New Zealand`s eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first test of their two-match series has given them an opportunity to start next year as they did this, with a series triumph over a higher-ranked opponent.
Two late wickets by Trent Boult put New Zealand back in control of the first Test against Sri Lanka today after a maiden Test century by Dimuth Karunaratne had briefly given the tourists a glimmer of hope.
Trent Boult captured three early wickets to put Sri Lanka on the back foot at lunch on the second day of the first test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch with the visitors 38 for three after they had earlier bowled New Zealand out for 441.
New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan has said there is intense competition among the quick bowlers in the squad for a place in the final 11 and whoever misses out playing the first Test against Sri Lanka here will be unlucky.
Cricket's Hawk-eye officials have reportedly accepted that the judgement of the review system in the dismissal of Pakistan batsman Shan Masood in the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai last month was erroneous.
The spinners tightened the screws on Pakistan after paceman Trent Boult struck three times with the new ball to put New Zealand on course for a series-levelling victory in the third and final test in Sharjah on Sunday.
Rains took some sheen off Kane Williamson's record batting display of scoring the fastest ever century in Champions League Twenty20 as New Zealand side Northern Knights beat Cape Cobras of South Africa by 33 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method here today.
Knocked out of the Champions League T20 after losing to Northern Knights in the qualifying round, Mumbai Indians' ace batsman Michael Hussey said some tight bowling by pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee had led to his team's downfall.
New Zealand`s perseverance with their frontline bowlers paid off eventually as the visitors completed a 53-run victory over the West Indies in the last hour of the third and final Test match at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Monday.
New Zealand were pressing for a series-clinching victory with the West Indies struggling at 72 for three after being set a victory target of 308 when rain brought an early end to play before lunch on the last day of the third and final Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Monday.
Thoroughly embarrassed in the ODI series, India would aim for a turnaround in fortunes when they take on a sprightly and confident New Zealand in the opening match of a two-Test series starting here from Thursday.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Tuesday sought to play mind games ahead of the first cricket Test against India, saying the visiting batsmen are too attacking and that sustained pressure can get them to commit errors.