New Zealand

3:00 AM ET Big Picture The venue for the New Zealand-Afghanistan clash elicits as much intrigue as the match-up itself. Taunton, once the home of Ian Botham, Viv Richards, Joel Garner, the late Peter Roebuck, and in more recent times Marcus Trescothick and Jos Buttler, is set to make an international return since the India-Sri
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8:48 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui will become New Zealand’s ninth Test venue after being awarded the opening match of the two-Test series against England in November. A regular and popular fixture on the limited-overs scene, the ground has now been handed the marquee match ahead of established venues Wellington and
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3:00 AM ET Big Picture New Zealand’s turbo-aggressive yet endearing cricket turned a rugby-mad nation into a cricket-loving country in 2015. Brendon McCullum, the (Super)man who was at the forefront of New Zealand’s surge then, will breathe easy in the commentary box this time. Sure, Kane Williamson hates it – but the focus will be
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7:26 PM ET Deivarayan Muthu From out of nowhere, Tom Blundell has bolted into New Zealand’s World Cup squad as the second wicketkeeper behind Tom Latham. This is partly due to a finger injury to Tim Seifert, who was initially ahead of Blundell in the pecking order. Uncapped in ODI cricket, Blundell could be thrown
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