On a tide of national goodwill, Brendon McCullum delivered
the catalyst for New Zealand's victory against Sri Lanka at
Hagley Park on Saturday.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is tipping upsets during the
World Cup - and that is part of the reason he bristled
slightly at a description of tomorrow's opponent, Scotland.
Martin Guptill provided the sole ray of sunshine on a
bitterly cold, gloomy day at Lincoln yesterday.
Cricket fans have a nervous wait ahead of the ICC Cricket
World Cup 2015 opening game in Christchurch on Saturday, with
early weather forecasts predicting dark clouds ahead.
New Zealand's opening World Cup game potentially just got
several degrees tougher with the news that Sri Lanka's star
bowler Lasith Malinga will be fit for the match at Hagley
Oval this Saturday.
New Zealand cricketing great Martin Crowe selflessly
described Kane Williamson's form this summer as the "dawn of
probably our greatest ever batsman".
Grant Elliot's all-round performance eclipsed Shahid Afridi's
29-ball blitz to secure New Zealand a comfortable
seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first One Day
International in Wellington tonight.
Picture if you will - and it's hard at the moment - a rainy
day at the bach.
Black Caps seamer Adam Milne has recovered from his side
strain and could come in to the side to meet Pakistan at
Westpac Stadium in Wellington tomorrow.
New Zealand has a problem at the top of their batting order.
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