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Australia struggling in 1st test

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan's inexperienced spinners left Australia struggling on 59-4 Saturday at stumps on the fourth day of the first test after Younis Khan smashed a record-breaking century to give his team a formidable lead of 437 runs.

Australia still needs 379 more runs to win after losing four wickets for five runs in its second innings in a remarkable two overs from Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah on a turning wicket.

Australia's highest ever successful chase is 404-3 in 1948 against England at Headingley.


Zimbabwe bowled out for 240 in 1st test

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Shakib Al Hasan claimed 6-59 to help Bangladesh dismiss Zimbabwe for 240 on the first day of the first test on Saturday.

The left-arm spinner ripped through Zimbabwe's lower order after tea with impeccable bowling that brought him his 12th five-for. (MORE)

Pakistan lead by 189 runs at stumps

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan stretched its lead to a commanding 189 runs after inexperienced spinners Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar dismissed Australia for 303 on the third day of the first test on Friday.

Opening batsmen Ahmed Shehzad, 22 not out, and Azhar Ali, 16 not out, guided the home team to 38 without loss at stumps, after Pakistan pushed Australia into a tight corner with a solid 151-run, first-innings lead. (MORE)

South Africa beat NZ by 72 runs

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) Hashim Amla smashed his fourth one-day century of the year as South Africa put its World Cup credentials on display Friday, beating New Zealand by 72 runs in the second one-day cricket international to take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Amla scored 119 - his 16th one-day international century - to lead South Africa to 282-9 after losing the toss. South Africa's potent pace attack then wrecked New Zealand's top order, leaving the hosts reeling on 5-69 by the 20th over before eventually bowling the side for 210 in 46.3 overs. (MORE)

Australia 113 without loss at close

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) David Warner's aggressive half century spurred Australia to a solid 113 without loss after Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century lifted Pakistan to 454 on the second day of the first test on Thursday.

Warner raised his sixth consecutive 50-plus score in tests and was unbeaten on 75 off 77 balls, with seven fours and a six, at stumps. Chris Rogers, dropped on 13, will resume on 31. (MORE)

Flintoff joins Brisbane for Big Bash

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff has signed a short-term contract as Brisbane Heat's star recruit for Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash cricket competition.

The Heat confirmed Thursday that 36-year-old Flintoff, who played 79 tests and 141 limited-overs internationals, would arrive in December to play the last half of the tournament and also work as a television analyst. (MORE)

Khan century carries Pakistan to 219-4

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Younis Khan proved the selectors were wrong to drop him from Pakistan's limited-overs team by hitting a sedate 25th test century on Wednesday as Pakistan reached 219-4 on the opening day of the first test against Australia.

Younis, who had criticized the selectors for axing him from the ODI series against Australia, made 106 off 223 balls before he was trapped lbw by a sharp Mitchell Johnson (3-22) delivery with the second new ball. (MORE)

West Indies seek talks with India

NEW DELHI (AP) Caribbean cricket authorities are seeking urgent crisis talks with their counterparts from India who have vowed to take legal action and suspend bilateral ties in the wake of a player-driven tour cancellation.

The West Indies Cricket Board released a statement after an emergency meeting in Barbados on Tuesday, saying it was "deeply embarrassed by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India." (MORE)

Williamson to miss rest of SA series

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury.

Williamson skipped the opening six-wicket loss to South Africa at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday and has subsequently been ruled out of second match at the same venue Friday and the third at Hamilton on Monday. (MORE)

Duminy reflects South African confidence

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa is poised to take over the top ranking in international limited-overs cricket and allrounder J.P. Duminy says the Proteas are "comfortable" with the way they are tracking toward next year's World Cup.

Duminy scored 58 not out in South Africa's emphatic six-wicket win over New Zealand to open the three-match ODI series on Tuesday and issued a tacit warning to Cup rivals that the Proteas are currently playing well below their best. (MORE)

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