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South Africa beat NZ by 6 wickets

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) Captain A.B. de Villiers top-scored with an unbeaten 89 as South Africa completed a six-wicket win over New Zealand in a limited-overs cricket international Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Earlier, Luke Ronchi was New Zealand's last man out for 99 after stalling a middle-order collapse and leading New Zealand to 230 in 45.1 overs. South Africa made 236-4 in reply.

Ronchi reached his highest score in 24 one-day appearances and shared a 74-run last-wicket partnership with Trent Boult (21 not out) which allowed New Zealand to reach a competitive total after it lost three wickets on 68.

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Australia 113 without loss at close

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) David Warner's aggressive half century spurred Australia to a solid 113 without loss after Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century lifted Pakistan to 454 on the second day of the first test on Thursday.

Warner raised his sixth consecutive 50-plus score in tests and was unbeaten on 75 off 77 balls, with seven fours and a six, at stumps. Chris Rogers, dropped on 13, will resume on 31. (MORE)

Flintoff joins Brisbane for Big Bash

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff has signed a short-term contract as Brisbane Heat's star recruit for Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash cricket competition.

The Heat confirmed Thursday that 36-year-old Flintoff, who played 79 tests and 141 limited-overs internationals, would arrive in December to play the last half of the tournament and also work as a television analyst. (MORE)

Khan century carries Pakistan to 219-4

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Younis Khan proved the selectors were wrong to drop him from Pakistan's limited-overs team by hitting a sedate 25th test century on Wednesday as Pakistan reached 219-4 on the opening day of the first test against Australia.

Younis, who had criticized the selectors for axing him from the ODI series against Australia, made 106 off 223 balls before he was trapped lbw by a sharp Mitchell Johnson (3-22) delivery with the second new ball. (MORE)

West Indies seek talks with India

NEW DELHI (AP) Caribbean cricket authorities are seeking urgent crisis talks with their counterparts from India who have vowed to take legal action and suspend bilateral ties in the wake of a player-driven tour cancellation.

The West Indies Cricket Board released a statement after an emergency meeting in Barbados on Tuesday, saying it was "deeply embarrassed by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India." (MORE)

Williamson to miss rest of SA series

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury.

Williamson skipped the opening six-wicket loss to South Africa at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday and has subsequently been ruled out of second match at the same venue Friday and the third at Hamilton on Monday. (MORE)

Duminy reflects South African confidence

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa is poised to take over the top ranking in international limited-overs cricket and allrounder J.P. Duminy says the Proteas are "comfortable" with the way they are tracking toward next year's World Cup.

Duminy scored 58 not out in South Africa's emphatic six-wicket win over New Zealand to open the three-match ODI series on Tuesday and issued a tacit warning to Cup rivals that the Proteas are currently playing well below their best. (MORE)

Sri Lanka name squad for India ODIs

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka, minus leading strike bowlers Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath, on Wednesday named a mixture of experienced players and likely contenders in its 15-man squad for a one-day international series against India starting next week.

The five-match series is not part of the official tour program, but was arranged after West Indies pulled out of its tour to India due to a pay dispute. (MORE)

India sue West Indies for cancelled tour

NEW DELHI (AP) India's cricket board suspended bilateral ties with the West Indies on Tuesday and decided to begin legal action over the abandoned tour of India.

"The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour," it said in a statement after meeting in the southern city of Hyderabad. (MORE)

Pakistan boosted by second string's win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan A's warmup win over Australia has given the senior team a path it hopes will lead to success in the first cricket test starting on Wednesday.

Even without spinner Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's only world top-10 test bowler, the hosts are expected to rely on spin to gauge how vulnerable the Australians are after they lost the four-day warmup match by 153 runs in Sharjah last week. (MORE)


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