2nd Test, Day 1: Mitchell, Blundell fifties frustrate England, put New Zealand on top
Put in to bat first, New Zealand openers Will Young and Tom Latham provided a solid platform with their 84-run partnership. Without much swing or movement off the pitch, the Kiwi openers were able to keep the England bowlers at bay for the first hour and also did not miss out on scoring opportunities.
Joe Root rises to second spot in ICC Test rankings after match-winning ton vs New Zealand
With Root in sublime form, as he displayed in the first Test against New Zealand where his unbeaten century guided England to a five-wicket win at Lord's, the battle for prestige among the top-five batters in the world has intensified further. That unbeaten 115 at Lord's also saw the right-hander become the second England player and 14th overall to register 10,000 Test runs.
Hungary clinch historic win over England in UEFA Nations League
Dominik Szoboszlai's second-half penalty ensured victory for Hungary, while it also meant that it was the first time England lost a match in all competitions within regular time for 23 games, with the last coming against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League in November 2020. The 21-year-old Szobszlai kept his nerve to secure all three points for the home side as he fired home his penalty with 66 minutes played after Reece James was adjudged to have fouled Zsolt Nagy, according to englandfootball.com.
1st Test, Day 1: New Zealand strike back to maintain balance against England
A total of 17 wickets fell on Day 1 as both England and New Zealand seamers put in a similarly incisive performance with the ball at Lord's helpful surface. England pacers wreaked havoc to bowl out New Zealand for 132 and they looked in a solid position to control the first Test. Their openers started off well, first seeing off the brief session before Tea without any hiccups.
Barbados Royals celebrate Anderson, Broad's professional longevity; images goes viral
On Friday, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side Barbados Royals took their 'longevity' to an altogether different level, positing 'images' of the two bowlers -- who share in the vicinity of 1,200 Test wickets among themselves -- in circa 2053 when Anderson would be nearly 70 years old and Broad around 66.
IPL 2022 exploits of England players could become a template for their success in T20 World Cup
With right-hander Jos Buttler doing exceptionally well for Rajasthan Royals and Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow making a statement for Punjab Kings, spin-bowling stalwart and handy batter Moeen Ali joined the party when he took three crucial wickets as Chennai Super Kings thrashed Delhi Capitals at the DY Patil Stadium by 91 runs on Sunday night.
Stokes slams 17 sixes to break County record for most maximums
Thanks to Stokes' brutal hitting, Durham declared their innings on 580/6, with Stokes contributing 161 runs (88 balls) to the total. In reply, Worcestershire were 169/6 at close. Stokes' number of maximums was a record for a Championship innings, beating the 16 achieved by Australia's Andrew Symonds (1995) and England's Graham Napier (2011) for Gloucestershire and Essex respectively.
Check out Livingstone's performance for PBKS and include him in England Test side: Pietersen to ECB
As the England Test team makes the transition from Joe Root to Ben Stokes, who was appointed skipper after Rob Key took over as managing director of men's cricket, Pietersen has said that one more batter -- preferably Harry Brook -- should also be handed Test debut ahead of the busy English summer, which begins with the home Test against New Zealand on June 2.
Chris Gayle feels Ben Stokes is the best choice to be the Test captain of England
At the same time, Gayle has hoped that Stokes will get the required support from his predecessor Joe Root and others to lift England's fortunes in Test cricket. On April 28, Stokes was appointed as the 81st Test captain of England after Root stepped down from the top job. His first assignment as the Test skipper of England will be a three-match home Test series against current World Test Championship winners New Zealand in June.
Stokes keen to get Anderson, Broad in Test squad; says no to Root for vice-captain's job
The two ageing warhorses were curiously overlooked for England's three-Test tour of the Caribbean earlier this year as selectors instead opted to provide greater opportunities to the next generation of seam bowlers. England, then led by Joe Root, ended up losing the series 0-1. Root stepped down in the aftermath of the series loss even as plenty of question marks remained unanswered about the team's future.