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Cricket: Hales confident first England hundred would come

Alex Hales said he always had confidence he'd be the first man to score a Twenty20 international hundred for England after leading his side to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka. Hales hit a brilliant 116 off just 64 balls to help England chase down a daunting 190-run target for their first win in two Group One games at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong. Having previously missed a Twenty20 hundred -- making 99 against the West Indies in 2012 on his Trent Bridge home ground and 94 against Australia last year -- he finally fulfilled his promise on Thursday.

Cricket: Gavaskar ready to take over troubled India board

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said he was willing to take the helm of India's embattled cricket board Thursday after a proposal by the Supreme Court designed to stem the damage from a betting scandal. At a dramatic hearing in New Delhi, a panel of judges also called for the banning of two teams from this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), in a potentially devastating blow to a tournament which begins next month.

Cricket: Gavaskar ready to take over troubled India board

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said he was willing to take the helm of India's embattled cricket board Thursday, following a request by the Supreme Court designed to stem the damage from a betting scandal. At a dramatic hearing in New Delhi, a panel of judges also called for the banning of two teams from this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), in a potentially devastating blow to a tournament which begins next month.

Cricket: Judges propose Gavaskar takes over India board

The Supreme Court recommended Thursday that batting legend Sunil Gavaskar takes over as interim president of India's cricket board in place of the embattled incumbent N. Srinivasan. "In the place of Srinivasan, we propose to appoint an experienced cricket player like Sunil Gavaskar to replace him and function as BCCI president," Justice A.K. Patnaik said at a hearing in New Delhi. str-co/tha/pdh

Cricket: Former Pakistan greats criticise Bangladesh flag ban

Former Pakistani players Wednesday hit out after Bangladesh banned their own fans from waving non-Bangladeshi flags at the ongoing World Twenty20 tournament. Hosts Bangladesh issued the order after an outcry over images of locals waving Pakistani flags during the recent Asia Cup. Bangladesh was part of Pakistan before the 1971 war of independence, in which it says three million people were killed -- most at the hands of the army of the Islamic republic and its allied militias.

Cricket: Vaughan feels 'conned' by Trott exit

Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt deceived by Jonathan Trott's revelation last weekend that he left England's Ashes tour of Australia suffering from "burn out", he revealed on Monday. 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". However, South Africa-born batsman Trott told Sky he'd been "burnt out" but was not depressed.

Cricket: Vaughan feels 'conned' by Trott exit

Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt deceived by Jonathan Trott's revelation last weekend that he left England's Ashes tour of Australia suffering from "burn out", he revealed on Monday. 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". However, South Africa-born batsman Trott told Sky he'd been "burnt out" but was not depressed.

Cricket: Vaughan feels 'conned' by Trott exit

Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt deceived by Jonathan Trott's revelation last weekend that he left England's Ashes tour of Australia suffering from "burn out", he admitted on Monday. When Trott quit what turned out to be a 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia after twice falling cheaply to fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, England officials said he was suffering from a "stress-related illness". Although an imprecise term, this was taken to mean South Africa-born batsman Trott was suffering from problems beyond the usual cares of international cricket.

Cricket: Clarke suffering fractured shoulder

Australia captain Michael Clarke's courageous century in the decisive Third Test against South Africa took on added significance Monday when it was revealed he played with a fractured shoulder. Clarke weathered a fearsome barrage of bouncers on the first day of the Cape Town Test this month, being hit on the forearm, elbow, shoulder and helmet in a fiery spell of short-pitched bowling by Morne Morkel. He went on to a make a pivotal 161 not out, hailed by many as the best knock of his career, to help his team deliver a 2-1 series victory.

Cricket: Clarke suffered fractured shoulder in S. Africa barrage

Australian captain Michael Clarke is suffering from a fractured shoulder stemming from the barrage of bouncers he faced during the third Test against South Africa, it was revealed Monday. Cricket Australia said the injury has forced him out of the domestic Sheffield Shield final this weekend. "Michael Clarke was injured as a result of being struck on the left shoulder during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town," said Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.
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