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Cricket: Smith quit to spend time with family

South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision, media reported on Sunday. Smith, 33, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he knew he had made the right decision while at the hospital bedside of his 18-month-old daughter, who had suffered burns from hot water. He says the toddler reached out to him and touched his Proteas badge. "That's all she's known of me really."

Cricket: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win Asia Cup

Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by five wickets in the final to lift the Asia Cup at Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Saturday. Sri Lanka chased down a challenging 261-run target in 46.2 overs with opener Lahiru Thirimanne notching a brilliant 101. Defending champions Pakistan had posted a tough 260-5 with Fawad Alam hitting a maiden hundred with 114 not out. This is Sri Lanka's fifth Asia Cup title, equalling India's number of triumphs in the event initiated in 1984. str-sh/erf

Cricket: Australia 'long way' from out-ranking South Africa

Michael Clarke says Australia have a long way to go before supplanting South Africa as the number one Test cricket team. Clarke returned home Friday after leading the Australians to an epic 2-1 series win over the Proteas in South Africa to cement their status as the second team in world cricket behind South Africa. Clarke said despite their supremacy over South Africa in the recent series, his side would be foolish to consider themselves the best team in Test cricket and said the job was far from done.

Cricket: Root forced home with thumb injury

England batsman Joe Root was forced to return home from the West Indies with a broken thumb on Thursday, just 10 days out from the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Root was hit on the glove while batting during England's 25-run victory over the West Indies in the third and final one-day international at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday. The 23-year-old's injury occured in just the third ball of his innings, but he went on to score 107 and help England clinch a 2-1 series victory.

Cricket: Smith wants role in South Africa future

Graeme Smith said on Wednesday he was keen to continue to play a role in South African cricket following his retirement from the international game as a player. "I'd love to play a role with Cricket South Africa and who knows where that's going to be," he said in his final press conference as captain after his side's 245-run defeat in the third Test against Australia. "I've gained a lot of experience over the years, worked with a lot of people and feel I still have a lot to offer South African cricket."

Cricket: Smith wants role in South Africa future

Graeme Smith said on Wednesday he was keen to continue to play a role in South African cricket following his retirement from the international game as a player. "I'd love to play a role with Cricket South Africa and who knows where that's going to be," he said in his final press conference as captain after his side's 245-run defeat in the third Test against Australia. "I've gained a lot of experience over the years, worked with a lot of people and feel I still have a lot to offer South African cricket."

Cricket: West Indies v England one-day scoreboard

Scoreboard in the third and final one-day international between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday: England Innings M. Lumb c Narine b Dwayne Bravo 20 M. Ali c and b Miller 55 B. Stokes c Rampaul b Dwayne Bravo 0 J. Root c Darren Bravo b Dwayne Bravo 107 E. Morgan b Narine 1 J. Buttler c and b Rampaul 99 R. Bopara not out 5 T. Bresnan not out 1

Lahore longs for international cricket five years after attack

For more than fifty years, Haji Basheer has prepared the pitch at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium and witnessed some of cricket's biggest moments including two World Cups. The 74-year-old has been serving at the ground since it hosted the first match in November 1959 but a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus on March 3, 2009 put an end to visits by international teams.

Lahore longs for international cricket five years after attack

For more than fifty years, Haji Basheer has prepared the pitch at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium and witnessed some of cricket's biggest moments including two World Cups. The 74-year-old has been serving at the ground since it hosted the first match in November 1959 but a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus on March 3, 2009 put an end to visits by international teams.

Cricket: West Indies beat England by 15 runs

West Indies beat England by 15 runs in the first one-day international on Friday. Chasing 270 to win, the tourists were restricted to 254-6 off their 50 overs despite opener Michael Lumb having made a century on debut. Earlier, an explosive assault by Darren Sammy and skipper Dwayne Bravo over the final 10 overs lifted the West Indies to a competitive 269 for six at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Sammy smashed 61 off just 36 deliveries with five fours and four sixes. Bravo played the captain's role superbly with an unbeaten 87 (91 balls, 8 fours, 1 six).
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