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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Graeme Smith likely to miss fifth ODI against Pakistan

Durban: South Africa opener Graeme Smith is unlikely to play in the final one-day international on Sunday after his ankle flared up during Pakistan's three-wicket win on Thursday, officials said. Smith was unable to field for the majority of the Pakistan innings and a decision on leaving him out of the decisive match in Benoni will be made on Friday.

Michael Clarke flying home to receive treatment for injured back

New Delhi: Ruled out of the final Test here due to a back injury, Australian captain Michael Clarke will be flying back home on Friday night to receive treatment. Clarke watched the first day's play of the final Test on Friday from the Australian dressing room but will not be around on Saturday as he has been advised a series of tests on his back and a hamstring complaint that affected him during the summer.

It's a dream come true to lead Australia in Tests: Shane Watson

New Delhi: Two weeks after he angrily stormed out of the team, Shane Watson finally achieved his dream of becoming Australia's Test captain as he stepped out to lead the team in place of injured skipper Michael Clarke in the fourth Test against India here on Friday. Watson, who became the 44th Australian Test captain, said it was an honour to be appointed. Clarke stood down after he failed to recover from chronic back pain. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will be Watson's deputy.

Won't let back problem end career: Michael Clarke

New Delhi: The latest recurrence of Michael Clarke's back spasm has raised questions about his long-term future but the Australia captain insisted that the chronic back troubles, which have plagued him for nearly half his life, will not force him to cut short his international career.

Pakistan sign deal to lift Afghanistan cricket

Lahore: Pakistan on Friday signed an agreement to provide greater support for cricket in Afghanistan by training players and staff to help lift the sport in the war-torn country.

Cricket is fast overtaking football as the most popular sport in Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban regime, with the national team qualifying for back-to-back World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

West Indies crush Zimbabwe by an innings and 65 runs to win the series

Dominica: West Indies cruised to an innings and 65-run victory over Zimbabwe to clinch the second and final Test inside three days at Windsor Park on Friday. After declaring at their overnight position of 381 for eight, and with a first innings lead of 206, the hosts bowled out Zimbabwe for 175 in the afternoon session to claim the series 2-0.

Darren Lehmann likely to replace Mickey Arthur as coach: report

Melbourne: Australia's coach Mickey Aurthur faces a tough task to save his job following the debacle in the Test tour of India, with former player Darren Lehmann emerging as a candidate to replace him, according to reports.

Besides being a decent batsman during his 27-Test career from 1998 to 2004 with an average of nearly 45, Lehmann has won the Indian Premier League in 2009 as coach of Deccan Chargers. He is now the coach of Queensland.