Cricket

Vanuatu and Fiji cricketers set up final showdown

Japan raced to 46 for 1 against Vanuatu before collapsing to be 79 all out in Bendigo.

The Melanesians lost both openers in the first three overs but recovered to reach their target with six wickets and more than 31 overs to spare.

But coach Shane Deitz said the scoreboard doesn't tell the full story.

"We bowled first and they got off to a little bit of a flyer and smacked out quicks around a little bit," he said.

"Then a couple of our first and second change bowlers came on and bowled a better line and length and tied it up a bit.

Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji cricketers make winning start

Jelany Chilia was the pick of the bowlers, with 3 for 10, as Vanuatu dismissed Indonesia for 82 before the opening pair of Josh Rasu and Jonathon Dunn chased down their victory target in just 9.1 overs.

Samoa captain Ben Mailata starred with bat and ball in a seven wicket win over Japan.

The 32 year old claimed 5 for 27 as Japan were dismissed for 144 and then led the way with the bat, top-scoring with 58 not out from 52 balls, including five sixes, as the Polynesian side overhauled their target inside 26 overs.

Kohli fires India past England

Ben Stokes (62) had raced to his team's fastest 50 in India to join Jason Roy (73) and Joe Root (78) as one of three tourists to produce half centuries, England posting an imposing total of 350-7. 

But the tight boundary at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium also worked in the hosts' favour, captain Kohli plundering 122 and Jadhav 120.

Australian fast bowler becomes No.1

Hazlewood snared 32 wickets in six Tests on home soil against South Africa and Pakistan to be ranked the third on the bowling rankings - behind Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Sri Lanka tweaker Rangana Herath came in fourth with South African quick Dale Steyn fifth - meaning Hazlewood ranks as the premier fast bowler.

Hazlewood's new ball partner Mitchell Starc was 10th on the list and also ranked 7th out of the Test all-rounders.

Warner made us look foolish – Wahab

Warner became just the fifth batsman to achieve the feat and the first on Australian soil as he clocked up 100 runs off just 78 balls in the first session in Sydney.

Wahab finally dismissed the Australia opener on 113 when he drew an outside edge that flew to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

However, the Pakistan paceman said Warner, who also claimed a ton in the Boxing Day Test, had already done the damage.

"Everybody knows Warner is an attacking player and we know where he is strong," said Wahab.

White Ferns captain scoops top awards

In the past 12 months, which included the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in India and the ICC Women's Championship, Bates scored 472 runs in eight ODIs at an average of just over 94.

She also took eight wickets at an economy-rate of 3.75.

In the shortest format of the game, Bates was the leading run-scorer with 429 runs at an average of 42.90 and a strike-rate of over 115 runs per 100 balls.

A delighted Bates said from Perth, where she plays for the Scorchers in Australia's Big Bash T20 competition, that winning the two awards is an honour.

Hagley Oval gets the all clear after quake check

 The powerful 7.5 magnitude quake pummelled central New Zealand, especially the top half of the South Island, killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks.

It was felt strongly in Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, which was hit by a 6.3 quake in 2011 that killed 185 people.

RNZ reports that New Zealand Cricket officials told reporters in Christchurch the match would go ahead.

Both teams arrived in the city yesterday, with the Pakistan side arriving from Nelson, where they felt the tremors.

Williamson catches bug on eve of second test

Williamson picked up a bug and was unable to train at Eden Gardens on the eve of the match.

Opening batsman Tom Latham said he took the final day of preparations off to get well for the first day of the test.

"Kane's also a little bit crook today so he won't be training but no discomfort. I think he's just down with a bug, so nothing too major, but he's just resting up and getting right for tomorrow," Latham said.

England played like 'pretty boys' - Bayliss

It was an outing to forget for hosts England, who were dismantled by nine wickets at Old Trafford.

England struggled to 135-7, a total chased town by Pakistan inside 15 overs with just one wicket lost thanks to Sharjeel Khan (59) and Khalid Latif (59 not out), who shared a 107-run opening stand.

"The game was all about momentum. The way we were going allowed Pakistan to get on top," Bayliss told Sky Sports, having watched his side lose 54-6 during their innings.

"We didn't show urgency with our running. We played like pretty boys at one stage.

Australia wins 5th ODI

Australia's bowlers laid the foundation for their victory after routing Sri Lanka for 195 in 40.2 overs in the final match of the series.

But the modest chase looked far from a cakewalk as the visitors slumped to 25 for two in the sixth over, before Warner's century helped them romp home with seven overs to spare.

Warner found an able ally in George Bailey and the duo added 132 runs as the world champions went on to exact a modicum of revenge after being whitewashed in the preceding three-match test series.