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Cricket-New Zealand leave Australia frustrated again
A despondent New Zealand face a period of introspection on home soil after a stinging white-ball series loss against Australia rocked the Black Caps’ confidence ahead of the T20 World Cup. Australia’s 25-run victory in the third ODI in Cairns on Sunday completed a 3-0 series sweep after New Zealand squandered winning positions in the first two matches.
Casper Ruud fell short in his bid to lift the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday after losing 6-4 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3 to Carlos Alcaraz but the Norwegian said the tournament had helped cement his belief he will win a Grand Slam one day – as long as he avoids a Spaniard in the final. Ruud was unable to match Spanish teen Alcaraz’s firepower at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the defeat coming…