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Cricket-Hussey laughs off World Twenty20 comeback chatter

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SYDNEY Retired test batsman Mike Hussey has laughed off suggestions he could return to Australian colours for next year’s World Twenty20 after scoring an unbeaten 80 to lead the Sydney Sixers to victory in the domestic Big Bash League.

The lefthander, who retired from international cricket two years ago, will be on the flight to India for the March 8-April 3 tournament as a coaching consultant to the Australia team.

Shane Watson was one observers of the 59-ball knock who suggested his 40-year-old Sixers team mate would not look out of place back out in the middle in the international game but Hussey was having none of it.

“No, I wouldn’t have thought so,” Hussey laughed. “I’m happy to try and help out as much as I can off the field.

“We’ve got so much talent in this country and I’m excited to be working with the Australian team.

“It’s the one trophy we don’t have in the cabinet, so there’s a lot of motivation for the team.

“Everyone I talk to around Cricket Australia, it’s the one they really want. If I can help out in some small way, I’d be ecstatic.”

Australia’s best showing at the World Twenty20 was reaching the final of the 2010 version, when they lost to England.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O’Brien)


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Cricket-Rain forces players off in second test in Hamilton

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<span class="focusParagraph articleLocation”>Rain has forced players from the field after tea on the first day of the second test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday.

Sri Lanka were 264-7 when the umpires took the players off at about 1625 (0325 GMT), with the rain becoming heavier as ground staff covered the playing surface.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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UPDATE 1-Cricket-Sri Lanka reach 198-4 at tea on first day

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<span class="focusParagraph articleLocation”>Angelo Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana were rebuilding Sri Lanka’s first innings as the visitors reached 198-4 at tea on the first day of the second test on Friday after New Zealand pegged back their frenetic start.

Mathews (44) and Siriwardana (26) combined for an unbroken 77-run fifth wicket partnership after the hosts took two quick wickets after lunch in Hamilton.

Sri Lanka had resumed on 108-2 with Dinesh Chandimal on 41 and Udara Jayasundera on 23 after the visitors had scored freely in the first session despite being asked to bat on a green Seddon Park pitch.

The pair, however, had a major breakdown in communication just seven runs later when Jayasundera was run out for 26 after some good fielding by Mitchell Santner in the outfield.

Chandimal, who scored half-centuries in both innings in the first test in Dunedin, had raced along at a run a ball but on 47 chased an outswinger from Doug Bracewell that caught the edge and gave wicketkeeper BJ Watling his third catch of the innings.

His first two had been in the first session to Tim Southee, who managed to get rid of both Dimuth Karunaratne (12) and Kusal Mendis (31) to reduce the visitors to 44-2.

Mendis rode his luck after he was dropped by Ross Taylor in the second over, while a Bracewell delivery hit the top of his off stump yet failed to dislodge the bails when he was on 20.

He then got five runs when an attempted run out by captain Brendon McCullum just missed the stumps with Mendis well short of his ground and went flying to the boundary.

The stubborn Dimuth Karunaratne had again held up his end before he chased a wider delivery from Southee and got an inside edge to Watling.

Watling then took his second catch when Southee produced another perfect outswinger that Mendis had to play, but only succeeded in nicking the ball behind.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Toby Davis/Ian Ransom)


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