two more singles and it's a confident start by England.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "I can't see this being too much trouble for the England batting line-up."

  103. 0506: 

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell are ready to begin England's run chase, with Kyle Mills preparing to charge in for New Zealand.


    Tom Horton: "Great England bowling sees NZ restricted to a score more fit for a T20 than an ODI, and I bet England can beat that in 30 overs."


    MCC laws manager Fraser Stewart on TMS (on the Steven Finn breaking-the-stumps law change): "We considered it long and hard. It's not just Finn, there's a bowler at Cambridge University who did this in a first-class game against Sussex, whose batsmen complained. When you call 'dead ball' automatically, it's unfair to someone who's not distracted, if they hit the ball into the stands and the runs didn't count. The law change just creates clarity now - the batsman can get runs, but the bowler can't get a wicket. There's a laws subcommittee which is well represented from the professional and amateur game, such as Simon Taufel and David Richardson from ICC level, but it has to pass up through the cricket committee to the main committee. Angus Fraser is on both those committees and is Steven Finn's coach at Middlesex but even he was in favour of the change."


    From JJ in Essex, via text on 81111: "Is Jamie Haigh [39.3 overs] an alien and never seen NZ pitches? Two spinners is just suicide."

    It ought to be pointed out that NZ have played two spinners - often Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel - in plenty of games in all formats in the last few years...


    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "The umpiring at the World Cup is something that's going to stick with me for a long time. [ICC elite panel umpire] Tony Hill was there as their mentor, it was frustrating that someone as experienced as him was there and not standing in the middle. It was just unfortunate that some crucial decisions in games were decided by poor umpiring decisions. We just want the best umpires, and I think that's something the ICC will look at."


    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "I really enjoyed the World Cup, though it was disappointing not to retain our title. Personally speaking, I was pleased with my form, though that's little consolation when we didn't come back with what we came for. We thought the New Zealand game was going to be a semi-final, but it was one of the lowest points of my career when I was out in the middle, finding out that West Indies had beaten Australia [to eliminate England]."

  109. 0444: 

    They're under way again in Chennai, on the second day of the first Test between India and Australia - the Aussies have reached 335-7, with captain Michael Clarke unbeaten on 117, while debutant Moises Henriques made 68 yesterday, and Ravichandran Ashwin has taken six of the seven wickets to fall.


    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards on TMS: "I'm a huge fan of the DRS, but we understand it costs a lot of money and funding is an issue in the women's game. Hopefully if the funding's there we could have it for ICC events like the World Cup."


    MCC president Mike Griffith on TMS: "The MCC world cricket committee meets twice a year, we try to meet in every country in the world and this is the first time we'll have met in New Zealand. Committee chairman Mike Brearley compares it to the House of Lords - we don't run the game, but we have some influence and we try to nudge it in the right direction."

  112. 0436: 

    If you haven't heard, the MCC world cricket committee is meeting in Auckland soon - Aggers has been joined by England women's captain Charlotte Edwards and MCC president Mike Griffith.


    Fica chief Tim May on TMS: "We think Test cricket is the most important format, but [considering] the timing of the IPL, I don't think it's impossible for the timing of the Test calendar in the UK to be moved elsewhere. The history of sport tells us that players will gravitate where the money is, to the highest employer out there. There was a minor flashpoint with Kevin Pietersen last year, and I'd expect that to escalate. International cricket needs to live with these emerging T20 leagues such as the IPL, not against them."

  114. 0430: 

    Plenty of interesting discussions coming up on TMS - after a quick word from Matt Prior (from his recent interview with BBC Sport about England players' frustration at not being able to play in the IPL), Aggers has been speaking to worldwide players' union (Fica) boss Tim May, in response to Professional Cricketers' Association chief Angus Porter's recent comment that England's players are only paid half as much as their Australian counterparts. Also coming up, Aggers chats to England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, and MCC head of laws Fraser Stewart.


    Ian Smith: "Is it just me, or is Jos Buttler, Jenson Button in disguise?"

  116. 0428: 

    So, England need 186 to win the one-day international series - I think it's fair to say they'd have settled for that at the start.


    Will Aitkenhead: "Seriously unintelligent cricket from McCullum despite playing a blinder."


    From Will and Faith Davis, via text on 81111: "Huddling around the wireless in minus three Princes Risborough - warmed by the regular England breakthroughs and knowledge big sister is at the game. Jealous!"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "The New Zealand batsmen needed to rotate the strike, do a little bit more. You can't leave it all for McCullum."

  120. 43.5 overs: 
    WICKET- B McCullum c Anderson b Swann 79 (NZ 185 all out)

    Swann, back into the attack, attempts to restrict McCullum by bowling around the wicket. He is hoisted over wide long-on for six and then drilled flat and hard to long-off, before the danger man holes out at deep midwicket, ironically off the worst ball of the over.


    Stamford Raffles: "Drop Finn, he's going at over a run an over."

  122. 43 overs: 
    NZ 174-9

    While the TMS commentators wonder whether McCullum will be waiting to target Swann's two remaining overs, Woakes begins his ninth and bangs it in short to McCullum, who cuts him for four. The fifth ball is fuller but McCullum launches him back over his head for six! McCullum them manages to scamper a single by dropping the last ball at his feet.


    From Terry in the United States, TMS inbox: "What's with all the noise about Woakes in this match? In case anyone's interested, aside from no wickets, his figures are better than Anderson or Broad. He's being dissed for past performances, not for what's happening now: 21 runs from seven overs is very economical bowling by any standards, much less in a limited-overs match. Give the guy a break, folks."

  124. 42 overs: 
    NZ 163-9

    Whether or not Tim Southee should have come in before Mills, he's in now, looking on as Broad bowls to McCullum... who lifts him for six over mid-wicket! Why do they keep bowling short to him? Answers on a postcard... A single brings Southee on strike, can England keep him there? He drills a single to mid-on, McCullum rotates the strike with a single to move to 58, and another short ball is swatted through mid-wicket for four by Southee, who's a capable hitter.


    From Gareth, via text in 81111: "The wife loves cricket at this time of the morning. Shall I wake her and tell her it's also Six Nations day?"

    You can watch and listen to the Six Nations across the BBC all weekend

  126. 41 overs: 
    WICKET- Mills lbw b Woakes 2 (NZ 150-9)

    Having taken that catch, Woakes replaces Anderson - Mills pushes a single to cover point to get McCullum on strike, and he reaches his fifty with a single. Aggers on TMS compares the "lumbering" Mills to Angus Fraser - he's a tall man but not the quickest between the wickets, and attempting to force the single to rotates the strike, he plays all around a straight ball and is trapped lbw.


    From Ken Jones in Ventura, TMS inbox: "That's why the West Indies called Angus Fraser 'Volvo' - easy to drive."

  128. 40 overs: 
    NZ 148-8

    Kyle Mills is the new batsman (not sure why he's batting ahead of Tim Southee?), he's the non-striker but McCullum can't get the remaining three deliveries of a good over by Broad away.

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Broad hasn't had an entirely happy one-day series, he's been on the receiving end from McCullum a lot. New Zealand haven't been able to get a partnership going here."

  130. 39.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Ellis c Woakes b Broad 8 (NZ 146-8)

    England keep Finn's last over up their sleeves as Broad returns to the attack - looks like he's starting off with a cross-seamer, which McCullum jabs for a single. Ellis goes for a big hit at a short ball, it takes the top edge and Woakes takes a diving catch at square leg.


    Jamie Haigh: "I'd drop Stuart Broad like year 9 art. Bring back Monty for a permanent spin twin pairing."

  132. 39 overs: 
    NZ 145-7

    Ellis's job here will be to rotate the strike to get McCullum plenty of bowling and he's doing well, plenty of ones and twos while Anderson, trying to keep McCullum's hitting under control, also sends down a couple of wides. McCullum hammers a back-of-the-hand slower ball for four through long leg, a single allows him to keep the strike and he's moved up the gears to reach 48 from 49 balls - including 24 from the last 10 balls he has faced.


    From Toby in the Netherlands, TMS inbox: "Still unsure about England's use of Woakes. Would they not be better with a batsman who could bowl a bit such as Wright?"

  134. 38 overs: 
    NZ 133-7

    McCullum and Ellis manage a couple of singles against Finn, McCullum brutally pulls a four through mid-wicket and then hammers another towards cow corner, bouncing once before crossing the rope. Next ball, McCullum launches a six over long-on - clearly he has heard Jeremy Coney last over and has decided to "go for it"! Finn sends down a legside wide, having gone for a superhuman 10 runs in his first eight overs he went for 17 in that one.

    Bryan Waddle, BBC Test Match Special

    "Even a Brendon McCullum cameo of the very best kind will not provide New Zealand with a competitive total. It's just been a very good bowling and fielding performance by England."

  136. 37 overs: 
    NZ 116-7

    Ellis chops a single to backward point - now, Jeremy Coney on TMS wonders at which stage Brendon McCullum just has to "go for it" come hell or high water? He moves to 25 with a single, and Ellis finds the boundary for the first time with a well-placed four through the covers.


    The Pete: "I'd hate to see Chris Woakes bowl vs Sehwag in India, he looks like he's a half volley machine."

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Nathan McCullum was caught at slip in Napier and has been again today, it was pretty obvious that England needed a slip to the elder brother. England were rusty in the first game, they were more clinical in Napier. and they've carried it on today."

  139. 36 overs: 
    NZ 110-7

    Andrew Ellis is the new batsman, I've not seen him play before but he's a right-hander and he's off the mark with a single. The over-by-over Finn Figures update: 8-3-10-3.


    From David in Spain, TMS inbox: "Re: 33.4 overs. No, no, no! Aggers is a pilot. It's all a cunning plan to convert the mower blades into rotary blades and zoom off."

  141. 35.5 overs: 
    WICKET- N McCullum c Cook b Finn 4 (NZ 109-7)

    Having left it till the last minute, it's time for New Zealand's batting powerplay - Steven Finn has been England's magic man today, can he remove either of the McCullums? A Brendan single brings Nathan on strike, he adds a two, then plays and misses as he steps across his stumps and the ball flies over the top of middle stump. But when Finn finds the edge, it's a regulation slip catch for Cap'n Cook and Finn has his third victim. The Batting Powerplay of Doom strikes!


    Christopher Brockbank: "Well done Swann! NZ to crumble around BM!"

  143. 35 overs: 
    NZ 106-6

    The stadium DJ has a sense of humour - with the two McCullums batting in tandem, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" blares out over the Eden Park PA. Jimmy Anderson is back in the attack, Nathan McCullum adds a single to bring brother Brendon on strike, he belts a four through the covers - with the 36th ball he receives - and adds a single to move to 23 from 37.


    From Chris Jagoe, TMS inbox: "Following in Pickering (outside Toronto) Canada - it's snowing here. Is it snowing in Auckland? Would love an England win, please!"

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Maximus Dampus Squibbus. That's what this is, with the series at 1-1 - just like when England won the last match of the Twenty20 series by 10 wickets. England have exposed the New Zealand frailties - not only are they unable to score runs, they're unable to stay at the wicket."

  146. 34 overs: 
    NZ 100-6

    We now have two McCullums at the wicket as Nathan joins brother Brendan at the crease. Nathan brings up three figures for the Kiwis with a single to mid-wicket.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "At the best of times, James Franklin doesn't portray a lot of confidence or energy. A soft dismissal by him, he's going to have some work to do with the ball, though he won't have anything to bowl at."

  148. 33.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Franklin c and b Swann 14 (NZ 99-6)

    McCullum looks like he adjusted some tape at the bottom of his bat handle during that drinks break. Franklin guides Swann for three to wide mid-wicket, McCullum rotates the strike with a single, then Swann claims his 100th ODI wicket as Franklin lazily pops rather a tame catch back to the bowler, who takes the catch diving to his right.


    David Arrowsmith: "Re: Desert Island Discs - of course Aggers could attach logs for floats and convert the mower blade into a propeller to escape his desert island."

    I now have visions of Aggers manning a James Bond-style lawnmower/submarine a bit like the submersible white Lotus Esprit in "The Spy Who Loved Me", while Kirsty Young sends baddies after him...

  150. 33 overs: 

    McCullum pokes Woakes for a single, the Warwickshire seamer strays with a wide, but Franklin moves to 11 with a single and the players have earned another round of drinks. As it were.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I was surprised Taylor took so long to review his caught behind. Normally if you know you haven't hit it, you review it straight away. And he chuntered to the umpire as he walked off."


    Craig Walker: "As an Englishman in NZ, I hope this continues to go well so I can enjoy work on Monday."

  153. 32 overs: 
    NZ 92-5

    Swann whistles through his seventh over, and after a couple of singles, McCullum finally cuts loose, flat-batting a six into the stand over long-on, although that would have been a six on most grounds. The Kiwi captain pulls a single to mid-wicket to round off the over.

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I were England, I'd bring back Anderson and Finn. Go for broke, if you get a couple of wickets it could be innings over, and you're unlikely to be chasing 250 in any event. And if I were New Zealand, I'd take the batting powerplay now as you take away the better bowlers from bowling at the death."

  155. 31 overs: 
    NZ 83-5

    Still pretty sedate from New Zealand, Woakes returns and Franklin helps himself to a three, McCullum is becalmed by his standards, only adding a couple of singles."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's lots to come in the interval today - England women's captain Charlotte Edwards is coming in to talk to me, she's out here as the MCC cricket committee are meeting in Auckland. I've talked to Tim May from (worldwide player's union) Fica - I had to link up with him in Austin, USA, via Salford - and we've got Fraser Stewart, the MCC's head of laws, to talk about the Steven Finn law change. As it's a change in the laws - not just the ICC playing conditions - it will affect you if you're playing on the village green, too."

  157. 30 overs: 
    NZ 78-5

    Left-hander Franklin helps himself to a single to long-off against Swann, right-hander McCullum pats one to the same fielder (now at long-on). Two more singles mean both batsmen have six.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a bit of controversy after I asked for a ride-on lawnmower as my luxury item on Desert Island Discs. People said I could use it as a means of escape from the island, but surely it would sink?"

    You can still listen to Aggers' castaway chat with Kirsty Young via the BBC website.

  159. 29 overs: 
    NZ 74-5

    Broad's been the most expensive of England's four seamers today, McCullum and Franklin add some ones and twos, and Broad has 1-22 from seven overs.


    Michael Nunns: "Get BM out now and we could all be in bed by 5!"

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "It would be nice if we had the DRS explained like in American football, where the referee explains decisions and the crowd can hear it."

    Jonathan Agnew adds: "We have a feed of the third umpire here, but we're not allowed to broadcast it."

  162. 28 overs: 
    NZ 70-5

    Finn's off, Swann returns for his fifth over, bowling in his sunglasses as ever, and New Zealand's sixth-wicket pair move on with a two from Franklin - while Aggers on TMS is impressed with the eccentric circles the groundsman has mowed into the Eden Park outfield. Personally, I think it can be a little distracting when it looks like a child's been let loose with a giant Spirograph...


    Si Lomas: "Has Broad's bowling really dropped far enough that he has to bowl for run-outs now?"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the fact they've given them two bouncers an over, and given them a new ball at either end. They had to give something back to the bowlers."

  165. 27 overs: 
    NZ 68-5

    Left-hander Franklin (formerly of Gloucestershire) is on strike for the first time against Broad (whose father played for Gloucestershire), England are attacking with six men (rather than the minimum five) in the circle, including a slip. Franklin is off the mark with a single off his legs.


    Opinion seems divided on the Taylor dismissal, and not just on the pitch...

    Mathew Blackshaw: "As an Englishman can I say that was an awful bit of third umpiring."

    Wilo: "Well I could see the hotspot on the bottom of the bat, and on the ball. Dunno what you're watching..."

  167. 26 overs: 
    NZ 67-5

    As new batsman James Franklin arrives at the crease, McCullum has a long, animated discussion with umpire Gaffaney - a former team-mate of his at Otago - before Finn begins a new over, while the snickometer appears to show a very small, but visible sound as the ball passed the toe end of Taylor's bat. Finn bowls another maiden, McCullum has trouble getting the tall paceman away. Finn's figures, I know I keep giving them but he's bowled superbly, are 7-3-6-2.

  168. 25 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c Buttler b Broad 28 (NZ 67-5)

    Now, is there anything on Hotspot on the toe end of the bat? Aussie Rod Tucker is on third umpire duty, and despite there not being a particularly visible mark on Hotspot, the signal to on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney is... out!

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I like the review system, but I'm not a fan of Hotspot. It's had a few failures, I treat it with a pinch of salt."

  170. 25 overs: 

    A quick burst of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is played over the stadium PA between overs, although it's interesting to note that Ian Bell and James Anderson are the only England players who played in the famous "Ring of Fire" Test in Mumbai in 2006 playing today. Taylor and McCullum exchange singles against Broad, then Taylor looks to have edged to the keeper... and after a quick chat with McCullum, invokes the DRS...


    From Jake, via text on 81111: "Did Ross Taylor graduate from the same calling school as Nasser Hussain?"

  172. 24 overs: 
    NZ 65-4

    Buoyed by that wicket, Finn returns to the attack in place of Swann - Geoff Boycott on TMS thinks if Finn could remove McCullum early, it could do England the world of good. A single from Taylor brings the destructive McCullum on strike, and England post a slip for him. McCullum plays and misses as Finn grits his teeth in frustration. Finn has figures of 6-2-6-2 - a victory in straight sets?


    From David in Spain, TMS inbox: "Seems to me it's not so much what we think of these boundaries, as what BB McCullum thinks of them."

  174. 23 overs: 
    NZ 64-4

    Taylor is left to ruminate at the non-striker's end as Brendon McCullum, his gum-chewing successor as captain, stalks to the wicket - rather earlier than he is used to in this series.

    And let's give Steven Finn credit on that run-out, it was a great throw from the big man down at fine leg.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Now, I know I was involved in a few of them, but those are the worst sort of run-outs - when you're run out by inches it's because you've had to take a calculated risk. When you're out by two-thirds of the pitch, it's not funny for either batsman."

  176. 22.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Elliott run out 24 (NZ 64-4)

    SIngle from taylor, then Elliott gets an edge but it's well fielded by the tumbling Jonathan Trott, who's been grazing down at third man in the shadow of the big stand. But then England strike as Elliott is run out after a mix-up. Taylor pushes the ball to fine leg, comes back for a second but then fatally hesitates, it was Taylor's call and by then Elliott had set off, and he's run out by half the pitch. Taylor's fault, and he knows it.


    Joseph Alexander: "English expat living in Mt Eden, Auckland, two minutes from the stadium and heading down now, come on England!"

    Tweet us when you get there Joseph, let us know what the atmosphere's like and watch out for that person dressed as an ATM...

  178. 22 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- NZ 61-3

    Swann hits Elliott on the pad as he aims a slog-sweep, the England off-spinner is down on one knee to appeal as usual, but the umpire is unmoved. Again, two singles from the over.

  179. 21 overs: 
    NZ 59-3

    England rotate their quartet of right-arm seamers as Broad replaces Woakes. Taylor and Elliott help themselves to a single apiece.


    Matt Munro: "Home from a late night in the pub to see England are bossing it... No sleep for me tonight!"

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't like the angle this pitch is on since this stadium was redeveloped for the Rugby World Cup. There's always going to be a short boundary somewhere, but in the old days, it was regarded as a left-hander's ground as you could hit a pick-up shot for six. Here, a good ball could be hit for six. Someone like Finn is more comfortable, but the New Zealand bowlers who don't have his height and bounce may get hit."

  182. 20 overs: 
    NZ 57-3

    Not much assistance for Swann so far - after a couple of singles, Elliott takes a stride or two down the pitch and lofts a four which bounces a couple of times and trickles into the extra cover boundary.


    From Jeremy, via text on 81111: "Even when Finn was apparently droppable he had very decent figures. Off his short run he almost resembles a certain McGrath."

  184. 19 overs: 
    NZ 51-3

    Taylor pushes Woakes and gets his head down for a quick single to bring up the fifty for New Zealand, then a flashing cut is well stopped by Eoin Morgan at backward point, which earns him a low-five from Bell. Elliott adds a single, this stand is now worth 40.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Eden Park is down in a bit of a dip, there are a lot of trees around it. You could be within two or three minutes of it, not know it's there and miss it. A bit like the old Arsenal football ground at Highbury, before they had floodlights."


    Oliver Tipping: "Back from having a surf, now sat in hammock in Auckland listening to England (hopefully) smash the Black Caps. Come on the Poms!"

  187. 18 overs: 
    NZ 49-3

    The fans who have made it to Eden Park seem to be enjoying their day, although there appears to be some kind of a mascot in the shape of an anthropomorphic ATM (cash machine) running around with some children. Swann begins his second over, Elliott and Taylor are starting to pick up singles more freely - two apiece from this over.


    From Tom in Southampton, via text on 81111: "Found out I passed my uni exams today and a night following an England ODI seems like the perfect way to celebrate!"

  189. 17 overs: 
    NZ 45-3

    The players are refreshed, it's still bright sunshine in the "City of Sails" and Woakes advances the NZ score with a bouncer which is deemed to be wide. Elliott dabs a two to third man and then punches a quick single to mid-off.


    Jason Steele: "Staying up listening to TMS, got to start training myself with the night shift in preparation for the Ashes."

    Jeremy Coney, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann's been a little vulnerable on this tour, he conceded 62 in Napier, and went for a few in Hamilton too. But the performances of Root have put the cat among the pigeons - who comes out for Pietersen [in the next ODIs in the summer]? And is Broad in any danger of being left out for Onions in the Tests?"

  192. 16 overs: 

    Broad is off after only two overs, and is replaced by off-spinner Graeme Swann - who can't be best pleased about the dimensions of these NZ grounds, after Napier's short square boundaries, the straight boundaries here are particularly short. Elliott lofts a three over the ring of off-side fielders to reach double figures, Taylor adds two more to move to 18, and the umpires signal the drinks on.


    Big Leg: "Mr Finn's new run-up is beautiful. The bowling beautiful. This pitch beautiful. The game beautiful. I'm not going to bed tonight."

  194. 15 overs: 
    NZ 35-3

    Taylor whips a well-run two off his toes down past square leg, while Iain O'Brien and Jeremy Coney on TMS help Aggers with some tricky NZ pronunciations. A single takes Taylor to 15.


    From Al McC, via text on 81111: "Re: Andy Scotson [2nd over]. Many years ago left my TMS hat in a French restaurant, but called them and got it sent back. 'Radio Hat' works in French too... Strange dreams continue."

  196. 14 overs: 
    NZ 32-3

    As Aggers points out on TMS, 50-over cricket does give the batting side the chance to recover if they get off to a bad start like New Zealand did today. Elliott pushes Broad for a single, then Taylor, fresh from his century in Napier, drills a four back past the non-striker, all along the ground. A slightly streaky edge brings him a single to third man.


    Charlie Blanchard: "Although this match is far from over, as a Kiwi I'd love to see more batting consistency."

  198. 13 overs: 
    NZ 26-3

    Taylor turns a two off his legs, as New Zealand look to rebuild.


    Liam Frost: "I'm going to say it now Finn WILL be England's leading wicket taker in all forms by the time he retires."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Grant Elliott knows he has to play a long innings here - I'd say he needs to score a minimum of 70. But he is one of those players who can accumulate."

  201. 12 overs: 
    NZ 24-3

    And it's a double change as Finn is replaced by Stuart Broad, who looks like he's had quite a short haircut recently. Elliott square-drives between backward point and gully for four.


    Carl Halford: "It's 27 degrees here in Auckland, in and out of the pool watching England smash the Black Caps!"

    Get youself down to Eden Park, there are plenty of seats available...

  203. 11 overs: 
    NZ 20-3

    England make their first bowling change as Chris Woakes - who's had an expensive series, going for 52 and 68 in the first two ODIs - replaces Anderson, but his first over is pretty tidy, two singles from it.

    Bryan Waddle, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's been discussions about what pitches New Zealand should prepare for the Test matches, but if they're green and bouncy for England, it might be like doing it for the West Indies."


    Mark Jones: "I have a feeling the Kiwis could topple like dominoes here."

  206. 10 overs: 
    NZ 18-3

    Finn bowls a bouncer which is signalled as an aerial wide, Elliott is off the mark with a single, Taylor adds a leg bye and Finn has figures of 5-2-5-2. How long will England continue with their opening pair, I wonder?


    A few of you have been tweeting in about the Kiwi dollar and the prices of pies and pints, as mentioned earlier:

    David Arrowsmith: "Re: strength of NZ$ - tickets for 2 adults and 1 child $64 = £32. Try going to Lord's for that."

    Joseph Alexander: "Not quite £22 - I live in Auckland, going to the game in a min, pint in Auckland is £4 and pie £2, about 20% more at the stadium!"

  208. 9 overs: 
    NZ 15-3

    After two wicket maidens, Taylor finally breaks the shackles by pulling Anderson - off the front foot - for four.


    From Andy, living in New Zealand, TMS inbox: "Come on England - I've got a chocolate fish riding on this series."

    Iain O'Brien, BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson and Finn bowled six overs apiece in their opening spells in Napier, and took 2-22 in 12 overs. It's even better today [they have 3-11 from eight so far]. Martin Crowe always had a theory that if you field first in one-day cricket you have two bites at it - if you don't bowl well you can pull it back with the bat - while if you bat first and fail, it can be game over."

  211. 8 overs: 
    NZ 11-3

    Grant Elliott is the new batsman, New Zealand will need these two to hang around for a long while if their game plan of not bringing Brendon McCullum in until about the 35th over is to be executed again. There's a helmeted short leg in, it's Ian Bell, a bit of a rarity in ODIs but it just shows the pressure England are exerting here. Finn completes a wicket maiden and has figures of 4-2-3-2.


    GIShaun: "I don't know about in the ground, but I'd expect to pay about $7-9 (£4) for a beer and $4 (£2) for a pie."

    I'm presuming you're in NZ?

  213. 7.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Rutherford c Buttler b Finn 2 (NZ 11-3)

    Rutherford has a big swing, it's a regulation edge to the keeper and Finn has another wicket - Kiwis in trouble.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I saw Ross Taylor at breakfast the other morning, and told him there's nothing wrong with his batting or his technique, he was just too tense. It was the day before he made his hundred in Napier."

  215. 7 overs: 
    NZ 11-2

    The once (and future?) captain Ross Taylor is New Zealand's new batsman.


    Dave Pilejko: "I may live to regret this in 44 overs but I hope Rutherford stays in for the innings. That way the Zealand might post 50ish."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the key - thsee are England's two best wicket-taking bowlers and they can get New Zealand on the defensive."

  218. 6.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Williamson c Buttler b Anderson 7 (NZ 11-2)

    Anderson strikes - a nervy edge from Williamson is pouched by Buttler behind the timbers.


    Si Lomas: "England's five bowlers have to get it right as there is no Plan 'B' options if they get it wrong, as spinners could struggle here."

  220. 6 overs: 
    NZ 11-1

    This is a lovely opening spell from Finn, Rutherford has to fend one off, and then misses with an attempted uppercut over the slips. Maiden over, Finn has 1-3 from three overs.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Normally England get their itinerary right, but I'm a bit worried that the lads coming in for the Tests may come in cold as there's only one practice match. There weren't any for the 50-over side."

  222. 5 overs: 
    NZ 11-1

    After one delivery, Anderson switches to bowling round the wicket to the leftie Rutherford, who's the latest in a selection of international cricketers to make me feel a little old by remembering how I used to watch their fathers play in the 1980s. (Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett, Jonny Bairstow, Shaun Marsh... there's a few of them around). Rutherford doubles his score with a single, Williamson straight-drives past the bowler and it's an easy four to one of those short, straight boundaries.


    From Geoff C, via text on 81111: "I can't believe the ground is so empty. Were the tickets overpriced?"

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've noticed that Buttler is standing very deep to keep wicket. Swann at second slip is in front of him."

  225. 4 overs: 
    NZ 6-1

    Finn pings in his permitted two bouncers for the over, Williamson works a single off his legs, Rutherford taps one which is half-stopped by Bell at cover and they run one.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think you feel as a bowler now, that you're not under quite so much pressure as you used to be in the early overs."

  227. 3 overs: 
    NZ 4-1

    Aggers and Geoffrey share a grumble about the strength of the New Zealand dollar - a pie and a pint apparently now sets one back the equivalent of £11. Can any of you out in NZ confirm this, on behalf of any England fans who might be heading there for the Tests? Two slips and a gully for Williamson, who edges a single to third man, while Rutherford plays and misses as Anderson keeps it super-tight.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you can imagine a cricket match taking place on the rugby ground at Twickenham, with the wicket going across the pitch, you may get some idea of what it's like here."


    From Andy Scotson in bed, TMS inbox: "Rather than a bedside radio, I have on one of the BBC Radio 4 hats that used to be sold at Test matches, with a built-in radio. And from past experience I can confirm you can have some very strange dreams - I've definitely been out in the middle discussing field placings with Andrew Strauss during an Ashes Test."

  230. 2 overs: 
    NZ 3-1

    A gully is added to the slip cordon, giving Finn a 7-2 off-side field, but Williamson is off the mark with a single off his legs into the vast open spaces on the leg side. Left-hander Rutherford is on strike for the first time, and prods his first ball into the off side.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Kane Williamson's in at three, now he's a small feller so they should bowl a few short balls at him."

  232. 1.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Watling c Swann b Finn 1 (NZ 2-1)

    As Aggers reveals that his grandmother lived to 110 and was the 93rd longest-living person in England, Steven Finn - bowling off his new, shorter run - begins the second over. If you haven't heard, his habit of knocking the stumps with his right knee has prompted a change in the Laws of Cricket from MCC from October. His first ball is a bit of a snorter, and Watling can only fend off the fourth to second slip, where a grateful Graeme Swann takes the catch.


    Nicholas Miles: "Since the ICC is so desperate for runs, let's just do away with fielders completely and make the bowlers chase everything!"

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "They got 25,000 for the Twenty20 game here. Apparently they're hoping for 20,000 today."

  235. 1 over: 
    NZ 2-0

    James Anderson takes the first over, with two slips in, and opens with a wide. Watling shoulders arms a couple of times - as has been observed in the previous games, it's almost back to the ODI tactics of 30 years ago where it was all about keeping wickets in hand, before going for broke in the last 10-15 overs. Brendon McCullum's move from opening to the middle order certainly seems to have worked, for those reasons. Watling is off the mark, angling a single down to third man.


    Miro Ralston: "Ellis was pro for my club in Glasgow a few years back. Great bloke, very disciplined and very very talented."

  237. 0058: 

    England are ready to go, with BJ Watling and Hamish Rutherford opening up for New Zealand as usual. Here are the full teams:

    New Zealand: BJ Watling, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), James Franklin, Andrew Ellis, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills.

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


    Josh Withers: "This game is a perfect chance to see how good a finisher Jos Buttler is, ground is set up for him."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a drop-in pitch - it's funny to see them arrive on an enormous transporter. There's a rugby match on tonight, Auckland are playing down in Wellington, which we've heard may affect the crowd."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd hit plenty of straight sixes here. I used to like it when they had the wicket diagonally here. Now that the pitches are better, the drainage and covering are better than ever, and we've got the new rule with one fewer man outside [the circle], it's all about batting. For the side batting first, their best chance of winning is to say their minimum score is 300."


    Neil Virani: "More sixes is good, in the way that T20 was supposed to be all about runs, bowlers adapted and innovated, & batsmen followed suit."


    England batsman Kevin Pietersen (rested from this series, but returning for the Tests): "Peppa pig.. Oink, oink.."

    A few minutes later: "Sorry about that last tweet.. I'm just singing it all the time at the moment!"

    You would have thought KP had learned his lesson on inadvisable tweeting or texting by now...

  243. 0049: 

    I hope a lot of you will be staying up for this game, if you're not working over the weekend - an alternative method is to stick TMS on your bedside radio and allow yourself to drift in and out of sleep, although sometimes this can mean that after the game, you need to check to see if particular incidents in the match really happened, or if you just dreamt them...

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Officially a straight hit is 57m. Looks shorter!"


    Lewis Hobson: "Should be interesting tonight/today might need a bit of sleep in-between but fancy England for the game!"

  246. 0044: 

    Test Match Special's coverage starts in a minute or two at 0045 GMT - if you're still out enjoying a Friday night on the tiles, remember the new BBC iPlayer Radio app will allow you to take TMS with you wherever you go - while the new BBC Sport smartphone app is now available for Android users as well as iPads, iPhones, iRhubarbSticks and just about everything else...


    Keith Flett: "NZ v Eng ODI coming up. Just waiting for Geoffrey Boycott to say Moody's credit downgrading wouldn't have happened in his day."

  248. 0041: 

    So, plenty of straight sixes on the cards, perhaps? Let us know what you think of grounds like this - is more sixes better for the game, or does it anger the traditionalists among you? You can text us on 81111 if you're in the UK, email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), or tweet us via #bbccricket - as some have already done...

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Tiny straight boundaries at Eden Park. New regs will be tricky. England advantage already by batting second…"

  250. 0037: 

    New Zealand make one change, with right-arm seamer Andrew Ellis replacing left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

  251. 0034: 

    England win the toss and field first. Captain Alastair Cook thinks it's a decent wicket but with short boundaries, isn't sure what a good total will be. They're unchanged, leaving the uncapped James Harris and his friends Samit, Jonny and Tredders carrying the drinks again.

  252. 0032: 

    It's been a busy few days in international cricket - Australia dominating against India in Chennai, South Africa doing likewise against Pakistan at Centurion, West Indies thrashing Zimbabwe in their first ODI, and when Bangladesh kick off their tour of Sri Lanka in a week or so, we'll have a "full set" on the go. Oh, and some chap called Ponting's signed for Surrey...

  253. 0030: 

    Morning, everyone. England and New Zealand have left the Art Deco elegance of Napier behind and are back in Auckland for the third and final one-day international, with the series perfectly poised at 1-1. The Twenty20 international played at Eden Park a couple of weeks back was a bit of a run-fest for England - so is a repeat on the cards?

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Live Scores - N Zealand v England


  • England beat New Zealand by 5 wickets
  • N Zealand: 185 (43.5 overs)
  • England: 186-5 (37.3 overs)
  • Venue: Auckland

England Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 5 186
Cook c Watling b Southee 46
Bell c Rutherford b Ellis 24
Trott c Watling b Southee 38
Root not out 28
Morgan c Mills b Ellis 39
Buttler c Watling b Southee 3
Woakes not out 3
Extras 4w 1lb 5

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