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  • World Cup 2015: Pakistan's Shahid Afridi joins 8,000 one-day run club 5 hours 56 minutes ago

    Napier: Swashbuckling Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi joined the 8,000 one-day run club during his innings of 21 not out against the United Arab Emirates at the World Cup at Napier on Wednesday. The 35-year-old became the fourth Pakistani after Inzamam-ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Anwar to make 8,000 one-day runs...
  • World Cup: Pakistan move into top four after UAE's 129-run rout 6 hours 36 minutes ago

    Napier: Pakistan topped 300 for the first time in the tournament, with some help from the United Arab Emirates, whose catching let them down, and not only secured two more points but also bolstered their net run-rate, going from -0.1373 to -0.385. Save for Nasir Jamshed, every batsman made runs, pushing...
  • World Cup: A contrasting week for South Africa and the Pakistan threat Yesterday

    It has been a week of contrasting emotions for the Proteas as they mixed despair with brilliance. The lows of the MCG were offset by the highs of the SCG in two games of stark contrast. The loss to India has been unpacked time and time again the...
  • World Cup 2015: Misbah-ul-Haq hopes Pakistan handle flights and fights Yesterday

    Napier: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes his team's exhausting trans-Tasman flight schedule won't undermine their World Cup hopes as they prepare to tackle the amateurs of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. "The next six days are going to be very tough for us with flights and three games but that's how...
  • World Cup 2015: Pakistan look to continue winning momentum against UAE Yesterday

    Napier: When the going is good, there are few jobs in cricket that guarantee adulation as readily as that of captain of a team such as India or Pakistan. Such is the fervour among cricket fans in the two countries that share a border, that it is often said that...
  • ICC World Cup: Shane Watson critics crank up heat after latest false start 2 days 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: Afghanistan no surprise for New Zealand coach 2 days ago

    Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson insisted on Monday that the high-flying Black Caps will pay Afghanistan the utmost respect having tracked the Asian minnows' astonishing progress at close range. Hesson briefly coached Kenya in 2011 and 2012 with the African side coming up against the Afghans in second-tier events. The 40-year-old...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia's Glenn Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture 2 days 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 3 days ago

    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 3 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...
  • ICC World Cup: A stick separated Australia and New Zealand 3 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 4 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 2015: Our batting was horrendous, says Michael Clarke 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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...