3rd Test: Root, Bairstow help England complete series clean sweep
With this victory, England overtook New Zealand in the World Test Championships (WTC) standings, with a win percentage of 28.89. New Zealand now occupy the penultimate spot on the table, just above Bangladesh, with a win percentage of 25.93. Root was batting on 55 overnight with Ollie Pope on 81 as England resumed their second innings at 183/2, chasing a target of 296 for victory.
Morgan won England a World Cup after being almost an embarrassment in 2015: Swann
Morgan was appointed England T20I captain in 2012 and of the One-day format in 2014, months ahead of the 2015 ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which ended with them crashing out in the group stages of the tournament. Post the low of the 2015 ODI World Cup, Morgan spearheaded England's amazing transformation in white-ball cricket, reshaping the ethos of the One-day side and leading them to their first Cricket World Cup win at home in 2019.
India's warm-up game against Leicestershire ends in a draw, Ashwin impresses on Day 4
Chasing 367 for victory, the hosts reached 219 for four in 66 overs as Kimber (58) and Evison (15) remained unbeaten when the captains decided to shake hands. Earlier in the day, India declared on their overnight total of 364 for seven. Half-centuries by Ravindra Jadeja (56 not out), Shreyas Iyer (62) and Virat Kohli (67) helped India set a target of 367 runs.
3rd Test: England restrict New Zealand progress with four late wickets
Daryl Mitchell (not out 4) and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell (not out 5), who had rescued New Zealand in the first innings with a 120-run partnership, were at the crease at stumps, shouldering New Zealand's hopes as they look to set England a tricky target in the third Test at Headingley. England would be hoping to get them out early and chase down the target without much trouble for a clean sweep in the three-Test series after winning the first two Tests.
3rd Test: Bairstow, Overton rescue England after Boult fireworks
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult rattled England with three early wickets and Neil Wagner claimed two as England got off to a disastrous start replying to New Zealand's first innings total of 329. With England, 2-0 up in the series but reeling on 55/6 in reply to the tourists' 329, Bairstow and Overton combined to produce a hugely entertaining partnership and leave the third Test very match in the balance after two days.
Practice match, Day 2: India lead by 82 runs at stumps, Pant shines for Leicestershire
Bharat's impressive batting continued into the second innings as he and Gill got off to a flying start. Gill (38) looked commanding in his early stroke-play but was caught on the crease, pushing away from the body, falling to the extra bounce of Navdeep Saini, leaving India at 62-1 in the 13.1 over. From there on, Bharat (31) and Hanuma Vihari (9) remained unbeaten and will resume the batting for India on Day 3.
"How has it got there?!" Henry Nicholls gets out in bizarre manner during third Eng vs NZ Test
Nicholls was on 19 from 98 deliveries when Jack Leach came up to bowl the final over before Tea on the opening day. The middle-order batter would have been expecting four runs when he middled a drive off Leach but it wasn't the case. Nicholls' booming drive came straight out of the sweet spot and Daryl Mitchell at the non-striker's didn't have quite enough time to react and get out of the way.
Cricketer Stuart Broad and his fiance announce pregnancy
England fast bowler Stuart Broad and his fiance Mollie King have announced that they will soon be welcoming their first child. The 35-year-old cricketer's finance announced the pregnancy on Instagram on Thursday with a black and white photo of Broad kissing her small bump. Mollie King captioned the post: "Stuart and I are so so happy to share that we're expecting a baby later this year! "We're absolutely over the moon."
England pacer Katherine Brunt retires from Test cricket; to continue playing ODIs, T20Is
"I feel like as an athlete there is never an obvious time to step away from doing the thing that you love. But over the past two years thoughts of retirement have surfaced more and more, so I've decided to make a smart decision rather than an emotional one. Test cricket is my absolute passion and to retire from this format was truly a heartbreaking choice to make, but it allows me to prioritise white-ball cricket," said Katherine in a statement.
2nd Test, Day 5: Bairstow's incredible ton leads England to thrilling 5-wicket win over New Zealand
Chasing a target of 298 runs for victory, England needed 160 in the final session and Jonny Bairstow along with Ben Stokes played sensational counter-attacking innings to take England home in the second Test with plenty of time to spare. The win takes England's point percentage to 25 in the World Test Championship table as they continue to distance themselves from the bottom place.