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Kaneria finally admits guilt in spot-fixing scandal

ISLAMABAD (AP) Disgraced Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his involvement in a fixing scandal, more than six years after he was banned for life and denied he was guilty.

"My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012," Kaneria said in a documentary televised by Al Jazeera on Thursday.

Kaneria introduced Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield to illegal bookmaker Anu Bhatt in 2009, and they hatched a scheme for Westfield to concede 12 runs in his first over of an English County limited overs game against Durham.


Australia 47-1 but Pakistan has 2 days to win test series

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Babar Azam just missed a maiden test century but Pakistan gave itself more than two days to win the short test series against Australia and made a good start on Thursday.

Azam fell for a career-best 99 and captain Sarfraz Ahmed added 81 before he declared their second innings over at 400-9 for an overall lead of 537 runs. (MORE)

Pakistan drops Amir again, recalls Wasim for T20s v Aussies

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan left out Mohammad Amir and recalled fit-again allrounder Imad Wasim for the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia next week in the United Arab Emirates.

Amir was also dropped for the ongoing two-test series against Australia. The left-arm fast bowler hasn't taken a wicket in his last five one-day internationals. (MORE)

Rashid, Morgan hand England easy 3rd ODI win over Sri Lanka

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Leg spinner Adil Rashid took four wickets and captain Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 58 to lift England to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third one-day international Wednesday as the visitors took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

England won the toss and elected to field in a match reduced to 21 over per side because of rain at Pallekele. Sri Lanka made 150-9 in its 21 overs with Niroshan Dickwella top scoring with 36. (MORE)

England beats Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in 3rd ODI

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the rain-affected third one-day international and took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The match was restricted to 21 overs per side.

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Pakistan extends lead to 281 runs against Australia

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan increased its lead to 281 runs in the second test Wednesday after seamer Mohammad Abbas ripped through Australia's batting lineup with a five-wicket haul and the visitors were bowled out for 145.

Fakhar Zaman (66) notched his second straight half century in his test debut as Pakistan smoothly reached 144-2 at stumps in their second innings. (MORE)

No Amla, Duminy for South Africa's tour to Australia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Experienced batsmen Hashim Amla and JP Duminy are out of South Africa's limited-overs tour to Australia, with allrounder Chris Morris recalled for the three ODIs and one Twenty20 game next month.

Amla is still recovering from a finger injury while Duminy aggravated a right shoulder problem in South Africa's home series against Zimbabwe which will now need surgery. (MORE)

Pakistan recovers from 57-5 to score 282 vs Australia

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan recovered from 57-5 to post 282 and take two cheap Australia wickets on a compelling first day of the second cricket test on Tuesday.

Nathan Lyon took four wickets in six deliveries to embarrass Pakistan in the morning, but newcomer Fakhar Zaman and captain Sarfraz Ahmed led the rescue with identical scores of 94 runs each before both were dismissed by part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne. (MORE)

Pakistan wins toss, opts to bat in 2nd test vs Australia

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and elected to bat in the second test of a series that is up for grabs after Australia's fourth-innings comeback in the opening match.

Pakistan made two changes, giving top-order batsman Fakhar Zaman and left-arm seamer Mir Hamza test debuts as replacements for Imam-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz. (MORE)

Sri Lanka cricket great Jayasuriya charged with corruption

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya became one of the most high-profile figures embroiled in corruption in cricket when he was charged Monday with two counts of disrupting an investigation.

Jayasuriya was a star of the Sri Lanka team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 during a playing career that spanned 22 years and took in 110 tests and 445 one-day internationals. He later served on the Sri Lankan parliament from 2010-15, and became the national team's chairman of selectors. (MORE)