COMMENT

A glorious day at the home of cricket contrasts the gloom enveloping New Zealand's World Cup prospects.

London turned on a scorching summer's day for the first Lord's meeting between Australia and New Zealand.

Unfortunately the Black Caps could not rise for the occasion, delivering an anticlimax on the grand stage.

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New Zealand had Australia on the rack early, wilting in the searing heat at 92-5. It did not last, though, such a start proving a misleading teaser rather than offering any fact-based evidence they belong among this tournament's true contenders.

The Black Caps let that dominant position slip

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