England captain Joe Root hinted Moeen Ali is in contention for a Test recall to South Africa as the spin bowling all-rounder “adds a different dimension” when firing on all cylinders.
Sam Curran wants to shed his “vulnerable” tag if he is given the nod ahead of Chris Woakes for England’s first Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui this week.
Jos Buttler feels reinvigorated by the time off he had following a whirlwind summer as he returned to action with a century in England’s final warm-up before the Test series against New Zealand.
Jofra Archer turned up the heat after Jos Buttler’s century but England settled for an underwhelming draw to complete their preparations for the Test series against New Zealand.
England batsman Joe Denly feared his tour of New Zealand had been ended by the ankle injury which ruled him out of the Twenty20 series against the Black Caps.
Joe Denly silenced any lingering concerns over his fitness with one of England’s three half-centuries on the penultimate day of their final warm-up before the first Test against New Zealand next week.
Ben Stokes has no desire to be England captain, saying: “It’s just not one of those things I’m desperate to do.”
England’s bowlers were given a stiff workout on another flat pitch in Whangarei in what may be useful preparation for what awaits them in the first Test against New Zealand next week.
New Zealand paceman Lockie Ferguson is confident he can cause “a little bit of anxiety” in England’s batsman if he is given his Test debut in Mount Maunganui next week.
Joe Root intends to drop back down to four in the Test order for the foreseeable future as he feels England will get more out out of him as a batsman and captain.
A serious health concern is emerging in Australian cricket.
England seamer Chris Woakes is preparing for a difficult time on flat New Zealand pitches with a ball less helpful to his skillset if he is given the nod in next week’s first Test.
Neither Chris Woakes nor Sam Curran made a compelling case to retain their Test place as a rusty England laboured in the field on the second and final day of their warm-up against a New Zealand XI.
Chris Jordan starred as England got the better of New Zealand in another Super Over, prevailing by nine runs after a truncated thriller in the fifth Twenty20 in Auckland.
Dawid Malan may have registered England’s second Twenty20 international hundred but his apparent reluctance to run from the final ball of the innings against New Zealand seemed to irk captain Eoin Morgan.
Dawid Malan revealed England’s plan to rotate him out of the side for the fifth and final Twenty20 was the catalyst for his belligerent century in the 76-run thumping of New Zealand.
England assistant Paul Collingwood anticipates having more of a hands-on role with the Test side but insists neither he nor head coach Chris Silverwood want to “reinvent the wheel” after Trevor Bayliss’ departure.
Shane Bond has expressed an interest in becoming England fast bowling coach even though he is temporarily holding the corresponding position with his native New Zealand.
Jonny Bairstow is pencilled in to return for the fourth Twenty20 as England look set to drop either James Vince or Dawid Malan following a dramatic batting collapse against New Zealand last time out.
England captain Eoin Morgan hopes his inexperienced side learn quickly from their mistakes after a batting collapse led to a 14-run defeat against New Zealand in the third Twenty20.