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  • 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...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 5 January 7, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 round up: New Zealand's Kane Williamson posted his first Test double century and shared a world record 365-run sixth-wicket partnership with BJ Watling to put the hosts in a strong position after day four. Williamson was 242 and Watling...
  • Focus on team helped build partnership, says Kane Williamson January 6, 2015

    Wellington: Kane Williamson and BJ Watling were so much in the flow of their world record partnership, they appeared surprised to see captain Brendon McCullum waving them in as he declared to set Sri Lanka a target of 390 to win the second Test at the Basin Reserve. Williamson and Watling...
  • 2nd Test: Williamson, Watling record stand put Sri Lanka on backfoot January 6, 2015

    Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand's Kane Williamson posted his first Test double century and shared a world record 365-run sixth-wicket partnership with BJ Watling on Tuesday to put the hosts in a strong position after day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Williamson was 242 and Watling 142 when...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 4 January 6, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Roundup: Kane Williamson and BJ Watling produced an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 94 to keep New Zealand alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday. New Zealand were 253 for...
  • New Zealand have hopes of winning 2nd Test: Tom Latham January 5, 2015

    New Zealand are confident they can still win the second Test against Sri Lanka and Kane Williamson and BJ Watling were the perfect pair at the crease when the hosts return on day four to extend their lead, according to batsman Tom Latham. New Zealand finished the third day at the...
  • 2nd Test: Gritty Williamson fights to keep New Zealand alive against Sri Lanka January 5, 2015

    Wellington: Kane Williamson and BJ Watling produced an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 94 to keep New Zealand alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday. New Zealand were 253 for 5 at stumps, a 118-run advantage with five wickets in hand, after...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 3 January 4, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Kumar Sangakkara scored a brilliant 203 - his 11th Test double century - to guide Sri Lanka to a 113-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. Sangakkara's...
  • Bradman record has Sangakkara reconsider retirement January 4, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara is reconsidering retirement plans after his 203 against New Zealand on Sunday put him one behind Australian legend Don Bradman for the most double centuries. The 37-year-old had indicated the second Test in Wellington could be his last with the intention of retiring from all...
  • Kumar Sangakkara is no less than Sachin Tendulkar January 4, 2015

    "Balanced yet intense, ruthless in his need to succeed, always contributing to his team's cause, he is among the finest cricketers Sri Lanka has produced," the late Peter Roebuck, one of the world's greatest cricket writers, once wrote about Kumar Sangakkara. Roebuck was describing the art of Sangakkara. "Kumar Sangakkara...
  • 2nd Test: Kumar Sangakkara's 203 guides Sri Lanka to 113-run lead January 4, 2015

    Wellington: Kumar Sangakkara posted a majestic 203 - his 11th Test double century - to guide a resurgent Sri Lanka to a 113-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the second day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. Sangakkara's double century brought him within one of...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 2 January 3, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day one roundup: Nuwan Pradeep took four for 63 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the second Test on Saturday. Sri Lanka claimed New Zealand's last eight wickets for 81 runs after winning the...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka reeling on bowlers' day in Wellington January 3, 2015

    Wellington: Recalled fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep took 4 for 63 as Sri Lanka dismissed New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the second Test on Saturday as they seek to reassert themself in the two-match series. Sri Lanka claimed New Zealand's last eight wickets for 81 runs after winning...
  • Kumar Sangakkara breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record, fastest to 12,000 Test runs January 3, 2015

    Wellington: Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara joined an elite group of cricketers on Saturday when he became only the fifth to make 12,000-runs in his career. The 37-year-old Lankan legend reached the milestone in his 224th Test innings, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, both of whom needed 247 innings...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 in Wellington January 3, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) TOSS: Sri Lanka opted to field against New Zealand. Playing XIs: New Zealand: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne,...
  • Fast bowler Tim Southee in doubt for 2nd Test against Sri Lanka January 2, 2015

    New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee is in doubt for the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka, starting Saturday, because of an ankle injury. Captain Brendon McCullum told a news conference on Friday that a decision on Southee's fitness would be left to the morning of the match. If he is...
  • Sri Lanka wait on Rangana Herath fitness for second Test January 2, 2015

    Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is "50-50" to play New Zealand in the second Test at the Basin Reserve, though Sri Lanka will still go into the game keen to play positive, attacking cricket, captain Angelo Mathews has said. The 36-year-old Herath, who was the world leading Test wicket taker in...
  • Forget last year, New Zealand need to keep improving: Brendon McCullum January 2, 2015

    Wellington: Fresh off New Zealand's most successful Test year, captain Brendon McCullum is urging his team to start 2015 in the same fashion when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of their two-match series on Saturday. McCullum's side won five out of their nine Tests in 2014, including their...