Cricket

Stokes 'delighted' to be cleared to play for England again

LONDON (AP) England allrounder Ben Stokes was cleared on Wednesday to resume his international career while he contests a charge of affray following a violent incident outside a nightclub in September.

Suspended by England while he was under investigation by police, the 26-year-old Stokes is now free to play for his country having been charged by prosecutors with an offense that could lead to a jail term if he is convicted.

"Representing my country is one of the greatest things that I've ever been lucky enough to do, walking out on to the field with the England shirt on is a privilege and an honour," Stokes wrote on Twitter. "I'm extremely delighted to be given this opportunity to do this again.

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Zimbabwe beat Si Lanka in ODI

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Zimbabwe survived a Thisara Perera scare to beat Sri Lanka by 12 runs and secure their first victory in the tri-nation series Wednesday.

Tendai Chatara claimed his career best 4-33, including the prized scalp of Perera, to script the victory. (MORE)

India collapses to 151 to lose series in South Africa

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) After nine straight series wins, eight of them in the comfort of sub-continent conditions, India again fell short on tour to lose the second test to South Africa by 135 runs on Wednesday.

With it, went another series away from home. (MORE)

SAfrica beats India by 135 runs in 2nd test to take series

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the second test at SuperSport Park on Wednesday to win the series. South Africa leads the three-match contest 2-0 with one test to play.

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Sri Lanka wins toss, elects to bowl first against Zimbabwe

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bowl first against Zimbabwe in its first match of the tri-series one-day tournament on Wednesday.

This is Sri Lanka's first match under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha and Mathews first game as captain after being re-appointed. (MORE)

India crashes to 35-3, facing series defeat in South Africa

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) India crashed to 35-3 in the second test against South Africa on Tuesday, leaving the world's top-ranked team heading for a first series defeat since 2015.

South Africa quick bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi blasted through India's top order at the end of Day 4, a burst that crucially included the wicket of captain Virat Kohli, to leave India still 252 runs short of its victory target. (MORE)

India needs 287 to win 2nd test in SAfrica and level series

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) India was left on Tuesday with a tough target of 287 to win the second test against South Africa and level the series between the top two teams in the world.

South Africa was 258 all out in its second innings in the afternoon on Day 4, with captain Faf du Plessis finally falling for 48 off 141 balls. (MORE)

South Africa 258 all out, India needs 287 to win 2nd test

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) India needs 287 to win the second test after South Africa was all out for 258 in its second innings on Day 4 on Tuesday.

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Kohli fined for complaining to umpire, throwing ball

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) India captain Virat Kohli was fined for complaining to an umpire and throwing the ball into the ground "in an aggressive manner" during a dispute over the playing conditions in the second cricket test in South Africa on Monday.

The International Cricket Council said in a statement Tuesday that Kohli argued with umpire Michael Gough after play resumed following a rain delay on Day 3 at SuperSport Park in Centurion. India was fielding and Kohli was unhappy that play resumed so soon after the rain, leaving India's players struggling on a damp outfield and with a wet ball. (MORE)

New Zealand beats Pakistan by 5 wickets in 4th ODI

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Colin de Grandhomme returned from time out following the death of his father to spur New Zealand to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the fourth one-day cricket international on Tuesday and to a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

De Grandhomme was playing for New Zealand for the first time since mid-December, when he returned to his native Zimbabwe after the sudden and unexpected death of his father, aged 61. (MORE)