Cricket

Smith's 164 lifts Australia to 324 after shaky start vs NZ

SYDNEY (AP) Steve Smith went to the crease in the first over and belted 164 from 157 balls to guide Australia to 324-8 on Sunday in the series-opening limited-overs international against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

New Zealand was on top early, when Matt Henry bowled Aaron Finch for a golden duck and fast bowler Lockie Ferguson had David Warner (24) out, chopping on, with the last ball of his first over in international cricket. At that stage, Australia was 47-2 after 10 overs.

Jimmy Neesham had a hand in the next two dismissals, having George Bailey (17) caught behind and getting fingers to a straight drive from Smith that ricocheted onto the stumps to run out Mitch Marsh (1) at the non-striker's end in the 21st over.

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Australia wins toss, bats in series-opener vs New Zealand

SYDNEY (AP) Australia captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the series-opening limited-overs international against New Zealand on Sunday.

The day-night match at the Sydney Cricket Ground will open a three-match series for the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, currently held by New Zealand. (MORE)

Cummins set for latest comeback for Australia vs New Zealand

SYDNEY (AP) The Chappell-Hadlee series is set for a fast start, with the expected return of Pat Cummins for Australia and a possible New Zealand debut for Lockie Ferguson keeping an emphasis on pace.

Cummins has struggled with chronic back problems since bursting onto the international scene at 18 against South Africa in 2011, and hasn't played international cricket for 15 months. (MORE)

NZ Cricket introduces concussion substitutions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Cricket will follow Australia in allowing concussed players to be substituted in its domestic limited-overs competitions this season.

In October, New South Wales batsman Daniel Hughes became the first player to be replaced under the Australian rule when he was struck on the head while batting in a one-day match against Victoria. (MORE)

ICC clears Hafeez's bowling action

ISLAMABAD (AP) Mohammad Hafeez's bowling action was cleared by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday, and the Pakistan offspinner can resume bowling in internationals.

Hafeez was reassessed in Brisbane on Nov. 17, when it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all of his offspin deliveries was within the allowed 15-degree level of tolerance. (MORE)

Misbah: Pakistan can bounce back against new-look Australia

(AP) -- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes it can bounce back from its 2-0 loss in New Zealand when it takes on a new-look Australia in a three-test series next month.

"Australia is not a settled team, and they have made changes in the last (test) match (against South Africa)," Misbah said in Lahore on Wednesday. (MORE)

England summon Jennings, Dawson as replacements in India

MOHALI, India (AP) England summoned opening batsman Keaton Jennings and spinner Liam Dawson on Wednesday to replace the injured Haseeb Hameed and Zafar Ansari respectively for the remaining two cricket tests in India.

Hameed broke his left little finger, and Ansari had a back injury. (MORE)

Scoreboard in the third test between India and England

MOHALI, India (AP) Scoreboard on day four of the third test between India and England at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

England, 1st Innings: 283 (MORE)

Azhar Ali fined full match fee for slow over-rate

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan stand-in test captain Azhar Ali was fined his full match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second test against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Pakistan lost its last nine wickets in the last session to lose in Hamilton by 138 runs and also lost the two-match series 2-0. (MORE)

India beats England in 3rd test, leads series 2-0

MOHALI, India (AP) India took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series by beating England by eight wickets in the third test on Tuesday.

The hosts finished at 104-2 in 20.2 overs, chasing down the 103-run target with ease. (MORE)