The decision to allow England to bowl one over with the second new ball in failing light was the umpires’ and New Zealand would have to live with it, batsman Ross Taylor said on Sunday.
Jacob Oram survived four deliveries of Ryan Sidebottom’s over with the new ball but was then caught on the fifth to reduce New Zealand to 242 for six, chasing an unlikely victory target of 438, late on the fourth day of the second Test.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori then faced the final ball of the 81st over before the umpires abandoned the day’s play four overs early. The players had left the field due to the poor light 30 minutes previously before they returned five minutes later.
Oram had been involved in a 69-run partnership with wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and the pair looked to have settled on seeing out the day’s play in an effort to launch an attempt on an improbable victory on the final day on Monday (today).
“It was disappointing to lose that wicket,” Taylor told reporters. “It would have been nice to go into tomorrow only being five down, but that’s the umpires’ call. “He (Oram) was disappointed to get out but again it’s the umpires’ call. I’m sure he will reflect on that a bit later on.”
Taylor admitted the responsibility of scoring the bulk of the 196 runs needed to win the Test and series, would now fall on the shoulders of McCullum (43 not out) and Vettori (0).England’s Stuart Broad, however, said the match was definitely there to win for his side to level the series.
Source:Cricket NewsMore on:Daniel Vettori, england, England in New Zealand 2008, Jacob Oram, Michael Vaughan, New Zealand, Ryan Sidebottom
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