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West Indies crumble in a game they mastered the most

In what was supposed to be the turning point in West Indies reviving cricket career, turned out to be another major upset in New Zealand. After being whitewashed in the Test series, New Zealand continued their domination in the...
Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls finding his groove in the middle-order

While Trent Boult hogged all the headlines for his fiery spell, where he picked seven wickets to wrap things up, the first innings certainly belonged to Henry Nicholls. The southpaw played an instrumental role in steering New Zealand from...
Trent Boult celebrating after wicket

Boult the destroyer, West Indies the loser

A 25-year-old Trent Boult inflicted serious problems to some of the best batsmen in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015, as he had finished joint top wicket-taker with Australia's Mitchell Starc with 22 scalps. He troubled the batsmen...
Doug Bracewell

From ‘almost’ sentenced to jail to Player of the Match – Doug Bracewell

Doug Bracewell, New Zealand's fast bowler who hardly took time to establish himself in the international arena, almost ruined his career earlier this year. From 'almost' being sentenced to jail to Player of the Match in his comeback match,...
New Zealand

Googly-man Todd Astle castles West Indies

A wave of child-like glee sweeps over. Years and months have been spent toiling hard, under the watchful eyes of the stern father whose ultimate motive is to witness his son achieve the feats that he himself has been...
Neil Wagner

West Indies break down, yet again

New Zealand romped home to another series win after winning the second Test at Hamilton and subsequently whitewashing West Indies in a two-match Test series. With what could have turned out to be another stepping stone in West Indies’...
Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Miguel Cummins

Trent Boult: Jack of all trades

Saying that Trent Boult is having a ball in Hamilton would be an understatement. A perfect package for any side, Boult has scored crucial runs at 11, picked wickets with the red cherry and took a nearly impossible catch...
Ross Talyor

As Ross Taylor sobs, the shadow of Martin Crowe smiles

It is easy. Just walk out to the crease. See the ball. Hit the ball. Do not give your wicket away. Take your team to safety. And voila, you are a legend. It all seems so easy. For individuals seated...
Roston Chase

Time for Roston Chase to resolve his woes away from home

Roston Lamar Chase - the name immediately became household in the West Indies after he proved that he belonged to the Caribbean cricket. As a 24-year-old Chase was given his maiden Test call when he was slated for the...
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Expect the unexpected under the intense glare of Test Cricket

It never happened to him before. In all his days playing cricket, Sunil Ambris has never trod on his stumps. Until, that is, his first ball of his first Test. Against New Zealand in Wellington, when turning a short...
Jeet Raval

Jeet Raval’s half-century raises question of role of opening batsmen in Tests

Jeet Raval is a pleasing personality, so much so that his Auckland team-mates call him the 'Rahul Dravid of Auckland’ for his solid technique. That is a huge honour for Raval who adored Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid as...
West Indies

West Indies fast bowlers keep Kiwi batsmen in check in Hamilton

West Indies' loss in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington happened majorly because they lacked an all-round performance from the boys. While the batsmen had their moments in the second innings, the bowling attack was a sheer...
Colin de Grandhomme

Is Colin de Grandhomme becoming New Zealand’s match-turner?

The joy of watching a batsman milking runs at ease in Test cricket is of a different level altogether. Clearing the boundary at will is most of the times is difficult, but some batsmen are born with this rare...
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Jason Holder’s absence puts West Indies in a fix

After a disheartening campaign at Wellington, West Indies have their hopes pinned to the final encounter of the series at Seddon Park. It’s a do-or-die game for the visiting side and they are desperately in search of a win...
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New Zealand can’t afford to take this young West Indies side for granted

There were no surprises in the manner West Indies lost the first Test against New Zealand at Wellington. The visitors suffered a usual collapse in both the innings to give the Blackcaps a victory of 67 runs. While West...
Shimron Heytmer

Fearless Shimron Heytmer announces himself in Test arena

It takes time for a cricketer to establish himself in the huge world of the game. There are those rare names who are lucky to make their presence felt in the sport very early in their careers. The name...
Tom Blundell

Tom Blundell inscribes his name with gold on Test debut

One does not need to speak about the amount of hard work and dedication required to make it to the national side. It’s like a dream come true and no words can express the joy of donning the national...
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Colin de Grandhome’s oceanic opportunity to script a memorable destiny

The lead had already been increased to 138. Another 150 runs on the board and the opposition would be convinced that their participation in the game bore an inevitable result. The premium batsman in the side had already walloped...
Ross-Taylor

New Zealand need help? Ross Taylor in rescue!

With a picturesque backdrop over the Basin Reserve Stadium in Wellington, the local hero Ross Taylor was slowly and gradually was making his way into history books. En route a precious milestone, he broke and made a couple of...
Kemar Roach

Kemar Roach conquers Kane Williamson, time and again

There is a vast difference between conditions in India and the Oceania part of the world. It is never an easy task for the Australians or New Zealanders to adjust to the Indian tracks immediately on a tour; the...

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