South Africa have confirmed Vernon Philander will miss the second Test against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring problem.

The injury-prone seamer bowled only eight overs in the second innings of the opening Test at Kingsmead as the tourists chased down 304 to win by one wicket in remarkable scenes.

And if the Proteas are to prevail in Port Elizabeth and secure a 1-1 series draw, they will have to do so without Philander, who has 214 Test wickets at an average of 21.64.

"Injury update from the Proteas camp: Vernon Philander will miss the second Test against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. There will be no replacement added to the squad," read a Cricket South Africa statement.

The second Test at St George's Park gets under way on Thursday.

Oman made the fourth-lowest score in List A cricket on Tuesday as they capitulated to 24 all out against Scotland.

In a 50-over contest in Al Amarat, the hosts were bundled out in just 17.1 overs as Ruaidhri Smith and Adrian Neill each took 4-7 to rip through the batting line-up.

The remarkable total is the lowest ever by a senior international side, breaking the previous record of 35 set by Zimbabwe in an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2004.

Oman's number three Khawar Ali top-scored with 15, including the only boundary of the innings, while the three wides sent down by Smith and Neil represented the second-highest contribution to the tally.

Five batsman registered ducks and, to rub salt into the wounds, Scotland knocked off the 25 required in just 3.2 overs, sealing victory with 280 balls remaining and ensuring the entire match lasted only 20.3 overs.

Oman will have the chance to atone for their dismal display when they play the second match of the three-game series at the same venue on Wednesday.

"Everything seemed to go quite well," said Scotland bowler Smith in something of an understatement. "It's quite rare, normally there's a partnership somewhere but we kept picking up wickets which was nice.

"I didn't think it was a bad wicket, we just bowled really well and took our chances when they came. If we bowl first again, hopefully something similar would be nice!"

London's Trafalgar Square was the scene of a takeover on Tuesday as Cricket World Cup organisers marked 100 days to go before the start of the tournament.

Hosts and favourites England, the number-one team in the ICC ODI rankings, kick the matches off against South Africa at the Oval on May 30 - the start of six weeks of action in what promises to be a thrilling 12th edition of the event.

The likes of Clive Lloyd, who captained West Indies to glory against Australia at Lord's in the inaugural World Cup in 1975, was among those in attendance at one of the English capital's most famous landmarks.

Legendary England cricketers Alastair Cook and James Anderson were also present, as were a number of celebrities from the sporting and show business fraternities.

Lloyd, who made a century in that triumph over Australia and also led the Windies to a successful defence of their crown four years later, is backing his nation to lift the title for a third time.

"100 days to go to the World Cup and I'm sure the West Indies will be there, and probably win it! Good luck to them," he said.

The 10 sides will play each other once, with the top four teams at the end of that round-robin phase advancing to the semi-finals, with the decider to be played at Lord's on July 14.

Colonial Group International Ltd. (CGI) has announced a major global partnership with Cricket West Indies (CWI) that “will benefit cricket across the region from communities and young families to professional cricketers”.

Centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root led England to a dominant 171-run win over a University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor’s XI at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. 

Sri Lanka have selected off-spinner Akila Dananjaya in their ODI squad to face South Africa, while Dinesh Chandimal has been left out.

Dananjaya was banned from bowling in international matches by the ICC in December after he was found to have an illegal action.

It is thought his availability for the series against the Proteas, which begins at the Wanderers on March 3, is subject to receiving clearance from world cricket's governing body.

Chandimal, not included in the squad for the ongoing Test series, misses out again but Angelo Perera has been called up and could play his first ODI since 2016.

Oshada Fernando made his Test debut in the sensational one-wicket win at Kingsmead last week and he could also make his bow in the 50-over format after being included in the 17-man party led by veteran seamer Lasith Malinga.

Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis is in the frame for a maiden ODI cap while batting all-rounder Priyamal Perera is in line for an international debut.

Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Kusal Perera, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Upul Tharanga, Isuru Udana.

Windies wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope has hailed the addition of star left-hander Chris Gayle to the squad as the team prepares to face England in the upcoming One Day International series.

The 39-year-old will return to the ODI team for the first time since 2018 when the Windies faced off against Bangladesh.  Gayle will play the opening two matches of the five-match series against England.

With the experienced batsman just short of 10,000 ODI runs at an average of 36.98 and 15 centuries, Hope is confident Gayle’s addition will be a major boost to the team.

"It’s great, just to see him (Gayle) at nets. Good laugh, good shots as well, and he’s going to strengthen the team a lot," ICC quoted Hope as saying. 

 "We know the importance that Gayle brings to the team. He has a lot of experience and we need to make sure we use that experience and strengthen the entire team," he added.

Hope, who was part of the team's recent Test series win against England also believes that victory will give the team added confidence ahead of the series.

"It’s a lot to look forward to. It's a very exciting time, especially leading up to the World Cup so I’m sure the guys are ready and raring to go. We are just coming off a Test series win and that was fantastic for everyone involved and the fans, so it is important for us to continue in that vein and try to get the series win as well.”

The Windies will face England in the first ODI on Wednesday at the Kensington Oval.

Chris Gayle is to retire from ODIs following the Cricket World Cup, West Indies have confirmed. 

The explosive batsman is second only to the legendary Brian Lara in the list of most ODI runs scored by a West Indies player, having scored 9,672 to date.

Gayle has played 281 50-over matches in his career, scoring 23 hundreds – the most by a West Indian in the format.

The 39-year-old's involvement in one-day cricket has dwindled in recent years due to his stints in various lucrative Twenty20 tournaments. 

Cricket West Indies announced the news via a short statement that read: "Talismanic WINDIES batsman, Chris Gayle, has announced he will retire from One-Day Internationals following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales."

Gayle was included for the Windies' first two ODIs of the five-match series with England, the first of which takes place in Bridgetown on Wednesday.

Glenn Maxwell conceded the remarkable nature of Melbourne Stars' Big Bash League final loss to Melbourne Renegades was a bitter pill to swallow.

Seeking a maiden title, the Stars looked firmly in control of Sunday's decider at Marvel Stadium, reaching 93-0 towards the end of the 13th over in a chase of 146.

But a stunning collapse saw Maxwell's side lose seven wickets for just 19 runs in less than five overs as the Renegades completed a sensational turnaround to seal victory by 13 runs.

The Stars have reached the play-offs in all but one of the eight Big Bash seasons, and Maxwell hopes to use this latest disappointment to spur the side on and finally lift the trophy in 2019-20.

"This will probably drive us next year and we'll use it as motivation to go one step further," he said. 

"We were so close, with eight overs [to go] we probably looked like winners. To fall that short is disappointing and it's hard to take.

"I'm sure once the dust settles and we get back to next year, we'll be able to put some more performances on the board with some more squad depth.

"I think those first 10 overs – we batted beautifully but I think we could have gone a bit harder, knowing what we had behind us.

"You can kill the game in the powerplay when you're only chasing 145 – 0-36 was great, we had 10 wickets in hand, but it was that sort of game. That's good in hindsight, it's nice to know now."

Maxwell insisted he had no regrets about opting to field having won the toss, after opposite number Aaron Finch said his choice would have been to bat first.

"With the way the game was going, the way they were throwing the ball into the ground and getting the ball soft, it was always going to be hard for a new batter [in the chase]," said Maxwell. 

"You could sort of feel that on the boundary, we probably needed to kill the game a bit earlier, go a bit harder when the ball was hard and just get ahead of the rate. 

"They bowled pretty well and kept us around seven and a half an over. As soon as you lose a wicket, that can really skyrocket as we saw it tonight. 

"That's probably the way we would have gone about it [in the field] – we wouldn't have been too concerned with a team being none down, especially [as] we didn't really get away at any stage."

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult and Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah have been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over separate incidents during the second ODI in Christchurch on Saturday. 

Boult lost 15 per cent of his match fee for twice using "audible obscene words" when the Black Caps were bowling. 

Mahmudullah, meanwhile, has been fined 10 per cent for striking a picket fence with his bat at Hagley Oval following his dismissal. 

In addition, the duo each receive one demerit point apiece - a first offence for both men. 

New Zealand won the game by eight wickets to wrap up the series ahead of the final instalment in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch says his side stuck to their strengths as they pulled off a remarkable comeback against the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League final. 

Runners-up in 2015-16, the Stars looked to be cruising to their maiden BBL crown at 93-0 in response to the Renegades' total of 145-5 in Melbourne on Sunday. 

But a stunning capitulation saw them lose seven wickets for 19 runs in 30 balls, eventually finishing on 132-7 at Marvel Stadium. 

"It's exciting, very special," said Finch, who managed only 13 with the bat. "Our boys were fantastic. I didn't do a hell of a lot to be fair, it was the guys who executed with bat and ball. 

"We knew batting first it was going to be so hard to chase any total, you can defend anything. We stuck to our strengths and you just need one little opening, especially in a final with the pressure on."

Player of the match Dan Christian - previously a winner of the BBL with Brisbane Heat - followed up an unbeaten 38 with bowling figures of 2-33, as well as a pair of catches. He added: "I wasn't expecting that to be honest, an awesome game from everyone. 

"The bowlers stuck to it all the way. I was lucky to parachute in at the end. 

"This is right up there, let's say it's the best one! We spend a lot of time together, a great bunch of blokes."

Despite throwing away their chance at the title, Stars captain Glenn Maxwell was full of praise for his players.

"Extremely proud, we played some great cricket this tournament," he commented. "To fall short at the end is disappointing.

"Hopefully we'll win it next year. Great support, they've been brilliant for us.

"Congratulations to Renegades, we've had some great tussles.

"To my boys, I've asked a lot of you and you've delivered in spades."

Melbourne Renegades emerged from the jaws of defeat to sensationally win their first Big Bash League title by 13 runs as Melbourne Stars collapsed in dramatic fashion.

Runners-up in 2015-16, the Stars looked to be cruising to their maiden BBL crown at 93-0 in response to the Renegades' total of 145-5 in Melbourne on Sunday.

But the Stars capitulated in remarkable scenes, losing 19-7 in 30 balls as they were limited to 132 runs at Marvel Stadium.

 

STARS THROW AWAY TITLE

The Stars were cruising with a coveted trophy in their sights - Ben Dunk (57) and Marcus Stoinis (39) settled in the middle.

Dunk hit four boundaries and a six, while Stoinis smashed a pair of fours and a six of his own.

But when Stoinis was bowled out by Cameron Boyce, it all went horribly wrong in one of the wildest chokes seen in the competition.

"If the Stars lose from here, I don't think they'll ever win it," Shane Warne said on Fox Sports with the Stars five down . "It was the unlosable game."

Aside from Adam Zampa (17 not out), no other player reached double figures as Peter Handscomb (0), Glenn Maxwell (1), Nic Maddinson (6), Seb Gotch (2), Dwayne Bravo (3) and Jackson Bird (4 not out) watched the trophy slip through the Stars' grasp.

"For those men in red, they'll sit there and giggle and say 'I can't believe we won the Big Bash Final'," Warne said. "For the men in green, they've got some serious questions they've got to ask themselves. They lost the game through reckless cricket, maybe a bit complacent and some pretty ordinary shots and they'll be a shattered group."

 

RENEGADES IN MARVEL MIRACLE

After the stadium was evacuated just hours before the final due to a rogue fire alarm, the Renegades somehow - beyond belief - defended a modest total in the Melbourne derby.

The Renegades were sent in to bat by Stars captain Maxwell, whose side gained the upper hand as they reduced their rivals to 65-5 in the 11th over - Jackson Bird (2-25) and Zampa (2-21) the wicket-takers.

However, Tom Cooper (43 runs from 35 balls) and Dan Christian (38 from 30) put the Renegades back on track with an unbeaten 80-run partnership.

Renegades skipper Aaron Finch was run out at the non-strikers' end and he was seen taking his frustrations out on a chair as he headed down the tunnel.

Then, with the ball, Renegades quartet Boyce (2-30), Chris Tremain (2-21), Christian (2-33) and Harry Gurney (1-20) helped pull off the unlikeliest of victories in their first BBL final appearance.

Kusal Perera deserves all the praise that comes his way for steering Sri Lanka to an unlikely opening-Test win for his "Superman" effort with the bat, said losing South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

Sri Lanka appeared to be on a hiding to nothing in Durban when, chasing 304 for victory, the tourists fell to 226-9 from 83-3 on day four.

But Perera, on 86 at that point, produced a masterclass for the ages and his unbroken stand of 78 with Vishwa Fernando – a record 10th-wicket, fourth-innings partnership for a winning side in Test cricket – steered Sri Lanka to a one-wicket triumph.

Proteas skipper Du Plessis concedes his side could do nothing to get Perera, who finished a career-best 153 not out, off strike and recognised the match was a great advert for fans of five-day cricket.

"It was an incredible game of cricket. We're very disappointed to end on the losing side, but to have it to go down to nine wickets and a 78-run partnership at the end is great for the game of Test cricket," he said. 

"You could tell the fans were excited about it and, I suppose, as fans, that's the kind of Test match you want to see. 

"Well played to Sri Lanka. Obviously Perera was unbelievable. It took a Superman effort. He deserves all of the accolades that will come to him after this game."

Du Plessis admitted that the manner of the defeat was a tough one to take.

"I'd be lying if I said there wasn't emotions going through me on the inside. The legs underneath the water paddling, a little bit of that. It's difficult for a captain," he added. 

"You want to protect a lead and then you also understand that you want to try to bowl at the tailender. 

"He played that beautifully. Whatever we tried, he still managed to get one away or a boundary away, every over, every over.

"Towards the end, we got a few balls at the tailender but unfortunately there were a few plays and misses."

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