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Latest News -Cricket -10 July 2004

Sri Lanka fight back against Australia
Sri Lanka fought back to dismiss Australia for 517 and reach 184 for two in their first innings reply on Saturday at the close of the second day of the second test.

Kumar Sangakkara and Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu put on 138 in 160 minutes for the second wicket before wrist spinner Shane Warne had Sangakkara caught at long on for 74. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka recover after loss of Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka largely survived their opening skirmish with Australia's fast bowlers as they chased a big first innings on the second day of the second cricket Test here.

They lost Sanath Jayasuriya along the way, brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist for 13 in the fourth over of the innings, to have the tourists at 18 for one in reply to Australia's first innings 517 on Saturday. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Cricket makes Asian Games
The 2006 Asian Games in Qatar will include cricket for the first time.

"Cricket is set to make its debut," said Randhir Singh, general secretary of the Olympic Council of Asia. The other sport to premiere is chess. (BBC)

Australia on top against Sri Lanka
Australia raced out of the blocks on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, reaching 370-2 in their first innings at the close in Queensland.

Openers Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer both scored centuries as they put on 255 for the first wicket, their biggest tally in six double-century opening stands in Test cricket. (CNN)

Langer, Hayden hit centuries v Sri Lanka
Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer each scored centuries to guide Australia to a commanding 223 without loss at tea on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

The 33-year-old Langer was 118 not out at tea, his 19th test century. The aggressive left-hander had faced 170 balls and hit 18 fours. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Australia v Sri Lanka second test scoreboard
Scoreboard at lunch on the first day of the second test between Australia and Sri Lanka on Friday (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Ponting prepares to turn up the heat on Sri Lanka
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday he was strongly considering sending Sri Lanka in to bat first in Friday's second test to capitalise on the touring side's poor batting form.

Sri Lanka were bowled out in Darwin last week for 97 and 162 in the first test of the two-match series as Australia clinched victory by 149 runs in just three days of play. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka won’t like fast Cairns wicket: Hayden
Australia’s Matthew Hayden is expecting his team’s pace attack to make life uncomfortable for Sri Lanka’s batsmen in the second Test in Cairns starting on Friday.

“The Cairns wicket will bounce and it will be really quick and they (Sri Lanka) won’t like that,” opening batsman Hayden told reporters here on Monday. (Daily Times)

ICC bows to Sri Lanka plea
The International Cricket Council has agreed to a request by Sri Lanka to speed up the review process which examines suspect bowling actions.

Sri Lanka Cricket had objected to the handling of the Muttiah Muralitharan affair and the ICC has now acted. (BBC)

Malaysia in semis despite losing to Sri Lanka
Hosts Malaysia qualified for the semi-finals of the Asian Schools Under-15 football tournament despite losing 0-1 to Sri Lanka in their final Group A match at the MPK 1B field here yesterday.

R. M. Sachinta Maduranga scored the solitary goal in the 66th minute but the win was not enough for Sri Lanka, who were beaten 0-1 by China on Friday, to pip Malaysia to a last four berth. (The Star)

Star spangled cricket takes shape
Pro Cricket, the USA's first professional league, is beginning its inaugural season with eight teams competing in two divisions.

BBC Sport's Paul Grunill spoke to the man behind the project, Kal Patel, about his hopes of popularising the game in a land where baseball is king . (BBC)

Kasprowicz bowls Australia to crushing win over Sri Lanka
Michael Kasprowicz bowled Australia to a thumping 149-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first cricket Test with two days to spare on a minefield wicket at Marrara Oval here.

The big-hearted first-change bowler upstaged his more illustrious bowling teammates to capture 7-39 as Sri Lanka were skittled for 162 chasing an improbable 312 runs over three days for victory. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka lose top three batsmen in pre-lunch session
Sri Lanka faltered early in their chase after an improbable 312 runs to win the first cricket Test against Australia, losing their top three batsmen early on the third day at Marrara Oval here today.

The Sri Lankans were pinned down by a miserly opening 10-over spell by Glenn McGrath and the pressure was instrumental in the wasteful run out of leading batsman Kumar Sangakkara for a duck after a dreadful mix-up with Sanath Jaysuriya. (OutlookIndia)

Captain's knock from Gilchrist leaves Sri Lanka facing defeat
Skipper Adam Gilchrist led from the front to steer Australia into a winning position over Sri Lanka as the wickets tumbled in a low-scoring first cricket Test at Marrara Oval here.

Gilchrist's disciplined 80 and a second half-century from Darren Lehmann hoisted Australia to a 311-run lead over the Sri Lankans in a Test where the ball has dominated the bat on a seaming drop-in pitch. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Five for Vaas as Sri Lanka roll Aussies then come under fire
Chaminda Vaas rose to the challenge of playing without Sri Lanka's talisman Muttiah Muralitharan to skittle Australia's all-star batting lineup on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Marrara Oval here

The 30-year-old Sri Lankan left-arm pace spearhead passed 250 Test wickets with a haul of 5-31 off 18.3 overs to dismiss Australia for 207 off 71.3 overs after sending the world's best team into bat on a slow seaming drop-in pitch. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Aussies peg back Sri Lanka
Australia hit back strongly after being bowled out for 207 on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Glenn McGrath marked his first Test match for 11 months with two wickets as the tourists slumped to 43-3 at the close in Darwin. (BBC)

Sri Lanka break up dangerous Australian partnership
Sri Lanka grabbed a vital wicket in the final over before tea to break up a threatening partnership and keep Australia in check on the opening day of the first cricket Test at the Marrara Oval here.

Russel Arnold removed Damien Martyn three runs short of his half-century with a catch low down at point off spinner Sanath Jayasuriya two balls before tea (Yahoo News/AFP)

Australia versus Sri Lanka record
Factbox for Australia v Sri Lanka first test starting at Marrara Oval on Thursday:

Australia and Sri Lanka first played each other in 1982-83 with Australia winning the one-off match by an innings and 38 runs. They have met 16 times with Australia winning 10, Sri Lanka one and five drawn. (REUTERS)

Warne makes world record bid against Sri Lanka
Shane Warne's world record bid is threatening to overshadow the two-test series between Australia and Sri Lanka starting on Thursday.

Australia's leg spinner Warne has taken 517 wickets, 10 shy of Muttiah Muralitharan's world mark. (REUTERS)

Ponting withdraws from first Test
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday withdrew from the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka starting here on Thursday (tomorrow) after the death of an aunt.

Ponting flew to his home state Tasmania on Monday rather than join the team because of his aunt’s illness. (jang.com)

Sri Lanka's mission impossible
The thought of taking on the mighty Australians on their own soil is enough to give Sri Lankan fans severe palpitations.

True, the hosts will be without their skipper and star batsman Ricky Ponting for the first Test, but Sri Lanka are missing a more crucial cricketer for both matches. (BBC)

Murali would have been welcomed
The number one subject consuming the lead-up to this two-Test series against Sri Lanka has been the withdrawal of world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan.

We have heard all sorts of reasons why he is not here. (BBC)

Sri Lanka win by five wickets
Sri Lanka have defeated the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI by five wickets in their four-day cricket tour match at Darwin's Marrara Oval today.

The tourists, chasing 187 to win, cruised home at 5-187 on the final day. (Fox Sports)

Northern Territory v Sri Lanka scoreboard
Scoreboard on the third day of the four-day tour match between Northern Territory and Sri Lanka in Darwin on Saturday: (REUTERS)

Sri Lanka close in on win in Aussie tour opener
Sri Lanka were 181 runs away from victory with nine wickets in hand with a day to play in their Australian cricket tour opening match against a Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI here.

The Sri Lankans declared their first innings at 378 for seven, 41 runs behind the home team's 419 and ripped through the NT Chief Minister's XI's second innings forcing them to declare at 145 for nine late on the third day. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sangakkara hits back for Sri Lanka
Glenn McGrath failed to press his case for an Australia recall as Kumara Sangakkara led a Sri Lanka fightback against Northern Territory with an unbeaten 163 in Darwin on Friday.

Fast bowler McGrath, warned to start performing if he wants to regain his place after injury, failed to take a wicket as Sri Lanka closed the second day on 304 for five in reply to the home side's first-innings 419. (rediff.com)

Northern Territory v Sri Lanka scoreboard
Scoreboard at the close of play on the opening day of the four-day tour match between Northern Territory and Sri Lanka at Darwin on Thursday. (REUTERS)

Northern Territory v Sri Lanka scoreboard
Scoreboard at the close of play on the opening day of the four-day tour match between Northern Territory and Sri Lanka at Darwin on Thursday. (REUTERS)

Langer dominates Sri Lanka
Justin Langer answered doubts about his fitness ahead of Australia's Test series against Sri Lanka by taking a century off the tourists in Darwin.

Langer, the captain of a Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI, made 151 as his side ended the opening day's play on 364-7. (BBC)

Northern Territory decide to bat against Sri Lanka
Northern Territory elected to bat in their four-day match against Sri Lanka in Darwin on Thursday.

Northern Territory: Justin Langer (captain), Ian Redpath, Simon Katich, Rhett Bowden, Ashley Williams, Ken Skewes, Martin Brown, Darren Treumer, Anthony Dent, Terry Bayly, Glenn McGrath, Greg Brautigam (REUTERS)

Warne declares himself fit for Sri Lanka series
Shane Warne will play in next month's two-test series against Sri Lanka despite suffering from a broken hand, the Australia leg spinner said on Tuesday.

The player said the opportunity to break Muttiah Muralitharan's world record wicket haul in the series was not the main motivating factor for playing, although he did admit he was keen to surpass his rival. (REUTERS)

Sri Lanka arrives for series minus Muralitharan
Sri Lanka's cricketers said Sunday they will dedicate the two-test series against Australia to teammate Muttiah Muralitharan, who pulled out of the tour for personal reasons.

Sri Lanka arrived in Darwin on Sunday with captain Marvan Atapattu confident the rest of his players will lift their games to make up for the man who usually takes half of the opposition wickets. (Sports Illustrated)

Tough task dismissing Aussies without Murali, says Sri Lanka skipper
Sri Lanka face a difficult task dismissing Australia without world record wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, captain Marvan Atapattu said here.

Muralitharan, with a world-record 527 Test wickets, last week announced he would boycott the Australian tour for personal reasons after Australian Prime Minister John Howard had called him a "chucker." (Yahoo News/AFP)

Atapattu rallies Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu said it would be "difficult and unusual" to face Australia in two Tests without Muttiah Muralitharan in the side.

The tourists landed in Darwin on Sunday - venue of the first Test on 1 July, with the second match in Cairns. (BBC)

Sri Lanka cricketers arrive in Australia sans Muralitharan
Sri Lanka's cricketers today said they will dedicate the two-Test series against Australia to teammate Muttiah Muralitharan, who pulled out of the tour for personal reasons.

The Sri Lanka team arrived in Darwin today with captain Marvan Atapattu, confident the rest of his players will lift their games to make up for the man who usually takes half the opposition wickets. (The Hindu)

Warne eyes Sri Lanka comeback
Australian cricket star Shane Warne could be fit to return to action earlier than previously expected.

The leg-spinner is currently recovering from a broken hand that was expected to rule him out of the upcoming Test matches against Sri Lanka. (DeHavilland)

Sri Lanka court grants bail to former cricket chief
Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal on Friday granted bail to the country’s former cricket chief and the head of the main telecommunications company, Thilanga Sumathipala.

The three-judge bench freed Sumathipala who had been in remand custody for over 150 days. He was asked to post a 250,000 rupee (2,500 dollars) bond. (Khaleej Times)

Muralitharan: Sri Lanka's "bio-mechanical mess" thrives on spin
World record-smashing Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan may have been described as a "bio-mechanical mess", but the champion bowler has more lawyers than physiotherapists to help him out.

The controversial spinner, 32, put Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the defensive after announcing Tuesday he would boycott next month's tour of Australia after the premier called him a "chucker." (Yahoo News/AFP)

Williams out of Sri Lanka series
Pace bowler Brad Williams on Wednesday was ruled out of Australia's two-Test cricket series against Sri Lanka with a lower back complaint, Cricket Australia said.

Williams, who was forced home early from last month's Zimbabwe tour with the injury, was not considered sufficiently recovered by team medical staff to resume full training. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka’s spin wizard Muttiah chucks Aussie tour
Sri Lanka’s spin wizard and the world’s top Test wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan, yesterday announced he will boycott the tour of Australia after Prime Minister John Howard called him a “chucker”.

Muralitharan’s letter seeking to be excused from the Australian tour for “personal reasons” was accepted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after an emergency meeting, SLC chief executive Dulip Mendis said. (The Star)

Sri Lanka's Muralitharan Pulls Out of Australia Tour
Muttiah Muralitharan, Test cricket's leading wicket-taker, withdrew from Sri Lanka's tour of Australia in July for personal reasons, Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman Ray Illangakoon said.

After Australian Prime Minister John Howard last month said his bowling action was illegal, Muralitharan threatened to pull out. He was reported twice for so-called chucking in Australia in the 1990s and was cleared both times by the sport's ruling body. (Bloomberg)

Pakistan invite Sri Lanka for tri-series
Pakistan have invited Sri Lanka to take part in a triangular one-day tournament in October in a bid to raise revenues after the cancellation of a test series with Zimbabwe.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Monday talks had already been held and the Sri Lankan board had shown an interest. Zimbabwe would be the third side. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Warne still has chance of playing against Sri Lanka
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has been given an even chance of playing in next month's test series with Sri Lanka after doctors said he would not require surgery on his broken hand.

Warne broke the metacarpal bone in his hand while batting for English county side Hampshire against Essex on Friday but the injury is not as bad as it first appeared. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Warne set to miss Sri Lanka series with broken hand
Australia's leading wicket-taker Shane Warne has a broken hand and is in doubt for the upcoming two-test series against Sri Lanka, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on Saturday.

Warne was batting for English side Hampshire against Essex when he was struck on the left hand by a delivery from former England paceman Darren Gough. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Australia include McGrath for Sri Lanka series
Australia have included leading fast bowler Glenn McGrath in a 13-man squad for the two-test series against Sri Lanka starting on July 1

McGrath made a tentative return from a 10-month layoff following ankle surgery in Australia's 3-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in the one-day series which ended in Harare last month. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka Test series important for McGrath: Hohns
Australia's two-Test cricket series against Sri Lanka next month was crucial for paceman Glenn McGrath, chief selector Trevor Hohns has said.

Out of Test cricket for almost a year with ankle problems, McGrath had unflattering returns in his comeback to international one-day cricket in Zimbabwe last month. (Yahoo News/AFP)

India to clash with Sri Lanka in Asia Cup first round
India will clash with hosts Sri Lanka in the first round of the six-nation cricket Asia Cup beginning in Sri Lanka next month, cricket officials said Monday.

Besides India and Sri Lanka, the other countries taking part are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. (Daily Times)

Cricket's new battlefield - Muralitharan v Bedi
An unsavoury rift broke out between two of cricket's most famous spin bowlers after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan threatened to take India's Bishan Bedi to court over "chucking" allegations.

Muralitharan's manager Kushil Gunasekera said the record-breaking bowler was miffed over what he felt were "degrading" articles written by Bedi in newspapers and magazines about the off-spinner's controversial bowling action (Yahoo News/AFP)

Murali named in Sri Lanka squad for Australia
Sri Lanka's star spinner and world's highest Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan was today included in a 16-member squad to tour Australia, but it was still not clear if he would play against the Aussies.

Marvan Atapattu will lead the 16-member team in the forthcoming series, a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket said here today. (Outlook India)

Batsmen beware! Sri Lanka grooming a second Muralitharan
Cricket officials have begun eyeing a 17-year-old schoolboy who has the potential to replace Sri Lanka's spin wizard and top world Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, it was reported.

Student Sameera Ranatunga, who hails from the same Kandy region where Muralitharan grew up, was being groomed by his school's cricket coach to follow in the footsteps of the great man and become a deadly off-spinner, the Colombo-based Daily Mirror newspaper said. (Yahoo News/AFP)

It's not cricket in Zimbabwe, says Sri Lanka's captain
Sri Lanka's cricket captain Marvan Atapattu has warned international teams visiting Zimbabwe to expect the worst, saying his team's recent visit to the troubled African nation was "fairly chaotic.

"The facilities and organisation were probably the worst I have experienced in my playing career," Atapattu was quoted as saying in an interview with the sport's leading portal 'Wisden Cricinfo. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka confirm tour
Sri Lanka are to make their first tour to Bangladesh later this year.

The two teams will play three oen-day internationals, the first two in Dhaka and the third in Chittagong, on 10, 11 and 14 November. (BBC)

Sri Lanka complete whitewash over Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka completed a Test and one-day international whitewash over Zimbabwe when they won the second Test match at Queens Sports Club on Monday by an innings and 254 runs.

This was marginally better than their victory in Harare last week when the margin was an innings and 240 runs. Sri Lanka won the one-day series 5-0. Zimbabwe, without most of their senior players who are at odds with the cricket authorities here. (Daily Times)

Sri Lanka crush Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka ended early Zimbabwe resistance to complete victory in the second Test by an innings and 254 runs on day four in Bulawayo.

The hosts, 44-2 overnight, were bowled out for 231 in their second innings despite a stand of 85 between Brendan Taylor (61) and Dion Ebrahim (42). ( BBC)

Atapattu hits sixth double century for Sri Lanka
A sixth double century by Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu and another 184 runs from Kumar Sangakkara contributed to a torrid day for Zimbabwe, the second of the second Test at Queens Sports Club

At the close of a day when runs were always plentiful Sri Lanka were 443-1 in reply to Zimbabwe's first innings 228 all out, a lead of 215 runs, which is a margin that invites an early declaration. (yahoo News/AFP)

Atapattu, Sangakkara push Sri Lanka ahead
Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara took Sri Lanka into a first innings lead on the second afternoon of the second Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club here.

Atappatu, who has batted all day, was on 127 and Sangakkara 91 at the tea break on Saturday. They paired up to take Sri Lanka from 100-1 when Sanath Jayasuriya was out for 48, up to 270-1, a lead of 42 over Zimbabwe's first innings total of 228 and with nine wickets still in hand. (yahoo News/AFP)

Zimbabwe 184-6 v Sri Lanka - tea
Zimbabwe, who lost the toss and were put in to bat, were 184 for six wickets at tea on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on Friday.

Scores: Zimbabwe 184-6 (Dion Ebrahim 70 not out) v Sri Lanka. (yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka sign hosting agreement for Asia Cup
Sri Lanka signed an agreement with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Wednesday to host the six-nation Asia Cup in July

ACC chief executive Ashraful Haq and Jagmohan Dalmiya, the chairman of the tournament organising committee, met Sri Lanka cricket board officials to finalise the details. (yahoo News/REUTERS)

Murali to retire in 2007
Muttiah Muralitharan has told Sri Lankan media he will retire after the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
"I want to play until the next World Cup and go out on a high note. I will try to win it for my team before retiring," Murali said. (BBC)

Murali ready to dump the 'doosra'
Test cricket's bowling record-holder Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka has hinted he will drop the controversial 'doosra' delivery from his armoury after it was deemed illegal by the sport's world governing body.
"The 'doosra' has always been at the back of my mind," Muralitharan was quoted as saying in the Colombo-based 'Daily News' on Wednesday in perhaps his first public statement on the controversial delivery. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Murali's doosra set to be outlawed
Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial 'doosra' delivery was deemed illegal after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it supported the decision by Sri Lanka cricket to tell the off-spinner not to bowl the delivery.
Last week Murali set a new world record of 521 Test wickets against Zimbabwe in Harare, breaking the previous mark of 519 of retired West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Murali under the microscope
The Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan underwent tests on his action while delivering the 'doosra', the one that spins away.
At the Biomechanics Laboratory of the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth in the first week of April (April 1 to 7). (The Hindu)

Murali on top of the world as Sri Lanka crush Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka cruised to victory in the first Test against Zimbabwe, defeating the hosts by an innings and 240 runs in a match which made history as spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan set a new world record for Test wickets
Muralitharan took the 520th Test wicket of his career when he removed Mluleki Nkala to break the mark of 519 set by West Indian paceman Courtney Walsh who set his record also against Zimbabwe. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Atapattu and Jayasuriya put Sri Lanka firmly in control
Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu both smashed centuries as Sri Lanka piled on the misery for strife-torn Zimbabwe with the tourists reaching 456-7 in their first innings, a lead of 257, at stumps on the second day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club
The openers put on a first wicket stand of 281 to set the foundation for a match-winning total after Zimbabwe had been bowled out for 199 on Thursday (Yahoo News/AFP)

Muralitharan draws level with Walsh
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan equalled the all-time test wickets record of 519 when he took six for 45 against Zimbabwe on the opening day of the first cricket Test on Thursday
Douglas Hondo drove and missed at Muralitharan, who knocked over the off stump to tie Courtney Walsh's record and complete Zimbabwe's dismissal for 199 in the first innings at Harare Sports Club. (The Hindu)

Sri Lanka sweep series
Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed five wickets as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs in Harare to claim a 5-0 clean sweep in the one-day series.
Chasing 247 to win, the hosts were held to 221-9 despite Brendan Taylor's personal-best 74 giving them a chance. (BBC)

Sri Lanka set for five in a row against Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka are set for five one-day victories in a row against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club here
But assuming it happens, and bookmakers would offer no odds, there will be no great celebrations. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sangakkara, Chandana lead Sri Lanka to victory
Sri Lanka overcame some complacency to bowl out Zimbabwe for 151 and win the fourth one-cricket international by 72 runs at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka lead the series 4-0. The fifth and final match is on Thursday. (SI.com)

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka scoreboard
Scoreboard of the fourth one-day international between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on Tuesday. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka board send ICC Muralitharan doosra report
Sri Lanka's cricket board have forwarded the official report on Muttiah Muralitharan's doosra to the International Cricket Council, board president Mohan de Silva confirmed on Saturday.
"The report from the University of Western Australia was sent with the observations of the bowling review group to the ICC on Friday," de Silva told Reuters. "The details of the report will now be circulated by the ICC to their officials." (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Cricket-Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets

(Yahoo News/REUTERS)

ICC issues Murali warning
Muttiah Muralitharan risks being banned from cricket for 12 months if his action is reported by umpires or match referees in the remainder of this year.
The Sri Lankan's 'doosra' delivery is under scrutiny after he was reported during the series with Australia. (BBC)

Sri Lanka edge valiant Zimbabwean rookies
Sri Lanka beat hosts Zimbabwe in their opening one day international here on Tuesday by 12 runs based on the Duckworth Lewis Method.
An inexperienced Zimbabwean side made 211-6 off their 50 overs with skipper Tatenda Taibu celebrating his debut as the youngest ever international captain at 20 with a fine unbeaten 96. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Broad stood down from Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka series
Match referee Chris Broad will not officiate in the forthcoming series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.
The former England batsman had been due to oversee the series, which is due to start with a one-day international in Bulawayo on Tuesday. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Zimbabwe to field weakened side against Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe faces Sri Lanka in the first of five one-day cricket internationals on Tuesday with just three of the squad having proved themselves at the highest level.
Of the team selected to start, 10 will be black or of mixed race. One of the newcomers, Brendan Taylor, will be the only white on the field. (Khaleej Times)

"New" Zimbabwe into deep end against Sri Lanka
Troubled Zimbabwe open a two-Test, five one-day international series against Sri Lanka here with a complete new set of players following the showdown over team selection.
The sport has been thrown into an unprecedented crisis in the African country following the Zimbabwe Cricket Union's dismissal of captain Heath Streak, a move which resulted in 15 top white players refusing to play. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka reports match referee Broad in Murali affair
Sri Lanka's cricket authorities have raised concerns over the conduct of match referee Chris Broad after he reported controversial off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for a suspect bowling action.
Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Mohan de Silva said Sunday they had informally raised the issue with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about Broad's behaviour during Australia's tour here last month. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka confident Murali can go ahead with controversial ball
Sri Lanka's cricket authorities are confident ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will be allowed to bowl using his controversial new delivery after receiving a report on his bowling action.
Sri Lankan Cricket president Mohan de Silva said Thursday he was confident Muralitharan would be able to continue bowling after they reviewed results from Australian biomechanical experts who recently examined the bowler's action. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Saudi Arabia beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in World Cup qualifier
A 53rd-minute strike by forward Ibrahim Al-Shahrani enabled Saudi Arabia to beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a World Cup Asian Zone qualifying match. The Sri Lankans played a defensive game to restrict the goal margin but the match failed to see any great moments despite the presence of five players who were in Saudi Arabia's World Cup side.
Apart from the tight defence, Sri Lanka were also served well by goalkeeper Dammika Thilakaratne, who made some fine saves. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Atapattu appointed Sri Lanka test captain
Sri Lanka have appointed Marvan Atapattu as test captain to replace Hashan Tillakaratne who resigned on Sunday after a 3-0 series whitewash by Australia.
The 33-year-old Atapattu is already captain of Sri Lanka's one-day side. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Cricket chief dismisses Muralitharan conspiracy claims
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has dismissed claims that Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan was being investigated to prevent him from overtaking Shane Warne in the race to become cricket's most successful bowler.
Sri Lanka's former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has hit out at match referee Chris Broad's decision to report the Sri Lankan off-spinner for a suspected illegal bowling action. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka beat Nepal 1-0, enter SAF football semis
Sri Lanka ensured a semi-final berth at the 9th SAF Games football when they edged past a fighting Nepal 1-0 in their opening league match from group ''B'' at the Rawalpindi stadium here this morning.
The all important goal that guided the islanders to the last four stage was scored by midfielder Md Latif in the 62nd minute. (Central Cronicle)

Tillakaratne resigns as Sri Lanka captain
Hashan Tillakaratne resigned as test captain after Sri Lanka were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia on Sunday.
Tillakaratne was appointed as an interim test skipper after the resignation of Sanath Jayasuriya last year but won just one test in his 10-match tenure. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Murali action reported
Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action has been called into doubt for a second time, the International Cricket Council has confirmed.
Match referee Chris Broad reported the spinner to the ICC after the third and final Test of the series against Australia in Colombo. (BBC)

Malaysia to host Pakistan-Sri Lanka ties
For the first time ever in Malaysia, cricket fans will get a rare treat of watching world-class fare from two Test playing nations – Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
They will parade star-studded sides in the contest for the Malaysia Challenge Cup over three one-day internationals at the brand new Bayuemas Oval in Pandamaran, Klang, beginning on May 27. (The Star)

Sri Lanka opener for Malaysia in Junior Asia Cup tournament
Malaysia will open their campaign with an easy match against minnows Sri Lanka in Group B of the Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament, which will be played in Karachi from April 20-29.
Sri Lanka did not featured in the last tournament in Kuala Lumpur in 2000 and they are seen as the weakest team in the group, which also has Bangladesh, China and Junior World Cup champions India (The Star)

Sri Lanka aim to spoil Warne's party
Sri Lanka are determined to stop Australia leg spinner Shane Warne from becoming the highest test wicket-taker in history in the hope of helping Muttiah Muralitharan's bid to break the record first.
Warne's return to international cricket after a 12-month drugs ban has been sensational with the 34-year-old spinning Australia to their first series win in the subcontinent since October 1998. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

All eyes on Warne in final Sri Lanka Test
The Shane Warne show is threatening to overshadow tomorrow's third and final Test between Australia and Sri Lanka as the star spinner begins his assault on the world bowling record.
Warne needs just nine more victims to surpass retired West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh's world mark of 519 Test wickets. (Business Day)

Sri Lanka need to improve fielding against Australia
Sri Lanka need to improve their fielding if they are to win the third and final test against Australia, coach John Dyson said on Monday.
Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead with a 27-run victory in Kandy last Saturday to win their first series on the subcontinent since October 1998. (Yahoo Newws/REUTERS)

Warne sets sights on record
Shane Warne believes he can overhaul Courtney Walsh's wicket-taking record during the final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo next week.
Warne spun Australia to a series-winning victory in the second Test on Saturday, moving to within eight scalps of Walsh's benchmark of 519. (BBC)

Australia secure series
Shane Warne took two of the three remaining Sri Lanka wickets as Australia wrapped up the series with a 27-run win in the second Test.
Sri Lanka started the final day in Kandy needing 51 runs but were bowled out for 324. (BBC)

Sri Lanka should have won, says Tillakaratne
Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne said his team could and should have beaten Australia on Saturday and avoided a first home series defeat in three years.
Sri Lanka, who lost to Australia by 27 runs on Saturday and by 197 runs in the first test in Galle, batted themselves to the brink of a dramatic series-levelling victory before losing their last three wickets for five runs on the final morning. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard
Scoreboard at the end of the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Saturday:
Australia first innings: 120 (M.Hayden 54; N.Zoysa 4-54, M.Muralitharan 4-48) (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close of play on the fourth day of the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Friday
Australia first innings: 120 (M.Hayden 54; N.Zoysa 4-54, M.Muralitharan 4-48) (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Kandy Test in the balance
Sanath Jayasuriya made 131 for Sri Lanka to set up an intriguing finish in the second Test against Australia.
The home side were 301-7 at close of play in Kandy, needing another 51 runs to level the series at 1-1. (BBC)

Sri Lanka stay positive
Sri Lanka coach John Dyson insisted his side could still win the match despite Australia's 229-run lead in the second Test in Kandy.
The tourists, who lead the series 1-0, ended a rain-hit third day on 320-5 with Damien Martyn 104 not out. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close of play on the third day of the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Thursday:
Australia first innings J.Langer lbw b Zoysa 3 M.Hayden lbw b Muralitharan 54 R.Ponting lbw b Vaas 10 D.Martyn lbw b Muralitharan 1 D.Lehmann b Zoysa 8 A.Symonds c Tillakaratne b Zoysa 6 A.Gilchrist c Sangakkara b Zoysa 0 S.Warne c Muralitharan b Vaas 18 J.Gillespie c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 8 M.Kasprowicz b Muralitharan 0 S.MacGill not out 8 Extras (b-1 lb-3) 4 Total (all out, 42.2 overs) 120 (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close of play on the second day of the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Wednesday:
Australia first innings J.Langer lbw b Zoysa 3 M.Hayden lbw b Muralitharan 54 R.Ponting lbw b Vaas 10 D.Martyn lbw b Muralitharan 1 D.Lehmann b Zoysa 8 A.Symonds c Tillakaratne b Zoysa 6 A.Gilchrist c Sangakkara b Zoysa 0 S.Warne c Muralitharan b Vaas 18 J.Gillespie c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 8 M.Kasprowicz b Muralitharan 0 S.MacGill not out 8 Extras (b-1 lb-3) 4 Total (all out, 42.2 overs) 120 (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Cricket-Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close of play on the first day of the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Tuesday
Australia first innings J.Langer lbw b Zoysa 3 M.Hayden lbw b Muralitharan 54 R.Ponting lbw b Vaas 10 D.Martyn lbw b Muralitharan 1 D.Lehmann b Zoysa 8 A.Symonds c Tillakaratne b Zoysa 6 A.Gilchrist c Sangakkara b Zoysa 0 S.Warne c Muralitharan b Vaas 18 J.Gillespie c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 8 M.Kasprowicz b Muralitharan 0 S.MacGill not out 8 Extras (b-1 lb-3) 4 Total (all out, 42.2 overs) 120 (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close of play on the first day of the second test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Tuesday:
Australia first innings J.Langer lbw b Zoysa 3 M.Hayden lbw b Muralitharan 54 R.Ponting lbw b Vaas 10 D.Martyn lbw b Muralitharan 1 D.Lehmann b Zoysa 8 A.Symonds c Tillakaratne b Zoysa 6 A.Gilchrist c Sangakkara b Zoysa 0 S.Warne c Muralitharan b Vaas 18 J.Gillespie c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 8 M.Kasprowicz b Muralitharan 0 S.MacGill not out 8 Extras (b-1 lb-3) 4 Total (all out, 42.2 overs) 120 . (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Murali gains 500th wicket

Muttiah Muralitharan claimed his 500th Test wicket for Sri Lanka before Australia hit back in the second Test The spinner bowled Michael Kasprowicz for a duck to pass the milestone on day one and ended with figures of 4-48 as Australia were bowled out for 120. (BBC)

Australia opt to bat in second test v Sri Lanka
Australia captain Ricky Ponting elected to bat in the second test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Australia had considered including an extra fast bowler on a pitch expected to offer early movement for the seamers, but opted for an unchanged team from the side that won the first test of the three-match series by 197 runs in Galle last week (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Murali scare for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan is expected to recover from a stomach upset to play in Tuesday's second Test against Australia in Kandy.
The off-spinner, who needs four more victims to reach 500 Test wickets, sat out nets on Sunday and then suffered from cramps throughout the night. (BBC)

Sri Lanka to change pace against Australia
Sri Lanka will abandon their one-pace bowler policy for the second test against Australia, which starts on Tuesday.
Dharmasena took two wickets in the first innings in the first test in Galle, which Australia won by 197 runs, but failed to make an impression in the second innings. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka drop Dharmasena for second test
Sri Lanka have dropped off spinner Kumar Dharmasena from their 15-man squad for the second test against Australia that starts on Tuesday.
The pitch at Kandy traditionally offers quick bowlers more pace and bounce than the one in Galle where Sri Lanka lost by 197 runs, despite securing a 161-run first innings lead, after being skittled out for just 154 on a dramatic final day (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Warne makes history with 500th wicket as Australia defeat Sri Lanka
Shane Warne sealed a triumphant comeback to international cricket by becoming the first spin bowler to take 500 Test wickets as Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 197 runs here.
Warne, playing in his first Test since returning last month from a one-year ban for failing a drug test, was mobbed by team-mates after claiming the scalp of Sri Lanka skipper Hashan Tillakaratne to reach the milestone Friday. (Yahoo News/AFP)

India win thriller
First one-day international, Karachi: India 349-7 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 344-8 (50 overs) beat by five runs
India kept their nerve in the final over to pull off a record-breaking one-day win over Pakistan in Karachi. (BBC)

Lehmann, Martyn plunder runs to pile pressure on Sri Lanka
Darren Lehmann and Damien Martyn capped a remarkable Australian fightback with robust centuries to put Sri Lanka under pressure of saving the first Test.
Lehmann smashed 129 and Martyn 110 as Australia, trailing by 161, posted a massive 512-8 declared in their second innings to set a stiff 352-run target for Sri Lanka. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Australia lay down gauntlet
Darren Lehmann and Damien Martyn shared a record stand of 206 as Australia took charge on day four the first Test.
The tourists declared with their total 512-8, setting Sri Lanka 352 to win with just over three sessions left. (BBC)

Australia pick Tait to replace Lee in Sri Lanka
Uncapped young fast bowler Shaun Tait will replace the injured Brett Lee on Australia's tour of Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Thursday
Tait, 21, bowled with raw pace for Australia A during the 2003-04 season in a first-class match against India and two limited overs games against Zimbabwe. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

The pressure's back on Sri Lanka, says Warne
Shane Warne, celebrating a five-wicket haul on his top-flight return, said Australia were confident of snatching an unlikely victory after fighting back in the first test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
The leg spinner, back in the side after a one-year drugs ban, took five for 116 before the Australians closed on 193 for two in their second innings, 32 runs ahead, thanks to an unbeaten century from Matthew Hayden. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia first test scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close on the third day of the first test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Wednesday:
Australia first innings 220 (D.Lehmann 63; M.Muralitharan 6-59) (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Lee injures ankle, pulls out of Sri Lanka tour
Australia were hit by a double injury blow on Wednesday when fast bowler Brett Lee pulled out of the Sri Lanka tour with an ankle injury and Michael Kasprowicz suffered a shoulder injury.
Lee injured his left ankle during Australia's practice match last week and missed the first test which started on Monday. It was the same ankle from which he had bone spurs removed last year. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

CORRECTED - Dilshan century puts Sri Lanka in control
In story headlined 'Cricket-Dilshan century puts Sri Lankia in control', please read in second paragraph '...to give their side a 132-run lead at the close of play' instead of '...to give their side a 136-run lead at the close of play', correcting Sri Lanka's lead to 132 runs instead of 136. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Dilshan century puts Sri Lanka in command
Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a sparkling century as Sri Lanka piled up 352 for six on the second day of the first test against Australia on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka's batsmen, replying to Australia's 220 all out, dominaed to give their side a 132-run lead at the close as Australia leg spinner Shane Warne failed to shine on his return to test cricket following his drug ban. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia first test scoreboard - close
Scoreboard at the close on the opening day of the first test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Monday: (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Murali takes six as Aussies pay heavy price for audacity
A combination of skillful off-spin bowling by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan who took six wickets for 59 runs and casual batting by Australia contributed to a fascinating opening day of the first cricket Test at the Galle International Stadium here today.
Making use of a pitch that is not expected to last the distance Australia threw away a golden chance of putting up enough runs on the board when they were dismissed for 220, 26 minutes after tea. (Daily News)

Sri Lanka to play just one seam bowler in first test
Sri Lanka will play one fast bowler and pack their bowling attack with spinners on a sun-baked Galle pitch for the first test against Australia starting on Monday
The groundsman has prepared a grassless, biscuit-dry surface for the first of three tests that is expected to offer extravagant turn from the start. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Ananda pacemen rock Nalanda
Ananda had Nalanda reeling at 79 for 5 from 23 for 5 after declaring at 254 for 6 on the first day of the 75th Battle of the Maroons cricket encounter which began at the SSC ground yesterday.
Nalanda skipper Madura Warnapura winning the toss invited the Anandians to bat first expecting to bag some quick wickets. But his gamble did not pay off as the Anandians piled up the runs. Ananda lost their first wicket with the total at six but a fine partnership for the second wicket between P. Boteju (51) and M. Uduwatte (100) carried them to 138. (Daily Mirror)

Sri Lanka to host Asia Cup in July
Six nations will participate in the Asia Cup to be played in Sri Lanka from July 15 to August 1, cricket officials said on Saturday.
Nepal and another country to be named later would join the four test-playing nations of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the tournament. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Lee doubtful as Australia begin post-Waugh era against Sri Lanka
Australia are sweating on an injury scare to fast bowler Brett Lee as skipper Ricky Ponting prepares to lead his team against Sri Lanka in the world champions' first post-Waugh Test here.
Lee's chances of playing Australia's first Test since the retirement of legendary skipper Steve Waugh diminished after he was forced to miss training on Friday due to an ankle injury. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka confirm April tour to Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka will tour Zimbabwe in April and May, the Sri Lankan cricket board said on Friday.
"We were invited, fixed a schedule and will honour that commitment," the board's chief executive Duleep Mendis told Reuters. "No safety or security issues have come up and we have no concerns." (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka name four spinners in 15-man squad
Sri Lanka have picked four specialist spinners in a 15-man squad for the first of three tests against Australia starting on Monday in Galle.
Sri Lanka selectors recalled leg spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi to complement spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, off spinner Kumar Dharmasena and leg spinner Upul Chandana on a pitch that is expected to turn extravagantly. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

MacGill leads Australia to victory in Sri Lanka tour match
Shane Warne was upstaged by leg-spin rival Stuart MacGill as Australia tuned up for next week's first Test match against Sri Lanka with a resounding win in a tour match
MacGill claimed 3-57 against Warne's 2-79 as the tourists defeated the Sri Lankan board president's team by 245 runs on the final day of the three-day game at the Colombo cricket ground. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka President's XI v Australia scoreboard
Scoreboard on the second day of the three-day practice match between Sri Lanka President's XI and Australia on Wednesday:
Australia XI first innings: J.Langer b Herath 35 R.Ponting st de Silva b Herath 116 S.Katich st de Silva b Samaraweera 116 D.Lehmann c Perera b Fernando 134 A.Symonds not out 45 W.Seccombe lbw b Fernando 0 S.Warne lbw b Herath 8 Extras (b-6 lb-6 w-1 nb-17) 30 Total (for 6 wickets declared, 89.5 overs) 484 (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Hostile reception awaits 'Shame' Warne in Sri Lanka
Australia's Shane Warne is set to face hostile Sri Lankan fans when he returns from a drug-induced ban to take part in next week's Test series, newspapers said.
The star leg-spinner, who served out a 12-month ban after failing a dope test before the World Cup last year, was dubbed "Shame Warne" by the media even as crowds began to heckle the player. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Score 484 runs in a day:
Awesome Aussies in a run-orgy at CCC
It was a run orgy at the CCC grounds yesterday where world champions Australia gave an awesome display of their batting powers by racing to a massive total of 484 for six wickets off 89.5 overs on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match.
The Australian batsmen made short work of the SLC President's XI bowling with three of their top four batsmen scoring centuries. Skipper Ricky Ponting led the run parade with a chanceless 116 off 120 balls inclusive of 18 fours and was followed by left-handers Simon Katich, who also made a similar score in two balls less and Darren Lehmann with 134 off 143 balls. Andrew Symonds was unbeaten on 45 scored off 48 balls with five fours at the close. (Daily News)

Welcome Shane Warne
Before going on to comment on the Mobitel one-day series between Australia and Sri Lanka which was a disaster to the home team, we would like to welcome the 'sheik of tweak', the controversial Shane Warne for the Test series.
Warne will always have fond memories of Sri Lanka because it was from here that he launched his phenomenal leg spinning career that has brought him great fame. (Daily News)

Lanka Cement kicks out Susanthika
Susanthika Jayasinghe's sponsor Lanka Cement, in a sudden and unexpected move, has withdrawn from the deal with the Olympic medal-winning sprinter, last week putting her in a desperate situation, just a few months before the 2004 Athens Olympics.
"I've been kicked out like a piece of dirt, just when the Olympics are round the corner. I am forced to stop my training and chase behind potential sponsors. I have collapsed mentally. They could have at least informed me in advance, so I could have found another sponsor" a shocked Jayasinghe said. (Daily Mirror)

Zoysa grabs Sri Lanka win
Nuwan Zoysa starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka snatched victory in the final one-day match of the series against Australia in Colombo.
The fast bowler took 3-34 to reduce Australia to a moderate score of 198-7. (BBC)

Sangakkara's century in vain as Australia clinch series
In the history of Sri Lanka one-day cricket if there is a chapter to be written on the worst disasters of the game, the fourth one-day international against Australia at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday will rank very high.
It was the biggest betrayal of all for the 30,000 odd fans who filled the stadium yesterday to see Sri Lanka perform so superbly on the field to restrict the world champions to a total well within their reach and then to see the batsmen throw it all away in a devil may care attitude. (Daily News)

Kasprowicz stuns Sri Lanka
Michael Kasprowicz produced his best one-day performance for Australia as they clinched overall victory in the five-match series in Sri Lanka.
Kasprowicz took 5-45 as the World Cup holders won by 40 runs in Colombo to take an unassailable 3-1 lead. (BBC)

Sri Lanka v Australia one-day scoreboard
Scoreboard of the fourth one-day international between Sri Lanka and Australia on Friday: (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka v Australia one-day scoreboard
Scoreboard in the third one-day international between Sri Lanka and Australia on Wednesday. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Vaas strikes for Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas claimed two early wickets as Australia's reply got off to a disastrous start in Colombo.
Vaas reduced Australia to 14-2 off the first five overs with the visitors needing 227 at the Premadasa stadium. (BBC)

Jayawardene sparks Sri Lanka fightback in Colombo
Mahela Jayawardene top-scored with 80 as Sri Lanka posted a modest 226 for eight in their 50 overs against Australia in the third one-day international on Wednesday.
Jayawardene resurrected the Sri Lankan innings after fast bowler Jason Gillespie had snapped up three early wickets with the new ball. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Zoysa or 'Loku' to replace out of form Kaluwitharana
Wicket-keeper/batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana will make room for an extra fast bowler or spinner with the glove work being taken over by Kumar Sangakkara as Sri Lanka size up for another absorbing contest against world champions Australia.
The first two contests at Dambulla saw the two teams win a game each - Australia, the first by 84 runs and Sri Lanka, the second by one run. The third out of a series of five commences under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium at 2.30 p.m. today (Daily News)

Cricket-Sri Lanka name unchanged one-day squad
Sri Lanka have named an unchanged squad for the third and fourth one-day internationals against Australia.
The third game of the five-match series starts under lights in Colombo on Wednesday on what is expected to be another spin-friendly surface. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Sri Lanka clinch last-over thriller as Vaas strikes
Chaminda Vaas bowled a tight last over amid mounting tension as Sri Lanka stunned world champions Australia by one run in the second one-day international.
Australia needed eight runs in the final over to win the match, but left-arm fast bowler Vaas controlled his yorkers remarkably well to concede just six runs, much to the delight of his team-mates and a sizeable crowd. (Yahoo News/AFP)

UPDATE 1-Cricket-Vaas holds nerve as Sri Lanka level series
Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling one-run victory over world champions Australia in the second one-day international on Sunday after Chaminda Vaas kept his nerve in the final over.
The left-arm seamer, who took three for 48 and was named man of the match, restricted the tourists to six runs from the eight needed for victory as Sri Lanka levelled the series at 1-1. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

UPDATE 1-Cricket-Sri Lanka v Australia scoreboard
Scoreboard of the second one-day international between Sri Lanka and Australia on Sunday.
Sri Lanka M.Atapattu run out 47 S.Jayasuriya lbw b Symonds 55 K.Sangakkara c Bevan c Harvey 39 M.Jayawardene c Ponting b Clarke 38 T.Dilshan b Clarke 11 R.Kaluwitharana run out 0 U.Chandana c Gilchrist b Clarke 4 R.Arnold lbw b Clarke 10 C.Vaas c Lee b Clarke 5 K.Dharmasena run out 2 M.Muralitharan not out 2 Extras (b-1 lb-16 w-8 nb-7) 32 Total (all out, 49.5 overs) 245 (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Cricket-Australia's Clarke cleans up as Sri Lanka make 245
Occasional spinner Michael Clarke grabbed a career-best five for 35 as Australia bowled out Sri Lanka for 245 in the second one-day international on Sunday.
The hosts made an excellent start and in the 38th over were in a strong position at 192 for two, but they lost their last seven wickets for just 29 runs. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Lanka to fall back on established opening pair
Sri Lanka beaten by 84-runs in the first one-day international will revert back to their established Test opening pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu for the second one-day international against Australia starting at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium here tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Sri Lanka have been persisting with their World Cup one-day openers Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana. But the pair made a total mess of things with their sloppy running between the wickets that resulted in both getting run out inside the first four overs. With their departure Sri Lanka lost whatever chance they had of making a match of it. Chasing 263 to win they were bundled out for 178. Kaluwitharana is expected to bat lower down the order. (Sunday Observe)

Cricket-Sri Lanka consider dropping fast bowler
Sri Lanka are considering playing just one pace bowler in the second match of their five-game one-day series against Australia on Sunday.
Australia cruised to a comfortable 84-run victory in the opening match on Friday, a defeat that has prompted a rethink of the home team's tactics on what is expected to be another spin-friendly pitch. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

UPDATE 1-Cricket-Australia cruise to opening win v Sri Lanka
Australia cruised to an 84-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the five-match one-day series on Friday.
Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting scored fifties and Andrew Symonds provided a final-over flurry as the world champions piled up a stadium record 262 for six in their 50 overs. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

UPDATE 2-Cricket-Australia cruise to opening win v Sri Lanka
World champions Australia cruised to an 84-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening game of their five-match one-day series on Friday.
Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting scored fifties and Andrew Symonds provided a final-over flurry as the tourists piled up a stadium record 262 for six in their 50 overs. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Australia elect to bat in first one-dayer against Sri Lanka
Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka
Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke, Michael Bevan, Brad Hogg, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Brad Williams. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Cricket-Sri Lanka v Australia one-day international scoreboard
Scoreboard of the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and Australia on Friday:
Australia A.Gilchrist c Atapattu b Chandana 66 M.Hayden run out 40 R.Ponting c Dilshan b Jayasuriya 58 D.Martyn c and b Chandana 27 M.Bevan st Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan 21 A.Symonds not out 37 M.Clarke lbw b Muralitharan 0 B.Hogg not out 2 Extras (lb-5 nb-1 w-5) 11 Total (for six wickets, 50 overs) 262 (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Cricket-Australia 262-6 in 50 overs v Sri Lanka - innings
Australia scored 262 for six in their 50 overs against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Friday.
Scores: Australia 262-6 in 50 overs (A.Gilchrist 66, R.Ponting 58) v Sri Lanka (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Cricket-Australia win toss, bat v Sri Lanka
Australia won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the first one-dayer on Friday.
Australia welcomed back middle-order batsman Michael Bevan who has recovered from a fractured rib. (Yahoo News/REUTERS)

Atapattu century guides Sri Lanka to 250-4 against Windies
Sri Lankan opener Marvan Atapattu has cracked an impressive 108 not out to help Sri Lanka march to an imposing 250 for four on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies.

The 32-year-old struck 13 fours in his 11th Test century after Sri Lanka elected to bat at the Beausejour Stadium.(yahoo News Asia)

England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to receive World Cup refund
England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka will all receive part of the money witheld by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for World Cup contract infringements, the governing body said in a statement.

But India's World Cup payment, estmated at between 8 to 9 million dollars for all major cricket nations, is to be witheld. (Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka settle for draw
Tour match, Kingstown, day three: Sri Lanka 299 & 66-1 drew with West Indies Cricket Board President's XI 296

Sanath Jaysuriya hinted at a return to form with an aggressive final session innings before the rain-affected game ended in a draw.(BBC)

Sri Lanka grabs three early wickets against President's XI
Sri Lanka grabbed three early wickets before lunch Monday setting back the West Indies President's XI in overhauling the 299 made by Sri Lanka in their first innings

At the end of the 150-minute session, the Sri Lankans had sent back Devon Smith (8), Narsingh Deonarine (11) and Dwayne Bravo (1) while the West Indies squad scored 87 runs.(FoxSports/AP)

Sri Lanka start West Indian tour on winning note
Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu geared up for the one-day series against the West Indies by making 99 in his team's 115-run win in a warm-up match here.

Electing to bat, the tourists posted 243-7 on Wednesday before restricting the Shell Academy eleven to 128-9 in their only practice game ahead of the three-match series(Yahoo News/AFP)

Sri Lanka worried over Jayasuriya's health
ri Lanka's team management is concerned over the health of former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya after his fourth bout of tonsillitis in three months.

Jayasuriya stayed in bed and missed practice on Sunday after suffering with what manager Ajit Jayasekera described as "a severe fever."(rediff.com

Pakistan crush Sri Lanka
akistan crushed hosts Sri Lanka by 79 runs in the opening match of the triangular one-day series on Saturday

Sri Lanka, who had earlier restricted Pakistan to 199 for eight, were bowled out for 120 in just 43.1 overs.(rediff.com)

The sports ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the BCCSL Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in approximately one month - probably on June 6. (BCCSL)

Sri Lanka set for fresh cricket board elections
The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) will hold elections after a government decision to end a two-year period of control by interim committees.

The sports ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the BCCSL Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in approximately one month - probably on June 6. (BCCSL)

Jayasuriya calls it quits again
Sanath Jayasuriya has stood down as Sri Lanka captain for the second time.

But cricket chiefs say he has not yet informed them officially. (BBC) Full Story

Sangakkara ton helps Sri Lanka to victory
Kumar Sangakkara hit his second one-day international century in three days to lead Sri Lanka to a 129-run victory over Kenya in a Sharjah Cup game.

Sangakkara also passed 2,000 runs in one-day internationals and captain Sanath Jayasuriya went over the 9,000-run mark.(Ananova) Full Story

Cricket: Sars threat puts Sri Lanka tour at risk
The New Zealand team, having already abandoned visits to Pakistan and Kenya because of terrorist fears, are now being threatened by a less visible complication - the Sars virus.

The national squad are scheduled to fly to Sri Lanka via Singapore in less than a fortnight for the start of their tour, but have some concerns about the mystery illness that has infected thousands and killed more than 80. (The New Zealand Herald) Full Story

Pakistan cricketers defeat Sri Lanka
Yousuf Youhana and Younis Khan combined for a superb fourth-wicket stand of 124 runs Friday to steer Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Sharjah Cup

Pakistan made 225 for three, overhauling Sri Lanka's 223 for six with 2.4 overs to spare.(Way More Sports.Com) Full Story

SARS Forces Sporting Event Cancelations
Asian soccer authorities scrapped two Olympic qualifiers and were considering postponing others Friday because of the SARS flu outbreak.

The Asian Football Confederation postponed home-and-away qualifiers for the 2004 Athens Olympics between Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, and Taiwan against Singapore, citing concern over the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak. (Yahoo News/AP) Full Story

Sri Lanka fight back against Australia
Australia looking to advance to the next round of matches, having easily defeated South Africa earlier in the day found it difficult to put runs on the board after the Sri Lankans put up a decent total of 54 when they batted

Mahela Jayawardene batted well for his 37, while Aravinda DeSilva got out once, on his way to 16. Greg Blewett ended with bowling figures of none for 34 from his four overs while John Davison ended with figures of none for 30. (Cricinfo.com) Full Story

Woolmer rejects Sri Lanka post
Bob Woolmer has declined an offer to coach Sri Lanka to continue his consultancy role for the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Woolmer told the BBC Sport website: "They did ask me but I turned them down." (BBC) Full Story

Sri Lanka short-list Woolmer, Rixon and Bracewell
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has short-listed three candidates as they seek a replacement for current national team coach Dav Whatmore whose contract will not be renewed.

Former Australian wicket-keeper Steve Rixon, New Zealand all-rounder John Bracewell and England batsman Bob Woolmer have all been approached, according to board sources. ,b.(Cricinfo.com) Full Story

McMillan misses out on Sri Lanka tour
New Zealand have announced a 14-man squad for the forthcoming Test series in Sri Lanka.

All-rounder Craig McMillan, who has been a member of the Test team since 1997, is a shock omission from the squad which leaves for Sri Lanka on April 15,b>(Ananova) Full Story

Sri Lanka to replace Whatmore as coach
Sri Lanka are to replace national coach Dav Whatmore when his contract expires in May.

"We feel its time to inject some fresh thinking after Whatmore's long stint as coach," said Anura Tennekoon, chief executive of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.(Ananova) Full Story

Sri Lankan cricket selectors say Jayawardena will be recalled
- Sri Lanka's cricket selectors said Monday that middle order batsman Mahela Jayawardena, who was not picked for the upcoming Sharjah quadrangular tournament, will be recalled for a home series against New Zealand next month.

"He will be in the side definitely. He is the best player we've got for the future," selector Aravinda de Silva told reporters in Colombo. (yahoo News/AP) Full Story

Sri Lanka makes four changes to its cricket squad for Sharjah tournament
Sri Lankan cricket authorities on Saturday made four changes to last month's World Cup line-up for the squad to play next month's Sharjah quadrangular tournam

They picked three uncapped players: left-handed batsman Michael Vandort, wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardena and legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi. Offspinner Kumar Dharmasena has earned a recall. (Yahoo News/AP) [full Story]

Jayasuriya stays on as skipper
Sanath Jayasuriya will remain as Sri Lanka captain after cricket chiefs refused to accept his resignation.

Jayasuriya handed in a letter of resignation to the nation's cricket authorities late on Saturday following their World Cup semi-final defeat to Australia. (BBC) [Full Story]

England, Zimbabwe announce teams to play in double wicket cricket tournament in St. Lucia
Officials on Monday announced teams to represent England and Zimbabwe in the inaugural Double Wicket World Cup cricket tournament next month.

Andrew Flintoff and Adam Hollioake will represent England and Heath Streak and Grant Flower will turn out for Zimbabwe, said the St. Lucia Tourist Board, organizers of the April 4-6 tournament. (Yahoo News/AP) [Full Story]

Sri Lanka captain 'quits'

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Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has become the latest casualty of the Cricket World Cup, according to reports.

He announced his resignation as captain of the national side on Saturday, according to the Agence France Presse Agency. (BBC)
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Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya blamed his batsmen after his side tumbled out of the World Cup.

The Sri Lankans had done well to reduce Australia to 212 for seven off their 50 allotted overs(BBC)
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Rain wrecks South African dream
South Africa have gone out of the World Cup after a dramatic weather-hit tie with Sri Lanka in Durban.

Torrential rain brought the game to a premature end with five overs remaining and, under the Duckworth-Lewis method, both teams were awarded two points to end the hosts' progression to the Super Six stage. (BBC)
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Sri Lanka scrape home
Sri Lanka survived a major scare as they completed a nail-biting victory over the West Indies to go back to the top of Group B.

Chaminda Vaas claimed four key wickets to check a promising West Indies run chase and leave his side on course for a seemingly easy win. (BBC)
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Sri Lanka v West Indies preview
Sri Lanka's match with West Indies in Cape Town on Friday could be one of the World Cup's most crucial encounters with both teams teetering on the brink of an exit if they lose.

The flipside is that the winners will go top after Kenya turned group B on its head. (BBC)
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Kenya stun shell-shocked Sri Lanka
Kenya lose their second wicket with the score on 46 as Brijal Patel edges the ball to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara
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Kenya have produced the shock of the World Cup with an overwhelming victory over Sri Lanka.

Collins Obuya starred for the co-hosts, finishing with figures of five for 24 runs - the best ever by a Kenyan in international cricket. (BBC)

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Sri Lanka find ruthless streak
Sri Lankan cricketers were once renowned for playing the game with a smile on their faces and, to an extent, that still holds true.

But smiles can be deceptive. One of the highlights of the first week of the World Cup was Canada's shock triumph against Bangladesh. (BBC)
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Bangladesh v Sri Lanka preview
Chaminda Vaas made history by taking a hat-trick with the first three balls of the game as Sri Lanka recorded a crushing 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh.

Vaas then added a fourth victim in his opening over before finishing with six for 25.
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Bangladesh v Sri Lanka preview
In theory, things can only get better for Bangladesh following the embarrassment of defeat by Canada.

In reality, however, another heavy defeat is on the cards against a Sri Lankan side who have rediscovered their zest and confidence. (BBC)
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England game called off
England will not play their World Cup opener against Zimbabwe in Harare on Thursday.

But there is a chance the game could be relocated to South Africa later in the tournament.(BBC)
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Warne out after failed drugs test
Shane Warne is returning home from the Cricket World Cup after testing positive for a banned substance.(BBC)
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Sri Lanka send Kiwis spinning
A brilliant century from Scott Styris was all in vain for New Zealand as they slumped to a heavy loss at Goodyear Park.

It was another century far earlier in the piece, by Sanath Jayasuriya, that underpinned a sizeable score for the Sri Lankans.(BBC)
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Not cricket, old boy!
Cricket, the ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ has steadily declined during the past three decades to one of the bookies and now worse, of politicians. Every cricket-playing nation has become a victim of these twin evils. Englishmen who started it all and the gentlemanly traditions associated with it, too have succumbed to these evils and now are in the vortex of the crisis that may wreck the World Cup series and do untold damage to international cricket.(The Island/Editorial)
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Zimbabwe row clouds World Cup show
The storm clouds which have overshadowed the build-up to the 2003 World Cup grow darker as the ongoing row of whether England will play Zimbabwe in Harare rumbles on towards a bitter conclusion.

After months of wrangling over the fixture, the England and Wales Cricket Board's latest attempt to have the February 13 match switched away from the strife-torn country failed on Thursday(123India /AFP)
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Sri Lanka happy to repay Kenya
Sri Lanka have given Kenyan cricket a boost by confirming they are happy to play their World Cup game in Nairobi.
They are satisfied with security assurances, but are also happy to repay the African side for 1996.Seven years ago, World Cup co-hosts Sri Lanka were in a similar position to Kenya now, after a bomb blast in Colombo raised security concerns.(BBC)
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Sky is the limit for super batsmen
Few people can bowl to Jayasuriya when he is on top form
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Nobody has ever hit a double-hundred in a one-day international... yet.
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Sri Lanka's Pride
Success at the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa, at Independence square in Colombo Sri Lanka on Thursday. Hundreds of Cricket lovers gathered to wish the team success and to help them to forget their recent setbacks in Australia during the VB series.(Lanka Academic)
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Sri Lanka eye Cup with renewed hope
Despite not qualifying for the recent triangular series finals in Australia, Sri Lanka travel to South Africa in buoyant mood with captain Sanath Jayasuriya back in form and key bowler Muttiah Muralitharan fully fit.

Down and out at the end of last year with Jayasuriya struggling and Muralitharan recovering from hernia surgery, Sri Lanka slipped from being the most favoured Asian side in the tournament to being unlikely qualifiers for the Super Six stage(rediff.com)

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Sri Lanka depend on his red-hot batting
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His motto in life is to try and find the middle path in all things and that's what cricket's most famous Buddhist and Sri Lanka's most successful captain has been doing since taking charge in 1999.

Sanath Jayasuriya is best remembered for changing the face of the one-day game. He, along with Romesh Kaluwitharana, started the concept of aggressive batting in the first 15 overs during the 1996 World Cup.. (NDTV.COM)
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India given World Cup go-ahead
India will field a full-strength side at the World Cup after an agreement with cricket's governing body.

But player sponsorship deals will still be restricted for the duration of the tournament.(BBC)
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England 'should face' cricket boycott
Writing in The Guardian, he suggests that the UK Government's obsession with the morality of playing cricket in Zimbabwe is hypocritical at a time when it is also considering going to war with Iraq. (BBC)
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Sri Lanka settle pay row
Sri Lanka's players are to sign their World Cup contracts after resolving a financial dispute.

An agreement was reached following talks between captain Sanath Jayasuriya and members of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lankan (BCCSL) in Colombo.(BBC)
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Muralitharan to follow Warne's lead and retire from ODIs
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan believes he will follow Shane Warne's lead and retire from one-day cricket to concentrate on tests.(Yahoo)
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De Silva still confident
Veteran Aravinda de Silva insists Sri Lanka's poor recent form will count for little in the World Cup.

The 1996 World Cup winners have suffered a poor run-up to the tournament, losing December's one-day series in South Africa 4-1.(BBC)
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Australia's players warned to start behaving
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's cricketers have been warned about improving their behaviour following Darren Lehmann's five-match ban over his racist outburst and several other incidents involving team mates. (Yahoo News)
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Sri Lankan at crease
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat in the VB Series one-day international match against Australia at the MCG on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya decided to rest, leaving Marvan Atapattu in charge. (BBC)
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SL contracts impasse remains
World Cup contract negotiations between Sri Lanka players and cricket board officials were still deadlocked on Monday.(BBC)
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BBC launches World Cup site
BBC Sport's special website will follow cricket's biggest event every step of the way.(BBC)
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Sri Lanka miss deadline
Sri Lanka's players remain locked in a pay dispute with their own cricket board two days after missing a deadline to sign World Cup contracts.

The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) has had its offer of performance-based payments turned down by the national squad.
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Sri Lanka threatens to pull out of World Cup
Sri Lanka has threatened to pull out of the World Cup or field a second string side after Sanath Jayasuriya and his team refused to accept a pay settlement.

The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) made it clear in a two-page statement that it was contemplating other options as the dragging match fee dispute remained deadlocked, busting ICC's extended January 17 deadline to have the player contracts signed and forwarded.(MSN.CO.IN)
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Sri Lanka World Cup worry
Sri Lanka have not yet confirmed that their leading players will be at the World Cup because of a row over pay.

The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) has seen a performance-related pay offer turned down by the national side.(BBC)
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Live: Sri Lanka v England
England have got off to a lively start after winning the toss and batting on a hot day in Adelaide.(BBC)
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ICC warns Sri Lanka
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned Sri Lanka's Board of Control (BCCSL) that it must return completed World Cup player contracts by Friday or face "serious consequences".(News24)
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Sri Lanka players refuse to sign World Cup contracts
Sri Lanka's cricketers have rejected a performance-related pay package for the forthcoming World Cup and refused to sign their player contracts.(BCCSL)
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Murali fed up with Australia
Muttiah Muralitharan says he is fed up with Australia and will never tour there again after suffering abuse from loutish fans in Brisbane on Wednesday.(BBC)
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Australia survive Murali test
Michael Bevan guided Australia to a four-wicket victory against Sri Lanka despite an excellent bowling display by Muttiah Muralitharan. (BBC)
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Another victory for Sri Lanka

Captain Sanath Jayasuriya hit his second successive century as Sri Lanka smashed 284 for seven in their triangular series one-day international against England on Monday .

Jayasuriya, who made 106 from 110 balls, put on 144 for the second wicket with Hashan Tillakaratne after Marvan Atapattu was out for a sixth-ball duck in the first over of the match.(The Island)
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England crash to defeat
England squandered a good position for the second successive match as Sanath Jayasuriya guided Sri Lanka to a vital victory.

He made 106 off 110 balls and then kept his head in the field after Marcus Trescothick and Nick Knight launched England's bid to score 285 with a century stand.(BBC)
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England collapse to defeat.
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Jayasuriya drops Australia back to earth and world rubs its hands with glee
Seldom in the annals of a notoriously fickle game can any team have fallen as low or bounced as high as did the Sri Lankans in these past few illuminating days. To see the Lankans tumble for a pathetic total in Adelaide was to mourn the lack of pride nowadays routinely shown in practice matches. These fellows were wearing the colours of their country.(smh.com.au)
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Controversial umpire Hair appointed to Muralitharan game
Australia umpire Darrell Hair, who no-balled Sri Lanka’s leading bowler Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in the 1995-96 Melbourne test, will officiate in Sri Lanka’s match against England in Sydney on Monday.
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Record-breaking win for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka win for the first time in the VB series with a comprehensive 79-run victory over Australia. (BBC)

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Sri Lanka stun Aussies
Sri Lanka emphatically registered their first win in the VB Series as Australia floundered in pursuit of a one-day international record target at the SCG.

The resounding 79-run win was based around the heroics of Sanath Jayasuriya, who contributed 122 to his team's 343 for five - the highest ever score against Australia.(BBC)
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Sri Lanka - Murali is the answer
the Sri Lanka cricket team lacking in fresh thinking? From what has already taken place and the manner in which the team is performing in Australia it seems that the team is in dire need of a new coach because the methods of Dav Whatmore are being found out by other teams.(The World Cup Diary)
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Lanka win first match on Aussie tour
MELBOURNE: Sri Lanka, buoyed by the return of injured spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan from injury, won its first match of its Australian cricket tour on Sunday by beating a country Victorian state side by 80 runs.
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Sri Lanka turn to veterans
Veteran batsmen Aravinda de Silva and Hashan Tillekeratne have been named in Sri Lanka's final squad for the forthcoming World Cup.
The pair were both members of the side which won the trophy in 1996, and the selectors are looking to them to add solidity to the middle order after a run of poor results. (Dec 27 BBC) Full Story

Australia cruise to crushing victory over Sri Lanka
Ricky Pontings' all-conquering Australians overpowered a beleaguered Sri Lankans outfit, winning a predictably one-sided contest by a massive 142 runs at the WACA on Sunday night.
During the afternoon the Australian batsman, led by stand-in opener Darren Lehmann, who scored his third one-day century, ran riot, setting the confidence-short tourists a daunting 306 target.
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England triumph again as Sri Lanka subside
England completed their second successive victory in the VB triangular series, beating a lacklustre Sri Lanka by 95 runs at the WACA. After starting badly England were indebted to Paul Collingwood (100) and Craig White (48) for enabling them to reach 258, and Andrew Caddick then took three top wickets to maintain the revival and put England on course for a win.
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Australia washed Sri Lankan cricket shoes free
Australian officials cleaned shoes of Sri Lankan cricket players when they arrived in the country for a tri-nation tournament, the Australian High Commission (embassy) here said.(Dec 18 HT) Full Story

England end 14-game drought with Sri Lanka win
BRISBANE (Reuters) - Half-centuries by Nasser Hussain and Alec Stewart and an improved all-round bowling performance helped England break a 14-match run without victory and beat Sri Lanka by 43 runs on Tuesday.
It is the first time since they began their Australian tour two months ago that Nasser Hussain's side have won. Their last victory was over Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka on September 18.
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Sri Lanka predicts Australia to feel Warne's pain
BRISBANE, Dec 16 AAP - Australia's world champion cricketers could share Shane Warne's pain in the coming weeks according to Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya.
Sri Lanka plays its first match in the triangular one-day series tomorrow when it meets England at the Gabba, before playing the Warne-less Australia in Perth on Sunday.
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Australia beat England convincingly
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Captain Ricky Ponting and opener Adam Gilchrist shared a record partnership on Sunday to set Australia up for an 89-run over England in a triangular one-day series.
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Former umpires say Murali's action worse than ever
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two former Australian test umpires have criticised cricket bible Wisden for selecting Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan as the most valuable test bowler in history. (Dec 15 Yahoo) Full Story

Lanka not pressing panic button after loss: Jayasuriya
BRISBANE: Captain Sanath Jayasuriya on Sunday said his Sri Lankan team were not about to press the panic button after their heavy 102-run defeat to Australia A in a warmup one-day match here. Full Story

Australia A beats Sri Lanka by 102 runs
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Jimmy Maher's century inspired Australia A to a 102-run win over Sri Lanka Saturday in a limited-overs cricket match at the Gabba.
Australia A captain Justin Langer won the toss and elected to bat, with the hosts propelled to 312 for eight on Maher's 106, Michael Clarke's half century and Ryan Campbell's brilliant cameo innings.
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Wisden names Murali best bowler ever
LONDON: Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Australia's Don Bradman have been named as the best ever Test bowler and batsman by Wisden, according to a newspaper report on Friday. Full Story

Australia beat England by 7 wkts
SYDNEY: Australia cruised to a seven-wicket victory over England with five overs to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground here Friday to continue the tourists' winless tour.
England looked to have made a competitive target of 251 for eight batting first off their 50 overs but the world champions cantered to victory on the back of a dynamic opening stand of 101 between Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist off 13.5 overs.
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Muralitharan does not fear Australian umpires
BRISBANE (Reuters) - Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, called for throwing on his past two tours of Australia, said on Thursday he did not expect any more trouble from local umpires.
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Jayasuriya expects tough one-day series in Australia
BRISBANE (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya is expecting a tough battle in the triangular limited overs series against Australia and England starting later this week.
Sri Lanka will use the tournament to regain form following their 4-1 series loss in South Africa, Jayasuriya said.
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De Silva out for first leg of tri-series
Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda De Silva has been ruled out for the first leg of the upcoming triangular one-day series against Australia and England. (Dec 09 ABCsport) Full Story

South Africa eases its way to win over Sri Lanka 28 minutes ago
BOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - South Africa cruised to an easy six-wicket win over Sri Lanka Friday at Goodyear Park in the fifth and final one-day international between the two teams.
South Africa sealed the series when it won the last match Wednesday, and eventually won by four games to one.
South Africa's innings was dominated by a patient undefeated 70 by Neil McKenzie, who gave notice that his place in his country's middle order should be secure after a period in and out of the team.
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Gibbs powers South Africa to series win
KIMBERLEY, South Africa (Reuters) - Herschelle Gibbs struck his 11th one-day hundred as South Africa won the fourth one-day match against Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Wednesday and took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.
Chasing just 185 for victory, South Africa made 190 for two in the 31st over, with Gibbs unbeaten on 108 and Jacques Kallis 64 not out. Their unbroken partnership for the third wicket was worth 172 runs.
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Atapattu century seals Sri Lankan victory
Sri Lankan vice-captain Marvan Atapattu hit a high-class century to steer his team to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the third one-day international at Willowmoore Park.
Atapattu (123 not out) and veteran Aravinda de Silva (71) put on 140 for the third wicket as they made a target of 254 look easy on Sunday
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World cricket needs a competitive Sri Lankan team
The Sri Lankans ran into rampant South African lineup that had all the aces right from the outset. It was a victory of such a magnitude that the question has to asked: can they recover during this tour, and what implications will it have on their World Cup campaign if they don't?
South Africa posted 317 for six in their allotted 50 overs after winning the toss and batting and then bowled Sri Lanka out for 140 in 33.2 overs to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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South Africa demolish Sri Lanka by 177 runs
CENTURION, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa's batsmen gave a quality display to lay the foundation for a crushing 177-run win over Sri Lanka in the second of five one day internationals on Friday.
South Africa posted 317 for six in their allotted 50 overs after winning the toss and batting and then bowled Sri Lanka out for 140 in 33.2 overs to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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Sri Lanka need a change of leadership
A change of captaincy would do Sri Lankan cricket a heap of good. And before all the avid Sanath Jayasuriya fans give me a bashing just let me a chance to present my case. Full Story

Five uncapped players in Sri Lanka World Cup squad
Sri Lanka have named a squad of 30 for next year's cricket world cup, including five players who have yet to make one-day international debuts.
The list of candidates includes fast bowlers Sujeewa de Silva, Tharanga Lakshitha, Thilina Thushara, left-handed batsman Michael Vandort and right-arm legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi. Full Story

Pollock makes most of pitch in South Africa victory
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa captain Shaun Pollock gave a superb bowling display to set his team on the way to an easy six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first of five one-day internationals on Wednesday
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Sri Lanka to tour West Indies in March 2003
Sri Lanka will play six one-day internationals in the West Indies in March 2003. This will be the first time that the West Indies has hosted a full international women's cricket tour in more than a quarter of a century. All matches are scheduled to be played in the women's cricket stronghold of St Vincent and the Grenadines. (Nov 24 CW) Full Story

Cullinan fails to impress but Klusener shines with the ball
Lance Klusener's poor form with the bat may have continued, but the all-rounder starred with the ball to ensure that South Africa A completed a convincing 65-run victory against the touring Sri Lankans at Potchestroom on Saturday
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Muralitharan arrives in Australia for hernia operation
Nov 21 MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has arrived here for a hernia operation, putting him in major doubt for this season's triangular one-day cricket series, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board said. Full Story

Muralitharan recalled for one-day series
Nov 20 COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was recalled for a one-day international series against Bangladesh after being left out of the second test. Full Story

South Africa scramble to victory against Sri Lanka
South Africa stuttered to a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a thrilling match at Supersport Park, as the hosts clinched the two-match series.
Sri Lanka made a valiant attempt to pull off an unlikely victory from a match in which they battled to square the series, but fell agonizingly short as South African captain Shaun Pollock launched Mutthiah Muralitharan to mid-off for the winning boundary.
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Still room for improvement, says Sri Lanka coach
CENTURION, South Africa (Reuters) - Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore said his team could still improve after an encouraging showing on day one of the second test against South Africa on Friday.
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Muralitharan omitted from Sri Lanka one-day squad
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was omitted on Thursday from the Sri Lanka squad for a five-match one-day series against South Africa starting this month.
Six players have been called up for the series, including veteran batsman Aravinda de Silva who retired from test cricket in October.
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Murali in doubt for Australian one-day series
SYDNEY (AFP) - Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is doubtful for next month's triangular one-day cricket series in Australia after being diagnosed with a hernia.
Sri Lanka's team management is considering booking the spin wizard in for surgery to ensure he's fit for next year's World Cup campaign in southern Africa. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will miss the five one-day internationals against South Africa this month after being ordered to undergo a hernia operation.
The spinner was struck by a fast delivery from South African all-rounder Andrew Hall in the first Test defeat last weekend.
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Same Faces for SA
Johannesburg, Nov 12, 2002 (Business Day/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- SRI Lanka will get more of the same in Centurion this weekend, in the second cricket test against SA, writes Mark Smit .
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Sri Lanka long for home
When Sri Lanka arrived in England early summer, they did so with the reputation as a team on the verge of something special.
As if nine Test wins on the bounce wasn't special enough. (Nov 12 BBC) Full Story

Hayden strengthens his grip on top of ratings
LONDON (Reuters) - Australian batsman Matthew Hayden cemented his place at the top of the latest test ratings published on Monday. Full Story

Jayasuriya disappointed after Sri Lankan rout
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya made no attempt to hide his disappointment after his side crashed to defeat by an innings and 64 runs on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium.
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Former Sri Lankan captain Ranatunga wants to head cricket board
Nov 10 COLOMBO (AFP) - Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga said he was hoping to head the Sri Lankan cricket administration next year.
"I will contest for the post of President of the cricket Board," Ranatunga told local media here Sunday. Full Story

Sri Lanka eyes third place on ICC Test Championship Table
A win or draw for Sri Lanka in the two-Test series against South Africa, beginning at The Wanderers tomorrow, would move Sanath Jayasuriya's team into third place on the ICC Test Championship table. Full Story

Sri Lanka in solid position after first day
Sri Lanka batted itself into a solid position after the complete loss of the morning session in the first of a four-day test against the Rest of South Africa, played at the Lenasia Stadium outside Johannesburg.
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SA 'A' ready to rumble with Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka commence their demanding inland cricket tour of South Africa in Kimberley today, with a demanding four-day match against Dale Benkenstein's strong SA A team.
This is the Sri Lankans first-ever first-class game in Kimberley, and they come up against a team that with the exception of three SuperSport Series finalists in all-rounder Andrew Hall (Easterns), wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile and pace bowler Quinton Friend, have already completed their 2002/03 season domestic first-class cricket programme.
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Lanka play first match in SA tour on Friday
KIMBERLEY: Sri Lanka set out on a cricketing odyssey that ends with the 2003 World Cup when they start a tour of South Africa with a four-day match against South Africa A at the De Beers Diamond Oval from on Friday. Sri Lanka, the 1992 World Cup champions, will play two Tests and five One-dayers in South Africa. [Full Story] [Tournament]

Sri Lanka fly in for World Cup warm-up
Oct 22 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Sri Lanka see their tour to South Africa as vital to their 2003 World Cup chances, skipper Sanath Jayasuriya said on Tuesday. [Full Story] [Tournament]

Coach wary of burnout as Sri Lanka start World Cup build-up
Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore is wary of player burnout as he prepares his young team during the nest six weeks in South Africa and Australia for another shot at cricket's most prized and expensive title - the World Cup next February . (Oct 18 CI) [Full Story] [Tournament]

Sri Lanka names team for South Africa ending selection row
Oct 18 COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan Sports Minister Johnston Fernando averted what could have been a row with the national selectors by clearing a 17-member squad to tour South Africa. Full Story [Tournament]

Sri Lanka heading for cricket selection row
Oct 09 COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan cricket selectors were set for a possible showdown with Sports Minister Johnston Fernando over the team picked to tour South Africa next month, officials said. Full Story

Sri Lanka sticks with squad despite ministerial disapproval
Oct 09 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP)-- Sri Lanka's cricket selectors said Wednesday that they will stick with the squad chosen to tour South Africa later this month despite the sports minister refusing to approve it. Full Story

Sri Lanka take pace path
Sri Lanka have named six fast bowlers and three uncapped players in a 16-man squad for their forthcoming two-Test tour of South Africa. (Oct 04 BBC) Full Story

Aravinda De'Silva retires from Test cricket
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's leading run-getter Aravinda D'Silva retired from Test cricket on Thursday, but said he was available to play one-dayers till the World Cup.(Oct 03 TOI) Full Story

Sri Lankans top one-day batting and bowling ratings
LONDON (Reuters) - Sri Lankans occupy the top positions for batting and bowling in the world one-day ratings for the first time ever after the hosts reached the final of the Champions Trophy in Colombo.
Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan held on to top place in the bowling ahead of Australian Glenn McGrath, while the in-form Sanath Jayasuriya moved ahead of Sachin Tendulkar to claim the number one spot in the batting standings for the first time. Full Story

India, Sri Lanka share Champions Trophy
COLOMBO (Reuters) - India and Sri Lanka won their maiden titles as joint winners of the Champions Trophy after rain washed out their replayed final on Monday.
The all Asian clash in the prestigious 12-team event looked set for an exciting finish before steady drizzle, followed by thunder and lightning, forced play to be halted and later called off.
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A Sri Lankan fan with tea bags attached to his hat carries drinks to friends at Cazaly's Stadium in the northern Australian city of Cairns July 9, 2004.
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Sri Lanka soccer players Fuard Kamaldeen (C) and Channa Ediribandanage fight for ball with Indonesian player Budi Sudarsono (R) during a World Cup Asian group eight qualifying in Jakarta on June 9, 2004.

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9,000 Run Milestone
Sri Lanka veteran Aravinda de Silva became the third player to reach 9,000 runs in one-day internationals during the triangular series match against Australia on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old provided one of the few highlights of the innings with the 27th run in his score of 44 from 73 balls.
Only Indian pair Sachin Tendulkar with 11,546 runs from 303 games and Mohammad Azharuddin on 9,378 from 334 matches stand ahead of de Silva on the all-time list.
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Muttiah Muralitharan
Bowlers get a raw deal compared to batsmen. While everybody talks about the awesome abilities of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan is taking a backseat. In his quiet and efficient way Murali has become one of the most dangerous bowlers of all times. Story

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