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Cricket: IT'S TWO TON CAD AS ANDY STRIKES; Test milestone but N.Z. recover.

From GEOFF YOUNG in AUCKLAND ANDY Caddick started his Test career in style with the prized wicket of Australia captain Allan Border in 1993 at Old Trafford.

Yesterday, Craig McMillan became the New Zealandborn pace bowler's 200th victim during an inspired spell of bowling before lunch on the opening day of the third Test.

Caddick, 33, reached his milestone with four wickets in the opening session as New Zealand collapsed to 19 for four before recovering to 151 for five at the close.

'I thought I might have got one or two in the first session, but I'm very pleased and happy,' he said.

Caddick, playing in his 53rd Test, took a long time to get established in the England side and the Somerset paceman said he had received some setbacks, notably his omission from the Ashes tour in 1998-99. 'That one hurt after I'd been told I would be in if I kept taking wickets,' he said. 'Obviously 105 for the summer wasn't enough.

'There are always low points in a player's career, so when highs come along you do enjoy them.'

The absence of Darren Gough from the Test leg of the New Zealand tour had put more responsibility on Caddick's shoulders, a burden he relishes.

'More has definitely been on my shoulders with Goughie not here,' Caddick said.

'I actually enjoy having more responsibility. If you have responsibility you tend to get on with it a bit more and not think about it.'

He also paid tribute to captain Nasser Hussain and coach Duncan Fletcher.

'Nasser as a captain is brilliant,' he said.

'He always backs me. He knows what you are trying to do. We have a good relationship and the experience of Duncan Fletcher works well.'

All-rounder Chris Harris, recalled to the national side after an absence of 2 1 /2 years, led a New Zealand fightback in the current Test.

When bad light ended play early, New Zealand had recovered from a horrendous start with Harris on 55 and wicketkeeper Adam Parore, playing in his final Test, on 24. The pair had added 65 in an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand.

At one stage Caddick had ripped the top off the home innings but a 67-run partnership before lunch between Harris and McMillan (41) repaired some of the damage. Caddick was not finished with his morning's work, though. With the fourth ball of the final over of the session he trapped McMillan.

That was the extent of England's success as Harris and Parore resuscitated the innings before bad light stopped play four overs after tea. An hour was lost between lunch and tea for rain.

Harris took 40 minutes to get off the mark and often looked in trouble on a pitch offering plenty of assistance to the quick bowlers.

But he battled on to bring up his 50 from 117 balls with nine fours. Parore, who has been out of touch with the bat during the series, which England lead 1-0, drove his first ball for four and generally looked solid.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming had won the toss for the third consecutive time but, after inserting England in the first two Tests, he opted to bat this time on a greenish-tinged drop-in pitch at Eden Park.

Caddick took the wickets of Mark Richardson (5), Lou Vincent (10) and Nathan Astle (2) in an incisive opening spell, then returned to dismiss McMillan to finish the morning with four for 28 from 10.4 overs.

Richardson was the first to go, bowled by a full-pitched ball which seamed inside the batsman's bat and pad and rattled the top of the stumps.

Matthew Hoggard then rocked Fleming with a swinging ball that rapped him on the pad but umpire Doug Cowie rejected the vociferous appeal. Off the next ball Fleming tried to turn a shortish delivery fine down the leg side but succeeded only in nicking the ball on to his thigh pad and giving Mark Ramprakash a simple catch at short-forward square. Caddick struck twice in his fifth over, first bowling Vincent for 10 when the batsman offered a loose shot to a well pitched-up ball.

Vincent had not been convincing in his short stay, hitting a four through the slip cordon and another off an inadvertent glance to leg.

From the fifth ball Caddick induced an edge from Astle and Graham Thorpe took a stunning one-handed catch at third slip.

McMillan played a belligerent innings, taking three boundaries off an Andy Flintoff over as he posted a 50 partnership with the patient Harris from 86 balls.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2002
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