England collapse, lose five wickets before tea

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:12 [IST]
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England's strong start to the second cricket Test against New Zealand went to waste Thursday when they collapsed after lunch to go to tea at five for 156.

The rot set in on the second ball after play resumed when New Zealand allrounder Jacob Oram bowled England captain Michael Vaughan.

England had gone to lunch at 79 without loss and looking assured against the New Zealand bowlers who had failed to take advantage of the green wicket and overcast skies.

But in the middle session the momentum swung firmly New Zealand's way as they took five wickets for 77.

After Oram dismissed Vaughan for 32 he followed up in his second over after lunch having Alastair Cook caught behind by Brendon McCullum for 44.

Kyle Mills chimed in with the wicket of Andrew Strauss for eight and in the space of nine overs England had lost three wickets for the addition of only 15 runs.

Mills was also unlucky not to get Ian Bell first ball when he sent a top edge to midwicket where Mark Gillespie completely misjudged the flight of the ball and spilled the catch.

Bell had a second life when he was dropped by McCullum and he crawled to 11 off 38 balls before McCullum made no mistake with the next edge and held a catch diving to his right off Chris Martin.

Gillespie also made amends for his dropped catch when he bowled Kevin Pietersen for 26 as the England dangerman played all around a full length delivery.

Banking on the pitch favouring the pace bowlers New Zealand made one change to their winning combination from the first Test with seamer Gillespie coming in at the expense of the off-spinner Jeetan Patel.

But Gillespie had proved expensive with his one wicket coming at a cost of 53 runs off 13 overs, while the miserly Oram had taken two for eight off 14.

England have made two changes to their first Test line up with the under-performing Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison replaced by Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

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