Southamptom: Aaron Finchs record-breaking innings saw Australia to a first competitive international win in 200 days as they beat England by 39 runs in the first Twenty20 international.
Man-of-the-match Finchs stunning 156,the highest individual score in all Twenty20 internationals,was the cornerstone of Australias 248 for six,itself the second-highest team score at this level. England lost early wickets when faced with such a colossal chase and finished on 209 for six. Victory saw Australia go 1-0 up in a two-match series that concludes in Durham on Saturday.
Brief scores: Australia 248/6 in 20 overs (A Finch 156,S Watson 37; J Dernback 3/34) bt England 209/6 in 20 overs (J Root 90*,R Bopara 45; M Johson 2/41,J Hazlewood 2/43) by 39 runs.
Saqlain to hold spin clinic for spinners in West Indies
St Johns: Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will hold a nearly month-long spin bowling clinic for the West Indies cricketers,which also include the members of their touring A side to India for the ODI and Test series beginning next month. Mushtaq has been contracted by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to impart spin bowling training to current and emerging Caribbean cricketers in Barbados next week as part of the general upskilling. Mushtaq also serves as spin bowling consultant to Bangladesh.
PCB to get more tests done on Akmal
Karachi: PCB has decided to push national team player Umar Akmal through an extensive medical examination procedure after foreign doctors informed them that the batsman had 35 to 50 per cent probability of suffering seizures again in his lifetime. Umar was called back by the PCB from the West Indies after he fell unconscious after a seizure on a flight from Trinidad to Antigua during the Caribbean Premier League.