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Match Preview New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test 2019

Big picture If it wasn’t already clear that New Zealand are the closest challengers to India’s current dominance of Test cricket, then their comprehensive victory at Bay Oval last week came close to confirming it. While there are no Test Championship points at stake in this series, New Zealand do, …

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Match Preview New Zealand vs England, 1st Test 2019

Big picture What is it about New Zealand and the dawn of new England eras? Perhaps it’s that blend of high quality and low jeopardy – the sense that you’re in for a proper test of your mettle, but without all the off-field noise and distraction that might accompany, say, …

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Match Preview Afghanistan vs West Indies, 1st T20I 2019

Big picture Afghanistan must be hurting. Playing hosts to West Indies in their adopted home in India, their ODI campaign went so badly that the team’s losing streak in the format extended to 12 by the end of the series. There’s a mismatch in the philosophy of their batting (defensive) …

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Match Preview New Zealand vs England, 5th T20I 2019

Big picture It’s all up for grabs now! As if we haven’t found it hard enough to separate England and New Zealand on the field in recent months, so it has fittingly come to pass that the first five-match T20I series between senior Test nations is coming down to a …

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Match Preview Afghanistan vs West Indies, 2nd ODI 2019

Big picture Afghanistan lost their tenth 50-over game in a row when they went down by seven wickets in the first ODI. One doesn’t envy a captain who inherits such a problem – Rashid Khan is once again in charge of trying to change things bigger than himself. The primary …

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Match Preview New Zealand vs England, 4th T20I 2019

Big picture “It’s been a great learning day for us,” said Eoin Morgan after a chastening defeat in the third T20I at Nelson. It wasn’t exactly said with relish, but there was obvious conviction in his words as he offered up a subtle variation on one of the abiding themes …

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Match Preview Australia vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I 2019

Big Picture Rain in Sydney not only robbed Australia of the chance to complete a T20 series victory over Pakistan in the space of two matches, it also meant that the hosts will not be able to overtake Babar Azam’s team as the world’s No. 1 ranked T20I team with …

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