What a fabulous innings that was from Ambrose.
It might sound a big statement to make but i genuinely feel that an innings such as this can really revive England as a test team which will be great because currently the world of cricket needs a strong English side.
It remains to be seen whether Vettori has taken his place alongside the likes of Hussain at Brisbane 02, Ponting at Edgbaston 05 and Dravid at Mumbai 06. Bowling first can be a series-altering suicide that hangs over a captain for a long time.
Either way, England were given a lifeline they did not deserve and at least we are in the game, thanks to a very good innings indeed from Ambrose, and yet another quietly valuable contribution in the England shirt from Collingwood. Something like 420 would be nice, and it is very possible, as Ambrose is full of confidence and Collingwood is good in these situations. However the overrated top five failed yet again, and it is starting to become a worry. For three of them to get a genuine start and all get out before at least a half-century is criminal to say the least.
A very good performance all day. We are a better side than New Zealand and this was the first day in the series where this was made obvious. I was always confident that things would show signs of returning to normal in this match - like I said at the time, our showing in Hamilton was possibly the worst England performance in my time as a fan.
I stayed up for most of it as it was my day off today. When we lost the last five wickets so quickly I was a little worried but it turns out that 340 was definitely an above-average total on this wicket. We say it time and time again, you can't tell until both teams have had a bat. Should be an easy win for England now really - if we lose from this position it will be more because of ourselves than New Zealand.
Lead of 421 with 1 wicket left, basically we have 6 sessions to bowl them out again. Just an adequate performance today, nothing to write home about, yet we still find ourselves in a position of great strength. Shows how well we played in the 1st and 2nd innings.
There is always a sour note. Anderson pulled up after the game and may be unable to bowl, which leaves us with Sidebottom, Broad, Panesar and Collingwood. Sounds kind of rubbish. New Zealand wouldn't dare win even with that advantage...would they?
Even with Anderson missing, a 420 lead should be more than enough. It is 100 runs more than NZ's record chase, which was their only ever 300+ chase in test cricket - yes EVER. 420 is more than the frickin world record. Like I said if England don't win from here it is solely down to them. Surely even England must win this one.
cricinfo There are no plans to send him for a scan as yet, and he was able to put weight on his foot soon afterwards. But he was seen leaving the ground on crutches, and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to bat when England resume tomorrow on 277 for 9, let alone bowl
Really ropey performance, and lucky to pick up the crucial 6th wicket at the end. I suppose England are England so we had to make the game interesting, but I'm bored and annoyed now, hopefully on Day 5 its over as quickly as possible.