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  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI January 17, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c),...
  • Stephen Fleming tips Australia, New Zealand to reach World Cup final January 16, 2015

    Dubai: Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming on Friday tipped joint hosts Australia and New Zealand to reach the final of the forthcoming 2015 World Cup, also identifying South Africa and the West Indies as the dark horses of the tournament. It will be the first time the mega event will...
  • Australia, New Zealand to be no-sledging zone during World Cup 2015 January 16, 2015

    To avoid ugly confrontations resulting from exchange of words on the field, cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has reportedly decided to come down hard on sledging during the coming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. According to a report in London's The Times newspaper, match officials...
  • Ross Taylor confident of not fizzling out before World Cup January 15, 2015

    Christchurch: Batsman Ross Taylor believes that the New Zealand management will protect the players from the risk of burnout. Taylor's views Thursday comes just after country's former skipper Martin Crowe had written in a column in espncricinfo.com that "fatigue" could dent their chances at the World Cup, as they would be...
  • 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka ride on Dilshan ton to level series in New Zealand January 15, 2015

    Hamilton: Tillakaratne Dilshan made a flawless 116 to lead Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket win over New Zealand on Thursday, leveling the seven-match one-day series at 1-1. Chasing New Zealand's 248, Sri Lanka reached the target with 14 balls to spare thanks chiefly to Dilshan's 17th one-day century. Earlier, New Zealand...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI January 15, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Preview: Kane Williamson's absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup. Test opener Tom Latham...
  • New Zealand's Grant Elliot doubtful for second ODI against Sri Lanka January 14, 2015

    Hamilton: New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott is in doubt for the second One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka on Thursday. The allrounder was absent from training at the Seddon Park on Wednesday, reportedly dealing with a family health matter. A New Zealand cricket spokesman said Elliott could play, but that would not...
  • 2nd ODI: Williamson's absence could be a blessing in disguise for NZ January 14, 2015

    Kane Williamson's absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup. Test opener Tom Latham will bat in Williamson's place at number three in the second...
  • Form guide of 2015 World Cup participants January 14, 2015

    Sydney: The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, AFP Sports updates the current form and prospects of the competing teams: Pool A Afghanistan - Afghanistan's main...
  • Kane Williamson to miss New Zealand's 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka January 12, 2015

    Wellington: Batsman Kane Williamson will miss New Zealand's second one-day cricket international against Sri Lanka on Thursday while recovering from a shoulder injury. Williamson aggravated the injury while fielding during New Zealand's three-wicket win in the first match of a seven-match ODI series in Christchurch on Sunday. Coach Mike Hesson said the...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Top 10 surprise inclusions January 12, 2015

    A thrilling Test series filled with drama and tension with the visiting captain retiring and the Aussie skipper falling prey to another hamstring injury was just the beginning of the Australian summer as the world warms up to the ICC World Cup which comes every four years. The Cup has travelled...
  • Honey traps warning for New Zealand cricketers ahead of World Cup January 11, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand's cricketers have been warned to be wary of "honey traps", which could be laid by sophisticated match fixing syndicates and betting chiefs during the upcoming ODI World Cup. A little more than a month before the showpiece event gets underway in Australia and New Zealand, Cricket Players Association...
  • Sri Lanka will benefit from playing in New Zealand in WC: Jeevan Mendis January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Sri Lanka all-rounder Jeevan Mendis believes that the lessons learnt from the opening game defeat against New Zealand here Sunday will help them in their World Cup game against the same opponent Feb 14. Sri Lanka lost the first One-day International (ODI) by three wickets against the hosts after posting...
  • World Cup still a long way ahead: Daniel Vettori January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Veteran New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori has set short goals for himself, focusing on the ongoing series against Sri Lanka which will be followed by Pakistan, and insists on keeping World Cup discussions at bay. New Zealand, co-hosts along with Australia for the Feb 14-March 29 World Cup, play seven...
  • 1st ODI: Jayawardene's ton in vain as New Zealand win by 3 wickets January 11, 2015

    Christchurch: Brendon McCullum lashed a half-century from 19 balls, matching his national record, to spur New Zealand to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Sunday in the series-opening one-day international. Opening the batting, McCullum gave New Zealand a blazing start as they chased Sri Lanka's 218 for 9, hitting three...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI January 11, 2015

    (For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page) New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the...
  • 1st ODI: New Zealand, Sri Lanka start World Cup countdown January 10, 2015

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch on Sunday with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the same two teams on the same ground on February...
  • New Zealand confidence higher than previous World Cups: Daniel Vettori January 10, 2015

    New Zealand's preparations for the World Cup are the best they had been in Daniel Vettori's four previous campaigns and they can enter the tournament they co-host with Australia with confidence, the former captain has said. Vettori, who turns 36 on January 27, has been included in New Zealand's squad for...
  • Harbhajan, Laxman worried about India's death bowling at World Cup January 10, 2015

    Test stalwart VVS Laxman and 2011 World Cup winner Harbhajan Singh have questioned India's ability to bowl at the death in limited-overs cricket and feel India's title defence in Australia and New Zealand will depend on how the bowling holds up in the final overs of an innings. Talking to The...
  • New Zealand can reach World Cup final, says coach January 9, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said the 15-member strong squad selected for next month's World Cup possesses the right mix of youth and experience to realise the Kiwis' dream of entering the finals. "I think within the squad we've got an ability to adapt to different conditions and I...
  • Experience the watchword as tough calls made in NZ World Cup squad January 9, 2015

    If I had to summarise the principle that has guided the selection of New Zealand's squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, then I could do it in one word: experience. On every call Bruce Edgar, the General Manager of Cricket Selection, and coach Mike Hesson have looked to the...
  • Shane Bond to step down as New Zealand bowling coach after World Cup January 9, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond will step down after the World Cup, the country's cricket board said on Friday. Former Test bowler Bond would not be renewing his contract against the wishes of the board, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said, without elaborating on why the 39-year-old was withdrawing his...
  • World Cup squads: New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne wins battle for WC spot January 8, 2015

    Wellington: Fast bowler Adam Milne won the battle for the final pace bowling spot in New Zealand's cricket World Cup squad named on Thursday. Milne's selection in the final 15-man squad had been signalled during New Zealand's second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington when he joined the team for sessions...
  • Basin Reserve showed fluctuating nature of Test cricket January 7, 2015

    Wellington: The fluctuating nature of Test cricket was never more evident than the last five days at Wellington's Basin Reserve as New Zealand somehow managed to fight back to record an 193-run win in the second Test over Sri Lanka and seal a 2-0 series victory. Fortunes ebbed and flowed, individual...
  • Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews rues dropped catches in second Test January 7, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews could only reflect on the old cricketing adage that "catches win matches" as poor fielding let his side down in the second Test against New Zealand. The hosts won the game by 193 runs on Wednesday after completing a remarkable fightback from 159 for five...
  • Battling lymphoma, New Zealand's Martin Crowe determined to see World Cup January 7, 2015

    Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, whose innovative leadership and sparkling batting energised their 1992 World Cup campaign, is determined to witness the 2015 showpiece after having doubts he would even seen out last year. The 52-year-old was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma two years ago but it went into remission. Last September...
  • Team ethic helped New Zealand to remarkable win: Brendon McCullum January 7, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand's fightback from a position where they looked likely to lose the second Test against Sri Lanka inside three days to achieve victory on the final afternoon was testament to the Black Caps' team ethic, captain Brendon McCullum has said. The hosts dismissed Sri Lanka for 196 in their...
  • Mark Craig spins NZ to Test series win over Sri Lanka January 7, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand wrapped up a 193-run victory over Sri Lanka on Wednesday to complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series and continue its fine form in Test cricket. Mark Craig took 4 for 53 as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 196 with a session to spare at...