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England comfortably clear first hurdle

England comfortably clear first hurdle

Rob Barnett

England capitalised on short boundaries at Eden Park to sprint to a mammoth 214 for seven, their best Twenty20 international total and the joint-highest at the venue, which they easily defended by 40 runs with Stuart Broad taking 4-20.

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Broad not underestimating Black Caps

Broad not underestimating Black Caps

Stuart Broad predicts his England Twenty20 team will have to be at their very best to beat New Zealand in the three-match series starting at Eden Park.

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Cook seeks to complete century set

Cook seeks to complete century set

Rob Barnett

Alastair Cook stands on the verge of yet another Test batting landmark as he prepares to lead England in New Zealand, on the hunt for a century that would complete his set against all Test sides he has faced.

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Morgan aware of Taylor talent

Morgan aware of Taylor talent

Eoin Morgan remains wary of the threat posed by Ross Taylor even though the former New Zealand captain is taking his first tentative steps back into the fold.

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Positives in defeat for England

Positives in defeat for England

England headed south for Auckland disappointed to have lost their final warm-up match but encouraged by a clutch of impressive individual performances at the Cobham Oval.

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England edged out at Whangarei

England edged out at Whangarei

England lost a tight tussle with the New Zealand XI off the final ball of their second Twenty20 warm-up match despite Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan’s half-centuries.

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Vaughan buoyed by Root beginning

Vaughan buoyed by Root beginning

Matthew Sherry

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has been pleasantly surprised by the outstanding start to Joe Root’s international career, admitting he did not know just how good his protégé is.

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Buttler hails perfect start

Buttler hails perfect start

Jos Buttler described England’s 46-run win over a New Zealand XI as a “perfect” way to start their tour. "It was a really good all-round performance from everyone," said the wicketkeeper-batsman.

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Buttler shines in warm-up win

Buttler shines in warm-up win

Jos Buttler's maiden England fifty from just 21 balls helped Stuart Broad's tourists to a 46-run win over a New Zealand XI in their rearranged opening Twenty20 warm-up match at the Cobham Oval.

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Rain ruins England warm-up

Rain ruins England warm-up

England's first Twenty20 warm-up game against a New Zealand XI lasted just 9.1 overs before it was washed out by rain at Whangarei’s Cobham Oval - and is scheduled to take place on Tuesday instead.

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