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UPDATE 2-Cricket-Test Series Australia v West Indies scoreboard

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Dec 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at stumps on the first day in the second Test between Australia and West Indies on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia 
Australia 1st innings 
J. Burns                   st Ramdin b K. Brathwaite 128 
D. Warner                  c Samuels b Taylor        23  
U. Khawaja                 c Ramdin b Taylor         144 
S. Smith                   not out                   32  
A. Voges                   not out                   10  
Extras                     (lb-3 nb-2 w-3)           8   
Total                      (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 345 
Fall of wickets: 1-29 D. Warner,2-287 J. Burns,3-328 U. Khawaja
To bat: M. Marsh, P. Nevill, J. Pattinson, P. Siddle, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon
Bowling               
J. Taylor                  18 - 2 - 83 - 2               
K. Roach                   10 - 1 - 53 - 0               
J. Holder                  17 - 6 - 33 - 0(nb-2)         
C. Brathwaite              20 - 1 - 71 - 0(w-3)          
J. Warrican                16 - 1 - 71 - 0               
K. Brathwaite              9 - 1 - 31 - 1                
Referees              
Umpire: Marais Erasmus                                   
Umpire: Chris Gaffaney                                   
TV umpire: Ian Gould                                     
Match referee: Chris Broad

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Cricket-Drizzle delays start of Durban test

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DURBAN South Africa captain Hashim Amla won the toss and asked England to bat in the first test at Kingsmead on Saturday.

The start of the match was delayed by 30 minutes after persistent drizzle on the opening morning, with the new start of play at 0830 GMT. Lunch will be taken at a revised time of 10h30 GMT.

England, who would have bowled had they won the toss, have handed a test debut to opening batsman Alex Hales, while Nick Compton returns to the side at number three.

Chris Woakes comes in for injured seamer James Anderson, while tall fast bowler Steven Finn earns his place after missing the test series defeat to Pakistan in October with a foot injury.

South Africa, who were thumped 3-0 in their test series in India that ended earlier this month, welcome back the world’s top-ranked fast bowler Dale Steyn, who has sat out their last three tests with a groin problem.

Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel are the other seam bowlers, with spin options in the form of Dane Piedt, JP Duminy and part-timer Dean Elgar.

AB de Villiers takes over the wicketkeeper gloves from Dane Vilas, which has allowed them to play an extra batsman in the form of opener Stiaan van Zyl.

“It looks a good surface but the overhead conditions look good for bowling,” Amla said. “It’s lovelly to have Dale back, you always want a world-class bowler in your team and he has shown great hunger.”

The match is the first of a four-game series, with further tests in Cape Town (Jan 2-6), and at high altitude in Johannesburg and Pretoria next month.

Teams:

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Hashim Amla (captain), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Dane Piedt, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson, Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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Cricket-NZ bowling production line a concern for Sri Lanka

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<span class="focusParagraph articleLocation”>Just when Sri Lanka thought batting would be easier without new-ball pair Tim Southee and Trent Boult after the test series, a more damaging New Zealand duo stepped up to the plate in the first one-dayer between the sides in Christchurch on Saturday.

Matt Henry and Adam Milne reduced the visitors to 27 for five inside 10 overs at Hagley Oval in the opener of the five-match series as New Zealand cruised to a seven-wicket victory.

Henry, who struggled in Australia last month and took just two wickets for 158 runs in the drawn second test in Perth, produced an outstanding opening six-over spell on Saturday with figures of 4-26. He finished with 4-49 from 10 overs.

Both he and Milne regularly clocked in excess of 140 km per hour, with the fiery Milne exceeding 150 kph on several deliveries, a far cry from the 130-140 kph range that Southee and Boult delivered in the test series against Sri Lanka.

What was most important for New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, however, was that with test seamer Doug Bracewell, who impressed on Saturday with 3-37, and left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan, he now has a deep pace bowling unit to choose from.

“I think both Adam Milne and Matt Henry with the new ball back in their hands were outstanding for us,” McCullum said in a televised interview.

“I thought Mitchell McClenaghan and Doug Bracewell were outstanding as well,” he added after McClenaghan picked up two wickets with his aggressive bowling rearing off a length on a pitch that was described as a “belter” by both captains.

Southee and Boult have been rested for at least the first two matches, with left-armer Boult not available until the fourth match in Nelson on Jan. 2.

McCullum, however, was not overly concerned.

“We have two outstanding bowlers in Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who are vastly experienced and have been the kingpins for us for a long time,” he said.

“For them not to be in this lineup and for the guys to have stepped up like they did today was very pleasing for everyone.

“We are lucky at the moment that we are building some depth and the boys are going okay.

“Nobody would want to be rotated out of the squad.”

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Napier; Editing by John O’Brien)


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