Black Caps fast bowler Tim Southee ruled out of third Test against South Africa

New Zealand's fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled out of the third and final Test between the Black Caps and South Africa on Saturday in Hamilton due to injury.

Southee, 28, has suffered a hamstring injury and will no longer take part in the Black Caps' Test series against the Proteas.

New Zealand's bowler Tim Southee is congratulated on taking a wicket by teammate Henry Nicholls.  New Zealand Blackcaps v Bangladesh, International Cricket, Day 1 of the 1st test, Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand. Thursday, 12 January, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /
New Zealand's bowler Tim Southee is congratulated on taking a wicket by Black Caps teammate Henry Nicholls. Source: Photosport

The Black Caps' other star bowler Trent Boult was back at training today and could possibly replace his injured teammate.

Boult, 27, was left out of the second Test match loss to South Africa in Wellington after suffering a hip and pelvis injury.  

Southee has been ruled out of the final Test match against South Africa in Hamilton due to a hamstring injury. Source: 1 NEWS

Spinners galore as White Ferns name side for T20 series against Australia

New Zealand will take a spin-heavy bowling attack into their three-match women's Twenty20 series against Australia.

Five players are proven international slow bowlers and should get plenty of overs during the series starting at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

Coach Haidee Tiffen has based selection on her belief slow bowling will be important at the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November.

One of the spin group is new skipper Amy Satterthwaite.

The allrounder takes over from Suzie Bates, who surprisingly relinquished the captaincy last week.

Bates is the most potent batting force in the New Zealand team and is ranked second in the world in the shortest format, just ahead of Australian pair Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.

Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. International womens cricket, White Ferns v Australia, Blake Park, Tauranga, New Zealand. Sunday, 5 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /
New Zealand bowler Amelia Kerr. Source: Photosport


'You can always capitalise at the end' - Colin Munro reflects on record-breaking CPL season

Colin Munro has revealed the mindset he's maintained in a record-breaking campaign for the Trinbago Knight Riders which he capped off with a man-of-the-match performance today.

Along with winning the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors today, the left-hander was also named in the tournament team and became the first batsman in tournament history to break the 500 run mark in a single CPL season.

Munro finished with 567 runs from 13 innings at an average of 51.54 while generating a strike rate of 140.

He finished 110 runs clear of the second best run producer - fellow Black Cap Glenn Phillips - by 110 runs.

The 31-year-old said after the match he's had a constant approach to the tournament which helped him generate the record numbers.

"On these surfaces you can't just go from ball one as I've done in the past.

"I just tried to get myself under way before I took too many risks, get myself set for 20-30 balls and you can always capitalise at the end."

Munro finished the CPL in Hollywood fashion, knocking the game-winning runs for Trinbago to backward point before getting swamped by his teammates.

He even took a moment to stand and appreciate the standing ovation from fans at Brian Lara Stadium who attended the final.

"There's a few more supporters out here for me than there is back home I reckon," he said.

Munro was selected in Black Caps' T20 and ODI squads to face Pakistan in the United Atab Emirates in November before a full summer at home.

The Black Caps’ 68 off 38 guided Trinbago Knight Riders to their third CPL title in six years. Source: SKY



Watch: Euphoric Colin Munro sprints to swarming teammates after blistering knock wins CPL title

New Zealand combo Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum have played starring roles in helping the Trinbago Knight Riders win their third CPL title in six years this afternoon.

Both Munro and McCullum starred with the bat at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago, much to the dismay of fellow Kiwi Luke Ronchi who also had a strong showing for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

After Trinbago won the toss and elected to field, Guyana scored a total of 147 runs despite Ronchi's opening score of 44 off 35 deliveries.

But his efforts were countered by McCullum who opened the batting for the Knight Riders with 39 runs off 24 balls before Munro finished the job with a stellar 68  runs off 39 balls.

Munro drove a four to deep point to win the match with eight wickets and 15 balls to spare.

It caps a stellar campaign for the 31-year-old leftie who finishes as the top run-scorer in the competition with 567 runs.

The Black Caps’ 68 off 38 guided Trinbago Knight Riders to their third CPL title in six years. Source: SKY

Watch: Ex-Australian batsman floored after getting hit by sickening 140kmh beamer

Former Australian batsman Cameron White left fans and commentators alike with their hearts in their mouths, knocked to the floor by a vicious beamer in Victoria's List A clash with Queensland.

White, 35, took guard, before being felled by a 140kmh beamer bowled by Billy Stanlake, with the ball smacking him in the throat.

Players and officials immediately dropped everything to come to White's aid, with the Victoria batsman somehow able to eventually get up and continue batting.

His stay at the crease would be an unpleasant one though, eventually dismissed for 10 off 35 balls, as his side secured a 13-run victory.

Cameron White was lucky to get up after this shocker from Billy Stanlake. Source: Cricket Australia