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Brendon McCullum expresses frustration over 'out-of-shape' Kookaburra balls
Brendon McCullum expresses frustration over 'out-of-shape' Kookaburra balls

New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum has expressed his frustration over the continual checking and changing of the balls in recent Test matches, as seven were tried and discarded in the Basin Reserve match against Sri Lanka alone.

Flow of tests encapsulated at basin reserve
Flow of tests encapsulated at basin reserve

The fluctuating nature of test cricket was never more evident than the last five days at Wellington`s Basin Reserve as New Zealand somehow managed to fight back to record an 193-run win in the second test over Sri Lanka and seal a 2-0 series victory.

New Zealand need to bring ''A'' game to ensure victory
New Zealand need to bring ''A'' game to ensure victory

New Zealand would need to bring their `A` game back to the Basin Reserve on Wednesday to dismiss a Sri Lanka side fighting to salvage the test series on a very good batting wicket, according to batsman Kane Williamson.

Focus on team helped build partnership, says Kane Williamson
Focus on team helped build partnership, says Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson and BJ Watling were so much in the flow of their world record partnership, they appeared surprised to see captain Brendon McCullum waving them in as he declared to set Sri Lanka a target of 390 to win the second test at the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand 96-3, trail Sri Lanka by 39 runs

 New Zealand were 96-3 at lunch on day three of the second Test on Monday, still 39 runs in arrears against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Don Bradman record has Kumar Sangakarra reconsidering retirement
Don Bradman record has Kumar Sangakarra reconsidering retirement

Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara is reconsidering retirement plans after his 203 against New Zealand Sunday put him one behind Australian legend Don Bradman for the most double centuries.

Huge responsibility to fill Mahela's void: Thirimanne
Huge responsibility to fill Mahela's void: Thirimanne

Sri Lankan left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne says he has big boots to fill as he is slowly getting into the groove to bat at the crucial number four position vacated by former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who retired from Tests in August 2014.

Wellington`s Basin Reserve ground set to host first Boxing Day Test in 11 years

The famous Basin Reserve cricket ground in the New Zealand city of Wellington is reportedly set to host its first Boxing Day Test in 11 years.

2nd Test: Rahane shines at Basin Reserve with maiden ton

India have tightened noose against New Zealand on Day 2 of the second Test at Basin Reserve, kudos to Ajinkya Rahane`s blistering ton and skipper MS Dhoni`s magnificent half-century that came at a time when India was struggling at 228 for 6 after lunch.

2nd Test: 'Run-machine` Virat Kohli scores match saving ton

The new `run machine` of Indian cricket, Virat Kohi once again scored a cracking ton on the last day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve on Tuesday.

Repeat of Eden Gardens at Basin Reserve by Brendon McCullum

Team India`s bowling again looked helpless. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum unleashed an attack that was too heavy for Indian seamers to cope with.

Complacent Team India`s Test win pushed to Day 4 at Basin Reserve

Even if Team India have pushed the Kiwis on the verge of losing the 2nd Test match at Basin Reserve, the Day 3 witnessed complacency on the part of touring side after tasting some initial success.

Weary McCullum determined to soldier on to save test

An exhausted Brendon McCullum looked wearily back at the Basin Reserve wicket as the sun that had beat down upon him for almost six hours on Sunday was slowly sinking and knew he would need to do the same again on Monday.

India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test - Preview

Their morale dented after losing the opener, India would be desperate to end their disastrous tour on a positive note when they take on a sprightly New Zealand in the second and final Test starting here on Friday.

2nd Test: Green top awaits Indians at Basin Reserve

There would be no respite for the Indian batsmen from the New Zealand pacers as the Basin Reserve pitch, under cover for the last few days, would be a green, seamers` paradise, curator Brett Sipthorpe today said.

Hesson promises more short-pitched test for Indians

The Indian batting frailties against short-pitched bowling stood exposed in the ODI series and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on Saturday said the Kiwis will continue with the tactic even in the upcoming Test series starting February 6.

Gibson says Windies team `not able to stand` against Kiwis in Test series

West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has said that his team is not able to stand up to what the New Zealand team is offering in their Test series at the Kiwis` home and that was really disappointing for him.

West Indies keen to bowl first on green Basin pitch

West Indies captain Darren Sammy had little hesitation in asking Brendon McCullum to bat in the first test in Dunedin and would waste even less time in inserting New Zealand if he wins the toss for the second test at the Basin Reserve.