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Cricket: England remain coy over Pietersen axe

England national selector James Whitaker refused to reveal on Thursday why Kevin Pietersen's international career had been cut short, citing legal reasons. Whitaker, in his first public appearance since replacing Geoff Miller as England's selection supremo, was the first member of the England and Wales Cricket Board hierarchy to comment since a carefully-worded statement issued Tuesday signalled the end of star batsman Pietersen's time in the international game.

Cricket: Windies have tails up for second ODI

The West Indies feel they have put the disappointment of their Test series against New Zealand behind them as they head into the second one-day international on Sunday full of confidence. Their two wicket win in the first ODI in Auckland on Boxing Day was the tonic the side needed coming off a 2-0 defeat in the three-Test series. Although it was another unconvincing display with the bat in Auckland, the run-friendly McLean Park wicket in Napier offers the West Indies top order the chance to spend long spells in the middle on Sunday.

Cricket: Windies have tails up for second ODI

The West Indies feel they have put the disappointment of their Test series against New Zealand behind them as they head into the second one-day international on Sunday full of confidence. Their two wicket win in the first ODI in Auckland on Boxing Day was the tonic the side needed coming off a 2-0 defeat in the three-Test series. Although it was another unconvincing display with the bat in Auckland, the run-friendly McLean Park wicket in Napier offers the West Indies top order the chance to spend long spells in the middle on Sunday.

Cricket: Darren Bravo quits Windies tour of New Zealand

The West Indies suffered a blow on the eve of the second one-day international against New Zealand with the loss of key batsman Darren Bravo. Bravo has returned home to Trinidad "for personal reasons", a team spokesman said. The left-hander, whose career-best 218 was pivotal in saving the first Test for the West Indies, scored 14 when the West Indies won the first ODI in Auckland on Boxing Day by two wickets. It was their first taste of success in New Zealand after losing the three-Test series 2-0. The second of five ODIs is in Napier on Sunday.

Cricket: West Indies seek ODI revenge against New Zealand

The West Indies have rejected any suggestion of a Test hangover going into the opening one-day international against a New Zealand side bolstered by the return of Jesse Ryder. "We're more comfortable in the shorter forms of the game," captain Dwayne Bravo said on the eve of Thursday's first of five ODIs, after losing the Test series 2-0. "It was a disappointing Test series but hopefully the guys have put that behind them." With seven ODI specialists added to the squad "it's a different vibe, a different energy," he added.

Cricket: Samuels out of Windies ODI squad

An injured wrist has ruled batsman Marlon Samuels out of the West Indies one-day squad to face New Zealand, with Chadwick Walton called in as cover, team officials said Tuesday. West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson said Samuels would return home to see if surgery was required on his right wrist, in a major blow for the tourists as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 Test series defeat. "Marlon's injury is unfortunate at such a tough time for the team, but it gives another player the opportunity to make a name for themselves in this series," he said.

Cricket: Ruling on legality of Windies bowlers due mid-Test

The West Indies have appealed to the ICC not to rule on the legality of spinners Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels during the second Test against New Zealand starting Wednesday. A decision on the bowlers' actions is due on the third day of the Test, but West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said that would not be fair. The actions of key spinner Shillingford and part-timer Samuels were reported during the West Indies second Test against India in Mumbai last month.

Cricket: West Indies U-19 team rattled by Bangladesh bomb

A bomb exploded outside a hotel in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong where a visiting junior West Indies cricket team was staying, forcing the postponement of a match Sunday, officials said. Police said the small device went off during a nationwide strike on Saturday evening outside Hotel Agrabad in Bangladesh's second largest city where the visiting under-19 national team were staying. "No one was injured. And we've convinced the West Indies team that the situation would be fine and there is nothing to be panicked about," local police chief Motiul Islam told AFP.

Cricket: New Zealand 3-1 chasing 112 to beat West Indies

New Zealand were three for the loss of one wicket at lunch after being set a target of 112 to win the first Test against the West Indies at University Oval in Dunedin on Saturday. The West Indies were all out in their second innings for 507 with Darren Bravo out for 218 and Darren Sammy making 80. Neil Wagner took three for 112. cf/mfc/st

Cricket: West Indies all out 507, New Zealand set

The West Indies were all out in their second innings for 507 on day five of the first Test Saturday, leaving New Zealand a target of 112 to win in Dunedin. Darren Bravo was out for 218 and Darren Sammy 80. For New Zealand, Neil Wagner took three for 112. cf/mfc/st
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