New Zealand vs England: Joe Root reacts to defeat to Black Caps and Jofra Archer form

New Zealand vs England: Joe Root reacts to defeat to Black Caps and Jofra Archer form

England captain Joe Root accepts that a shift in strategy will take time to implement after they were humbled by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test against New Zealand. The tourists needed to bat out the final day with only seven wickets in hand, but Neil Wagner’s five-for and a number of puzzling […]

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England lose first Test by an innings and 65 runs as New Zealand complete humiliation

England lose first Test by an innings and 65 runs as New Zealand complete humiliation

England were stuffed out of sight by an innings for just the third time by New Zealand who gratefully accepted all the gifts that came their way on an insipid final day. From Joe Root’s indecision that offered a tame catch in the gully, to Ollie Pope’s extraordinary carving of a wide full toss to […]

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England must fight for their lives on the final day after New Zealand grind them down

England must fight for their lives on the final day after New Zealand grind them down

England were ground into the Mount Maunganui dirt utterly and totally by a couple of Kiwis who exposed some all too familiar frailties. BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner carved their name into Blackcaps history by piling on more runs than England had ever conceded to New Zealand in an innings before. By the time the […]

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New Zealand vs England: Sam Curran thrilled by Kane Williamson scalp after he helps tourists end day two strongly

New Zealand vs England: Sam Curran thrilled by Kane Williamson scalp after he helps tourists end day two strongly

Sam Curran reflected with some satisfaction about claiming the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and believes the manner of the dismissal augurs well for England. Curran was out for a golden duck and part of the collapse that saw England lose four wickets for 18 runs in 21 balls as they were all out […]

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England are grateful to their all round talents Sam Curran and Ben Stokes for keeping New Zealand under pressure on Day Two

England are grateful to their all round talents Sam Curran and Ben Stokes for keeping New Zealand under pressure on Day Two

England were beaming at the all round skills of Sam Curran and Ben Stokes that kept them on top on another arm wrestle of a day at the Bay Oval. Curran flopped first ball with the bat, but proved his worth with two wickets including the crucial scalp of skipper Kane Williamson for 51. Stokes […]

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New Zealand vs England preview: How do you win away?

New Zealand vs England preview: How do you win away?

At the beginning of October, as fans of English cricket endured a comedown after the most thrilling of summers, those responsible for the highs were moving on.  Players involved in the historic World Cup were back at it, preparing for a Twenty20 tour of New Zealand. A number who played in the Ashes were given […]

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Jofra Archer’s pace can help England undo New Zealand, says Dom Sibley

Jofra Archer’s pace can help England undo New Zealand, says Dom Sibley

Dom Sibley believes the breakneck pace generated by Jofra Archer is an extra arrow in England’s quiver when they are dealing with an ageing Kookaburra ball. On recent tours, England’s bowlers have often seemed bereft when confronted with an unresponsive surface and a Kookaburra that has lost its shine, and such factors may be seen […]

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Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer retained by Rajasthan Royals - as Steve Smith is named captain

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer retained by Rajasthan Royals – as Steve Smith is named captain

England stars Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler have all been retained by the Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. The trio featured for the Royals last season and will return for the 2020 edition of the Twenty20 competition. It comes after they played a key role in England’s cricketing success […]

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England vs New Zealand: Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

England vs New Zealand: Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

Joe Root intends to drop back down to four in the Test order for the foreseeable future as he feels England will get more out out of him as a batsman and captain. A dearth of top-order batsmen meant Root, not for the first time in his career, moved up from his preferred position to first […]

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Wayne Bennett needed to realise Great Britain brand means more than England

Wayne Bennett needed to realise Great Britain brand means more than England

It was a familiar and quite painful moment and yet there was still something quite irritatingly brilliant about it. With the last play of Great Britain’s final 2006 Tri Nations game, winger Gareth Raynor tried a desperate chip and chase deep in Australian territory only for a large pair of hands to snatch the ball. […]

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