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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. Four-day Tests, anyone?

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Switch Hit: Neil Wagner's tantric masterclass

Alan Gardner is joined by Mark Butcher, Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan to discuss the (anti)climax to England's tour of New Zealand


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

New Zealand v England

2nd Test, Christchurch

'The guys want more Test cricket' - Williamson

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

McGlashan: 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

New Zealand v England

Test series

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

New Zealand v England

1st Test, Auckland

'Rational thinking' v change - England's dilemma

Joe Root may not be having as a bad a time as Steven Smith, but things aren't very rosy for the England captain

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. It came without a lot of the nonsense seen of late

New Zealand v England

1st Test, Auckland

McGlashan: 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... We take a quick tour of some of the worst England batting performances of recent memory

England in NZ 2017-18

Build up to the Test series

Broad seeks that buzzing feeling after lone hours in nets

Stuart Broad is one Test wicket away from the 400 club, but knows he has much to prove after a disappointing Ashes

Vote: Mo's greatest hit?

As Moeen Ali gets set to play his 50th Test, we take a look at his finest Test performances. Which of these was his finest? You tell us

New Zealand v England

1st Test, Auckland

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

Ross Taylor had a lengthy net at Eden Park as he continues his recovery from injury

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Watling aware challengers are breathing down his neck

It's been a long time between outings for New Zealand's Test specialists. It's been even longer for wicketkeeper BJ Watling

New Zealand XI v England XI

Tour match, Hamilton

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

England in NZ 2017-18

Test squads

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

New Zealand XI v England XI

Tour match, Hamilton

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

New Zealand v England

Series review

England's lower gear, Stokes' focus, Taylor's epic

England and New Zealand played out an entertaining series, although the decider was one-sided. What stood out over the five matches?

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

New Zealand v England

5th ODI, Christchurch

McGlashan: 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 104 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 2019 World Cup, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan are seeing plenty of positives in the way England have performed in New Zealand

New Zealand v England

4th ODI, Dunedin

Limping Taylor levels series with epic 181*

Ross Taylor produced one of the greatest ODI innings - a large part of it on one leg - to engineer a stunning come-from-behind victory

Ross Taylor says his unbeaten 181 hasn't quite sunk in yet

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New Zealand v England

Test series

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

New Zealand v England

ODI series

Switch Hit: A retro slow show (plus snow)

Alan Gardner is joined by Mark Butcher, Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan to discuss England's retro performance in New Zealand.


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 2020

'I feel as though I can turn a game' - Moeen

The allrounder has been a key figure in England's continued one-day success, first in Australia and now in New Zealand

New Zealand v England

3rd ODI, Wellington

McGlashan: England hold out despite Williamson ton


Brilliant Williamson thwarted by nerveless England

England battled their way to a 2-1 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

Future of the game

Red ball v white ball

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

'You get remembered for how many Tests you've played' - Bairstow

England's Test wicketkeeper says the format mush be cherished amid the growth of the T20 game

New Zealand v England

2nd ODI, Mount Maunganui

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

'Relief, happiness... it's been a long time'

Ben Stokes described his emotions after an impressive all-round performance in his second match back in the England fold

New Zealand v England

One-day series

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

New Zealand v England

1st ODI, Hamilton

#Stokeswatch - How he fared on his comeback

After a gap of five months, Ben Stokes resumed his England career against New Zealand at Hamilton. How did his first day back on the job pan out?

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

England in New Zealand

Red ball v white ball debate

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

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ODI series

Bayliss willing to make way as T20 coach

England coach backs Paul Farbrace to take T20 reins in bid to manage international workload

Craig Overton called up to England ODI squad

Craig Overton has been drafted into England's one-day squad after Liam Plunkett was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

More questions than answers for England

England will turn their attention back to 50-over cricket after Eoin Morgan admitted they had 'no right to be in the final' of the T20 tri-series

Trans-Tasman T20

NZ v Eng, Hamilton

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

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Stokes flies in

Stokes arrives in NZ ahead of England return

Ben Stokes has finally linked up with his England team-mates after landing in New Zealand on Sunday

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

Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series

New Zealand v Australia, Auckland

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 49-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

Ben Stokes incident

Allrounder in court

Bayliss not rushing Stokes back into action

Despite landing in New Zealand before some 50-over team-mates, Stokes won't feature in the remaining T20s and is unlikely for the opening ODI too.

Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series

New Zealand v England

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

Australia v England

5th ODI, Perth

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 4-1

'You want to perform in the big moments' - Curran

England's matchwinner said it was frustrating to be on the sidelines earlier in the series but that it motivated him to take each chance that came his way

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

Australia v England

4th ODI, Adelaide

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

'England are tottering like aunty on the gin'

England slumped to an abject 8 for 5 after being asked to bat first at Adelaide. Here's how the carnage unfolded

Australia v England

3rd ODI, Sydney

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

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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

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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

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Australia v England

2nd ODI, Brisbane

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

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Root and Woakes carry England to 2-0 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

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Australia v England

One-day series

'Off-guard' Australia spurred by MCG - Warner

David Warner also echoed the comments of captain Steven Smith who said England were setting the style to follow in one-day cricket although Jonny Bairstow added it was easier said than done to copy

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Australia v England

ODI series

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

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England set new ODI batting bar - Smith

The Australia captain believes his team needs to learn from the way Eoin Morgan's men bat without fear


Australia v England

1st ODI, Melbourne

Roy's magnificent 180 puts England 1-0 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

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Rampant Roy rewrites England record-books

Stats highlights from England's record run-chase at the MCG, including a glut of records for Jason Roy

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CA XI v England

Warm-up game

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

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Australia v England

ODI series

Brettig: 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

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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

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Test team under scrutiny

Strauss to consider £3 million 'spin fund'

New measures to identify and nurture spin-bowling talent proposed by John Emburey, after failure to compete in Ashes

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Root in IPL dilemma after declining T20 down-time

Test captain turned down Trevor Bayliss' offer of rest and could put name forward for IPL auction on January 27-28

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England's torrid history with legspin


The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

Kimber: 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

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Rampant Australia seal 4-0 with Root crocked

Australia finished the Ashes in the most comprehensive manner left open to them after thrashing England by an innings and 123 runs in the final Test at the SCG

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The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

Dobell: 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 4-0 Ashes drubbing was closer than the scoreline implies

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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

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The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

Brettig: 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. But much of the action was far from memorable

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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 2017-18 Ashes, as Australia wrapped up an emphatic 4-0 win

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T20 tri-series

England squad

Vince handed chance to restate credentials

Stokes once again selected, subject to police investigation, as Moeen and Bairstow are rested after Ashes

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The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

'We'll look back on this and cherish it'


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

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Rogers: It's an incredible achievement for the Marshes


The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

Farbrace calls for honesty as England are 'exposed'

Assistant coach questions character and skill of squad, and warns that preparations for 2021-22 Ashes must start now

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#PoliteEnquiries: Do England deserve three-Test series?


Brettig: Lyon's share recalls Warne impact

Expectation rises whenever Nathan Lyon takes the ball, and England have largely been worried out of attacking him

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The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

Brettig: 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

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'I'm either lazy or elegant' - Khawaja


The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

#PoliteEnquiries: Will Crane play more Tests than Scott Borthwick?


Dobell: 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

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Kimber: 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

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The Ashes 2017-18

5th Test, Sydney

Kimber: Pretty starts and brainfarts

The beauty of James Vince's batting masks a consistent failure to convert starts into finishes, a flaw that would not be tolerated in a less attractive player

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Brettig: Australia reminded of Starc reality

Australia are not the same team without a 100% fit Mitchell Starc - and that includes when Starc is actually playing

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#PoliteEnquiries: Isn't it time Cook was dropped?


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