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Hughes remains in critical condition

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SYDNEY (AP) More than 24 hours after being hit behind the left ear by a short-pitched ball, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes remained in critical condition on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery.

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner issued a statement saying Hughes had further scans at St. Vincent's Hospital during the morning and that his condition was unchanged from overnight.

The 25-year-old Hughes was batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday when he was knocked out by a delivery by Sean Abottt.


Sri Lanka post 317-6 against England

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Tillakaratne Dilshan rallied the top order with an aggressive 88 off 98 balls in leading Sri Lanka to a formidable 317-6 against England in their opening one-day international on Wednesday.

Kusal Perera ended a 12-match run without a half-century in scoring 59, and added 120 for the opening wicket after Sri Lanka was sent into bat at R. Premadasa Stadium. Perera faced 74 balls and hit five boundaries and a six before being run out. (MORE)

Hafeez century spurs Pakistan to 281-3

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Mohammad Hafeez carried his bat through the first day in smashing an unbeaten 178 and spurring Pakistan to 281-3 against New Zealand in the third and decisive test on Wednesday.

Hafeez, recovered from a niggly hamstring which sidelined him from the drawn second test, cracked 23 fours and three sixes to overshadow Daniel Vettori's surprise comeback to test cricket after more than two years. (MORE)

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh clinched the one-day international series against Zimbabwe with two games to spare after a comfortable 124-run win in the third match on Wednesday.

It was Bangladesh's biggest win by margin against Zimbabwe, eclipsing a 121-run victory in 2013 at Bulawayo. (MORE)

Kenya to visit Pakistan next month

ISLAMABAD (AP) Kenya will visit Pakistan next month and play all five one-day internationals in the same city where the Sri Lanka cricket team came under a deadly attack from gunmen five years ago.

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday that Kenya will face Pakistan A in Lahore from Dec. 13-20. (MORE)

Hughes critical after emergency surgery

SYDNEY (AP) Australia batsman Phil Hughes had emergency surgery and remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital after he was struck on the head by a ball during a domestic first-class cricket match.

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner issued a statement Wednesday saying Hughes was still in a critical condition and would have scans during the morning. (MORE)

England, Sri Lanka concerned for Hughes

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) The England and Sri Lanka cricket teams expressed their support for Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who was in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital after he was hit in the head by a ball on Tuesday.

Hughes, wearing a helmet, was struck behind his left ear when he attempted to pull a short-pitched delivery in a Sheffield Shield game. He underwent surgery and was in intensive care. (MORE)

Clarke's fitness doubts intensify

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Doubt over Michael Clarke's status for the first test against India intensified Monday after he was selected to lead Australia, subject to fitness, and then ruled out of another warm-up match.

Australia selectors announced the 12-man squad for the Dec. 4-8 series opener, including Clarke despite the 33-year-old batsman missing most of the just-completed limited-overs series against South Africa after injuring his left hamstring for the third time since August. (MORE)

New Zealand pin hopes on bowlers

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) New Zealand hopes its seam and spin bowlers will once again prove a challenge for Pakistan's strong batting lineup in a bid to level the three-test series when the third and final match begins at Sharjah from Wednesday.

A bold declaration by Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum in Dubai last week jolted the Pakistan top order for the first time in over a month before Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq combined in a half century stand to help draw the second test and retain their side's 1-0 lead intact in the series. (MORE)

India in command in tour opener

GLENELG, Australia (AP) Pace bowler Varun Aaron took three wickets to help dismiss a Cricket Australia XI for 219 on Monday, putting India in control of its opening tour match.

The 25-year-old Aaron reveled in the pace and bounce at the stadium in Adelaide's beachside suburb of Glenelg, returning 3-72 in 17 overs on day one of the two-day match. Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Karn Shama took two wickets each. (MORE)

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