New Zealand

  • Brendon McCullum confident of beating India in first Test February 7, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he has bowlers at his disposal to take 20 Indian wickets after the Kiwis rode on the skipper's unbeaten double century to take an upperhand in the ongoing first cricket Test, here on Friday. McCullum's sparkling 224 guided New Zealand to a commanding...
  • Murali Vijay blames new ball for batting failure - don't openers specialise in that? February 7, 2014

    Auckland: At a loss to explain India's poor batting in the ongoing first cricket Test against New Zealand, opener Murali Vijay on Friday said more than the pitch, it is the new ball which is hurting willow-wielders on both sides. The Kiwis piled on 503 runs in their first innings and...
  • 1st Test: India 130/4 on Day 2 in reply to NZ's 503 February 7, 2014

    Auckland: India managed to recover from early blows and were 130 for 4 in reply to New Zealand 503 when bad light forced the umpire's to call off the play early on day two of the second Test at Eden Park on Friday. Rohit Sharma (67*) and Ajinkya Rahane (23*),...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 2 February 7, 2014

    Centuries by Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand take control on day one of the first Test against India at Auckland on Thursday. The Kiwis were 329 for 4 at stumps with McCullum unbeaten on 143 and Corey Anderson on 43. Williamson and McCullum engineered a crucial fightback for...
  • India win deciding doubles to beat New Zealand in Fed Cup February 6, 2014

    Astana, Kazakhstan: Sania Mirza combined with Prarthana Thombare to win the deciding doubles rubber and help India beat New Zealand 2-1 in the last Pool D match in the Asia/Oceania Group II competition in Fed Cup here on Thursday. Playing her first live match, Sania and Prarthana beat Maria Erakovic and...
  • India players 'happy' and 'satisfied' in a winless run overseas February 6, 2014

    Wonder if it's okay for the players to comment they are 'happy' or 'satisfied' with their performances when the end result is a steady decline in the team's performance. Team India is in the exact position - winless in Tests on foreign soil since June 2011 but still players are happy...
  • India can bounce back in Tests, says Gambhir February 6, 2014

    Chandigarh: With Indian team suffering one of its worst ODI series defeat in New Zealand recently, out-of-favour batsman Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said it is important to start a tour well as it becomes difficult to get the momentum back once the chips are down. "One thing is certain when we...
  • The pitch eased out after lunch: Williamson February 6, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson credited his team's fantastic turnaround on the opening day of the first Test against India to the pitch, saying that it eased out considerably after a "tough" opening session here on Thursday. The Kiwis recovered from 54 for 3 at lunch to be 329 for...
  • Ishant happy with his bowling as India end sloppy day on field February 6, 2014

    Auckland: He might have been under the scanner for a while now due to poor form, but India's pacer Ishant Sharma, who reached the milestone of 150 Test wickets, said he was happy with the way he has been bowling. Ishant took two for 62 on the opening day of...
  • 1st Test: McCullum, Williamson tons take New Zealand to 329/4 on Day 1 February 6, 2014

    Auckland: Centuries by Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand take control on day one of the first Test against India at Auckland on Thursday. The Kiwis were 329 for 4 at stumps with McCullum unbeaten on 143 and Corey Anderson on 43. Williamson and McCullum engineered a crucial fightback...
  • Ishant Sharma reaches 150-wicket mark in Test cricket February 6, 2014

    Auckland: Pacer Ishant Sharma became the 11th Indian to take 150 Test wickets when he removed opener Hamish Rutherford on the opening day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand, here on Thursday. Ishant reached the milestone in his 54th Test. After Zaheer Khan, the lanky speedster is currently India's...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 1 February 6, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After being thrashed 4-0 against all odds in the ODI series by hosts New Zealand, Team India will hope to make amends in the first Test of the two-Test series starting today at the Eden Park in Auckland. India have not...
  • Team India can bounce back in the Test series: Kris Srikkanth February 5, 2014

    Kris Srikkanth told CNN-IBN that Test match is a different ball game compared to the ODIs and on paper India are a better team than New Zealand. ...
  • New Zealand unchanged for first Test against India February 5, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand on Wednesday named an unchanged side for the first Test against India at Eden Park, with seamer Doug Bracewell and batsman Jesse Ryder missing out. Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were retained as openers for the match in Auckland starting Thursday, with selectors opting to stick with the...
  • Who can overturn India's winless run in overseas Tests? February 5, 2014

    The last time India toured New Zealand, they created history - breaking a 40-year jinx to win the series 1-0 after winning the Hamilton Test. But after being blanked 0-4 in the ODI leg of the current tour, the Indians will go into two-Test series as the second-best team -...
  • McCullum resists four seamers temptation for India Test February 5, 2014

    Auckland: Hoping that Indian batsmen would be flummoxed by inform legspinner Ish Sodhi, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Wednesday resisted the "temptation" to have four seamers and named an unchanged team for the first Test of the two-match series starting here on Thursday. New Zealand named an unchanged XI from...
  • Daniel Vettori targets New Zealand Test return February 5, 2014

    Injured New Zealand cricket great Daniel Vettori has set a May target to resume his international career with captain Brendon McCullum saying he should be an automatic selection if fit. Vettori, one of the world's leading all rounders, has been plagued by Achilles and back injuries and last played Test cricket...
  • Need to play good cricket and capitalise on it: MS Dhoni February 5, 2014

    Auckland: Desperate to bring the Indian team's faltering tour of New Zealand back on track, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked his players to dictate terms by capitalising crucial situations in the two-match Test series starting here on Thursday. India were hammered 0-4 in the five-match ODI series which led to the...
  • India's away Test record in dire straits February 5, 2014

    It's been 31 months since India last won an away Test. It happened in Jamaica, where they beat hosts West Indies in June 2011. And their current streak of 12 back-to-back away Tests without a win is the worst for MS Dhoni & Co. since 1993-2001, when the number stood...
  • 1st Test: India's search for first win in 2014 resumes in New Zealand February 5, 2014

    After being thrashed 4-0 against all odds in the ODI series by hosts New Zealand, Team India will hope to make amends in the first Test of the two-Test series starting Thursday at the Eden Park in Auckland. India have not won a Test match on the road since June 2011,...
  • Kiwi pacer Boult feels Indian batsmen crumble under pressure February 4, 2014

    Auckland: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Tuesday sought to play mind games ahead of the first Test against India, saying the visiting batsmen are too attacking and that sustained pressure can get them to commit errors. "The Indians are attacking batsmen. Everyone knows how they are going to play. I...
  • For India, the nightmare might just continue: Martin Crowe February 4, 2014

    Warning India that their nightmarish tour of New Zealand might just extend to the Test series, former New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe said that it will depend on how India's top order, which is heavily dependent on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, plays against the Kiwi pacers. "I am predicting the...
  • India need to draw NZ Test series to retain second position in ICC rankings February 4, 2014

    Dubai: India will retain their number two position in the ICC Test Team Rankings if they win or draw the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Thursday. A 2-0 series win will fetch India one rating point to take them to 118 points with no change in...
  • Is Virat Kohli Sehwag, Sachin and Dravid combined? Martin Crowe thinks so February 4, 2014

    Former New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe feels India's new batting sensation Virat Kohli, which is now a well-established fact, is a combination of India's three most dominant batting forces - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag. Writing in his column on ESPNCricinfo, Crowe said India owe their dominance on and...
  • India go into New Zealand Test series as second best team February 4, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee has declared the Black Caps slight favourites for the two-Test series against India beginning this week, despite the gulf in the teams' world rankings. Hadlee, New Zealand's best-ever cricketer with 431 Test wickets and 3,124 runs, said the home side would take enormous confidence...
  • India ready to battle New Zealand in Tests: Rohit Sharma February 3, 2014

    Whangarei: Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma on Monday said that the Indian team got "what they wanted" from the drawn two-day warm-up game against a New Zealand XI going into the first Test starting February 6. "We got what we wanted from this practice game. All the batsmen got in and made...
  • Does Team India have no faith in reserve players? asks Sunil Gavaskar February 3, 2014

    Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has come down heavily on the lack of flexibility shown by Indian thinktank while selecting the playing elevens on the country's tour of New Zealand, where the world champions have been hammered 4-0 in the five-match ODI leg. Writing in his column for a national daily,...
  • India vs NZ XI: Rohit, Rahane score fifties as warm-up game ends in a draw February 3, 2014

    Whangarei: The Indian top-order failed to convert good starts but Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane struck morale-boosting fifties ahead of the Test series as the visiting team's two-day practice match against New Zealand XI ended in a tame draw on Monday. India batted out the second day, finishing at 313 for...