Barfbag, beats me how you can complain about pitches in New Zealand when everyone has to put up with blatantly doctored strips in India. "Hmm, we're playing England, let's make it as slow as possible, then a raging turner after two and a half days". It's the same in every country (apart from it would seem England where the ECB are too dense to make sure England have the advantage
), you play to your strengths.
Good effort by New Zealand.
Oh, by the way, England are about to beat the Windies again. England reached 319 in reply to the West Indies 208.
The West Indies batted for the second time, and reached 160-4, a lead of about 50. The game was in the balance, with Ridley Jacobs, promoted up the order, smashing the ball around. Lara bizarrely dropped himself to number 6 "for tactical reasons". Anyway, they then collapsed again, and were all out fo 209, leaving England 99 to win. England had about an hour to bat, and were clearly intent on making sure they didn't come back for a fifth day. The pitch is keeping very low now, and poor Marcus Trescothick hit the first ball for four, saw the next go for four byes, and then was bowled by a ball pitched half way down that just rolled
. Just what you need when you're out of form! Vaughan and Butcher then went berserk, smashing the bowling all over the place before Vaughan was lbw.
They didn't quite make it. Bad light closed in and England were 71-2 off about 9 overs. The further 28 needed should be a formality today, and England will be 2-0 up in the four match series.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.