• Cricket: ODI fallout has Australia fired up for NZ Test

    Wellington, Feb 10, 2016 (AFP) - Australia have warned of a "fiery clash" in the first Test against New Zealand starting in Wellington on Friday as tensions continue to simmer over the bizarre ODI dismissal of Mitchell Marsh. More »

  • Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends
    Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper. The world's top-ranked test batsman and ICC Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a golden summer on home soil, leading the hosts to emphatic test series wins over New Zealand and West Indies, and victory in the one-day series over India. "The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith," the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper declared on Wednesday. More »

  • 'Proud' McCullum set for another milestone with 100th test
    'Proud' McCullum set for another milestone with 100th test

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first test against Australia at the Basin Reserve. The 34-year-old will become the third New Zealander to play 100 test matches for his country, behind Daniel Vettori (112), who played one for a World XI in 2005, and Stephen Fleming (111). McCullum, who is to retire from all international cricket after the second test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch that starts on February 20, has played all 100 of his tests in succession since debut, which is a world record. More »

  • Cricket-'Proud' McCullum set for another milestone with 100th test

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first test against Australia at the Basin Reserve. The 34-year-old will become the third New Zealander to play 100 test matches for his country, behind Daniel Vettori (112), who played one for a World XI in 2005, and Stephen Fleming (111). McCullum, who is to retire from all international cricket after the second test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch that starts on Feb. 20, has played all 100 of his tests in succession since debut, which is a world record. More »

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