Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: England Fail to Take Advantage of Pitch; Kiwis Make a Strong Start to Second Test at Old Trafford

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: England Fail to Take Advantage of Pitch; Kiwis Make a Strong Start to Second Test at Old Trafford

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NEW Zealand raced out of the blocks as Darrell Hair made his return to Test cricket today.

Australian umpire Hair stood at the Warwick Road end of Old Trafford as the New Zealanders charged to 61 without loss in the opening hour of the second match of the npower series against England.

The 55-year-old, whose last Test appearance was the infamous forfeited contest between England and Pakistan at the Brit Oval 20 months ago, was required to adjudicate on just one appeal in the first 15 overs as bat dominated.

A delivery from left-armer Ryan Sidebottom swung back in to Jamie How to strike the pad and trigger vociferous appeals from bowler and slip cordon.

Although Hair twitched it was simply to put his hand in his pocket as he correctly considered the ball would have passed over the top of the stumps.

Aaron Redmond sliced over the slips for four in the ninth over of the morning and How, on 26, was also subject of an optimistic shout for lbw by left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

England captain Michael Vaughan called Panesar into the attack as early as the 10th over in the search of a breakthrough but the Black Caps' opening duo had shared a half-century stand when a controlled edge from How found its way to the rope at third man off Stuart Broad.

England retained the same XI from the Lord's stalemate last week while New Zealand called in Iain O'Brien in place of Tim Southee as their one change.

Before the start of play, Vaughan called on his side's young attack to crank up their pace.

Vaughan is a big fan of Manchester, having enjoyed big success there and overseen an unbeaten record stretching back to defeat against Pakistan in 2001.

However, he was well aware that, to achieve maximum impact, England's attack would have to put the effort in and ensure they maintained pace levels in all their spells if they were to achieve victory in the second npower Test.

Vaughan said: "I am excited about our young seam attack.

"They will have to be on their pace this week, because to get the rewards at Old Trafford you have to put the effort in. …

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