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Smith wins Allan Border Medal

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SYDNEY (AP) Fast bowler Sean Abbott, who bowled the bouncer that resulted in the death of batsman Phil Hughes, has been named Australia's young cricketer of the year.

The 22-year-old Abbott, who made his one-day and Twenty20 debuts for Australia in October, received the award, named for Sir Don Bradman, at a ceremony Tuesday. Phil Hughes won the Bradman award in 2009.

Abbott was bowling for New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia on Nov. 25 when his short-pitched delivery struck Hughes on the neck. Hughes lost consciousness and died two days later in hospital.


Pakistan suffer back-to-back losses

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Despite Misbah ul-Haq and Umar Akmal showing some batting form ahead of next month's Cricket World Cup, Pakistan suffered back-to-back losses to a President's XI at the start of its New Zealand tour.

Misbah scored 107 and Akmal 68 as Pakistan lost Monday's match by six wickets at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Pakistan made 313 batting first and the President's XI chased down the total with four balls to spare. (MORE)

Narine withdraws from World Cup squad

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) Offspinner Sunil Narine withdrew from the West Indies squad for the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday because he said he was not fully confident in his revised bowling action.

The West Indies Cricket Board said a replacement will be named shortly. (MORE)

Pakistan cricketer plagued by ghost

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Pakistan team management says cricketer Haris Sohail was left "visibly shaken" after a ghostly encounter in a Christchurch hotel room.

Sohail fled what he believed was "a supernatural presence" which shook his bed at the Rydges Latimer hotel, taking refuge in the room of a team coach after the encounter earlier this week. (MORE)

Rain washes out Australia-India ODI

SYDNEY (AP) Winless India received a boost when its tri-series one-day cricket international against Australia on Monday was abandoned because of rain.

The washout at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the Australia Day national holiday meant both Australia and India took two points from the match. (MORE)

West Indies rally to beat South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) Andre Russell's late blitz capped a superb fightback from the West Indies to beat South Africa by one wicket in a tense fourth one-day international at St. George's Park on Sunday.

David Miller's maiden ODI hundred appeared to have set up South Africa for a fourth straight win in the five-match series as the home side posted 262-8 in its 50 overs and then reduced West Indies to 73-5 in reply. (MORE)

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand clinched a 4-1 series victory over Sri Lanka by winning Sunday's sixth game of the seven-match one-day series by 120 runs.

Kane Williamson made 97, Ross Taylor 96 and Corey Anderson scored 40 and took 3-37 as New Zealand defended its total of 315-8, dismissing Sri Lanka for just 195 in 40.3 overs in a match laced with umpiring controversy. (MORE)

Australia beat England by 3 wickets

HOBART, Australia (AP) Stand-in captain Steve Smith made an unbeaten 102 to guide Australia to a tense three-wicket win over England in the tri-series one-day cricket international on Friday, clinching its place in the final.

Smith, who led Australia in an ODI for the first time in the absence of George Bailey - suspended for one match for an over-rate infraction - won the toss, bowled, and saw England make 303-8 in 50 overs, thanks to Ian Bell's 141. (MORE)

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 108 runs

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand's Luke Ronchi blasted 170 not out and Grant Elliott made 104 in a record unbroken 267-run partnership which lifted the Black Caps to a 108-run over Sri Lanka on Friday, taking an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their one-day series.

Ronchi and Elliott came together with New Zealand in trouble at 93-5 and put on 267 runs from 180 balls to power the hosts to 360-5 at University Oval. (MORE)

ECB: Morgan targeted by blackmailer

LONDON (AP) England one-day captain Eoin Morgan was the target of a recent blackmail attempt relating to a past relationship with an Australian woman, the team said Thursday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said it received an email from an Australian man demanding a "five-figure sum" to prevent him providing details to newspapers regarding a relationship Morgan had with a woman five years ago. The ECB said the man is now in a relationship with the woman. (MORE)

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