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  • England vs New Zealand Christchurch Test: England need four NZ wickets to level series

    Christchurch: England removed a stubborn Tom Latham to close in on victory in the second Test at Christchurch today, with New Zealand 191 for six at tea on the final day. However, they are racing the elements with clouds building on the horizon. Stuart Broad took two wickets with the first two balls of the day to start a flow of dismissals, leaving New Zealand to pin their hopes on a stubborn

  • England vs New Zealand Christchurch Test: Latham, Raval in safe start as New Zealand chase 382

    Christchurch: Tom Latham and Jeet Raval edged New Zealand to 42 without loss at the start of a formidable run chase when bad light brought an early end to the penultimate day of the second Test on Monday. Latham was not out 25 with Raval on 17 and New Zealand requiring a further 340 to reach their 382-run target. If successful, it would be the seventh-highest winning run chase in Test history.

  • England vs New Zealand Christchurch Test: Latham leads steady NZ start chasing 382

    Christchurch: New Zealand made a steady start to be 34 without loss at tea on day four, chasing 382 to win the second Test against England in Christchurch on Monday. Tom Latham was not out 21 and Jeet Raval, who suffered a painful blow to the ribs from Stuart Broad, was on 13. The New Zealand innings began with a minimum of 137 overs to reach the target at an average of

  • England vs New Zealand Christchurch Test: Boult, Southee strike, England two down in first session

     Christchurch: Tim Southee and Trent Boult engineered another England meltdown today to have the tourists 150 for five at tea on day one of the second Test here. Jonny Bairstow was not out 30 with Ben Stokes, continuing the cautiousness shown on the final day of the first Test, not out 25. After New Zealand’s strike pair had early success to have England at 38 for two, Joe Root and Mark Stoneman

  • NZ captain Kane Williamson defends Warner as ‘not a bad guy’

    Christchurch: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson defended David Warner Thursday, describing the Australian at the heart of the ball-tampering scandal as “not a bad guy”. With New Zealand’s build-up to the second Test against England, starting in Christchurch on Friday, overshadowed by international reaction to the cheating affair in South Africa, Williamson said he has been in touch with Warner. “It’s a shame. The act is not condoned in any team,” Williamson

  • England skipper Joe Root hails New Zealand cricket culture

    Christchurch: New Zealand’s cricket ethos drew praise today from England captain Joe Root as he weighed up the difference between playing the Blacks Caps and Australia over the past four months. On the eve of their second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, the last match of an arduous tour, Root cited a different atmosphere between the two sides. While the Ashes series in Australia was fraught with acrimony, the relationship between

  • England vs New Zealand: Todd Astle out of second Test due to injury

    Wellington: New Zealand leg-spinner Todd Astle will miss the second Test against England due to a side strain, team officials said today, with Ish Sodhi called in as a like-for-like replacement. Astle took three for 39 in the first Test and coach Mike Hesson said the timing of the injury was unfortunate.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Defiant Stokes holds New Zealand at bay

    Auckland: New Zealand captured the vital wicket of Ben Stokes on the last ball before dinner to have victory in sight with one session remaining in the first Test in Auckland today. England were 300 for seven with only three wickets remaining, needing a further 69 runs to make New Zealand bat again. Stokes played a defiant innings of 66 until he was undone in a short-ball barrage from Neil Wagner.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: NZ snare three to have England on the ropes

     Auckland: New Zealand had England fighting for survival at 217 for six with two sessions remaining in the first Test today as Ben Stokes played a lone hand to salvage a draw for the tourists. At tea on day five of the day-night Test in Auckland, with 63 overs remaining, England were down to their last four wickets and still 152 runs from wiping out their 369-run first innings deficit.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Rain hits 3rd day of Test match

    Auckland: New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls completed his sixth half century before rain stopped play today, the third day of the second cricket Test against England at Eden Park. Only 17 balls were bowled before rain, which allowed only 23.1 overs on the second day, further impeded the match.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Kane Williamson hits record ton as NZ extend lead

    Auckland: Kane Williamson carved out a New Zealand record 18th century as he extended the Black Caps’ commanding first innings lead over England on a rain-hit day two of the first Test here today. At tea in Auckland, the New Zealand captain was not out on 100 with Henry Nicholls on 36 for a lead of 139 runs, after England crumbled to be all out for 58 on day one.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Stuart Broad reaches 400 wickets milestone

    Auckland: Stuart Broad became just the second England bowler to reach 400 Test dismissals when he captured the wicket of Tom Latham on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Thursday. In the gathering dusk in the first over after the dinner break, the 31-year-old Nottingham bowler had Latham caught at midwicket by Chris Woakes during the day-night Test    The England players rushed from all

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Embarrassing 58 leaves England red-faced in pink-ball Test

    Auckland: An 80-run stand by Kane Williamson and Tom Latham easily guided New Zealand to a first-innings lead after England crashed to just 58 all out in a dramatic start to the first Test on Thursday. England were left red-faced in the pink-ball Test when they were skittled for their sixth lowest in Test history in just 94 minutes at Auckland’s Eden Park.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Trent Boult destroys England for 58 in first innings

    Auckland: A destructive six-wicket haul by Trent Boult left England in tatters during a first innings that lasted just 20.4 overs in the opening session of the first Test in Auckland on Thursday. At 23 for 8, England threatened New Zealand’s most unwanted record of the lowest ever Test score, 26, before they recovered to be all out for 58. At 27 for 9, England’s lowest Test innings of 45 — against

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: Ross Taylor passed fit for first Test

    Auckland: New Zealand received a boost today, on the eve of the first Test against England at Auckland’s Eden Park, with confirmation senior batsman Ross Taylor is fit to play. Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, had been battling a groin injury and a stomach bug but captain Kane Williamson said he had completed a full training session without problem.

  • England vs New Zealand Auckland Test: NZ seek All Black magic against England

    Auckland: New Zealand’s cricketers are drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory as they head into their first home day-night Test against England on Thursday. Despite some injury concerns, New Zealand short-ball specialist Neil Wagner was focused on performing at the Eden Park fortress where the All Blacks are unbeaten in 40 rugby Tests dating back to 1994.

  • England vs New Zealand Christchurch ODI: England romp home, claim series on Bairstow ton

    Christchurch: A masterful century by Jonny Bairstow saw England cruise to a seven-wicket win in the deciding one-day international against New Zealand to wrap up the series 3-2 in Christchurch on Saturday. Bairstow’s 104 off 60 deliveries, backed by 61 from fellow opener Alex Hales transformed the winner-takes-all showdown from an expected tight contest into a one-way event.

  • England vs New Zealand Christchurch ODI: NZ held to 223 despite Santner, Nicholls fifties

    Christchurch: Tight England bowling restricted New Zealand to 223 in their deciding one-day international with the innings propped up by half centuries from Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls. New Zealand, playing without batting rock Ross Taylor who failed a fitness test before the toss, struggled to be six for 93 before Santner and Nicholls put on 84 for the seventh wicket to give the innings some substance.

  • England vs New Zealand: Ross Taylor desperate to play decider against England

    Wellington: Injured Black Cap Ross Taylor said today he was desperate to play in the one-day series decider against England, as pundits declared his unbeaten 181 the greatest ever limited-overs innings by a Kiwi batsman. Taylor overcame cramps and a severe thigh strain to bludgeon New Zealand to victory with a career-best performance in the fourth ODI in Hamilton yesterday.