Cricket

Australia defeats England by 59 in ODI

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Australia continued its recovery from losing the Ashes to England by winning the first match of their one-day international series by 59 runs on Thursday.

Matthew Wade's bustling batting proved decisive for Australia at the Rose Bowl. Wade and Mitch Marsh's unbroken 112-run stand for the seventh wicket kept Australia competitive at 305-6, following a mid-innings stumble as Adil Rashid took the first four wickets.

"We probably had a bit of a hiccup with the bat in the middle order, but Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh at the end there, to score 93 off the last 10, was an extremely good effort," Australia captain Steve Smith said.

Read More...

Sri Lanka coach Atapattu resigns

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's coach Marvan Atapattu on Thursday resigned from his position following the team's recent test series losses to Pakistan and India.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement that it accepted Atapattu's resignation. (MORE)

Aussie Clarke won't play T20 this season

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke's recent retirement from test and one-day play has been extended to the Twenty20 format, at least for this domestic season in Australia.

Clarke said Wednesday that he will not captain the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. He had signed up for a two-year stint with the Melbourne franchise in April. (MORE)

Kaushal reported for suspected action

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lankan off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action at the end of the third cricket test against India.

The International Cricket Council said in a statement Wednesday that match officials expressed their concerns in their report handed over to Sri Lankan team management at the end of the match at Sinhalese Sports Club on Tuesday. (MORE)

India wins test series in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets Tuesday to propel India to its first test series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years, defeating the hosts by 117 runs in the third test.

Chasing 386 to win Sri Lanka slumped to 107 for five in its second innings but captain Angelo Mathews scored a fighting 110 and shared 135 runs for the sixth wicket with Kusal Perera (70), giving Sri Lanka a chance to save the test. (MORE)

ICC suspends Sharma, Chandimal 1 match

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) India bowler Ishant Sharma and Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal have been given one-match suspensions by cricket's governing body while two other Sri Lankan players have been fined after disciplinary breaches during the third test.

The International Cricket Council said in a statement Tuesday that Chandimal will miss Sri Lanka's one-day international against West Indies on Nov. 1, while Sharma will sit out India's first test against South Africa starting Nov. 5. (MORE)

New name for India-SA cricket series

NEW DELHI (AP) India and South Africa will contest the `Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series,' starting in October.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India and Cricket South Africa said all bilateral series will have this name in future, with the winner receiving the `Freedom Trophy.' (MORE)

S. Africa takes series over New Zealand

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) South Africa beat New Zealand by 62 runs in their decisive third one-day international on Wednesday to win the series 2-1.

Captain AB de Villiers' rapid 64 from 48 balls provided the impetus in South Africa's 283-7 batting first at Kingsmead. (MORE)

Kiwis, Aussies play Chappell-Hadlee ODIs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Australia will play two tests and three one-day internationals on its tour to New Zealand in February, sacrificing an additional test to revive the one-day international series for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

The tests will be played at Wellington's Basin Reserve from Feb. 12 to 16 and at Christchurch's Hagley Oval from Feb. 20 to 24. (MORE)