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  • World Cup: Martin Crowe to be inducted in ICC Cricket Hall of Fame 23 hours 36 minutes 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 23 hours 43 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 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 2 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days ago

    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),...
  • 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...
  • More withdrawals hit Auckland Open with Robredo, Agut out January 14, 2015

    The Auckland Open suffered a double blow on Wednesday when third seed Roberto Bautista Agut withdrew during his second round match against Adrian Mannarino, while fifth seed Tommy Roberdo pulled out without hitting a ball. Agut, who was reportedly suffering from jet lag after he made the Chennai Open semi-finals, withdrew...
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams advance to set up Auckland showdown January 9, 2015

    Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and the evergreen Venus Williams won their semi-finals at the Auckland Classic on Friday to set up a final showdown between two former world number ones. Wozniacki advanced to her 38th WTA career final with a hard-fought 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Then Williams,...
  • Wozniacki, Venus remain on Auckland collision course January 8, 2015

    Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams remained on course for an early season heavyweight showdown after winning their quarter-finals at the Auckland Classic on Thursday. The top seeded Wozniacki overcame Julia Goerges 6-4 6-4 while Williams saw off Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4. Wozniacki faces Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in Friday's semi-finals and...
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams advance to Auckland quarters January 7, 2015

    Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams advanced to the Auckland Classic quarter-finals and kept alive the hopes of an anticipated final between the pair in dramatically contrasting circumstances on Wednesday. Denmark's Wozniacki had to battle back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set before overcoming American teenager Taylor Townsend,...
  • Wozniacki, Venus make comfortable starts in Auckland January 6, 2015

    Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and former world number one Venus Williams ensured Auckland Classic organisers' dream final remained on track with the duo both recording comfortable victories in their first round matches on Tuesday. Two grand slam champions, however, were packing their bags on Tuesday and heading across the Tasman Sea...
  • New Zealand confirm Auckland Aces matches under scrutiny May 15, 2014

    New Zealand Cricket has confirmed matches played by an Auckland Twenty20 team at the 2012 Champions Trophy in South Africa are the subject of an International Cricket Council investigation into matchfixing. Chief executive David White told a news conference in Auckland on Thursday that New Zealand had been informed by the...
  • Man battling cancer steps in to save assault victim because he did not want to be guilty of the 'bystander effect' March 25, 2014

    Wellington: A man battling cancer unwittingly saved the life of a badly bashed man in New Zealand because he did not want to be guilty of the "bystander effect". David Batchelor, who was diagnosed with cancer, was sitting in his car on Central Road in Kingsland, Auckland, in when he witnessed...
  • Losing wickets of second new ball proved crucial: Dhoni February 9, 2014

    Auckland: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that losing wickets of the second new ball including a poor umpiring decision, proved to be a decisive factor, as the visitors lost by 40 runs against New Zealand in the first cricket Test here on Sunday. India lost Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma...
  • Team India learning, but for how long without winning? February 9, 2014

    India once again found themselves slipping in New Zealand, when the hosts placed another banana peel under the visitors' feet to win the first Test by 40 runs; this, after Ishant Sharma's matchhaul of nine wickets and Shikhar Dhawan's returntoform century raised hopes of a comeback win. India were down in...
  • Kris Srikkanth bats for DRS after Auckland defeat February 9, 2014

    Two controversial decisions cost India the first Test as they were defeated by New Zealand by 40 runs. ...
  • MS Dhoni rues unlucky dismissals in second innings February 9, 2014

    Auckland: India skipper MS Dhoni had high praise for his bowling attack for bringing them into the game but rued few unlucky dismissals in the second innings as the visitors went down by 40 runs against New Zealand in the first cricket Test on Sunday. "The bowlers bowled fantastically well to...
  • Ind vs NZ, 1st Test Day 4: as it happened February 9, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Roundup: A remarkable fightback from Team India saw them end Day 3 at 87 for 1, needing 320 more runs to win the first Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings...