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Cricket-Stokes fit to play in second ODI against South Africa

LONDON, May 26 Ben Stokes was passed fit to take his place for England in Saturday’s second one-day international against South Africa in Southampton after suffering a knee injury in the series opener.

Cricket-Moeen seeks improvement for more sixes at seven

LONDON, May 26 The balance of the England's one-day team means Moeen Ali is required to bat at number seven and the bearded all-rounder, who prefers to ply his trade earlier in the innings, is working hard to hone his skills at a tricky position in the order.

Cricket-NZ captain says no room for error in Champions Trophy

May 25 New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson said the squad he will lead into June's Champions Trophy should be in good form given plenty of recent preparations but admits that is no guarantee for success when it comes to one-off clashes.

Cricket-Sri Lanka relishing underdog status at Champions Trophy - Mathews

May 25 Sri Lanka will start next month's Champions Trophy as underdogs but are confident they have the quality to compete for the title, captain Angelo Mathews said on Thursday.

Cricket-Champions Trophy success hinges on execution for India's Kohli

May 25 India will benefit from a fitter, more mature squad when they begin their defence of the Champions Trophy next month, but the team have little room for error because of the tournament's short format, skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday.

REFILE-Cricket-India advertise for new coach despite Kumble success

NEW DELHI, May 25 The Indian cricket board (BCCI) invited applications for the head coach's role on Thursday but will also consider a contract extension for incumbent Anil Kumble.

Cricket-Australia captain Smith plays down talk of Ashes strike

MELBOURNE, May 25 Australia captain Steve Smith has played down a tense stand-off in pay negotiations between the players' union and the national cricket board, saying his team is highly motivated to cut a deal and play the Ashes against England.

Cricket-Morgan plays down Stokes fears, happy with own form

LONDON, May 25 England captain Eoin Morgan has played down injury concerns for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who left field with a sore knee during Wednesday's comprehensive victory over South Africa.

Cricket-Bracewell blames pet parrot's demise for drink-driving

WELLINGTON, May 25 New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drink-driving offence after blaming the killing of a pet cockatoo by dogs for his decision to drive home drunk from a function.

Cricket-Sapping heat, crocodiles await in England's final Ashes warmup

MELBOURNE, May 25 England's final warmup match before taking on Australia in the Ashes will see them play in the sweltering heat of the northern Queensland city of Townsville, where huge crocodiles bathing in local waters are a common sighting.

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