India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side's pacemen would need to hone their skills bowling in the 'slog-overs' if the world champions were to defend their title in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

According to Mitchell Johnson, predictability will meet adaptability when South Africa face Australia in the triangular series final in Harare on Saturday (September 6).

Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, said on Friday (September 5) that Ahmed Shehzad could face disciplinary action over his religious comments to Tillakaratne Dilshan recently.

Joe Root's hundred in his first one-day international at his Yorkshire home ground laid the platform for England's much-needed 41-run win over India at Headingley on Friday.

Organisers of cricket's Indian Premier League hit back angrily Friday at former England all-rounder Ian Botham's call for the tournament to be scrapped, criticising him for having the "temerity" to issue lectures.

Faf du Plessis hit his third century in four games as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 63 runs on Thursday to book a date with Australia in the triangular series final.

England great Ian Botham said Wednesday the Indian Premier League was "too powerful" for cricket's long-term good as he called for the lucrative Twenty20 domestic tournament to be scrapped.

England captain Alastair Cook insisted he still wanted to lead the side at the World Cup despite conceding the team's chances of triumphing at next year's tournament were "far-fetched" following another mauling by India.

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said on Tuesday he wanted to play cricket for Jamaica as a youngster but his father convinced him to take up track and field instead.

Ajinkya Rahane's maiden one-day international hundred set the seal on a crushing nine-wicket series-clinching win over England in the fourth ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday.