6:00 PM GMT It is “by no means certain” that Moeen Ali will be available for England’s tour of Sri Lanka, according to Ed Smith. Smith, the national selector, admitted there was “no time frame” for Moeen’s return to Test cricket after he was, once again, absent from England’s squad for the tour of South
Jonny Bairstow flays a drive through the covers © Getty Images James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have all been included in a 17-man squad for England’s Test tour of South Africa. Anderson and Wood missed the New Zealand tour due to injury, while Bairstow was dropped to allow him time to work on
1:25 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff The ECB remain confident that that the forthcoming Test tour of South Africa will go ahead as planned, despite another day of administrative chaos that culminated in the suspension of Cricket South Africa’s chief executive and the loss of the team’s title sponsor after a 30-year association. England are set
6:14 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Bob Willis, legendary England fast bowler, dies aged 70The former England captain and fast bowler, who will be forever synonymous with England’s 1981 Ashes victory, died on December 4. Icon, survivor, grandee: Farewell Bob Willis, the man with the longest runAndrew Miller, ESPNcricinfo’s UK editor, writes a moving tribute in
5:55 PM GMT What, in all honesty, have England learnt from their two-Test stopover in New Zealand? In one sense, it was a trip that lived down to its pre-series expectations, as a superbly well-drilled home team handed out a succession of lessons to a side that has neglected the longer format for several years
6:02 PM GMT England batting coach, Graham Thorpe, has urged those players in the Test set-up to keep focusing on how to improve their games as Chris Silverwood and Joe Root seek to build a team that can challenge to win back the Ashes in Australia. A rain-affected draw in Hamilton extended England’s poor away
10:02 PM GMT A bit like the relationship with one’s parents, or the pictures on the walls in your childhood home, some memories are set in stone before you’re even aware of who or what they represent. Take the Headingley Test of 1981. How many people aged 40 or under can say for certain when
4:05 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Bob Willis, the former England captain and fast bowler who will be forever synonymous with England’s 1981 Ashes victory, has died at the age of 70 after a short battle with thyroid cancer. Willis claimed 325 wickets in a 90-Test career that began on the Ashes tour in 1970-71. He
11:00 PM GMT Jeetan Patel has been appointed as England’s spin-bowling consultant for the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka. Patel, who performed a similar role during the T20I leg of England’s tour of New Zealand, will join the England squad on December 24 ahead of the first Test in Centurion on Boxing Day.
Dec 1, 2019 New Zealand 375 (Latham 105, Mitchell 73, Watling 55, Broad 4-73) and 96 for 2 (Williamson 37*, Taylor 31*) trail England 476 (Root 226, Burns 101, Pope 75, Wagner 5-124) by five runs Joe Root confirmed his return to form with a masterful innings of 226, and Ollie Pope passed his own
4:25 AM GMT Joe Root, England’s captain, has backed Jofra Archer to learn his lessons quickly after a chastening first taste of overseas Test cricket, and believes that England will travel to South Africa for next month’s four-Test series all the better prepared for the challenge after two hard-fought Tests in New Zealand. Archer endured
4:14 PM GMT Nagraj Gollapudi Close News editor, ESPNcricinfo Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo Gaurav Sundararaman Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn are among seven players who have listed their base price at the maximum of INR 2 crore (USD 279,000 approx) for the IPL 2020 auction, scheduled for December 19 in Kolkata.
11:00 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Marcus Trescothick and Jonathan Trott will form part of the England Lions’ coaching staff in Australia next year as batting coaches for the white-ball and first-class legs of the tour respectively. Both men worked with the England set-up during this summer, joining training ahead of Test matches in unofficial batting
8:00 AM GMT England 379 for 5 (Root 178*, Pope 46*) lead New Zealand 375 (Latham 105, Mitchell 73, Watling 55, Broad 4-73) by four runs Joe Root was closing in on his second Test-match double century by lunch on the fourth day in Hamilton, as he and Ollie Pope ticked off their team’s primary
10:41 AM GMT Rory Burns admitted he was left with a “bittersweet” sensation at the end of the third day of the second Test in Hamilton. Burns had earlier recorded his second Test century to help England into a potentially match-winning position. But his run-out opened the door to a New Zealand recovery and saw
8:00 AM GMT England 142 for 2 (Burns 76*, Root 50*) trail New Zealand 375 (Latham 105, Mitchell 73, Watling 55, Broad 4-73) by 233 runs “Bat big, bat once,” had been Stuart Broad’s exhortation on the second evening at Hamilton, after England’s frazzled batsmen had retreated to the pavilion following a torrid evening examination
7:26 AM GMT Jack Leach‘s tour of New Zealand has reached an unhappy ending after he was admitted to hospital suffering from gastroenteritis. Leach, who was left out of the side for the second Test after England decided to field an extra seamer, reported feeling unwell after the first session of play on the second
9:54 AM GMT Jofra Archer has been encouraged to keep a sense of perspective after a dispiriting tour of New Zealand. Archer finished with 1 for 75 in the first innings at Hamilton, taking his series tally to two wickets at 91.00 apiece. Archer arrived in the country with a big reputation having enjoyed an
Daryl Mitchell plays a shot © Getty Images New Zealand 248 for 5 (Watling 29*, Mitchell 26*) v England A fascinating morning of nip-and-tuck ended with New Zealand’s sixth-wicket partnership once again pulling them clear of danger, having seen off an energetic morning burst from England’s seamers to lift the score to 248 for 5.
9:45 PM GMT Valkerie Baynes Ollie Pope is keen to prove himself as a world-class wicketkeeper after he was parachuted into the role as for the second Test against New Zealand as cover for the injured Jos Buttler. Pope, who went into the match in Hamilton having kept in just five first-class matches previously, scarcely
9:41 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff James Anderson has said he “doesn’t see any reason” why he shouldn’t play in the 2021-22 Ashes series as a 39-year-old despite bowling only four overs for England in the last nine months. Anderson went off after hurting his calf during the first day of first Ashes Test at Edgbaston
5:16 AM GMT Ben Stokes may not be able to bowl in the rest of the second Test against New Zealand after experiencing a recurrence of a knee problem. Stokes reported pain in his left knee as he completed his second over in Hamilton. While he remained on the field, the England management reported the
Zak Crawley is presented with his Test cap by team-mate Joe Denly © Getty Images England won the toss and chose to bowl first against New Zealand Zak Crawley has been handed a Test debut for the second Test in Hamilton, with Ollie Pope taking over as wicketkeeper, after Jos Buttler failed to recover from
9:53 PM GMT Joe Root believes he is “not far away” from recovering his best form with the bat. The England captain has slipped outside the top 10 of the ICC’s Test batting rankings – with 697 rankings points, it’s his lowest ranking for more than five years – and admits he “played two horrendous
1:01 AM GMT Jos Buttler is an injury doubt for the second Test in Hamilton have suffered a back spasm in training. Joe Root has confirmed that Ollie Pope will keep wicket if Buttler is unable to play. Pope has kept in just five first-class games, the last of which was in February. Rory Burns,
6:38 AM GMT Joe Root “has the backing of everybody” in the England dressing room, according to Ben Stokes. Root has endured a tough few days. After experiencing perhaps his worst Test as captain – England suffered an innings defeat and he recorded his lowest return in any Test as leader where he has batted
12:49 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Jofra Archer has declared that he is “over” the incident of racial abuse that marred the closing stages of last week’s first Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, as England’s thoughts turn towards the challenge of squaring the series in the second Test at Hamilton, which begins on Friday
6:09 PM GMT Joe Denly has become the latest member of the England squad to call for better batting pitches in the County Championship. Denly, the Kent batsman, was one of the few England players to emerge with any credit after a poor display in the second innings of the first Test in Mount Maunganui.
9:29 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff England’s head coach, Chris Silverwood, will fly home early from the Test tour of New Zealand after suffering a family bereavement. Silverwood is set to return to England on November 30, after the close of the second day’s play of the second Test in Hamilton. The team’s assistant coaches, Graham
11:15 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Joe Root has dropped out of the world’s Test batting top 10 for the first time in more than five years. Root, fell to 11th in the latest ICC rankings, released on Tuesday, after scores of two and 11 in England’s innings defeat in the first Test against New Zealand.