Kane follows blueprint

After a sad day in the desert, NZ's World Cup jigsaw fell neatly towards completion.

Vettori to miss ODI decider

Black Caps to be without veteran spinner for Friday night's decider against Pakistan.

Team comes first for McCullum

GOLDEN MOMENT: Brendon McCullum celebrates becoming the first New Zealand cricketer to score 300 in a test innings.

Black Caps captain would much rather win his fifth test than notch 1000 runs for year in Boxing Day test.

NZC denies pressure applied

Black Caps indirectly accused of applying pressure to stricken opponents to play the fourth ODI.

Second test in the balance

New Australia captain Steve Smith is manning the barricades against India at the Gabba.

Amla makes it double trouble for Windies

South Africa dominate the Windies on day two after a Hashim Amla double-century.

Ludeman hits fastest BBL 50 in Strikers' win

Kevin Pietersen made an instant imprint but Adelaide Strikers' Tim Ludeman left a lasting one.

Rangiora wicket may suit McCullum

When New Zealand captain comes to the crease today, the Rangiora wicket should all be in his favour.

McCullum waiting in wings

A six-hour rain delay followed by solid Otago batting meant Brendon McCullum had no part to play today.

Batsmen failing to fire

Day one of Plunket Shield match between Auckland and CD noteworthy for number of wickets that fell.

Watling's 60 saves Knights

Northern Knights get out of trouble on the opening day of Plunket Shield match against Wellington.

Warne in a spin over 'soft' call

Shane Warne hits out over claims he called Aussie cricketer Mitchell Starc "soft".

Black marks for Black Caps ODI

OPINION: NZ-Pakistan ODI was the best contest of the series, but given the Peshawar school attack it should never have been played.

Black Caps sneak a tense victory

New Zealand prevail, albeit narrowly, in a match Pakistan didn't want to play after attack on school.

KP expects some Big Bash love

Kevin Pietersen warms up for the Monash Tigers before their Victorian Premier League match against St Kilda at Central Reserve on December 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Stars' marquee man Kevin Pietersen isn't expecting hostility from the Adelaide crowd in the Big Bash League opener tonight.

ODI decision disappoints

Pakistani cricket officials disappointed Black Caps ODI went ahead in the wake of the Peshawar school horror.

Amla, De Villiers record stand

Proteas pair share a record unbroken double-century stand as South Africa take control of first Windies test.

Recap: NZ vs Pakistan - fourth ODI

Vettori and Williamson lead the Black Caps to a seven-run win, squaring the series 2-2.

Chappell: Smith should be captain

Even if Michael Clarke returns, former Australia skipper believes young captain ought to retain the role.

Watling focused on long game

The test keeper feels the World Cup is out of reach but returns for ND with test series on the horizon.

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