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Cricket: Australia v England first ODI scoreboard

Scoreboard after England innings in the first ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. England A. Cook c Haddin b McKay 4 I. Bell b Doherty 41 J. Root lbw b McKay 3 G. Ballance c Doherty b McKay 79 E. Morgan c Coulter-Nile b Maxwell 50 R. Bopara c Haddin b Coulter-Nile 17 B. Stokes b Faulkner 21 J. Buttler not out 34 T. Bresnan not out 16 Extras (w3 lb1) 4

Cricket: Australia v England first ODI scoreboard

Scoreboard after England innings in the first ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. England A. Cook c Haddin b McKay 4 I. Bell b Doherty 41 J. Root lbw b McKay 3 G. Ballance c Doherty b McKay 79 E. Morgan c Coulter-Nile b Maxwell 50 R. Bopara c Haddin b Coulter-Nile 17 B. Stokes b Faulkner 21 J. Buttler not out 34 T. Bresnan not out 16 Extras (w3 lb1) 4

Cricket: England win toss, to bat in first ODI

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat in the first one day international against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. The English have gone into the match without a spinner after opting to leave out James Tredwell. In contrast, Australia have two spinning options in Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty. England will be looking to bounce back from the disastrous Ashes Test series, which Australia won 5-0. The teams:

Cricket: Sri Lanka salvages draw in first Pakistan Test

The first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday after Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad hit half-centuries. Hafeez finished with 80 not out for his ninth Test half-century, his first in 11 innings, while Ahmed Shehzad notched his maiden fifty on his debut as Pakistan, set 302 runs in a possible of 67 overs, finished on 158-2. The draw left the three-Test series open, with the second Test starting in Dubai on Wednesday. The third Test will be played in Sharjah from January 16.

Cricket: Sri Lanka salvages draw in first Pakistan Test

The first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday after Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad hit half-centuries. Hafeez finished with 80 not out for his ninth Test half-century, his first in 11 innings, while Ahmed Shehzad notched his maiden fifty on his debut as Pakistan, set 302 runs in a possible of 67 overs, finished on 158-2. The draw left the three-Test series open, with the second Test starting in Dubai on Wednesday. The third Test will be played in Sharjah from January 16.

Cricket: Recovering Gul released from Pakistan Test squad

Pakistan Thursday released recovering Umar Gul from their Test squad competing against Sri Lanka, saying the fast bowler would undergo rehabilitation back home. The 29-year-old suffered a right knee injury in March this year and had to undergo an operation in May. He was recalled to the one-day squad during Pakistan's 3-2 win over Sri Lanka, in which he took seven wickets in the last three matches. He was also included in the three-Test squad but has not played in the ongoing first Test in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Gul will return home.

Cricket: Waqar praises 'best all-rounder' Kallis

Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis described Jacques Kallis as one of the world's leading all-rounders after the South African star announced his retirement from Test cricket. Kallis, 38, said Wednesday that the second Test between South Africa and India, starting in Durban on Thursday, would be his 166th and final appearance although he will continue to play one-day internationals. "I think one cannot ask for more from a human body than Kallis's -- runs, wickets, catches. He has done everything with distinction," Waqar told AFP.

Cricket: Waqar praises 'best all-rounder' Kallis

Former Pakistan fast bowler and coach Waqar Younis described Jacques Kallis as one of the world's leading all-rounders after the South African star announced his retirement from Test cricket. Kallis, 38, said Wednesday that the second Test between South Africa and India, starting in Durban on Thursday, would be his 166th and final appearance although he will continue to play one-day internationals. "I think one cannot ask for more from a human body than Kallis's -- runs, wickets, catches. He has done everything with distinction," Waqar told AFP.

Sports: India busts 467 drug cheats since 2009

Some 467 Indian sportsmen and women have been prosecuted for failing drugs tests since 2009, with track and field athletes and weightlifters leading the pack, according to the country's anti-doping agency. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) posted the list on its website which showed that 110 athletes and 85 weightlifters have been slapped with sanctions over the past five years. Kabaddi, body-building, power-lifting, wrestling, boxing and judo were some of the other sports that thew up drug cheats, the list indicated.

Cricket: PCB seeks PM's help on cricket revival in Pakistan

Pakistan's cricket chief has sought the help of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he tries to revive international cricket in the troubled country after a hiatus of nearly four years. Pakistan has not hosted any international cricket since a deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009 in Lahore, which prompted foreign teams to boycott tours to the troubled country. Pakistan twice tried to arrange limited-overs series against Bangladesh last year, but on both occasions the tour did not come off because of security fears.
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