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Murali to play in New Zealand

Sri Lankan spin king Muttiah Muralitharan is to play in New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition next season after a deal was confirmed with the Wellington Firebirds on Friday. Muralitharan, who holds the

Former Australian coach Buchanan joins New Zealand

WELLINGTON – Former Australia cricket coach John Buchanan has been confirmed as the new director of cricket for Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand, according to local media reports on Friday.
Calls to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan were not immediately returned.
“John’s appointment is an exciting one for New Zealand Cricket,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Press Association. “He has a great cricketing pedigree and will provide

World Cup a ‘fillip’ to quake-hit New Zealand

SYDNEY – The Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year will be a fillip to a nation still reeling from the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake, chief organiser Martin Snedden said on Tuesday. Just 150 days before the tournament opens on Sept. 9, Snedden said the organisational problems caused by February’s deadly earthquake had been dealt with, although how best to involve the devastated city in the event was still a concern.
And while Snedden stressed organisers’

‘Jinxed’ N Zealand beat forecasts

WELLINGTON – New Zealand media bemoaned the Black Caps’ World Cup ‘jinx’ Tuesday after yet another semi-final exit, but praised the unheralded team for exceeding expectations in reaching the final four.
“It was deja vu all over again,” national news agency NZPA said after Sri Lanka sent New Zealand packing at the semi-final stage for the sixth time in 10 World Cups. The team has never reached a tournament decider.
The New Zealand Herald said the Black Caps “almost broke the

Muralitharan in as New Zealand bat in semi-final

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was declared fit to play as New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and decided to bat in the first World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old spinner was doubtful for the game after hurting his knee and aggravating a quadricep injury but was included in an unchanged side which beat England by 10 wickets in the quarter-final on Saturday.
New Zealand brought in Andy McKay for left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock in

New Zealand faces Sri Lanka in first Semi Final

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka may exploit a pitch used three days earlier and employ three specialist spinners for the second match in a row in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Colombo.
To New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori’s consternation, the match will be played on the pitch used in last Saturday’s quarter-final against England.
“They told us we are playing on the same one as England which is very surprising for us,” Vettori told a news conference on Monday.

Wright backs New Zealand aggression

WELLINGTON – New Zealand coach John Wright has praised his team’s aggressive approach ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Wright brushed aside criticism of New Zealand’s conduct in its shock quarter-final win over South Africa on Friday, when several Black Caps clashed with Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis at the end of the 28th over. “I liked the aggression of the team,” Wright told New Zealand media on Sunday.
“They were very aggressive,

Expect a Pakistan-New Zealand final

KOCHI – Impressed with their consistent showings in the tournament so far, former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson on Sunday backed Shahid Afridi and his men to emerge winners in the much-anticipated World Cup semifinal against India.
“Pakistan have played some good cricket, their guys look really good… and it could be a Pakistan-New Zealand final” Lawson, who coached Pakistan for 15 months since July 2007, told reporters.
Pakistan, who thrashed West Indies by ten wickets in

Disciplined Proteas restrict Kiwis to 221

DHAKA – Jesse Ryder struck his maiden World Cup half-century as New Zealand struggled to 221 for eight from their 50 overs in the quarter-final against South Africa.
Batting under immense pressure after South Africa had reduced the Kiwis to 16 for two, Ryder saw off the initial danger.
The burly left-hander was finally out for 83 from 121 balls trying to loft leg-spinner Imran Tahir over the leg-side boundary.
Ryder added 114 runs with an unusually sedate vice-captain

New Zealand, Sri Lanka battle for group honours

MUMBAI – New Zealand and Sri Lanka will Friday lock horns in a fierce tussle for final group positions in their last match ahead of the World Cup knockout round. The pressure to qualify is now off with New Zealand and Sri Lanka joined in the last eight by fellow Group A sides Australia and Pakistan, but final positions are crucial as they determine opponents in the next round.
New Zealand have emerged as the tournament’s dark horses, winning their past three matches, including an

New Zealand thump Canada to reach quaters

MUMBAI – New Zealand’s in-form Ross Taylor and opener Brendon McCullum blitzed Canada Sunday, helping to fire the Black Caps into the World Cup quarter-finals with a thumping 97-run win in Mumbai. New Zealand scored a mammoth 358 for 6 in their 50 overs and it proved too much for the minnows, who never looked remotely like challenging the target and ended on 261-9 after their 50 overs.
Canada were in a perilous position at 4-2 before captain Ashish Bagai (84) and Jimmy Hansra (70