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Bowler Ollie Robinson hopes to be 'worthy bearer of the baton' for England

England's Ollie Robinson hopes he can prove himself a "worthy bearer of the baton" after learning his trade as a Test bowler alongside the record-breaking partnership of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

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Tom Blundell century keeps New Zealand in the hunt against England

Tom Blundell rescued New Zealand's first innings while England's James Anderson and Stuart Broad reached 1000 Test wickets on Day 2 of the opening Test in Mount Maunganui.

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England’s gamble pays off as tourists gain the upper hand against New Zealand

A gambler's declaration from Ben Stokes paid off in style on day one of England's day/night Test against New Zealand, following swashbuckling scores from Harry Brook and Ben Duckett.

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Test cricket still the pinnacle for New Zealand, says captain Tim Southee

New Zealand captain Tim Southee is confident that Test cricket remains the peak of most players' ambitions, despite his side being squeezed by the pressures of franchise cricket.

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New Zealand scrambling to assemble their XI for first Test against England

New Zealand are scrambling to get their team together ahead of Thursday's first Test against England, with travel disruption caused by Cyclone Gabrielle playing a part.

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England spinner Jack Leach 'having too much fun to get ill now'

England spinner Jack Leach is grateful for another chance to play New Zealand away after the last time against the Kiwis he did not take part due to being hospitalised.