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Cricket: Farbrace appointed England assistant coach

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) continued the restructuring of the England coaching set-up on Wednesday by announcing the appointment of Paul Farbrace as assistant coach. The 46-year-old will leave his role as coach of Sri Lanka to work alongside Peter Moores, who returned for a second stint as England head coach last Saturday. Farbrace only joined Sri Lanka in December and achieved instant success by winning both the Asia Trophy and the ICC World Twenty20.

Cricket: Sri Lanka axe Chandimal as T20 captain

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was retained as the Test and one-day skipper. Chandimal, 24, opted out of the last three matches, including the semi-final and final, of the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh due to poor batting form, leaving Malinga in charge. Sri Lanka went on to beat the West Indies in the semi-final and India in the final to win their first major title since 1996 when they bagged the 50-over World Cup.

Cricket: Farbrace resigns as Sri Lanka's coach

Sri Lanka were left searching for their seventh coach in four years after Paul Farbrace resigned on Tuesday to take up a possible assignment with England, Sri Lanka Cricket said. Farbrace, 46, has been linked to the post of assistant coach to Peter Moores, who was named England's chief coach last week replacing Zimbabwean Andy Flower. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have yet to confirm Farbrace's appointment, but Sri Lankan chiefs appeared certain that the Englishman will return to his home nation.

Cricket: Top court urges new corruption probe into IPL

The Supreme Court on Tuesday urged a tough new investigation into allegations of spot-fixing and illegal betting in the Indian Premier League cricket competition after months of controversy. The top court said it wanted the country's investigation agencies to team up with its own three-member panel appointed last year to probe the allegations into the popular Twenty20 competition.

Cricket: Kiwi all-rounder Ryder agrees Essex move

New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder has signed for Essex until the end of the season, the English county side announced on Tuesday. "I'm thrilled to have been given the opportunity to represent Essex," Ryder, 29, said in a statement on the Essex website. "This couldn't have come at a better time as I want to get as much cricket as possible over the New Zealand winter. It's an added bonus that there are a few guys I have played with before, the side looks very strong, and they have got off to a good start for the season."

Football: Tackles fly in on planned India super league

Its backers include some of the biggest names in Indian sport, business and Bollywood who hope it will help the country shed its image as the sleeping giant of world football. But the Indian Super League, which promises to lure a galaxy of former stars out of retirement, is already facing scepticism and even downright hostility from within the game some five months ahead of kick-off.

Cricket: Australian coach joins emerging Afghanistan

Afghanistan's new cricket academy coach, Peter Anderson from Australia, has started work in Kabul, officials said Monday, as the fast-developing team prepare for their debut at next year's World Cup. Anderson coached Papua New Guinea for two years before joining Afghanistan, where cricket is a rare symbol of optimism in a country beset by war, corruption and poverty. "I am excited to be here," Anderson, 52, said in a press release from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

Cricket: Windies bowler Roach shrugs off car crash

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach escaped serious injury when his BMW car flipped over several times on a rain-lashed Bridgetown road, local media reported Sunday. The 25-year-old suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital, the Barbados Today online newspaper claimed. But Roach insisted he had not been seriously hurt. "Sorry To Scare My Friends, Family And Fans But I'm Straight! Thanks For The Love! #BlessUp," he wrote on Twitter. Roach has played 23 Tests and 61 one-day internationals but has not featured for the West Indies in nearly a year.

Cricket: English county scores

English county scores on Sunday: County Championship Division One At Chester-le-Street Durham 308 (K K Jennings 80; L Gregory 4-59) v Somerset 7-0 At Old Trafford Lancashire 247 (P J Horton 83; C R Woakes 5-63) v Warwickshire 63-0 At Headingley Yorkshire 328-7 (G S Ballance 117 no, A Z Lees 90) v Northamptonshire Division Two At Derby Hampshire 231-5 (W R Smith 70) v Derbyshire At Sophia Gardens Glamorgan 47-6 v Gloucestershire

Cricket: Five things England must do in future

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. But that in a sense was the easy part for the England and Wales Cricket Board as they look to get the team back on an even keel after a 5-0 Ashes hammering in Australia. It is too much to expect Moores, back in the national hotseat after a two-year stint in charge that ended when he was sacked in 2009, with the now exiled Kevin Pietersen stripped of the captaincy, to be a panacea for England's ills. But below AFP Sport looks at the five key areas the England must address if they are to return to winning ways.
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