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England limit India to 214-5 at tea

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SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Rohit Sharma threw away his wicket shortly before tea to leave India struggling against England at 214-5 on day three of the third test at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

Having conceded 569-7 declared to England on a seemingly benign pitch, India was looking to bat for as long as possible, but Sharma undermined those hopes by wasting a great partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on 52.

They combined for 74 from 110 deliveries, until Sharma heaved a tame delivery from spinner Moeen Ali directly to Stuart Broad at mid-off in the second-to-last over before tea.


Moeen banned from wearing Gaza bands

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England allrounder Moeen Ali was banned from displaying political messages on the field by the International Cricket Council, after wearing wristbands supporting Palestinians during the third test.

Ali wore wristbands with "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" while batting against India on Monday at the Rose Bowl. (MORE)

South Africa win Sri Lanka test series

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) South Africa frustrated Sri Lanka's spin attack with a defensive batting strategy to earn a draw in the second test on Monday and win the two-match series, 1-0.

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath bagged five wickets -the 18th time he has taken five or more wickets in an innings - but he couldn't prevent the draw after Sri Lanka set a 369-run target for the visitors on the final day of the test. (MORE)

Hughes scores one-day double hundred

DARWIN, Australia (AP) Phillip Hughes set a domestic batting record when he plundered an unbeaten 202 in Australia A's one-day game against South Africa A on Tuesday.

Hughes, who was dropped from Australia's first XI last year, hit a six off the last ball of the innings to raise his double-century. It was the highest score by an Australian batsman in a List A one-day game, beating David Warner's 197 for New South Wales against Victoria last October. (MORE)

Pietersen to play in Big Bash Twenty20

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed to play for the Melbourne Stars in Australian cricket's Big Bash Twenty20 League next season.

Pietersen, who was dumped by England after their Ashes defeat to Australia this year, is the league's most high-profile signing to date. (MORE)

Cook hits 95 as England close on 247-2

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England captain Alastair Cook was dismissed on 95, an agonizing five runs short of his first century in 14 months, as the hosts finished day one of the third test against India on 247-2 at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.

Cook got the faintest of touches to a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja, and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the catch. (MORE)

Herath strikes early for Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath picked up an early wicket to put South Africa under pressure as the visitors, chasing 369 to win the second test, finished day four on 38-1 Sunday.

Opening the bowling, the left-arm spinner had opener Alviro Petersen caught by Kithruwan Vithanage without scoring with the total on four. (MORE)

Dickwella fined and reprimanded on debut

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined and reprimanded for claiming an unfair catch in the ongoing second cricket test against South Africa, International Cricket Council authorities said Sunday.

The ICC said in a statement that the 21-year-old was fined 10 percent of his match fee and given an official reprimand after he pleaded guilty to the offense. (MORE)

Cook: England players still back me

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Alastair Cook says his England teammates still want him to be captain but denies the pressures of leading his country have damaged his form with the bat.

Cook says "there is nothing worse when you don't score runs and feeling you have let the other 10 guys down." (MORE)

Dhoni slams 'hurtful' ICC fine on Jadeja

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was "very hurt" by the International Cricket Council's decision to fine Ravindra Jadeja 50 percent of his match fee after an incident with England bowler James Anderson.

Speaking Saturday on the eve of the third test against England at the Rose Bowl, Dhoni put up a fierce defense of his teammate, who was fined Friday by the ICC for a level one breach of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game." (MORE)

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