Shamik Das

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sidebottom cleans up the tail

Clean strike: Daniel Vettori cuts fiercely during his innings of 48    Back in business: Ryan Sidebottom is congratulated by Kevin Pietersen after cleaning up the New Zealand tail

Lord's, first Test, second day: England 68/0 (Cook 43*) trail
New Zealand 277 (Vettori 48; Sidebottom 4-55) by 209 runs

RYAN SIDEBOTTOM skittled out the New Zealand lower order, claiming the last four wickets for only five runs during a
stop-start day.

The Nottinghamshire seamer had Jacob Oram caught at slip and then clean bowled Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori to recapture his form after a wicketless first day at Lord's.

Only Vettori offered any real resistance, hitting 43 of his team's 69 runs, and, helped by several delays because of bad light, helped stretch play well into the afternoon session.

Schwing, schwing: Tim Southee is clean bowled by a Ryan Sidebottom inswinger after swinging his bat across the line    Jogging along: Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss cross mid-pitch

It wasn't until ten to three that Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss strode out to the middle, though more bad weather restricted them to only 21.3 overs play, to the relief of the New Zealanders.

"We've got to make improvements or we're going to be wiped off the park," said Oram.

"We didn't enter the game hoping for a draw and we're not playing for the draw at the moment, but they [England] were probably as demanding as they were in New Zealand in the final two Tests there."

Live text commentary of day three on Cricinfo
Live audio commentary on Test Match Special


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