Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 30th 2015 Contents LEEDS---Luke Ronchi scored a 70-ball 88
on his Test debut as New Zealand went on
the attack after a woeful start to close on
297-8 on day one of the second Test against
Jimmy Anderson became the 12th player---
and first from England---to pass the 400-
wicket barrier in tests by removing Martin
Guptill and Kane Williamson for ducks in the
third over, reducing the Black Caps to 2-2 at
Opener Tom Latham (84) led New Zealand s
recovery only to be upstaged by wicketkeep-
er-batsman Ronchi, who came to the crease
with his team struggling on 144-5 and struck
13 fours and three sixes in a flamboyant innings.
"I was trying to enjoy it as much as I could,"
said the 34-year-old Ronchi, who was drafted
in as a replacement for injured allrounder
"It could be my one and only Test---I d have
hated to go out there and not play my natural
Latham and Ronchi---who put on 120 runs
for the sixth wicket, at nearly 5 runs an over---
fell to Stuart Broad in the space of three balls
in the final hour, leaving the match evenly
poised going into day two.
England leads the two-Test series 1-0.
New Zealand launched a recovery by main-
taining its trademark aggressive approach that
is more akin to one-day and Twenty20 crick-
et---captain Brendon McCullum (41), for exam-
ple, smashed his first ball for six over extra
cover and Ronchi was on course for the
fasTestcentury by a Test debutant. Nearly 70
percent of the runs came in boundaries.
With rain forecast for later in the Test and
New Zealand needing a victory to square the
series, the tourists didn t really have another
Only 65 overs were possible in the day, with
rain causing a 2 1/2-hour delay to the start
of play before passing showers led to two brief
breaks early on.
Anderson s fiery opening spell under threat-
ening skies accounted for two of New Zealand s
most dangerous batsmen and took him to 401
wickets in his 104th Test. It was the latest
milestone for the 32-year-old seam bowler,
who passed Ian Botham s national record of
383 Test wickets in the recent series against
West Indies in the Caribbean.
India s Harbhajan Singh is the only active
bowler above Anderson in the list of all-time
wicket-takers in Tests. Sri Lanka great Muttiah
Muralitharan is No 1 with 800 wickets.
"It s a nice feeling, a proud moment for
me," Anderson said. "It feels a bit surreal when
you see the list up on TV and all the great
players on it."
Guptill was caught at second slip by Ian
Bell to bring up Anderson s 400th wicket
before the paceman emerged after a 10-minute
rain delay to entice an edge from Williamson
to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. That came in a
double-wicket maiden for Anderson.
Ross Taylor was trapped lbw---playing no
stroke to Broad---for 20 and McCullum depart-
ed on the first ball after tea, slapping a poor
shot off Mark Wood straight to mid-off. When
BJ Watling was bowled by Wood for 14, New
Zealand was up against it---not that it showed
A former Australia international who
switched nationalities to the country of his
birth in 2013, Ronchi is more at home in the
limited-overs game and once hit an 11-ball
fifty in Australian state cricket.
Showing no nerves on his Test debut, he
came in with Latham on 58 and gloved his
first ball over the slip cordon for four. Soon,
he was level with his partner on 72, displaying
a fine array of stroke-making that continually
pierced England s attacking field placings.
"It was just people doing their natural thing,"
Ronchi said of New Zealand s approach.
"Everyone is going out there with a free mind.
I think it s the best way to go out there and
Latham led a charmed life. He was dropped
three times in six balls---twice off the bowling
of Moeen Ali in successive deliveries---and
survived DRS twice.
His 180-ball innings came to end when he
edged Broad to Joe Root at first slip and Ronchi
pulled the same bowler to Anderson at deep
fine leg two balls later. India s Shikhar Dhawan
holds the record for the quickest century on
debut, off 85 balls in 2013, and Ronchi would
likely have broken it. (AP)
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Ronchi stars on Test debut
...leads New Zealand to 297-8 vs England
LAHORE---Pakistan great Wasim
Akram said yesterday the International
Cricket Council should have sent its
match officials for his country s first
international series at home in six years.
The ICC declined to provide umpires
and a match referee for two Twenty20s
and three ODIs between Pakistan and
Zimbabwe due to security concerns.
"ICC should have been more positive
and they should have sent their match
officials," Akram told reporters during
the second one-day international at
"I can imagine that this is the first
series and (ICC) was worried about its
officials so hopefully when the second
team comes (to Pakistan) they will send
their match officials too."
Pakistan s government has provided
thousands of policemen and paramilitaries
to guard the visitors since they arrived
in this eastern city of Lahore on May 19.
It s the first international series in Pak-
istan since gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka
team bus in Lahore in 2009.
Left-arm fast bowler Akram, who took
414 test wickets and 502 wickets in ODI
matches, was impressed with the big
crowds that turned up to watch Zim-
babwe even though the African nation
is lowly ranked at No 12 in ODI rank-
"Unbelievable," Akram said of the near-
ly 27,000 spectators at each of the two
Twenty20s and the two ODIs. "That s
something that brought back the mem-
ories of my playing days, great achieve-
ment by the PCB." (AP)
Wicketkeeper batsman Dane Vilas
will lead South Africa A s four-day
squad while left-hand batsman Dean
Elgar will captain the 50-overs team on
the tour of India.
While Elgar and Vilas are also part of
South Africa s Test squad for the tour of
Bangladesh in July, the A team includes
Omphile Ramela, Keshav Maharaj and
Dane Paterson, who were rewarded for
their good showing in the domestic sea-
South Africa A will play a triangular
limited-overs series against India A and
Australia A. The limited-overs series will
be followed by two four-day unofficial
Test matches against India A.
"A number of relative newcomers to
the Proteas have been included in the
South Africa A squads and, with the Pro-
teas due to tour India later this year, this
tour will give them invaluable experience
of Indian playing conditions," South
Africa A coach Vinnie Barnes said.
New Zealand's Luke Ronchi plays a shot off a ball from England's Stuart Broad on the first day of the second Test match between England and
New Zealand at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
T Latham c Root b Broad
M Guptill c Bell b Anderson
K Williamson c Buttler, b Anderson 0
R Taylor lbw Broad
B McCullum c Wood b Stokes
BJ Watling b Wood
L Ronchi c Anderson b Broad
M Craig not out
T Southee c Lyth b Wood
M Henry not out
Extras: (4b, 14lb, 1nb)
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-2, 3-68, 4-123, 5-
144, 6-264, 7-265, 8-281
Still to bat: Trent Boult.
Bowling: James Anderson 13-3-43-2,
Stuart Broad 14-0-83-3 (1nb), Mark
Wood 14-4-62-2, Ben Stokes 13-4-43-1,
Moeen Ali 11-3-48-0.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Adam
Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root,
Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mark
Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
Umpires: S Ravi, India, and Rod Tucker,
Australia. Third umpire: Marais Erasmus,
Match referee: David Boon, Australia.
Toss: won by England.
Series: England leads 1-0.
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