Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming Friday tipped joint hosts Australia and New Zealand to reach the final of the forthcoming 2015 World Cup, also identifying South Africa and the West Indies as the dark horses of the tournament.
Sri Lanka cruised to a six-wicket win in the second one-day international against New Zealand on Thursday, thanks to a masterful century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and a comedy of errors from the Black Caps.
Captain Brendon McCullum blasted his fifth one-day international century as New Zealand scored 248 all out against Sri Lanka in the second game of their seven match series on a good batting pitch at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.
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.
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`s fightback from a position where they looked likely to lose the second test against Sri Lanka inside three days to achieve victory on the final afternoon was testament to the Black Caps` team ethic, captain Brendon McCullum has said.
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.
Nuwan Pradeep put New Zealand on the back foot by taking two quick wickets as the hosts went to lunch on the third day of the second test on 96 for three, still 39 runs behind Sri Lanka`s first innings.
Doug Bracewell was just as surprised as many pundits and fans on Saturday when he was named as the third seamer for New Zealand in the second test against Sri Lanka and then celebrated his recall with three wickets late in the day.
Fresh off New Zealand`s most successful test year, captain Brendon McCullum is urging his team to start 2015 in the same fashion when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of their two-match series on Saturday.