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Category: England v New Zealand 2021

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Ollie Robinson furore not to blame for England’s woes, says Chris Silverwood

‘We’ve tried to make sure the noise has been quietened down’Head coach admits England’s batting has been ‘not good enough’Chris Silverwood has insisted the off-field rancour triggered by Ollie Robinson’s historic tweets was not to blame for the sorry b…

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England on brink of defeat as Neil Wagner turns the screw for New Zealand

Second Test day three: England 303 & 122-9; New Zealand 388Mark Wood top-scores with 29 as England’s batsmen fall shortBataclysm. Batastrophe. There is simply not a hole this England lineup cannot bat itself into. If nothing else, they are experts …

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Zak Crawley’s confusion is a symptom of England’s top-order batting malaise | Andy Bull

The young batsman’s technique is being pulled in different directions by the competing needs of three different formatsIt was hot and close when England’s openers got out to the middle, headache weather, heavy and oppressive. The team were already in s…

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Second-string New Zealand make England look second-rate

Despite making six changes to their team from Lord’s, the Kiwis have been far too good for Joe Root’s fragile sideIndia have been playing what they are calling an “intra-squad match simulation” at the Ageas Bowl, the highlight of which appears to be an…

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England v New Zealand: second Test, day three – live!

Over-by-over updates from the third day at EdgbastonThe Spin: sign up and get our free weekly cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya or tweet @tjaldred 10.53am BST Frank Stark is bewildered by the soft signal hullabaloo:“I’m a bit baffled by the Jes…

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Zak Crawley ‘catch’ for England reignites debate over umpire’s soft signal

New Zealand’s Devon Conway ruled not out off Stuart BroadEngland unhappy with signal given by Richard IllingworthDoes international cricket need the soft signal for low catches? It was a question posed by many, including England’s bowling coach, Jon Le…

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Hunger game: how Jimmy Anderson dodged long list of bowling casualties | Andy Bull

Where other bowlers have seen careers ruined by injury and off-field issues, Anderson is still going strong in his 162nd Test“What’s the secret?” Nasser Hussain asked Jimmy Anderson before the start of this Test. “A lot of it is luck,” Anderson told hi…

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England rue drops and decisions as New Zealand take upper hand in second Test

Second Test, day two: England 303: New Zealand 229-3Broad furious over Conway ‘catch’ as opener goes on to make 80At Lord’s last week Devon Conway brought up his century with an ostentatious lofted flick off his ankles and over square leg for four. At …

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England’s policy of living for tomorrow has left Test team adrift in vagueness | Barney Ronay

This is a weirdly muddled England Test side, planning for the Ashes while the best team in the world are in townAdam Gilchrist’s autobiography True Colours: My Story is one of the great “unreliable narrator” sports books. Not because there’s a single f…

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Michael Holding critical of England’s ‘moment of unity’ Test gesture

Former West Indies bowler likens it to ‘all lives matter’Holding praises Gareth Southgate and England footballersEngland’s pre-match “moment of unity” has drawn scorn from Michael Holding, who believes the gesture is akin to saying “all lives matter” a…

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England v New Zealand: second Test, day two – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston with the series all squareThe Spin: sign up now and receive our free weekly emailSend Daniel an email or tweet @unitedrewind 11.16am BST 93rd over: England 280-7 (Lawrence 71, Wood 36) Has a metalware or door-lock company in…

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Ollie Robinson given time off by Sussex for his ‘mental health and wellbeing’

Sussex statement: ‘Ollie has made clear the shame he feels’Rory Burns says England concentrating on winning second TestOllie Robinson has pulled out of playing for Sussex this weekend citing the need for a break as the England and Wales Cricket Board c…

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Dom Sibley awkwardly cements his status as England’s newest cult hero | Andy Bull

What the batsman lacks in flair he makes up for in stubbornness and patience, as New Zealand have discovered Has anyone ever been made so rapturously happy by Dom Sibley’s batting? Let loose at a Test match after 15 months of on-and-off lockdown, the c…

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Dan Lawrence helps England rally against New Zealand in second Test

Second Test, day one: England 258-7 v New ZealandBurns 81, Lawrence 67*, but Crawley, Root and Bracey failOn a day when England’s failings were often familiar and New Zealand’s strengths likewise, perhaps most important of all was the soundtrack of glo…

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England v New Zealand: second Test, day one – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston with the series all squareThe Spin: sign up now and receive our free weekly emailAnd feel free to email Geoff or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 10.59am BST Here’s Tim K. “While the England XI leaves most pre-match predictions high a…

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England v New Zealand: second Test, day one – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston with the series all squareThe Spin: sign up now and receive our free weekly emailAnd feel free to email Geoff or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 10.59am BST Here’s Tim K. “While the England XI leaves most pre-match predictions high a…

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Edgbaston provides chance for Root and England to change the mood | Ali Martin

After Ollie Robinson and the Lord’s draw, the home team have the opportunity to be viewed positively against New ZealandEnglish cricket has not exactly seen eye to eye with the government this week but they join forces at Edgbaston for a pilot scheme i…

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Joe Root admits England have faced ‘ugly truths’ over offensive tweets

Captain says team will continue to fight for inclusivity in cricket‘It’s been uncomfortable, we’re going to have to front up’Joe Root confirmed England will continue to deliver the message of cricket’s inclusivity with another “moment of unity” before …

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Joe Root admits England have faced ‘ugly truths’ over offensive tweets

Captain says team will continue to fight for inclusivity in cricket‘It’s been uncomfortable, we’re going to have to front up’Joe Root confirmed England will continue to deliver the message of cricket’s inclusivity with another “moment of unity” before …

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Joe Root admits England have faced ‘ugly truths’ over offensive tweets

Captain says team will continue to fight for inclusivity in cricket‘It’s been uncomfortable, we’re going to have to front up’Joe Root confirmed England will continue to deliver the message of cricket’s inclusivity with another “moment of unity” before …