Hagley Oval Pavilion, which will host the ICC World Cup opener, was inaugurated at a ceremony here attended by over 150 guests, including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel.
Australian wicketkeeping legend Ian Healy has doused the rumours of an imminent retirement of Ashes hero Brad Haddin, saying that he has confirmed from Haddin that the player is not going anywhere at the moment.
Former Australian all-rounder Greg Mathews has tipped Ashes hero Nathan Lyon to become the country`s greatest wicket-taking off-spinner, and said that he has the potential to reach 400 wickets by the end of his career.
England batsman- wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has reportedly been put on the red alert to challenge for the position of England`s Test glovesman slot a little earlier than expected after Matt Prior was dropped for the Boxing Day Test and replaced by Jonny Bairstow.
After sharing the honours in a thrilling draw, India and South Africa will renew their exciting battle for supremacy in the series-deciding second and final cricket Test which promises to be another epic encounter starting here from Thuursday.
Australian Ashes hero Steve Smith has warned England spinner Monty Panesar that he is next on Australia`s hit list following the retirement of off-spinner Graeme Swann despite the hosts retaining the Ashes urn.
South Africa will seek to arrest a dismal Durban run of four straight defeats at Kingsmead when they host India in the second and final test on Thursday, four days after their epic draw in Johannesburg.
An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead, but Melbourne`s Boxing Day test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to self-destruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign.
A day after Grade I ligament tear ruled out Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel from the first Test between India and South Africa, he posted a picture of his injured ankle on Twitter thanking fans who wished him for a speedy recovery.