Aussie players association wants to limit day-night tests

SYDNEY (AP) Cricket Australia's plan to stage two day-night tests next season hit another hitch Friday when the players' association sought a limit of one.

The initial schedule proposed the third test between Australia and South Africa in November at Adelaide - the venue for the only previous pink-ball test - and the series-opener against Pakistan in Brisbane in December be day-night matches.

South African players and officials have so far resisted the idea, although Pakistan has committed to playing its day-night match.

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Former SA paceman Donald to join Australia's coaching ranks

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald has agreed to a short-term deal to replace Craig McDermott as Australia's bowling coach.

Cricket Australia confirmed Thursday that Donald, a 72-test veteran who was South Africa's bowling coach from 2011-15, will work with Australia's pace attack during the upcoming three-test tour to Sri Lanka. (MORE)

Kane Williamson confirmed as New Zealand test captain

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Leading batsman Kane Williamson has been confirmed as New Zealand's 29th test cricket captain.

The 25-year-old Williamson has already captained New Zealand in 34 one-day or Twenty20 internationals and will now succeed Brendon McCullum as captain in all three formats. (MORE)

Sri Lanka includes Silva in test squad to England

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka on Wednesday included Kaushal Silva in a 17-member squad for a three-match test series in England, a day after he was discharged from hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball.

Silva who has played 24 tests for Sri Lanka primarily as an opening batsman spent two days in hospital following his injury while fielding at short leg in a practice match last Sunday. (MORE)

PCB accepts Younis' apology after arguing with umpires

ISLAMABAD (AP) The Pakistan Cricket Board accepted an apology from Younis Khan on Wednesday for breaching the code of conduct during a domestic one-day competition, clearing him to play if his team makes it to next Sunday's final.

The PCB says in a statement that Younis "expressed regret over his conduct and has duly apologized" after the board served notice to the test batsman on Tuesday. (MORE)

John Hastings ruled out of Australia team for Windies tour

SYDNEY (AP) Fast bowler John Hastings has been ruled out of Australia's tour to the West Indies after surgery on an ankle injury suffered while playing in the Indian Premier League.

Hastings' place in the squad for the one-day tri-series involving the West Indies and South Africa has been taken by his Victoria state teammate Scott Boland. (MORE)

PCB disallows Younis from rejoining club in domestic comp

ISLAMABAD (AP) Test batsman Younis Khan was prevented from rejoining his club side in a one-day competition by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday because he argued with umpires and refused to attend a hearing in which he was fined.

Younis had seven days to explain himself, the PCB said in a statement. (MORE)

Silva discharged from hospital, to resume practice soon

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka test opener Kaushal Silva was discharged from hospital and told he's fully healthy on Tuesday two days after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball.

Sri Lanka Cricket said doctors confirmed Silva was mildly concussed by the hit in a practice match, but he was cleared to resume physical activity. Silva will rest for two more days and resume gym and ground training gradually before starting batting practice next week. (MORE)

New Zealand receptive to day-night test in India

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Cricket says it is receptive to playing a day-night test during its tour to India this year if certain conditions are met.

An announcement last week by an Indian official that one of the tests on New Zealand's tour would be a day-night match took New Zealand by surprise. But a meeting between NZC chief executive David White and Indian officials has smoothed the way for the first day-night test in India, likely in Mumbai. (MORE)

ICC blasts 'disrespectful' West Indies after World T20 win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Cricket's governing body took the unusual step Monday of publicly criticizing the West Indies team for its conduct after the team won the World Twenty20 tournament in India, saying it had considered bringing disciplinary charges against the players.

West Indies beat England by four wickets in the April 3 final after Carlos Brathwaite blasted four straight sixes in the final over. (MORE)


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