England squad for Third Test against India in Southampton

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler will replace Matt Prior as a wicket-keeper in the England squad for the third test against India in Southampton, staring on Sunday.

The 23-year-old has played 33 ODI’s and 36 Twenty20 international for his country and ready to make his Test debut against India on Sunday.

The Struggling wicketkeeper Matt Prior announced on Monday that he was taking a break from cricket in overcome injury issues.

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook retained the England captaincy amid doubts over his leadership following England's 95-run defeat at Lord's.

ENGLAND SQUAD: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

South African pacer Vernon Philander penalised for tampering with the ball

South Africa seamer Vernon Philander has been fined 75% of his match fees for tampering with the ball during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.

The 29-year-old was charged after the footage emerged of him - trying to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his finger and thumb in the course of the third day's play on Friday. Philander accepted the punishment without contesting.

An ICC statement read: "Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket’.

"The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday's play and after viewing television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge as well as match referee Jeff Crowe."

This is the second time - the Proteas’ were involved in ball-tampering incident, earlier it was found against Pakistan in the UAE last October, when Faf du Plessis rubbing the ball with his trouser pocket. The bowler was fined 50% of his match fee.

Mahela Jayawardene to quit Test cricket

Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he is going to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming series against South Africa and Pakistan later this year.

The former skipper, who is one of the most capped players for his country, has scored 11,493 runs in 145 Tests at an average of above 50. He will play his last Test against Pakistan in August 14 to 18.

The 37-year-old veteran batsman, who already retired from the Twenty20 format after their recent World Twenty20 victory.
However, he will continue to play in the 50-over format, making himself available for ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

Sri Lanka squad for Test series against South Africa

Upul Tharanga, a left handed batsman has been recalled after being named in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the two-Test series against South Africa, starts at Galle on 16th July.

The 29-year-old opening batsman, who played his last Test against England in 2007. He will replaces Dimuth Karunaratne, who failed to pass 50 on the recent tour of England. 

Test Series Schedule 

Wed Jul 16, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st Test
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
Galle International Stadium, Galle

Thu Jul 24, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo

Tharanga has scored 713 runs in 15 Tests for the defending T20 champions at an average of 28.52.

Sri Lanka Test Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ajantha Mendis, Dammika Prasad, Chanaka Welagedera, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga

Pakistan Test and ODI squad for Sri Lanka Tour 2014

After struggling in Test cricket for a long time, the right-handed opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez has been dropped from 15-man Pakistan's Test squad for Sri Lanka tour.

Meanwhile Umar Akmal has earned his place to the Test squad, who will replace the 33-year-old Hafeez.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and Umar Gul both are ruled out due to injury issues.

Pakistan to play two Tests staring from August 6, before the teams will play a three-ODI series between August 23 and 30.

Tour Schedule

06 Aug – 10 Aug 2014
[ 04:30 GMT | 10:00 local ] 1st Test Match  - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
[ Galle Int'l Stadium ]

14 Aug – 18 Aug 2014
[ 04:30 GMT | 10:00 local ] 2nd Test Match - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
[ Colombo ]

23 August 2014
[ 04:15 GMT | 09:45 local ] 1st ODI Match - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
[  Hambantota ]

27 August 2014
[ 09:00 GMT | 14:30 local ] 2nd ODI Match - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
[ Pallekele int'l Stadium]

30 August 2014
[ 04:15 GMT | 09:45 local ] 3rd ODI Match - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
[ Premadasa Colombo]

Test squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz.

ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar

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