Rangana Herath reflected on the "privilege and honour" of representing Sri Lanka following his final Test appearance.

Australia ended a dismal seven-match losing streak in one-day internationals with a seven-run victory over South Africa on Friday.

Moeen Ali led the way with four wickets as England raced to a 211-run four-day win over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle.

Former Windies captain Darren Sammy is looking forward to the start of the Women’s T20 World Cup, which will see the team have hopes of defending the title on home soil.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is hoping to return to the team in time for the match-up against the West Indies later this month.

Barbadian batter Hayley Matthews said being made vice-captain of the Windies women for the ICC World Women’s T20 Tournament will ultimately make her a better player.

Rangana Herath climbed to joint-eighth in the all-time Test wickets list as he bowled for the final time in an international on Thursday.

The Sri Lanka great will retire after the first Test against England in Galle and, coming into the series with 430 wickets, he had some big names in his sights in the historic standings.

But although Herath took three wickets as the hosts struggled to slow Joe Root's England, he could only move ahead of Richard Hadlee (431) and level with Stuart Broad on 433.

Herath at least went out with high-profile scalps, earning his 100th wicket at Galle by removing Root in the first innings, before dismissing the touring skipper again in the second.

Jos Buttler also departed at Herath's hand after England had taken complete control, with the 40-year-old still one wicket behind Indian great Kapil Dev at the close of his international career.

Sri Lanka trailed by 446 runs after seven overs of their second innings as Herath, who scored an unbeaten 14 earlier in the match, prepares to bat for his country for the last time.

India captain Virat Kohli will leave the "trolling" to others after telling a fan to leave the country because they preferred England and Australia players.

A clip of Kohli launching a mobile app earlier this week went viral after he responded to a comment that favourably compared English and Australian batsmen to their Indian counterparts.

"OK - I don't think you should live in India," Kohli replied. "Go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries?

"I don't mind you not liking me, but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right."

These comments sparked an angry reaction from several fans, with replies on Twitter also gaining attention as they referred to past examples of Kohli praising foreign stars.

But the India star took to his social media account on Thursday to suggest he had been speaking in jest and his joke had been misunderstood.

"I guess trolling isn't for me, guys - I'll stick to getting trolled," he wrote on Twitter. "I spoke about how 'these Indians' was (sic) mentioned in the comment and that's all.

"I'm all for freedom of choice. Keep it light, guys, and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all."

Kohli is the ICC's top-ranked Test and one-day international batsman. He has 6331 runs in his Test career.

Keaton Jennings was delighted to return to form with a century against Sri Lanka, admitting his performances earlier in the year were not good enough.

Keaton Jennings crafted a long-awaited century as dominant England piled on the runs before declaring late on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Jennings had not made an international hundred since his debut against India almost two years ago, but scored a magnificent unbeaten 146 on another one-sided day.

The opener was under pressure to prove he merits a place in the side and he delivered on Thursday, carrying his bat as England declared on 322/6 to set Sri Lanka 462 to win.

Jennings - who would have been out for 58 if Sri Lanka had reviewed an LBW appeal - and Ben Stokes (62) combined for a century stand on a gruelling last day in the field for retiring spinner Rangana Herath (2-59).

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw Sri Lanka through to 15 without loss at the close, but they will be praying for rain as England have two days to complete a first away win in over two years.

Rory Burns (23) failed to cash in on a good wicket when England resumed in a commanding position, Karunaratne ending an opening stand of 60 with a direct hit when the debutant went for a quick single.

England were 74/3 after Moeen Ali struck Dilruwan Perera (2-94) straight to Herath, who then claimed the scalp of captain Joe Root caught behind in the veteran spinner's final international.

Jennings brought up his half-century with one of many sweeps and had a stroke of luck when he was given not out when trapped in front by Dilruwan but Sri Lanka opted not to review.

Stokes went on the attack in the afternoon session, disdainfully launching Dilruwan and Akila Dananjaya for six before slapping the latter through the covers to reach his half-century.

The all-rounder smashed another Dananjaya off-break over the ropes again to bring up the century stand, but was bowled by a peach of a Dilruwan delivery which pitched outside leg stump and hit off.

Jos Buttler (35) showed his usual aggressive intent by dispatching Dananjaya for a straight six and had a life from the following delivery, while Jennings continued to find the gaps before the runs dried up when he moved into the 90s.

The opener finally punched the air and jumped for joy after working Dananjaya into the leg side for a single to take him to three figures just after tea. 

Dananjaya took more punishment when a Jennings drive struck him on the thumb as he attempted to take a sharp caught and bowled chance before Buttler became Herath's 433rd and final international victim.

Ben Foakes (37 from 34) was in great touch after his first-innings hundred on debut, using his feet superbly to hit Dilruwan for six and strike Dananjaya for back-to-back maximums.

Jennings and Foakes put on 61 for the sixth wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman holed out and the Sri Lanka openers prevented any damage from being done following Root's declaration.

Australia captain Aaron Finch believes recent troubles at the sport's national governing body could be impacting the team's performance.

A six-wicket loss to South Africa in Perth on Sunday marked Australia's seventh consecutive defeat in one-day internationals.

It comes with Cricket Australia (CA) under fire in the wake of the release of a cultural review, with chairman David Peever and director Mark Taylor leaving the organisation and high performance manager Pat Howard set to make an earlier-than-expected departure next week.

Finch, who has scored three ODI centuries in 2018, said the off-field issues may be hurting Australia's displays.

"When there are changes and there are things being said and written about, I think it's hard not to read it sometimes when it is everywhere," he told a news conference on Thursday.

"When we talk about confidence in the batting group, it's about not letting outside distractions affect your game and there's been a lot of media about Cricket Australia recently, a lot of media about our batting.

"But I think if you can put that to one side and focus on the next ball and really make sure that you're committed to watching the ball and being 100 per cent committed to your partnership, I think that'll go a long way to turning things around quickly."

Australia trail their three-match series against South Africa 1-0 heading into the second ODI in Adelaide on Friday.

The hosts were bowled out for just 152 in the opening game and Finch said his team needed to make minor adjustments to improve their batting.

"Not lose as many wickets – that's one way we can fix it, no doubt. It has been a concern in both shorter formats," he said.

"To get bowled out a couple of times in the UAE and then bowled out again the other day, I think it's been a bit of a theme unfortunately that we haven't batted our allotted overs a lot.

"I think it's just about summing up the conditions and probably using a bit more cricket smarts at times.

"There might be times when you have to go away from your natural game and play a little bit more of a defensive-type brand in terms of just getting through for time. I think they're the only small changes and it has been a theme for a while but it's not the end of the world, it's going to change."

Australia left out several senior players for their Twenty20 matches against South Africa and India as Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff were included in a 13-man squad.

Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Marsh were omitted from the squad due to Australia's busy schedule.

Australia coach Justin Langer said the selectors wanted the quartet to focus on the upcoming four-Test series against India.

"We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series," he said.

"While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield."

Australia will play one T20 against South Africa before meeting India in three ahead of their Test series.

Langer was pleased to welcome back Stoinis and Behrendorff, who has taken four wickets at 6.50 in his previous two T20 internationals.

"Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn't resumed bowling, but now he's back to full fitness he'll add great depth to the squad," he said.

"Marcus is such a versatile player, he's a powerful middle-order batsman and he provides us with another solid bowling option.

"Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness. It was exciting to see him bowl well in the JLT Cup and in the recent Prime Minister's XI match, and it gave us more evidence of how devastating he can be with the new ball. Tactically we believe it's important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches."

 

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed slammed Ross Taylor for his "disgraceful" apparent complaints about Mohammad Hafeez's bowling action.

Trent Boult's hat-trick set New Zealand on their way to a 47-run defeat of Pakistan in their first one-day international in Abu Dhabi.

Black Caps bowler Boult lit up the contest with a six to end one innings - scoring an unbeaten eight off three balls - and a treble early in the next, becoming the third male Kiwi to achieve the feat in an ODI.

Pakistan looked in trouble from then on, with Shadab Khan's own fine show of bowling (4-38) unable to secure a more realistic target than 267 as the influential Ross Taylor hit 80.

And Sarfraz Ahmed's side were blown away by wickets in short bursts - the first of which belonged to man-of-the-match Boult (3-54) - and fell some way short, all out on 219.

Despite the best efforts of Shaheen Afridi (4-46) and Shadab, New Zealand looked to be progressing steadily towards 300 thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 130 between Taylor and Tom Latham (68).

Their effort had been interrupted midway through the innings, however, as Taylor appeared to take issue with Mohammad Hafeez's bowling action, prompting a lengthy back-and-forth with Pakistan captain Sarfraz.

But the Black Caps soon had bigger problems as Shadab came to the fore, having earlier taken care of opposing skipper Kane Williamson for 27.

A devastating 42nd over, which began with New Zealand on 208-3, saw Shadab trap Latham and Henry Nicholls lbw in consecutive balls, with Colin de Grandhomme removed two deliveries later.

After three wickets in four balls for no runs, Pakistan did not stop there. Taylor's innings was ended by Imad Wasim, the ball edged down into the stumps.

However, Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) combined for 42 to keep New Zealand ticking over before Afridi intervened, the innings ended at 266-9.

And Williamson's men quickly took control against the Pakistan top order, with Boult's sensational hat-trick - including the popular wicket of Hafeez - limiting the early scoring to 8-3.

The Black Caps' momentum was checked by remaining opener Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Shoaib Malik (30) and their partnership of 63, before Sarfraz showed similar grit to keep his side in with a chance.

Yet even the most optimistic Pakistan batsman must have known their target was beyond them, Imad's late 50 quickly followed by his departure to Southee.

That prompted another flurry of wickets as Lockie Ferguson (3-36) removed Hasan Ali (16) and Afridi in consecutive balls to end the innings in style 16 deliveries early.

Messages of condolence have begun to come in for West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, whose mother Hazel, died Wednesday morning, reportedly of a heart attack.

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