West Indies follow on after 201 all-out

(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel shared nine wickets to leave West Indies battling for survival against South Africa in the first test at Centurion on Friday.

Philander recorded figures of 4-29 while Morkel took 3-55 as the West Indies was bowled out for 201 in its first innings, then the pair grabbed another wicket apiece as the visitors followed on.

West Indies reached stumps on day three on 76-2 in its second innings, still trailing South Africa by 275 runs.


Smith century gives Australia advantage

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Steve Smith quickly got over one of his toughest days ever on a cricket field to produce a century that kept Australia in contention in the second test against India, and could prove to be one of the defining innings of his career.

On his third day in charge, Smith became the first Australian in 39 years to score a century in his first innings as test captain - a counterattacking 133 on Friday. (MORE)

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 68 runs

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Inexperienced seamer Matt Henry grabbed 5-30 as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth one-day international on Friday to clinch the series 3-2.

Henry, 23, knocked off the top order and then accounted for the key wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed and captain Shahid Afridi to dismiss the home team for 207 in 43.3 overs with Haris Sohail (65) and Ahmed Shehzad (54) scoring fighting half centuries. (MORE)

Ajmal takes 1-23 on return

ISLAMABAD (AP) Offspinner Saeed Ajmal took 1-23 in six overs against Kenya on Friday in his first competitive match in nearly three months since being suspended from international cricket for an illegal bowling action.

Ajmal's action has yet to be officially reviewed, but he's allowed to compete in domestic matches. (MORE)

Injured Herath expected to miss 1st test

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is expected to miss the first match of Sri Lanka's two-test series against New Zealand because of a groin injury.

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SA declare on 552-5 after Amla hits 208

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Hashim Amla hit his third test double-century as South Africa declared its first innings on 552-5 before rain prevented further play on day two of the first test against West Indies at Centurion on Thursday.

Amla scored 208 and put on a record 308 for the fourth wicket with AB de Villiers, who contributed 152, while Stiaan van Zyl became the fifth South African to score a ton on debut. (MORE)

Australia 221-4 in reply to India's 408

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Zimbabwe fire coach after whitewash

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Vijay, Rahane guide India to 311-4

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New Zealand clinch nervy seven-run win

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) New Zealand shrugged off Younis Khan's first limited-overs century for six years to clinch a seven-run victory over Pakistan on Wednesday in a fourth one-day international where players wore black armbands following the attack on a military school in Peshawar.

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