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  • ICC World Cup: Shane Watson critics crank up heat after latest false start 5 hours 44 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australians might have been stunned by the collapse of their much-vaunted batting line-up in the face of brilliant New Zealand bowling at the weekend but the fall of one particular wicket was no surprise to anyone. Shane Watson, batting at number three, had scrapped his way to 23 runs off...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia's Glenn Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture 7 hours 2 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australia's Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised on Monday after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday's World Cup clash for New Zealand. Maxwell, a controversial batsman dubbed 'The Big Show' by Australian media, was fielding...
  • Watch: An Australia-New Zealand slugfest, easy for India, Day 15 at ICC World Cup Yesterday

    It was a nail-biting one-wicket win for New Zealand over the arch rivals in Auckland, which ended in a KO by Kane Williamson, while India mowed down the UAE by 9 wickets. Watch highlights from Day 15 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • Daniel Vettori 'unsung hero' for New Zealand after World Cup win over Australia Yesterday

    Auckland: Veteran slow-bowler Daniel Vettori was hailed on Sunday as the "unsung hero" of New Zealand's knife-edge one-wicket World Cup win over Australia for applying the brakes on the four-time champions just when they threatened a run rampage. The 36-year-old, who made his one-day international debut way back in 1997, broke...
  • ICC World Cup: A stick separated Australia and New Zealand Yesterday

    On March 12, 2006, Michael Clarke spent the entire Australian innings sitting in the dressing-room at the Bullring that is the Wanderers with his pads on. He would not have had any reason to complain as his team, led by the peerless Ricky Ponting, muscled its way to 434. Not...
  • ICC World Cup: Twitter skips a beat, New Zealand beat Australia Yesterday

    The pulse of Twitterati went up and down as the pendulum kept swinging in Auckland on Saturday, when the Cricket World Cup co-hosts played the most exciting match of the tournament in 15 days. New Zealand and Australia are two of the hot favourites to lift the trophy on March 29,...
  • World Cup 2015: Our batting was horrendous, says Michael Clarke 2 days ago

    Auckland: Australia skipper Michael Clarke blamed their "horrendous" batting for their one-wicket loss to New Zealand in a World Cup Pool A game at the Eden Park on Saturday. Deciding to bat first, Australia were bowled out for 151 in 32.2 overs with Black Caps pacer Trent Boult (5/27) picking up...
  • ICC World Cup: Did not think will get a five-for, says Trent Boult 2 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance against Australia in a World Cup Pool A game on Saturday, said he did not think he would be able to clinch a fifer. Boult, 25, clinched his first five-wicket haul in his...
  • World Cup: Martin Crowe inducted into ICC Hall of Fame 2 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand legend and player of the 1992 World Cup, Martin Crowe, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Saturday for his service to the game. Crowe became the third New Zealander, after Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley, and the 79th overall to be inducted into the...
  • World Cup: Struggling Shane Watson plays on despite friend's death 2 days ago

    Auckland: Struggling Australian allrounder Shane Watson goes into Saturday's World Cup clash against New Zealand mourning the death of one of his closest friends who lost his battle with cancer this week. Paul Hutchison, a former fast bowler for South Australia and Tasmania, died from cancer in Brisbane on Friday, aged...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Australia, World Cup, Match 20, Pool A 2 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: In the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup, vast amounts of column inches previewed each time, talking heads congregated in television studios and Facebook timelines competed with Twitter feeds. A hysteria built slowly, where each team was dissected,...
  • World Cup 2015: Clarke returns for Australia's test against New Zealand 3 days ago

    Auckland: In the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup, vast amounts of column inches previewed each time, talking heads congregated in television studios and Facebook timelines competed with Twitter feeds. A hysteria built slowly, where each team was dissected, each player forensically examined. One recurring question came up: would the...
  • ICC World Cup: Southee fit for Australia showdown, confirms McCullum 3 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Friday quashed any fears over paceman Tim Southee's participation in Saturday's World Cup game against Australia, saying he is expected to play in an unchanged team. The 26-year-old suffered a nasty blow when struck by a throw from team-mate Adam Milne during fielding practice...
  • World Cup: Martin Crowe to be inducted in ICC Cricket Hall of Fame 4 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand great Martin Crowe will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park on Saturday. Crowe, 52, who is bravely fighting a relapse of a rare blood cancer disease, will be the third cricketer after...
  • World Cup: Australia look to limit Brendon McCullum damage, says Josh Hazlewood 4 days ago

    Rookie Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood has singled out Brendon McCullum as the dangerman in Saturday's key Pool A match against New Zealand, saying the minimum damage he does the better. The game is being billed as a showcase for power hitters like McCullum, Martin Guptill and Corey Anderson from the home...
  • World Cup: Eden Park, witness to best and worst of New Zealand cricket 4 days ago

    Auckland: Eden Park, venue of Saturday's eagerly awaited Pool A clash between World Cup hosts Australia and New Zealand, has witnessed the best and worst of New Zealand cricket. New Zealand tumbled to their lowest Test score in an innings at the Auckland ground in 1955, 26 against England. A year later...
  • New Zealand better prepared than Australia in World Cup humdinger 4 days ago

    We're upon a much-anticipated match with Australia taking on New Zealand on Saturday, 28 February at Eden Park. The co-hosts have had a good start to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. New Zealand and Australia clashes in any sport always create lots of interest, especially in rugby and netball....
  • World Cup: Tim Southee and Trent Boult our best ever new-ball combination, says Richard Hadlee 5 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee Wednesday declared the pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult as the country's greatest ever new-ball combination. Hadlee who played three World Cups for the Black Caps, including a semi-final in 1983 said, "I think particularly with Southee and Boult, it's our best ever...
  • World Cup: New Zealand 'slight favourites' against Australia, says Steve Waugh 5 days ago

    Auckland: Former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh on Wednesday said New Zealand will be going into Saturday's World Cup Pool A encounter at the Eden Park here against Australia as "a slight favourites". Waugh, who was instrumental in helping Allan Border-led Australia win 1987 World Cup and captained his country to...
  • ICC World Cup: Mike Hesson plays down Australia-New Zealand hype 5 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Wednesday played down the hype surrounding the explosive World Cup showdown between the co-hosts, saying it will be treated as just another round-robin encounter. But it will be easier said than done for both teams as come Saturday the intensity on and off the field...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia will relish hostile New Zealand crowd, says Shane Watson 5 days ago

    A hostile crowd buoyed by New Zealand's perfect start to the World Cup is set to turn Eden Park into a bear pit for visiting Australia on Saturday, but allrounder Shane Watson is "excited" by the prospect of a rancorous reception. Both countries' fans have eagerly awaited the fixture, the first...
  • World Cup: Rage in Eden, David Warner backs Aussies to feed on Kiwi fury 5 days ago

    Auckland: Combative Australian opener David Warner is looking forward to being insulted by New Zealand fans when the co-hosts meet in the World Cup, saying his team will feed on the fury. Saturday's match at Eden Park is being billed as "the final before the final" as the winner will top...
  • World Cup 2015: Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at stake in Saturday's clash 5 days ago

    The much-awaited World Cup clash between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand will be about more than just the race for quarter-final places with the cricket boards of both countries today confirming that the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy will be at stake. The trophy, named after two of Australia and New Zealand's greatest...
  • World Cup: Brendon McCullum a 'threat' to us, says Aaron Finch 1 week ago

    Auckland: Ahead of their Pool A World Cup game on Feb 28, Australian opener Aaron Finch on Monday spoke of the threat posed by New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, terming him to be "brutal" with the willow. In their last match, the 33-year-old took the England bowling apart single-handedly, clobbering his...
  • World Cup: Aaron Finch backs rusty Australia to shine in New Zealand 1 week ago

    In-form opener Aaron Finch shrugged off concerns that a rusty Australia will be caught cold by high-flying trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on Saturday in what will be their first World Cup match in two weeks. The Black Caps have won three games while Australia, who started their campaign with a thumping...
  • World Cup: Steve Smith backs Aussie coach Darren Lehmann in Shane Warne row February 22, 2015

    Brisbane: Australia's Steve Smith has firmly backed national coach Darren Lehmann following some harsh criticism from leg-spinning great Shane Warne. Warne attacked former team-mate Lehmann on Sydney radio on Saturday, saying the Australian coach had too much say over onfield matters. He even suggested Lehmann had decided when Australia declared against India...
  • Will the hosts once again win the cricket World Cup? Most likely January 25, 2015

    As we come closer to the World Cup, all the teams are busy sorting their permutations and combinations. Every World Cup brings with it a bank of surprises that opens up the tournament, but this one is all set to get a notch higher as there are no clear favourites...
  • Jiri Vesely hammers Adrian Mannarino to win maiden title in Auckland January 17, 2015

    Czech Jiri Vesely came out on top in a battle of left-handed qualifiers to claim his maiden ATP tour title with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino at the Auckland Open on Saturday. A day after stunning world number 16 Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals, the big-serving 21-year-old sent...
  • Rain washes out third New Zealand-Sri Lanka ODI January 17, 2015

    Persistent rain washed out the third one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday after less than 30 overs of the hosts' innings. New Zealand had been well-placed at 145 for 3 in the 29th over of the game that had already been reduced...
  • 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),...