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New Zealand creep over the line against Australia

New Zealand edged to a one-wicket victory over fellow World Cup co-hosts Australia to claim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in a low-scoring thriller at Eden Park.

Left-arm pacemen Trent Boult (five for 27) of New Zealand and Australia's Mitchell Starc (six for 28) took career-best bowling figures in one-day internationals, but it was the Black Caps that just got over the line.

Trent Boult impressed. Credit: PA

They appeared set to make a statement of intent after Trent Boult took five wickets in 18 balls as Australia collapsed from 80 for one to 106 for nine, before being bowled out for 151 in 32.2 overs.

Several of their batsmen were guilty of poor shots, but Brendon McCullum once again thrived where others failed with a blistering half-century in New Zealand's reply.

While his dismissal prompted a wobble, New Zealand appeared to be coasting before they lost a rash of wickets, with Starc coming to the fore, but Kane Williamson (45 not out) smashed a six to get his side to their victory target with 26.5 overs to spare.

New Zealand without five for England tour

Tim Southee will be in India. Credit: PA

New Zealand are set to start their tour of England later this year without five key players due to the Indian Premier League.

McCullum, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Corey Anderson are all set to be playing for the IPL, so won't be available for their country.

Clearly it is not ideal preparation for us.

But the bottom line is some of our players have the chance to participate in the IPL - and in order to be picked up, we had to allow them a playing window.

If we had truncated that it would have reduced their marketability.

They can earn money in the IPL that we can't contemplate paying them.

But it was important to us, and important to them, that they don't miss any internationals - so we came up with an arrangement that they were all back in time to play in the first Test.

– New Zealand Cricket spokesman

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Hammond urges New Zealand to join fight against IS

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said he is hopeful New Zealand will join the fight against IS.

In a visit to the country's capital, Wellington, Hammond said it was a "fight which is all of our fight".

He added: "Frankly, we've got used to New Zealand being there alongside us, alongside the US, the UK, Australia, as part of the family. We would very much hope that New Zealand will be an active participant."

Late last year New Zealand said it was sending military planners to look at its options in Iraq.

New Zealand prime minister John Key is expected to announce later this month what role the country may play in the coalition against the extremist group.

He said: "This is an organisation that has used children to behead people. They've thrown gay people off building structures. They're out there murdering people."

Cruden suspended for missing team flight after drinking session

Cruden admits he's Credit: PA

New Zealand rugby international Aaron Cruden has been suspended for two matches after missing his team flight to Argentina following a late-night drinking session in Auckland.

The fly half admits to being "deeply embarrassed" by his actions, and will now miss this year's Rugby Championship fixtures against Argentina and South Africa.

The 25 year-old, who has represented his country 35 times, was quick to issue an apology, saying:

"I carry the burden of shame and disappointment and I am deeply apologetic to my team, to my family, and also the New Zealand public.

"I have no excuses. I accept full responsibility for my actions and the penalty of missing the next two games, and I will work with New Zealand Rugby to undertake any other disciplinary action to work through this situation."

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