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Cricket: New Zealand appeal for more Tests

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill Thursday joined calls for more international matches for the Black Caps as they struggle to lift their profile. Guptill, who has been in impressive form in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), said New Zealand would struggle to improve on its eighth-placed Test ranking without a steady diet of matches against quality opponents. Legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee recently said New Zealand needed more Tests but the perception in other countries was that the team was not box-office material.

Cricket: New Zealand appeal for more Tests

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill Thursday joined calls for more international matches for the Black Caps as they struggle to lift their profile. Guptill, who has been in impressive form in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), said New Zealand would struggle to improve on its eighth-placed Test ranking without a steady diet of matches against quality opponents. Legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee recently said New Zealand needed more Tests but the perception in other countries was that the team was not box-office material.

Cricket: Vettori sidelined but won't call it quits

Injury-plagued New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori announced Friday he will be sidelined for at least six months but refused to call time on an international career stretching back 16 years. Vettori said he had informed New Zealand Cricket he could not accept a Black Caps' contract for the upcoming season as he knew much of the year would be spent in rehabilitation after an ankle operation. "I feel that with my present injury situation it would be wrong for me to take a retainer contract," he said.

Cricket: Kiwi quick Martin retires

New Zealand paceman Chris Martin announced his retirement Wednesday, bowing out as the third highest Test wicket-taker in Black Caps' history. Martin played 71 Tests for New Zealand over an international career spanning more than 12 years, claiming 233 wickets at an average of 33.81. The 38-year-old, who played his last Test in January and has fallen down the pecking order as a new generation of fast bowlers emerge, said he had enjoyed every moment with the Black Caps. "It feels like the right time to step down," he said.

Cricket: Hesson laments New Zealand's failure to grab chance

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was left ruing his side's failure to take their chances after the Black Caps' exit from the Champions Trophy was confirmed on Monday. The Kiwis were already on the brink of bowing out after a 10-run defeat by England in a rain-reduced 24 overs per side clash in Cardiff on Sunday. And their fate was sealed when Sri Lanka beat defending champions Australia by 20 runs in Monday's final pool match at The Oval to join tournament hosts England as one of the two semi-finalists out of Group A.

Cricket: Hesson laments New Zealand's failure to grab chance

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was left ruing his side's failure to take their chances after the Black Caps' exit from the Champions Trophy was confirmed on Monday. The Kiwis were already on the brink of bowing out after a 10-run defeat by England in a rain-reduced 24 overs per side clash in Cardiff on Sunday. And their fate was sealed when Sri Lanka beat defending champions Australia by 20 runs in Monday's final pool match at The Oval to join tournament hosts England as one of the two semi-finalists out of Group A.

Cricket: Cook savours England semi-final spot

England captain Alastair Cook insisted he did not care which side his team faced in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after they booked their place in the last four with a 10-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday. England top Group A ahead of Monday's final match between defending champions Australia and Sri Lanka at The Oval.

Cricket: England into Champions Trophy semi-finals

England put a ball-tampering row behind them to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with a 10-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday. New Zealand, chasing 170 for victory in a match reduced by rain to 24 overs per side, were held by the tournament hosts to 159 for eight. Victory saw England, yet to win a major 50-over competition, into the last four as one of two qualifiers out of Group A after their build-up for this match was overshadowed by ball-tampering allegations made against them by former captain Bob Willis.

Cricket: New Zealand field against England

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to field against England in their Champions Trophy Group A match in Cardiff on Sunday before rain fell on Sophia Gardens. England were without premier spinner Graeme Swann because of injury and his place was taken by fellow off-break bowler James Tredwell. However, top order batsman Jonathan Trott was passed fit following a leg injury that prevented him fielding for most of Sri Lanka's innings during England's seven-wicket defeat at The Oval on Thursday.

Cricket: Guptill hundred sees New Zealand to victory

Martin Guptill's unbeaten century saw New Zealand return to winning ways as they beat England by five wickets in the first one-day international at Lord's on Friday. Opening batsman Guptill made 103 not out, his third century in 70 ODIs, as New Zealand, chasing a target of 228, finished on 231 for five with 19 balls to spare. Victory left New Zealand 1-0 up in a three-match series ahead of Sunday's second ODI in Southampton. Guptill could only look on as New Zealand were reduced to one for two after James Anderson struck twice in the first over of their reply
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