Cricket: England bid to turn series round

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ENGLAND believe there isn’t a lot to put right as they look ahead to the second match in the three-game ODI series against New Zealand in Napier tomorrow.

They lost the first game on Sunday by three wickets and bowler Chris Woakes reckons they let winning positions slip by.

“We know we didn’t cash in on our last ten overs like we’d have wanted to and 258 was much lower than we’d hoped for,” said Woakes.

“But going into their last ten, we were probably favourites. But with a world-class batsman like Brendon McCullum in at the end, it’s not easy to defend with only four men outside the circle.

“Not a lot went wrong really and we are confident we can turn it round.”

*England Lions went 2-0 down in the five-match one-day series against Australia A after losing by a massive 122 runs in Hobart.

The hosts made 315-7 from 50 overs and England could only reply with 193.

James Taylor made 79, Varun Chopra 38 and Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance 23. The third game is on Friday, also in Hobart.

*Former Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter - who played for South Yorkshire League club Whitley Hall several years ago - and Yorkshire’s Iain Wardlaw are among a handful of uncapped players named in the Scotland squad for their upcoming series against Afghanistan.

Carter, 38, left Warwickshire last year and vowed to help Scotland reach the World Cup, while 27-year-old seam bowler Wardlaw is contracted to Yorkshire for the next two seasons. They both have Scottish parents.

The squad travel to Dubai today ahead of next month’s matches in all three formats of the game.