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Cricket - Stokes brilliance helps England peg back Sri Lanka

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - All-rounder Ben Stokes stole the show with two brilliant efforts in the field to help England break through Sri Lanka's resilience with a brace of wickets shortly before lunch on the second day of the second test on Thursday.

Curran, Buttler fifties rescue England in Pallekele

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sam Curran exhibited his six-hitting prowess and Jos Buttler made an enterprising 63 to help England overcome a top order collapse and post 285 in the first innings on the opening day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

WA to welcome Bancroft as soon as ball-tampering ban over

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Western Australia will be quick to welcome former test batsman Cameron Bancroft back to the fold once his ball-tampering ban expires in December, the state team's coach Adam Voges has said.

Mystery lung problem forces Australia's Hastings to retire

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former Australia all-rounder John Hastings has retired from all cricket, citing the risks posed by a bleeding lung condition that has confounded doctors.

Foakes keeps Bairstow out as England retain Galle XI

(Reuters) - Ben Foakes retained the wicketkeeper's position after his dream debut in Galle as England named an unchanged XI for the second test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday in Pallekele.

Former Sri Lanka player Lokuhettige charged with corruption

(Reuters) - Former Sri Lanka international Dilhara Lokuhettige has been charged under an anti-corruption code relating to a 10-over league in the United Arab Emirates last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

England's Buttler ready to bat at 3 in second Sri Lanka test

(Reuters) - England batsman-wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is ready to bat at number three in the second test against Sri Lanka, saying the team's willingness to embrace a flexible batting order is a sign of strength rather than weakness.

Pakistan show rare consistency to scale T20 summit

(Reuters) - Pakistan have long been regarded as one of cricket's most unpredictable sides, but now their long-suffering army of fans can finally enjoy the benefits of a new level of dependability, at least in the shortest format of the sport.

Australia captain Finch says whole team under microscope

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia captain Aaron Finch has said his whole team are under pressure after losing their fourth consecutive one-day international series, with the batting order under particular scrutiny after failing to trouble South Africa.

Miller and Du Plessis hit tons as South Africa seal series

SYDNEY (Reuters) - David Miller and Faf du Plessis scored sparkling centuries in a partnership of 252 runs as South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs in a one-day international in Hobart on Sunday to win the three-match series 2-1.