Monty Panesar spins England to series win

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ON A HIGH: Monty Panesar celebrates in his inimitable style after claiming one of his six New Zealand victims.
ON A HIGH: Monty Panesar celebrates in his inimitable style after claiming one of his six New Zealand victims.

Southee enlivens the day with a delightful cameo

NAPIER: England spinner Monty Panesar claimed six wickets to wrap up the deciding third Test against New Zealand just after lunch on the fifth day on Wednesday.

New Zealand, chasing an improbable 553 to win, was bowled out for 431 in its second innings to give England victory by 121 runs and a 2-1 triumph in the series, its first overseas success since South Africa in 2005.

Debutant Tim Southee top-scored with 77 not out, including nine sixes, and his half-century off 29 balls was the fastest by a New Zealander in Tests.

Panesar, who took three wickets to spark a familiar collapse of New Zealand’s batting on the fourth day, finished with career-best figures of six for 126. They were spoiled by Southee’s barrage, however, with his three-over spell after lunch going for 41 runs.

Panesar did capture the valuable wickets of Ross Taylor (74) and Brendon McCullum (42) in the morning to realistically end New Zealand’s chances of batting out the day.

Positive start

Taylor (34) and McCullum (24) had resumed on 222 for five and they immediately went after the England bowlers. Taylor was particularly brutal on Ryan Sidebottom, taking three boundaries off his first over of the day.Taylor’s third Test half-century came off 85 balls and included 10 boundaries. He quickly moved to 74 and looked set for his second century of the series when he nicked a catch to Paul Collingwood off Panesar to end his 104-run partnership with McCullum.

The aggressive wicketkeeper was more circumspect but stroked seven boundaries before he was bowled by Panesar for 42 to leave New Zealand struggling at 281 for seven.

Jeetan Patel and Daniel Vettori added 48 runs before Stuart Broad produced a remarkable diving catch at backward square-leg to dismiss Patel for 18 off Panesar.

Vettori was then caught behind by Tim Ambrose off James Anderson for 43 before Southee hoisted two sixes into the stands before the break.

He smashed seven more after lunch with two disappearing out of the ground and brought up his first Test half-century with his seventh six before the excitement ended when Chris Martin was bowled by Sidebottom for five. — Agencies


 England — 1st innings: 253.

New Zealand — 1st innings: 168.

England — 2nd innings: 467 for seven decl.

New Zealand — 2nd innings: J. How lbw b Panesar 11, M. Bell c Broad b Panesar 69, S. Fleming c Ambrose b Panesar 66, M. Sinclair c Ambrose b Broad 6, R. Taylor c Collingwood b Panesar 74, G. Elliott c Bell b Broad 4, B. McCullum b Panesar 42, D. Vettori c Ambrose b Anderson 43, J. Patel c Broad b Panesar 18, T. Southee (not out) 77, C. Martin b Sidebottom 5, Extras (b-6, lb-5, nb-1, w-4) 16, Total (in 118.5 overs) 431.

Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-147, 3-156, 4-160, 5-172, 6-276, 7-281, 8-329, 9-347.

England bowling: Sidebottom 19.5-3-83-1, Anderson 17-2-99-1, Broad 32-10-78-2, Panesar 46-17-126-6, Collingwood 2-0-20-0, Pietersen 2-0-14-0.

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