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Cricket: England hit by self-inflicted Stokes wound

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the forthcoming World Twenty20 tournament after breaking his hand while punching a locker during Thursday's five-run win over West Indies. Stokes suffered the embarrassing injury immediately after he was dismissed during the third Twenty20 international and his setback adds to England's injury woes ahead of the Twenty20 event. Stokes, 22, admitted the injury was a major disappointment on the eve of his country's departure from Barbados to Bangladesh.

Cricket: Revamped World Twenty20 searches for identity

International T20 cricket, struggling to gain a firm footing despite the growing popularity of domestic leagues, will break new ground when the fifth World Twenty20 opens in Bangladesh on Sunday. Tests and one-dayers take precedence over T20 internationals even as successful competitions like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Australia's Big Bash mushroom around the world. India, cricket's financial superpower, whose victory in the inaugural World T20 in 2007 sparked the IPL revolution, has played just one international in the shortest version over the last 15 months.

Cricket: England beat West Indies by five runs

England beat West Indies by five runs in the third and final Twenty20 international at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday. Replying to the England total of 165 for six, West Indies reached 160 for seven at the end of their allotted 20 overs. West Indies won the series 2-1. str/dj

Cricket: Hodge sees Australia to victory in Twenty20

Brad Hodge hit two sixes in the last over as Australia clinched a five-wicket win in a helter-skelter second Twenty20 international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Wednesday. In a match reduced to seven overs a side after heavy rain, Australia needed 15 in the last over to chase down South Africa's 80 for one. Thanks to Hodge, they achieved it with two balls to spare.

Cricket: S. Africa, Australia T20 cut to 7 overs each

The Twenty20 match between South Africa and Australia at Kingsmead on Wednesday was reduced to seven overs a side because of rain. The first match in the three-game series, in Port Elizabeth last Sunday, was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain. The third match is scheduled for Centurion on Friday. cb/pi

West Indies beat England by five wickets in second T20

(Reuters) - West Indies beat England by five wickets in the second Twenty20 international in Barbados on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. England 152-7 in 20 overs (J.Buttler 67, A.Hales 40, K.Santokie 4-21); West Indies 155-5 in 18.5 overs (C.Gayle 36) (Compiled by Julian Linden, edited by Tony Jimenez)

Cricket: England set West Indies 153 to win in Twenty20

England set hosts the West Indies 153 to win the second Twenty20 match after they made 152 for seven at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, on Tuesday. The West Indies can win the three match series if they beat England having won the first game on Sunday. str/pi

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: England 130 for 9 in T20 against Australia

England were restricted to 130 for nine after winning the toss in their second Twenty20 international against Australia in Melbourne on Friday. England struggled to post a competitive score after they were reduced to 96 for seven and Australia will be chasing 131 to take the best-of-three match T20 series. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler topscored with 22 off 27 balls, while Josh Hazlewood took four for 30. rsm/st

Cricket: Australian veteran Hodge earns T20 recall

Veteran batsman Brad Hodge was Thursday recalled to Australia's Twenty20 squad, boosting his chances of playing in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March-April. The 39-year-old, who has been in outstanding form for the Melbourne Stars in the domestic Big Bash League, was called up to replace all-rounder Moises Henriques, who is heading to South Africa to join up with the Test team, Cricket Australia said. Hodge played six Tests and 25 one-day international for Australia between 2005 and 2008 but has been overlooked since.
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