• 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 »

  • Cricket: McCullum wants series win to go with 'sweaty cap' memory

    Wellington, Feb 11, 2016 (AFP) - As much as Brendon McCullum looks back fondly on a stellar career, more than anything he wants to sign off with a series win over Australia starting with the first Test in Wellington on Friday. More »

  • Cricket: Bird recalled for Australia as Test teams named early

    Wellington, Feb 11, 2016 (AFP) - Australia have recalled paceman Jackson Bird for the first Test against New Zealand starting in Wellington on Friday as both sides revealed their line-ups on the eve of the match. More »

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