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Feb 28, 2015

Clarke wins toss on return after injury layoff

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke, returning to lead his country again after an injury layoff, had no hesitation in opting to bat after winning the toss in the World Cup match against New Zealand on Saturday.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins replaced Josh Hazelwood in the Australian side to further strengthen their impressive pace attack while their tournament co-hosts New Zealand named an unchanged side. The Australians, who have won 11 of their 16 one-day matches against New Zealand at Eden Park, trail the home side in the Pool A standings after their game against Bangladesh was rained off following a decisive victory over England.

Feb 28, 2015

Cricket-Clarke wins toss on return after injury layoff

AUCKLAND, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke, returning to lead his country again after an injury layoff, had no hesitation in opting to bat after winning the toss in the World Cup match against New Zealand on Saturday.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins replaced Josh Hazelwood in the Australian side to further strengthen their impressive pace attack while their tournament co-hosts New Zealand named an unchanged side.

Feb 26, 2015

Eden Park, witness to best and worst of NZ cricket

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – Eden Park, venue of Saturday’s eagerly awaited Pool A clash between World Cup hosts Australia and New Zealand, has witnessed the best and worst of New Zealand cricket.

New Zealand tumbled to their lowest test score in an innings at the Auckland ground in 1955, 26 against England.

Feb 26, 2015

Cricket-Eden Park, witness to best and worst of NZ cricket

AUCKLAND, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Eden Park, venue of Saturday’s eagerly awaited Pool A clash between World Cup hosts Australia and New Zealand, has witnessed the best and worst of New Zealand cricket.

New Zealand tumbled to their lowest test score in an innings at the Auckland ground in 1955, 26 against England.

Feb 23, 2015

Ali century sets up comfortable England win

CHRISTCHURCH, (Reuters) – England completed a clinical 119-run victory over Scotland in their cricket World Cup Pool A match at Hagley Oval on Monday to record their first win in the tournament.

After they were crushed in their opening games by co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, England posted 303 for eight after being asked to bat then dismissed Scotland for 184 from 47.2 overs on a day which began under dark clouds and concluded in bright sunshine.

Feb 23, 2015

All round performance emphasis Ali’s importance

CHRISTCHURCH, (Reuters) – England all-rounder Moeen Ali emphasised his importance to his side’s cause when he followed up a match-winning century with two wickets in a 10-over spell against Scotland on Monday.

Ali’s elevation to opening batsman has given England the momentum they so badly need at the top of the order and on Monday he scored at better than a run a ball to reach 128 with five sixes.

Feb 23, 2015

Morgan happy with team and his own form

CHRISTCHURCH, (Reuters) – England captain Eoin Morgan finally found something to celebrate on Monday after a harrowing week for his team and himself.

Morgan had barely been able to scrape a run together during two crushing defeats to Australia and New Zealand and his future, as well as that of coach Peter Moores and managing director Paul Downton, has been openly questioned in the British media.

Feb 23, 2015

Cricket-Morgan happy with team and his own form

CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 23 (Reuters) – England captain Eoin Morgan finally found something to celebrate on Monday after a harrowing week for his team and himself.

Morgan had barely been able to scrape a run together during two crushing defeats to Australia and New Zealand and his future, as well as that of coach Peter Moores and managing director Paul Downton, has been openly questioned in the British media.

Feb 23, 2015

Cricket-All round performance emphasis Ali’s importance

CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 23 (Reuters) – England all-rounder Moeen Ali emphasised his importance to his side’s cause when he followed up a match-winning century with two wickets in a 10-over spell against Scotland on Monday.

Ali’s elevation to opening batsman has given England the momentum they so badly need at the top of the order and on Monday he scored at better than a run a ball to reach 128 with five sixes.

Feb 23, 2015

Ali scores century as England pass 300 against Scots

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – England opener Moeen Ali produced a stream of delightful drives to reach his second one-day international century in the cricket World Cup Pool A match against Scotland at Hagley Oval on Monday.

After England had lost their opening matches to hosts Australia and New Zealand, Ali (128) and opening partner Ian Bell (54) relished a bland pitch and unthreatening bowling to post an opening stand of 172.

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