Coulter-Nile replaces injured Starc in Australia squad

SYDNEY (AP) Pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been called into the Australia squad to replace the injured Mitchell Starc for the first test against the West Indies starting Dec. 10.

Starc will miss the three-test series because of the stress fracture in his right foot he sustained on the first day of the first day-night cricket test in Adelaide last Friday. Australia won the test to clinch a 2-0 series win against New Zealand.

Josh Hazlewood led the attack after Starc's injury, picking up 6-70 in the second innings and propelling Australia to a three-wicket win in Adelaide. It is likely James Pattinson, who missed selection in the starting XI last week when selectors preferred to recall Peter Siddle, will go into the starting lineup in a straight swap for Starc.


England sweeps T20 series vs Pakistan by winning 3rd match

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Shoaib Malik's highest score in Twenty20 Internationals could not prevent an England clean sweep in their three-match series.

Monday's match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium went down to the Super Over after both teams were tied on 154 at the end of their 20 overs. (MORE)

NZ Cricket 'accepts, respects' Cairns verdict

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Cricket says it "accepts and respects" the decision of a London High Court jury to acquit former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

In a statement, NZC said it would take time to study the verdict which was delivered Monday at the end of an nine week trial. (MORE)

Ex-NZ cricket captain Cairns cleared in fixing perjury case

LONDON (AP) Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns was cleared Monday of perjury and perverting the course of justice over match-fixing claims but fears his career in the sport is over after his reputation was "completely scorched" by years of legal turmoil.

A London jury took around 10 hours to clear the retired cricketer and a friend of all charges at the end of a nine-week trial at Southwark Crown Court. (MORE)

Test case: Players, coaches expect day-nighters to be future

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) The captains and coaches were unanimous in endorsing the concept of day-night test cricket, with a few tweaks. Fans voted with their feet, and TV screens.

Almost 124,000 people attended across three days of the historic day-nighter between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, the biggest crowd ever at the venue for a non-Ashes test - and those usually last five days. The domestic TV audience peaked at almost 3.2 million as Australia closed in on a three-wicket win on Sunday night, a clear ratings winner for the game. (MORE)

Injured Starc unsure when he'll bowl again for Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) The morning after hobbling through for the winning runs in an historic three-wicket win over New Zealand in the first day-night cricket test, injured Mitchell Starc was already wondering when he'd be able to bowl again for Australia.

Starc, the form bowler for Australia in 2015 and the pace spearhead after Mitchell Johnson retired during the 2-0 series win over New Zealand, sustained a stress fracture in his right foot on Friday and wasn't able to bowl or field for the remainder of the Adelaide test. (MORE)

New Zealand demands clarification from ICC over DRS decision

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is demanding answers from the International Cricket Council over a contentious decision by TV umpire Nigel Llong that swung the momentum in the first ever day-night cricket test.

Australia won by three-wickets late Sunday, helped by a 22-run first-innings lead that it likely wouldn't have established if Nathan Lyon had been given out before he'd scored on Saturday afternoon. (MORE)

A contentious call before a close call before a loss for NZ

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) One contentious, momentum-shifting umpiring decision is unlikely to get lost in the aftermath of a dramatic, first day-night cricket test. Certainly not in New Zealand.

Australia, chasing a seemingly modest victory target of 187, was down to its tail-end batsmen - one grieving, the other hobbling - and still needing two runs to win. Peter Siddle, mourning the death of his grandmother, hit the winning runs, while an injured Mitchell Starc limped through in support to give the hosts a narrow, three-wicket margin. (MORE)

Australia wins 1st day-night test by 3 wickets v New Zealand

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Australia won the first ever day-night cricket test by 3 wickets against New Zealand on Sunday, with tail-enders Peter Siddle and Mitch Starc ushering the hosts to victory in a dramatic finish under lights that will almost certainly ensure the format isn't consigned to history as a one-time event.

The match was over inside three days, which hasn't happened in an Adelaide Oval test since 1951 and which highlighted the differences of using the pink ball and playing under lights in the longest form of the game. (MORE)

3rd test: Australia v New Zealand scores

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Scores Sunday at the end of New Zealand's second innings on the third day of the third cricket test between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, the first ever day-night test match.

New Zealand 1st Innings: 202 (Tom Latham 50, Mitchell Santner 31; Mitch Starc 3-24, Josh Hazlewood 3-66). (MORE)

w11 © 2015 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.