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The Not-so-Famous Five Nannes: On the day of their heroic draw, the big number that loomed was that New Zealand played only four Tests this season - a reality that captain Williamson called frustrating. England were not ready for five Tests in six and a half weeks, nor for the Kookaburra ball, the pitches, Australia's aggression, or their tactics. England dig deep in their 'best' performance under Morgan Inspiration with the bat came from Jos Buttler, then England managed to overcome the loss of Liam Plunkett with the ball. It's an incredible achievement for the Marshes. LATEST NEWS


2nd Test, Christchurch

Stuart Clark slams selection of 'old bloke' Siddle 8h ago. Marizanne Kapp gets South Africa off to winning start 10h ago.

I wanted to do something for the nation - Tamim on batting with fractured wrist 16h ago. Canny Pat Brown makes the right noises in Worcestershire's triumph 18h ago. Weather-simulated training behind Rahim's career-best 18h ago. Kohli-less India can still win: Ambati Rayudu 1d ago. PSL to start on February 14; eight matches in Pakistan this time 1d ago. England vs India, 5th Test, Day 5. England vs India, 5th Test, Day 4. England vs India, 5th Test, Day 3. England vs India, 5th Test, Day 2.

SL make three changes: In an honest interaction, the coach speaks about how their maiden Test was an eye-opener, the need to match their batting skills with bowling, impact of County and T20 stints and more. Red-hot Pakistan swat Hong Kong aside 19h ago.

No excuses for the way we batted: The Bangladesh opener all but confirmed that his Asia Cup campaign has come to an end. Weather-simulated training behind Rahim's career-best Fractured wrist leaves Tamim's Asia Cup campaign in doubt. The chief selector also admitted that changes will be made to the Test side if the current crop continues to fail overseas.

The trio had given the green signal for Delhi to retain the services of former India international Manoj Prabhakar as the bowling coach of the state team. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

Matches All times Fixtures Results. New Zealand NZ Knife-edge thrillers, tears, and two slices of Onions The nail-biter in Christchurch joins a long list of final-day dramas England have been part of in this century. Bayliss wants greater competition for batting spots England's head coach has hinted that the batting line-up is unlikely to change much for the series against Pakistan in May, despite few of the issues being resolved over the winter.

Agonising end to a season of crumbs England will leave Christchurch with many of the same questions that were on their minds on arrival in Perth more than five months ago. Sodhi survives tense finish to win series for NZ England made deep inroads early on the final day, but could not dislodge the tail during a tense finish in Christchurch.

Stokes working to relieve strain on his back Stokes picked up a back problem during the one-day series, which was his return to international cricket, and was unable to bowl in the first Test at Eden Park.

Wagner gets the job done with heart and skill It was just passion that Neil Wagner's face reflected as he celebrated the wicket of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes. England's dire summer down under gets worse England have had a tough time away from home in Test cricket of late, and Boult and Southee gave them no respite. Five England batting debacles Abysmal in Auckland, traumatised in Trinidad Stats - Tenth wicket out-bats the rest Broad the youngest fast bowler to Test wickets England batted extremely badly - Bayliss.

Broad seeks that buzzing feeling after lone hours in nets Stuart Broad is one Test wicket away from the club, but knows he has much to prove after a disappointing Ashes. Stokes on track to be able to bowl in first Test Moeen's landmark lightens Ashes regret. The battle first, then the beers for Wagner Neil Wagner has said that playing at Eden Park gives him "goosebumps" as he prepares to face England in the day-night Test.

Watling aware challengers are breathing down his neck It's been a long time between outings for New Zealand's Test specialists. Guptill called up as New Zealand batting cover. Will New Zealand's three-pronged fork skewer England? Cook hopes to banish dark times under Auckland's lights Alastair Cook has come through pressure at various times in his career and now two of his less experienced team-mates will be in the spotlight.

Root century caps England's improved display England completed their four days of preparation in Auckland with a far more convincing batting display than against the pink ball. Broad faces losing new ball for New Zealand Tests James Anderson, his long-time new-ball partner, has said Broad is "disappointed" but also sees a bowler refreshed and hungry after the Ashes.

Santner faces nine months out with knee surgery The allrounder will miss the England Test series, but BJ Watling returns as first-choice wicketkeeper. Anderson retains vice-captaincy ahead of Stokes Though the appointment is being made on a series-by-series basis it is likely that Anderson will keep the job at least until the conclusion of Stokes' court case. Stokes to miss warm-up with back injury.

Blundell and Jamieson give England the runaround Ben Stokes' back will be the focus of attention over the next few days, while the exploits of the New Zealand XI lower order raised questions about the England attack. England's lower gear, Stokes' focus, Taylor's epic England and New Zealand played out an entertaining series, although the decider was one-sided. One-off performances overshadowed batting problems - Hesson New Zealand have plenty of time to ponder where it went wrong against England, but when they next take the field in coloured clothes the clock will be ticking to cement their World Cup plans.

Wood, Woakes set up England domination The fast bowlers made excellent use of a pitch that had a little extra bounce early on. Bairstow, bowlers star as England seal series The opener slammed off only 60 balls as England won their sixth ODI series on the trot. England get 'ruthless' at the right time With little more than 12 months left for the World Cup, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan are seeing plenty of positives in the way England have performed in New Zealand.

Hales, Rashid have made 'big decision' - Bayliss Gallery - England seize control in decider. Schooling coaches, family BBQs and debut anger: Fit-again Livingstone rises above the doubters A tough T20 baptism left Liam Livingstone doubting his ability, but now that he's recovered from an ankle injury, he's ready for his maiden Test tour.

When Livingstone scored Root's T20 dilemma highlights scheduling concerns Test and ODI workload could undermine development of a player who ought to be central to England's World T20 plans in NZ hope for Taylor return in Dunedin.

England hold out despite Williamson ton. Brilliant Williamson thwarted by nerveless England England battled their way to a series lead with a thrilling four-run win, achieved in spite of a superb hundred from Kane Williamson. Morgan delight as England counter their weakness Eoin Morgan thought the match had got away from England at Westpac Stadium when Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner were together, only for a bit of "luck" to turn it back their way.

Anderson adds voice to Test fears James Anderson has admitted he worries about the future of Test cricket as players and spectators favour the shorter formats.

Root to discuss Stokes' Test vice-captaincy. Stokes leads way in England's domineering win Ben Stokes took two wickets and scored an unbeaten fifty to guide England to a series-leveling victory in the second ODI. Last-gasp win makes success sweeter for NZ New Zealand kept their unbeaten ODI run alive, inflicting a rare defeat on England, in a contest which tested their resilience with bat and ball.

Santner steps up to spark NZ celebrations Mitchell Santner admitted he "didn't know what to do" after striking the winning blow in the first one-day international against England. Cool-hand Santner seals victory after Taylor ton New Zealand squeezed home by three wickets with four balls to spare despite Ben Stokes' intervention on his return to international cricket. Hales, Rashid still have Test future - Root Joe Root, England's Test captain, has said he blames the system, not the individuals, for the growing trend towards white-ball specialisation.

Test cricket has 'a lot to worry about' Eoin Morgan, England's limited-overs captain, believes the time has passed to do something significant to secure the future of the Test game. Is Bayliss right about international T20? Moeen fears for future of Test cricket Switch Hit: Bayliss willing to make way as T20 coach England coach backs Paul Farbrace to take T20 reins in bid to manage international workload.

More questions than answers for England England will turn their attention back to over cricket after Eoin Morgan admitted they had 'no right to be in the final' of the T20 tri-series. England nick win but NZ move into final There will be a Trans-Tasman rematch in the tri-series final at Eden Park after the home side did enough to stay ahead of England on net run rate.

Cut T20Is to reduce schedule - Bayliss Trevor Bayliss, England's head coach, has suggested getting rid of T20 internationals and leaving the format to the various leagues around the world. Plunkett ruled out of New Zealand tour Plunkett made his return against New Zealand in Wellington earlier this week but aggravated the problem he first suffered in the ODI in Sydney last month.

Short, Warner pull off world-record T20 chase Eden Park was transformed into a T20 batting paradise as Australia pulled off a world-record run chase in Auckland, reducing Martin Guptill's ball hundred to a footnote. Stats - Australia, NZ smash 32 sixes to equal record New Zealand's best batting effort in T20Is, Guptill ascends a new peak, and other highlights from a record-breaking night in Auckland. Bayliss not rushing Stokes back into action Despite landing in New Zealand before some over team-mates, Stokes won't feature in the remaining T20s and is unlikely for the opening ODI too.

How the Stokes saga unfolded Stokes heads to New Zealand after not-guilty plea. Williamson stars as New Zealand find lift-off The New Zealand captain top scores to help his side to a victory which puts the final in sight, and leaves England needing a favour from Australia. Gallery - Jordan blinder not enough for England Quiz - How many of these double internationals can you identify? Curran five-for seals thrilling England victory A shattering spell of reverse swing by Tom Curran foiled Australia's chase of a modest total as England took the one-day series Smith, Warner at heart of Australia ODI woes Australia are set to take a long, hard look at their one-day set-up after the series defeat to England showed how far they have to go ahead of the World Cup.

Head 96, Cummins four-for sets up consolation win Travis Head fell short of a hundred but his efforts helped guide Australia to a first victory since September after Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins had filleted England's top order. Buttler's barnstorming ton secures series win Jos Buttler's stunning century and a composed all-round effort with the ball helped England clinch the ODI series with two matches to play. Smith calls for end of 'soft signal' rulings Though he had calmed down somewhat after the match, Steven Smith was far from impressed when given out caught behind at a vital phase of Australia's innings.

England dig deep in their 'best' performance under Morgan Inspiration with the bat came from Jos Buttler, then England managed to overcome the loss of Liam Plunkett with the ball. Why Steven Smith wasn't given the benefit of doubt in Sydney Technology, despite all its advantages, can't provide the three-dimensional view that umpires have.

Morgan pulls strings to tie down Australia Eoin Morgan's plans at the Gabba, backed to perfection by the England bowlers, saw Australia outsmarted on a ground that so often suits them. Root and Woakes carry England to lead England's spinners - including Joe Root - played a starring role to help set-up victory before half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales launched the chase.

Lyon bids for World Cup spinner's berth. Format switch helps revive Moeen After losing confidence during the Ashes, Moeen Ali has found some release with England's return to their freewheeling one-day cricket. Roy's magnificent puts England up Jason Roy made the highest ODI score by an England batsman as the tourists put the Ashes behind them in a five-wicket win.

Morgan, Moeen find form in warm-up canter England enjoyed a good all-round workout in their preparation for the ODI series with Australia, easing to a five-wicket win with almost ten overs to spare against a Cricket Australia XI. Selectors' googlies leave many stumped The recent recalls for Tim Paine and Cameron White - based on a combination of pragmatism and mysticism - have blindsided plenty in Australian cricket.

White recalled to stabilise Australia middle order The former national T20 captain is set for his first ODI appearance in nearly three years, when the England series kicks off. Why we need tough first-class matches before and during the Ashes England were not ready for five Tests in six and a half weeks, nor for the Kookaburra ball, the pitches, Australia's aggression, or their tactics.

England's torrid history with legspin. Bayliss to quit as England coach after home season Butcher: Vultures will be circling Bayliss if Eng lose in NZ. The futile finale of a drained Joe Root Joe Root started the Ashes with boyish optimism but finished it asleep in the dressing-room, ill and exhausted. Rampant Australia seal with Root crocked Australia finished the Ashes in the most comprehensive manner left open to them after thrashing England by an innings and runs in the final Test at the SCG.

Gallery - Cummins lands knockout blows Australia handled pressure situations better - Anderson Nannes: Root will bounce back from Ashes loss Root battles unsuccessfully against illness Watch: Highlights Ind subcontinent only. Tea and sympathy won't suffice this time Stoicism is an admirable trait that serves the country well, but there's no point in pretending that a Ashes drubbing was closer than the scoreline implies. England don't need 'big upheaval' - Anderson England's vice-captain said it "doesn't feel like a completely disastrous series" but conceded the team had not responded well in pressure situations.

What can we learn from the Ashes? Nine innings, seven dismissals What next for England after their Ashes loss? Ashes event now transcends the cricket This was the second-highest attended Ashes of all time, viewing figures have been strong and Steven Smith has moved towards greatness. Lyon's run-out at the Gabba changed series - Smith. Australia's bowling quartet dominate Stats highlights from the last day's play of the Ashes, as Australia wrapped up an emphatic win.

Vince handed chance to restate credentials Stokes once again selected, subject to police investigation, as Moeen and Bairstow are rested after Ashes. Brother in arms leaves Mitchell Marsh in dire straits A moment of brotherly love nearly went awry for Mitchell and Shaun Marsh on the fourth afternoon at Sydney. It's an incredible achievement for the Marshes.

Stats - Brotherly hundreds, and Crane's unwanted record. Farbrace calls for honesty as England are 'exposed' Assistant coach questions character and skill of squad, and warns that preparations for Ashes must start now.

Do England deserve three-Test series? Lyon's share recalls Warne impact Expectation rises whenever Nathan Lyon takes the ball, and England have largely been worried out of attacking him. Khawaja's Ashes hype grows into substance Seven years on from an oddly overblown debut innings, Usman Khawaja finally attained Ashes fulfilment at the ground where it all began.

Will Crane play more Tests than Scott Borthwick? The toast is aflame but butter won't melt for England England, in training, in batting, in self-appraisals, are beginning to sound just a little bit soft.

Crane's exoticism atones for lack of impact Mason Crane was a source of endless fascination in spite of a tough first outing in Test cricket, but he bore the attention well.