Martin Guptill slammed a fluent 156 while Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum notched up useful half centuries as New Zealand scored 409 for eight on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
Udara Jayasundera, Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Mathews hit fifties on day three as the tour game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand Board President’s XI in at Queenstown Events Centre ended in a draw.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera were the only positives for Sri Lanka on the second day of their tour match as fifties from Bharat Popli and Ben Smith propelled New Zealand Board President's XI to a 95-run lead.
Sri Lanka struggled to put runs on the board after Tim Johnston’s three-wicket haul reduced them to 97 for five in the 40 overs that were possible in a rain-affected first day of the practice match against New Zealand Board President’s XI in Queenstown.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed a career-high second spot in the International Cricket Council Test player rankings on the back of his excellent performance in the ongoing series against South Africa.
The New Zealand team management has asked for clarification from the International Cricket Council on the controversial decision involving Nathan Lyon in the first innings of the third Test against Australia in Adelaide.
Australia created history at the Adelaide Oval by winning the first-ever day-night Test by three wickets to seal a 2-0 series victory against New Zealand but not before Trent Boult gave them a scare with his five-wicket haul.
Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh shared five wickets under lights for Australia to keep New Zealand's lead down to 94 at stumps on day two of the third Test in Adelaide after Peter Nevill along with the lower order rescued the Australian innings earlier.
Australia lost both their openers early under lights after a collective effort from their bowlers dismissed New Zealand for just 202 on day one as the first ever day-night Test in Adelaide was a huge success.
New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill, who had a good outing in the tour game against a Western Australia XI, revealed that the pink ball was easier to spot during batting, but might cause concerns while fielding.