Sri Lanka slumps to 91-8 after Ali powers England to 498

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) Sri Lanka was facing another innings loss and a hefty series defeat as it slumped to 91-8 at stumps in the second test on Saturday after England declared on 498-9, with Moeen Ali thumping a career-best 155 not out.

Ali put England in a commanding position on the second day with his second test century. Chris Woakes then claimed 3-9 on his recall to the England side, sparking another capitulation from Sri Lanka. The tourists were bowled out for 91 and 119 when England won the first test by an innings and 88 runs.

Woakes' fellow seamer Stuart Broad had 3-35 at the Riverside Ground and England had a chance of another victory inside three days, following its one-sided win in the series opener at Headingley.


Hales, Root half-centuries take England to 310-6 in 2nd test

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) Alex Hales and Joe Root made half-centuries to help England to 310-6 at stumps on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Friday, although the tourists had a late boost with the dismissal of in-form Jonny Bairstow just before stumps.

Hales made 83 and Root 80, and their third-wicket partnership of 96 pushed England into a solid position at a cold and cloudy Riverside Ground. However, both missed out on centuries when they appeared set for three figures. (MORE)

England wins toss, bats in 2nd test against Sri Lanka

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat in the second test against Sri Lanka on Friday, resisting the temptation to put the tourists back in after their batting failures in the first game.

England made just one forced change from the team that won by an innings and 88 runs in the series opener, replacing injured allrounder Ben Stokes with Chris Woakes. (MORE)

New Zealand announces bumper cricket schedule for 2017-18

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Cricket has announced a domestic schedule for the next two summers which includes 12 test matches and a total of 98 days of international cricket.

The schedule for the 2016-2017 season includes seven tests - two each against Pakistan and Bangladesh and three against South Africa - along with 11 one-day internationals and four Twenty20 internationals. (MORE)

England replaces Stokes with Woakes for test vs. Sri Lanka

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP) Chris Woakes will replace allrounder Ben Stokes in England's team to face Sri Lanka in the second test in Durham starting Friday.

England captain Alastair Cook says Woakes got the nod over seamer Jake Ball as a replacement for Stokes, who hurt his knee during England's win in the first test at Headingley and had surgery Tuesday. (MORE)

Hesson to stay on as New Zealand cricket coach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Mike Hesson will stay on as New Zealand cricket coach through the 2019 ICC World Cup after agreeing terms on a contract extension.

New Zealand Cricket on Thursday said batting coach Craig McMillan, team manager Mike Sandle and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson have also extended their contracts. (MORE)

SA coach Domingo backs 'champion' Steyn to get back to best

JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa coach Russell Domingo called Dale Steyn a "champion" bowler on Wednesday and backed the pacer to return to top form.

Domingo was speaking as South Africa's squad prepared to depart for a triangular limited-overs series in the Caribbean without their No. 1 quick bowler. (MORE)

Selectors still waiting on fitness report of Hafeez

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan is still waiting on the fitness of injured opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez for the test series against England as selectors named 21 probables for next week's skill camp.

Hafeez missed the two-week fitness training camp at an army academy in Abbottabad and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Wednesday that Hafeez's place will be decided once he gets results of a fresh scan of the batsman's injured knee. (MORE)

England allrounder Ben Stokes undergoes knee surgery

LONDON (AP) England all-rounder Ben Stokes has undergone knee surgery, while fellow international Reece Topley has been ruled out for three months with a partial stress fracture.

Stokes expects to miss the rest of Sri Lanka's tour of England due to the cartilage tear in his left knee but he could return for the Pakistan series in July. (MORE)

Pace bowler Thakur in India squad for West Indies tests

NEW DELHI (AP) Fast bowler Shardul Thakur of Mumbai has been picked for the first time by India's national selectors for an upcoming four-test tour of the West Indies.

The 24-year-old Thakur is the only new name in the Virat Kohli-led squad for the July-August series, the schedule for which is yet to be announced. (MORE)

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