Lasith Malinga dropped for T20s vs. India

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka has dropped fast bowler Lasith Malinga from its squad of 15 players for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against India.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement Friday that it has "rested" Malinga, who was part of the Bangladesh Premier League until earlier this month

It is the second successive series for which the 34-year-old fast bowler has been overlooked. He last played for Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 match against India last July and was dropped for the one-day internationals as well as Twenty20 games against Pakistan played in the United Arab Emirates.


Australia 203-3 at stumps, trails England by 200

PERTH, Australia (AP) Australia captain Steve Smith again showed the way with a dominating 92 not out in a positive response to England's first innings total of 403 on the second day of the third Ashes test on Friday.

England resumed in a strong position on 305-4, but a familiar collapse saw the brittle lower order collapse and the tourists lost their last six wickets for just 35 runs. In response, England struck early with two wickets, but Smith, 92 not out, and Usman Khawaja, 50, guided Australia to 203-3 at stumps. (MORE)

Ashes: Australia vs England 3rd test scoreboard

PERTH, Australia (AP) Scoreboard Friday after the second day of the third Ashes test between Australia and England at the WACA ground:

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Malan proves to himself he belongs by hitting Ashes century

PERTH, Australia (AP) Dawid Malan doubted his batting credentials in test cricket.

After averaging 23.62 in the home tests against South Africa and West Indies, Malan's struggles continued in Australia. (MORE)

Malan's maiden ton lifts England to 305-4 in 3rd Ashes test

PERTH, Australia (AP) Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honors on the opening day of the third Ashes test at the WACA on Thursday.

After electing to bat first, England was in some bother at 131-4. Then Malan, with a chancy 110 not out, and Bairstow, 75 not out, lifted the tourists' sagging fortunes to finish the day on 305-4. (MORE)

ICC: No evidence of corruption regarding 3rd Ashes test

PERTH, Australia (AP) The International Cricket Council says there is no evidence the third Ashes test had been "corrupted" after claims in a British newspaper that bookmakers offered to fix parts of the match.

The Sun newspaper published purported evidence of bookmakers offering to sell details of rigged periods of play for betting purposes in the test which began on Thursday in Perth. (MORE)

England allrounder Stokes hits 93 in New Zealand T20 match

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Allrounder Ben Stokes hit seven sixes in a 47-ball innings of 93 in a Twenty20 match for Canterbury province Thursday which sends the strongest signal yet that he is ready for a recall to the England test team during its current Ashes series in Australia.

Banned from playing for England while prosecutors consider whether he will be charged over a nightclub incident at Bristol in September, Stokes also hit six fours as he raced to a half century from 29 balls. (MORE)

De Grandhomme out of New Zealand team after father's death

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Allrounder Colin de Grandhomme has withdrawn from the New Zealand team for a three-match limited-overs international series against the West Indies following the sudden death of his father in Zimbabwe.

New Zealand Cricket said de Grandhomme has traveled to Zimbabwe, where he was born, and it was not clear when he would return. (MORE)

India vs. Sri Lanka Scoreboard

MOHALI, India (AP) Scoreboard Wednesday from the ODI between India and Sri Lanka:

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India wins by 141 runs after Sharma's 3rd double hundred

MOHALI, India (AP) Rohit Sharma hit his third double hundred in ODI cricket Wednesday as India beat Sri Lanka by 141 runs and leveled the three-match series at 1-1.

Riding Sharma's 208 not out, India scored 392-4 and later restricted Sri Lanka to 251-8. Angelo Mathews' knock of 111 not out went in vain. (MORE)