Cricket

Proteas pick 3 new players for test series against England

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa selected uncapped players Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram and Andile Phehlukwayo in its 16-man squad on Monday for the four-match test series against England starting next week.

Kuhn, an opening batsman who impressed in South Africa A's recent tour of England, and Phehlukwayo, a 21-year-old allrounder, took the places of Stephen Cook and Wayne Parnell from the Proteas squad that played the last series against New Zealand.

Markram was included as batting cover for Faf du Plessis, who could miss the first match of the series - at Lord's starting July 6 - as he awaits the birth of his first child. Dean Elgar will captain South Africa if Du Plessis is unavailable.

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Newcomer Malan leads England to series win vs South Africa

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Dawid Malan smashed 78 runs off 44 balls on debut to help England secure a 19-run victory against South Africa in their third Twenty20 match on Sunday and win the three-match series 2-1.

With captain Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow rested, Middlesex left-hander Malan took full advantage of his opportunity, getting off the mark with a six after England lost the toss and was put into bat. England reached 181-8 in 20 overs before restricting South Africa to 162-7. (MORE)

2nd ODI: Rahane's 103 helps India beat West Indies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) Ajinkya Rahane hit 103 off 104 balls as India comfortably defeated West Indies by 105 runs on Sunday in the second one-day international at Queen's Park Oval to lead the five-match series 1-0.

Rain reduced the match to 43 overs per side but India still reached 310-5 after being put in to bat by West Indies, with Virat Kohli (87 off 66) and Shikhar Dhawan (63 off 59) performing strongly. (MORE)

Ford steps down as Sri Lanka coach

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Graham Ford is stepping down as head coach of Sri Lanka's cricket team, ending his second spell in charge after 18 months.

Sri Lanka Cricket made the announcement on Saturday. (MORE)

South Africa win thriller against England, tie up T20 series

TAUNTON, England (AP) South Africa kept its nerve at the death to beat England by three runs in the second Twenty20 on Friday and take the series to a decider.

Andile Phehlukwayo bowled a dot ball last delivery of the game, with England needing four to win, to see South Africa squeeze home in a thriller. (MORE)

3 changes to New Zealand Cricket contracts list

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Batsmen Jeet Raval and Neil Broom and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have been included for the first time on New Zealand Cricket's list of contracted players for the 2017-2018 season.

Fast bowler Doug Bracewell, off-spinner Mark Craig and recently-retired wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi are omitted after being included on the previous list. Veteran off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who was not contracted last season, has also announced his retirement from international cricket. (MORE)

Afghanistan, Ireland awarded test status in cricket

(AP) -- The rise of Afghanistan and Ireland in the ranks of international cricket gathered pace on Thursday when they were voted in as full ICC members, meaning they can play test matches against the world's elite countries.

By becoming the first countries to receive test status since Bangladesh in 2000, they took the number of test-playing nations to 12. (MORE)

Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi retires from international cricket

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who played limited overs cricket for New Zealand and Australia, has announced his retirement from the international game aged 36.

Ronchi was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, breaking into international cricket as a stand-in for Brad Haddin on Australia's tour to the West Indies in 2008, where he played four one-day internationals and one Twenty20. (MORE)

England strolls to 9-wicket win over South Africa in 1st T20

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England was on top from the first ball in a resounding nine-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday to open their three-match Twenty20 series.

David Willey removed JJ Smuts first ball of the game, Mark Wood dismissed Reeza Hendricks first ball of the second over, and England made light work of South Africa's 142-3. (MORE)

England beats South Africa by 9 wickets in 1st T20

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England beat South Africa by nine wickets in the first Twenty20 at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

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