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Jun 3, 2015

Analysis – England moving the right way as Ashes loom

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – England will head into this year’s Ashes series against Australia heartened by their performances against New Zealand but with nagging doubts about key areas in the team.

A thrilling 124-win in the first test against the Kiwis was followed by a 199-run defeat in the second which raised familiar concerns.

Jun 3, 2015

Cricket-Dynamic New Zealand fully justify status

LEEDS, England, June 3 (Reuters) – New Zealand did more than enough against England to prove they are worth much more than a two-test series shoe-horned into the schedule as a tasty appetiser before the Ashes.

Supremely positive, aggressive and efficient, the Black Caps amply justified their status as the world’s third-ranked test side in a 1-1 draw with their hosts which fluctuated from the first ball to the last.

Jun 3, 2015

Cricket-England moving the right way as Ashes loom

LEEDS, England, June 3 (Reuters) – England will head into this year’s Ashes series against Australia heartened by their performances against New Zealand but with nagging doubts about key areas in the team.

A thrilling 124-win in the first test against the Kiwis was followed by a 199-run defeat in the second which raised familiar concerns.

Jun 2, 2015

England must work hard to sort out butter fingers

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – England dropped too many catches in the drawn series against New Zealand and must quickly improve before the Ashes, interim coach Paul Farbrace said on Tuesday.

England’s slip cordon spilled a number of chances while New Zealand’s close fielders were almost flawless in their work around the bat.

Jun 2, 2015

Cricket-England must work hard to sort out butter fingers

LEEDS, England, June 2 (Reuters) – England dropped too many catches in the drawn series against New Zealand and must quickly improve before the Ashes, interim coach Paul Farbrace said on Tuesday.

England’s slip cordon spilled a number of chances while New Zealand’s close fielders were almost flawless in their work around the bat.

Jun 2, 2015

McCullum praises ‘brilliant’ NZ catching

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hailed his team’s slip-catching after they completed a clinical 199-run victory in the second test against England on Tuesday to draw the series 1-1.

The Black Caps were inspired in the field on the final day, bowling the hosts out for 255 to seal their fifth test win in England and first since 1999.

Jun 2, 2015

Cricket-McCullum praises ‘brilliant’ NZ catching

LEEDS, England, June 2 (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hailed his team’s slip-catching after they completed a clinical 199-run victory in the second test against England on Tuesday to draw the series 1-1.

The Black Caps were inspired in the field on the final day, bowling the hosts out for 255 to seal their fifth test win in England and first since 1999.

Jun 2, 2015

Cricket-Ruthless New Zealand on verge of victory

LEEDS, England, June 2 (Reuters) – New Zealand prized out three more wickets to move to the brink of a series-levelling victory as England scrambled to 206 for eight at tea on the last day of the second and final test on Tuesday.

The hosts, chasing a record 455 to win, lost five wickets in the morning and only a defiant 56 from captain Alastair Cook held up the ruthless New Zealanders who are bidding for their fifth test triumph in England.

Jun 2, 2015

Fired-up New Zealand on course for victory over England

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – New Zealand ripped through England’s top order to close in on a series-levelling victory as the hosts limped to 102 for five at lunch on the last day of the second and final test on Tuesday.

England, chasing a record 455 to win, lost four wickets in the first hour and the dismissal of Ben Stokes late in the session completed an excellent morning for the touring side.

Jun 2, 2015

Fired-up New Zealand on course for victory

LEEDS, England (Reuters) – New Zealand ripped through England’s top order to close in on a series-levelling victory as the hosts limped to 102 for five at lunch on the last day of the second and final test on Tuesday.

England, chasing a record 455 to win, lost four wickets in the first hour and the dismissal of Ben Stokes late in the session completed an excellent morning for the touring side.