Jarrod Kimber

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Brendon McCullum charges down the pitch

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

McCullum's Force of Nature XI

The New Zealand team has been built in its captain's image. When Brendon McCullum attacks, everyone follows. But it has been a long journey

Brendon McCullum looks back to see his stumps disturbed

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

New Zealand see their Test slip away from them

This was New Zealand's time. They saw it. They grabbed at it. But they fumbled. They had it taken away. And now they won't go to Headingley confident or in charge. They will go 1-0 down.

Ben Stokes gets a handshake from Brendon McCullum

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Stokes slaps the funk out of McCullum

As Cook got near his hundred, Brendon McCullum had three slips, three catching covers and a catching mid-on. But for Stokes on 99, McCullum could only summon two slips, a gully, and a regulation field. There was little that funkiness could achieve

Kane Williamson pulls on his way to 92 not out at the close

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Cyborg Williamson locks sights on England

New Zealand's No. 3 is a cricketing form of artificial intelligence. And he will destroy you

Matt Henry appeals successfully for his maiden Test wicket

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

McCullum gambles fail to capture enough rewards

Brendon McCullum gambled on the toss. Gambled on his bowlers. Gambled on his field. New Zealand stormed the fort at his command, but didn't take enough prisoners and ended up in a bloodier battle than they were equipped for

Jesse Ryder helped skittle Worcestershire with 5 for 24

Jesse Ryder's suburban fairy tale

For New Zealand's wild child, there is probably no better place than county cricket right now

Mitchell Starc races away after bowling Brendon McCullum

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

New Zealand's greatest almost

Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane added 70 for the fifth wicket

Australia v India, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

No helicopter ride to glory for Dhoni

Four years ago, he took India to the title. Today, he was scratching around at barely a run a ball, almost as if he had given up himself

Australia v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final, Sydney

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Rubel Hossain gives Virat Kohli a send-off

Bangladesh v India, 2nd Q-F, Melbourne

When Bangladesh played out a fantasy

There was that time, in the sun, at the G, during a World Cup knockout game, where they looked beautiful. And then it all went bad