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England call up uncapped Burns to test squad for Sri Lanka tour

LONDON (Reuters) - England named uncapped Surrey opener Rory Burns on Friday in a 16-man squad for three November tests in Sri Lanka, the first tour since the retirement of Alastair Cook.

Smith, Warner to mentor team mates on club return

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Banned Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner will look to share their wealth of experience with budding cricketers when they make their highly anticipated return to club cricket in Sydney on Saturday.

Afghan sensation Rashid celebrates 20th birthday in style

DUBAI (Reuters) - Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan bid farewell to his teenage years with an exemplary all-round performance to help his side thrash Bangladesh in their Asian Cup clash in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Reluctant bowler Jadhav closing in on India middle-order spot

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kedar Jadhav's part-time spin might be his ticket to next year's World Cup in England but the 33-year-old Indian batsman admits he is reluctant to work too hard on improving as a bowler.

Paine wary of overworking Aussie pace battery against Pakistan

(Reuters) - Australia captain Tim Paine said he will need to use his fast bowlers in short spells in the test series against Pakistan if they are to defy hard, slow pitches and high temperatures in the United Arab Emirates.

Broad gets Root backing for Sri Lanka test tour

(Reuters) - England captain Joe Root has given his backing for seamer Stuart Broad to be included in the test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka amid speculation that the new-ball bowler could be dropped.

Stokes and Hales charged with bringing game into disrepute

LONDON (Reuters) - England all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales will appear before a disciplinary hearing in December after being charged on Tuesday with bringing the game into disrepute for a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub a year ago.

Banned Smith likely to be welcomed back, says Waugh

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Banned Australian cricketer Steve Smith is likely to be welcomed back with open arms when he returns to club cricket in Sydney at the weekend, believes former captain Steve Waugh.

Finch realised time was running out, now plans to seize chance

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Opening batsman Aaron Finch knew time was running out on ever wearing the baggy green cap handed out to Australia's test cricketers, but also thought next month's series against Pakistan might be his best chance yet to earn one.

Cricket Australia to probe Moeen 'Osama' sledge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cricket Australia are to seek clarification from their English counterparts about an incident in which England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he was called "Osama" by an Australian player during an Ashes test in 2015.

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