Mark Wood has been called up to the England Test squad for the series against West Indies as a replacement for fellow paceman Olly Stone.

Sri Lanka are hopeful Kusal Mendis will be fit for the first Test against Australia after suffering a finger injury on day one of their tour match in Hobart. 

The batsman felt the force at short leg when Jake Doran played a sweep shot to a Dilruwan Perera delivery during the second session of play. 

Kusal will go for a scan on the ring finger on his right hand on Friday, less than a week before the tourists start a two-match series against Australia at the Gabba. 

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said: "He can't hold the bat so hopefully in 24 hours' time we'll know more, 

"He was in quite a lot of pain but now he's okay after icing it a couple of times." 

Kurtis Patterson made 157 not out and Doran was unbeaten on 102 as a Cricket Australia XI declared on 316-5, with Sri Lanka 38 without loss at stumps in their opening tour match. 

Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

"It's a big concern. We need to get that right because it's happened to us again," he said. 

"The spinners also bowled no-balls in the England series and we got, I think, three wickets off no-balls so it's a big concern. We need to get it right soon." 

 

Olly Stone will be sent home from England's tour of the West Indies after suffering a stress injury in his lower back.

Manu Sawhney has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sawhney - a former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports - will join world cricket's governing body next month and succeed David Richardson in July.

Richardson, who has held his position since 2012, confirmed last July that he would step down when his contract expires after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, who led the process of appointing Richardson's successor, said in a media release: "I am delighted to confirm Manu's appointment. He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game.

"Our search produced a host of excellent candidates from around the world, but Manu stood out as the man to work with our members and take cricket forward.

"He has proven success in a number of leadership roles in both sport and broadcasting. He is a strategic thinker and understands the cricket landscape and its complexities.

"The decision of the nominations committee to recommend Manu to the board was a unanimous one and I and my fellow directors are looking forward to working with him."

Sawhney added: "It is a great privilege and responsibility to serve the global cricket community as CEO of the ICC. The sport has more than a billion fans and an ambitious growth strategy so it is a very exciting time to lead the organisation.

"I’d like to thank the ICC board for giving me this opportunity and look forward to working with them, our members, the team and ICC's incredible partners and cricketers around the world to propel the sport forward into a period of significant and sustained global growth in the coming years."

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has backed captain Sarfraz Ahmed despite their Test whitewash at the hands of South Africa. 

Ottis Gibson declared it was "mission accomplished" by South Africa after they completed a Test series whitewash over Pakistan.

Duanne Olivier again played a key role as South Africa completed a 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan with a 107-run victory in the third Test at the Wanderers.

Quinton de Kock expressed his delight at ending a "frustrating" wait for his fourth Test century as he led South Africa towards a whitewash of Pakistan on Sunday.

Quinton de Kock's fourth Test century put South Africa in a strong position to complete a 3-0 Test series sweep over Pakistan, who showed late resilience on day three in their battle to avoid defeat.

Wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock equalled his Test-best score of 129 as the Proteas posted a second-innings total of 303, leaving the tourists a daunting target of 381.

Hashim Amla played his part with a measured 71 off 144 deliveries before being caught behind by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, whose involvement in 10 dismissals in a match set a new record for Pakistan.

Dale Steyn struck twice in close proximity to dismiss openers Imam-ul-Haq (35) and Shan Masood (37) and move into the top-10 list of all-time Test wicket takers on 433.

But Azhar Ali (15) was the only other wicket to fall and, while they require another 228, Asad Shafiq (48 not out) and Babar Azam's (17no) partnership led the tourists to 153-3 at the close to retain an outside chance.

After scoring at a run-a-ball rate to make 34 overnight, De Kock was much more measured early on Sunday against a testing Pakistan bowling unit.

Amla's steady work ended when he gloved a Hasan Ali delivery, while Vernon Philander (14) hit three crisp boundaries before being trapped lbw by Mohammad Amir.

De Kock did manage four boundaries before lunch but Mohammad Abbas was smacked for three more as the pace of scoring picked up in the second session.

A few jitters followed as the personal landmark approached before De Kock finally drilled one to the fence to bring up his century. He eventually holed out off Shadab Khan, having hit a solitary six and 18 fours.

Kagiso Rabada (21 off 62) had been a reliable partner but South Africa's innings folded in a hurry, their final three wickets going down for one run.

Steyn made his mark to break Pakistan's opening stand when Imam got a thin edge behind to wicketkeeper De Kock.

A fuming Masood soon followed when technology was needed on a South Africa review for a catch behind, but there was less doubt about Azhar's wicket as he gloved behind a rising delivery from Olivier.

Yet Shafiq, who hit Olivier for three fours in one over to take Pakistan past 100, and Babar rattled along in an unbeaten 49-run stand, giving the visitors a glimmer of hope heading into Monday's play.

Quinton de Kock's fourth Test century put South Africa in a strong position to complete a 3-0 Test series sweep over Pakistan, who showed late resilience on day three in their battle to avoid defeat.

Duanne Olivier and Hashim Amla helped South Africa remain on top against Pakistan as momentum swung back and forth on an eventful day two of the third Test. 

The Proteas endured a dismal start in the field after Pakistan resumed on 17-2, with four drops and a missed run out coming inside the opening hour in Johannesburg. 

Paceman Olivier (5-51), who had match figures of 11-96 in the first Test, finally made the breakthrough, but Babar Azam (49 off 55) and Sarfraz Ahmed (50 off 40) lifted Pakistan before the tourists lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs. 

South Africa looked in trouble at 45-5 inside 15 overs, but Amla (42 not out) maintained his composure to get his team to stumps without further loss, meaning they hold a lead of 212 runs.

The Proteas wasted a number of chances early on, with nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas (11) inexplicably dropped by Temba Bavuma at gully off Vernon Philander (3-43). 

Dale Steyn – who later appeared to be struggling with his troublesome right shoulder – saw Imam-ul-Haq (43) and Abbas put down by Dean Elgar, after a touch off Theunis de Bruyn, and Quinton de Kock respectively. 

South Africa's wicketkeeper was then unable to gather an outside edge from Imam, who was oblivious to Abbas attempting to snatch a run. The latter had to turn back but Kagiso Rabada failed to punish him, missing the stumps with his throw. 

De Bruyn finally held on to an opportunity as Abba fell to Olivier, who removed Asad Shafiq for a three-ball duck in the same over. 

Babar turned up the tempo in a fine knock that included 10 fours – half of which came from two Steyn overs – but Imam was unable to make it through to lunch unscathed. 

Sarfraz shared a 78-run partnership for the sixth wicket until the Pakistan captain was taken at first slip by Amla, Babar then falling shy of his half-century to Olivier just four balls later. 

Olivier was unable to complete a hat-trick after dismissing Faheem Ashraf (0) but Pakistan were skittled for 185 when Rabada (2-41) had Shadab Khan caught at gully for five.

Pakistan were unsuccessful with a review for lbw against Aiden Markram (21) but Sarfraz got it right in the next over, his challenge showing Elgar had edged Mohammad Amir (1-28) through to the wicketkeeper.

Markram went to Abbas in the first over after tea and, after another poor challenge from Sarfraz failed to get rid of Amla, Faheem (2-19) claimed the scalps of De Bruyn (7) and Zubayr Hamza (0) in the space of three balls.

The home team appeared in real troubl at that stage, yet Amla responded with back-to-back fours off Hasan Ali (0-27), who at one stage was forced to stop in his run-up due to a swarm of insects that bugged Pakistan in the field in the final session.

De Kock - who reached the close unbeaten on 34 - helped keep the score ticking over and the pair made it to the close with an unbeaten 42-run union that Pakistan will need to break early on day three.

Former Australia Test captain Steve Smith will undergo elbow surgery that could delay his return to international cricket after his ban for ball tampering ends in March.

Smith has left the Bangladesh Premier League to have a ligament repaired in his right elbow. He will wear a brace for six weeks and have a timeframe for his recovery assessed upon its removal.

Australia coach Justin Langer suggested the 29-year-old could return to the set-up if a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE across March and April is confirmed.

However, Smith's injury setback may make it difficult for him to feature ahead of the Cricket World Cup in England, which begins in May.

"Steve Smith will have surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow," said a Cricket Australia spokesperson.

"He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before starting rehabilitation. Return-to-play timeframes will be clearer once the brace has been removed."

Smith is serving a one-year suspension for his part in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa that also resulted in bans for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

 

Australia became the first nation to record 1,000 wins in all formats of cricket on Saturday with a 34-run success over India in Sydney.

Their second-Test triumph over the same opposition in December saw Australia move onto 999, but they had to wait to reach four figures.

Defeat in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne and a draw in the final match of the series at the SCG meant the first ODI against India presented their next opportunity.

And they duly took it, India falling short in pursuit of 289 despite Rohit Sharma's superb 133, as Jhye Richardson claimed a career-best 4-26.

With thanks to Opta, we take a look at some of the numbers behind Australia's wins.

558  – Australia have won 558 one-day internationals – more than any other team.

384 – They have also won more Tests than any other team with 384.

234 – They have beaten England 234 times in 509 games.

66 – Australia have a 66 per cent win rate against New Zealand – their best against any side they have played at least 50 times.

376 – Ricky Ponting has claimed a record 376 wins.

68 – Adam Gilchrist's 68 per cent win rate is the highest of any Australia captain across all formats, of those who led the nation on at least 20 occasions.

219 – Ponting's 219 wins as captain are 80 more than any other skipper has managed.

2002 – It was in 2002 that Australia posted their biggest ever Test win, beating South Africa by an innings and 360 runs in Johannesburg.

Mohammad Amir revealed that a tactical rethink during the tea break led to Pakistan's remarkable turnaround on day one of the final Test with South Africa.

The hosts, seeking a 3-0 whitewash, looked to be in control at the Wanderers after reaching 226-3 but the final session put an entirely different spin on things.

Pakistan clicked into gear to bowl out their opponents for 262 and, although the Proteas hit back with two wickets of their own, the tourists' fighting spirit pleased Amir.

"The first two sessions we didn't bowl well," said Amir, who took 2-36. "After that we made a plan to bowl wicket to wicket and control the run rate.

"This wicket is far better [for batting] than the first two games but I always believe that when you stick to the basics, whether you are a bowler or a batsman, you can get the reward."

Aiden Markram anchored South Africa's innings with a well-constructed 90, having compiled 78 off 101 balls by lunch in a session that he thoroughly enjoyed. 

"It was the best I've moved in a session," he said. "It's important to respect the good balls but when there is a ball in your zone you need to be in a frame of mind to put it away.

"Our total is a bit under par but it did seem to be a bit more difficult to bat on later on."

Pakistan also confirmed on Friday that leg-spinner Yasir Shah had been sent to a Johannesburg hospital for a scan on his injured knee.

Vernon Philander took two Pakistan wickets in a dramatic final session after South Africa capitulated to 262 all out on day one of the final Test of the series at the Wanderers.

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