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    'We have absolutely no right to be in the final': England captain Eoin Morgan offers no excuses as his side fail to reach tri-series decider

    It does not matter that Tom Curran was able to hold his nerve at the end to earn England their first win of this curious Twenty20 tri-series. By then the pressure was off and it was too late to correct the damage that had already been done.Victory by two runs was not enough to stop New Zealand progressing to Wednesday's final against Australia in Auckland on net run-rate and, frankly, England were not good enough in all four of their short-form matches.They have been inconsistent in Twenty20 cricket ever since Carlos Braithwaite snatched victory from them in the World Twenty20 ...

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    England fail to reach tri-series final despite narrow win over New Zealand as white ball revolution hits the buffers

    England’s white-ball revolution, so striking in 50-over cricket, hit the buffers in miserable style in the shorter form again when even a narrow victory over New Zealand was not enough to stop them crashing out of the Twenty20 game tri-series.It is a mystery as to why England have become so inconsistent in Twenty20 cricket as opposed to a one-day game where they have become one of the World Cup favourites and that contrast has been perfectly demonstrated here.They needed to restrict New Zealand to fewer than 175 in reply to their 194 for seven to somehow reach Wednesday’s final against ...

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    Record-breaker Virat Kohli produces batting masterclass as India register comfortable eight-wicket victory over South Africa to win the ODI series 5-1

    India's Virat Kohli set a new batting record as he put on another masterclass with an unbeaten century against hosts South Africa on Friday to secure an easy eight-wicket victory and win the one-day international series 5-1. India strode to a comfortable win at Centurion as they reached their victory target with 107 balls to spare after putting South Africa into bat and bowling them out for 204.India, who have taken over from South Africa as the world's top-ranked ODI team, were 206 for two wickets in reply in another dominant performance with captain Kohli again leading from the front. Virat ...

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    England delighted to have Ben Stokes back...but his arrival in New Zealand could not have been more subdued

    There could not have been a more low-key way for Ben Stokes to rejoin the England team on Friday after a tumultuous winter that has seen them thrashed in the Ashes without him.It was just after 6pm here on a sun-lit evening in sleepy Hamilton when Stokes strode through the front door of the England team hotel to resume a career that was so rudely interrupted by his late night fracas in Bristol last September.A welcoming party of team manager Phil Neale, stand-in media manager Henry Cowen and security guard Sam Dickason had met Stokes at Auckland Airport and accompanied ...

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    Ice cool cricket fan is mobbed by friends after one-handed crowd catch earns him $50,000 during Australia's T20 win over New Zealand in Auckland

    Fans in Auckland were served up a treat on Friday as Australia completed a world-record chase to beat New Zealand in a high-scoring Twenty20 run-fest but one spectator left happier and richer than most.Student Mitchell Grimstone, 20, walked away with a cheque for $50,000 (£26,350) after taking a one-handed crowd catch off a Ross Taylor six in the first innings.As part of a competition run by beer company TUI, fans who buy and wear a promotional orange tee-shirt can earn themselves cash by taking a clean, one-handed catch.  Twenty-year-old cricket fan Mitchell Grimstone (centre) won £26,350 by taking a one-handed catch at Eden ...

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    Australia break Twenty20 world record after successfully chasing down HUGE 244-run target to beat New Zealand in Auckland

    Australia completed a world-record Twenty20 chase as they hunted down a staggering target of 244 against New Zealand at Auckland.The combination of Eden Park's short boundaries, a docile pitch and fearless hitting from both sides saw an incredible 32 sixes in the match with a combined 488 runs scored for the loss of 11 wickets.New Zealand's 243 for six was the seventh highest international total of all time in the format, and 29 more than Australia had ever conceded, but the visitors somehow took the win with seven balls remaining. Australia break world-record Twenty20 chase after hitting 244 runs to ...

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    Liam Plunkett ruled out of remainder of England's tour of New Zealand after aggravating hamstring injury

    Paceman Liam Plunkett will play no further part on England's tour of New Zealand after the recurrence of a hamstring strain.Plunkett suffered a grade one tear in his left hamstring midway through last month's one-day international series against Australia but remained with the team with the hope of featuring in the Trans-Tasman T20 series.The 32-year-old sat out the first two matches against Australia but returned in the defeat by the Black Caps on Tuesday, when he aggravated the original problem. Liam Plunkett, pictured on Tuesday, has suffered a recurrence of his grade one hamstring tear The Yorkshire seamer will return ...

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    Jos Buttler says England must 'improve fast' after their 12-run loss to New Zealand in Trans-Tasman T20 series

    Jos Buttler was left to reflect on a squandered opportunity as a missed run-out cost England dear against New Zealand.After losing the first two games of the Trans-Tasman T20 series to Australia, the tourists literally threw away their hopes of getting back to winning ways against the Black Caps.Mark Wood was the man responsible for England's sliding doors moment, hurling the ball wide of the stumps to reprieve home captain Kane Williamson on nought. Jos Buttler had a front row seat as New Zealand's Kane Williamson (left) hit 72 against England Williamson helped his New Zealand side post 196 for ...

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    Ben Stokes to fly out to New Zealand on Wednesday to join up with touring England squad for one-day series after pleading not guilty to affray

    Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to affray and will travel to New Zealand on Wednesday to join up with the England squad.The England all-rounder appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning, where the case was sent to Bristol Crown Court on March 12.It is understood that representatives for Stokes have secured permission for the player not to be present at the first hearing and he will fly out to New Zealand on Wednesday to join the England touring party. Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to affray and will fly out to New Zealand on Wednesday All-rounder Stokes ...

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    England need a miracle to reach T20 tri-series final after Kane Williamson inspires New Zealand to 12-run victory

    England began their tour of New Zealand on Tuesday in pretty much the same way as they spent much of their long and demanding visit to Australia – coming off second best to a much sharper side.It meant they lost for the third time in three matches in this Twenty20 tri-series that straddles both countries and now need a near miracle if they are to reach the final against Australia next week in Auckland.England, after shuffling their bowling back to bring back the pace of Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett, simply conceded too many runs here at the Westpac Stadium in ...

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    Jason Roy determined to inspire England to New Zealand victory to stay in contention for tri-series final

    Jason Roy went into the must-win Twenty20 international here against New Zealand determined to remember this tri-series for more than being denied the catch that cost England a victory against Australia.Roy was convinced he had safely pouched Glenn Maxwell at a pivotal stage of his match-winning century in Hobart only to be denied by the unsatisfactory two-dimensional television images that always provide doubt.Now the Surrey opener wants to relocate the form that saw him score a record-breaking 180 in the 50-over series opener in Melbourne to give England the victory they desperately need to stay in contention for the final. ...

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    Jos Buttler eyeing revenge against Australia after heavy MCG defeat and calls on England to improve against New Zealand to make T20 final

    Jos Buttler is hoping for one more crack at toppling Australia's Twenty20 specialists but knows England will have to improve considerably to reach the final of the Trans-Tasman tri-series.An Australian side filled with fresh faces from the Big Bash booked their spot in the Auckland showpiece with a dominant seven-wicket win in Melbourne, having already coasted past England in their first match and blown away co-hosts New Zealand in the curtain-raiser.England now need to back-to-back victories over the Black Caps in Wellington and Hamilton to stand any chance of heading home with the silverware but Buttler believes a desire to ...

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    Glenn Maxwell inspires Australia to dominant T20 victory over England

    This was all too like the Ashes, Australia proving far too dominant for a meek and mild England team who appear to have temporarily lost the mojo that saw them win the one-day series here so emphatically.A third consecutive victory for Australia in this Twenty20 tri-series, the first against New Zealand and the last two against England, takes them to the final and leaves the other two facing a mighty scrap to join them in Auckland.Bafflingly, England’s white-ball revolution has been not nearly as effective over 20 overs as it has been in the 50-over game ever since Carlos Braithwaite ...

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    Sri Lanka thrash Bangladesh by 215 runs to clinch two-match Test series

    Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 215 runs on the third day of the second Test on Saturday, clinching the two-match series 1-0.Bangladesh were bowled out for 123 in the 30th over of their second innings, chasing 339 for an improbable victory.Earlier on Saturday, Sri Lanka ended their second innings on 226, adding to their 222 from the first innings. Bangladesh scored 110 in their first innings. Sri Lanka's players celebrate after securing victory in the second Test against BangladeshAkila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath shared nine wickets for the tourists as they surged to victory away from home.Mominul Haque top-scored for ...

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    Eoin Morgan refuses to blame debatable reprieve for Glenn Maxwell after England lose opening T20 against Australia: 'I can understand how it got overturned'

    England captain Eoin Morgan believes contested catches are an unavoidable part of the landscape after watching Glenn Maxwell cash in on a debatable decision and power Australia to victory in Hobart.Maxwell's superb 103 not out saw the hosts to a second straight win in the Trans-Tasman T20 series, having thrashed New Zealand in Sydney, but it might easily have been a very different story.Having already been dropped by Alex Hales on 40, he chipped the ball to long-off on 59, where Jason Roy stooped to claim a low catch. Eoin Morgan believes contested catches are an unavoidable part of the ...

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