International Cricket

Leach is beneficiary of absence of Crane and Rashid

Leg-spinner Mason Crane is to fly home from England’s Test tour of New Zealand because of a stress fracture of his lower back – and will be replaced by Jack Leach.

England's James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Wood shown the big role he has to play in England’s fast bowling future

Mark Wood emerged from a chastening experience in Hamilton reassured that he is being primed for a lead role in England’s long-term future.

HARD SLOG: England's James Anderson Picture: Jason O'Brien/P

England made to suffer at Seddon Park by New Zealand reject Blundell

England ran into unexpected snags as New Zealand Test discard Tom Blundell and unheralded tailender Kyle Jamieson rewrote the script on day one of the pink-ball warm-up match at Seddon Park.

Match-winner: England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century.

Chris Waters: Jonny Bairstow proving key to England’s World Cup chances

IDEALLY, England would have gone into the fifth and final one-day international against New Zealand in Christchurch 4-0 up with the series won.

England's Jonny Bairstow. Picture: AP/Tertius Pickard

Yorkshire’s Bairstow blasts England to victory over New Zealand

JONNY BAIRSTOW continued his imperious form with the fastest century by an England opener to seal a sixth successive one-day international series win with a seven-wicket trouncing of New Zealand.

Australia's David Warner, left.

Chris Waters: Gentlemen’s game needs urgent intervention from cricket chiefs

PERHAPS it would have been better if David Warner and Quinton de Kock had actually come to blows during their heated exchange on the stairwell at the Kingsmead ground in Durban last week.

England's Jonny Bairstow. Picture: AP/Tertius Pickard)

New Zealand v England: Bairstow and Root prepared to lead from front again

Jonny Bairstow is ready for a World Cup rehearsal this weekend after England’s defeat to New Zealand in the fourth one-day international set up an all-or-nothing decider.

England's Jonny Bairstow. Picture: AP/Rick Rycroft.

Chris Waters: Personal triumph seals leading ODI role for Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow

FOR A long time it looked as though history was going to repeat itself and that Jonny Bairstow would clinch another one-day series for England against New Zealand.

England ODI captain, Eoin Morgan. Picture: AP/Andy Brownbill

Captain Morgan not worried after rare ODI ‘collapse’ by England

Eoin Morgan could only rue the collapse which cost England series victory against New Zealand.

Joe Root, seen celebrating a half-century against New Zealand in Hamilton nine days ago, hopes to help England clinch an ODI series victory in Dunedin tomorrow (Picture: John Cowpland/AP).

There’s an issue over red-ball game that needs sorting out, says Joe Root

YORKSHIRE’S Joe Root refuses to decry any England team-mates who opt out of first-class cricket.

England's Jonny Bairstow

Chris Waters: Jonny Bairstow’s support for Test cricket should prompt urgent intervention


England's Jonny Bairstow avoids a delivery from Australia's Mitchell Starc. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Yorkshire star makes staunch defence of Test cricket

Jonny Bairstow prizes his Test career above all else – because it will always be his most important stage.

WELCOME BACK: England's Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Picture: AP/John Cowpland

New Zealand v England: Root not surprised at ability of Stokes to prove his worth

Ben Stokes’s near instant return to match-winning form for England is further evidence to Joe Root what a special talent he is.

England's Joe Root (left) and Ben Stokes in Test match action (Picture: PA)

Joe Root makes Ben Stokes wait on viability of returning to No 2 role

Joe Root sees how much Ben Stokes loves playing for England every time he takes the field – but is yet to decide whether to reinstate him as Test vice-captain.

Back in spotlight: England's Ben Stokes.

Ben Stokes forgets about court case as he leads England home

Ben Stokes admits all the emotions of five long months away from the England team caught up with him as he walked off unbeaten after his match-winning half-century against New Zealand.

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Ben Stokes receives a hug from Yorkshire's Joe Root after taking a wicket against New Zealand (Picture: John Cowpland/AP).

Ben Stokes demands best from his England team-mates, says Jos Buttler

Ben Stokes’S mere presence in an England team gives Jos Buttler renewed belief that victory is almost always within their grasp.

England's Joe Root and Ben Stokes

Yorkshire star ready to enter Caribbean T20 draft

Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have both made themselves available for the Caribbean Premier League draft, but their respective county duties are expected to take precedence over the franchise Twenty20 competition.

Ben Stokes: Back in the England team after five months out.

New Zealand v England: ‘Racehorse’ Ben Stokes ready for long-awaited return

Ben Stokes is set to make his long-awaited England comeback in the first one-day international against New Zealand.

England's Adil Rashid successfully appeals for the LBW decision on Australia's Aaron Finch during their one day international cricket match in Sydney last month. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

My heart was not in red-ball cricket, admits Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid had no choice but to negotiate a white-ball only contract with Yorkshire because his heart is not currently in red-ball cricket.

England's Moeen Ali, in action during the Melbourne Ashes Test match in December. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

Moeen Ali reveals his growing fears for future of Test cricket

Moeen Ali has expressed his fears for the future of Test cricket, suggesting even the Ashes is losing some of its magic after a “disappointing” public reaction in Australia.

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