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Title contenders Durham turned the screw against First Division leaders Yorkshire at Scarborough, stretching their overnight score of 406 for 6 to 573, their highest total since May 2011 and their biggest against Yorkshire, who closed the second day at 182 for 3 in reply, with New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson unbeaten on 76.

England 342 & 293 New Zealand 198 & 311: England complete crushing victory

It took England just 95 minutes to claim the four wickets they needed for victory on the final morning of the second Test here in Wellington.

Angus Fraser: England on course for victory

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Angus Fraser: Bowling star injured in kickabout

England's chances of winning the second Test in Wellington were dealt a potentially damaging blow this morning when James Anderson twisted his left ankle after the close of play on the third day. Anderson, England's bowling star of the New Zealand first innings, was involved in a warm-down mess around game of football on the outfield when he went over on his ankle.

England 342 & 4-0 New Zealand 198: Anderson happy to be held responsible

Justin Vaughan, New Zealand Cricket's chief executive, first made his name in the sport during the Nineties as an astute captain and an all-rounder of limited ability. But he may consider becoming a prophet following James Anderson's five-wicket haul on the second day of the second Test here in Wellington yesterday, a performance that has given Michael Vaughan's side an excellent chance of levelling the series.

Angus Fraser: Anderson gives England control

James Anderson and England's reshaped bowling attack showed that there will be life after Matthew Hoggard and Stephen Harmison when they bowled Michael Vaughan's side right back in to the three Test series against New Zealand.

Angus Fraser: Ambrose rescues England

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New Zealand 470 England 286-6: England taught a lesson in art of bowling attack

Circumspection, canniness, claustrophobia. The third day of the first Test between New Zealand and England in Hamilton may have yielded just 199 runs and four wickets but each of the above conditions appeared in abundance on what for a purist was an absorbing day of Test cricket.

Angus Fraser: England struggle to avoid follow-on

England saved the follow-on on the third afternoon, passing 270 when a forceful back foot shot from Paul Collingwood rolled to the extra cover boundary for four, but they will need to be at their best over the final two days of the first Test if they are to avoid defeat to an excellent New Zealand side. Collingwood and Tim Ambrose, on debut, remained unbeaten at the end of an absorbing day of Test cricket as England crawled to 286-6, still 184 runs shy of the Black Caps imposing first innings total of 470.



Angus Fraser: Sidebottom strikes to boost England

Ryan Sidebottom claimed a crucial late wicket to help England finish with a flourish on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand today. Brilliant catching and disciplined bowling allowed England to edge the opening day of the three Test series against New Zealand. On a slow, low and largely unhelpful pitch wicket-taking opportunities were always going to be limited, and the honours would have gone to the Black Caps but for the handiwork of Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood, who shared five high quality catches.

Bell blow hurts England as Harmison breaks through

England's Test series against New Zealand got off to a painful start last night when Ian Bell was taken to hospital for an X-ray on the first morning of the first Test.

Tremlett heads for home as Strauss and Harmison boost England

What is it with the England Test team, can't these fellas stay fit? For four weeks the one-day side flung itself around the outfields of New Zealand without suffering discomfort or injury, but when pristine whites replace the blue uniforms the dressing room suddenly begins to resemble a scene from M.A.S.H.

Finders keepers for Ambrose

Wicketkeeper continues to be the biggest problem for the England cricket team, with Tim Ambrose about to become the fourth player to be handed the gloves since the retirement of Alec Stewart five years ago

England 369 Otago XI 146 & 102-3 <i>(Match drawn)</i>: Sidebottom scare hands lifeline to Harmison

A tight hamstring and a dodgy radar were the only concerns for England on another largely productive day for Michael Vaughan's side in New Zealand. Both can be corrected before the first Test begins next Wednesday in Hamilton, but as the hamstring belongs to Ryan Sidebottom and the radar is Steve Harmison's they are significant concerns.

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