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South Africa call up Olivier, Morris for final two tests

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa have added seamer Duanne Olivier and bowling all-rounder Chris Morris to their squad for the final two tests against Australia, but appear to have closed the door on a return for paceman Dale Steyn.

Bangladesh's Shakib, Nurul fined following Friday fracas

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and reserve player Nurul Hasan have been fined 25 percent of their match fees and handed one demerit point each for code of conduct breaches during Friday's ill-tempered Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka.

Former England batsman Pietersen calls time on playing career

(Reuters) - Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen brought the curtain down on his playing career on Saturday in a series of messages on social media after deciding not to travel with Quetta Gladiators to Lahore for their Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoff.

Cricket - Rabada appeal hearing set for March 19

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will have his appeal against a two-match suspension on Monday as he seeks to play in the rest of the test series against Australia.

Mahmudullah blitz takes Bangladesh to tri-series final

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bangladesh will meet India in Sunday's final of the Twenty20 tri-series after Mahmudullah blasted 43 not out off 18 balls to secure their thrilling two-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in an ill-tempered match on Friday.

Steyn rules himself out of third Australia test

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's fast bowler Dale Steyn has ruled himself out of a possible return for the third test against Australia which starts next Thursday as he continues his recovery from a troublesome heel injury. The veteran paceman, who is just three wickets away from becoming the country’s most successful bowler, has not played since the injury ruled him out midway through the first test against India in Cape Town in January. "The problem as a fast bowler is I need to land on that front foot of mine. Putting eight or nine times my body weight on that front foot... it can only handle so much,” Steyn told South Africa’s Independent Media group.

Winds of change mean windfall for women players

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - For the world's women cricketers, financial parity with their male counterparts remains a distant dream but India's decision to boost the pay packets of its top female players is further evidence that the winds of change are blowing through the game.

West Indian Narine reported again for suspect action

(Reuters) - West Indian spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported for a suspect bowling action, the latest being at the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) competition in the United Arab Emirates.

England spinner Crane out of New Zealand tests with back fracture

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - England leg-spinner Mason Crane has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of New Zealand and will miss the two tests with a stress fracture of his back, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said.

Nepal complete 'massive' leap to ODI nation

(Reuters) - Nepal became the latest nation to join the One-Day International (ODI) club, securing their 50-overs status for the first time at the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.