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New Zealand v England: It should not have been a Two-match Test series

“To maintain the standard of Test cricket, sporting pitches are needed. Who else but countries like England, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand have always offered such! These teams have a lot to offer to keep the interest in...

Can Rory Burns be the long term solution to England’s problem with opening slot?

"England have started to realize the value of his determination and patience, which went unnoticed at Pallekele and Bridgetown Barbados. But in each innings, his impact has been felt and perhaps, after the quick-falls of Comptons, Jennings, Robson, and...

He is Watling, BJ Watling!

England were on top, but as soon BJ Watling started to exhibit his true nature, they lost their way. New Zealand remain unbeaten at home since 2017 and at Bay Oval, the home team owes a lot to Watling’s...
Ish Sodhi

It takes a lot of passion and hard work to break the jinx

New Zealand, finally, broke the jinx against England, but it was not without passion and hard work. Kane Williamson edged the first ball from Stuart Broad on Day 5 and was out for a golden duck – for the first...
Alastair Cook

Freezing winter for Cook, but will the summer be prolific?

Earlier, England’s predicament was to find Cook’s co-star at the top, but the southpaw’s poor form has only added to their trouble. Questions relating to his spot in the attack are on the rise.
Neil Wagner of New Zealand (C) looks on while James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan of England

The simple grandeur of Test cricket

"It is here that Test cricket unleashes its mightiest force. It throws up the most unlikely of heroes, who go on to have reminisced for a role that they are not known for in a match that will be...
Sodhi of New Zealand is congratulated by captain Kane Williamson of New Zealand

Sodhi punches above his weight to save the day for New Zealand

It is often said, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. And New Zealand trio did well to thrive under pressure, especially Sodhi.

The Sodhi-Wagner, Sodhi-de Grandhomme stands will be cherished for a long time

The stubborn resistance by Ish Sodhi, Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner would be a part of Test cricket's folklore.   Years have passed since the British rule ended in the countries like India, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Those tough days...
England players surround the bat as Dawid Malan bowls to Neil Wagner towards the close of play

A much needed advertisement for Test cricket in New Zealand

Test cricket was at its very best at Christchurch today. Over the years, Test series wins against top-rated sides have been few and far between for the Blackcaps. Although, they have beaten teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and...
England Test Team

England catch yet another cold away from home

England's winless show away from home continues. It has been a terrible couple of years for England in Test cricket. From being embarrassed in Bangladesh to losing mercilessly at the hands of the Australians in the Ashes, Joe Root and...
Underrated Colin de Grandhomme loves the battlefield

Underrated Colin de Grandhomme loves the battlefield

Underrated but extremely useful.  Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson are back in the hut in the blink of an eye. New Zealand are struggling. They can barely crawl. James Anderson and Stuart Broad are...

Watling and Grandhomme’s counter punch

New Zealand are still in a delicate situation, Watling has a lot of work to do when play resumes on Day 3. He has done all the hard work and would be frustrating if he fails to belts a century.
Stuart Broad shows his lethal side by bowling fuller against New Zealand

Stuart Broad shows his lethal side by bowling fuller against New Zealand

Stuart Broad was at his best!  For a major part of the present decade, Stuart Broad and James Anderson have just stood out as the primary English bowlers in the Test arena. While the opening bowling duo around the other...
Tim Southee sets the stage with a six-wicket haul

Tim Southee sets the stage with a six-wicket haul

Tim Southee exhibits his class again! When a player has been in the ranks for a comparatively longer period, it has often been observed that his presence and his performances no longer create the hysteria that would come along if...
Jack Leach

Jack Leach overcomes mental stigma to make his Test debut

Jack Leach's journey has not been easy.  What intrigues most of the sports writers all around are the behind-the-scenes events that unfurl before a debutant is set to make his appearance on the international circuit. How do these ordinary youngsters...

Bairstow, Wood keep English ship afloat in choppy waters

Just when things looked out of control for England, Bairstow and Wood stitched a crucial 95-run partnership to sail the English ship out of troubled water.
Black Caps aim to end 34-year-old drought against England at home

Black Caps aim to end 34-year-old drought against England at home

Great opportunity for the Kiwis to break the jinx! If the ball-tampering controversy created a ruckus in Cape Town, on the other side of the world, on the other side of the globe, the Test between New Zealand and England...
Neil Wagner of the Black Caps celebrates after claiming the wicket of Ben Stokes

Neil Wagner: The well-oiled workhorse

While the fate of those involved in Sandpapergate rested in the hands of the ICC, Cricket Australia and the draconian court of public opinion, Neil Wagner thwarted the threat of rain and turned the fate of a cliff-hanger in Auckland in his team’s favour.
Henry Nicholls of the Black Caps celebrates after scoring a century

Henry Nicholls’ swag on display in a team on the look-out for new superstars

"Making his debut in the same series that McCullum walked away, Nicholls impressed one and all with a fluent half-century in his second innings but soon, as is the norm and as most Test players who get off to a...
kane Williamson test hundred

Kane Williamson’s moment of glory

"While Kane Williamson was busy doing his business - scoring runs - he didn't know that he was scripting his name across the globe and not just New Zealand". He made his senior debut at club level at a tender...


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid