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Bracewell returns to New Zealand squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Fast bowler Doug Bracewell has returned from disciplinary exile to claim a place in the New Zealand team which will play three tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Bracewell has not been considered for selection since February because of his involvement in a late-night drinking session on the eve of last season's third test against India.

He suffered a foot injury during his night on the town and was not fit for selection when he reported to Eden Park the following day.

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Philander returns from injury for SA

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) Seam bowler Vernon Philander returned from injury to be included on Tuesday in South Africa's one-day international squad for series in New Zealand and Australia, while batsman JP Duminy will captain the Twenty20 team for the first time.

Philander missed South Africa's victory in the recent tri-series with Australia and Zimbabwe. His return meant Mthokozisi Shezi dropped out of the ODI squad in the only change. (MORE)

PCB opt against Younis Khan fine

ISLAMABAD (AP) Disgruntled batsman Younis Khan will not be penalized by the Pakistan Cricket Board for criticizing the selectors after being dropped from the one-day international series against Australia.

"For the moment, we will not take any disciplinary action against him, and hope he will settle down now," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement on Tuesday. (MORE)

Injured Johnson won't play T20 in India

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia says fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has a rib injury and he won't be released to play a Twenty20 tournament in India.

Australian team performance manager Pat Howard on Friday said Johnson will continue to work with medical staff before approval is given for his return to action. (MORE)

Cairns to face court on perjury charge

LONDON (AP) Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns will appear in court in England next week over a perjury charge linked to a libel action he brought in the country.

Cairns won 90,000 pounds (then $140,000) in damages in 2012 after he sued Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi over an accusation of match-fixing. (MORE)

Younis unhappy to be left out of ODIs

ISLAMABAD (AP) A disgruntled Younis Khan says he's ready to stop playing test cricket until the World Cup after being dropped for Pakistan's one-day international series against Australia.

Last month, Younis played one ODI against Sri Lanka in his comeback to limited-overs cricket after 17 months out, then flew back home due to a death in the family and didn't compete in the remaining two matches of the series. (MORE)

England retain Cook as ODI captain

(AP) -- England has retained Alastair Cook as captain for the one-day international series in Sri Lanka in November, despite his side's recent 3-1 home series defeat against India and increasing calls for him to relinquish the role.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan and former spinner Graeme Swann have both publicly questioned Cook's limited-overs form and authority as captain. (MORE)

Pakistan call up spinner Hasan

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan cannot find a replacement for suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal and has instead recalled left-arm spinner Raza Hasan for the limited-overs series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Ajmal, the world's top-ranked one-day international bowler, was suspended by the ICC on Sept. 9 for an illegal bowling action. (MORE)

Suspended Senanayake to play club games

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka Cricket said Thursday it will allow suspended off-spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket as he is making good progress in remedying his bowling action.

The sport's governing body said in a statement that Senanayake had worked with some experts in University of Western Australia and had made "tremendous improvement" and continues training with his coaches. (MORE)

Watson out of UAE tour against Pakistan

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia said Sunday that all-rounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of Australia's tour of the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan after complications from a right ankle injury.

Watson sprained the ankle after stepping on a ball in training during Australia's tour of Zimbabwe in mid-August. (MORE)


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