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SA declare on 552-5 after Amla hits 208

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CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Hashim Amla hit his third test double-century as South Africa declared its first innings on 552-5 before rain prevented further play on day two of the first test against West Indies at Centurion on Thursday.

Amla scored 208 and put on a record 308 for the fourth wicket with AB de Villiers, who contributed 152, while Stiaan van Zyl became the fifth South African to score a ton on debut.

Van Zyl was unbeaten on 101 from just 130 balls when Amla announced the declaration shortly before tea.

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Australia 221-4 in reply to India's 408

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Steve Smith continued his unbeaten run with a half century in his first test match as captain, guiding Australia to 221-4 in reply to India's 408 before bad light stopped play on day two of the second cricket test.

Standing in for injured captain Michael Clarke, the 25-year-old Smith followed up his unbeaten innings of 162 and 52 in the first test win last week with 65 not out on Thursday. (MORE)

Zimbabwe fire coach after whitewash

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Zimbabwe has sacked cricket coach Stephen Mangongo following the team's whitewash defeat in Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe lost all three tests and five ODIs in Bangladesh, sparking an uproar among fans. Zimbabwe Cricket board chairman Wilson Manase said a new coach will be hired before the new year, alongside a specialist batting coach. (MORE)

Vijay, Rahane guide India to 311-4

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Murali Vijay scored 144 and shared a century stand with Ajinkya Rahane as India's batsmen dictated terms to an Australian bowling attack that struggled in the heat and fell well short of expectations on the opening day of the second test Wednesday.

Four days after losing eight wickets in the final session of a 48-run defeat in Adelaide, India dominated at the Gabba to reach 311-4 at stumps. (MORE)

New Zealand clinch nervy seven-run win

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) New Zealand shrugged off Younis Khan's first limited-overs century for six years to clinch a seven-run victory over Pakistan on Wednesday in a fourth one-day international where players wore black armbands following the attack on a military school in Peshawar.

The Pakistan Cricket Board went ahead with the match a day after 148 people - most of them children - were killed by the Taliban in the attack in Pakistan's northwestern city. (MORE)

South Africa 340-3 at stumps on day 1

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla plundered centuries for South Africa as the West Indies made poor use of favorable bowling conditions on day one of the first cricket test at Centurion on Wednesday.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl on the back of some morning rain, the West Indies only once managed to spark, with Kemar Roach inspiring a mid-morning frenzy that saw South Africa lose three wickets without adding a run. (MORE)

Vijay takes a new approach to reach 100

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) After a gut-wrenching dismissal on 99 last week, Murali Vijay made sure he didn't make himself too nervous in the nineties at the Gabba.

The India opener looked slightly surprised Wednesday when he reached his fifth test century, and needed his batting partner to confirm he'd safely progressed to triple figures. (MORE)

Clarke hamstring surgery a success

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke is still a chance to play at the Cricket World Cup following surgery on his right hamstring.

That was about the only good news for Australia on the injury front Wednesday, when the bowling attack fell apart against India in stifling conditions on day one of the second test. (MORE)

Sri Lanka beat England by 87 runs

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in the seventh and final one-day international to win the series 5-2 on Tuesday as Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball, smashing his 18th hundred and snaring three wickets.

Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 302-6 thanks to Dilshan's 101 off 124 deliveries, Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 55, and an aggressive 26-ball 54 from Thisara Perera. (MORE)

Aussies make two changes to pace attack

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Josh Hazlewood will make his test debut and Mitchell Starc has been recalled to a new-look attack as Australia bids to exploit the pace and bounce at the Gabba to rattle the India batsmen in the second test.

Australia made three changes to the lineup which took eight wickets in the last session to win the series-opener by 48 runs in Adelaide, with Shaun Marsh coming in to replace injured skipper Michael Clarke, and Hazlewood and Starc replacing fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. (MORE)


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