The uncapped Anthony Bramble has been named in West Indies' squad for the first two Twenty20 games against India along with recalled duo Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Bramble could make his debut in a three-match series that will be staged in Florida and Guyana next month.

Spinner Narine and all-rounder Pollard come back into the fold, but opener Chris Gayle made himself unavailable as he is playing in the GT20 in Canada. 

John Campbell should get his chance at the top of the order, while spinner Khary Pierre is also in the 14-man squad.

Andre Russell will have to pass a fitness test after a left knee injury cut short his participation in the Cricket World Cup.

"This squad is an excellent balance of experience and youth," said interim chairman of selectors Robert Haynes.

"It's not just about the present – the India tour of the West Indies – but we are also looking at the T20 World Cup coming up next year and it is important that we find the right combination of players and the right formula for defending our title.

"We have to make sure that we put certain things in place now, so that when it comes to picking the squad for the T20 World Cup, it becomes easier, so we are giving more players the opportunity to play and get the exposure."

 

West Indies squad:

Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

South Africa's bowling attack blew Sri Lanka away as the Proteas claimed a 16-run win and the series in the second Twenty20 international.

Big efforts from Reeza Hendricks (65) and Rassie van der Dussen (64) with the bat took South Africa to 180-3, but it was the work of the bowlers early in Sri Lanka's innings that made all the difference.

Chris Morris claimed three wickets while Dale Steyn and Tabraiz Shamsi took two apiece as the Proteas threatened to rattle through the Sri Lankan batsmen.

They at least saw out the 20-over innings, but Isuru Udana's unbeaten 84 could not carry Sri Lanka back into the match and they fell short on 164-9.

South Africa made a sloppy start with the bat as Aiden Markram swiftly chipped to Lasith Malinga, yet they then took complete control and Hendricks and Van der Dussen each cruised past half-centuries.

The score was still a little on the low side as those two departed, however, and it fell to skipper JP Duminy to give their total an ultimately decisive boost.

Duminy made 33 not out from 17 in a late flurry and the Proteas concluded their innings with 15 from the last over.

And South Africa optimism soared further thanks to a stunning start with the ball as Steyn (2-34) took a pair for five runs from his first six deliveries.

Morris (3-32) weighed in with his own double-wicket over shortly afterwards, with further dismissals following steadily thereafter.

Only Udana offered any sort of resistance, but eight fours and six maximums from his 48 balls - plus another 15-run final over - could not stop the Proteas sealing a comprehensive victory.

South Africa recovered from a late batting collapse to record a Super Over triumph at the end of a dramatic first match in their Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

Replying to the tourists' below-par total of 134-7 in Cape Town, the Proteas required 18 from the last four overs but ended up having to scramble a bye from the final delivery just to tie the scores.

David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen - who had shared a stand of 66 earlier in proceedings - managed to pick up 14 runs in South Africa's extra over, the former taking Lasith Malinga for a six and a four.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir then conceded just five - two of which were wides – to secure victory for the hosts, who go 1-0 up with two games to play.

Quinton de Kock kept wicket for the Super Over but it was Miller who had donned the gloves earlier in proceedings, a decision taken by South African team management with this year’s Cricket World Cup in mind.

The stand-in claimed a catch from his second delivery on the job and also completed a stumping as Sri Lanka laboured with the bat, despite Kamindu Mendis hitting three fours and two sixes in his 41 from 29 deliveries.

Thisara Perera (19) and Dhananjaya de Silva (14) made late contributions without putting too much pressure on the home bowlers, Andile Phehlukwayo the pick of the attack with 3-25.

Miller and Van der Dussen's fourth-wicket partnership, the duo making 41 and 34 respectively, put South Africa on course after a slow start yet both fell in the same over from Malinga, who ended with excellent figures of 2-11 from his four overs.

Isuru Udana held his nerve at the death, mixing up his pace superbly to leak just four runs, but wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella crucially missed a shy at the stumps to clinch victory off the last ball, allowing South Africa to draw level.

Miller then made the most of his second opportunity in the middle as South Africa eventually prevailed, meaning they can clinch the series at Centurion on Friday.

Uncapped trio Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje and Sinethemba Qeshile have been named in South Africa's squad for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

In-form opening batsman Markram guided the Proteas to victory over Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 67 at Newlands on Saturday, sealing a 5-0 one-day international whitewash.

Markram could make his debut in the shortest format in Cape Town on Tuesday, while paceman Nortje and 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Qeshile have also been called up.

Qeshile will not be involved in the opening match, but is set to make his bow at Centurion on Friday.

JP Duminy, who this week announced he will end his ODI career after the Cricket World Cup, will captain the side for the second and third matches of the series to give Faf du Plessis a rest.

Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will also only feature in the first rubber of the three-game series.

 

South Africa squad for the first T20: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

South Africa squad for second and third T20s: JP Duminy (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha will not oversee his side's Twenty20 international series against South Africa amid reports he is set to be sacked.

After back-to-back Test wins over the Proteas, Sri Lanka have lost the first four one-day internationals in South Africa.

The final match of that series is to come on Saturday, after which Hathurusingha has been ordered to return to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cricket says Hathurusingha will "discuss the Sri Lanka team's preparation for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup", but it is reported that the board are unhappy with the team's form.

Fielding coach Steve Rixon will instead lead the team in their three T20 fixtures.

Sri Lanka have named a squad for the forthcoming series, with Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando and Sadeera Samarawickrama all included.

Dasun Shanaka has been dropped, while there is no room in the group for Oshada Fernando or Dinesh Chandimal.

Sri Lanka T20 squad in full: Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan.

 

Rashid Khan became the first player to claim four wickets in as many deliveries in a Twenty20 international as he helped Afghanistan complete a 3-0 series sweep over Ireland on Sunday. 

Kevin O'Brien's 74 from 47 deliveries had Ireland progressing well in pursuit of Afghanistan's 210-7 but they fell comfortably short in the end, Rashid their chief tormentor with 5-27. 

The leg-spinner dismissed the well-set O'Brien with the final delivery of the 16th over before starting his next with three wickets in succession as George Dockrell, Shane Getkate and Simi Singh all perished.

Josh Little was Rashid's final victim as the 20-year-old claimed his second five-wicket haul for his country in the format, Ireland finishing on 178-8.

While the game failed to reach the record-breaking heights of Saturday's clash between the teams, Afghanistan once again produced an explosive batting performance in Dehradun.

Having conceded 278-3 - the highest score in T20I history - last time out, Ireland surprisingly decided to put their opponents in after winning the toss.

Hazratullah Zazai had scored 162 not out 24 hours earlier but the opener fell for 31 this time, with Mohammad Nabi instead the star performer for Afghanistan, the all-rounder blasting seven sixes as he made 81 from 36 balls.

O'Brien gave Ireland a strong start to their reply, combining with Andrew Balbirnie (47) in a 96-run stand for the second wicket, but the outstanding Rashid spun his team to a comfortable 32-run victory.

Rohit Sharma blasted a brutal half-century after Krunal Pandya starred with the ball as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets at Eden Park to set up a Twenty20 series decider.

The tourists were hammered by 80 runs in the first match of the series in Wellington but responded impressively in Auckland on Friday.

Pandya (3-28) struck three times in quick succession to reduce the Black Caps to 50-4, but Colin de Grandhomme (50 off 28 balls) and Ross Taylor got Kane Williamson's side up to 158-8.

That was not enough to seal the series, though, as captain Rohit (50 from 29) produced a fierce onslaught to become the leading run-scorer in T20 internationals and Rishabh Pant (40 not out) hit the winning runs with seven balls to spare.

Tim Seifert - who made 84 in Wellington - was unable to repeat his heroics from the first match of the series, edging Bhuvneshwar Kumar behind to fall for only 12 before Pandya came to the party.

The spinner removed Colin Munro and Daryl Mitchell followed in controversial fashion in the same over, given out leg before following a review when there appeared to be an inside edge.

Pandya also trapped captain Williamson leg before, but De Grandhomme flexed his muscles as he and Taylor put on 77 for the fifth wicket - the all-rounder striking four sixes in a powerful knock.

De Grandhomme took 16 off three balls from Yuzvendra Chahal and struck Pandya for back-to-back sixes before falling to younger brother Hardik Pandya, then Taylor (42) was run out as New Zealand lost momentum.

Rohit took no time to get his eye in under the lights when India began their run chase, smashing Lockie Ferguson's first ball over the deep midwicket boundary before also setting about Scott Kuggeleijn.

The India skipper moved to 50 from only 28 balls but fell in the next over when he pulled a short ball from Ish Sodhi straight to Tim Southee at deep midwicket.

India were 88-2 when Shikhar Dhawan (30) was bounced out by Ferguson, but Pant - who struck a six and found the ropes four times - and MS Dhoni (20no) saw them home with ease, setting up a winner-takes-all showdown in Hamilton on Sunday.

Stand-in South Africa skipper David Miller felt like "the worst captain on the planet" as Pakistan threatened to take their three-match Twenty20 series to a decider. 

Miller led the hosts with Faf du Plessis rested and scored a sensational 65 off just 29 deliveries to help the Proteas post 188-3 at the Wanderers after play was briefly suspended in the 18th over due to rain. 

The left-hander, who shares the record for the fastest T20 hundred in international cricket, plundered 29 off the final over from Usman Shinwari. 

However, Miller was concerned when Pakistan were 70-1 after the powerplay, Babar Azam (90) leading the charge, and admitted he felt lost at sea. 

"I thought I was the worst captain on the planet," he said with a smile after sealing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with a seven-run triumph. "I didn't know what to do, to be honest. 

"They were always going to come hard and try to get as many runs in the powerplay. 

"We didn't start too well with the ball, we were a bit wide and short."

Pakistan needed 42 runs from their last four overs for victory, but Beuran Hendricks picked up the key wicket of Babar before Chris Morris (2-36) and Andile Phehlukwayo (3-36) worked their way through the lower order. 

"It got quite tight and stressful at the back end but the guys pulled through and did incredibly well," said Miller after Pakistan had finished on 181-7. 

"[Tabraiz] Shamsi came in and bowled incredibly well, brought the run-rate down, and [Lutho] Sipamla was absolutely incredible on his first game. As a captain I was really pleased with the two of them and then to top it off with the guys at the back end was really sweet. 

"Really pleasing to finish off on a high. We didn't leave it [the series] until the last game, so really happy about that." 

Imad Wasim removed Janneman Malan to give Pakistan an early breakthrough in the first innings and finished his four overs with stunning figures of 1-9, but captain Shoaib Malik was frustrated the rest of his bowling attack were unable to follow suit. 

Shinwari's four overs proved incredibly expensive as he went for 63 runs, while Hasan Ali conceded 48 as South Africa posted a challenging total.

Shoaib said of Imad: "He's an exceptional talent, and we need a couple of other guys to perform that way.

"Shaheen Afridi bowled brilliantly, it's just you need three or four bowlers to do well, and then you end up chasing 160 on a good wicket.

"Finishing crucial games is where we're lacking. We saw it in the last game as well. We're going to sit and talk about it, particularly the last overs."

Deandra Dottin won the second T20 international for the Windies Women against Pakistan in a Super Over on Friday after the teams ended in a tie after the regulation 20 overs.

Deandra Dottin smashed an unbeaten 90 on Thursday to get the Windies Women off to a flying start against Pakistan in their three-match T20 series against Pakistan.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite will accept any sanctions that come his way after holding up play to question incorrect no-ball calls during the third Twenty20 against Bangladesh.

Umpire Tanvir Ahmed ruled West Indies paceman Oshane Thomas had twice overstepped the front line in the early stages of the home side's run chase in Mirpur.

However, on each occasion television replays showed the umpire had mistakenly penalised the bowler, with the second call seeing Bangladesh batsman Liton Das reprieved after chipping a catch to mid-off.

Both free-hits were hit for six and, after being informed of the errors by the dressing room, Brathwaite spoke to Tanvir and fellow on-field official Masudur Rahman before holding a conversation with match referee Jeff Crowe on the edge of the outfield, delaying proceedings for around eight minutes.

The tourists' skipper revealed after the game - which West Indies won by 50 runs to clinch a 2-1 series victory - how he had spoken to Crowe about the standard of officiating after the previous game, during which they had twice successfully overturned lbw decisions with the assistance of the review system.

Tanvir had also been on duty on Thursday, along with Gazi Sohel. All three T20 fixtures were officiated by umpires from Bangladesh.

"Sanctions may come and go, but if you don't stand for something, you fall for everything," Brathwaite told the media after the game.

"If the sanctions are to be handed, I would gladly take it. My team-mates need to be stood up for and as the captain of the ship, I will stand up for them.

"I went to the match referee after the second game. I didn't think the 50-50 decisions were going in our favour. Those decisions went for Bangladesh.

"I never ever want to accuse someone of cheating. I will stop short of that. They are professionals as well. I don't think they would go out there to be biased or, for lack of a better word, cheat.

"I didn't accuse them of cheating but I made my point clear to the match referee that every 50-50 decision in the ODI series and T20I series up to that point went against us.

"Traditionally, we haven't played the best cricket, whether red or white ball. But I found that every time I have been playing for the West Indies, the decisions have hampered us. It happened earlier in the fourth over, so a point needed to be made."

Brathwaite did praise Crowe for his patience while also insisting he had no intention of taking his team off the field at any stage.

"I must commend the match referee," he added. "After we had some stern words, it was resolved. We worked too hard for my team to walk off the field or forfeit the game or series.

"The decision was to stay on, fight on and finish the game."

Shakib Al Hasan was the star of the show for Bangladesh as a 36-run victory in Mirpur tied their Twenty20 series against West Indies.

The Windies cruised to an eight-wicket win in the opening instalment of the three-match series on Monday but found Shakib in inspired form this time around.

The Bangladesh skipper hit an unbeaten 42 as his side set the tourists a winning target of 212, before taking an impressive 5-20 as the Windies were skittled for 175.

Carlos Brathwaite's side found Bangladesh tough to break down, with the hosts reaching 110 runs in just over 11 overs for the loss of only one wicket - Tamim Iqbal dismissed for 15.

Soumya Sarkar (32) and Liton Das (60) both fell in a particularly fruitful 12th over for Sheldon Cottrell (2-38), while Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for a single in the next set of six.

That left Shakib and Mahmudullah (43 not out) at the crease and the pair combined for an unbeaten partnership of 91 to take Bangladesh to 211-4 from their 20 overs.

Having made a significant contribution to setting the target, Shakib then set about ensuring the Windies could not reach it, claiming the wickets of Nicholas Pooran (14), Shimron Hetmyer (19), Darren Bravo (2), Brathwaite (7) and Fabian Allen (0).

Shai Hope (36) and Rovman Powell (50) had showed some resistance but could do nothing to prevent Shakib's ruthless demolition of the Windies' middle order.

The sides face each other in the decider at the same venue on Saturday.

Mitchell Starc has replaced injured fast bowler Billy Stanlake in Australia's squad for the series-deciding Twenty20 international against India in Sydney on Sunday.

Stanlake hurt his ankle during the warm-up ahead of Friday's rain-interrupted match in Melbourne. Having sat out that contest, which was eventually abandoned, the 24-year-old quick will also play no part in the finale at the SCG.

Instead, there will be a rare foray into the shortest format of the international game for Starc, the left-arm paceman. His last home T20 appearance came in 2014, and he has not played a T20 for Australia since 2016.

"[Starc has] got so much experience in the limited-overs games ... and we've seen how dominant he can be when he gets it right with the ball," Australia's T20 captain Aaron Finch said on Saturday.

"We'll have a look at the wicket this afternoon and discuss the side but coming straight off a Shield game with an eye on the first Test, his preparations will be really good."

India must win in Sydney to level the series at 1-1 after Australia took the opener by four runs in Brisbane.

Virat Kohli admits India will "just move on" to the next game following a narrow defeat to Australia in the opening match of the Twenty20 series on Wednesday.

The tourists were beaten by four runs after their target was adjusted by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, with rain interrupting Australia's innings and restricting play to 17 overs.

The pendulum swung back and forth throughout as Glenn Maxwell (46) and Marcus Stoinis (33 not out) starred with the bat for the hosts, before Shikhar Dhawan (76) and Dinesh Karthik (30) brought India into contention.

And while Kohli was disappointed to come up short in a dramatic finish, he was quick to look ahead to the next meeting between the sides, which is in Melbourne on Friday.

"A lot of Indians came to support us. It was a great atmosphere to play in," he said.

"It was sort of a seesaw battle. We bowled well and then they came back into the game with Stoinis and Maxy [Maxwell] batting well. Then there was a really good knock from [Shikhar]. Dinesh Karthik at the end played really well as well.

"We don't have much time to think of things. [That's a] good thing as well as a bad thing when you haven't won the game. You just move on to the next game."

Stoinis followed up his efforts with the bat by decisively restricting India to eight from the final over, while also taking two wickets, and Australia captain Aaron Finch insisted he never doubted his team-mate at the death.

"I was very confident," Finch said. "He was the one I penciled in to do that job at the end. He had clear plans and executed his plans really well."

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