England accepts grueling international schedule for 2017

LONDON (AP) England will play a combined seven tests in two months against touring teams South Africa and West Indies amid its grueling 2017 summer schedule that also sees international cricket return to Somerset for the first time in 34 years.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the schedule on Friday, with England playing three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s against South Africa before the four-test series begins on July 6 through Aug. 8.

Between the ODIs and T20s, England will host the Champions Trophy.


Jason Roy hits 162 as England wins 4th ODI to clinch series

LONDON (AP) Jason Roy hit the second-highest score for England in a one-day international to help chase down 308 and win the series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Roy made 162 off just 118 balls as England cruised to victory in the fourth ODI despite the challenging target for a 2-0 series lead with one game to play. Roy fell just short of Robin Smith's England record of 167 not out, set against Australia back in 1993. (MORE)

England wins toss, bowls in 4th ODI vs. Sri Lanka

LONDON (AP) England won the toss and opted to bowl in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday as it seeks to seal a series victory.

The hosts lead the five-match contest 1-0, with one game tied and the other washed out by rain. (MORE)

New India coach Kumble set for busy year

NEW DELHI (AP) Anil Kumble thinks a year - and 17 test matches - is enough for India to make its mark on all three formats of cricket.

Kumble's one-year contract as coach of the national team begins with the first of four tests against West Indies in the Caribbean, starting June 21, followed by 13 home test matches against New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh. (MORE)

Misbah: Amir's qualities still there ahead of test return

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Six years after his involvement in one of cricket's biggest corruption scandals, Mohammad Amir returns to the test arena next month with a chance to show he can still be the world's greatest bowler.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Monday that Amir still has all the qualities that made him one of the sport's hottest properties as an 18-year-old fast bowler, before he was exposed with two Pakistan teammates in a 2010 fixing plot in England that earned him a jail sentence and a long ban from cricket. (MORE)

Australia wins Caribbean tri-series, beats WIndies in final

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood starred as Australia defeated the West Indies by 58 runs to win the one-day tri-series final on Sunday.

Wicketkeeper Wade struck an unbeaten 57 off 52 balls to push Australia to a competitive total of 270-9. Allrounder Mitchell Marsh scored 32 runs and took 3-32 to help undermine the West Indies' chase, and paceman Hazlewood claimed 5-50 as the home team was bowled out for 212 in 45.4 overs. (MORE)

Rain prevents result in England-Sri Lanka 3rd ODI

BRISTOL, England (AP) Rain prevented a result in the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday, leaving England 1-0 up in the series with two matches to go.

Put in to bat by England, Sri Lanka struggled to 248-9 at Bristol's County Ground despite half-centuries from three batsmen. (MORE)

England puts Sri Lanka in to bat in 3rd ODI

BRISTOL, England (AP) England will bowl first in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

England also made one change following its 10-wicket win in the second game. Allrounder Chris Jordan was brought in for seam friendly conditions at Bristol and spinner Moeen Ali missed out. (MORE)

India's cricket board appoints batting and fielding coaches

NEW DELHI (AP) India has appointed former test batsman Sanjay Bangar as the team's batting coach and Abhay Sharma as fielding coach for its forthcoming tour of the West Indies.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the appointments on its Twitter feed on Saturday, two days after it named former captain Anil Kumble as head coach. (MORE)

England's Anderson is injury doubt for Pakistan series

LONDON (AP) England pace bowler James Anderson is an injury doubt for the upcoming test series against Pakistan after suffering a stress fracture in his right shoulder.

The England and Wales Cricket Board says Anderson, the world's top-ranked test bowler, sustained the injury in the third test against Sri Lanka earlier this month. (MORE)