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Cricket: India, Sri Lanka set for intriguing World T20 final

Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in Sunday's all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams. If Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians win, they will become the first team to hold all three major limited-overs titles, having won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy last year. Sri Lanka will seek an end to an inexplicable losing streak in title matches, after being beaten twice in World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and the World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.

Cricket: Ponting awarded MCC life membership

Ricky Ponting was awarded life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Friday in a tribute to the Australian legend's illustrious career. Former Australia captain Ponting was given the honour after establishing himself as one of the best batsmen in the history of the sport by scoring over 26,000 runs in all forms of the game and averaging 51.85 in 168 Test matches. The 39-year-old, who retired from all forms of cricket in October last year, hit 41 Test centuries, played in 375 one-day internationals and won three World Cups with Australia.

Cricket: Moores, Newell in contention for England post

Lancashire coach Peter Moores has emerged as a leading contender to become the new England cricket coach, although Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell has also made clear his interest. The duo are on a four-man shortlist along with current England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and Trevor Bayliss, as the race to succeed Andy Flower hots up. Moores previously served as England coach from May 2007 until January 2009, when the breakdown of his relationship with then captain Kevin Pietersen forced the England and Wales Cricket Board to act.

Cricket: Robson has no problems being a Pom

Sydney-born Sam Robson insisted Wednesday he has no qualms declaring his allegiance to England, having spent the past six years playing for Middlesex. The 24-year-old batsman has yet to make his full international debut but will look to force his way into an unsettled England Test side, still trying to bounce back from an Ashes whitewash, after impressing on recent second-string tours of Australia and Sri Lanka.

Cricket: Trott out for four on comeback

England batsman Jonathan Trott could only make four on his return to cricket on Tuesday and once again it was a left-arm seamer who proved his undoing. When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, England officials said he was suffering from a "stress-related illness". In his first innings since that match it was another left-armer, Gloucestershire's David Payne, who struck Tuesday during a two-day friendly match at Trott's Warwickshire home ground.

Cricket: Trott out for four on comeback

England batsman Jonathan Trott could only make four on his return to cricket on Tuesday and once again it was a left-arm seamer who proved his undoing. When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in the first Test in Brisbane, England officials said he was suffering from a "stress-related illness". In his first innings since that match it was another left-armer, Gloucestershire's David Payne, who struck Tuesday during a two-day friendly match at Trott's Warwickshire home ground.

Cricket: English cricket needs total rethink after Dutch disaster

England cricket must make sweeping changes after a humiliating defeat to the Netherlands in the World Twenty20 capped off a dismal winter, the national press said Tuesday. England, who had already been eliminated from the competition before Monday's debacle in Chittagong, were bowled out for just 88 runs with more than two overs to spare in reply to the Netherlands' modest 133 for five.

Cricket: Giles admits T20 defeat to Dutch 'embarrassing'

England coach Ashley Giles Monday admitted their World Twenty20 defeat against minnows the Netherlands was "embarrassing" and said he shared the fans' anger at their humiliating loss. England went down to the Netherlands by 45 runs in their last group one match in the Super-10 stage, a repeat of their 2009 World Twenty20 defeat on home ground.

Cricket: Strauss takes up Middlesex role

Former Middlesex and England captain Andrew Strauss has joined the county's executive board with immediate effect, the Lord's-based club announced Monday. The 37-year-old, who retired from all cricket in 2012, was one of England's most successful recent captains, leading the team to Ashes success at home in 2009 and in Australia in 2010/11. Strauss replaces Paul Downton, the former Middlesex and England wicket-keeper who resigned from the board following his appointment as the managing director of England Cricket.

Cricket: England greats turn on team after Dutch debacle

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Michael Atherton rounded on the current side after they bowed out of the World Twenty20 with a humiliating 45-run loss to the Netherlands in Chittagong on Monday. Bowled out for just 88 with more than two overs to spare in reply to the Netherlands' 133 for five, defeat set the seal on a miserable tour programme for England, already unable to reach the semi-finals of this event, following their 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia.
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