Cricket

Injured seamer Nuwan Pradeep out of Australia series

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep will miss the remaining one-day internationals against Australia after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Instead of bringing in another seamer, selectors opted Tuesday for batsman Angelo Perera - who also bowls left-arm spin - after impressing for Sri Lanka "A" on the recent tour to England.

Pradeep played in the first test of the three-match series before sustaining the injury. He was fit for the opening ODI against Australia on Sunday but was injured in training just before the toss. Australia won by three wickets.

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Players frustrated as SA-NZ test abandoned due to wet field

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) The first cricket test between South Africa and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Tuesday, leaving the two sets of players frustrated as they were forced to settle for a draw.

Although both teams said that they wanted to play, the umpires have the final say on whether conditions are safe enough. (MORE)

No rain but no play in SA-NZ 1st test for 2nd straight day

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) The first test between South Africa and New Zealand saw a second successive day pass without any play on Monday - despite an absence of rain.

Although Durban enjoyed a sunny day on Sunday and a strong wind on Monday, wet patches on the Kingsmead outfield failed to dry sufficiently following a heavy thunderstorm on Saturday night and so no play was possible on the fourth day. (MORE)

India loses top test rank despite series win vs West Indies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) India has lost its top test ranking despite a 2-0 series victory over West Indies.

India had to win the last game of the four-match series to retain its No. 1 position, but four days without play led to the match being declared a draw Monday. (MORE)

Australia beats Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in the 1st ODI

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Australia swept to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening match of their one-day international series on Sunday, after captain Steve Smith anchored the tourists' innings following an explosive start by Aaron Finch.

Smith won the toss and sent Sri Lanka to bat first, with the hosts being restricted to a modest 227 in 50 overs thanks to fast bowlers James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc, who shared seven wickets. (MORE)

No play for 3rd straight day for India in West Indies

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) India looks set to lose its top test ranking after the fourth day of its fourth test against West Indies was washed out Sunday, the third day in a row that rain has prevented a ball being played.

India must win the match to keep the coveted top spot - or concede it to rival Pakistan - but there has been no play since the first morning due to bad weather at Queen's Park Oval. (MORE)

Sri Lanka vs. Australia 1st ODI scores

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Scores Sunday in the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and ASustralia at R.Premadasa Stadium:

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New Zealand remains on 15-2 vs South Africa on day 3

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) A bright and sunny Sunday at Kingsmead failed to yield cricket in the first test between South Africa and New Zealand when wet patches on the outfield wiped out the game's third day.

Just 22 overs were possible on the second day of the match because of persistent rain, and while overhead conditions were vastly improved on day three, an overnight deluge had created several sodden areas in the field that could not be improved sufficiently for play to get underway. (MORE)

South Africa vs New Zealand Scores

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) Scores Sunday at stumps on day three of the first cricket test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead.

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Australia wins toss and fields in 1st ODI vs. Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Australia captain Steve Smith has won the toss and elected to field first in the opener of the five-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium.

Sri Lanka goes into the game confident after beating Australia 3-0 in the test series. It handed ODI debuts to two spinners in left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan and left-arm finger spinner Amila Aponso. (MORE)