Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pacemen Lose the Plot to Give Kiwis Upper Hand; Bad Day for the Nightwatchman: Matthew Hoggard, Sent in to Survive until the Morning, Lasted Only Seven Balls before Departing ( above) - That's Cf Cf CL Fewer Than Celebrating New Zealand Centurian Ross Taylor Managed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pacemen Lose the Plot to Give Kiwis Upper Hand; Bad Day for the Nightwatchman: Matthew Hoggard, Sent in to Survive until the Morning, Lasted Only Seven Balls before Departing ( above) - That's Cf Cf CL Fewer Than Celebrating New Zealand Centurian Ross Taylor Managed

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

MICHAEL VAUGHAN must lead England on the long road to safety after histeam failed miserably with the ball here today and then gifted New Zealand twolate wickets.

Vaughan survived, just, and will go into battle again on the third morning ofthe First Test. But dreams of an away win, which seemed real enough last night,have been dashed.

First, England made life far too easy for the Kiwis to turn 282 for six into470 all out on this admittedly dreary pitch.

Ross Taylor benefited most from horribly anaemic bowling to score his maidenhundred while Daniel Vettori, finally dismissed for 88, contributed fully to astand of 148 for the seventh wicket.

Then, with the home innings over at last, captain Vaughan and Alastair Cooklooked set to bat through to the close until Cook badly miscued a pull againstpaceman Chris Martin.

Cook was caught in the deep for 38and England caught themselves out by sending in nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard.

On a surface this flat, and with 84 runs already on the board, they should havehad faith in Andrew Strauss negotiating the last five overs.

Instead, Hoggard snicked his seventh delivery from Martin to slip and Strausshad to face the music anyway.

The Middlesex left-hander coped comfortably enough, but 87 for two could soeasily have been 87 for three with Vaughan extremely fortunate to surviveVettori's lbw shout.

England's bowling deficiencies were at least partly masked yesterday by someexcellent catching.

Today, though, nothing could disguise the fact that Steve Harmison againtrundled in like a glorified medium-pacerhovering around the 80mph markand Hoggard was so ineffective Vaughan gave him only five overs.

Even Ryan Sidebottom was a good deal less impressive, and a lot more expensive,than on the opening day, especially during the morning session when thevisitors needed to hit the ground running.

Watched by his father, one-cap England Test bowler Arnie, Sidebottom got hisact back together in time to remove last pair Jeetan Patel and Martin withconsecutive deliveries. …

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