England beat New Zealand by 124 runs

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) England took a thrilling first test at Lord's when it bowled out New Zealand for 220 to win by 124 runs with 9.3 overs to spare in the final session on Monday.

Six bowlers shared the wickets as the team produced a victory following a tumultuous buildup, including the sacking of their coach, in an engrossing match that was a gift to test cricket.

Fortunes fluctuated daily, and swung England's way for good with terrific swing bowling at the start of New Zealand's second innings.


England whittle down coach search

(AP) -- England is closing in on hiring a new coach for its national cricket team.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said Monday it is in exclusive negotiations with its preferred candidate, who is widely reported in the British and Australian media to be Trevor Bayliss. (MORE)

Pakistan hope to carry on winning

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan will try and carry its winning momentum against Zimbabwe into their one-day international series from Tuesday, knowing nothing less than a 3-0 win would keep them in contention for next year's Champions Trophy.

Pakistan clinched the Twenty20s with two hard-fought victories in front of sell-out crowds of 27,000 at Gaddafi Stadium, in the first major international cricket matches in the country in six years. (MORE)

Cook, Stokes drive England lead to 295

LONDON (AP) Centuries by Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes propelled England to 429-6 for a lead of 295 over New Zealand on Sunday, as the hosts took back control of the first test at Lord's heading into the final day.

The hundreds came in vastly different fashion, but appropriate at the time in the match. (MORE)

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in tense T20

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan continued to celebrate the return of international cricket with a thrilling two-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 on Sunday.

The hosts, who won the first match by five wickets, clinched the series 2-0 in what has been the first international cricket in Pakistan in six years due to security concerns. (MORE)

Sami, Malik recalled for ODI series

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan selectors have recalled all-rounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Mohammad Sami for the three-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe, starting Tuesday.

Malik last played in an ODI in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England while Sami's previous one-day experience was against Sri Lanka in 2012. (MORE)

England 74-2 at close; trail by 60 runs

LONDON (AP) England slimmed New Zealand's first-innings lead to 60 at a cost of two wickets by the close of day three in the first cricket test at Lord's on Saturday.

England was 74-2 in its second innings, with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell settled after the side wobbled again at 25-2. (MORE)

Pakistan coach says team missing Ajmal

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes the team was missing offspinner Saeed Ajmal as it makes a belated return to playing international fixtures at home.

Ajmal was overlooked for the groundbreaking series of two Twenty20 games at home against Zimbabwe, having struggled last month against Bangladesh as he tried to implement a new bowling action due to official scrutiny of his previous suspect bent-arm action. (MORE)

New Zealand top order cruise to 303-2

LONDON (AP) New Zealand's top order rode an easy pitch and some luck to knock off 303-2 and trail England by 86 runs on the second day of the first test at Lord's on Friday.

A century opening stand by Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, followed by another century partnership between No. 3 Kane Williamson and No. 4 Ross Taylor, three of whom scored half-centuries, ensured New Zealand rubbed out the intimidation factor of England's total of 389. (MORE)

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in 1st Twenty20

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan marked the return of international cricket with a five-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 on Friday.

Opening batsman Mukhtar Ahmed, playing in only his second T20 international, bludgeoned 83 off 45 balls as Pakistan reached 173-5 in 19.3 overs. (MORE)

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