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  • ICC World Cup: Australia's wake-up call came in New Zealand Yesterday

    The mastermind plan of Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson as it all went to script in the Australia versus New Zealand game. I am sure that the planning when the draw came out and the game was scheduled, the Blackcaps would have been licking their lips. It has been...
  • Daniel Vettori 'unsung hero' for New Zealand after World Cup win over Australia 2 days ago

    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...
  • Brendon McCullum has grown in stature over the years 2 days ago

    How can you take someone who calls himself Baz seriously? Brendon McCullum has discovered, over the course of a decade-long career, that the best way to get respect is not ask for it. When he started off, no one quite understood exactly what this exotic animal was. A wicketkeeper who could...
  • ICC World Cup: A stick separated Australia and New Zealand 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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: Brendon McCullum cleared of serious injury after forearm smack 3 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was cleared of serious injury after taking a nasty crack to the forearm from Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson during a cricket World Cup Pool A encounter on Saturday. McCullum looked in serious trouble when he copped a short delivery at 150kmh from Johnson in the...
  • World Cup: Brendon McCullum praises both Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc 3 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum Saturday praised the pace spearheads of both sides as the hosts scraped past Australia to win by one wicket in a Pool A World Cup encounter here at the Eden Park here. Left-armer Trent Boult was outstanding in the first half of the innings being...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Australia, World Cup, Match 20, Pool A 3 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 4 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...
  • World Cup: Clarke's return adds to Australia's might, McCullum admits 4 days ago

    New Zealand were "in awe" of Michael Clarke's leadership during the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death and his inclusion for Saturday's World Cup blockbuster can only strengthen Australia, captain Brendon McCullum has said. Clarke makes his long-awaited return at Eden Park and will be under the microscope as he comes back...
  • ICC World Cup: Southee fit for Australia showdown, confirms McCullum 4 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: Eden Park, witness to best and worst of New Zealand cricket 5 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...
  • World Cup: Rage in Eden, David Warner backs Aussies to feed on Kiwi fury 6 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: Brendon McCullum a 'threat' to us, says Aaron Finch February 23, 2015

    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 side notes: Cricketers and their obsession with ink February 23, 2015

    Having been in practice for over 6000 years with its roots traced back to the pharaohs of Egypt, the fad for tattoos has been ever growing with sportsperson, including cricketers craving to get inked. Tattoos are widely popular among sports players, but when it comes to cricketers, they seem to use...
  • Cricket World Cup, Week 1: 300 is officially the new 250 February 21, 2015

    Five matches, five scores of over 300. To make it sound even worse for the bowlers, a successful chase of 300 - by Ireland, against West Indies, the once fast bowling haven. 1137 runs were scored in two games on the opening day in Australia and New Zealand but just as...
  • Watch: McCullum, Southee school England at ICC World Cup, Day 7 Highlights February 21, 2015

    Clinical New Zealand dismissed England from its presence with Tim Southee's 7 for 33 and Brendon McCullum's 18-ball 50 - the fastest ever in World Cup history. Watch all the highlights from Day 7 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup 2015: NZ performance against England was world class, says McCullum February 20, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was delighted at the manner in which his team drubbed England by eight wickets in a World Cup encounter, claiming it to be a "world class performance" on Friday. Right-arm swing bowler Southee (7 for 33 in nine overs) ripped through the England batting to...
  • World Cup: New Zealand almost perfect in demolition of England, says Tim Southee February 20, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand had produced 'almost the perfect performance' to destroy England in a World Cup match that lasted less than 50 overs on Friday. Southee took a New Zealand best 7-33 that bowled England out for 123 in 33.2 overs in their Pool A clash at Wellington Regional Stadium, before...
  • World Cup 2015: England's conservative approach cost them dear against NZ February 20, 2015

    I can't remember seeing such a one-sided game as England's eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand. There have been plenty of occasions where we've been pummelled in the past, but I've never seen a game like it in an ICC Cricket World Cup. Being an England fan, it was horrible viewing...
  • World Cup: Brendon McCullum blitz drives England into further despair February 20, 2015

    Wellington: Brendon McCullum's buccaneering spirit was at its ruthless best on Friday as he not only plundered the fastest World Cup half century but drove another stake into the heart of the demoralised England cricket team. The 33-year-old McCullum, who lost the toss to Eoin Morgan, overshadowed a superb bowling performance...
  • Brendon McCullum registers World Cup's fastest fifty February 20, 2015

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Friday smashed his way into the record books after posting the World Cup's fastest half century, off a mere 18 balls, in a Pool A match of the ongoing mega-event against England. McCullum's whirlwind half-century featured seven fours and four sixes and overall, he...
  • Captaincy will decide 2015 World Cup winners February 20, 2015

    Team India breezed through their first encounter against Pakistan without much fuss, and given the high scoring games thus far in the 2015 World Cup, it does seem that bowlers will be under the hammer right through the tournament. That being the case, the onus will be on the captains...
  • ICC World Cup: McCullum, Southee break records as NZ hammer England February 20, 2015

    Wellington: The writing should have been on the wall. Earlier today, England's Women played New Zealand Women at Cobham Oval in Whangarei, some 800km north of Wellington. Having won the toss and chosen to bat under blue skies, they were bowled out for 124, and the White Ferns chased it...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs England, World Cup, Pool A, Match 9 February 20, 2015

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Quick Preview: The reckoning has come early for England at the Cricket World Cup. Out of form and down on confidence, Eoin Morgan's England squad needs a strong showing in today's Pool A match against New Zealand to restore some...
  • England face critical test in World Cup match against New Zealand February 19, 2015

    Wellington: The reckoning has come early for England at the Cricket World Cup. Out of form and down on confidence, Eoin Morgan's England squad needs a strong showing in Friday's Pool A match against New Zealand to restore some belief in their campaign. A 111-run loss to Australia in their opening...
  • Eoin Morgan can handle World Cup pressure: Mark Ramprakash February 19, 2015

    Wellington: England batting coach Mark Ramprakash on Thursday said Eoin Morgan's strength of character will see the captain come good at the ongoing World Cup. England face New Zealand on Friday, having lost their opening match against Australia by 111 runs. Morgan's captaincy was criticised and his form came under scrutiny following...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum hails bowlers, says batting needs to improve February 17, 2015

    Dunedin: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum says pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee were "outstanding" as they set up the team's victory by denting the Scotland batting line-up with their intimidating bowling. Boult was declared Man-of-the-Match for his two for 21 in six overs while Southee took two for 35 in...