New Zealand

Guptill Finds Form Before Tour Game Is Drawn

Martin Guptill struck an unbeaten half-century before New Zealand's tour game against the South African Invitational XI ended in a draw in Paarl. South Africa had moved into a first innings lead, declaring on 359 for seven before the New Zealanders closed their second innings on 117 for two with Guptill on 68.
31 December 2012

Rising Star McClenaghan Among Five News Faces In New Zealand ODI Squad

New Zealand have named five uncapped players in their squad for the three-match One-Day International series against South Africa which follows the two-match Test series next month. Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira and Jimmy Neesham are all included after performing relatively well in the three-match T20 series, which South Africa won 2-1 earlier this week.
28 December 2012

South Africa Take T20 Series With Convincing Win

South Africa were deserved winners of the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand. Henry Davids and Justin Ontong helped set up their winning total of 179 for six with a fast-paced third-wicket partnership, which allowed David Miller and Farhaan Behardien to add late cameos. They then put in a largely disciplined bowling and fielding performance to restrict the Black Caps to just 146 for nine in reply.
26 December 2012

Brilliant Guptill Keeps New Zealand In T20 Series

Martin Guptill was New Zealand's batting star as they unexpectedly levelled the T20 series in South Africa. Guptill hit the final to the boundary to end on 101 not out and give his side a morale-boosting win ahead of the decider on Boxing Day. South Africa had posted a respectable 165 for five after being asked to bat as Henry Davids and Faf du Plessis hit half-centuries either side of an hour long interruption caused by a faulty floodlight tower.
23 December 2012

Pietersen Rested For New Zealand Limited-Overs Series

The England selectors have continued their rotation policy in selecting their squads for the limited-overs series against New Zealand in February. Kevin Pietersen is the main beneficiary and will sit out both the Twenty20 and One-Day International series, while Graeme Swann will miss the T20 series. Jonathan Trott and James Anderson return after being rested for the ODIs in India.
23 December 2012

Oram Unlikely To Play For New Zealand Again

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram is unlikely to play for New Zealand again after negotiating an early release from his central contract. The 34 year-old indicated that he will become a Twenty20 freelance cricketer and continue to play for his state side, Central Districts, as well as travel the world playing in the various Twenty20 tournaments.
22 December 2012

Chris Morris Ruled Out Of T20 Series

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has been ruled out of the remainder of the Twenty20 series against New Zealand after sustaining a quad muscle injury during yesterday's opening game, which South Africa won by eight wickets. Morne Morkel, who was due to join the squad after Christmas, will now link up with them ahead of tomorrow's second game.
22 December 2012

New-Look New Zealand Hammered By Ruthless South Africa

It could feel like a long tour of South Africa for New Zealand if their dismal performance in this evening's first Twenty20 International is anything to go by. Shorn of their best batsman and best bowler, they handed debuts to four players and were promptly skittled for 86 by a home side, who were themselves fielding three men on debut.
21 December 2012

Tsotsobe Ruled Out Of T20 Series Against New Zealand

Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against New Zealand, the first match in which is being played in Durban today. Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa team manager, said: "Lonwabo complained of pain to his ankle yesterday during practice after bowling 10 balls. He was sent for an MRI scan which revealed bony bruising of the talus bone at the back of his ankle joint."
21 December 2012

Tim Southee Ruled Out Of South Africa Tests

New Zealand have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Test series against current number one ranked South Africa with the news that Tim Southee has been ruled out after being diagnosed with a ruptured ligament in his thumb.
20 December 2012

All Players To Get Game Time During T20 Series - Domingo

South Africa's new Twenty20 coach Russell Domingo's first series in charge against New Zealand is bound to come in for plenty of scrutiny but he plans to give all 15 players in his squad playing time. With AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla absent, the series will afford opportunities to other players to step up and make a case for themselves to be picked on a regular basis.
19 December 2012

Australia Clinch Series Win With Seven-Run Victory

Australia Women took an outright 3-1 Rose Bowl Series win over New Zealand as they took victory in the fourth and final One-Day International in Sydney. The closest of all four matches was decided in the final over when New Zealand closed on 260 for eight in reply to Australia's 267 for eight.
19 December 2012

Batsmen Keen To Impress In De Villiers' Absence

Although AB de Villiers' withdrawal from South Africa's Twenty20 International squad leaves the team short of experience, it does provide opportunities for other players to prove their worth. The likes of Farhaan Behardien, David Miller and Justin Ontong are likely to be given their chance as Russell Domingo takes charge of his first matches since assuming control of the Twenty20 International team.
18 December 2012

New Zealanders Enjoy Morale-Boosting Win Ahead of T20 Series

Two of the uncapped players in New Zealand's Twenty20 squad played starring roles as they beat South Africa A in their solitary warm-up match before the first Twenty20 International on Friday. Auckland's Colin Munro top-scored for them in stuttering batting performance with 39 off 27 balls, while his state team-mate Mitchell McClenaghan took three cheap South Africa wickets.
18 December 2012

De Villiers Takes A Rest, Ontong And McLaren Called Up

South African all-rounder AB de Villiers has withdrawn from the Twenty International series against New Zealand to rest ahead of the Test series that begins next year. Although de Villiers had been named in the squad, he was not due to take on his normal role as captain but after a busy year, he requested to be excused from the series.
18 December 2012

Lanning Smashes Ton As Australia Retain Rose Bowl

Meg Lanning hit the quickest century by an Australian to power her side to a nine-wicket victory over New Zealand Women in the third One-Day International in Sydney. Lanning's 103 in 50 balls eased Australia past a 178-run target and the victory means they have retained the Rose Bowl with one game remaining.
17 December 2012

Australian Openers Set Up Series-Levelling Win

Australia Women levelled their One-Day International series with New Zealand Women after winning the second game in Sydney by four wickets. Batting first, New Zealand posted 288 for six thanks to Amy Satterthwaite's 109 but Australia passed their score in 46.4 overs after openers Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes both scored half-centuries.
14 December 2012

South Africa Keep Faith With Perth Test Heroes

South Africa have kept faith in the team that beat Australia in Perth earlier this month in naming a 13-man squad to take on New Zealand in two Tests in January. The 11 players that won by 309 runs to take a 1-0 series win at the WACA are joined by Jacques Rudolph and Rory Kleinveldt as leg-spinner Imran Tahir is left out.
13 December 2012

Du Plessis To Captain South Africa In Twenty20 Series

Francois du Plessis will captain South Africa in their three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand as AB de Villiers is rested. South Africa's rotation policy will see de Villiers step down as captain with Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla absent as four uncapped players have been included the squad.
13 December 2012

Unlucky Gillespie Suffers Injury, Bates Called Up

A side strain has ruled Mark Gillespie out of New Zealand's Twenty20 International series in South Africa and he has been replaced in the squad by Michael Bates. Gillespie hadn't even joined up with the squad having himself been named as a replacement for Adam Milne, who suffered an Achilles injury.
13 December 2012

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