The first Test between England and New Zealand may have ended in a draw, but there was no shortage of intensity in the game over the five days in Dunedin. The hosts dominated the first half of the Test, following which England were always playing the catch up game.
England won their 3-match ODI Series 2-1 after thrashing New Zealand by 5 wickets in the Final game at the Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday. It was a pale show from the Kiwis in the Series deciders as they were bowled out for just 185 in 43.5 overs after being asked to bat first by England.
India is heading towards a second consecutive Test defeat at home against a professional English unit led by Skipper Alastair Cook at the Eden Gardens. A dramatic afternoon session fast forwarded the match towards a possibly innings defeat for the hosts but R Ashwin’s beautiful knock in the final session helped them to avoid that and has taken the match into the final day.
James Anderson has been included in the England Squad for the three T20Is against South Africa which begins tomorrow. Anderson wasn’t part of the original squad but gets in as a cover for Steven Finn, who is having a stiff back.
South Africa are in a great position to win the Third Test at Lord’s and finish the series 2-0 as a superb opening spell from Vernon Philander has reduced the hosts to 16 for 2 in a run chase of 346 during the fourth day’s play on Sunday! England are now on the defensive with the 16 runs coming in 13 overs at the loss of its two openers.