Cairns perjury trial begins in London

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The former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting, current New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and the former New Zealand spinner and captain Daniel Vettori are among a cast of high-profile witnesses set to take the stand in the perjury trial involving former New Zealand allrounder, Chris Cairns.

Cairns has been accused by the Crown Prosecution Service of lying under oath during a 2012 libel case and could face a prison sentence of a maximum of seven years if found guilty.

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Wood praises ‘Tweedledee and Tweedledum’

Mark Wood cools down with an ice-filled towel © Getty Images

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have been backed to give England the spin resources they need to challenge Pakistan, with the bowling partnership set to have a new nickname.

Moeen claimed 3 for 41 from 22 overs during a hot day’s work in Sharjah as England completed their first two-day match against Pakistan A. Rashid, who is closing in on a Test debut, was wicketless but conceded under three runs an over during 20 overs as the spinners were given a lengthy outing by Alastair Cook.

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Selectors predict changes for Brisbane

Cameron Bancroft was on fire on the first day of Matador Cup competition, with 176 for Western Australia © Getty Images

Australia’s squad for the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane next month is expected to have a very different look from the 15-man group that was supposed to tour Bangladesh. The likely return of David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson should immediately lead to three changes, while the different conditions could also bring changes to the attack.

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh at the weekend declared “open season” on selections after the cancellation of the Bangladesh tour due to security concerns, and national selector Mark Waugh on Monday supported his views. The likely return of Warner from a fractured thumb, and Johnson and Hazlewood, who were to be rested from the Bangladesh trip, will be key factors in selection changes.

“There’s three players straight away who you would imagine would come back into the reckoning,” Waugh told reporters in Sydney on Monday. “And [there’s] different conditions, you’re not going to have two spinners at the Gabba. So, there are some guys who were picked on that tour who are going to be shuffled down the order a little bit, but you can’t do anything about it.

“At least their names are there … they got picked on an Australian tour so they can take comfort from the fact that they’re definitely in the reckoning. The real thing is it’s going to be a different 11 for the first Test in Brisbane to what would have been picked in Bangladesh.”

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Santner and Sodhi spin Sri Lanka A out

New Zealand A 216 for 2 (Worker 83*, Pollard 59) beat Sri Lanka A 214 (Vithanage 58, Gunathilaka 57, Santner 4-38, Sodhi 3-28) by eight wicketsScorecard

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi brought about a collapse in which Sri Lanka A lost nine wickets for 80 runs, paving the way for New Zealand A’s eight-wicket victory at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

Having chosen to bowl, New Zealand A faced some resistance from the visitors’ top order. Opener Danushka Gunathilaka made 57 and added 95 for the second wicket with Kithuruwan Vithanage, who top scored for Sri Lanka A with 59. The slide began once Gunathilaka was lbw to Sodhi, who also dismissed Vithanage four overs later.

From 134 for 1, Sri Lanka A slipped to 202 for 5, and collapsed in a heap after that, losing their last five wickets for 12 runs. Santner cut through the middle order, and the visitors were dismissed for 214 in 45.3 overs.

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India look to shrug off inconsistent run

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Monday, October 5, 2015 Start time 19:00 local (13:30GMT)

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The balloon often pops after a big build-up but that did not happen in the series opener between these two teams. A competitive curtain raiser set the tone for what should continue to be a fiercely contested series, and if all the fixtures play out like the first one, fans are in for a fun two months.

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Jayawardene to play for Central Districts

Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka batsman, will play for Central Districts in the upcoming Georgie Pie Super Smash, New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition.

Jayawardene, who retired from international cricket after the World Cup in March, has recently played domestic T20s for Sussex in England and Jamaica Tallawahs in the West Indies.

While the tournament starts from November 5, Jayawardene will play his first match for Central Districts on November 19, against Wellington in Nelson.

“Mahela’s incredible talent and vast experience will add enormous value to our already talented but still youthful team of players in the back half of the Super Smash,” Heinrich Malan, the Central Districts coach, said.

The league stage of the tournament runs till December 6 with the final on December 13.

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