New Zealand vs England: Day two of second Test in a nutshell
Watling second just to Gilchrist, Bumble’s name problems and what is wrong with Archer – the notables in the day two at Seddon Park…
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Stuart Broad claimed 4-73 because England belatedly battled back to discount New Zealand to get 375 daily two of their must-win second Test before sinking into 39-2 by stumps after a jittery end to the evening.
The Black Caps have been 315-5 one ball before tea, only for Broad’s dismissal of both BJ Watling (55) using a delivery which lifted aggressively off the surface to finish a stubborn stance of 124 using debutant Daryl Mitchell (73) and rally a formerly toiling England at Seddon Park at Hamilton.
Broad eliminated Mitchell on the restart, shortly after receiving another warning for running onto the pitch, even before Chris Woakes (3-73), Sam Curran (2-63), also Jofra Archer (1-75) polished off the innings.
England’s momentum has been shortly dented, however, together with Dom Sibley (4) along with Joe Denly (4) falling but it might have been worse for the people with Rory Burns (24no) fell 10 from Ross Taylor at slip and then on 19 by Jeet Raval in midwicket.
It was going to have something unique to eliminate the in-form Watling and so it was using the batsman’s gritty innings simply coming to an end when Broad got a chunk to lift prodigiously off the pitch then fly off the bat to a thankful Rory Burns in gully.
Elsewhere, Mitchell’s debut fifty has been brought up using a splendid pull for four off Ben Stokes – the moment made all the more memorable with his mommy celebrating at the audience – while Tom Latham shouldering arms to a wide ball early in the afternoon and being bowled was hard to forget, even in case the New Zealand centurion would love to do exactly that!
Adam Gilchrist has dismissals and a higher batting average than BJ Watling among Test wicketkeepers.
Why are we not seeing the Jofra Archer that felled Steve Smith at Lord and steamed in? It is down to fatigue rather than a mindset issue, based on Sky Sports Cricket’s Mark Butcher.
“You’ve been charms where he’s cranked up it but he’s looked like he’s nursing himself or saving himself just sore,” said the former England batsman.
“Simply because he has this silky-smooth action that seems like it isn’t taking anything out of him doesn’t mean these marathon charms aren’t accepting their toll and he can continue going to the well and producing the eye-catching stuff we would like to see.”
Archer delivered a whopping 42 overs in Mount Maunganui – in addition to riding gleefully on a Segway – and – also chalked up 28 . No wonder he is knackered.
“People might say that his entire body language is not this, that or the other but he seems exhausted,” added Butcher.
“Let’s not forget he bowled in the World Cup closing and also for much of the Ashes having a side injury and intercostal injuries can keep these boys out for months on end. He does not look 100 percent and is becoming through more overs than anyone else.”
Stuart Broad on the state of the game:”We are disappointed to eliminate those 2 wickets but it had been some good bowling. We are fairly pleased becoming those seven wickets, I think that the pitch is acting true. From memory, the last time New Zealand batted on this 700-6 was obtained by them so 300 under level! So we are fairly happy with that.
“It goes through little phases on pitches such as this in which you are able to be out of the game as a bowler and not feel overly threatening and you have got to restrain the scoring pace. Then there are instances where you are feeling from the sport and you’ve got to strike and take wickets. We had to settle and took wickets later on by being quite aggressive.”
Mark Butcher on New Zealand debutant Daryl Mitchell:”He seems to be very organised. He reminds me that a great deal of Kane Williamson at how he puts up, the boom of his back-lift along with the constraint of the bat encounter .”
See every day three of the second Test between New Zealand and England in 9.30pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404).