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Ellis blow for Black Caps

Ellis blow for Black Caps

New Zealand all-rounder Andrew Ellis has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy with a broken rib.

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Flower upbeat over Pietersen fitness

Flower upbeat over Pietersen fitness

England expect Kevin Pietersen to be fit following his knee injury in time for their Test rematch with New Zealand in May.

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Prior a top-10 hit

Prior a top-10 hit

Matt Prior’s heroics in the decisive drawn Test with New Zealand have moved him into the top 10 of the International Cricket Council batting rankings for the first time.

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Cook reflects on nerve-jangling day

Cook reflects on nerve-jangling day

Alastair Cook’s nerves were so shredded by England’s great escape at Eden Park that he could not bear to watch the final three overs as Matt Prior and Monty Panesar defied New Zealand.

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Broad looks back on mad moment

Broad looks back on mad moment

Chris Devine

Stuart Broad reflected on an intense period of “absolute chaos” that saw him successfully review an lbw decision on the final evening of England’s dramatic escape in Auckland.

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McCullum gutted after dramatic draw

McCullum gutted after dramatic draw

Heartbreak and pride were among the mixed emotions Brendon McCullum felt after England defied New Zealand in a dramatic finale to a Test series that was drawn 0-0.

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England stay second

England stay second

England’s dramatic exploits in Auckland ensured they will remain second in the Test rankings on the cut-off date of April 1, just behind South Africa.

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England hold on in thriller

England hold on in thriller

Rob Barnett

Ian Bell led a remarkable rearguard and Matt Prior followed suit to save the decisive third Test, which England ended nine wickets down, and earn a 0-0 series draw. Bell hit a stubborn 75 and Prior was unbeaten on a fluent 110.

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Gooch delivers honest assessment

Gooch delivers honest assessment

Graham Gooch believes England’s unexpected difficulties in New Zealand have been a “reality check” about what is required to win Test matches anywhere in the world.

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England stung by Williamson double

England stung by Williamson double

Rob Barnett

The unlikely figure of Kane Williamson struck two blows late on day four of the decisive Test at Auckland’s Eden Park to leave England with a stiff task to save the game and series. Batting for a draw, they closed on 90 for four.

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