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Cricket: England lose to New Zealand in final Twenty20 warm-up match

Dernbach the weak link as England sink in final Twenty20 warm-up match

By
Paul Newman

PUBLISHED:

06:40 GMT, 6 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 7 February 2013

SCOREBOARD

New Zealand 171-7 (Latham 64, Devcich 33)

England 170-5 (Morgan 51, Buttler 51)

New Zealand win by 1 run

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England received a second welcome fillip from their captain but have concerns about the man earmarked to bowl at the death in their Twenty20 series against New Zealand.

Another encouraging display from Stuart Broad in Whangarei was more important than defeat by a New Zealand XI in the second of England’s two warm-up games ahead of Saturday’s first Twenty20 international in Auckland.

Plenty to ponder: Stuart Broad looks on after his England side fall to defeat against New Zealand XI at the Cobham Oval

Plenty to ponder: Stuart Broad looks on after his England side fall to defeat against New Zealand XI at the Cobham Oval

Yet England must decide if they
retain faith in Jade Dernbach’s ability to exert control with his myriad
of variations when the tour’s serious business begins.

Broad followed his hat-trick in
England’s opening victory with another three wickets and conceded only
24 runs in his four overs as England slipped to a last-ball three-wicket
defeat against a young New Zealand side.

But Dernbach, who suffered a
miserable one-day tour of India and lost his place in the 50-over squad
for the three matches that follow the short-form series in New Zealand,
was again expensive, going at close to 10 an over.

Batter up: New Zealand XI's Tom Latham strikes on his way to the game's high score of 64 as England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on

Batter up: New Zealand XI's Tom Latham strikes on his way to the game's high score of 64 as England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on

Nifty fifty: Eoin Morgan impressed with a half century but his effort of 51 was not enough to save England from defeat

Nifty fifty: Eoin Morgan impressed with a half century but his effort of 51 was not enough to save England from defeat

At least Dernbach clawed back some
credit in a final over which almost clinched an unlikely win for
England, Andrew Ellis eventually hitting the winning run off the final
ball.

Broad arrived in New Zealand complete
with new cushioned bowling boots to help protect the damaged left heel
that forced him to return home early before Christmas from England’s
Test tour of India.

It is the latest in a long line of
injuries for one of England’s most important players and the Twenty20
captain will be pleased that he has been so effective and pain-free in
his first two outings of a crucial tour for him.

Fall guy: Alex Hales reacts with disappointment after being dismissed Matt Henry

Fall guy: Alex Hales reacts with disappointment after being dismissed Matt Henry

Up top: New Zealand XI captain Andrew Ellis celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Luke Wright

Up top: New Zealand XI captain Andrew Ellis celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Luke Wright

England will be enthused by another
half-century from Jos Buttler who hit 51 from 31 balls in a partnership
of 87 in 8.2 overs with Eoin Morgan that took England to 170 for five
from their 20 overs.

But England’s bowling was
disappointing and Tom Latham looked to be leading New Zealand to a
comfortable victory when he struck 64 off 38 balls.

Broad and Samit Patel, who conceded
just 20 runs, brought England back into the game and they made the home
side work hard for a win that emphasised that the short-form series
should prove a close affair.

‘I think it will be tight against New
Zealand,’ said England’s Michael Lumb, who ran into form at the top of
the order with 45. ‘A lot of people have written them off but it would
be foolish to do that.’

Up in arms: Jade Dernbach unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Anton Devcich as England were denied a late fightback

Up in arms: Jade Dernbach unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Anton Devcich as England were denied a late fightback

India v England ODI series: Eoin Morgan praises preparations

Morgan praises England's preparations for India as one-day series looms large

. There are a lot of foundations already set so it's a matter of building on that,' he said.

'The majority of our preparation has already been done pre-Christmas. Many of us have been here (with the Test squad) since the 24th or 25th of October and some of the guys who weren't spent three weeks here before Christmas too.

'Over the next few days we'll just be doing top-ups in different areas of our games. We are prepared.'

'We've seen in past series how important that is – like the (2010/11) Ashes where we were there three or four weeks prior to the first game. It has done us good in the Test and Twenty20 matches and hopefully it will in the one-dayers too.'

While England are looking to get 2013 off to a winning start at the Palam Services Ground, all eyes in Delhi will instead be on the host nation's ODI match against Pakistan.

India have already lost that series after back to back defeats to their fierce rivals, but there is plenty still to play for in the final fixture.

Media pundits, former internationals and fans alike have called for a change when the squad for England is announced and established stars like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh are all in need of runs.

Run drought: Gautam Gambhir is in a rut

Run drought: Gautam Gambhir is in a rut

Spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has been another target for criticism, having performed also modestly against England in the Tests, but Morgan is not ready to take the reigning world champions lightly.

'I don't think it is a good time to play India. I don't think it is ever a good time to play India,' said the Dubliner.

'We know how successful they have been in the past and they are the World Cup champions at the moment.

'They might be going through a bad patch but they are very, very dangerous cricketers and they have guys who can turn the game on its head in a matter of minutes.'

Tomorrow's match is due to begin at 9am local time (3.30am GMT) in conditions likely to be colder than an April outing at Chester-le-Street.

England's new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is in charge of his country for the first time and has a couple of selection issues to ponder.

Somerset's Jos Buttler and Yorkshire's Joe Root appear to be battling for one place in the top six, while the variations of Jade Dernbach and the pace of Stuart Meaker offer different options for the final pace bowling spot.

Giles must also decide whether to leave Ian Bell at opener or restore Kevin Pietersen, back in the 50-over set-up after reversing his retirement, alongside Alastair Cook at the head of the innings.

Jonny Bairstow has flown home for family reasons

Bairstow flies home from England's T20 tour of India for family reasons

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UPDATED:

06:23 GMT, 21 December 2012

Jonny Bairstow has returned home early from England's tour of India, for family reasons.

Bairstow, left out of last night's first Twenty20 International in Pune when England preferred Jos Buttler to keep wicket, subsequently discovered during that match that he was needed at home.

The Yorkshireman will be unavailable for tomorrow's tour-ending final Twenty20 in Mumbai, having flown to England this morning.

Heading home: Jonny Bairstow will not feature in England's final T20 game after flying home for family reasons

Heading home: Jonny Bairstow will not feature in England's final T20 game after flying home for family reasons

LIVE: India v England – Twenty20 international in Pune

LIVE: India v England – follow the score from the first Twenty20 international in Pune

PUBLISHED:

13:02 GMT, 20 December 2012

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 20 December 2012

England take on India in the first of a two-match Twenty20 international series in Pune on Thursday afternoon.

Captain Morgan: The England batsman leads the side in Stuart Broad's absence

Captain Morgan: The England batsman leads the side in Stuart Broad's absence

Although
both sides will make changes from the recent Test series, England will
be looking to take momentum from the historic 3-1 win into the shortest
form of the game.

Eoin Morgan captains the tourists with regular skipper Stuart Broad back at home with a heel injury.

England"s ruthless streak turned India series around – Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain: England's new ruthless streak turned series around

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UPDATED:

23:46 GMT, 17 December 2012

The first Test in Ahmedabad may have seen England beaten heavily but the second innings there proved a turning point both in this series and in the future of this team. Without it things could look very different now.

Just look at what had gone on before then. The high of going to No 1 in the Test world last year was followed by a 5-0 one-day thrashing in India, then a 3-0 Test hammering by Pakistan in the UAE followed by a convincing Test series defeat by South Africa last summer and then a very poor performance in spinning conditions in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

All the good vibes about the England cricket team were starting to be questioned.

Ruthless: Stuart Broad was gone from the side after two poor tests

Ruthless: Stuart Broad was gone from the side after two poor tests

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But when Alastair Cook scored a big hundred in a losing cause in Ahmedabad in that second innings things changed. It was the moment the captain said to his team: ‘Hang on, there are no demons here. The ball is not spinning both ways. If we show some character, application and belief we can do this.’ And since then the transformation has been astonishing.

Everything England have done since then has been right. And their business has been conducted in a quite ruthless manner. There has been no dilly-dallying, no worrying about reputations. This has been anything but a closed shop.

Tim Bresnan has been a very good cricketer for England but as soon as Cook and Andy Flower realised they had made a mistake in not picking Monty Panesar for the first Test the Yorkshireman was gone.

Stuart Broad was England’s vice-captain and one of the leading wicket-takers in world cricket in 2012 but when he had two poor Tests and England knew they had to get a fit-again Steven Finn in the side, Broad was also gone.

Samit Patel had not done too much wrong but once it became clear that his bowling was not going to be required with Panesar in the team England took one look at him and said: ‘He’s not one of our best six batsmen.’

And then they overlooked Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan to make another ruthless, and what turned out to be a thoroughly astute, call in picking Joe Root.

England basically had to nail everything to win this series after going one down and they did it. Look at Kevin Pietersen. He was a frenetic wreck in the first Test and only had a couple of days to come up with a defensive technique against his old nemesis, left-arm spin. What happened He went out and smashed 186 in Mumbai.

Good call: Joe Root was brought in for business and it proved a wise decision

Good call: Joe Root was brought in for business and it proved a wise decision

Consider also that this effectively became a three-match series when you look at how poor the wicket in Nagpur was.

Nobody
was going to get a result on that so England had to win in both Mumbai
and Kolkata, which they did in spectacular fashion. Two players stand
out — Cook and Jimmy Anderson. The way the new captain went about his
work was hugely impressive. He is a run machine. Cook would always start
again after a big innings as if he still had everything to prove.

Tour by numbers

Tour by numbers

He was never out straight after an interval or after drinks, as many were in this series, and he always made sure he kicked on after reaching a hundred.

And Anderson was world-class. The deliveries and spells he produced. The hold he had over Sachin Tendulkar. He led the attack with great energy and gusto, and he was not even as grumpy as he can be. Jimmy set the tone and he enjoyed what he did.

India are not the side they were. If I was putting together a composite side from the two teams I would start by picking the whole England attack. England, for once, had better spinners than India in Indian conditions. The tourists were fitter, both physically and mentally, and hungrier for Test cricket. India would not have been able to take four wickets late in a day, after two sessions without a wicket, as England did on Saturday.

India went one up and just thought they could prepare a turning pitch and England would crumble. They showed too much bravado.

And England made them pay very heavily indeed for that.

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England paceman Stuart Broad to have second scan on heel injury

Broad suffers setback with England paceman to have second scan on heel injury

PUBLISHED:

07:17 GMT, 11 December 2012

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UPDATED:

07:50 GMT, 11 December 2012

Stuart Broad was sent for a scan on Tuesday after a recurrence of his heel injury.

England's Twenty20 captain suffered
more discomfort in the Nagpur nets, where the tourists are
preparing for the final Test against India.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

England have two Twenty20 matches next week to round off their tour before Christmas. Eoin Morgan is the Twenty20 vice-captain.

Broad, who first had a scan on the problem during England's second tour match in Mumbai last month, went on to play in the first two Tests before losing form.

An update on the injury to his left heel is expected later on Tuesday.

More to follow

Tony Greig to have treatment for lung cancer

Ex-England captain Greig to have surgery next week after lung cancer diagnosis

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07:16 GMT, 9 November 2012

Former England captain Tony Greig, who was last month diagnosed with lung cancer, is to undergo surgery on Tuesday.

The 66-year-old spoke to the Channel Nine commentary team, of which he is usually a member, during their coverage of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane.

Greig was candid about the situation, saying: 'It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do.

Surgery: Tony Greig (left) was diagnosed with lung cancer last month

Surgery: Tony Greig (left) was diagnosed with lung cancer last month

'I'm going in on Monday for a Tuesday operation. Then we'll start to fight back after that.

'Once they've done the operation the plan is to have some chemotherapy to see if we can make a dent in this setback I've had.

'It's been an incredible, very short journey so far. You've got no idea how much one misses going to the cricket on a day like today. It takes a little bit of getting used to.'

Skipper: England captain Greig meets the Queen in 1975

Skipper: England captain Greig meets the Queen in 1975

Greig first became aware he had a problem during Australia's one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September.

Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka last month, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.

On his return to Australia he had fluid removed from the right lung. Testing revealed he had lung cancer.

Steven Finn out of England"s tour match in India

Blow for England as Finn ruled out of remainder of first tour match after suffering thigh strain

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06:39 GMT, 31 October 2012

Steven Finn will play no further part in England's first tour match against India A because of a thigh strain.

Finn underwent scans on Tuesday on his sore right leg, having left the field in pain after just four overs on the first morning of England's tour at the Brabourne Stadium.

Finn is a likely key component of the line-up for four Tests against India, starting in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Ruled out: A thigh strain has curtailed Finn's involvement in Mumbai

Ruled out: A thigh strain has curtailed Finn's involvement in Mumbai

England forthcoming matches in India

Tour match in Mumbai (November 3)

Tour match in Ahmedabad (November 8)

First Test – India v England, Ahmedabad (November 15)

Second Test – India v England, Mumbai (November 23)

Third Test – India v England, Kolkata (December 5)

Fourth Test – India v England, Nagpur (December 13)

There follows three Twenty20 and and five ODI matches.

The 6ft 7in fast bowler will therefore need to prove his fitness in England's final warm-up match, a four-day fixture against Haryana which begins at Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on November 8.

An England and Wales Cricket Board text message this morning provided the official update on Finn's condition.

It confirmed a 'right thigh strain' and added: '(He will be) assessed over the next couple of days to determine a rehabilitation programme.'

Meanwhile, Nick Compton endured a false start to his prospective England career, with a third-ball duck against India A at the Brabourne Stadium on day two.

Twenty-nine-year-old Compton, grandson of the great Denis, is being pencilled in by many as likely replacement for the retired Andrew Strauss as new England Test captain Alastair Cook's opening partner on this tour.

But he will first need a substantial innings or two under his belt before the opening Test in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Compton left his first two deliveries from Ashok Dinda, the second notably close to off-stump, and was persuaded to push defensively forward at the third only to edge behind to Wriddiman Saha.

Straight out, Compton: The England hopeful faced just three balls on day two

Straight out, Compton: The England hopeful faced just three balls on day two

Steve Finn injured his thigh playing for England against India A

England wait on Finn injury as bowler injures his thigh in warm-up game

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UPDATED:

23:42 GMT, 30 October 2012

Steven Finn had a scan on his right thigh on Tuesday night as England suffered an early injury scare on their tour of India.

The Middlesex fast bowler completed only four overs on the first morning of England’s tour opener against India A in Mumbai before indicating he felt unable to continue because of a niggle picked up in the field.

Finn, an integral part of England’s plans to hit India hard on their docile pitches, left the

Brabourne Stadium before the end of play to go back to the team hotel for the scan, the results of which were last night being examined in England.

Concern: Finn pulled up with a thigh injury

Concern: Finn pulled up with a thigh injury

‘We’re disappointed one of our fast bowlers had to go off,’ said Tim Bresnan, Finn’s main rival for a Test place who ended up bowling 20 overs on a hot day in the field.

‘It’s one of those things where you just have to step up a bit, and each of you has to take on his responsibility. We don’t know much about his injury. All we know is, it’s hurting.’

Taking a break: Steven Finn has a drink during the first days play

Taking a break: Steven Finn has a drink during the first days play

The International Cricket Council has given the go-ahead for teams to stage Test cricket under floodlights, pending the agreement of both competing nations on the hours of play and the brand of ball to be used.

The game’s governing body are concerned that cricket’s longest format is losing out to the more spectator-friendly Twenty20, but the England and Wales Cricket Board are lukewarm about the proposal. England is rare in packing out home matches, with more than 1.65million spectators attending games across the three formats in the past two summers.

There are also concerns about the effects of the British climate on day-night Test matches.

Tony Greig reveals lung cancer diagnosis

Former England captain Greig reveals he is suffering from lung cancer

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 20 October 2012

Former England captain Tony Greig has been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer, according to a report in Australia's Sunday Telegraph.

The paper reports that South African-born Greig will enter hospital this week for surgery to take a sample from his lung which will allow doctors to properly diagnose the extent of the cancer and decide on treatment.

'I have had a few scrapes in my life and this is another one,' Greig told the paper.

'Vivian (his wife) and I are going to put the boxing gloves on and fight this like we've never fought anything before.'

Battle: Greig (centre) has revealed he is suffering from a form of lung cancer

Battle: Greig (centre) has revealed he is suffering from a form of lung cancer

The paper reports that Greig, 66, first became aware he had a problem during Australia's one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September, on which he was commentating.

Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka earlier this month, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.

On his return to Australia a fortnight ago, he had fluid removed from the right lung. Testing revealed he had lung cancer.

Greig, a right-handed middle-order batsman and medium-fast seamer, made his Test debut for England against Australia in 1972 and scored 3,599 Test runs, including eight centuries, and took 141 wickets.

He replaced Mike Denness as England captain in the summer of 1975 and captained England from 1975-77 before defecting to be one of the spearheads of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.

Skipper: Greig meets the Queen in 1975

Skipper: Greig meets the Queen in 1975

Greig has lived in Sydney since the late 1970s and has commentated on cricket for Channel Nine for 33 years, with the quartet of he, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell and Richie Benaud becoming the voices of the Australian summer.

He is unsure if he will commentate for Channel Nine during the upcoming summer, which begins with a Test against South Africa in Brisbane on November 9.

'At this stage, the summer is totally up in the air,' Greig said. 'My priority, 100 per cent, is my family. They will come first.'

Greig and his second wife Vivian have two young children – daughter Beau, 12 and son Tom, 10. He also has two children from a previous marriage – daughter Sam, 39, and son Mark, 37 and is close to his siblings – brother Ian, also a former England Test cricketer who lives in Brisbane, and sisters Sally and Molly.