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The Black Caps jet to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday with three spots left to fill in both their Twenty20 and ODI squads, and questions over three or four berths in new coach Gary Stead's World Cup 15 for next year.
Reeling from a knee injury to Usman Khawaja, Australia have slumped to a crushing 373-run defeat in the second test in Abu Dhabi after seamer Mohammad Abbas ripped through the tourists to hand Pakistan a 1-0 series victory.
Otago batsman Nathan Smith won't challenge Azhar Ali for most bizarre run out of the year but he might have a new found sympathy for the Pakistan batsman.
Martin Guptill still hopes to return to test cricket but for now the injured Black Caps batsman has to watch from afar the race for his limited overs opening spot.
Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has had a colossal brain fade during the second cricket test against Australia, losing his wicket courtesy of a farcical runout.
Nothing short of a miracle will be enough for Australia to avoid a crushing defeat in the second test after Pakistan's batsmen showed no mercy in the series-decider.
A ruthless Pakistan have put Australia to the sword in Abu Dhabi, exposing the tourists' shallow batting order and marching towards an imposing target in the second test - albeit with a bit of luck courtesy of DRS.
An unbeaten Glenn Phillips half century has helped New Zealand A to a five-wicket win and a 2-1 Twenty20 series victory over Pakistan A at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Devon Conway batted the Wellington Firebirds into a dominant position on day one of their Plunket Shield clash with the Otago Volts, finishing unbeaten on 131 as his side posted 348-4.
He averaged 71 with the bat in test cricket last season, and last week hit his highest first-class score, but Trent Boult wants to keep the Black Caps' No 11 spot his own.
Nathan Lyon's stunning spell in Abu Dhabi has propelled him further into rare air among Australia's greatest test bowlers.
Senior men Tim Southee and Martin Guptill won't join their Black Caps team-mates in Plunket Shield this week as planned, as they battle niggly injuries ahead of next week's departure for the United Arab Emirates.
They're in the box seat to be New Zealand's test spin duo against Pakistan next month, and Ajaz Patel and Todd Astle made an early impact in tandem with the white ball in the United Arab Emirates.
Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya became one of the most high-profile figures embroiled in corruption in cricket when he was charged on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) with two counts of disrupting an investigation.
It was a death that rocked the cricket world. At 55 years of age, former county cricketer and renowned journalist Peter Roebuck fell from a window of his South African hotel after being arrested over allegations of sexual assault.
Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja shared seven wickets as West Indies crumpled to a 10-wicket loss in the second test against India.
He's been the master of the short ball, but now Black Caps paceman Neil Wagner is committed to not being seen as "a one-trick pony".