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  • England must improve to retain Ashes: Andy Flower March 28, 2013

    London: England coach Andy Flower admits his players will need to show significant improvement from their drawn series against New Zealand if they are to retain the Ashes against Australia this year. Flower's side narrowly avoided a shock defeat in the Test series in New Zealand this week after grinding...
  • New Zealand trending in the right direction: Brendon McCullum March 27, 2013

    Auckland: Redemption was not a word New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would bother to countenance after his side were denied a Test series victory against England after the final match on Tuesday. McCullum's team had come into the series ranked eighth in the world after a humiliating series loss in...
  • Taylor not happy in New Zealand set-up March 27, 2013

    Wellington: Ex-New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor, replaced as captain late last year, admitted on Wednesday he was not entirely comfortable in the team following a dramatic Test series draw against England. Taylor also indicated there was more to the way he lost the captaincy to Brendon McCullum than has been revealed. "I...
  • Relieved England head home after wake-up call for Ashes March 27, 2013

    Auckland: Alastair Cook's team return to England under no illusions they pulled off a great escape against New Zealand and can ill afford any further lapses in intensity ahead of back-to-back Ashes series later this year. The world's second-ranked Test side were expected to win comfortably over a New Zealand team...
  • High drama offers fitting end to tense Test series March 26, 2013

    Auckland: England captain Alastair Cook found himself pacing around the dressing room as the three-match Test series against New Zealand drew to a gripping climax at Eden Park on Tuesday. He changed seats when Stuart Broad was the eighth man to be dismissed, having decided that "the luck" had run...
  • McCullum heartbroken having failed to upset England March 26, 2013

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum shrugged his shoulders and tutted slightly as he sat down to face the media after the final day of the Test series against England on Tuesday. McCullum's under-rated side had come within one wicket of upsetting the world's second-ranked Test team to claim the series...
  • Cook experiences relief and disappointment in NZ March 26, 2013

    Auckland: England captain Alastair Cook breathed a sigh of relief that his side managed to scrape out a nail-biting draw in the series-deciding third Test against New Zealand on Tuesday, though disappointment was the over-riding emotion. England wicketkeeper Matt Prior scored a belligerent century to help his side to 315 for...
  • Prior salutes phenomenal effort from England March 26, 2013

    Auckland: Matt Prior was ecstatic after playing a match-saving innings for his side on the final day of the deciding Test against New Zealand at the Eden Park on Tuesday. The wicketkeeper batsman came at the wicket when England lost their sixth wicket, Jonny Bairstow, at 159. But then he strung...
  • 3rd Test, Day 5: Thrilling draw at Auckland; NZ-Eng series ends 0-0 March 26, 2013

    Auckland: Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and the unlikely figure of Monty Panesar stood doggedly between New Zealand and history on Tuesday, earning England a gripping draw in the third cricket Test that left the three-match series stalemated at 0-0. Prior scored an unbeaten century and, together with perennial No. 11...
  • As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 5 March 26, 2013

    Live updates from the day five of the third Test between New Zealand and England played at at Eden Park, Auckland. England second innings: End of over 143: 315 for 9 It's a draw. Great stuff by England against all odds. The series ends in a 0-0 draw. Credit goes to Matt...
  • Alastair Cook's dismissal could be key: Peter Fulton March 25, 2013

    Auckland: Peter Fulton reckons the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook late on Monday could prove crucial to their success in the series-deciding third Test at the Eden Park, Auckland. Cook was on 43 when he was caught brilliantly at second slip by Dean Brownlie off part-time offspinner Kane Williamson. The...
  • England's focus on Eden Park not Ashes: Graham Gooch March 25, 2013

    Auckland: England's minds would not turn to their back-to-back Ashes series against Australia as they enter the final day of their New Zealand tour on Tuesday still needing to bat out 90 overs to save the third test and series, batting coach Graham Gooch said. The visitors were reduced to...
  • 3rd Test: New Zealand smell victory against England in Auckland March 25, 2013

    Auckland: England will have to survive 90 overs with only six second-innings wickets intact on the final day of the third cricket Test to avoid losing a Test series in New Zealand for the first time in 30 years. England went to stumps Monday at 90 for 4 with Ian Bell...
  • As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 4 March 25, 2013

    Live updates from the day two of the third Test between New Zealand and England played at at Eden Park, Auckland. England 2nd innings End of Day 4: 90 for 4 Kane Williamson got another wicket in the form of nightwatchman Steve Finn in the last over of Day 2. It was...
  • 3rd Test: England fight back but NZ still in the driver's seat March 24, 2013

    Auckland: New Zealand recovered from early collapse in their second innings to reach 35 for 3 at stumps on Sunday on the third day of the third cricket Test, leading England by 274 runs after scorning a rare chance to enforce the follow on. Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult took...
  • As it happened: 3rd Test, NZ vs England, Day 3 March 24, 2013

    Live updates from the day two of the third Test between New Zealand and England played at at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand 2nd innings: End of over 23: 33 for 3 (stumps) What a day in terms of competitive cricket. New Zealand made just 25 runs in the last 15 overs...
  • Disappointing to lose two wickets late in the day: Steven Finn March 23, 2013

    Auckland: Losing two wickets late in the day was not a disaster for England but they would need to work hard to slowly overhaul New Zealand's first innings of 443 on the third day of the series deciding third Test, fast bowler Steven Finn said. England were reduced to 50 for...
  • 3rd Test: Boult strikes put New Zealand in the driver's seat March 23, 2013

    Auckland: Steve Finn claimed six dismissals, Matt Prior took five catches and New Zealand snapped up the wickets of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott before stumps Saturday as fortunes in the deciding match of the three-Test cricket series swayed wildly on its second day. Finn (6 for 125) ran through the...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs England, 3rd Test, day 2 March 23, 2013

    Live updates from the day two of the third Test between New Zealand and England played at at Eden Park, Auckland. England innings: End of over 25: 50 for 2 (stumps) New Zealand finish the day on a high with England still trailing by 393 runs. Just two runs came in...
  • One good spell will bring England back in Auckland Test: Finn March 22, 2013

    Auckland: England are just one "crazy spell" away from getting right back in the series-deciding third Test against New Zealand on an otherwise placid Eden Park pitch, fast bowler Steven Finn said on Friday. New Zealand's batsmen, led by a maiden century from Peter Fulton, finished the first day of...
  • 3rd Test: Fulton, Williamson put New Zealand on top on day one March 22, 2013

    Auckland: Opening batsman Peter Fulton scored a maiden Test century at the age of 34 - seven years after his debut - to guide New Zealand to 250 for 1 at stumps Friday on the first day of the third cricket Test against England. Fulton carried his bat throughout the day...
  • As it happened: New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Day 1 March 22, 2013

    Live updates from day one of the third and the final Test between New Zealand and England played at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand 1st innings End of 90 overs: 250 for 1 (stumps) A great day for the Kiwi team thanks to this 171-run unbeaten partnership between Peter...
  • 'Pietersen's injury was assessed before every game' March 21, 2013

    Auckland: England captain Alastair Cook was forced to defend the decision to allow top batsman Kevin Pietersen to play the first two Tests against New Zealand despite being hampered by a knee injury that forced him out of the series decider starting on Friday. Pietersen withdrew late on Wednesday for the...
  • New Zealand, England look for victory in series decider March 21, 2013

    Auckland: England had one injury setback but avoided another on the eve of the deciding third Test against New Zealand which starts on Friday at Eden Park. Batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the match with a knee injury and will be sidelined for six weeks, missing the entire...
  • NZ's journey from depths of despair to state of credibility in 80 days March 21, 2013

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum may have felt a little bit like Phileas Fogg on Thursday as he pondered the journey his side have taken from Cape Town to Eden Park. Jules Verne's fictional character traversed the globe inside 80 days, but McCullum's side have trekked from the depths...