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McCullum to play final one-day series pending fitness WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named to lead his country in his final one-day series against Australia next month, providing he can prove his fitness.The 34-year-old is expected to play New Zealand's third and final one-day international against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday, as he makes his way back from a back injury he sustained last month against Sri Lanka."I've had a good couple of hits (in the nets)," McCullum told reporters in Auckland on Saturday. "It's probably not 100 per cent but there's a bit of stiffness so hopefully I'll be fine for tomorrow."Tom Latham was named as cover for McCullum, who will retire after the second test against Australia in Christchurch next month.Top order batsman Ross Taylor (side) and bowlers Tim Southee (foot) and Mitchell McClenaghan (eye) were not considered for the three-match one day series against Australia that starts next Wednesday due to injury."This ...

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Taylor ton spearheads massive England warm-up win KIMBERLEY: James Taylor put aside his disappointing Test form to produce a run-a-ball century as England crushed South Africa A by 163 runs in a warm-up game at the Diamond Oval on Saturday.Taylor smashed eight fours and a six in his 116 off the same number of deliveries as England posted a formidable 368 for seven in their 50 overs having won the toss and elected to bat.The home side never looked like reaching that ...

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Taylor ton leads England to crushing tour win KIMBERLEY: James Taylor hit a century to set up a 163-run win for England against South Africa A at the Diamond Oval on Saturday.Taylor made 116 off 116 balls as England piled up 368 for seven after winning the toss and deciding to bat in their only one-day warm-up match before a five-match one-day international series against South Africa starts in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.South Africa A were bundled out for 205, with left-arm opening bowler ...

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Watson to lead Australia against India All-rounder Shane Watson will lead the Australian team in the third and final Twenty20 match against India.According to foreign media report, “It is an honour to be asked to lead the side on Sunday, although the circumstances are far from ideal,” Watson said in a Cricket Australia statement.“We may have lost the series but there is a great deal to play for with the ICC World Twenty20 coming up and you can be sure we ...

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Khawaja to replace injured Finch for final India T20 SYDNEY: In-form batsman Usman Khawaja was Saturday brought into Australia's squad for the final Twenty20 match against India, as captain Aaron Finch was sidelined with injury.Finch injured his left hamstring in Friday night's match which India won by 27 runs, giving the tourists an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Cricket Australia said Finch will miss the third and final Twenty20 in Sydney on Sunday but the full extent of his injury was not yet ...

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McCullum set to resume New Zealand farewell AUCKLAND: Brendon McCullum said he expects to return to the New Zealand team for the deciding one-day international against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday, however explosive opener Martin Guptill is now doubtful.Guptill twisted an ankle in training on Saturday and was rated by coach Mike Hesson as "a 50:50 prospect" of playing in the third and final match of the series.Captain McCullum, whose farewell tour has been disrupted since a back injury flared up five ...

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De Villiers appointed full-time captain JOHANNESBURG: AB de Villiers was on Friday appointed South Africa's full-time Test captain, Cricket South Africa announced. It said the decision was based on a recommendation from the national selectors.De Villiers, 31, took over the captaincy on a short-term basis for the last two Tests against England after Hashim Amla decided to resign after the second Test.At the time there was speculation about De Villiers' long-term future in international cricket and the player himself said ...