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Cricket: Cook hits second ton of English county season

England captain Alastair Cook hit his second century of the new County Championship season as Essex played out a draw with Surrey at The Oval on Wednesday. Having scored 181 against Derbyshire last week, the left-handed opener amassed 127 runs, including 19 fours, before being bowled by Rory Burns. It was his 47th first-class century. Surrey had been all out for 237 and the match ended when Essex captain James Foster declared on 258-4 in his side's second innings, with the visitors leading by 327 runs. thw/gnf

Cricket: Trescothick ready to help Trott

Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has said he is willing to help Jonathan Trott in his struggle with a stress-related illness after a similar condition ended his international career. Trott, who made a brief comeback after returning home following England's opening loss in a 5-0 Ashes reverse in Australia, announced he was bowing out of both Warwickshire and international duty with immediate effect after suffering a relapse in his condition.

Cricket: Pakistan was offered 'Big Four' role, says chairman

Pakistan's cricket chief Najam Sethi has said his predecessor spurned an offer by India to join the so-called "big three" during a major reorganisation of the game's administration. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was initially one of three countries which opposed the revamp of the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved by members in February. The move handed the majority of the powers and revenues to the "big three" of the game -- India, Australia and England.

Cricket: India set Sri Lanka 131 to win World Twenty20 final

India managed a below-par total of 130-4 against Sri Lanka despite a brilliant half-century by Virat Kohli in the final of World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday. Kohli scored a 58-ball 77 for his eighth Twenty20 half-century -- his fourth in this tournament -- after Sri Lanka sent India into bat at Shere Bangla stadium in a match delayed by 40 minutes due to rain. The rain spiced up the pitch for bowlers but Kohli was at his best when he came to the crease after India lost Ajinkya Rahane (three) in Angelo Mathews's second over of the innings.

Cricket: South Africa make 172-4 against India

South Africa scored 172-4 after electing to bat in the World Twenty20 semi-final against India in Dhaka on Friday. Skipper Faf du Plessis (58), JP Duminy (45 not out), David Miller (23 not out) and Hashim Amla (22) were the major contributors for the Proteas. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets for 22 runs in his four overs. The winner will meet Sri Lanka, who beat defending champions West Indies in the first semi-final, in Sunday's final in Dhaka. kl/jom

Cricket: Rain stops play in World T20 semi-final

Heavy rain stopped play in the World Twenty20 semi-final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Dhaka on Thursday. The West Indies, chasing Sri Lanka's 160-6, were 80-4 in 13.5 overs when the weather interrupted the match. Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 18 and Darren Sammy was on nought, but Sri Lanka were 27 runs ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method at that stage. If there is no further play, Sri Lanka will be declared winners. The second semi-final between India and South Africa will be played in Dhaka on Friday. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Cricket: India say Yuvraj fit for World T20 semi-final

India received a boost ahead of Friday's World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa when Yuvraj Singh was declared fit following an ankle injury, an official said. The flamboyant cancer survivor hurt his left ankle while playing football with team-mates on Wednesday, but the Indian squad's media manager R.N. Baba said there was no cause for worry. "Yuvraj is fit. He will attend practice," Baba told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.

Cricket: West Indies can make history at World T20 - Sammy

West Indian captain Darren Sammy was confident Wednesday that his side can achieve what no other team has done in the history of the World Twenty20 -- defend the title. Famous for playing a cavalier brand of cricket, the West Indies won the fourth edition of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka two years ago, and are now just two matches away from defending it. They meet Sri Lanka in the first of two semi-finals in Dhaka on Thursday. Sammy said his side was ready to make history. "We left the Caribbean with that motivating factor for us," he said.

Cricket: Spin doctors set up thrilling World T20 climax

Spinners, once considered irrelevant in hit-and-run cricket, will play a pivotal role when the World Twenty20 reaches the business end with the first of two semi-finals in Dhaka on Thursday. Among the top eight wicket-takers in the elite Super-10 round, six are spinners with South Africa's leggie Imran Tahir leading the pack with 11 wickets in four games. Defending champions the West Indies, who clash with Sri Lanka on Thursday in a repeat of the 2012 final, boast two prolific slow bowlers in Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine.

Cricket: Cook in favour of Pietersen axe

England captain Alastair Cook has given his backing for the "brave call" to end the international career of Kevin Pietersen. Despite being England's leading run scorer across all formats, South Africa-born batsman Pietersen was axed by the England and Wales Cricket Board in February following the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia. But exactly why he was sent into seemingly permanent international exile remains a mystery, with ECB statements citing a need for team "rebuilding" and "trust" raising more questions than answers.
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