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Pads off for Aussies as they prepare for Bangladesh spin

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Australian batsmen have been batting in the nets without their front pad on to combat a Dhaka pitch that will offer assistance to Bangladesh's spin attack.

"I think the main thing is to basically use your bat," allrounder Glenn Maxwell said. "If you don't have the safety of your front pad, it makes you get your leg out of the way and actually use your bat."

"I think it is more about refining your defense and making sure you trust the fact that you can hit the ball and not hoping that your pads are there just to save you," he said.

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Boycott sorry for 'unacceptable' remarks about West Indies

(AP) -- Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has apologized for making an allegedly racist comment while discussing knighthoods handed out to West Indies cricketers.

British newspaper The Daily Mirror reported on Tuesday that the 76-year-old Boycott said he would need to "black me face" to get a knighthood after seeing the honor handed out like "confetti" to West Indies greats such as Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers and Curtly Ambrose. (MORE)

Pakistan to host World XI next month

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi said Monday that international cricket will return to the country next month when a World XI plays a three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore.

"World XI will come in second week (of September) and within next 72 hours I will announce names of the players," Sethi told reporters in Lahore. (MORE)

Australia's tour match in Bangladesh canceled after flooding

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Australia's two-day tour match against a Bangladesh XI has been canceled because of concerns over contaminated water following recent flooding at the ground.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Steven Smith visited the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Monday and decided it wouldn't be fit for play on Tuesday and Wednesday. (MORE)

India crushes Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) Shikhar Dhawan scored 132 not out and shared an unbroken 197-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli as India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 21 overs to spare in their first one-day international on Sunday.

Dhawan smashed 20 fours and three sixes in his 90-ball innings, which was his 11th ODI century. Kohli finished on 82 not out off 70 balls after earlier winning the toss and asking Sri Lanka to bat. (MORE)

Haque back in Bangladesh squad for 1st test vs Australia

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Mominul Haque has been recalled to the Bangladesh squad for the first cricket test against Australia, a day after being dropped for the first time.

Left-hand batsman Haque replaces allrounder Mosaddek Hossain in the 14-man squad. (MORE)

India win toss, making Sri Lanka bat first in 1st ODI

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) India won the toss and made Sri Lanka bat first in the opener of their five-match one-day international series on Sunday.

Sri Lanka, badly beaten 3-0 in the test series, has given a debut to Vishwa Fernando, a medium-fast leftie. Lasith Malinga will play his 200th ODI 13 years after his debut. (MORE)

England embarrasses West Indies by innings and 209 runs

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) England took 19 wickets in a day to send West Indies tumbling to a humbling defeat by an innings and 209 runs in the first test on Saturday, setting the scene for what could be a painful series for the tourists.

England won with time to spare on Day 3 of the day-night test at Edgbaston, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match contest in the most commanding fashion. (MORE)

Bangladesh recalls Hossain, Shafiul for 1st test v Australia

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh has recalled allrounder Nasir Hossain and medium pacer Shafiul Islam to its 14-member squad for the first cricket test against Australia.

Hossain played his last test in 2015, and Islam in 2016. (MORE)

Cook double-century carries England to 514-8 dec. vs. WI

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Alastair Cook's 243 carried England to 514-8 declared against the West Indies and a powerful position on Day 2 of the day-night test on Friday.

West Indies was 44-1 in reply when rain ended play early and saved the tourists from having to face a full final session under the floodlights at Edgbaston. (MORE)